Dog Boarding in Los Angeles This Summer

Summer is one of the best times of the year. It’s full of fun holidays, fresh food, and amazing vacations. While many of us try and bring our dogs everywhere we go, sometimes it just isn’t possible; vacations can be one of those times. It also can be hard, especially if you’re new to a city, to find a reliable pet sitter or boarding facility. If you’re in Los Angeles, here are a few of our favorite boarding facilities to get you started on your search for the perfect spot. Not only are these places amazing and trustworthy, they are also top partners of ours that give back to rescues!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Bart

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re excited to share the sweet story of Mindy Magaña and her perfect pup, Bartholomew JoJo Simpson Magaña (Bart for short).

While Mindy didn’t think that she was a “dog person”, everything changed when her mom got a Belgian Shepherd a few years ago. Mindy fell in love and finally got a taste of what it’s like to have a pet. She got a cat to fill the void, but was soon looking for something more friendly and cuddly - enter Bart!

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The second Mindy saw a picture of Bart on the Wags and Walks website, she knew he was the one. She was taken by his little ‘hooves’ - as she calls his paws - because they reminded her of the Grinch’s assistant, Max. At their meet and greet, Bart immediately let Mindy hold him and she knew he was going to be her little guy forever.

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While potty training has had it’s challenges - Bart is a boy, so he likes to mark his territory - this is nothing in comparison to the love and joy he brings Mindy. Her favorite thing is the way Bart greets her after a long day; he stands on his hind legs, rubs his front two paws together, and wags his tail incessantly. Both of them are happiest in each other’s arms.

Bart has grown under the care of Mindy, too. While he used to be a little “growly” with other dogs, he’s become so much more social and friendly. Mindy is even making new friends around the neighborhood because everybody wants to stop to say hi to Bart!

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The special bond Mindy and Bart share is irreplaceable. Her friends tease her for being obsessed, but she doesn’t care - he’s her best friend!

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If you’re looking for the Bart to your Mindy, please visit our website to see our available dogs and fill out an adoption application.

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XO,

Team Wags

 

Foster Friday: Amy Disston

July is officially upon us and we hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday.   Another month of summer brings us so much joy and happiness as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. Summertime isn’t the only thing that makes us smile, however. Our wonderful fosters that dedicate their time to love and care for our pups who are looking for their furever homes keep us grinning all day long.

Today, the spotlight is on Amy Disston, who is beyond amazing as she’s fostered over 50 pups for us! Her story is a reason to make you smile. Without further ado, please meet Amy Disston. 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have always cared for animals as a small child - I used to carry caterpillars everywhere I went and I always had dogs and cats growing up. I have rescued many dogs, especially Mastiff breeds. I have done undercover puppy mill investigating in the Midwest and I rehab raccoons, skunks, and possums. I have 12 dogs of my own (don't ask!), a horse, and a pig - all rescues! I am a private chef and I make custom wedding and birthday cakes!

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

Betsy Rosenfeld Vargas!

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

Probably 50+! I usually foster the moms with pups and sometimes sick dogs. My favorite foster would probably be Anna Banana!

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What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

Getting them up to LA!!

How has fostering affected you?

I love that I can have a mom with her pups, play with them until they are ready to be adopted and I don't have to worry where they are being placed because I know Wags and Walks finds great homes! It's like being a grandparent!

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What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?

Seeing all the good homes Wags and Walks has for all the homeless pups is truly amazing.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

Not really, other than just DO IT!! Don't be sad when they leave, that's the happy part! These dogs are going to a HOME, remember that!  Without fosters these dogs might be dead!

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Thank you, Amy, for sharing your inspiring foster experience with us and continuing to spread your love for helping all animals in need. Amy has fostered an incredible amount of pups for us - big and small - and you can do the same!

Inspired by this story? Check out our foster page to learn more and get involved. We’d love to have you!

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XO,

Team Wags

Pucker Up For International Kissing Day!

International Kissing Day isn’t just a holiday for humans to celebrate. Anybody with a four-legged friend knows that the best kisses come from your furry, wet-nosed, slobbery pup.

Today is a day to celebrate love, friendship, and happiness with one of the most simple gestures - kissing! To get into the spirit, we wanted to share some of our favorite doggy kisses from our wonderful alumni, fosters, and volunteers. Enjoy, and pucker up!

As you can see, International Kissing Day is a holiday that is celebrated across all breeds, shapes, colors, and sizes. So whether you’re a pitbull or chihuahua person, pucker up and show your friends, family, and fur babies how much you love them! If you’re craving some permanent puppy kisses, make sure to check out our list of available dogs to find your perfect smooch partner.

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XO,
Team Wags

4th of July Safety Tips for Our Dogs

This weekend is all about barbecues, family/friends, and fireworks. It’s America’s birthday, and we LOVE celebrating it! But while we are having fun, it can actually be a very stressful time for our pets. If you’re hosting a 4th of July party at your house, you dog can get overwhelmed by having people there they don’t know. Add loud fireworks on top of that, and your normally calm and predictable pup is a completely different dog! Here are a few of our favorite safety tips:

4th of July Safety Tips for Pets:

  • Give them a lot of exercise- The morning of a big party or fireworks in your town, go on a long walk, run, or play date with another dog. Burning some energy can keep them relaxed later in the night if they get anxious.
  • Set up a space for them- If loud noises are a trigger for you pup, set them up in a room with no windows and in the middle of your home or apartment. Put their bed in there with a blanket and toy they love and play soft music. You can even put them in a thunder shirt (or tight t-shirt) to make them feel safe and secure.
  • Make sure your pets are secure-If you’re going to keep your pup out and you don’t have a closed in area, then have them on a leash. This ensures they can’t bolt out of an open door or gate if they get scared. Even if loud noises typically aren’t triggers for them, it’s better to be safe.
  • Watch what they are eating- From sneaking snacks under the table to picking up scraps on the ground, your dog always finds a way to get in some extra meals. Make sure you keep everything out of reach, especially hot grease from the grill and fireworks if you are shooting them off from your house. Dogs are amazing...but they aren’t always the brightest.
  • Make sure they have identification- While it’s safe for your dog to wear a collar every day, even if he/she is microchipped, it’s especially important during this holiday weekend! If your pup does run away, identification tags are the fastest way to get him/her back safely. Plus, a little patriotic wear will make for a great photo op with your pup!

