Interested in Learning About Helping Rescued Animals?

Are You Interested in Learning About Helping Rescued Animals?

At the mention of the commercials showing rescued animals, you surely get the reference. They bring many people to tears, calling in to pledge money and rescue the animals. Most of the time, what comes to mind is dogs and cats, the traditional household pets. However, there are plenty of other pets and animals in general that need to be rescued as well. Think about the endangered species and animals involved in oil spills. Consider the forest fires and the animals that get hurt in different ways out in the wild.

A lot of people make those phone calls. They may also go to local animal shelters and adopt pets such as the SPCA. They may be involved in occupations that deal with rescuing animals. My last dog, Kody, was a rescue. Then there are some people that take extra steps that others don’t normally take.

Most people can’t take in all kinds of wild animals and nurse them back to health, but that is exactly what one of my friends used to do. She found a wounded owl.


She had built her home out on land in a rural area. As mentioned, not everyone is going to nurse an owl and other wildlife back to health. Most people wouldn’t know how. Even she can surely get herself into a pickle. Do you have a soft heart when it comes to animals that need rescued? Who doesn’t, right? If only you could do something to rescue them all.

There is plenty you can do though.

There are multiple organizations that take donations for multiple causes. You can donate to all kinds of different causes. Perhaps you suddenly have the urge to have a new pet and go to the local animal shelter. Please make sure the decision is the right one for your home, and then get ready to welcome a new pet. It’s a big responsibility, so take you time and be sure. It’s not fare to the animal to bring something home, and then give up once you realize how much time and effort is required in owning a pet.

Loyal Friends

Maybe you will find a great new K9 friend, or maybe a soft fluffy cat. Animals are often helpless in our society because of the way the world is setup. Each of us can do our part to help those animals live with us happy and healthy. It makes it easy when certain animals like dogs just want love and to show love unconditionally.

Learning to Groom your Dog at Home

Tips For Grooming Dogs At Home To Save Money

Paying professionals for dog grooming can become pricey, and you’d be surprised by how quickly the numbers can add up. For this reason, many pet owners choose to take matters into their own hands by grooming their dogs at home. With a bit of trial and error, you can give your dog that wonderful professional looking cut that costs so much.


Of course, you should start by investing some money into pet clippers. Though you can use normal human hair clippers for shorter coats, pet clippers can help prevent snagging your pet’s coat. Spending a bit of extra money can also ensure that you get clippers that can be sharpened, basically extending its lifespan. Along with a pair of good clippers, sharp scissors are ideal for trimming the area around the eyes and ears.

Getting Ready

You will need an elevated surface in order to get your pet ready for grooming. Pet salons have work tables created for this purpose, but you can use your kitchen table. Make sure you place a mat on your table to ensure the surface isn’t wet or slippery.


Ideally, you should clip your pet’s coat usually anywhere from six to eight weeks. If your pet has a long coat prone to getting dirty or matting, you can increase the clipping intervals. Usually, you can gauge whether or not your dog needs grooming by how effectively you can brush its coat.

Tips For Proper Grooming

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    Always choose a spot that’s free of any potential distractions and where your dog can relax. Hair is going to get everywhere, so find a place where it’s easy to clean up the remnants of your grooming efforts.

  • Though not a necessity, you may wish to give your dog a bath before the clippers are used. Always use a shampoo that’s specially formulated for dogs, and brush your dog’s coat properly before using the clippers. Using a quality grooming tool that is effective in removing the underlying coat without hurting your pet will make things go smoothly. My preference would be the Equigroomer over anything else as I have tried other tools. It has a short blade that doesn’t touch the animals skin, rather, it pulls the dead hair and dander, similar to a cats tongue.


  • Your clippers should be used in the direction of the hair growth. Always use long smooth strokes to clip, and hard to reach spots or extremities should be groomed using scissors.

Just like people, pets need proper grooming too. Unfortunately, pet salons can be expensive, and if your pet needs regular grooming, the costs can start to add up quickly. You can master the art of using pet clippers fairly easily, and with a bit of trial and error, you will end up saving money.

Tips For Training And Showing Dogs

Tips For Training And Showing Dogs

Have you ever wanted to participate in a dog show? Dog shows can be a lot of fun, and they can also be very rewarding. With that said, you are going to want to learn more about training and showing dogs before you move forward with the process:

You Need The Right Kind Of Dog

For the most part, dogs that participate in shows are AKC registered purebred dogs. When dogs compete in these shows, they compete as a representative of their breed.

cocker-spaniel-pure-bred-relaxing.jpgThere are non-AKC dog shows out there, but these shows can be hard to find. If you want to make sure that you can be a part of shows, you’ll want to make sure that you own a purebred dog.

With that said, simply buying a dog that has two purebred parents may not be enough. You are also going to want to be careful about the breeder that you choose. You will want to find someone that has a record of breeding show dogs. If you go to someone like this, you will be able to find a dog that is perfectly suited to these kinds of events.

Training Your Dog

If you want your dog to be able to compete in shows, you aren’t going to want to trainer-walking-dachshundtrain them on your own. You are going to want to have them work with a professional trainer. This trainer will be able to give your dog all of the skills that they need.

A trainer isn’t going to just work with your dog on their behavior and on basic tricks. They are going to address the kinds of things that judges at dog shows look for. They will make sure that your pet is ready to compete.

You Should Attend Dog Shows


If you have never been to a dog show before, you should set aside the time to attend one. Participating in dog shows requires a big financial investment, and it also requires you to invest a lot of your time. You should make sure that it’s right for you before you commit to it.

Now that you know a little bit more about training and showing dogs, you can decide whether or not this world is something you want to be a part of.

No matter what you decide to do, it’s a smart idea to learn more about dog shows.