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Picking The Best Buddy For You When Visiting A Shelter:

By Abigail Brown

Picking the best pet for you is an important process. So how do you know you’re getting a pet that pairs well with you and your family? Today I’ll list some tips and tricks, to help make this process easier. 

 

Before you visit the shelter: 

  • Be sure that everyone in your household is keen on the idea of adding a new furry family member.
  • Think about the needs of a new pet, and where you can carve out the time to care for them.
  • Be aware of any allergies in the house, so you can look for a pet that is the best fit for everyone’s needs.
  • Plan where you will put your supplies for them within the home.
  • Consider going into this process open-minded. No harm in knowing what you want– just keep in mind that if you go into your search with a limited range of options in mind, you may overlook some very sweet furry friends.
  • Take a peek online at what documentation your local shelter requires for pet adoptions.

At the shelter: 

  • Take a minute to look at the animals in their kennels before walking up to them, if they don’t yet notice you this could be a great time to get a glimpse of their temperament.
  • If the animal walks over to where you are and seems excited, feel free to kneel down and get on their level.
  • If you visit a few furry guys and one seems to stand out above all the rest, ask a member of the staff if you can meet with the dog/cat one-on-one in a private room.
  • Remember to not overlook the shy buddies, sitting down outside the kennel calmly can help lessen any hesitance they’re experiencing. And help their personality show through more with every minute you spend together. 

Integrating them into your home:

  • Don’t worry if your new friend is nervous right off the bat, it may take them some time to warm up.
  • Initially giving them a space separate from other pets in your home can be very helpful, they’ll adventure out when they’re ready. Start off with the door closed for a few hours/the majority of the day, and gradually open it for longer amounts of time– when they’re ready to explore, they will. 
  • Feed new pets in an area separate from the normal eating space of your current pets, so no competition arises.
  • Show equal love, and make playtime fun for everyone

For additional tips on introducing new pets into your home, check out the links below:

 

 

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Shiba Inus: The Ups, the Downs, and Everything in Between!

Everything you need to know, from the human of an especially peculiar Shiba Inu.

Shiba Inus are already a favorite breed in their home country of Japan, but they’ve been gaining popularity in the United Sates since their introduction to the country about 60 years ago. The first documented Shiba to enter the United States was imported by a military family in 1954!

The Ups

  1. They are the cats of the dog world:

    If you’re looking for an independent dog, then a Shiba is the breed for you! Shiba Inus spend a large amount of time grooming themselves, and even licking their paws like cats. This innate cleanliness makes them pretty easy to potty train. Shiba’s are just as aloof as cats, and aren’t in the business of seeking out human affection. Personally, my family has a Shiba Inu named Miya who’s been known to get up and walk away when she’s decided she’s been pet enough.

  2. They are better than an alarm system:

    Shiba Inus are not generally noisy dogs. However, should your Shiba notice someone strange walk past (or even worse, up to) your house, they’re going to make sure you know about it. Shiba Inus are also equipped with very impressive memories. To demonstrate how these two characteristics tie into one another, I’ll tell you a little about my Shiba and the exterminator. My family as both a Shiba Inu, and an exterminator. The exterminator comes to our home once a month, and somehow, Miya has learned that she can expect to see him the second Wednesday of each month. I have no idea how she does it, but from the morning before he shows up, until the afternoon when he leaves, she’s barking and guarding her home and her humans.

The Downs

  1. That whole yelling thing:

    Shiba Inus are the drama-queens of the dog world. If they are unhappy about something, they’re going to let you know about it, and they just might do that through the infamous “Shiba-Scream.” Yes, scream. This particular vocal styling sounds a lot like a wailing human; it is high pitched, and powerful. The most common cause for this kind of reaction would be a source of stress. My family was blissfully unaware of this trait until we gave Miya her very first bath. This was the bath heard ‘round the neighborhood. Needless to say, we just take her to the groomer now!

  2. They are escape geniuses:

    Remember how I said Shiba Inus are the cats of the dog world? Well, just like cats, if your Shiba can fit its head through a space, they are going to try their absolute hardest to squeeze their bodies through. When my Miya was a puppy, she got out through the fence surrounding our patio. Once she was loose, she was gone. It took a while to find her in the neighborhood, but luckily we found her. She wasn’t allowed back onto the patio until she got a little bigger, and even then, we once found her with her head stuck in the fence.

Everything in Between!

  1. They are beautiful little creatures:

    You will be stopped and complimented on your dog. Shiba Inu’s have very foxlike features, and are often (in my own experience) mistaken for baby Huskies. Miya is twelve now, and still, every time someone new crosses paths with her, she gets told how pretty she is. Since she thinks she’s Dog Royalty and her ego couldn’t possibly get any bigger, she tends to brush off these comments, but I always like them.

  2. They have GIANT personalities:

    While their bodies may be small, a Shiba Inu is packed full of personality. To really mesh well with a Shiba, you have to have a sense of humor. They’re stubborn, and they get bored easily, so you can imagine they’ll find ways to entertain themselves! (Hopefully in a way that also entertains you.) Miya has adopted this new habit of going into our pantry and sticking her head into the treat bag, until she’s had what she feels to be a sufficient amount. She also will not let us leave the house without giving her a biscuit first. You’d be surprised how demanding a 25lb dog can be.

Thanks for reading, hopefully you’ve learned something about Japan’s favorite dog! (On top of learning that my Shiba Inu is spoiled rotten.) See you next time!

Meghan Croce, for Bonilla Pet Photography

Festival Season Is Upon Us!

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, summer is almost here! Beginning in May, you can find art shows and pet-friendly events going on almost every weekend. I love this time of the year because I am lucky to be able to have a part in a few of these wonderful community happenings. Here are some of the upcoming events I will be attending. Mark them on your calendar I would love to say “Hi!”.

May 19th: Stockley Gardens Art Festival

                             https://www.hope-house.org/events/spring-stockley-gardens/

June 9th and June 10th: Virginia Beach Pet Expo

The Virginia Beach Pet Expo is a pet lovers dream! There will be tons of exhibitors, live entertainment, giveaways, demonstrations and so much more! 

http://www.virginiabeachpetexpo.com/

June 14th-17th: Boardwalk Art Show

The boardwalk art show is celebrating its 63rd year! More than 250 artists will be showing their works along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Art, food, and live entertainment make this a weekend not to miss!

                                        http://www.virginiamoca.org/2018-boardwalk-art-show

The Neptune Art Festival, 2017

September 29-October 1

I will have my art show tent set up at the amazing Neptune Art Festival! I have some new pieces I am excited to share with everyone, including Woodland Fairy Dog! When you like my facebook page and post a selfie with it you will get a free Fairy Dog magnet! 

This will be my first year at the Neptune. I have heard a lot about it though, people often ask me if I will be there. My booth will be near 29th st.

The hours of the show are:

Friday, September 29
12 noon – 7 pm

Saturday, September 30
10 am – 7 pm

Sunday, October 1
10 am – 6 pm 

18th – 29th Street
Virginia Beach Ocean Front

I have never been to a show like this before!! There will be so many awesome activities! A parade, fireworks, a regatta, and sand sculptures! I will be in my tent the whole time though. I do love to see all the other artist’s work but I don’t have anyone helping this time, so it will just be me.

Here is the schedule of EVENTS

Come out and see me! 

 

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