It’s no surprise that we LOVE our canine companions. There are just too many reasons why we find them incredibly special and wonderful. But does this love depend on the type of breed they are? Are there certain personality traits that help us to appreciate our pooch more than others? Some dogs are easy to train, great around children and adventure buffs. Is this what you love about your dog? We do not discriminate, of course, but there are some breeds that are preferred more than others.
Without further ado, below is the list of top 20 most popular dog breeds in America, according to the American Kennel Club.
|GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS||2||2||2|
|POINTERS (GERMAN SHORTHAIRED)||11||12||13|
|CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIELS||18||19||18|
|PEMBROKE WELSH CORGIS||20||22||24|
And the Labrador Retriever takes number one, as it has for 25 consecutive years! Congratulations! Don’t be sad if your pooch did not make the list for 2015 most popular dog breeds. There’s always 2016. And there are many dogs that do not fit into one specific breed type and they are just as special and loving to all of us.
What is your favorite dog breed – if you have one?
Share a picture of your lovable pet on our Facebook page. We’d love to see what pet makes you feel more complete.
Are you thinking about getting a pet? Has your little girl been begging for a kitten for the last few years and you’re just not sure what to do? There are so many wonderful reasons to have a pet – trust us, we write about it all of the time – but the simple fact is that not everyone is ready for the responsibilities of pet ownership. You have to know what you are getting yourself into.
There are numerous positive things that a dog or cat can bring into your life – including unconditional love. There are also a few not-so-awesome things he or she might provide, like hairballs or diarrhea! Taking the time to think and evaluate your current situation will help you make the right decision.
Things to ask yourself before adopting a pet:
- Do you need a fenced in backyard?
- How often do you travel?
- Can you afford shots, health care products and hospital bills if something goes wrong?
- Do you have any other pets? If so, will they get along?
- Does your apartment complex allow animals? Find out exactly what their rules and regulations are.
- How often will you be able to take your dog for a walk?
- Will you need to purchase doggy daycare or get a pet sitter?
- Do you mind picking up after a pet goes to the bathroom outside or in a litter box?
- What type of environment has this pet been in or exposed to?
- Will his or her personality fit in with your family?
Pets are amazing creatures and adopting one can be the best experience of your life. However, many people adopt a pet only to find themselves in a situation they did not expect. Weigh all of the pros and cons before taking a pet home. Talk to all parties involved and make sure everyone is on board with the idea. Do you have someone in your life that is allergic? These are all things to take into consideration. Remember that it is a huge responsibility. Even if your child says they will take care of them, you may end up with the bulk of the work. Be prepared for anything!
Good luck and we hope you make the right decision.
You Could Win!
Share a picture of your pet in their Halloween costume, or a Halloween-themed pet photo, with us for a chance to win!
What Will You Win?
A care package for your dog or cat from 21st Century Animal HealthCare
A $25 PetSmart gift card
One cat and one dog will be announced as the winners on Friday, October 21st!
How to Enter
Post your original photo to our Facebook page: facebook.com/21stCenturyPet or tag us @21stCenturyPet. You will automatically be entered to win!
Good luck and Happy Halloween!
Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you’ve lost a pet? Have you ever been on a walk or outside only to find a roaming pet without identification?
Sadly, many people experience this more often than you might think. You’ve seen the signs around town and the social media posts online pleading for any help to find their furry loved one.
Whether you have experienced this personally or know someone who has, it’s never an easy situation to be in. So what should you do? Below are quick tips in case you find yourself in the midst of an unfortunate situation like a lost dog or cat. The first list helps you identify what to do if you personally have lost a pet. The second list (that we will provide later this month) will give you tips and tell you what to do if you have found a lost pet. We hope both outcomes end up positively for everyone involved.
What to do if you’ve lost a pet:
These tips might depend on where you’ve lost your pet. Did your pet get out of the back yard? Is he or she missing from inside the home?
- Try to stay calm and immediately think about the last place you saw your pet.
- Look around and inside the home thoroughly.
- Think about the details. Did he or she have a collar on? If so, is the information on the tag still accurate? Take the time to think about these things, as they will help you later along the way.
- Talk to your neighbors as soon as possible and let them know what is going on. The more people willing to help, the better.
- Call your local human society or animal control agency and ask if anyone has called to report a lost and found pet.
- Are you a member of your local neighborhood app? Immediately post a picture of your pet and a way to contact you if the pet is found. Post to as many online sites as you can.
- Make posters and signs to put up around the neighborhood. Put them up as soon as you can.
- Drive or walk around the neighborhood immediately. Be sure to have someone at home just in case something comes up.
- Advertise in your local paper, if the search is still ongoing after a couple of days.
