Do you guys remember the last time we visited the Pet Days event in Orange County? It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but I just took a look back at the archives and we went to the First Pet Days way back in 2008! I bet a lot has changed since then and hopefully it has expanded well beyond the small section it occupied 5 years ago.
Anyhow, we’re going back to the Fall Pet Days and we’ll be there representing Guide Dogs of America! I’m scheduled to be there this Sunday, November 3rd from 9am-12pm. Unfortunately, Adelle will not be joining me (she’s a Canine Support Teams pup). However, I will be working with GDA puppy in training, Duncan.
Here’s Duncan as a puppy (he’s the little guy).
Little Duncan, Big Swagger!
Duncan’s no longer a little guy…he’s probably closer to the size of Swagger (the big guy in the pic).
OC Pet Days
Okay so let’s get to the details about these OC Pet Days…
WHAT: 4th Annual Fall Pet Days
WHEN: November 2nd and 3rd, 2013: 9am-3pm
WHERE: Orange County Fairgrounds
Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive – Orange County Fairgrounds,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Pet Days Features:
- Pet Wellness Information
- Spay and Neuter Information
- Training Tips
- Animal Welfare Education
- Non-Profit Pet Organizations
- Specialty Rescue Groups
- Guest Speakers and Demonstrations
- plus ADOPTIONS
- Family Fun
- Free Face Paintings
- You’ll never find a better friend
Our annual Fall Pet Days are held in conjunction with the weekend swap meet at the OC Fair and Event Center.
Sorry birds or personal pets are not permitted at the OC Marketplace or Fairgrounds.
Here’s the flyer for the 4th Annual Fall Pet Days:
It’s only a few days away so don’t forget to mark your calendars. If you do decide to go don’t forget to stop by our GDA booth and say hello. Duncan and I will be there Sunday from 9am-12pm.
Have you been to one of the past Fall Pet Days at the OC Fairgrounds? If so, what did you think about it? Hopefully we see you guys this weekend!
Are you thinking about bringing home a new puppy? If so, you should consider adopting a puppy from your local animal shelter or rescue. We adopted our little Linus from the animal shelter over 8 years ago and it was perhaps the best decision we ever made!
Every year we try to support our local animal rescues and shelters by visiting, donating, and volunteering our time at the large pet adoption events. We’ve volunteered as fosters for puppies and dogs for Cuddly Canines Rescue. And of course we always like to share pictures here on the blog and at our Facebook page of adoptable pups and dogs from the adoption events we attend.
There are a lot of misconceptions about rescuing a dog or puppy. Here are a few we hear all the time.
A Few Misconceptions About Rescue Puppies
Looks like a black Labrador Retriever mix rescue puppy!
- There are only mixed breeds at rescues and shelters: The Humane Society estimates that 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred. We love our Aussie, Lab, Husky, Chow mix breed (actually that’s just a guess) Linus, but there are plenty of breed specific rescues out there too. Just go to PetFinder.com and search for your breed of choice.
- They don’t have puppies – Linus was an adorable 10 week old puppy when we picked him up from the Carson Animal Shelter. Check him out: Linus the Aussie mix puppy. Cuddly Canines rescues puppies and has adoptable puppies all the time. Check out their page: Cuddly Canines
- They don’t have purebred puppies – While it may be more difficult to find a purebred puppy of your choice we do see them all the time at rescues and shelters. I’ve seen litters of purebred Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherd puppies recently up for adoption. I also saw a litter of Labradoodles (technically not a purebred, but a very popular hybrid cross) up for adoption at PetFinder.com a few days ago.
So now that you know that there are puppies even purebred puppies available at animal shelters and rescues what are the 7 reasons why you should adopt a rescue puppy?
7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Rescue Puppy!
A rescue puppy will change your life! Every day I see the popular paw print bumper sticker “Who Rescued Who?” It’s so true!
Who Rescued Who? Adopt a rescue pup and you’ll know what it means…
#7 – They Will Make You More Social
First of all, a puppy won’t just make you more social it will make you the most popular person amongst your group of friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. Trust me, as a puppy foster and guide dog puppy raiser everyone becomes your best friend.
A second benefit is as your puppy gets old enough to go on walks through the neighborhood you’ll notice that you talk to your neighbors a whole heck of a lot more than before you had a puppy.
