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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Where can I adopt a service dog to treat my depression in the US?
People with depression notice improvement when they have an animal. Dogs are great because they are very people oriented and love to serve. Dogs like to have a job so working as a service dog is great for some of them. The breed and energy level are very important to consider when getting a service dog. Training might be something else to consider.
What are the best places to find and adopt a psychiatric service dog where it doesn’t cost a fortune? And, are there any financial assistance programs out there?
Cost is not the factor you want to base this decision on.There are a variety of programs you could apply to. All of them have many requirements and long wait lists. All of them require that you show you have enough money to care for a dog and be sure their needs are met.And please don't think that owner-training will remove your financial burden. Even then you need to find, screen, train, feed and arrange for vet care at the very least. Then you'll need to find a trainer for when you need professional help, because you will need it eventually.I'm not saying don't get a service dog. Just realize that there's going to be costs. This is not something you want to cheap out on. Even programs who don't charge for the dog may a require you to travel to train with the dog.My point is, you need to do the research to decide if you actually would benefit from a SD. If that's true, you need to then research programs in your area, or that are close enough to be feasible. Then, contact the programs to see what would be required. This isn't something you can ask other people to do for you. Believe me, this will be only the start of the work you'll need to get used to. Whether you go through a program or owner train, there's a lot of work involved.Good luck!
What's the best way to adopt and succesfully roll out a live chat service in e-commerce?
If you own an e-commerce website and looking for the best way then the foremost thing you need to do is to invest in an appropriate live chat software. And, to find appropriate software, you need to jot down the requirements that you have as an e-commerce online store.Start by identifying the key points in your customer support journey. Customers usually expect the reply of an email within a day or so but expect the chat response on the go i.e. within a minute or two. So try to set some realistic goals that your team is able to meet. Also, try to get creative with your chat support team. Every chat session is an opportunity to understand your customers better.To fulfill all such requirements, try to invest in a product that can help you to generate leads and boost your sales.According to me, ProProfs Chat is the best online software that provides real time support to its e-commerce users. You must be wondering why I say so?Let me tell you some of the benefits that this amazing live chat tool provides:Real-time visitor monitoring: Sometimes, it happens that your visitor is stuck on a page from a very long time but still doesn’t contact you. If a customer is stuck and unable to find the proper product or service, he will leave the website and opt for your competitors. With this tool by your side, you can monitor the footprints of your visitors and prthem support proactively. Also, you can send them some personalized discounts, which makes them feel valued.2. Creates a proper communication channel:Abandonment of carts is one of the biggest setbacks in the e-commerce business. The major reason of abandonment is the lack of communication between the visitor and the website owners. This indispensable live chat tool helps to create a proper communication channel between them. It assists you to understand your customers and their requirements in a better way. All in all, it assists you to create a rapport with the ones who are buying your products.3. Pre-chat forms:For any e-commerce store, lead generation is essential for generating profits. So, keeping the customers at the top, it is essential that you understand their requirements in a better way. Pre-chat forms are a good way to gather important information about your customers. Also, you can modify your services for more conversion and customer delight.4. Saves cost:The customers don’t like to be put on hold for several minutes. Indeed, they want support on the go. Also, call support requires a lot of investment of money.A single operator can handle multiple chats at a same time. But, when a representative is talking to a customer over the call, then he can’t talk with multiple people at the same time.Live chat is one of the best ways to answer customer queries and prtechnical support to the customers on the go. I hope you get the best out of all the tools available in the market. All the best!