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Let’s Talk Adoption!

You’ve decided you need something four-legged and fun in your life. Yay! But now what? How do you find the perfect pet? Let’s talk adoption.

But what if I want a specific breed?

Chances are, your favorite breed is hanging out in a rescue or shelter, just waiting for someone like you to come looking. Did you know there are tons of breed-specific rescues? Need a golden retriever to romp with your kids? Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue is here for you. Really like beagles and think their baying is a hoot? Triangle Beagle Rescue has you covered. Great danes, boxerspitbulls, dobermans; you name it, there’s a rescue dedicated to it. And that’s just in the NC Triangle!

Mya  Ivy- Pitbull Finn- Boxer

But those are all dogs. I’m more of a cat person.

Cats, cats, and more cats. And did we mention cats? Tabby cats, fluffy cats, freckle-nosed cats. Cats that cuddle. Independent cats. Cats that live to hunt bugs.

Chewy     Jessie     Zelena

But I need a puppy/kitten. No way an older animal will fit in with my family; too many bad habits to break.

Well, if you really feel that way, there are plenty of puppies and kittens in shelters! You can even adopt siblings from the same litter! But an older pet with home-life experience might suit you better than you think. Most of them are already house trained, and most shelters teach them basic commands too. Plus, if you’re looking for a certain personality, it’s much easier to find your perfect match when they’re mature enough to have a personality beyond “energetically adorable.”

(Pssst! All those beautiful little ones are actually adoptable! Click their pictures to learn more!)

But not all breeders are bad! 

Of course not! Some breeders are absolutely amazing, and love each fluffball like their own. If you find a great breeder who takes amazing care of their charges, absolutely go for it! A good breeder will be expensive, and rightly so. Many won’t do more than a couple litters in a year, and they spend a lot on keeping them healthy and eating well. Great breeders can produce great pets!


There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect new family member! If you can adopt, please do! Every time a pet goes to its forever home, space opens up for a new animal needing a second chance. If you’re looking to save more than the one you take home, adoption is the way to go. (Or just adopt them all! Everybody wins!)






Summer Heat on Doggy Feet

We’ve all had that summer experience; you get out of the pool, grab a towel and sprint as fast as you can over the asphalt, hoping your feet don’t burn. Well, it’s the same for our dogs! Their pads are awesome for walking on rough surfaces and different terrain, but they just aren’t heat proof. Here are a couple ways to help your pooch when you’re out on a walk!

Watch where you walk

Shade is your pup’s best friend! If you’ve got a wooded park with dirt paths nearby, you’re golden! Try to look for routes that have been shaded for most of the day. Asphalt can really hold in the heat, so it’s best to either go earlier in the morning before it’s warmed up, or in the evening after it’s been in the shade a while.

If there’s not a ton of shade where you live, try to find sidewalks and paths with grass next to it so your dog can walk in the cool, green grass. If there’s a lake, even better!nature-forest-trees-path


Pamper your pooch with paw protectors

There are tons of cute booties on the market for dogs now, and the rubber sole on the bottom will definitely protect their feet. Sometimes it may take some getting used to though…

 Soothing Salves

pawsoother_500_webIn an ideal world, nothing would ever happen to our pooch’s paws, but it’s impossible to avoid the asphalt forever. There are some great salves on the market to help your pet’s paws recover! Here’s a great one from Natural Dog Company with all natural ingredients. Since dogs tend to lick their paws to help them heal, it’s important to get something that’s as natural as possible.


How do you keep your dog’s paws cool? Let us know in the comments below!


The Top Five Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

The Top Five Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

Jordan Walker is very passionate about animals. As the lead content curator for Coops and Cages and other pet-related blog sites, he has written several articles about them and other various topics. In this post, he shares information on the best dog breeds that you can have if you have children at home.

There are several movies and TV series in which the main star is a dog. Though they are fun to watch, you should not base your choices on these shows. There are many things you have to consider when choosing a dog breed. You need to understand its disposition, temperament, energy level and size, as well as your family’s lifestyle. Also, you need to ask the breeder regarding the breed you are about to get for your family. So without further ado, here are the top five dog breeds that you can get for your kids.

The Bull Dog

Bulldogs have a tough, sturdy frame, which is perfect for children who love to horseplay. But if you are looking for an energetic pooch, then this is not the best choice. Bulldogs are friendly, gentle, and loyal. They can get along with other pets and breeds too. They can live in small apartments, as well as the big ones.

The Beagle

If you are familiar with Snoopy’s best friend, Woodstock, then you definitely have a little idea of how this breed looks like. Originally, beagles were hunting dogs. However, dog owners nowadays keep this canine breed as a pet. Beagles are perfect playmates for the active kids. They are strong and never get tired of playing. They are friendly, jolly and smart, which allows them to easily get along with other animals. But still, you need to give them regular bath as they tend to shed.

The Bull Terrier

Many people thought that they are aggressive because of their appearance. But actually, the Bull Terrier is one of the gentlest dogs that you can get. They are the best companion not only for adults, but also for kids. They can resist pain, which make them a perfect choice for rowdy kids, who are starting to learn how to treat dogs properly.

The Bull Terrier is a bit noisy. If you don’t play dog games with them, they may cause commotions in your house. Though they are a bit unruly sometimes, rest assured they will protect you and your children in times of trouble.

The Collie

Lassie, the famous dog in the family-oriented TV series of the same name, is a dog that belongs to this breed. Collies are gentle and easy to train, making it perfect for first timers. They rarely bite that make them an ideal choice for those who have kids. The good thing about this breed is that they are affectionate and protective.

Though they are mild-mannered, Collies were originally bred as a herding dog. Hence, don’t be afraid if your dog tries to herd your children. However, you must train your pooch not to herd your kids, even if it can be very reliable, especially if you are taking care a lot of kids. Since Collies have long fur, you need to give your dog proper and regular grooming to make it look neat and pleasant.

The Newfoundland

Often called as the “Nature’s Babysitter”, this breed is a kid-lover and is very protective of them. People define the Newfoundland dog breed as the Mother Teresa of dogs because of its kind, gentle and patient traits.

Families who have large open spaces in their houses can adopt this canine. Though they shed excessively and drool, they prefer staying inside and close to their masters. They are good swimmers and save lives of many people during emergencies.

Now you know some of the best dog breeds that you can get for your family, it will be easier for you to choose one that suits your family’s lifestyle. With these breeds, not only is your house protected from burglars and other wrongdoers, you can also rely on them in times of need.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only paired with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can by following his Twitter account: @JordanWalker82