Dez is a five year old English Laborador. He actually became my “adopted son” after my boyfriend and I got together. Dez now loves living in the country where he plays fetch endlessly and can’t get enough of running after the lawn mower while I cut the grass. He also loves going to the cabin with dad, swimming, and taking rides in the side by side. He has a little brother rabbit named Pippen. They actually love each other and are unlikely friends! Dez loves to be outdoors but he equally loves his time relaxing on the couch. He is a good sport while I have him pose for pictures. He has the most loving personality and is quite the character! Submitted by Adrianne B.
This is Violet. She loves people, playing in the yard, and riding in the car! She is looking for a forever home that can give her plenty of exercise each day. She does wish to be the only animal in the home so she can be the one and only. Violet very athletic, high energy, a great jogging partner, and can easily go on runs with her new humans. She is affectionate, fun, loyal, active, and intelligent. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Echo is a sweet, friendly, playful one year old girl. She loves everyone she meets, and everyone who meets her instantly falls for her. She is a happy, easy going girl, who loves to go on walks, play ball, or even go for little rides. Submitted by the Humane Society Morgan County Georgia.
Jewel is a very sweet and friendly two year old girl. She is very calm and gentle. She is just happy to be with anyone, and is looking for her new family. Jewel is a very good girl, and as long as she is with someone, she is content. Submitted by the Humane Society Morgan County Georgia.
Aleena is sweet and lively. She is probably part Rottweiler, but we don’t know for sure. She may grow up to be medium sized or large. Again, we don’t know for sure… But we do know she is sweet and pretty. Aleena has a sister named Kaitlee and a brother named Joshua, and they all like to sleep hard and play hard! Submitted by Theresa C.
Monty arrived as an early wedding present, and unknown to the gifter, it was one year to date after we got engaged. He has been nothing but a pleasure to have around. He is sitting, staying, coming, shaking, laying down and crawling… he learns so quick! Monty prefers sticks over everything else and loves to fetch! When Monty isn’t in play mode he loves to cuddle right up to me or my fiance. We couldn’t be happier with him! Submitted by Micki D.
Do you ever see a puppy so adorable that you do that high-pitched squealing sound and one single tear pops out? Sayori tends to induce that kind of reaction in people. She’s three months old and cuter than a button and has the best personality to boot. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
By Wendy Shore @ TotallyGoldens.com
Finally, after a long search you have find the right bundle of fur for you and your family, and it is time to start the preparations to welcome him home. Bringing him in is exciting, yet owning a pet dog brings in a great deal of responsibilities. Puppy proofing your home is first and foremost step that should be taken. It is important keep your little bundle of joy out of any trouble. Puppy proofing is just like preparing your home for a new infant or a curious toddler to remove all dangers. Just like a curious toddler, your puppy will try to inspect every electrical cord, closet, yard and even your favorite pair of shoes.
Before your puppy enters your house, yard or workplace, walk around and keep an eye out for hazardous stuff. Start by walking around your home and pick everything that seems dangerous. Mop your flooring, but do not use harsh chemicals to clean your floor. Once the basic cleaning is done, get on your hands and knees and start looking around the rooms from your new family member’s perspective. Under the bed, sofa and table, and pick anything that seems hazardous to you. If you have kids at your home, pick their small toys, stationary, books and try to keep these things away from your puppy. Specific details for each place in the house are mentioned below:
In The Kitchen
The kitchen contains various small and interesting things in the cabinet and on the shelf that smells and tastes good too. Keep all this stuff in the refrigerator and cabinets and keep them locked. Before bringing the puppy in, get some child-proof latches from the local hardware store. This will help you to keep potentially dangerous food out of reach. In addition to this, wrap any power cords with chew-proof PVC tape. Finally, keep the cutlery and glass crookery out of your pet’s reach.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is another dangerous place for your puppy. Remember to not keep any medications and chemicals under the sink. Keep all the cleaning materials, soaps and cotton swabs out of the reach of your dog because if any of these are indigested it may involve an emergency visit to veterinarian. Never forget to keep the toilet lid down. Better yet, keep the bathroom door closed if possible.
In the Bedroom
Everything that has your scent attracts your puppy, whether it be your shoes, clothes or any other personal belongings. Keep your personals locked, especially small stuff such as jewelry, hair ties, coins that can be ingested, and do not forget to secure any exposed cords or wires.
In the Living Area
The living room is the coziest room where family gatherings happen. Eating, snacking and partying usually happens in living room. You may have a lot of filled and empty plastic wrappers of food, cans with sharp edges, and even plastic canisters that can cause harm to your little ball of fur. Keep all of this stuff away out of his reach, and stay vigilant while eating when he is around. For the first few days until he understands where to go potty it is wise to hide loose items such as stow pillows and blankets.
In The Yard
Daffodils, foxglove, bird-of-paradise, and lupine are a few poisonous plants for your Fido. They may cause allergies, rash, vomiting or diarrhea. Therefore, look around your yard and eliminate the existence of poisonous plants such as these.
In addition to this, get a collapsible metal crate for your puppy before bringing him home. There are various benefits for pet owners to crate train their puppy. The crate is easy to carry, and you can decorate his crate with his toys to make him feel comfortable, and he can sleep in the crate when you are busy or until he gets used to living with you.
Puppy proofing may take some time initially, but it is better to be safe than sorry!
About the author: Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two, life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves: writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor, and editor of TotallyGoldens.com.