Article by Hard Times
I was going for my daily run in the park the other day. As I was doing my stretching exercises a beautiful dog started to walk up to me. I think this animal was a lab or a golden retriever. I am a pet lover and it looked a little hungry so I stopped what I was doing and went to my car to find a bag of chips. I turned around and this dog was right next to me sitting down. I started to feed this animal my bag of chips. After they were gone I started to take my daily run of 3 miles and the dog began to run with me. I started to wonder if this lab or golden retriever was lost in the park, so as I was running I was listening to see if anyone was calling out. I ran my 3 miles and I did not hear anyone call for this dog. I wondered to myself what I am going to do. I decided to take this lab or golden retriever home.
I took pictures of this dog and made flyers to put up in the park, I also went to the internet and typed in pet classifieds for lost dog to post a lost dog pet ad. I did call the dog pound and they said they would try to find the owner, for a certain amount of time and then try to adopt the dog, but after a certain amount of time they would put down this dog. There is no way I would give this dog to them.
I did not get any calls on the flyers I put up or the pet ads of lost dogs. A week went by and I just did not know what to do. Then I called a pet veterinarian and asked them if anyone was asking for this dog. They told me no one has called about a lab or a golden retriever. She seemed very nice on the phone and we were talking and she asked why not keep the dog for yourself. I told her I really cannot have a dog at this time, she said to me off the record go to http://www.bigdog66.com pet classifieds and put the dog in as a pet adoption. I said thank you I might try that.
I thought about it and decided to give it a try. I was impressed by this website, because it did not look like the same old kind of pet websites like the others I submitted it to.
This website was truly a pet classified website for pets, they had pet adoptions, lost dogs, found dogs, lost cats, found cats, pet shows, pet sitting, pet training, pet breeders, pet grooming, pet foster, animal rescue, pet boarding, pet products, pet daycare, pet insurance, pet veterinarian, pet cemetery.
I like the fact that I could post my pet ad in the state I was living in and just maybe someone would recognize this dog. What I did was post a pet ad for lost dogs, and I also posted an ad in the pet adoptions.
I got a call from a woman that offered to be a pet foster for this dog if I would still help try to find a home for this animal. I was very impressed by that and took her name and number to think about it. I got a second call from this website. She was looking for her dog it was a lab and I thought this might be the person that lost her dog. She did come out to my apartment to really look at this lab or golden retriever but it was not her dog. We talked and she said to me if I need any help with this pet she would be more than willing to help me.
I never realized how much people cared about dogs, until now. I got a call from an older woman that saw my pet ad from that website in pet adoptions and she was very interested in adopting this dog. She told me her kids are grown and she’s alone and would like to adopt a dog if it was free. I sat there and thought for a minute, and told her the story of how I got this lab or golden retriever. She said she would like to see this goldin retriever but she did not drive a car. I decided to drive out to where she was living. It was a beautiful ranch home with lots of trees and land. I really did not want to give up this lab or golden retriever, but when I met this older woman I knew this animal was going to be a very lucky pet. We did talk for a while and I knew this dog had a home. I gave her my number and told her if things do not work out please call me back and I will pick up this animal. I called her a few times and we became friends, as we would talk she would be telling me about all the wonderful things this golden retriever is doing, but the one thing I know this dog is doing is making her very happy.
About the Author
Hard Times who lives in the USA that is a pet lover and wants people to turn to a really good pet classified website called http://www.bigdog66.com for pets. Being a pet lover I thought this would be not just a good story to tell but a great story to talk about.
Article by Ty Brown
There once was a man who wanted to make money utilizing his pet dog. So what did he do? He took all of his dog’s expenses and deducted them on his taxes, dog food, leashes, dog food bowls, veterinary bills, etc. His rationale was that his dog acted as a watchdog for his home and was therefore a security system, an allowed deduction by the IRS.
Was his deduction legal? I have no idea, I’m not an accountant. But I can certainly sympathize with the man. Pets, dogs especially, can be an expensive endeavor. In any given year you will spend on your dog hundreds of dollars on veterinary bills and medical treatments, hundreds or thousands more on dog food, and then you’ve got equipment, leashes, collars, and such. Your annual dog maintenance bill could easily reach into the thousands. What if you could take your love of dogs and turn it into a money making venture? Thousands have and are much better off for having done it.
There are several traditional ways to turn your dog-loving self into a pet entrepreneur. Thousands have gone into the dog training industry. These professionals spend thousands of dollars and years learning their craft. Dog training can be a tough and competitive industry, but very rewarding for those who are successful.
Thousands more have turned their love of dogs into a career as a dog groomer. This is another dog career that requires extensive training and ongoing learning. Commissions can be high, though, given enough clientele.
Within the last decade there have been an increasing number of pet professionals in the pet sitting/dog walking industry. This can be a fun dog-job for a pet lover. This job provides variety and a good living.
None of these pet careers compares, however, to a burgeoning new industry for people who wish to make a care working with dogs. Direct sales has typically been a career dominated by products marketed to people. Only in recent years has this business model been adopted to cater to pet products.
The pet food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Pet owners for years have purchased their pet food at grocery store or big box pet outlets. The pet foods purchased are typically full of fillers, preservatives, rotting animal carcasses not fit for human consumption, covered in throw-away grease purchased from restaurants, and completely lacking in nutrition.
