A new week has begun! With that, we have a whole new set a reasons to love our pets. Here’s a video to get you into the right frame of mind for the busy week ahead of you. Don’t forget to take the time to have a few laughs with your best friend.
It’s always so exciting to have a new pup in the family, and giving your new best friend a name is one of the most fun parts of the whole thing. A quick look at one of those baby naming books will show you that the possibilities are endless, so it can be really hard to choose!
Keep these helpful tips in mind when you’re working to narrow down your choices. In the end, the name is as much for you as it for your new pup. Make it something you like!
- Make the naming process a family affair! Get everyone involved. One of your family members may come up with a name that you never would have thought of. If you wind up with too many options, take a vote. This is a fun activity that can be incorporated into family game night or simply as a way to bring everyone together for some quality time.
- Try to choose a name that is simple and easy for your new pet to understand. Avoid lengthy names. While longer names are often funny and clever, they can leave your pet confused.
- Avoid names that sound like the commands you will be using. Try to stay away from words that rhyme with “sit”, “stay”, “heal”, etc. You want to make training easy on yourself and your new dog.
- Choose a name that you will be happy to use for the rest of the dog’s life. Remember that you will be using it in public. Don’t name your dog something that you will be embarrassed to say in the vet’s office, around extended family, around the neighborhood, and in dog parks.
- It is usually a good idea to wait until you’ve brought your new dog home before choosing a name. This makes it easier to name your dog something that suits his personality. Waiting is also helpful for people who are having trouble choosing a name. Once you spend some time with your dog, the right name will often come to mind.
Naming your new family member is a fun process with results that will last through the life of your pet. One this is for sure: your dog is bound to love his new name as much as he loves you.
Fostering pets is great! It gets pets out of shelters and into their forever homes. Check out the story of When Julie Met Charlie, courtesy of Pet360.
Get more great info about fostering pets at Pet360.com/foster
Hedgehogs have banned in six of the United States, but that hasn’t stopped the remainder of our nation from taking them into their homes. Read more about the growing popularity of Hedgehogs among pet owners, courtesy of ABC News.
How about an entire social network?
With social networks such as MySocialPetwork and Kloof, our furry sidekicks are well on their way to owning their fair share of the social media channels. Check out this article on the newest addition to the growing number of social networks for pets: SmellMe.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has launched an exciting new feature for veterinarians and the public. The AVMA’s new Animal Welfare Hub provides a one-stop resource for any person seeking information on animal welfare policies, guidelines, or other animal welfare – related topic.
Animal lovers everywhere hold the responsibility of providing and advocating for the needs of our companion animals. One of the most important aspects of this responsibility is education. It also requires a great deal of attention to the mental and physical well-being of our pets and wildlife. To that end, the veterinary profession has taken the opportunity to share this wealth of information.
There are currently two AVMA entities working toward the overall objectives of this project: the Animal Welfare Committee and the Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions. In addition to these two standing committees, the AVMA has a number of other tasks forces and planning groups that are constantly working toward improving animal welfare.
By visiting the AVMA website, you can sign up for their quarterly animal welfare newsletter and read about ongoing projects and existing policies. If animal welfare is something that you’d like to learn more about, you should absolutely check out the resources they have provided on their site (after you’re finished enjoying all of these super happy animal photos).
Here are some resources for our aspiring animal welfare activists (click to learn more):
There are countless other animal welfare organizations on the international, national, state, and local levels. If you’re interested to learn how you can make an impact, speak with one of your local organizations. They will point you in the right direction!