These are only a few ways to keep your dog safe this holiday weekend. But keeping an eye out for any changes in your dog’s behavior is going to be the best way to prevent anything from happening. We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and take lots of patriotic photos to document your fun! Don’t forget to share them with us as well!

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 XO,

Team Wags

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Aspen

This week we are highlighting Noelle Belling and her journey to becoming a dog pawrent to the happy-go-lucky Aspen. Noelle always knew she was destined to give a permanent home to a pup in need, and we are thrilled to share her story with you today.

Family pets were always a staple of Noelle’s childhood, so it was obvious to her that she would eventually have a dog of her own - it was just a matter of when. Noelle fostered rescue pups from a local organization a few years ago, but finally decided it was time to give one a permanent home. Noelle first found out about Wags and Walks through Adopt A Pet.  Although the first dog that caught her eye was already pending adoption, it worked out for the best because she met Aspen and immediately fell in love with her personality.

“She was just happy as a clam,” Noelle says to describe her first encounter with Aspen. Aspen was just so happy to see people, very playful and loved her boyfriend’s dog - which was a big deal! Noelle’s boyfriend is also a dog owner to an 108 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, Emma, who isn’t normally playful with other dogs. When Aspen and Emma first met, they immediately started playing and running around together, which was a pleasant surprise and a clear sign to Noelle that she had found her perfect pup!

Aspen was a natural fit to Noelle’s extremely social and active lifestyle. The pair go on morning runs, frequently visit the dog park, and love dog beaches.  Aspen has even become a weekend brunch-goer too!

Although puppy training is not an easy walk in the park, Aspen and Noelle have come a long way. Aspen’s natural good habits, such as lying down near the dining room table without begging for food, sharing her toys and food with other dogs, and her natural intelligence, have pleasantly surprised Noelle.

Noelle continues to learn patience and calmness from Aspen, and is always excited to come home to her loving pup. Every morning, Noelle wakes up to Aspen sneaking up on the bed and greeting her with a big wet kiss. Aspen has become her little alarm clock, but unlike an iPhone, this one never hesitates to show her unconditional love and affection.  

We love heartwarming stories like Noelle and Aspen’s, and we are always so thrilled to hear about the strong bonds that our adopters form with their new pups. Like Noelle mentioned, training isn’t always easy but the unconditional love that you will receive in return is truly priceless.

If you’re a dog lover like Noelle and looking for your doggy soul mate, please visit our website to see our available dogs and fill out an adoption application.

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XO,

Team Wags

Foster Friday: Anaele Moore

Summer is officially upon us and we couldn’t be any happier! A little extra sun and warmth is just what we need after our long, rainy winter here in LA. With that said, we are so excited to share a little ray of Wags and Walks’ foster sunshine with you: Anaele Moore.

Anaele is a girl after our own hearts who found herself in LA after chasing the sun and never looked back. Since then, she’s changed the world for eight dogs through Wags and Walks’ fostering program, and we are eternally grateful for the time, effort and love she has given to these pups.

Without further ado, learn more about our foster spotlight of the week, Anaele:

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in a small town in France where I lived happily amongst the cows, horses and sheep before my family decided to move to Vancouver, Canada, where I would live out my high school years. At the age of 17, I decided I needed more sun in my life so I left for school at Loyola Marymount University. I’ve been in LA for around 3 years now and love to explore the city and the outdoors, I definitely don’t see moving away from the beach in my near future!

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

Animals have always been a huge and important part of my life. I have always dreamt of working with animals and I always enjoy life more when they’re around. Being a student with no concrete plan of where my life will take me in the next few years, I wanted to find a way to make dogs a bigger part of my life without committing long term until I knew that I was ready. Wags & Walks has given me the best of both worlds by allowing me to fall in love with so many different dogs of different sizes, breeds and personalities while knowing that they are going to wonderful forever families who are ready and able to take them in.

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To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

I started fostering around February 2017 and since then I believe I’ve fostered 8 dogs. I fall in love with all my pups, but my two favorites would probably be my first foster and my last. They also happen to be my smallest pup and my largest pup to date. My first was an 11 week old Chi/Beagle mix named Sprite and he was to die for cute; he totally melted my heart. My last was a gorgeous Siberian Husky named Jacob, and I seriously didn’t want to let him go!

What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

I foster a lot of puppies and live in a fully carpeted apartment, so cleanup can be stressful! I’ve definitely found ways to make this more manageable (including having a Dexter-esque section of my apartment that is covered with plastic wrap!) In the end, the payoff of having such sweet and loyal companions is always worth the extra time spent cleaning my carpets, and it has never deterred me from wanting to save more pups.

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How has fostering affected you?

I have always known I had a passion for giving back and fostering has allowed me to do just this. It is an incredible and bittersweet moment when a dog you’ve grown so attached to has to leave to a new home, but seeing my fosters with their new families and knowing how happy and loved they will be is an intensely fulfilling feeling. Fostering has definitely reaffirmed my love for animals and my want to continue working alongside people who share the same values as I do.

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?

I have found out that I have no idea what I want when it comes to a dog of my own. I have fallen in love with dogs that I never thought I would have. For example, my idea of a “dream” dog in the past had always been a Husky or a German-Shepherd, but since fostering I have found out that I love little dogs like Chihuahuas just as much! Each dog, no matter the breed or size, has such a unique and incredible personality.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

Be diligent and be prepared! Fostering is not always easy and it can be stressful at times, but it is so rewarding that any bumps in the road are insignificant in the grand scope of things. If you have been debating it, do it! You won’t regret it, and you will change the lives of so many families and dogs alike!

