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Choose to Adopt a Dog; Holiday Pet Safety Tips

There's no better time to adopt a shelter dog and save a life. Plus, here are some tips to keep your pooch safe during the holidays.

With all the upcoming Holiday Season festivities I would like to stress to everyone to please not buy that cute little puppy on impulse as a gift for a loved one or friend, so many of these puppies find themselves in shelters because people buy them without really thinking of the responsibility it requires financially and the amount of time it takes to train a puppy.

However, if you really want to get a dog yourself, go to a local high kill shelter or check out Petfinders.com and save a life, the shelters have an application process that ensures that you are ready to have a puppy or an adult dog in your home and they never adopt a dog to someone other than the applicant. This way of choosing a dog really helps you find the “RIGHT” dog for you as well; all dogs have different personalities and need the “RIGHT” home. And you want to find the perfect fit for you and your family too. And we all want the dog to find their forever home!

I would also like to give you a few helpful tips on how to keep your pet safe during the holiday season. Holidays can be stressful to pets too, try to keep their schedules as close to normal as possible. There is more activity in your homes, guests, food, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.

*Keep Christmas trees securely anchored to avoid falling and possibly injuring your pet.

*Keep candles away from pets reach to avoid their hair catching on fire, they could also knock a candle over and cause a fire in your home

*Tinsel and ornaments can be swallowed and cause an obstruction in the digestive tract, glass ornaments can cut their paws or be swallowed.

*Holiday foods and cocktails should be kept out of reach of your pet, remember that fatty, spicy foods and bones should not be fed to your pets.

*Mistletoe, Poinsettias and Holly when ingested can cause stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Also, if you are having houseguests make sure they keep any medications out of reach of your pets.

Enjoy your Holiday season all my furry friends!

The dogs pictured in this months blog are available for adoption with Friends of Wayne Animals. Applications for the dogs can be found on the Friends of Wayne website or you can call 973-902-7515. Make a difference and adopt a rescued pet!

Please feel free to join me on my crusade to save dogs from shelters; all emails and ideas are welcome at GGGirl24@aol.com

Happy Holidays! 

© Copyright 2012 Gina Mastrogiovanni

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JAFO December 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Nice blog. However, the problem with "shelter" dogs is that you typically don't know what kind of baggage you are getting. On the other hand, many of the rescue organizations on petfinder.com place their dogs (many from high kill shelters) in foster homes. In this environment, you can better learn the dog's personality and quirks, thereby making a more informed decision. But I agree - adopt a rescued pet (i've done it 4 times)!
Gina Marie December 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Thank you for the comment. I have been doing dog rescue and have been in many shelters and rescue groups in the US and Mexico for a long time and dogs in shelters are never considered BAGGAGE to me :) Dog that are being shown to the public by the shelters and their staff have been temperament tested and assessed and READY to meet potential adopters. G

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