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#RelationshipGoals this year: Ditch the dating and adopt a pet

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Make it special and set the best kind of #RelationshipGoals this year: Ditch the dating and adopt a pet.

When looking for love, you’re more likely to find the real deal at your local animal shelter than at your local bar, or on Tinder, or Ashley Madison for that matter. Just for starters, about 81 percent of people on dating sites and apps lie about height, weight or age in their profiles (according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study). But dogs and cats don’t lie about tail length or being housebroken, what you see is what you get.

Instead of roses this year, Best Friends Animal Society is offering you a dozen reasons why your #RelationshipGoals should include the adoption option. (You’re welcome.)

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1. Hanging with a pet will give pleasant new meaning to “Netflix and chill.”

2. Your pet’s lasting love will make you never fear being “ghosted” again.

3. Adopting a pet will help you overcome that fear of commitment.

4. You’ll always have someone there to kiss you good morning, even before you brush your teeth.

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5. Walking a cat on a harness and leash is a guaranteed attention-getter.

6. Chances are your pet will love to spoon and snuggle as much as you do, if not more.

7. Your new canine companion will give you a valid reason to hang out and meet people at the dog park.

8. More than 63 percent of people consider pets to be members of the family (according to the AVMA). So no matter what the configuration of a family unit, pets are a perfect source of love and companionship.

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9. If you’re not finding true love on Tinder, adopting a pet may be your answer.

10. A pet will help you get accustomed to 24/7 adoration and unconditional love.

11. An adopted pet can help you become less self-centered, as you learn to put another’s needs before your own.

12. If you’re looking for love, but are freaked out by forever, check with a local shelter or rescue to find out about fostering.

Best Friends Animal Society and its official media sponsor, Hallmark Channel are offering pet adoption fees starting at $14 to help you find “The One.” The national event is taking place February 1-15 at Best Friends adoption centers in Utah and Los Angeles, and at an event in New York, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. (More information about the promotion can be found at http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.)

“If you’re looking to bring home a new pet, few people will argue that adopted animals reward their people with a depth of love and loyalty that pets from other sources often don’t seem to rival,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and chief executive officer for Best Friends Animal Society. “They seem to know they were given a second chance, and they spend their lives repaying their families.”

Who knows, having a pet might even help you meet that special someone, if you haven’t already. Relationships come and go, but adoption can—and should– last a lifetime.

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Fetching Hope this holiday season

Cute and comfortable shoes that also help shelter dogs in need? Absolutely! Talk about a gift made in heaven! What dog lover wouldn’t love to find a pair under their tree? Imagine the excitement when the lucky recipient also learns that their fun and comfy shoes helped animal rescue too!

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This season Bzees is partnering with I Am Not A Monster to donate $5 per item sold to their Monster Holiday Drive, supporting animal rescue shelters across the United States.

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Bzees is the go-to footwear that is both simple and stylish. Easy-to-wear and easy-to-wash, Bzees is your ideal walking companion — besides your furry friend, of course! Bzees are designed with air-infused outsoles, free foam footbeds, dynamic stretch uppers and are antimicrobial. Translation: clouds on your feet!

Oh, did we mention they’re made for the washing machine? Dusty puppy paw-prints be gone!

Bzees is passionate about their favorite rescue dog and Chief Canine Officer, Oliver. They created Fetching Hope in his honor and through this effort, they’ll partner with animal rescue and advocacy groups to raise awareness and funds to improve, protect and comfort dogs in need.

You can even pick your own special elf to support through the Monster Holiday Drive… just look at these sweet faces!

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What are you waiting for? Go get some cute and comfy shoes for your loved ones (and a few for yourself) and help rescue pups at the same time. Gift giving for the win!

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Darling felt “internet animal” ornaments benefit the ASPCA

It had to be done. I just had to have these darling felt ornaments from West Elm. Not only are they cute, and will look perfect on our tiny live tree this year, but they help the animals of the ASPCA too.

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Inspired by some of Instagram’s most famous pets, like adorable Manny the Frenchie, West Elm created these ornaments to support the ASPCA®. For every ornament purchased, they donate $1 to the animal welfare organization. The full set includes Manny the Frenchie, Kokoro + Chibi, Nala the Cat, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, and Cookie.

Ornaments not your thing? They also have tea towels that feature the internet stars.

