Do you have a fur baby? Or do you have a couple of fur babies? In case you are wondering what fur babies are, they’re pets. I couldn’t imagine life without them. For me, they bring joy into my life. Now that our kids are grown and on their own, I just had to have an empty nester baby. LOL
My fur baby is a ShiChi, part Shi Zu, part Chihuahua. He’s four years old, and he’ll be 5 in October, his name is Mojo. LOL, And on our last visit, he weighed in at a whopping 5.1 lbs. He’s tiny, but he’s the alpha male. He also thinks he a German Shepperd. He has no fear, what’s so ever. Because he’s so small, I have a carrier, and I literally take him anywhere. Except for when I go to doctors or dentist appointments.
I’ll be writing this article using dogs as examples. But this article also includes other fur babies as well.
Pets can be from cats and dogs to birds and fish. One gal, my youngest works with has 18 tarantulas, and those are her fur babies. But to each their own, right? >shivers<
For almost half of my life, I loved cats and always had me a couple. The none day, when my daughter took my cat back to college with her, I bought my first dog. A Chihuahua named Tito, and ever since then, I’ve always had one. Last year I adopted a Staffordshire bull. I have never bonded with an animal so quickly, as she did me. But sadly I had to relinquish custody, she had attacked a dog of my daughters, and he died from complications due to the attack.
Rescue animals are a big thing right now. And considerably cheaper than breeds you can buy. My little one, Mojo, was given to me for free. But these shelters are overcrowded with dogs and cats. Most adult rescue dogs, if you get an older one, are usually potty trained and all that stuff. That can be a plus if you don’t have the time or patience to potty train a puppy. Not to mention everything else that comes along with puppies’. Each person is different.
As I mentioned, rescue pets have become quite popular. Over two million dogs are euthanized a year. By adopting a rescue animal, you’re saving a life. Most of these dogs just want to be loved, to be a part of a family, and have a forever home.
Most of these dogs are happy, healthy pets. While some do come from homes where they were neglected, even abused, I feel, those are the animals that need our love most. The adoption fee pays for that animal spayed or neutered. And as I stated above, many are already housebroken and are used to families.
There are so many puppy mills; some run poorly. It’s truly sad how some of these mills are run. The purpose of these puppies’ mom is to be bred and produce puppies’, over and over again. And once these mama dogs are no longer profitable, they’re abandoned, or worse put to sleep or auctioned off. It’s so sad.
Furbabies are Good for You!
Fur babies are great for companionship. To me, they are almost like having children, without the ups and downs of having teenagers. LOL Also, it helps if one is dealing with loneliness, and/or depression.
Many help by having a routine. Which routine is good for you as well. Some, who have retired benefit from having a routine. It gives your dog a reason to get out of bed. It occupies your time, giving you purpose in your life, and structure.
By having to take your dog for a walk, you are both getting exercise. Even when I don’t take Mojo for a walk, I’ll often go out with him when he’s in the yard. The fresh air and sunshine do me good. You can wind up even making friends when you walk your dog. A lot of cities have parks just for dogs. When we’re in Florida, we take Mojo to the dog beaches. He’s not too happy to get wet and having to swim, but he likes chilling on his boogie board. Often you will meet other dog owners, and talking about one another’s dog, is a great ice breaker.
Did you know that pets help with your stress? I don’t know about you, but I could use a little less stress in my life. Stress aggravates some of my health issues, sometimes making me ill or bedridden.
I have a friend that has two dogs, both big, and they would protect her if ever need be. Same with our youngest daughter, she has a Pitt. No one would get close enough to hurt her, cause her Pitt will stop them.
A pet gives you something to take care of. Nurturing is part of who we are.
Popular Names for Dogs
There are so many names for dogs, both male and female.
Unique Dog Names
- Van Gogh
Where Can I Go to Adopt?
If’ you’re considering adopting a pet, usually your local pet shelter can help you with that. And they’re great. When I adopted Bailey, my Staffordshire Bull, they had a meet and greet with me as well as Mojo.
They had this gorgeous Pitt with one green eye and the other blue. But during that meet and greet, I was unable to control him. I couldn’t handle him when he was on his leash. The main reason for a meet and greet is to see if the dog you’re considering adopting is the right fit for you.
Here are a few links that can help with your search for rescuing a dog or cat. You can add your city or zip code, and you’ll find local places where you can go to adopt your pet. Some may be no-kill shelters, where they don’t euthanize animals, but the pets do get shuffled around from one shelter to the next. All a rescue pet wants is to be loved. Are you up to loving a furbaby>
- Allie Cat Allies
- Good Mews (for cats)
- LifeLine Animal Project
- Real Simple
- Tabby’s Place (for cats)
- The Shelter Project
Items You Want to Get
You will want to get these supplies before bringing home your new fur baby. Keep in mind the size of your dog. And buy accordingly.
Schedule a vet checkup (if the shelter didn’t take care of this, you’d need to get shots and dog tags.) You will need to see your vet routinely, so consider that down the road.
Before bringing home your forever pet
- Baby gate
- Cat pan
- Cleaner that is non-toxic (in case of accidents.)
- Dog or cat bed.
- Groomer (this I found can cost between $30 to $40)
- Grooming suppled (comb/brush, nail clippers)
- ID Tags (essential to have your phone number on these)
- Kitty litter
- Litter scooper
- Poop baggies
Other items you might want to consider
- Microchip your new pet. Most shelters do this. Again the adoption fee is what pays for this too.
- Puppy pads (if you adopted a puppy, of course.)
- Training classes. (if you have the budget for this, because a lot of classes are not cheap.)
I’m sure I forgot some other supplies, but these are the basics and will have you set for your new-found friend.
When you have decided to adopt, congratulations to you! May you and your new furbaby be happy together. Love and cuddle that baby if he/she is a cuddler. Mojo isn’t, but he’s always beside me or in my lap. He doesn’t let me out of his sight. And I love him for that, most times. LOL
Please, send me pictures of your fur baby. Send to LCEndahl@takinbackcontrol.com. I’d LOVE to add them here! And thanks in advance.
Something to consider, whether you adopt a pet or not, shelters are almost always looking for volunteers as well as donations. There is more than one way to help these animals. And the shelters appreciate any kind of help.
Meet My Mojo
7 1/2 weeks old. Meet Mojo!
Mojo’s first haircut. Look at that bow!!!
Mojo on his boogie board at Honeymoon Island