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Thank you so much, Anaele, for sharing your fostering experience with us. If she has inspired you and you’re interested in getting involved or learning more, please check out our foster page.

To stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

Celebrate International Day of Yoga with “Doga”!

Today is the International Day of Yoga, which is a celebration of the popular exercise known for its array of mental, physical and spiritual benefits. While yoga is an activity many enjoy alone, you can also include your pup - which has become known as “doga”!

Both you and your pooch can benefit from practicing yoga together. In addition to more sound sleep and increased circulation, your pup will love the quality time spent with his/her favorite human!

If you are interested in shaking up your pup’s routine, here are five doga poses that dogs of all sizes can easily perform.

Forward Bend

Stand with both feet under your hips. Roll and bend forward, hanging from your waist, with your hands and head low. Scoop up your dog to add its weight and bend further to increase the stretch.

Chair

Have your dog sit on its hind legs while holding the dog from behind. Raise the dog’s front paws in the air.

Puppy Paw Mudra

Have your dog lay on its stomach with their front legs extended outward. Kneel down behind the dog and place your head on its back while holding its front legs outward. Turn your head to the side.

Wheelbarrow

Stand behind dog and lean slightly forward. Gently pick its back lets up, supporting hip joints with both hands. Slowly encourage it to stretch and flex its torso.

Savasna

Have your dog lay on its back. Pet its exposed belly.

If you’re ready to do downward dog with your dog, there are some upcoming doga classes happening at various Healthy Spot locations in Los Angeles.

Remember, quality time with your pup doesn’t have to be limited to walks and couch cuddles. If yoga isn’t your thing, there are lots of other ways to workout with your pup. Read about some of our favorites here!

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Team Wags

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Sherman

This week’s Wagging Tail Wednesday is a heartwarming story about first-time dog owners Karli and Haiyang and a very special dog, Sherman (formerly known as James Brown). Even in just reading their story, you can see how much the love and affection of a rescue pup’s new parents can help even the most timid of pups blossom and thrive.

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Karli and Haiyang found Wags and Walks via Karli’s time volunteering at Wags Club. Before Wags, Sherman clearly had few positive experiences with humans; he was found on the streets alongside his brother, but Sherman has an inexplicable energy that Karli and Haiyang felt from the very first moment they met him.

They say you just “know” when it’s the right time to adopt a dog, and that is definitely the case for Karli and Haiyang when they adopted Sherman in October. They had wanted a dog (their first one!) for quite some time, but hadn’t yet found the right fit. When they met Sherman for the first time at an adoption event in Mar Vista, they had already scoped him out online quite a bit.

When they arrived at the adoption event, Karli and Haiyang saw many many cute and friendly dogs, but the only one who stood out to them was Sherman. He and his brother were hiding in the back corner under a table, and his fosters were trying - and failing - to get him to come out and socialize. Karli and Haiyang said they were drawn to Sherman immediately; they felt deeply sad that Sherman was sad, but he seemed so gentle. He had the sweetest face and eyes and was so unique looking, and from first sight, they just knew he had to be a part of their family.

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Like with all adoptions, Karli and Haiyang’s journey with Sherman has been a unique one full of its own series of challenges and surprises. As Sherman is a very shy dog, Karli and Haiyang have been slowly building trust with him.

While they were on vacation this past February, Sherman got away from his sitter and ran away during a horrible rainstorm in L.A.. Karli and Haiyang were away in Cambodia and felt inconsolable that Sherman was lost; they felt helpless. Thankfully, due to their friends and kind people in LA, Sherman was found and made it home safe and sound.

Their biggest surprise with Sherman came from a different moment together in their early months as a family. Late one night, Karli was home alone with Sherman. Sherman is a very quiet dog and they had never heard him bark or growl for 5 months before this moment, but when Haiyang came home unexpectedly, Sherman started barking at him...loudly!

They had never heard his voice before, and while they knew they were adopting a sweet and gentle soul, they didn’t know they were also adopting a guard dog! They were able to see the their growing bond by Sherman’s protecting Karli and the house in that moment.

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Karli and Haiyang have learned so much from their time with Sherman thus far, and while they have had their challenges, much of what they’ve learned is how wonderful of a dog he is; he just needs some extra love. Everyone who meets Sherman comments on how gentle and sweet he is, and he even takes his treats gently!

Karli and Haiyang love getting to know Sherman’s personality and building trust and their relationship with him. They especially love coming home to his smiley face and watching him play with his toys. Some of Sherman’s favorite things are throwing around his stuffed penguin...and stealing the dish towels off the counter and playing with them!

Karli and Haiyang can’t imagine a time when Sherman wasn’t a part of the family; they take him everywhere with them - the beach, road trips, breweries etc! Sherman has expanded their family in the best way possible, and they love him more than they could ever imagine.

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As with their story, adopting a new pet is just the beginning of your journey. Each of us has our own unique experience, and so does every dog. Learning each other’s habits and triggers takes time and patience, and Karli and Haiyang are doing exactly what you’re supposed to do - learning and absorbing every experience and giving Sherman all of their love...and receiving his love in return.

We at Wags and Walks are so lucky to be able to foster these forever bonds between amazing humans like Karli and Haiyang and wonderful, deserving, loving pups like Sherman. If you’re looking for your doggy soul mate, visit our website to see our available dogs and fill out an adoption application.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

Our Favorite Summer Dog Products

It’s not a pool party without your pup! As the summer months are finally upon us, we can start planning outdoor activities to take advantage of the warm weather with our furry friends. Here are some of our must-have doggy products for the summer, whether you’re hiking, on the lake, at the beach, or simply soaking up sun in your backyard.

