Hello readers! My name is Gus, short for Augustus, and I am a strikingly attractive 8-year-old German Shepherd. True to my nature, I am protective, energetic, and, at times, overbearing until I get my way, so, when I insisted on writing this post, my mom said, “Go for it!”
I am very blessed to have a family that I love and who loves me right back; they take good care of me and consider me a member of the family. I have animal friends with good lives like mine, but I know there are many animals who are not as lucky as I am, who don’t have good food to eat or a safe place to rest. German Shepherds really, really like to have jobs, and since today is National Pet Day, it is my job to remind everyone ways to show their love to their pets and how to help my friends in need. If you are reading this blog post it is safe to assume you love animals, right? So, even though what I am about to share is like preaching to the choir, it is good to keep these things in mind.
If seeing my handsome face makes you want to add to your family, consider adopting. Think of this: You will save a life while enhancing your own. Over 2 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year because shelters are so over-crowded. Most reputable rescue groups examine and vaccinate (if needed) animals when they arrive so, when you adopt, you get a healthy pet. Do a quick internet search to find local animal control agencies or private rescue groups.
Volunteer your time and/or donate food, supplies, or money. These facilities serve as a temporary home for a lot of frightened dogs and cats who need love, comfort, and a good meal. A few hours of your time and a soft blanket can go a long way in calming an anxious heart. Check out this list for other ways you can help.
If you already have a four-legged member of your family, remember, for your pet‘s health keep them current on the vaccinations. There is no reason pesky ticks and worms should spoil their health and, unless you want to hear the pitter-patter of little paws, spay and neuter!
No matter how much we beg, DO NOT give us table scraps. Our strong jaws can crunch a bone into sharp-edged pieces, which will then wind up in our intestines, possibly causing life-threatening tears. The pet stores have a tasty selection of food formulated just for animals, so… you don’t eat mine, and I won’t eat yours. And be sure we have access to cool water. Even though we can chew all day on a nasty tennis ball, we still want clear, clean water to drink.
We need to exercise or we cause trouble! Give us a chore, whether it is running for balls, helping you train for a marathon, or herding small children, we need to work. Click here for some tips on how to keep us in shape.
I could go on and on about how you can show love for animals, but I see a rabbit that needs chasing! So in closing, if you have been fortunate enough to feel the unconditional love that animals can give, give thanks on National Pet Day; give your pet an extra hug and reach out to help some of my friends who have yet to find a home.