How do you find a large dog to adopt that loves to lick your face?
Hello- that question is rather interesting. You never really know what type of dog your going to get. The best way to see what your dog will be like is to meet him, or her, and get to know him before adopting. You could also preform personality tests(YouTube has some videos on that) and just play with them. Based off of my personal experiences you can tell early on what your dogs manurisms will be(that includes licking your face)! Hope this helps!! Good luck!
Can dogs be mentally ill?
Dogs can get depressed. I have seen it when a friend had two dogs and one of them died. The youngest one went into a slump and seemed quite deprassed and lethargic , didn't eat as much and just mopped around like a depressed person. It was kind of unexpected as they didn't really like each other other and were not that close I didn't think. I guess it was just the idea of having an animal brother in the house. So we upped his excercise and he was still a young puppy so I enrolled him Obedifence School and started to take his to classes and gave him a new focus so he didn't have as much spare time on his paws so to speak. His birthday was coming up and I even planned a birthday party for him (no it was not a surprise party). . I lived at a different house than the dog did and I started to bring him over to my house more often to give him a different change of scenery and we would play in my backyard which was good to just get him a out in nature I think. Things seemed to turn around fairly soon in his mood and he returned back to his cheerful friendly self. So hope this helps.
How much does it cost to have a dog?
Both more and less than you'd think. A healthy, young, cross-bred adopted dog might only cost you the monthly insurance, flea and tick treatments, plus the annual jabs. They can (mostly) eat the same foods as humans, so food for a small dog could consist of leftovers. He can sleep in your bed and a collar and lead can last for years.So in theory, pretty cheap.In reality though? You'll spend ridiculous amounts of money on those treats he likes, not the supermarket brand, but those little ones with the crispy shell filled with pate that might as well be fois gras for the price they're asking. Plus a bed that he never sleeps in, then another bed that you know by now he’ll never touch but it's got the cutest little paw prints all over, and anyway you can use it to store the million toys he owns, because when you bring him a present he actually jumps up and down with joy, then takes it to show with pride to every member of the family.Of course, all of this leads you to suspect your dog is getting spoiled, so you then get him a brother in the shape of a rescue kitten, adding the cost of every cat toy on the market, as well as treats made of real meat, because you read they shouldn't really eat cereal, and anyway your cat deserves the best.For our two? About £800 a year, assuming no big vet bills that aren't covered by the insurance.
How is it cultural colonialism to adopt a dog from a facility that is closing?
Those of us who are not sensitive little flowers will have a hard time helping you on this one. There must be a special UN group somewhere of English majors who spend all their time making up words like “Cultural colonialism” and trying to be relevant.He adopted a dog. One that apparently was destined for the dinner table in Korea. Would I be offended if someone from another country adopted a cow? Nope, knock yourself out. Might even sell you some hay to go with it. Get over yourself people. If you spent half the time currently being “sensitive” on something productive then you might amount to something.
How do dog breeders know their dogs history? Is there a way to find out an adopted dogs history?
Good dog breeders, the ones who breed for health and temperament rather than quantity or money, never (outside of exceptional circumstances) breed a dog whose genetic background they don’t know. Some countries, such as Finland for example, have online databases of family trees for a given breed. The Finnish database lists any official test results for a given dog, which pairing resulted in an epileptic puppy and should therefore not be bred from again, cause of death for any dog whose death has been reported, and other pertinent facts like show performance and disqualifying illnesses.All this means that good breeders will (with very few exceptions) only use dogs from recorded lines, not some random dog that looks kinda like [insert breed here]. Registered (read: purebred) dogs are all microchipped, and the chip numbers are added to the database when the breeder registers a litter.If a dog of unknown origin (looks like [insert breed here] but has no papers) has some incredible quality that they really want to breed in and a temperament to match, they might decide to do genetic testing. They’ll also get a vet to do official tests on the dog’s hips, knees, eyes, heart - anything that might have structural problems that could be passed on to the next generation.Then, and only then, will they (maybe) breed this dog of unknown parentage.If there isn’t an incredible quality, they simply won’t take the risk of breeding that dog.
How do I convince my mom to keep a pet dog?