TheraCool Gel Cooling Bed

Concrete can get too hot for your pup on a summer day, so this innovative bed makes sure they can lounge with you outside - without overheating! The gel cooling pad utilizes charcoal-infused, odor-absorbing technology to safely and naturally dissipate excess heat away from your pet. The Tri-Core gel cells add additional cooling power, while two extra foam core layers provide maximum support for rest and rejuvenation.

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Shark Life Vest

Your dog will be the center of attention with this fin-tastic life vest. Not only does it keep your pup safe while swimming, but it will keep you entertained for hours as well!

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Flamingo Float Toy

Anything flamingo-themed reminds us of tropical paradise, and therefore is perfect for summer! Keep your dog engaged and entertained with this fun toy while you sip pina coladas by the pool. It comes in the shape of a flamingo and actually floats in water, but it’s real calling card (as far as your dog is concerned) is the playful squeaking sounds it makes when squeezed.

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PawTector Wax

We get to wear shoes, but dogs have absolutely no protection when walking on things like hot pavement. PawTector is an organic, all-natural blend of carefully selected waxes and oils that creates a nourishing barrier to protect soft and delicate paw pads against the elements. It’s perfect for use before outdoor activities like hikes, walks and the beach.

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OllyDog OllyBottle

We all love taking advantage of these beautiful summer days by going on a long hike with our canine friends. During these warmer months, it’s important to make sure our pups are staying hydrated. The OllyBottle, a water bottle with a detachable bowl, is the solution to sharing water (but not slobber) with your dog when you're out on those long hikes.

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Dog Pool Float

For those diva dogs, this pool float lets your pup lounge in style. Vinyl-coated fabric and nonporous foam make this lounger ultra-buoyant and strong, and puncture-resistant, woven vinyl mesh ensures it won’t stain, fade, or mildew.

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Dog-Friendly Burger

Your pup doesn't have to worry about their summer body, so don’t leave them out during your summer barbeques. This doggie “cheese burger” is perfectly safe for your pup - and delicious!

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We hope you enjoy the dog days of summer with these products that are guaranteed to provide endless fun. If you are looking for something to do with your pup, check out some of our favorite outdoor activities in LA here!  

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XO,

Team Wags

Foster Friday- Elise Tate

Hello to June and hello Elise Tate - one of our amazing foster moms! Elise is truly one of a kind, as she’s somehow found the time to dedicate to fostering dogs despite her busy work schedule and traveling every month. One thing we’ve learned from her story is that if she can do it, you can too!  

Elise recently fostered the sweet Evie, who was treated like a queen before finding her forever home. Fosters like Elise put in so much time and effort to make our pups feel special and loved, and that’s what fostering is all about! Without further ado, here is Elise Tate:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m recently married, have two jobs, I love to travel, and of course, I love rescuing animals.

What got you started fostering for Wags and Walks?

It was a God send! My husband and I live in Michigan for half of the year (and foster animals there) and live in California the other half of the year. After fostering in Michigan, we were hoping to do the same here in Los Angeles! One of my neighbors happened to be Megan, who works for Wags and Walks. I was introduced to her via a mutual friend who knew we shared the same passion for helping animals.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)  

I’ve only fostered two dogs from Wags and Walks - one last year and one this year. My sweet Evie, who was my most recent foster, would have to be my favorite foster yet. All rescue pups have a distinct appreciation and loving yet thankful demeanor to them, but Evie was just on another level. She was so easy to take care of and was instantly my best little bud. I took her everywhere I went!

What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

Honestly, the biggest challenge with fostering really doesn't have to do with any of the dogs, it's more so my schedule and overcoming my out of town obstacles. I am never in town for a month at a time, so just nailing down a few weeks when I’ll be home is my issue. The flexibility of Wags and Walks has made it possible for me to foster whenever I am in town. The staff and other volunteers are just so amazing and accommodating. If I can make time to foster being  newly married, moving two times a year, having two jobs, and running a non-profit then…. trust me… I promise you can do it too!

I thought the most challenging part of fostering would be a number of things including:  training and breaking habits, or even giving the dogs back after growing attached, but honestly all of these things weren’t issues. When you foster an animal, you just become so connected to them, feel for them, and can see how grateful they are that you are showing them love. I think all foster parents can agree that you just have this innate drive to nurse them back to health and find them a forever home. The challenges I thought I’d have turned out to be motivators. I cannot say enough good things about fostering. If you do have any type of issue or need assistance during the process, the Wags and Walks staff are there to guide you every step of the way.

How has fostering affected you?  

Sounds corny, but it has definitely made me a better person. I have a different level of empathy and patience for all animals, which has actually translated into a great level of empathy and patience for people!!

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?  

I could not have predicted the level of fulfillment fostering would give me. People are always saying, “oh I could never let them go, I couldn't do this I couldn't do that”… well yes you can!  I  have become so proud of the dogs I foster for every little accomplishment, because you see SUCH a drastic change in the animal every day. Fostering is beyond rewarding… and addicting!

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

Do it. Push aside all of your possible excuses such as not having time, fear of getting attached, or not having a big enough yard or even a yard at all, etc. Trust me, these dogs are just thankful to be with you, and you’ll  figure out a way to make it work. The fulfillment you get as a foster parent is indescribable, but it keeps you coming back for more! 

Thank you, Elise, for sharing your foster experience with us! As she said, fostering is “beyond rewarding” and we can’t agree with her more! Like so many fosters, Elise has given so much unconditional love and care to her fosters, which truly helps the pups in their journey to finding their furever home.  

If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, please check out our foster page.


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XO,

Team Wags

2017 Pet Appreciation Week: 5 Benefits to Owning a Dog

In honor of Pet Appreciation Week this week, we want to focus on all the amazing ways dogs make our lives better. There are plenty of ways that we can celebrate the week with our dogs, but taking the time to really recognize what they do for us each and every day is the best appreciation there is. You might not even realize all the effects they are having on your life. Even if you do, here are a few of Wags and Walks’ favorite benefits to having a dog:

Dogs Help Relieve Stress

Having a dog around to play with and to pet is known to increase the levels of the stress-reducing hormone known as oxytocin and decrease the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. It’s also thought that petting dogs lowers your blood pressure, which is a physical measure of stress. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that having dogs around keeps things more fun and keeps you smiling, all of which impacts your overall levels of stress.

