Adopting a Pet During COVID-19? 13 Things to Do First
Pet adoptions are surging during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s no wonder why: As families stay home to practice social distancing, many are realizing now is the perfect time to add a pet to the household.
But while the pandemic is temporary, a new pet is a long-term commitment. If you’re considering adopting a pet right now, here’s what you need to do first.
1. Ask yourself these eight questions before adopting a pet. 2. Get help choosing the right pet for your family’s lifestyle. 3. Understand the ins and outs of adopting a shelter pet. 4. Make a checklist of all the supplies you’ll need for your new pet. 5. Get essential training tips for first-time dog owners. 6. Learn the basics of grooming your new pet. 7. Buy a vacuum cleaner that can keep up with pet hair. 8. Find out how to deal with pesky house accidents and eliminate odor. 9. Make your backyard dog-friendly (and cat-friendly too!) 10. Decide if you’ll hire a dog walker. 11. Learn what to look for in a veterinarian. 12. Read up on the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. 13. Understand how to keep your pet healthy for life.
Even if you decide now isn’t the right time to adopt, there’s still a way you can help pets and find companionship: fostering! Fostering saves lives and helps animal shelters during this difficult time. It’s also a great way to test out pet ownership to see if adding a four-legged family member is right for you! Reach out to your local animal shelter to find out what they’re
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Are you and Fido ready to hit the road and make some memories? Adventures with a beloved canine companion can quickly go downhill without preparation. Here’s how to ensure you and your pooch will not only have the best of times, you won’t overspend in the process.
to Ease Travel
A few well-chosen accessories can go a long
way toward ensuring you and your dog stay comfortable and safe throughout your
travels. There are bowls specially designed to collapse so meals
and storage are easy-breezy, and car seat covers to protect your vehicle from
hair, muddy paws, slobber, and any unexpected accidents.
When it comes to keeping your sidekick in his
seat, choose a restraint that is fitting for your dog’s size
and personality type. If you have a small dog who isn’t overly active, a
booster seat or safety harness could be perfect. Bigger dogs can also enjoy the
freedom and safety of a harness, and active dogs can benefit from a carrier or
For the accessories you and Fido need, stretch
your travel budget by shopping online and using offers such as Ebates
coupons and discount codes from your favorite retailers. You can
apply the funds you save toward your and your dog’s fun.
to Go, Things to Do
Strange as it is to some of us, there are
places that don’t welcome dogs. With that in mind, long before you pack Fido’s
bags, do some research to ensure you and your pooch are heading somewhere
you’ll both enjoy. And for those times you need to leave your dog alone, make
arrangements for a trustworthy pet sitter to take care of your traveling companion. It’ll
ease your mind knowing someone is tending him, rather than worrying that he’s
There are dog-friendly destinations far and
wide for nearly anything that suits your fancy. If ocean waves, sands, and
seagulls beckon, Travel + Leisure notes there are some outstanding dog-friendly beaches, such as the dog beach in
Florida’s Fort Myers, Jekyll Island Beach in Georgia, and Topsail Beach in
North Carolina. Exploring national parks can be big fun as well, but
make sure you do some checking because some are more dog-friendly than others.
More in the mood for urban adventures? Look to cities like Chicago, Seattle, or Denver.
Finding places that encourage your pooch to be himself will ensure you make the
most of every moment.
When booking lodging, make reservations with
pet-friendly hotels or vacation rentals. Websites like Expedia make it super
simple to find the accommodations you want since you can search by
pet-friendliness, and on top of that, joining their rewards
program can stretch your budget.
You might be surprised to learn you don’t need
to do all the driving when you reach your destination. You can save money by
using public transportation in many locations; just
verify restrictions before you and your pooch climb aboard, since some systems
require a carrier.
Along those same lines, it’s important to be
conscientious of other travelers throughout your journey. If you and your dog
are planning potentially muddy outings, like to a dog
park or on hiking trails, bring along a paw washing device to tidy
up before you hop into a bus, board a train, or re-enter your hotel. For
example, the Dexas Mudbuster is small, convenient, and
affordable, and you can explore their current offers
to make the most of your money.
Of course, throughout your travels, you’ll
want to clean up after your dog, so have a plan in place for dealing with
waste. An economical solution is the GoGo Stik — it’s a clean, durable, efficient
design, convenient to operate, and you can use any style bag so there is just
the one-time purchase — all topped off with a money-back guarantee.
Planning a getaway with your dog needn’t be
complex or expensive. Accessorize appropriately, make arrangements in
dog-friendly places, and grab a few gadgets to make comings and goings a
breeze. With these smart strategies, you and your best friend will have a
A puppuccino at Starbucks? I don’t know about that but I sure just love this
Pooch! That said, the Pooch Craze is
taking on a momentum. According to the APPA (American Pet Product
Association), the pet industry has grown more than threefold in the last
20 years, from $23 billion in 1998 to $72 billion in 2018.
Accordingly, Corporate America is responding by offering pet perks such as veterinary insurance as an employee benefit, take-your-dog-to work days, and in some cases, “paw-ternity leave” and “fur-ternity leave” (paid time off for newly adopted pets). Housing developments are now even including dog play spaces and grooming salons, and wash areas. Haven’t you noticed that many hotels now provide pet-friendly accommodation? How about the pet friendly skies? My, how things have changed in the last forty years or so!
Pet parents (vs pet owners)? Yep. Here’s some new lingo: Fur parents with fur babies, and fur grandbabies?
As younger folks are waiting longer to have children
or not, they’re adding furbabies to their new families!
Many say that their pets give them so much without
expecting a return. Oh, and there’s nothing like a tail wagging pooch greeting
you at the door when you return home from a long day at work!
Yuk – When is a poo not a poo? Sometimes you need to deal with this! My Gina wasn’t feeling well today. Fortunately, my GoGo Stik does a very nice job and is clean and quick on these days. A few swipes on the grass with the round shovel side and plastic store bag and no more Yuk! Life is very good!
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No More Piles of Loose Bags Around the House
Keep Bags Organized in One Convenient Place
Provides Easy Access to Bags for a GoGo Stik
Elastic Bottom Opening Keeps Bags Secure
19 inch Height with 5 inch Cord for Easy Hanging
Dexter’s Doggie Bag MSRP is $14.99 but sells on the GoGo Stik website and Amazon.com for $9.95. It has a 60 day money back guarantee.
Review By Yvonne Y Vegaon December 2, 2015
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