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Maddie’s Story – National Dog Day

On a lazy afternoon in November, my husband came to me and said, “Let’s go to the shelter and get another dog.” Needless to say, it took me less than two minutes to gather my belongings, jump in the car, and head to Arizona Animal Welfare League. It only took a couple of options before we saw Maddie and knew she’d be coming home to the Enright family.

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Maddie at 2 months!

 

After a week of getting settled with our new pup, Maddie developed Kennel Cough. We quickly got her on medication and by the time she was ready for her next check-up, the doctor discovered that Maddie had caught Pneumonia. This was the start of what would quickly turn into her unfortunate health pattern. We later learned that Maddie was born with an autoimmune disorder that weakened her immune system. Over the last two years, she’s not only had Kennel Cough and Pneumonia, but she’s had Giardia, Mange, Valley Fever and a battle with Incontinence.

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Maddie after she recovered from surgery. We told her the shaved-leg-look was in style! 🙂

Maddie has proved that she is a fighter. She’s such a happy dog that brings so much joy to our lives. It was a process getting her back to health and she’ll forever be on medication, but we don’t care. She lights up our life with her personality. It’s only fitting that Maddie’s birthday this year (today) falls on National Dog Day. Happy Birthday Maddie girl and Happy National Dog Day to all the dogs of the world!

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Maddie with dad at the vet

 

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Dogs + Babies

To me, dogs are pretty much the cutest things on the face of the earth. Put a baby next to one and well, you have yourself a match made in heaven. I don’t have any kids of my own yet and I don’t exactly even have baby-fever. One of my best friends, Sara, just had her first baby girl last week so now it’s pretty much all I can think about! I also have the famous napping duo Theo & Beau to thank for my obsession. Here are some of my faves:

(Photos found on Pinterest.com)

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5 reasons to adopt

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, here are the top five reasons to adopt your new pet!

1. IF YOU ADOPT, YOU’LL SAVE A LIFE

Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.

Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.

By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. WHEN YOU ADOPT, YOU GET A HEALTHY PET

Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong.” In fact, most animals are given to shelters or rescue groups because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes.

3. ADOPTING WILL SAVE YOU MONEY

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.

4. ADOPTING A PET WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER

Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

Pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren’t just good friends; they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.

5. IF YOU ADOPT, YOU WON’T BE SUPPORTING PUPPY MILLS AND PET STORES

Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most animals raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.

Puppy-mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet, and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them. Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy-buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.

By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing from them. Instead of buying a pet, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue group, where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies, kittens, and adult pets—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.

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