Meet Zeus, our sweet 1 1/2 year old Rottweiler Mix.

Meet Zeus, our sweet 1 1/2 year old Rottweiler Mix.

Dogs May Help Depression

Much like stress, having dogs around may help relieve anxiety and depression. In addition to an increased level of oxytocin, having a dog offers a soothing presence. They also offer unconditional love and acceptance, so you can talk to your pet, cuddle, and coexist without any judgement from them. Plus, they will always be happy to see you when you come home, and they seem to know just exactly when you need a little extra attention. Even your best of friends and family may not be able to offer that type of support 24/7.  

Dogs Keep You More Active

Dogs make you go outside and stay active. They require exercise and make it more fun to leave the house and work out. Whether you are just walking around the neighborhood or taking your dog with you on a hike, they keep you on track with your fitness goals. Taking your dog on one 30 minute walk a day can make a huge improvement on your overall health, while also keeping them in shape. Try finding new ways to incorporate them into your fitness, so that you get to spend more time with them while also focusing on your health!

Meet Shea, our 4 year old fawn Pit Bull.

Meet Shea, our 4 year old fawn Pit Bull.

Dogs Make You More Social

If you haven’t already noticed, having a dog around makes you more social. Whether you’re making friends with other dog families in the neighborhood, going to local dog parks, or just stopping to talk to people while you’re on a walk, it’s easier to talk to people when you get to talk about your favorite thing in the world: your dog. People always seem more approachable with a dog, so it’s an easy ice breaker to strike up a conversation.

Dogs Make You Feel Safer

Having a dog around can make you feel safer, which is good for your physical and mental health. Depending on the type of dog you have, they often can detect prowling or odd behavior before you can, so you feel safer from burglars whether you’re home or away. Plus, they react faster, and you know they will protect you if/when the time comes. Even if nothing ever happens, having a dog in the home is good for peace of mind.

Meet Canyon, our 8 month old Lab/Pit mix.

Meet Canyon, our 8 month old Lab/Pit mix.

These are only a few ways that our dogs make our lives better. We could go on for days why our dogs are amazing, but it’s important to recognize that there are health benefits to owning a dog and take a step back to think about these more important impacts.  We would love to hear how your dog impacts your life! If you don’t have a dog right now, we hope we’ve convinced you why you need one. Check out all of our cute Wags and Walks pups available for adoption right now!

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Wags and Walks at NKLA Super Adoption

This weekend, Wags and Walks is excited to be part of the annual NKLA Super Adoption event. Spanning all day Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th in Woodland Hills, the event will feature more than 1,000 adoptable dogs and cats who can’t wait to find their forever home!

All available pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Adopters will receive pet food, leashes, collars, coupons and other pet goodies while supplies last, and L.A.’s most popular food trucks will be on-site. Admission is free and you can bring the whole family - even well-behaved pups!

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Here are just a few of our dogs who will be attending this weekend and can’t wait to meet you!

Wags and Walks_NKLA Event_Bailey

Bailey is a 5 year old loving yellow Lab mix who is full of puppy energy and has so much love to give. Weighing about 55 pounds, she is eager to please, treat motivated and toy motivated. She is a total sweetheart who is good with children and just yearns for companionship. Bailey is super smiley, affectionate and all around a fun loving companion. She will thrive in a loving and active home looking for a walking, hiking or running buddy.  

Wags and Walks_NKLA Event_Darlene

Darlene is as sweet and bubbly as she is tiny. Just shy of 8 pounds, this 4 month old white Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix will steal your heart with her silly personality and gorgeous green eyes. Darlene can be a bit timid at first, but once she comes out of her shell she loves to run, play and snuggle. She gets along with other dogs once she spends a little bit of time with them and would do great in a home that's ready for the rewards and challenges of raising a new puppy!

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Indie is a gorgeous 7 month old pup who was listed as a Pit Bull at the shelter, but we believe she is more likely a Rhodesian Ridgeback or Lab mix. At 32 pounds, this sweet girl is extremely well behaved and mellow for a pup. She loves playing with toys and she's very affectionate. Indie wil give you all the hugs and kisses you've ever wanted!  She is great around all humans and dogs and would be best in an environment that is willing to give her the basic training any puppy needs!

Wags and Walks_NKLA Event_Buttercup

Buttercup is the kind of silly shaped, soulful eyed, squatty little pit bull mix you immediately fall in love with. She is only 1 year old and 28 pounds, and is as adorable as her tiny little legs. She is a gentle and loving girl who just needs to feel safe and loved. Buttercup didn't mind the other dogs at the shelter and warmed up to all of the people evaluating her. She likes being held like a baby for as long as you are willing and is treat motivated.  

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Jones is an adorable, charcoal grey Shih Tzu/Poodle mix. At 2 years old, this sweet and gentle soul is a total lap dog and seems to like other dogs. Weighing about 15 pounds, this sweetie is quiet and unsure, but the minute he is shown love he warms up instantly and becomes your best friend. Jones would make a wonderful addition to a home that is looking for a loyal and loving companion.  

Wags and Walks_NKLA Event_Hunter

Hunter is a ridiculously cute 4 month old white and tan spotted Cattle Dog that wants nothing but to love you and give you kisses... LOTS of kisses. He is as smart as he is spunky. Hunter is looking for an active forever family that wants to raise him and give him training to be the best dog he can possibly be!

Wags and Walks_NKLA Event_Cooper

Cooper is a 1 year old Papillon mix with ears for days! At 10 pounds, Cooper steals the heart of anyone he meets. He is a happy go lucky little guy, who loves to play and cuddle alike. He gets along with all people and dogs and would be great in any home that will welcome him into their family.