- Don’t give up! Take all the steps and your chances of finding your pet are much greater.
It’s true that many people lose their pets. It’s also true that many people end up finding them. Do as much as you can and get as many people on the search as possible. Ask everyone and put up signs everywhere. Make sure the signs are very visible and perhaps have a reward listed. Don’t give up and try to stay positive.
If you have any other tips that have worked for you in the past, please share them with our followers on Facebook. Any help is greatly appreciated.
September 19th was Responsible Pet Owner Day, which leaves us wondering what exactly does it mean to be a ‘responsible pet owner’? Are there certain rules that apply? Do they make you fill out a prescreening form at the animal shelter before you take a new pet into your home proving that you are responsible enough?
The idea of being a responsible pet owner can be interpreted many different ways. Just like when raising a child, people do things differently and believe conflicting views. Some people think that being a responsible pet owner means taking dogs on two walks a day. Others might believe that it simply means feeding them well and keeping them alive.
We are not here to tell you how to raise your pet, but there are a few tips that we can share to help you along your pet-parenting journey. We’ve been in the business of pets for many years and have learned a few things along the way. How about we share a few of those with you now? Thank you for following our blog! Enjoy!
You could find it helpful to do the following…
- When you suspect and issue with your pet, don’t let it go on too long without addressing it. Call your veterinarian and/or pick up a pet healthcare product at your local pet specialty store. There many products available that can help your pet.
- Know and understand your pets and what stage of life they are in. This can help you determine what might be best for him or her.
- Use your best judgment. If you think it’s not the most responsible thing to do, it probably isn’t.
- Try to be proactive. This goes back to bullet number one. There are ways to support your pet’s health. There are products in our Essential Pet line – exclusively available at PetSmart stores – that can help support mobility, skin and coat health and more. See our website com for a fill list of our pet care products.
- Don’t skip the veterinarian’s office. #SimonSays
- Have fun and maintain a sense of humor with your pets. Pets make us smile so often. Appreciate and embrace these moments as much as you can. Sadly, most pets don’t live as long as humans. Taking the time to show love to your furry friends is crucial to feeling like a responsible pet owner.
- Be aware of the weather and other ailments. You might want to read and understand important articles with tips about when to have your pets outside, how much water they need, or when to avoid prolonged activities in the heat or cold conditions.
- Keep dangerous foods and other poisonous things away from your pet at all times.
There are other great tips for being a ‘responsible pet owner’. These are just a few. Feel free to share your tips on our Facebook page! We’d be happy to hear from fellow pet-lovers like ourselves.
Just like childcare providers, pet sitters and dog walkers are crucial for some of us to provide the best care possible for our furry loved ones. There are many reasons to appreciate and show our respect to these individuals, so we thought we’d write a blog post about it! If you are a pet sitter or pet walking companion, thank you for all that you do. We really appreciate it.
We know you are wonderful and understand the amount of pet-love that is required for this type of career, but have others ever wondered why people go into these types of jobs? Are you looking for an occupation with many loving rewards? Perhaps you should consider something in the pet business.
People around the web are talking about why they enjoy working with pets. Here are a few great reasons we found:
- You’re always greeted with a wag or a purr! People in this profession are usually passionate about helping pets. Working in a field that feeds that passion can be highly rewarding. Who wouldn’t want to be welcomed each day by these lovely creatures?
- Sometimes being a dog walker, pet sitter and even a pet groomer can mean that you own your own business. There are many benefits associated with having your own small business. Look into it! It might not be as complicated as you think.
- Helping a pet is more about passion than dollar bills. Many people who work with pets are helping them live a happier, healthier life. For someone who loves pets, this is more fulfilling than any amount of money coming into his or her bank account.
- Pets are exciting creatures! Human co-workers are great in their own ways, but pets are magnificent on different levels. Pets can be kind, loving and unpredictable. Working with pets can sometimes prove to be an unpredictable and fun profession.
- Are you having a bad day? Sometimes all you need is a furry friend to make you feel better. Pets have an amazing way of understanding humans and being there for us when we need them. If you work with pets and offer them affection and love, they might just return the favor once in a while.
- Pets can be challenging. Remember it’s not always going to be wagging tails and purrs. Sometimes separation from the owner can be stressful on the pets and that’s where the real skill comes as a pet sitter in managing to create an environment and support the pet while it is away from its owner or home space.
Whether you are thinking about working with pets or you do already, thank you for loving these beautiful creatures. We are in the pet industry as well and find it simply unexplainable how rewarding and amazing it is. We understand the time and commitment it takes to helping pets. Thank you for doing the hard work of being a pet sitter, pet companion or something similar. Here at 21st Century Animal HealthCare, we think you are doing a great job. Thanks again!