We weren’t compensated in any way for sharing this, we just really love them and the fact that they help animals.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Dogs

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On Thanksgiving, there’s always a lot to worry about before you can sit down at the table and enjoy your meal. Preparing your home and the food for your guests is time-consuming and can be stressful, and traveling can be, too. In all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to overlook things, especially when they’re out-of-the-ordinary, like holiday safety concerns for your dog. If you keep these Thanksgiving safety tips in mind, your dog will have a healthy and successful holiday, too. From using a DIY dog fence to ensuring turkey bones are thrown out, these things are easy to do and will ensure your dog stays safe.

Keep Your Dog Away from the Kitchen
Kitchen accidents involving dogs are common, especially around the holidays when cooking activity is increased. Dogs can be burned by hot liquids or cut by falling knives. They can also inadvertently get in your way, causing you to trip while opening the stove, for example. The best thing to do is to keep your dog out of the kitchen completely. An indoor wireless dog fence is great for this purpose, because it creates a barrier in your kitchen doorway that your dog cannot cross, but it doesn’t block your path like a gate would. You can also keep your dog in a closed room, but make sure they have plenty of toys and water available to them.

Make Sure Your Dog is Safe When You Travel
If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving and bringing your dog along, make sure they’re safe by keeping them restrained in the car, either in their crate or with a safety harness. This will make them safer in the event of a crash, and it will prevent them from distracting the driver. When visiting relatives, keep your dog contained, with either a portable invisible dog fence or in a crate. If they aren’t contained, keep an eye on them, and be on the lookout for safety hazards in a home that isn’t dog-proof, such as exposed electrical wires or medications.

Don’t Feed Your Dog Dangerous Foods
While you may want to stuff yourself at Thanksgiving dinner, don’t allow your dog to eat too much. It’s best to avoid giving them any table scraps, because an excess of new foods can upset your dog’s stomach. Chocolate and xylitol (a sugar substitute) are poisonous to dogs. Fatty foods, especially things like turkey skin, can cause pancreatitis. Turkey bones can cause your dog to choke or puncture their intestinal tract or throat. Alcohol, raw eggs, onions, grapes, nuts, and raisins are other foods that dogs should not eat. Make sure garbage cans are tightly closed, and take out trash immediately after the meal, especially the turkey carcass. When deciding where to position your outdoor garbage bin think about your dog’s natural curiosity. For some dogs it will make the most sense to place it securely inside the perimeter of your electric dog fence; for others you may want to put it outside the perimeter or in a secured place like the garage.

Know What Dog Stress Signals Look Like
When there are a lot of visitors around, dogs can become stressed. For their well-being, it’s best to keep dogs away from the excitement if they can’t handle it or begin exhibiting signs of stress. Signals to watch for in dogs are drooling, hiding, shivering, panting, cowering, whining, pacing, staring, growling, and raised fur. If you notice your dog behaving abnormally, remove them to a “safe zone” in a quiet area of the house where they can rest with toys, food, and water.

Ensure a Safe Environment for Your Dog
When decorating for Thanksgiving, be cautious using edible materials such as corn, pumpkins, and hay. While they aren’t poisonous, they can cause stomach issues or choking, so put them out-of-reach. Lit candles should always be high enough that they won’t get knocked over. If using light-up decorations, hide the electrical cords or cover them, so your dog can’t chew them.

Discuss Dog Safety with Relatives
Make sure your guests are aware of these basic safety measures, too. Ask them to secure their belongings, especially if their suitcases contain things like medicine or candy, in a place your dog can’t reach. Tell your guests not to feed your dog anything from the table. Make sure small children know that dogs don’t like to be hugged. Ask for help in monitoring your dog’s behavior, so that your guests can be on watch for stress signals or health issues, too. When traveling, ask your relatives to provide a safe area for your dog to relax when necessary. Inquire about their yard, as well, and find out if it has a traditional fence or an electronic dog fence.

Remember that the most important thing to do is pay attention to your dog and their actions. Keep your vet’s phone number handy, just in case of emergency. If you notice any difficulties this Thanksgiving, be sure to plan in advance for next year. If you have a tough time keeping your dog out of the kitchen, for example, research invisible fence reviews so you have a good tool to help. As always, adequate preparation makes the holidays go a lot more smoothly for everyone.

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