#6 – They Will Help Reduce Your Stress
Check out this study on stress relief and pets. Just in case you don’t want to click through to that article recent studies have shown that spending time with your pet may be a better stress reliever than talking your problems out with a friend!
Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present! (This may be partially due to the fact that pets don’t judge us; they just love us.)
Linus and Stetson are great listeners!
#5 – Your Future Jogging Partner
A new puppy will help get you more exercise. When they are puppies they probably won’t make great jogging partners, but as they get older they will make at least a good walking partner.
Of course as puppies you’ll probably be walking them back and forth to their potty spot in the backyard…also great exercise!
#4 – You Are Saving A Life
Some people have told me that this isn’t necessarily true because who wouldn’t have adopted that adorable puppy? I do agree that an adorable puppy will get adopted, but the longer he stays at the shelter or rescue the more likely other puppies and dogs will not be able to occupy his space in foster care or at the shelter.
That’s right I said other puppies may not have a place at the shelter. Did you know that some shelters will euthanize puppies if they are too young (under 8 weeks of age). This is because even though the pups would easily get adopted the shelter does not have the resources to care for a young litter of pups and if a rescue cannot come in and save these little guys the animal shelter is forced to euthanize
#3 – You Won’t Be Supporting Puppy Mills or Unethical Breeders
Please, please, please do not purchase a puppy from the pet store! I’ve heard and read that 99% of puppies at pet stores come from puppy mills. While I’m not sure where this statistic comes from I do know that the percentage is very high. So please, please, please, do not purchase a puppy from the pet store.
#2 – You Save Money
Adoption fees for a puppy from the animal shelter or rescue are much less than going to a breeder. Many breeders will charge thousands of dollars for their puppies. However, rescuing a puppy like Linus from the animal shelter cost us $37 and that included microchip and his first set of vaccinations. When I fostered for Cuddly Canines the adoption fee was $350 (a bargain in my books), but that included spay/neuter, de-worming, first round of vaccinations, grooming, and microchipping.
#1 – Puppy Breath!
YES! The Puppy Breath! It’s kind of a stanky, skunky smell, but if you’re a puppy lover I’m sure you already know and love the PUPPY BREATH!
There you have it! 7 reasons why you should adopt a rescue puppy! We adopted Linus just over 8 years ago and we haven’t regretted it one bit. Linus is a unique, one of a kind Australian Shepherd, Chow Chow, Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, and who know what else mix. We wouldn’t give him up for the world!
So how about you? Are you looking to adopt a rescue puppy or have you adopted a rescue puppy in the past? If so, tell us your story in the comment section below.
If you are looking to adopt a rescue puppy and you don’t know where to start might I suggest checking out PetFinder.com? That’s how we found our little Linus
As you all know I receive news through my RSS reader on a daily basis. Basically I just run filters through Google News that finds information about dog training, guide dogs, puppies, etc and sends it straight to my feed reader, called Google Reader. Here’s a short article I wrote about RSS feeds if you want more information.
I know everyone is following the World Cup and some of you may even have bought a World Cup Dog Jersey for your best friend. An article came through my feed reader that really caught my eye. The title was Fifa’s Head Of Refereeing Needs A Guide Dog.
Here’s a little excerpt from the article:
Garcia-Aranda says some of their decisions “are not good.” What about the disallowed goal which could have given the United States a late lead against Slovenia
Lucky for me I’m not a huge fan of soccer (football), but I did hear from many of my co-workers, friends, and on my news feed in Facebook about the egregious calls made against the U.S. team a few days ago.
I just thought this was an interesting article considering the topic of this blog (guide dog puppy training), the current craze of the World Cup sweeping across the globe, and also the timely post we recently added about World Cup Dog Jerseys.
By the way, if you’re interested in World Cup Dog Jerseys there are there are five different countries available: Brazil, England, France, Germany, and the United States.
Are you caught up in the excitement of the World Cup? Do you already have your favorite World Cup Jersey while you cheer for your country? I’m a fan of hockey, but every four years I must admit I flip the channel to see what’s going on with the World Cup. On the other hand, I have several crazy friends from Ireland, England, and other countries who are fanatical football fans (for us Americans…soccer). Now if you’re one of those fanatical fans then you might be interested in a new product I recently came across: World Cup Dog Jersey!
