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Pet Friendly Newsletter - September 2007

PET QUOTES

"A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way." (Mary Carolyn Davies)

"Never feed your cat anything that clashes with the carpet." (Source Unknown)

PHOTOS FROM PROUD PET PARENTS

   
"Rutger is our 8 year old cockatiel. She loves kisses and scratches on the head, showers/baths, looking out the window and following you from room to room. She's so curious and loves new places to sit. She once thought the copier feeder tray was a great spot to sit for an evening, we made sure it wasn't turned on of course. When I'm painting in watercolors, I always have to watch because she will fly over and jump into my water dish. If she won't take no for an answer, I'll change the water before she gets in. She was our 'transition' pet when we lost our first dog and she's made a wonderful addition to our family."
- Diane from Winnipeg, Manitoba

"I'm so laid-back!" - Sent in by Mary

"Oh, I'm sleepy...... "- Maomao from Montreal, Quebec

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PET FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

Animal shelters and rescue organizations are filled with pets who have been turned in by their owners because of lifestyle issues: the dog requires too much attention or too much exercise, the cat needs regular grooming that they don't want to deal with, and so on.

Adopting a new pet is both exciting and rewarding ... and it should be a life-long commitment. Before you choose a new pet, consider how it will fit into your lifestyle. Ask yourself:

  • How active are you? If your family enjoys regular long- distance hiking or walking, look for an active breed dog that you'll be able to take with you. If you prefer to relax at home or you only like brief walks, a cat or a dog with low exercise needs will better suit you.

  • How much time can you devote to a pet? Dogs undeniably require more time and attention than cats do.

  • Can you afford to care for a pet? Pets come with a financial responsibility such as food, training, veterinary bills, grooming, boarding fees, and more.

  • What size of pet is appropriate? Is your home, yard, and car big enough to accommodate a large-breed dog? Are you able to physically handle a large dog? Do you have any physical conditions that may prevent you from exercising or caring for a pet?

  • What length of coat can you care for? Long-haired dogs and cats will require regular grooming to keep the coat healthy and tangle-free. If you don't have the time or the inclination to do this yourself, then factor in the time it takes to transport your pet to a groomer as well as the additional expense.

  • How often do you travel? If you travel often, this may not be the right time to adopt a pet. Wait until you have some time to spend adjusting to life with a new pet (and allow him to adjust to you too!).

    Traveling often doesn't mean you can't have a pet, but you will have to consider who is going to care for him while you are away - or will you take him with you? Consider the cost of boarding or pet-sitting, or look into pet-friendly accommodations so you can bring him along.

  • Do you own or rent your own home? Many landlords do not permit pets, and it's not a good idea to sneak them in (if you're found out, you risk being told to get rid of your pet). Make sure you have it in writing if you're allowed to have a pet.

  • What family considerations do you have? These include issues such as allergies, or family members with special needs. Many people with allergies still have pets because they're willing to do what it takes to manage their allergies. Is your family ready for such a commitment? Another big consideration is children: if you have very young children, for instance, or you plan to have children, it may not be the best idea to get a high-energy dog that requires a great deal of attention and supervision.

  • What age of pet do you want? Puppies and kittens are cute, but do you have the time to raise one? If not, consider adopting an adult or even a senior pet. Adult pets have plenty of love to give and will bond to their new people.

Make sure everyone in the household agrees to a pet and gets the opportunity to meet the pet prior to adoption. Take the time to find a pet that's a good match for you. It will ensure that you get the pet you want, and ensure that a pet gets a loving, permanent home.

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