Do’s and Don’ts of dog Ownership/Parenting
Do love them always, feed them the best possible food you can afford. Play with them, exercise is good for you both. Train them, go to obedience class, you will be very thankful you did, and it might even stop you from relinquishing them in the future due to bad behaviour.
Let them be a part of the family, they are pack animals, they love their families, they need their families. Keep them fit and healthy. Take them to the vet, give them vaccines and get them fixed.
Be prepared beforehand for all possibilities, for injury, or death, for old age. Put them in the will and make sure you have a plan for them if you die.
Do this BEFORE you adopt. Oh, and adopt, do not buy. Consider adopting an old dog. [or cat] They have most likely been trained and they need a forever family.
Don’t buy anyone else a dog [or cat], its a personal decision. Don’t buy it for the kids, don’t buy for relatives, friends, etc.
Do not get another living breathing thing unless you have researched the heck out of it and know that you can deal with it. Don’t think of a pet as a commodity. Don’t get rid of them when they are old, have no time for them anymore: they don’t understand why they are being left behind. All they want is to be with you.
Don’t assume they will get over it if you do relinquish them to a rescue or shelter.
Don’t leave them kenneled for 8-10 hours a day then watch TV all night and then make them sleep for 8+ hours. Make time for them.
11 Years Old
Shiloh is a loveable, mellow 11 year old, compact 60 pound black lab mix. She enjoys belly rubs, playing fetch, taking walks and going for rides. She gets along well with other dogs and most people although she is shy of SOME men. She has been tempted to chase the cat. She is house trained and manages stairs very well.We initially thought that Shiloh could stay at home alone all day but have amended this and are looking for someone who is at home most of the day or can take a dog to work with them. Shiloh would be an ideal dog for going to work with her person.
She is an absolute dear and a treasure. We don’t want her to be lonely. She also will need a minimum of a half hour walk every day and some time to play fetch. She is a loyal companion who is happy to hang out quietly with you.
Shiloh’s foster mom says: “Now I am looking for an absolutely fantastic home for her. Every dog I have fostered so far has ended up with a better deal than I could give them if I kept them. I’ve come to realize that’s my gold standard and that’s what I need to find for any dog I foster.”
Can YOU bring home “the gold?”
Shiloh is being fostered in Olympia, WA.
Psalm 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
27 These ball look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.
psalm 147:7 Swing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.