Wags and Walks_NKLA Event_Penny Lane

Penny Lane might not be in our ears, but she's definitely in our hearts! This sweet Frenchie/Boston Terrier/Boxer mix is 3 years old, 26 pounds and a total ray of sunshine. Penny Lane takes a minute to get used to her surroundings and get to know people, but once she does she'll give you all the kisses and love you could ever want. She loves to relax with her human, is very soulful and would thrive in a home that gives her a lot of affection.

We hope you visit us this weekend to find your new best friend. As you can see, we will have pups of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages. Adopt one to help save them all, and help us make L.A. a no-kill city! If you already have plans this weekend, you can always fill out an adoption application online.

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XO,

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Foster Friday: Isobel and David

This Friday before Memorial Day we are shining the spotlight on a foster duo coming to LA and Wags and Walks all the way from Australia - Isobel and David Lawrance. Memorial Day is a time often spent with family and friends, and while everyone is heading off to their long weekend, we are starting ours with a happy story of foster success! 

Isobel and David were the loving foster parents of Henry, before he recently got adopted to his forever home! The story of Isobel, David and Henry is a great example of how fostering dogs not only saves the dog’s life, but it can change yours as well! That’s all from us - we’ll let Isobel and David tell you the rest.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

We are a couple of Australians who moved to LA around 3 years ago. Isobel is an architect and I write for television.

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

We love animals and have 3 pet birds back in Australia. They’re being cared for by family while we’re gone, and we miss them a lot so figured caring for an animal in need here in the US would be rewarding for us and for the dog too. So, we signed up to become fosters and have so far found it to be an incredible experience.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

We have fostered one dog, the incomparable Henry. He has definitely been our favorite. He was with us for over 12 months.

 What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

Henry had a few behavior problems, which we worked through with a trainer. We persisted with the trainer’s methods and we feel like this really paid off. It made Henry much more confident during the meet & greet with Maggie, who ultimately adopted him!

How has fostering affected you?

For a start we now have a newfound appreciation for large dogs (Henry weighed nearly 100 pounds). We always gravitated towards small dogs but now we can only imagine spending time with the big ones. And, it’s made us a lot more confident with handling dogs in general. Henry’s fearfulness presented some challenges that we now can address in other dogs.

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?

Isobel: My biggest surprise was looking forward to face-licks.

David: And mine was probably how proud I felt to see my foster dog get adopted into a great forever home.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

I would say go for it. There may be some tough times (the hardest part is saying goodbye when your dog finds his or her forever home) but the happiness you’ll experience at seeing a new owner fall in love with your dog is well worth it.

While most foster relationships don’t continue for 12 months before the dog is adopted, David & Isobel’s dedication to Henry and his training was crucial to his being ready for a forever home. We are so happy that Henry found his forever home with Maggie and it would not have been without the endless love and support of Isobel and David!

Fostering is a  truly unique experience, and we are thankful to all of our fosters for helping us find our dogs their forever homes. If you are thinking about fostering and are still hesitant, you can find plenty more info about our foster program on our website. Like Isobel and David said, you will be surprised by what fostering can show you about the possibilities of dogs of all breeds and sizes.

With that, we hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend full of smiles, laughs and hopefully some doggie playtime and “face-licks”! And be sure to follow Wags and Walks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks. Because, really, who doesn’t love seeing photos of adorable dogs like Henry?

 

XO,

 Team Wags

Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease

May marks the arrival of warmer weather and more outdoor activities, which is why this month is also dubbed as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Lyme Disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world and can affect both dogs and humans. Our pets are constantly lounging and playing in conditions readily exposed to ticks, like going on a hike or taking a walk through long grass, so it’s important to understand what Lyme Disease is and how you can prevent it in your pup.

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria that gets into the bloodstream through a tick bite. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can travel to different parts of the body and cause problems in specific organs or locations, such as joints, as well as overall illness. A tick can transmit the disease once it has been attached to the dog for 24 to 48 hours, which is why prompt removal of a tick is crucial.

While there are various flea and tick products on the market (which we will dive into later), the best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to physically check your dog for ticks every day - especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. Ticks tend to crawl into harder-to-spot places in an attempt to hide, so it’s important to really go through hair by hair, making sure to check the ears, the muzzle, the face/neck, and in between the toes.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease:

  • Fever between 103° and 105°
  • Lameness (abnormal gait or stance)

  • Lethargy

  • Loss of appetite

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Difficulty breathing

If your dog is diagnosed with Lyme Disease, the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics (usually Doxycycline) and often the symptoms will resolve within a week. While Lyme Disease can usually be cured easily, there can also be more serious complications including damage to the kidneys, and rarely, heart or nervous system disease.

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The fear of Lyme Disease is not a reason to keep your pup from enjoying the great outdoors. As long as you make sure you are taking the proper precautions and are attuned to any abnormalities in your pup, you can continue enjoying this beautiful LA  weather with your dog!

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Team Wags

 

Travel Safety Tips for Pets

Summer is almost upon us, and that means there are more weekend trips in the near future! With Memorial Day Weekend only a week away, marking the unofficial start of summer, we thought it would be a great idea to go over some of our favorite pet travel safety tips. Between planning, packing, and actually getting to your destination, it’s easy to forget about all of the things your pets need on a vacation to stay safe. It would be so much easier if they could pack for themselves, but as far as we know, that isn’t something dogs know how to do just yet (though we wouldn’t put it past them)!

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Here are a few ways to travel safely with your pets:

Make a Pet Travel Bag

Much like yourself, your dog should have his/her own bag of essentials while you are away on your trip. Make sure you have enough food, bowls, water bottles (like this dog travel water bottle), all medication, an extra towel, poop bags, a first-aid kit, some treats, toys, and an extra leash. Just a small bag is all your dog needs to have a perfect vacation alongside you!

