Abbie the Australian Cattledog Mix

Abbie the Australian Cattledog Mix

Abbie is a one year old Cattledog mix. Abbie is a very sweet girl, and she gets along with several of the dogs here at the shelter. Abbie is a super fun and very loyal dog. And she loves, loves, loves the water! Abbie would be an excellent companion for hiking, camping, or a day at the lake. Abbie has been here so long, now 250 plus days, that she seems desperate to get someone to notice her. She just can’t understand why no one wants her. She does her best to get attention when someone comes in. She absolutely gives the best kisses and wants nothing more than to be next to you and loved. Yet day after day she watches as everyone passes her by. If only someone would take the time to get to know her instead of judging her right away by her behavior behind bars. Give her the time to know you before judging her shyness when you first take her out. There has to be someone out there for this beautiful girl. Submitted by the Humane Society Morgan County Georgia.

Abbie the Australian Cattledog Mix

Abbie the Australian Cattledog Mix

If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and are interested in adopting Abbie, please contact the Humane Society of Morgan County at info@humanemorgan.org

Humane Society of Morgan County

 
Shadow the Great Pyrenees, Border Collie Mix

Shadow the Great Pyrenees, Border Collie Mix

Shadow, who was known as Pongo at the rescue shelter, is growing like a weed and has fit into our family perfectly. He earned his name by always following us around, like a little Shadow. He makes us laugh at his antics all the time, he is such a joy. Thank you SO much! Submitted by the adopting family from the Humane Society Morgan County Georgia.

Shadow the Great Pyrenees, Border Collie Mix

Picking Shadow up at the shelter…

Shadow the Great Pyrenees, Border Collie Mix

 
The Importance of Dogs Maintaining Their Ideal Weight

The Importance of Dogs Maintaining Their Ideal Weight

When your dog puts his or her head on your lap and gives you those wide, begging eyes, it can be hard to resist sneaking them that extra serving of food.

Unfortunately, we dog owners have a tendency to do this too often, and vets estimate that up to 40% of the world’s pet dogs are overweight or obese. While many owners realize it is unhealthy for their dog to be overweight, few realize when their own dog has become obese. That is because it can sometimes be hard to notice. According to pet nutrition experts, James Wellbeloved, the difference between a dog with a healthy weight and being overweight can be just a few pounds.

With so many dogs at an unhealthy weight, it is important owners not only know how to recognize if and when their dog has become overweight, but how to help them return to and maintain a normal, healthy size.

The dangers of being overweight

Just like in humans, being overweight can lead to short and long-term health problems in dogs. Hypertension and respiratory problems create more pressure on the heart and can lead to cardiac issues, while diabetes and liver disease can also impact quality and length of life. There is also an increased risk of cancer with obesity, while some problems, like osteoarthritis, can confound the problem by restricting movement, making it harder for your dog to exercise and return to their ideal weight.

Ways to check your dog’s weight

Before you can know if your dog is at their ideal weight, you need to know what that weight should be. There are a number of online weight charts which give estimates for how much a dog should weigh as an adult according to their breed and sex. However, for a more accurate weight range for your own dog, you should speak to your vet.

The Importance of Dogs Maintaining Their Ideal Weight

Once you know how heavy your dog should be, weigh them on scales once a month to keep track. Ensure you stay up to date on your dog’s health by scheduling a full health check with your vet twice a year.

Finally, if you don’t have any scales at home to weigh your dog, you can do a basic check just by looking and feeling. Generally, you should not be able to see your dog’s spine or ribs just by looking at them, but you should be able to easily feel them below a thin layer of muscle and fat. Equally, your dog’s waist should taper inwards slightly at the hips; if it doesn’t, they might be overweight.

How to maintain your dog’s ideal weight

The best way to maintain your dog’s weight and, therefore, their good health, is to balance the right amount of exercise with a consistent and suitable diet. Most dog food that can be purchased in a supermarket is purpose-made according to the size and age of the dog for which it is intended, and comes with recommended daily servings. Following these guidelines is the best way to ensure your dog gets all the food they need without eating to excess.

Balance the diet with at least two walks a day and plenty of play. Different breeds need different amounts of exercise to burn off their energy and food, so speak with your vet about what is right for your dog.

Once your dog has reached their ideal weight, weigh them regularly and keep a diary to keep from straying outside their perfect range. We understand it can be difficult to resist feeding your dog some occasional treats, but it is what is best for your dog’s health, and if you substitute snacks for play, we guarantee your dog will still show you lots of love.

Bentley and Ginger the Dalmatians

Bentley and Ginger the Dalmatians

Less than four months ago we had to put our Bentley to sleep. He was over 14 years old and an incredibly bright dog who our neighbors nick-named Houdini because of his uncanny ability to escape closed windows and jump over eight foot fences. He loved people and loved his sister and litter mate Ginger. She was deaf from birth but you would never know it. Bentley and Ginger were absolutely the most beautiful Dalmatians you have ever seen. Well, three months before we had to put Bentley down we had to put Ginger to sleep. My wife Nancy and I miss them terribly but know they are happier where they are today. I never realized how much we loved the two of them. We cried for weeks. Submitted by Tom M.

Bentley and Ginger the Dalmatians

Bentley and Ginger the Dalmatians

Bentley the Dalmatians

Bentley the Dalmatians