7 Puppy Naming TipsWritten by Jennifer McVey
You’ve picked out perfect puppy. You spent hours on internet, researching right breed for you and your family. Then you went from breeder to breeder or humane society to humane society, meeting and greeting pups until you find just right match. Now what? He needs a name! Over course of its life, you will use your dog’s name more than 35,000 times. So be sure you’re picking a name you can live with and love. With these seven simple steps, key to finding perfect puppy name is at your fingertips! •Dogs understand short commands. Easy names with two or fewer syllables work well. •Your puppy’s name shouldn’t sound like any commands. “Stacy” and “stay” are too close for comfort. Such a name will only confuse issue. •Remember, you’ll be using your pup’s name in public. “Boner” may be cute among your fellow fraternity members, but it won’t go over well at veterinarian. •Make your kids part of decision process. Kids like it simple, too, so if calling your Champion Cavalier King Spaniel “Bootsie” works for them, consider keeping hoity toity name strictly for AKC purposes. •You may think it’s an honor to name your pup after you’re favorite Uncle Norbert. Naming your baby after him may keep you in will, but naming your puppy after him won’t. •If you’re bringing home an older dog, ideally, stick with name it already owns. Can’t stand it because “Barney” was first boy who broke your heart? Then stick with similar sounds when choosing a new dog name. “Barney” morphs into “Farley” easily. •Once you’ve chosen a name, try it out for a day or so. You’ll know right away whether it’s a keeper. If not, there’s always more puppy names on your list! Take a look around you. The world overflows with terrific ideas on what to name your pooch.
Preparing for Your New PetWritten by Melanie Breeze
Getting a new pet can be a lot of fun. You can choose from a dog, cat, hamster, gerbil, rabbit, and list goes on and on. No matter what pet you choose, you will need to outfit them with latest and greatest in pet gear. If you shop smart, you should be able to find many of your items for cheap.
The key to getting a good deal on pet gear is to shop early. Buy your items before your pet comes home with you. That way you won’t be rushed to pay more for necessary items. The following is a list of supplies needed for a new pet.
•Health supplies- vitamins and medications. These are available through your vets office or pet health websites like petmeds.com.
•Food- daily food, plus treats. Do a bit of research to find best type of food for your pet. Don’t forget to have treats for good behavior or to add variety to your pet’s diet.
•Toys- catnip for cats, exercise wheels for hamsters, and chew toys for dogs. Try to get a variety of pets to keep your pet entertained and happy.
•Cages/Crates- a place for your pet to call home. Every pet needs their own personal space. Make sure to set up their area prior to bringing pet home.