Bring Their Papers

It’s important to bring your pets’ papers whenever you are traveling away from home, especially when crossing state lines. Having an updated health certificate and additional documents included in your travel bag can never hurt. Your vet can provide all of this information to you.

Pack the Correct Wearables

Even if your dog is microchipped, make sure that you have a separate collar with an identification tag in case your pup gets loose. We always recommend that your dog has an additional collar or harness with an ID tag attached to the leash in the event he/she slips out of one. Although it may seem excessive, we know that things can happen, especially when your dog is somewhere unfamiliar.

Keep Your Pet Secure

It’s important to make sure your pup is secure in the car while you are driving - for both of your safety! A crate is an easy way to do this, but you can also use a dog harness with a seat belt clip or a hammock seat cover to give your pet a little more freedom. You can also use a pet barrier to keep your dog from jumping around to different sections in the car. While we love having our travel buddies sitting next to (or on top of) us, it’s more important to keep them safe and focus on the road.

Adjust Their Feeding Schedule

Before leaving for your trip, make sure to adjust your dog’s eating schedule. Especially for long trips, don’t put them in the car right after breakfast on a full stomach and bladder. Instead, feed them smaller meals throughout the trip. This will act as a reward at rest stops and also ensure there are no accidents or upset stomachs while you are driving. Once you get settled at your destination, you can resume their normal schedule.

Never Leave Them in the Car Alone

Although this may be common sense, it is always worth mentioning: never leave your dog in the car alone. It’s getting warmer out and it’s incredibly dangerous for them to be stuck in a car. Make sure to plan out your trip so you can bring your pup with you everywhere, or bring another human buddy along so you can take turns walking your dog on breaks. A trip can be stressful enough for your dog, and leaving them locked alone can only lead to more stress and potential serious issues.

Traveling with your dogs is fun, but it’s important to keep them safe at the same time. A few small additions to your trip will do just that!

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Wagging Tail Wednesday: April and Ashley

After celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend, we are reminded that there are many types of mothers out there - and dog moms deserve recognition too! This Wagging Tail Wednesday, we are excited to share the sweet story of Ashley (dog mom of two) and April the pit bull.

Ashley Niedzwiecki is one of Wags and Walks’ dedicated foster parents who turned permanent dog mom once she met April. Keep reading to learn how fostering turned permanent for Ashley, why she’s now an advocate for pit bulls, and the health scare that made her know it’s real.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your dog.

April was my 5th foster through Wags and Walks. I was volunteering at the NKLA Super Adoption event and saw that we pulled her from the shelter as the event was ending. As I was staring at her, I got a call from our foster coordinator, Megan. She asked if I saw the big pittie we just pulled and asked if I could foster her. I picked her up the next day and my dog and I instantly saw she was a special girl.

After fostering her for about 3 months she suddenly got really sick, blue in the mouth. I rushed her to the vet (amazing how light this 80 lb pup became in the moment of panic) and they said it didn’t look good. They put her on fluids and took X-rays and ran blood tests. I got an update that she probably won’t make it through the night. I prepared for the worst. The next morning I got the call from the vet and they said she was as good as new! They think she had some sort of allergic reaction. I went to pick her up and she was so happy to be going home. Once we got home my dog, Keely, jumped with joy that she was back. I knew she was here to stay. I couldn’t imagine anyone else having her after that experience.

How did you find out about Wags and Walks?

I heard about Wags and Walks through social media and knew I wanted to be involved in any way that I could.

How did you know your dog was “the one”?  

When I saw the girls together as best friends, I knew it was permanent. Plus, April is the type of amazing dog people tend to overlook - pit bull, cropped ears, over bred, 6 years old. She’s an angel!

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Have there been any challenges or setbacks you’ve had to overcome? What was your biggest surprise?

Separation anxiety…. We worked on it and she’s now crate trained and loves her crate. Crate time = treat time!

What is your favorite thing about your dog? Does he/she have any funny quirks?

She is like a little hippo. She jumps around when I come home and it’s the cutest thing. Her purrs are pretty adorable too.

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What is your favorite thing about being a doggy parent?

Having unconditional love. They are always excited to see me, even if I just leave to go check the mail.

How has your dog changed you?

April has taught me patience and to be an advocate for pits like her.

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As you can see from Ashley’s story, fostering is a wonderful way to test the waters if you are considering adopting a pup. If it’s meant to be, like it was for Ashley and April, then you will know. If you are interested in becoming a dog mom (or dad!) please check out our available dogs - and remember, this page is constantly being updated with new pups.

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XO,

Team Wags

Foster Friday: Jorja Tikaram

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to feature one of our amazing foster moms, Jorja Tikaram! Jorja has proven that even with a baby on the way (and with that same baby as a newborn), you can still make time to foster a dog. Her passion and love for animals is truly inspiring to us and we can’t wait for you to hear her story!

Fostering isn’t always easy, but it’s so rewarding and greatly appreciated, by not only our wonderful rescue pups, but by everyone at Wags and Walks.  We hope that Jorja’s story will encourage all of you animal lovers to make time in your busy schedules to foster a wonderful dog.  You won’t regret it!  

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm Australian and moved to Los Angeles with my husband for his job.  I love animals, yoga, the beach, hiking and exploring new places!

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

I've always loved dogs and being here in Los Angeles and I noticed that there were a lot of dog rescues looking for fosters.  My heart jumped at the opportunity to help a dog in need, so I applied straight away. I came across Wags and Walks while searching for various foster programs that were in need of support.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

I've only fostered two dogs with Wags and Walks: Sweetpea being the longest, over one year!  Sweetpea of course was my favorite, as she stole my heart in the long time we took care of her.

Downward dog champ!

Downward dog champ!

What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

Letting go would have to be the biggest challenge for me.  It’s so easy to get attached to these dogs that you’ve spent so much time with and are so used to seeing.  Though letting go is such a challenge, knowing that these dogs have found their forever home is so satisfying.

