A Puppies Love

 What would a family be without some kind of pet. Growing up I did not like animals and became afraid of dogs and cats. My dad would bring dogs home and I would go and hide under the bed. Finally we got a Cocker Spaniel named Rusty and slowly my fears went away.

As we were raising our children we had many pets as most families do. We had a big cat named Ben, gerbils that multiplied so fast they had to leave us. We had outside and inside dogs.
We lived on a farm so yes–we had Llamas, goats, horses, cows, rabbits, and peacocks. We know all about pets. But the dogs were the best
When I met my husband he raised Alaskan Malamutes and they were beautiful Show Dogs. They won many ribbons. Families and dogs go together and dogs make great pets.
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Are you thinking of getting a dog? Dogs come in all shapes and sizes–out of all the dogs you’ve ever met you’ve probably been more attracted to some breeds than others. Perhaps you had a dog when you were growing up and want the same breed for your children. If you have decided that the time is right, congratulations!
Are You Ready for a Dog?
Maybe Later…
Maybe now is NOT the right time to get a dog. Dogs are a very big responsibility. If you change your mind after getting a dog, or your family decides it wasn’t a good idea after all, it will be the dog who sufferers.
Please think twice before you get a dog.
You and your family should understand
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Things about living with a dog YOU should know…
Some dogs get big.
Some dogs bark a lot.
When you walk a dog, you have to pick up the mess.
Dogs can get sick and mess up the carpet.
Dogs can chew furniture.
Dogs shed hair.
Dogs get lonely when they are by themselves.
Dogs can chew your toys.
Dogs can get sick and cost a lot of money at the vet.
Dogs can be picky about their food.
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Dogs jump on people.
Dirty dog dishes need to be washed.
Dogs need baths.
Dogs scratch, bite, and chew.
Dogs can’t always understand what you are saying.
Dogs can get fleas, worms, and ticks.
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Dogs can run away.
Dogs can bother the neighbors.
Dogs need to go for walks.
Dogs need things like leashes, collars, and toys which cost money.
Dogs need a pet sitter or boarding when you want to go away.
Dogs need frequent brushing.
Dogs need exercise.
Friends or family might be allergic to dogs.
Dogs need obedience training.
Dogs drool on your hands and on your clothes.
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Or that you might decide that this is not the best time to get a dog.  Or that your home is not the best place for a dog right now.Or you might decide that the best pet for you is not a dog

Making the right decision now will help a dog live a happier, more comfortable life.By the way, here are some other pets you could have instead of a dog……….fish, a cat, a bird, a rabbit, a mouse, a rat, a hamster, or a guinea pig.  All of these pets require responsibility as well.

 

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So be prepared before getting any pet.

 

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Facts about Dogs:

The lifespan of a dog, on an average is between 8 to 15 years.
The smallest dog is the Chihuahua.
Did you know that the body of a dog contains 321 bones?
When you speak about maturity, a dog that is merely one year old can have the physical maturity of a 15-year-old human being.
I have heard about the third eye, but have you ever heard about the third eyelid? Facts about dogs can get really as interesting as
ever with the third eyelid that is located inside the first two eyelids. There is a function associated with it of course, the third eyelid or the haw, helps to protect the eye from the dust and the dirt.
Barking dogs seldom bite but what about the dog that never barks? The Basenji is one such dog that doesn’t bark.
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On an average, at least 70% people all over the world always sign their dog’s name on a greeting card along with the rest of the family names.
A dog can take around ten to thirty breaths in a minute.
Lassie, the Collie in the movie Lassie Come Home and the TV series, was originally played by the male dog Pal.He was later played by his son.Lassie has now been played by eight generations of male Collies all descended from the original Pal.
The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads.
The most intelligent dogs are reportedly the Border Collie and the Poodle, while the least intelligent dogs are the Afghan Hound and the Basenji
The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years old.
Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8′ 3″ from his nose to his tail.
George Washington had thirty six dogs – all foxhounds – with one named Sweetlips
At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life”, a high-pitched dog whistle was recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog.
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Once you have narrowed down your options, it is time to start looking for your new dog. There are many options out there, but some are better than others. Research the organization or person from whom you will get your new dog to determine if they are reputable. Then, go see the location where the dogs are kept to make sure your new dog comes from a healthy environment. Here are some sources to help get you started.
  1. Animal Shelters: These can be great places to look for a new dog. Though lots of dogs in shelters are mixed-breed dogs, many times you can even find a purebred dog! Shelter dogs often have previous training and socialization, though others may unfortunately come from troubled backgrounds. Talk to the shelter staff members and volunteers about each dog you are considering to get an idea of background and personality. You can also try searching online adoption sites like Petfinder.com.
  2. Rescue Organizations: Rescue groups are dedicated to finding the best families for homeless dogs, some are even devoted to specific dog breeds. Most rescue organizations keep their dogs in foster homes until they can find forever homes for them. These foster parents have usually forged a bond with the dogs and can tell you a lot about their history and personalities. Rescue organizations are typically very selective because they care so much about getting their dogs into the right homes, so be prepared to answer a lot of questions.
  3. Reputable Breeders: If you choose to purchase a purebred dog, be certain you find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder with a good reputation – not a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Ask your vet and other dog owners for referrals, or get a referral from a rescue organization recommended by a national kennel club, such as the AKC Breeder Referral Contacts. A responsible breeder should be willing to show you the premises and tell you about the parents’ histories. Be certain that the breeder’s home or kennel is clean and odor-free. The adult dogs and puppies should appear healthy and lively. If you are not comfortable with the breeder, do not purchase a puppy.


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If you and your family have decided that this is the right time for a new dog then there is one more thing you must do before you go and get your new pet. Make a promise to take care of your new pet by signing the “I Love My Dog Contract”.
I, _____________________ , promise to take care of my dog, ________________ , during his/her whole lifetime. I will teach my dog to trust me by treating him with love and respect. I will be kind, gentle, and generous to my dog at all times. I will be responsible for providing him with the things that he needs to be healthy and happy. I am making this commitment to my dog.
I will give food and water to my dog in a clean dish everyday.
I will make sure my dog has shelter from hot, cold, and wet weather.
I will make sure my dog sees a veterinarian for shots and checkups.
I will provide a collar and ID tag for my dog to wear at all times.
I will keep my dog from running loose in the neighborhood.
I will make sure my dog gets obedience training so he behaves well.
I will keep my dog clean and brushed and lookin’ good!
I will spend time everyday with my dog playing, or going for a walk.
I will always protect my dog from people or things that might hurt him.
Your Signature_______________________________ Date____________________
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The COMMITMENT…..
“I’ll Love You Forever!”
Remember this…A Dog is for Life
A commitment is a promise. If you make a promise to do your homework, you are making a commitment. What kinds of commitments have you made in the past?  Can you think of any?
Here are some…..
To clean your room.
To help your sister
To walk the dogs
To get good grades
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Dogs depend on people to be kind and gentle with them.
Are you getting a new dog?  Do you already have a dog?  Are you ready to make a commitment?
Can you say these statements and mean them?
I am making a commitment to take care of my dog, forever.
I will love him and treat him with kindness and respect.
I will give him food, water, shelter, health care, and lots of time.
I promise to be good citizens and neighbors.
If you can’t say those things and really mean them then you may be ready for a dog soon. By the way, did you know that dogs make a commitment, too?
They Promise to love you back!
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Ten Commandments for Pet Owners
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly those things you want me to learn.
3. Have me spayed or neutered.
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4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
5. Speak to me often. Even if I don’t understand all your words, I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiastic excitement when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.
6. Please take me inside when it’s cold and wet. I’m a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with clean water; I cannot tell you when I’m thirsty. Feed me good food so that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to be by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to share with you my life, for that is what I live for. However you treat me, I’ll never forget it.
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7. Don’t hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food, I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You will grow old too.
10. When I am very old, when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be with me on that difficult journey when it is time to say goodbye. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch”. Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I love you.
{I found this on David the Dogman Website .}

 

 

 

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