World Cup Dog Jersey
Earlier this year we won a contest for a world cup dog jersey. At the time we didn’t think to much of it, but we were a little bummed when we found out they did not make large dog sized jerseys. We ended up ordering the USA small jersey for my dad’s Cairn Terrier. Here’s a picture of him sporting his fancy new jersey:
I’m very impressed with the material and quality of the jersey. The material is very light weight and feels very similar to the material from my Nike Dry Fit Golf shirts. Here are a few more World Cup Dog Jersey details:
- Constructed of breathable micro-mesh fabric.
- Stretchable neck and waist for comfort.
- Vibrant colors. Wont fade.
- 100% polyester.
- This is the same jersey your National team is wearing. Now your four-legged friend can also sport this jersey!
By the way, the United States is not the only country available you can also get a dog jersey in the style of: Brazil, England, France, or Germany.
If you’re a fan of the world cup and a dog lover then I suggest you check out the website. I’m not too sure if they will be able to get your favorite world cup dog jersey delivered by the end of this years world cup, but I’m sure you’ll have something for your dog to be proud of for the next World Cup!
As I mentioned the other day we attended the Guide Dogs of America Graduation and had the opportunity to see Derby’s (our second guide dog puppy in training) brother Dexter graduate and become a working Guide Dog.
Guide Dog Graduation
I enjoy going to the GDA graduations even though it’s a bit of a hike to get out to the GDA campus. I usually takes a little over and hour from my place in Irvine, but traffic is unpredictable and it’s taken me as long as 2+ hours to get to Sylmar.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a puppy to take with me, but we did hitch a ride with Pat, Chuck, and Puppy In Training – Winter…as well as Setsu and Puppy In Training – Biwa.
There are always lots of happy tears at graduation and this year was no exception.
- Proud Puppy Raisers seeing their puppies all grown up and taking the final step to becoming a working Guide Dog…
- Guide dog handlers with their new guide dogs…
- Friends and family many of whom helped along the way…
I was emotional and very proud to see another dog from our Orange County group graduate and move on to become a Guide Dog.
Dexter The Guide Dog
It was great to see Dexter again who looked very handsome in his shiny new harness. We were lucky enough to take Dexter on several outings over the past year+ including a tour of Downtown Disney, a Movie, the Rainforest Cafe, and the Harvest Festival in Laguna Beach. I remember Dexter did a great job on all the outings. In fact, Dexter was so relaxed at the movies (I believe it was Public Enemies with Johnny Depp) he fell asleep and started snoring. I had to give him a couple nudges to make sure he wasn’t making too much noise.
Another highlight was riding on the trolley. Dexter curled up right under my feet and had no worries while we sped down the street from the parking lot to the Harvest Festival.
Here are a few pictures I have of Dexter while he was a Puppy In Training.
Dexter at Puppy Training Class
Dexter and I exiting the trolley
Dexter and Dutch getting some rest at the Harvest Festival
Dexter at graduation in his new harness
Congratulations to Dexter on becoming a working guide dog and best of luck to him and his new partner. Also congratulations to Janet and Joe for doing a great job as Dexter’s puppy raisers.
“Today, you have given the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals.”
That was the message I just received for clicking on a link on the Animal Rescue Site.
“You have just donated another 10 pieces of free kibble!”
That was the message I received for clicking on a link at the FreeKibbleKat and the FreeKibble websites.
How To Donate Food To Animal Rescues For Free
We’ve written about these sites before, but just this morning I came across an article at the Carolina Mountain Dog website reminding us about the importance of visiting these websites. Each visit to the Animal Rescue Site, FreeKibble, and FreeKibbleKat results in food donations to animal rescues. It’s a simple process:
- Click on the the Animal Rescue Site
- On the Animal Rescue Site click on the purple box that says: “Click here to give – It’s FREE!”
or you can donate at the FreeKibble or FreeKibbleKat websites.
- Click on the FreeKibble or FreeKibbleKat website.
- On the FreeKibble or FreeKibbleKat website answer the trivia question in the middle of the page.
- Whether you get the answer right or wrong FreeKibble will donate 10 pieces of kibble to an animal rescue.
As I mentioned earlier, a while back we had a complete write up about the FreeKibble.com website. If you have a moment I highly recommend you take a look at the About section on the FreeKibble.com website. It’s a pretty cool story about how the site was started and something we talked about here on Puppy In Training over a year ago.
Did you get a chance to make a free donation today? If not please visit on of these three sites: