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One Year with Lois

One year ago today we brought this sweet face home from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

She was so small and sweet.

And in the 12 months since, she’s become such a big part of our little family.

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No, really. She weighs twice as much now as when we got her.

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She’s celebrated the holidays,

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rocked a patriotic bandana with the best of them,

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snuggled with her daddy,

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covered my car in dog hair,

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made lots of friends,

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and made us extremely happy each day to have her in our lives.
Well, except the day she chewed up my new black pumps.

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In all seriousness, I try not to use the blog as my personal soap box, but in honor of Lois’ rescue and all of the thousands of shelter dogs like her who aren’t as fortunate each year, I would like to urge  anyone who is thinking of adopting a pet to go to their local shelter first before going to the pet stores and breeders. The innocent animals at shelters are just as loving and deserving of a home (if not more so) than the ones that breeders charge ridiculous amounts of money for.

How could you resist saving a face like this?

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“Top Five Reasons to Adopt -via the Humane Society of the United States 

Adopt, don’t shop
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are five reasons to adopt your new best friend.

1. You’ll save a life

Sadly, between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt from shelters. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, breed rescue group, or the local animal control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. You’ll get a healthy pet

Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they’ve been abused or done something "wrong". In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of "people reasons," not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time or financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes.

3. You’ll save money

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.

4. You’ll feel better

Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

Find your new best friend today! Search for adoptable pets at the Shelter Pet Project.

Pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren’t just good friends, they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.

5. You won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores

Puppy mills are "factory style" dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.
Puppy mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.

Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.

By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing their dogs. Instead of buying a dog, visit your local shelter where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies and adult dogs—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.”

Happy Adopt-a-versary Poocher Girl!
We love you and can’t wait to celebrate this day for many years to come!

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For the Love of Lois

Lois is doing great. We LOVE her and I just thought I’d update you on how’s she adjusting to life as a Leonard.

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Obviously, it’s a pretty hard life.

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Lois at 6 months

Nicknames: Puppy, Sug, Busef (don’t ask), Poocher, Baby Girl
Temperament: Energetic and, for the most part, well behaved. Loves socializing and playing with other dogs and people.
Things We Could Do Without: Separation Anxiety when we leave even for a moment. Excessive drooling in crate from said Separation Anxiety. Barking at anyone (real or imaginary) who comes to the door.
Toys She Loves: Rubber barbell, her Kong (especially when it’s filled with peanut butter), football tug toy and her rawhide bones. Oh, and my eyeglasses.

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Hobbies: Snuggling in the morning, running laps in the back yard, drinking water then dripping it all over the floor, humping her blanket and playing fetch with Dad.

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Tricks She Knows: Sit, Drop It (when playing fetch . . .kind of). We’re working on Stay and High Five.
Household Items She’s Chewed: One (the cord to the electrical blanket got stuck in her crate while we were at work)
Number of Nights Spent Apart: One but she got to spend it with her friend Ajax.

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It’s ridiculous how quickly we became ‘parents’ once we adopted this little booger. I’m obsessed with her and freak out if we have to leave her for more than a few hours. Potty training was *knock on wood* a breeze and she has made no attempts to destroy furniture or beg for food.

Basically, we love her and she’s my furry daughter and if writing this crazy-ass post doesn’t prove that I’m a dog mom for life then I don’t know what does.

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