The First Two Months After Adopting a Dog…

The First Two Months After Adopting a Dog...

It’s bound to be one of the most exciting days of your life. From this day forward you will forever have dog hair on your clothes and in your mouth at least one (or two) meals a week. But the future is bright and full of long walks, snuggles, and trips to the park.   Today is the day you adopted a dog. Everything is waiting for your new friend at home: bed, bowls, toys, treats, food, the works. As time goes on you love the dream life of dog ownership. Everything is going great – until it isn’t. What … Continue reading

5 Ways to Honor Your Pet that Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Honor Your Pet for the Loyalty!

Losing a pet carries with it a particular kind of grief. We watch them progress through their life so quickly from puppyhood to senior dog or kitten to senior cat at the blink of an eye.   When they are potty training or clawing furniture, their toddler stage feels like it lasts forever – but when it’s time to say goodbye it’s hard to even remember what it was like when they were babies. We see our furry family members go through so many stages of life, and as a result it feels like things go by in a blink … Continue reading

When Pet Parents Should Seek Professional Training

Training Your Pet Dogs? When Is the Right Time…

Training is a crucial part of a pet parent relationship. Not only can formal training improve communication between you and your pet, but it can also provide your pet with mental stimulation and exercise.   Many pet parents seek training when they bring a new puppy into their lives, but there are several other times throughout your dog’s life where it is not only appropriate, but encouraged to seek additional training, or even start training for the first time. Here are some key transitions in my opinion: NEW ADOPTION There is that old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog … Continue reading

Top Dog Adoption Tips to Start You Off on the Right Paw

Dog Adoption Advices to Get Along Easily With Your Pet Dog

Here are our top ‘day in the life’ tips for helping adopters start off on the right paw with a new dog during those oh-so-important first days after adopting… Don’t let the dog out of the car until you are sure that it is securely leashed. Once an adolescent or adult dog is out of the car you cannot expect it to stay with you as you might a puppy. Take the dog outside on leash to potty before even entering the house. The dog may not go, but it’s always worth a try. Even if a dog already has … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Animals in Need

Help Animals in Need and Make a Difference

For some of us, animals are a part of our soul. We connect with animals, grieve for their heartache, and find joy in their joy. Many people connect with animals so well because they are pure beings of sorts and tend to be victims of circumstance. Our hearts are affected by them, and therefore, many people discover the issues they face all over the globe and decide to do something about it. This is a great thing but it can be difficult to know where to start or how to help. Truthfully any small gesture can mean a huge difference … Continue reading

April Charity Spotlight on Dobies and Little Paws Rescue

Dobies and Little Paws Rescue: 4Knines Charity Spotlight April 2016

When dogs are rescued from Dobies and Little Paws Rescue, their new owners are reminded of the following: Please Remember… if, at any time in the future, even years later, you are unable to keep your dog, we want the dog back! What a beautiful promise! As these lucky dogs leave Dobies and Little Paws Rescue to join their new families, they leave with the promise that they will be taken care of, no matter what. Of course, Dobies and Little Paws Rescue does everything possible to make sure their dogs are paired with a perfect owner, and they have lots … Continue reading

5 Most (& Least) Expensive Cities to Own a Dog

Expensive Cities to Get Your Pet Dog

Though you can’t put a price on cold puppy nose kisses, you’re probably sacrificing a large portion of your small budget to take care of your best friend. Checkups, food, pet sitters — they all add up fast. But have you ever wondered if you’re paying too much because of where you live? According to a joint study completed by Redfin, Trupanion, and Rover.com, the total cost of dog ownership varies drastically across the country. Data analysts looked at the major expenses dog owners face across 116 major U.S. cities to determine how they ranked: The Most Expensive Cities to … Continue reading

January Charity Spotlight on Friends for Life

Friends for Life: 4Knines Charity Spotlight January 2016

Homeless and hungry, millions of stray dogs and feral cats are trying to survive another day in cities all over the country. Friends for Life Animal Rescue is dedicated to helping homeless and stray animals living on the streets and in the deserts in the Phoenix, AZ area. Without an advocate, these animals will likely suffer starvation, illness, or injury as they try to survive alone. Friends for Life began as Citizens for Tempe Strays in 1993 and quickly established a solid volunteer base and dedicated board of directors. Within two years, the organization was handling hundreds of adoptions. In 1996, … Continue reading

December Charity Spotlight on Canine Assistants

Canine Assistants: 4Knines Charity Spotlight December 2015

Training Great Dogs to Help Special People The volunteers at Canine Assistants have been working since 1991 to improve the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities, seizure conditions, or other special needs. Founded by Jennifer Arnold, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teenager, this non-profit organization trains and provides service dogs, seizure response dogs, and companion dogs to eligible applicants living in the Atlanta area. Because Jennifer fully understands the challenges of living with a life-changing diagnosis, she is inspired to provide others with the gift of unconditional love and acceptance offered by specially trained service dogs. … Continue reading

Want a Puppy for Christmas? Read This First!

Want a Puppy for Christmas Read This First

Ah! A new year is upon us! Everyone is cheerful and bright this time of year. We are ready to leap forward into the new year full of promise and adventure. Maybe you are considering jumping into that new year by getting a puppy for the holidays? Perhaps you saw a cute pup that needed a home for the holidays on a rescue group Facebook page or you have been surfing the internet for breeders of your favorite breed. But I have some advice for you today – Stop! Think about how this puppy will change your life! Puppies are … Continue reading