We’ve been traveling across South Dakota. Sioux Falls is a pet friendly town (but too cold for me in winter). The prairie along I-90 is a vista to behold (couldn’t help but think of all the buffalo that once roamed there). The Badlands was other worldly (literally, I felt like I was on another planet). Now we are off the road for a couple of days to take in Custer State Park, the Black Hills, and Mount Rushmore.
Without further ado, here is this week’s Fetching News.
So you want to get a dog. And, of course, you want to avoid buying from a puppy mill. But with people more comfortable buying on the Internet, how do you know that a puppy mill isn’t lurking behind the shop on the website you may be considering? Well, you can glean some obvious and not so obvious tips from Making Rescue Less Necessary (or How to Avoid Internet Puppy Mills) by @WillMyDogHateMe.
I like this phrase: Don’t Shop, Adopt!” It means getting your next pet from a shelter or rescue and not from a pet shop whose “inventory” is generally supplied by puppy mills. The relationship between shelters, pet shops, and puppy mills is tenuous. Read how so in Giving Pet Shops and Puppy Mills the Boot by @DancingDogBlog. There’s also a great follow-up post here.
Pulling this all together is a Letter From a Shelter Manager that @MelzPetPals published on her blog. This letter is a must read if you want to arm yourself with information to debate the Don’t Shop, Adopt message. By the way, take a look at Mel’s slick, new blog design.
Clearly, the GoPetFriendly website and blog is all about traveling with your pet. So we’re a fan of @DogJaunt’s current contest requiring photo proof to show that you’ve actually left the house this summer WITH your dog. The prize is a medium-sized doggie warm weather rain jacket that, if you win, will give you and your pup less of an excuse to stay inside in foul weather.
Sometimes using parody, sometimes with well-researched arguments, @DoggyBytes has morphed into a well-respected site for raw feeding information. But even if you can’t see yourself going raw with your dog (or cat) and are just interested in improving the quality of what you’re feeding Fido, Go Back in Time & Make a 42 Minute Investment in Your Dog’s Health really is worth your time.
Do Microchips Cause Cancer? That was the question asked and answered by @AboutVetMed. I’m all about making informed decisions, so this post is a good read if you’re on the fence about microchipping your pet. Both of our dogs have been chipped – one for about 5 years and the other for 2 years. We’ve not had any problems or issues. Knock on wood.
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! Do something fun with your pet and Fill Us In!
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