I Love My Mutt: Five Perks to Owning a Mixed-Breed Dog

Ace the mutt

My mutt Ace is a big, drooly black Lab mix with long legs and a blocky head.

Most people think he’s some sort of great dane or hound mix, but all his mixed-breed DNA test could tell me was “50 percent Labrador.”

When I adopted my dog, I wasn’t set on any particular breed or mixed breed, but I did know I wanted to adopt a dog in need.

This allowed me to choose a dog based on personality, temperament and energy vs. the dog’s appearance, which is the best advice I can give anyone when choosing a dog.

I have to admit, I will have a much harder time ignoring a dog’s appearance the next time I head out to adopt. Like most of us, I’m now drawn to all the dogs that look like my current dog – the big, shorthaired, black dogs.

And while I love purebred dogs, mutts will always be special because of my first dog Ace.

In my opinion, here are some of the perks to owning a mutt:

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Cruisin’ Canines: Wheelchairs for Dogs

There isn’t much more heart-breaking, or endearing for that matter, than a disabled animal facing physical limitations. Many still have a can-do attitude and simply need a little help getting around or returning to a somewhat normal lifestyle. For some, it’s a temporary need to help them recover post-surgery or injury as they heal. For others, they need a permanent solution.

Enter doggie wheelchairs.

Just like for humans, dog wheelchairs enable pets to be able to walk easier and ease stress on their body. They can take some getting used to at first, but before long, they’ll learn how to adapt. Dogs are smart creatures, after all. There are lots of success stories out there. [Read more…]

Do You Consider Yourself a Dog Mom?

Some dog owners love to be called “dog moms” or “dog dads” and they gladly refer to their pets as their fur kids. On the other hand, some people don’t like to think of their pets as their “kids.”

I asked five mothers how they feel about being called dog moms, and here’s what they had to say.

Lisa, Michael and Hudson

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Celebrating “Adopt a Shelter Pet Day” Every Day

Celebrating Adopt a Shelter Pet Day Every DayToday is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, a day where we spread awareness for pets that need homes in shelters and rescue organizations across the United States. The organizations in our local area are run by a group of dedicated individuals who have a strong passion for shelter pets and would do just about anything to help them find their forever homes.

One of these amazing volunteers is Sierra. In addition to adopting 3 shelter pets of her own, she also has volunteered and fostered animals with numerous rescue organizations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She improves the lives of animals every day.

 We had the pleasure of meeting Sierra (and her animals) and learning more about her connection to this important day.

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3 Spring Grooming Tips for a Happy Dog

3 Spring Grooming Tips for a Happy DogHealthy fur makes for a happy dog. But when your dog grows a thick coat in the winter, keeping it groomed and tangle-free isn’t always easy. That’s why spring is an important time to give your dog a good grooming.

Follow these three grooming tips to prepare your dog for spring:

1. Keep on brushing.
Whether your dog is short-haired or long-haired, repeated brushing removes loose hair from their winter coat and keeps it healthy and shiny. Choose brushes or combs that are gentle on your dog’s fur and skin, and see a professional groomer if you run into any tangles that are too tough to handle. [Read more…]