A few pioneering companies are fighting this trend. These companies are creating quality dog and cat foods without these damaging by-products, and are selling them in a way never before attempted in the pet industry; direct sales and network marketing.
These new pet food representatives are finding an opportunity to not only provide superior pet foods and supplements but to line their wallets in the process. A successful pet food representative can quickly build a network of consumers who find that their pets are healthier and happier due to quality food, but are also saving money on vet bills, allergy treatments, and smaller portions. Representatives are able to harness the power of the internet, word-of-mouth, print advertising, etc. to build their business effectively. Representatives work part time, full time, and around their own schedules.
Do you love dogs? Do you want to have a career working with dogs and other pets? Consider becoming a pet food representative.
About the Author
Author Ty Brown is a renowned dog trainer whose training adventures and clients have taken him to 18 states and 5 countries to teach others how to properly train their dogs. Go to his site dogbehavioronline.com to learn more about becoming a pet food representative.
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If you met our Maggie now you would be seeing a very different dog to the one we rescued from the RSPCA three years ago. Her energy and lust for life betray nothing of the fact that not long ago she lay depressed at the floor of a steel kennel, not growling or barking but just licking; endlessly cleaning fur and humbly licking affection from the wardens as they came and fed her.
We had always been a doggy family and since I was a young boy we have had some wonderful animals, a beautiful but unintelligent Golden Retriever, a small and a little too inbred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and another dog we rescued who was remarkably intelligent. So bright was our rescue dog she could navigate herself three miles to my grandparents, a journey she had never been walked and only seen from a car window. And as much as we have loved all our dogs; Penny was our one in a million.
So, eventually we came to the stage where we lost our dogs. Penny was run over, the retriever died of a heart defect and Moppet, the cavalier lived the longest but died always pining for the loss of Penny. So we decided not to take on anymore dogs. But over the years the house seemed colder and less comforting when we entered; we grew fatter as we exercised less and meanwhile Maggie was lingering in a small kennel 15 miles from here.
My mum had been secretly been looking out for a new dog as my dad had decided he’d had enough dogs for one lifetime when one Saturday lunchtime the phone rang. “Right we’re, going to look at a dog”, she said just as he was sitting down to a cheese lunch. So he reluctantly climbed into the car and within the half hour they were at the local RSPCA centre.
“She’s so loving”, said a warden, “Let me get her”. Soon she was back and in her arms was a trembling black and tanned mongrel. She was handed to my mum and she looked down on her like she was a newly born babe, in return she got a pleading lick. At that was that, she was part of our family another rescue dog with a new loving home.
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Not surprisingly, many pet owners are now passing along some human lifestyle habits to their furry housemates. For a number of reasons, pet owners are opting to provide their animal companions with dietary choices once reserved for humans. Maintaining a proper diet regimen for our pets has always been an important responsibility of overall pet ownership. The trend toward more healthy pet foods has been growing for several years.
Dogs and cats are susceptible to many of the same diseases as their human counterparts. Diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions strike pets with some regularity. Prevention or treatment of these illnesses often requires changes to the animals diet. My own beloved Golden Retriever was stricken with canine diabetes that required daily doses of insulin and very careful monitoring of his blood glucose.
Just like a human with this debilitating disease, Einstein needed a very special diet in order to control his weight and keep his blood glucose levels in line. A local vet recommended a very expensive brand of food that was not much different in nutritional content then the cheaper stuff.
After consulting several veterinary specialists, we settled on a combination of off the shelf foods that worked fairly well. We would occasionally prepare home cooked meals for this sweet dog, following the same dietary prescriptions that would be used for humans. We found recipes that contained high protein levels, and were low in fat and carbohydrates. Vegetables like green pepper and zucchini made great snacks.
Aside from the obvious need to treat a medical condition with proper diet, many pet owners are looking for ways to prolong the life and good health of their animal companions. Home cooked pet food recipes are widely available giving pets access to some foods that they would only dream about while napping on the couch. Begging at the dinner table has become a thing of the past for many pets. Providing the proper balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates can be tricky at first, but some types of people food can be prepared to your pets benefit.
In 2005, there was a nationwide scare over pet foods that had been contaminated with a naturally occurring grain fungus. The fungus produces the poison aflatoxin that resulted in the recall over a dozen brands of dog and cat food. Sadly, there were reports of pets that died or became seriously ill because of the contamination.
Pets were again put at risk in 2007 when two cases of pet food contamination reportedly caused the deaths of thousands of dogs and cats world wide. Two industrial chemicals, aminopterin and melamine, was found in dozens of pet food products. Two massive product recalls were ordered but not before thousands of family companions died or became seriously ill. Pet owners were forced to spend enormous amounts of money to treat their sick pets.
These tragic events have driven more and more pet owners to reconsider what their pets eat. As a result, the market for natural and organic pet foods has grown significantly. Many pet owners are not only cooking for themselves but for their pets as well. When preparing food for your pet, always consult a veterinary professional. Cats, dogs and other domestic pets have very different dietary needs and owners need to educate themselves before firing up the stove.
When choosing a store bought pet food product, take the time to read the content labeling carefully. Just like humans, our pet companions need us to provide them with a balanced diet. If you have questions about what is best for your pet, always consult a veterinary professional.
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