Find out the reason for her disapproval. If it is only about taking up responsibility of an animal, then you may convince her with reasons to how you will take care of the issues such as potty training, regular hygiene, family vacations etc. If she does not share your affection for pets, then you must think it through. What happened with us was that me and my brother brought a puppy without my parent's approval. For a few months, I used to wake up once in a while every night to make sure I cleaned up his poop before dad could crib about us not taking care of it. Potty training takes time. But soon we realised hygiene wasn't really what bothered dad. He was very fond of our dog too. He had kept his share of pets when he was young and watching them grow old and die had depressed him so much that he didn't want to go through it again. Mom on the other hand did not like the responsibility, the hair shedding, and the general mess that a big dog can make in the house. And she's not affectionate enough of pets to ignore these issues or deal with them without cribbing.We grew up and left home only to visit home once in a while and our parents are the ones who have to take care of him. He does not get to play as much as he would like and is not allowed in their bedroom. He is happy and taken care of, but it makes me sad that he had to give up on things he loved.So think through. If your parents are not as enthusiastic about pets then maybe you should consider waiting till you are on your own and ready to take the responsibility.
How risky is it to adopt out a rescue dog from out-of -state versus a local shelter, to families with children?
I have a rescue dog from Bethel, Alaska which is at the other end of the state I live in. Rescue in Bethel saved her from a bad situation & then transferred her to Anchorage rescue. She came with all shots, spayed & meds for exposure to lice from her previous situation. I got her into my Vet right way & all was good & she is still with me 5 yrs later, great dog. Best to go thru a reliable source-adopt don’t shop.
What did you look for when you decided to adopt a cat and/or a dog? How did it work out?
This is Magda, our youngest.We have two older cats, Bumble and Chance, both male.We had recently lost my sweet Rabbit - she was my cat, and I was her human - and it was difficult for me. I missed her terribly, but swore I couldn’t go through that again. We had two cats I would have to eventually lose, and I just didn’t think I could bear it more times than that.But it was hard watching Bumble and Chance, because Chance is very bonded to Bumble, who is quite elderly. When Bumble goes (and I fear it will be this year), Chance will grieve terribly, so we agreed that we needed to get another cat as a companion for him. So off to the shelter.I wanted an adult cat this time, but my husband was adamant we get a kitten. I kept pointing out that kittens are a lot of work, I just knew I’d be doing most of it, and I really, really didn’t want to. But, nope - kitten. I reserved the right to pick it out, and he agreed.We had to wait for kitten season, but the shelter finally had their fosters back and were ready to adopt them out. We spent time with several, and I was favoring a silky little medium-long hair with muted grey and black markings. She was going to be one elegant cat when she grew up. She wasn’t too timid, but seemed more interested in the room than she was in me. Another kitten was a bit timid, but he was also more of a tabby.See, we had had two black cats before, and Chance is a ginger, and Bumble is a Siamese mix, and I had this weird idea that we should get something different. (What a stupid thought. It’s the personality, not the coat. )So I decided we’d take the little medium-long hair I had been visiting with.The attendent put them both back, as they didn’t adopt out any animal without getting them fixed first, so we had paperwork and money to hand over and we’d come back to pick her up after her surgery.We watched them put back into the enclosure with the rest of their siblings, and started to walk out, just as someone walked by with a big dog. All the kittens jumped back in alarm…except one. She threw herself at it, literally plastered herself all over the glass front, and you could just hear her going, “What’s that? What’s that? I WANT ONE! I WANT ONE!”Well, that was it. The sheer moxie and curiousity got me. I told my husband and the attendent I changed my mind and I wanted that one.We picked her up a week later. She settled right in, eventually revealed herself to be a ‘Magda’, and she was a monster.Oh my GOD but she’s been a lot of work. She’s smart as a whip, fearless, and the most willful cat we have ever had. She learns things almost immediately, and almost as immediately finds ways to disobey/get around it/subvert it. I constantly complain, and my husband constantly reminds me, “You picked her out.”But she’s also so damn adorable. She loves to cuddle. She purrs like a freight train. She taps me on the face when she wants my attention. She wants to lay across my lap when I’m at the computer, and across my throat when we’re in bed. (It was cute when she was little, but now it’s a constant battle between wanting to have that warm, soft, purring kitty that close, and being able to breath.) She loves to play fetch, and just when we thought a particular toy was gone forever and offered her a new one, she’d pop up with the old, disgusting one. Now we say, “Go get mouse” and we never know which one she’ll drop in our hands.And she and Chance bonded almost immediately.We love her so much.