Although Christmas might be over for this year, we can still keep that spirit of giving alive by making a contribution to one or more of our favorite charitable organizations. And if we do it before the end of the year, we get to take a tax deduction when we file our tax returns in the next few months!
Sharing this holiday with all members of our family, including the four-footed ones, is not a new idea. In fact, when we think back to how it all began it seems only natural that they should be a part of our Christmas celebration.
This Christmas, you can add some joy to your life by adopting a homeless pet from your local animal shelter. You get the companionship only a pet can offer, and in return your pet will enjoy the comfort and security only a loving home can bring.
Including our pets in our holiday celebrations is something many of us like to do. Whether you're staying home or hitting the road, a little planning can help to make the holiday safe and happy for everyone!
Some folks may be hesitant to adopt an older pet, but the advantages usually outweigh the disadvantages. Often the adoption fee is reduced for senior pets, making them a smart choice for adoption. In return, the human gets a healthy, loving pet, a companion and a new best friend!
Elle is the American Humane Association's 2013 Hero Dog of the year. She is a Therapy Dog and has her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. She is also an American Bull Terrier, often called a Pit Bull. Breeders say they are friendly, intelligent and make great family pets. Unfortunately there are those who misuse members of the breed for dogfighting because of their muscular build and strength.
Probably one of the things that makes dogs so appealing to us humans is that they have a natural smile. That and the fact that they make such great companions!
The month of October is Adopt-a-Dog Month. To help celebrate the occasion, let’s consider the American Humane Association’s list of the Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog From Your local animal shelter or animal rescue group.
Number ten on the list - You’ll never have to sweep your kitchen floor again.
Rabies has almost been eliminated in the United States - almost, but not entirely. Every year there are still one or two human deaths from the disease, and several thousand cases of rabies in animals reported.
Golden Retrievers are popular dogs - friendly, intelligent, energetic, and very loyal to their humans. When circumstances separated Mary Ellen Frazier from her dog, Bailey, it comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with this breed that both were anxious to find each other again.
The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways. Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories: Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.