PET ADOPTION EVENTS IN SNELLVILLE, LOGANVILLE, LAWRENCEVILLE, GRAYSON GA

Is your dog or cat rescue organization going to be having an adoption/foster event in Gwinnett County? If so, please let us know and we'll be glad to help you spread the word here on My Snellville Dog as well as the Facebook page for Snellville Today!

Just yesterday, I recorded some footage of the Circle of Animal Friends adoption event outside PetSmart in Loganville GA. I wish I had known about it ahead of time, but unfortunately I didn't. But I recorded some Live footage and showed it on Facebook. So far it has gotten close to 100 views, but it would have gotten much more if I had been able to tell our fans on the page that footage of the event would be coming up. Because it only went live with approximately 30 minutes more of the adoption event to go, that didn't give much time for the post to go viral. People love to share Live Facebook posts with their friends and comment on them. I also would have arranged to interview a couple representatives of the pet adoption to get more information, again if I had only known.

Here is my email and please feel free to let me know of any upcoming adoption events!
darla.dixon AT gmail dot com

PLEASE LET ME KNOW :)


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Snellville Pet Adoptions

The Society of Humane Friends has an adoption event Every Saturday & Sunday at PetCo on Hwy 124 from 12-4 p.m. Many wonderful pets are looking for new homes.

Follow our local Society of Humane Friends on Twitter here for an easy way to learn about the pets available for adoption.

Paw Fest 2011

"In celebration of “Be Kind to Animals Week”, Gwinnett Humane Society is hosting PAWfest 2011.  Our 18th Annual PAWfest is the largest community awareness, education and fundraising event of the year."

Paw Fest 2011 will take place at a new location this year -- Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville Ga.  Paw Fest will take place on Saturday, May 7th  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.pawfest.com.

Dogs welcome in Snellville

Becky and her little buddy in his frog costume
Here's Becky of Robert's Handyman Services and her dog all dressed up for the Snellville Fall Festival last year. There wasn't a dog costume contest, but he looks cute in his costume, so why not? Maybe Snellville will have a dog costume contest and parade someday. The idea has been floated around a little bit. Would you enjoy something like that? Be sure to leave a message to let others know how you feel about it.

Becky, if you see this, I wanted to link your business, but I couldn't find the website! Email me at MySnellvilleBlog@gmail.com and I'll add it! Thanks!

5 Reasons to Avoid Buying Pet Store Pets

1. Do You Want To Support Puppy Mills?
For one thing, responsible and ethical breeders would never sell any of their pets to a pet store. You want a responsibly bred pet for many reasons, but health being among one of the top reasons. Poorly bred dogs will cost you lots of pain, tears and money. Pet stores look at pets as merchandise and have do not give a hoot about the integrity of the breed. These puppies almost always end up with early age arthritis, hip dysplasia
(I’ve met dogs under 1 year old with arthritis and hip dysplasia), giardia (a harmful parasite that is difficult to battle), personality disorders, etc. Find out more about puppy mills at the Humane Society’s website.

2. The “Guarantee”

Pet stores will guarantee that they will take your pet back and give you your money back when you discover how terribly ill your new pet is. What they won’t tell you is that they will not take the pet to the veterinarian for care. They won’t “waste” the money. They will pay to have the pet put to sleep, the end.

3. House Training
The puppies in puppy stores are kept in small cages and never see grass, dirt, tile, carpet or anything other than a wire bottomed cage that they use the bathroom on whenever they feel the need. This makes it very difficult to house train these dogs and many of them have bathroom issues for the rest of their lives.

4. What Will Your Pet Look Like When He Grows Up?
When you have to buy a pet because of the breed (I HIGHLY recommend adopting a pet through wonderful agencies such as Georgia Humane Society), if you buy from a store, you will not get to meet the parents of the pet. A reputable breeder will introduce you to the mom, siblings and possibly the dad of the pet. This will give you a good idea of size, temperament, and looks of your new pet. If you ask to see the mom of a dog in a
puppy store, they will probably laugh at you.

5. No Socialization at a Critical Age
Puppies in stores are often removed from their mother and siblings at far too young
an age. We’re talking 4 to 5 weeks old. Reputable breeders insist that the puppies stay with the pack until at least 10 weeks old. This is something that true caring breeders care about because this is a critical age for puppies to learn canine manners and basically how to “speak dog”- their own language. Imagine if you weren’t taught what to do and you were just thrown into the world without any knowledge of what is right and what is wrong. You’re just expected to know. This is very cruel and unfair. Also keep in mind that these pups in the store have been very minimally handled by humans and can stay shy and fearful for life. There are many other reasons not to buy that adorable puppy in the window- one more is that the breed on the paperwork may not be the puppy you end up with. Puppy mills are not careful about who breeds with who, as long as more puppies are coming to be sold. Your beautiful little German Shepherd puppy could have Maltese, Shih Tzu or any other number of breeds mixed in.

Before you go and buy a puppy from a store or a breeder, please consider the fully bred dog (or mutts) being fostered with rescue groups. There are so many wonderful dogs out there that need homes! In my opinion, mutts are the best “breed.”

Valerie Pegg

About the Author:
Valerie Pegg is the owner/operator of  Best Fit Pet Sit Services, Inc.

How to stop your dog from pulling at the leash

As a professional pet sitter and dog walker, I run across quite a lot of dogs who pull as hard as they can when we go for walks. I don’t enjoy walks when being pulled (even when it’s a small dog), and I honestly think the dogs get a lot more out of a controlled walk than just going dog wild (haha).

A walk should be enjoyable for all parties involved, and it’s possible with the right tools and understanding of the dog or dogs that are being walked.

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Indoor Exercise With Your Dog

By: Valerie Pegg

Here in Georgia, the weather is so crazy, it’s not always easy or pleasant to take our dogs on long walks for exercise, or even to throw the ball outside for more than a few minutes. We have a Shih Tzu named Gizmo, and dogs with short snouts overheat even more easily than dogs with longer snouts. We are extra careful to avoid heatstroke in our pups, and in the pups that we pet sit. 

I’ve listed a  few fun activities to get your dog’s blood moving that you can do in the comfort of the air conditioning below.

Here are a few fun things to try with your dogs when the weather prevents you from taking your fur kids to the park or out for a walk:
  • Laser Pointer- some dogs chase it, some don’t. A lot of cats do, too! Make sure you don’t put it near your pet’s eyes.
  • Obedience Training-it can be fun! Make sure you use positive reinforcement, like Victoria Stilwell and Patricia McConnell. Only train in intervals of 15 minutes or less a few times per day, or it will stop being fun.
  • Fetch- down a long hallway
  • Hide And Seek- One person holds the dog, another person (treats in hand) runs and hides and calls the dog. When the dog finds you, reward them with a treat!
  • Hide your pet’s favorite toy or treat and guide them to help them find them, but don’t give it away! It’s good exercise, both physically and mentally for your dog!
  • Toys that dispense treats are a good mental exercise for your dog
  • Rope Toys- for a good old fashioned game of Tug-O-War (not recommended for aggressive dogs)
  • Got a basement? How about some soccer or fetch down there?
  • For good time killers, try Nylabones or Kongs
Just remember to keep it light, fun and positive!

About the Author:
Valerie Pegg is the owner/operator of  Best Fit Pet Sit Services, Inc.

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