Seriously today is my favorite day of the year and not because I’m actually allowed to stuff my face with candy!! Which I do love, but if I am honest I eat chocolate a couple times a week to curb the bitch within. I love this day because you can be whatever you want to be… (why they don’t make pre-assembled She Hulk costumes is beyond me!)You get to try out your artistic skills by carving pumpkins and of course
I also love the traditional meaning of this day and that is to remember the ones we have lost.(which to me also includes the animals) Those who have left me are constantly missed and if there is a time, when they can be more present or I just take the extra time to remember them, I consider that a win! My grandparents who are both gone got married on Oct.31 and have always enjoyed that as it interconnects things I love the most.
Here is a link to remind us of the traditional meanings for this day:
In regards to Halloween please remember to bring all pets in the house and give them a safe, comfortable place for them to hide and to block their access from any doors to prevent bolting. Not only are people cruel to animals on this night, but costumes are scary for dogs and cats. Please DO NOT leave any pets outdoors unattended either!!!!!
Here are also a few tips to keep your pets safe tonight 🙂
My animals from Halloween 2012:
I would do it more often, but I tend to like my animals not angry and plotting revenge.
Pumpkin Carving fun:
So tonight be safe, keep your animals safe and take some time in between those bites of chocolate and candy to remember those who have left this earth.
According to SPAY USA, an intact female dog, her mate and the resulting offspring (if none were spayed/neutered) add up to 12,288 puppies in 5 years.
An intact female cat, her mate and the resulting offspring (if none were spayed/neutered) add up to 11,801 kittens in 5 years.
Altered animals live longer, healthier lives. Female cats and dogs have reduced uterine, ovarian, and breast cancers. Male cats and dogs have reduced risks of prostrate cancer and disorders.
Altered animals make better, more affectionate companions.
Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark territory.
Neutered males are less likely to roam, run away, get hit by cars, get into fights or chase livestock.
Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates the heat cycle. That means no incessant crying, nervous behaviour, or unwanted males lingering around your house.
Spaying or neutering is a humane way of animal control. Many dogs or cats are euthanized daily. Many are tied up and shot. Many die because of disease or starvation.
When there are too many dogs or cats, pets that are casually acquired run the risk of being casually cared for.
Dogs that are not neutered are more likely to bite. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions, 70-76% of reported dog bite incidents are caused by intact males.
I have 7 reasons why I adopted, they are my family and they provide me with happiness and honestly keep me sane!
Working in Animal Rescue I can attest that the need to adopt is greater than the need to shop! I will post on puppy mills later! There is a animal out there just waiting for someone like you to give them a wonderful home. Please adopt and save a life when adding your next companion animal!!
SITES TO FINDING YOUR NEXT BEST FRIEND AND FAMILY MEMBER!!
In case “Because it’s the right thing to do” isn’t enough
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend.
1. Because you’ll save a life
A shelter pet is more than one in a million—she’s one in 2.7 million. That’s the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.
2. Because you’ll get a great animal.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong.
3. Because you’ll get a great bargain.
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you’ve scored a major deal—a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come.
4. Because of the bragging rights.
No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in.
5. Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills.
You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms 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.
Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.
6. Because your decor will thank you.
Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already house trained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug.
7. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem.
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. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
8. Because you’re environmentally responsible.
You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet can make something even better: She can make you happy.
9. Because The Shelter Pet Project will make it super-easy.
We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one.
10. Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world.
And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?
I offer therapeutic sports massage for dogs and photography for all animals and families.
I have been a photographer for 8 years and a pet lover for all of my life. My goal is to help
animals and to preserve their spirit and beauty in portraits.
I am a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and also have my Pet First Aid. Your pets are your family and I will treat them as if they are my own. I will ensure safe environments whether in a massage or on shoots.
My spare time includes working with Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation, Alberta Spay & Neuter Task Force and fostering for AARCS. Combining animals and animal welfare with photography are my passions combined! I am located in Okotoks but am willing to travel for nominal fees.
You will see regular blogs about animal related treatments, welfare and just general fun postings as well. I look forward to working with you and your animals!