It’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2011, and behind that somewhat lengthy name is a really great cause that’s near and dear to my heart: finding homes for all the deserving cats and dogs who need them.
You’d like to think that every cat or dog awaiting adoption had an equal shot at finding its way to a “forever home,” but sadly, that’s nowhere close to reality. Black pets, senior pets, blind or deaf pets, banned or restricted breeds, FIV+ cats … the list goes on. All of these pets are less likely to be adopted and more likely to have an extended stay in the shelter or rescue. Petfinder.com created this week to generate awareness of this challenge and put the spotlight on these underdogs (and under-cats!) awaiting adoption.
Dixie, my weimaraner ...
Last Friday was National Dog Day. While I am a little late in posting about it, it’s too good of a cause not to mention. In the words of the day’s official website, National Dog Day helps “galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”
Orlando is a great place to be a dog, and nowhere is that more true than in the downtown neighborhood of Thornton Park. Streets are lined with dog-friendly outdoor cafes, and the local salons and boutiques put out water dishes for passing pups. The neighborhood is also located right beside Lake Eola Park, one of Orlando’s most scenic and popular parks.
- Shampooch fundraiser at Thornton Park’s Lambs Eat Ivy Salon.
My husband and I spent a perfect afternoon in Thornton Park recently with our weimaraner and our baby. It was great to have an outing the whole family could enjoy. Continue reading
As temperatures rise, more and more canines are cooling it indoors to avoid the dangers if overheating. That’s wise, but what if you have an energetic dog that likes to work? If you’re not careful, he may just find a new occupation tearing up your house.
That’s where mental stimulation comes in. When your dog works her brain, she is using up energy much like physical exercise. In fact, very smart dogs might need to work their minds just as much as they need to move their bodies.
Here are five simple ways to add mental exercise into your dog’s routine this summer:
Wow, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I haven’t gotten to spend nearly as much time blog-surfing and tweeting as normal, so I don’t have very many links for you this week. But what I lack in volume, hopefully, I make up for in variety in this edition of the web round-up.
- First, Southern Living takes a “budget vacation” to Orlando. Although I love the theme parks and other famous attractions Central Florida has to offer, I personally enjoy showing visitors the lesser known side of my hometown, and Southern Living’s two-day itinerary covers a nice little cross-section of the area’s hidden gems.
- Next, Sweet Iced Tea–a blog I could love for their name alone–has an entire post dedicated to bacon, the world’s most perfect food. Lots of interesting bacon trivia and cooking tips for bacon-vores.
- Pet shopping blog Phetched is always full of fun, drool-worthy goodies, but I was especially smitten by their recent post about Crypton’s new line of William Wegman-designed dog beds. Alas, they’re quite out of my price-range for the time-being, but really lovely, don’t you think?
- Finally, in honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day, which was Saturday, I’m posting an oldie but goodie: the Find the Pitbull Quiz. One of the problems with breed bans is that people have a hard time identifying “pit bulls” from other breeds or breed mixes. Trust me; it’s harder than it looks. I consider myself quite a dog fancier and it took me about five tries to get it right. Go take the quiz and let me know: how many tries did you take?
This edition of Web round-up has gone to the dogs; we’re featuring a few fun dog-related links:
- Just in time for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the ASPCA has put together a great article with the top 10 reasons to adopt an older dog. Adopting an adult dog (or cat) is often a great choice for many families, but sadly, they don’t get as much attention as their puppy and kitten counterparts. Take a look at the article and, next time you adopt, consider giving an older dog a chance.
- For pure cuteness, these photos of big dogs with a tiny newborn baby will make your day. The dogs’ devotion to their new sibling is evident, and it’s wonderful how their family has captured the moment.
- Speaking of cute, the lightly cartoonish illustrations on DoggieDrawings.net are also always good for a smile. You can sign up for an RSS feed of the artist’s latest drawings or you can pick up a calendar or other merchandise on the site. Especially neat are these dog behavior posters that convey important information about canine body language that everyone should know.
- And, finally, again in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, I’d love to share the link to Petfinder. If you’ve ever adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue, there’s a good chance you’ve used this site before, but if you haven’t, I encourage you to get familiar with this excellent resource. While the best matches are made one-on-one with your shelter or rescue group of choice, Petfinder is a wonderful starting point to see the amazing variety of great pets that are available for adoption and to learn about rescues and shelters in your area that you might not otherwise have been aware of.