How has fostering affected you?

Fostering has definitely broken my heart a couple times, as it’s so hard to say goodbye to the pups once they’ve been adopted. Though it can be heartbreaking, fostering has also made me love and appreciate pitbulls.  After fostering a pitbull and adoring her for how sweet and loving she was, I have become an advocate for the precious breed.

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?  

The length of time it can take for a beautiful dog to be adopted has surprised me the most. I feel that dogs with certain challenges are looked down upon and people miss out on their best qualities- like pit bulls who are simply judged based on their breed.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

My advice would be to keep an open heart, be patient, and be kind. These animals have been through alot and just want your love and care.  

Thank you Jorja, for sharing your foster experience with us!  We are so happy that you decided to foster with Wags and Walks, and we can’t wait to hear about your next foster experience.  You are truly an amazing foster mom to our pups and amazing new mom to your sweet baby! As Jorja shared in her story, with an open heart, fostering makes you realize the amazing qualities that these animals truly have- we can’t agree with her more!  It’s fosters like Jorja, that make it possible for us to continue our mission to save more dogs.  

We are eternally grateful to all of our fosters who have dedicated their time to show unconditional love and care to our rescue dogs who are in the process of finding  their forever homes. If you are interested, you can learn more about fostering or apply to foster directly online through our foster page.

Wishing all of the amazing doggie moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you are spoiled on this special day with lots of doggy kisses, snuggles, and quality time with your pup!

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Team Wags

Celebrating National Chip Your Pet Month

Why Should You Microchip Your Dog?

May marks National Chip Your Pet month, and no that doesn’t mean it’s national dress your pet up like your favorite chip month or make your pet into a chip meme month. While those are both cute ways to celebrate the word chip with your pup, this month’s purpose is to raise awareness for the importance of microchipping your furry friend for safety!

Although an increasingly common procedure used by owners to help make sure their dog can always return home, not everyone microchips their pets. At Wags and Walks, we make all our dogs are microchipped before they go to their forever home. To help raise awareness for the importance of microchipping your pet, we thought we’d give a rundown on what it means to “microchip” your dog!

What is a microchip?

Before we get ahead of ourselves, you may be wondering what a “microchip” even is. In this case, a microchip is a tiny cylinder, about the size of a grain of rice, that is inserted just under your pet’s skin - normally between the shoulder blades behind the neck. It takes just a few seconds to insert the chip, and inside of the chip is an antenna that registers an identification code when scanned.

While the dog may feel uncomfortable in the moment that the vet is placing the chip under his/her skin, the chip is too small to feel after it is placed! The process doesn’t hurt any more than a routine vaccination, and it is a one-time procedure. After the chip is placed, you can then link your contact information to the chip online or through a form that your vet or shelter provides you.  

From the moment your pup has been microchipped, he/she will always be able to find home as long as he/she is brought to a veterinarian, animal shelter, or any organization with a microchip scanner. It’s as easy as that!

Meet Popeye. Popeye is nothing but smiles; he is also microchipped!

Meet Popeye. Popeye is nothing but smiles; he is also microchipped!

Isn’t the purpose of a microchip the same as getting a doggy tag?

Yes, a microchip and a dog tag are both meant to help you keep your dog safe, and a doggy tag placed on your dog’s collar or harness is a great and important form of immediate identification. If your dog is ever found by someone who doesn’t have a scanner on hand, that person can quickly contact you using the info on the tag, but it is more common for lost dogs to be found without collars on.

People often take their dog’s collar off when the dog isn’t on a leash, or the owner will keep the collar loose on the dog’s neck for comfort, which can lead to it falling off or the dog slipping out of it. If your dog becomes lost without his/her collar and isn’t microchipped, it becomes much harder to bring your pup home!

Meet Max. Max is good to go on any adventure - he’s got a harness, a dog collar and he’s microchipped!

Meet Max. Max is good to go on any adventure - he’s got a harness, a dog collar and he’s microchipped!

Can only certain dogs be microchipped?

The quick answer is no, dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes can be microchipped. If you rescued a dog who does not have a microchip and you aren’t sure if your dog is eligible, just ask your vet! The vet will be able to find out if there is any medical condition that prohibits you from microchipping your pet, but in most instances, any type of dog or aged dog can be microchipped for safety.

Meet ChaCha. ChaCha is an 8-year old love muffin, and she’s happily microchipped!

Meet ChaCha. ChaCha is an 8-year old love muffin, and she’s happily microchipped!

Is it more important to microchip some dogs versus others?

Everyone knows the neighborhood dog who can’t be left alone in the backyard, or the high-energy pup who just loves to run out the door after the mailman whenever he/she gets the chance. Then there are the couch potato dogs who are perfectly content lounging all day. Many people only think that ‘high risk’ dogs should be microchipped, but the reality is any dog has the potential of getting lost.

Dogs, like humans, get spooked by different things and revert to their “animal instincts.” For a dog, that could mean getting scared on a walk and trying to get free from his/her collar. This is something we see with newly rescued dogs who are nervous or anxious in certain social situations.That doesn’t mean that it could not happen with a little puppy or with a beloved pet of over 15 years! Microchipping your dog helps you ensure his/her safety at all times.

What people don’t realize is that many dogs that turn up in animal shelters were actually beloved family pets who got loose or ran away without any identification. Microchips help shelters return dogs to their homes or learn more information about the dog if the owner does not want to take the dog back. By microchipping the dogs we rescue, we are helping reduce the number of dogs that end up in shelters.

Who has endless love and a microchip? Colby does! She hopes you enjoyed this pupdate!

Who has endless love and a microchip? Colby does! She hopes you enjoyed this pupdate!

Happy National Chip Your Pet Month! If you want to learn more about the services Wags and Walks provides the dogs we rescue, check out our FAQ page! And, to stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags