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Como Su Perro Le Puede Ayudar con la Ansiedad y La Adicción

Un Perro y su Dueña

Cada año, 40 millones de personas sufren de ansiedad en los EE. UU. Es un gran problema a medida que llega el invierno y hay menos luz solar disponible. Y ahora, con un problema de salud del Coronavirus que nos obliga a aislarnos de los demás, es aún más difícil dejar de sentirnos enjaulados.

Siempre es importante comunicarse con un psicólogo certificado para explorar una opción de tratamiento, pero si está recibiendo tratamiento para un trastorno de ansiedad, su perro también puede ser otra avenida para ayudarse a protegerse del exceso de preocupación. En este artículo, destacamos cómo su perro puede ayudar en la batalla de los trastornos por estrés y otras ansiedades que pueda tener.

Perros y Caricias

Investigadores de la Universidad de Medicina Veterinaria de Viena descubrieron que tanto los humanos como los perros que se abrazan reciben un aumento de oxitocina. La oxitocina es un “neuropéptido de nueve aminoácidos” que se asocia con la creación de vínculos entre miembros de la familia o parejas románticas. 

Los lazos entre los perros y sus dueños son como los lazos entre madres e hijos. Cuando un dueño pasa más tiempo de calidad acariciando a su perro, aumentan sus niveles de oxitocina. Por lo tanto, los perros son poderosos para ayudarnos a sentir que pertenecemos a la sociedad. Entonces, acaricia a su perro y muéstrale algo de amor y los beneficios serán exponenciales.

Un Perro Jugando

Empiece a Jugar y Alivie el Estrés

La mayoría de las mascotas disfrutan jugar al aire libre. Pero jugar con nuestros perros también nos ayuda a aliviar nuestro propio estrés. Cuando jugamos con una mascota, reducimos el cortisol, nuestra hormona del estrés. Los perros y los humanos comparten emociones durante el tiempo de juego. Por eso es mejor interactuar con su perro cuando no esté enojado o agitado. El ejercicio físico es ideal tanto para usted como para su mascota. Pueden unirse y pasar un buen rato.

Un Perro y un Niño

La Ansiedad de los Niños y Los Cachorros

Un estudio revisado por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades encontró que el 12% de los niños con perros tenían ansiedad en comparación con el 21% de los niños sin mascotas. Las mascotas son una gran compañía para los niños y los niños con mascotas  lidian con menos soledad en sus años de desarrollo. Los niños en el grupo de edad de 7 y 8 años dijeron que las mascotas eran mejores que los adultos para ofrecerles consuelo y mejorar su autoestima. Las mascotas dependen de los niños para comida y agua y por eso sus hijos se convertirán en más responsables adolescentes en el futuro. Tener una mascota no solo mejora su vida, sino que también ayuda a la vida de sus adorables hijos.

Deja De Fumar por tu Perro

Una mujer fumando con un perro

Dejar un hábito no es tarea fácil. Se necesita fuerza de voluntad. En 2015, solo el 30% de los fumadores deseaban seguir fumando. Fumar cigarrillos es especialmente difícil debido al poder adictivo de la nicotina. Sin embargo, en 2015, 28.4% de los fumadores de cigarrillos admitió que saber que fumar podría dañar a sus mascotas en el futuro les dio un incentivo adicional para dejar de fumar.

La nicotina se puede expulsar al aire y mezclarse con otras sustancias químicas. La nicotina y el ácido nitroso se combinan en este proceso y provocan compuestos cancerígenos. Las mascotas respiran estos gases o tocan superficies donde hay tabaco. Si un perro envejece en la casa de un fumador, experimenta daño pulmonar o cáncer de la nariz. Si está buscando la fortaleza mental para dejar de fumar, recuerde las consecuencias que fumar puede tener en su mejor amigo.

Mantenga a Su Mascota Cerca por su Salud

Después de ver todos los efectos positivos de tener una mascota, creo que todos podemos estar de acuerdo en que es mejor para nuestra salud mental tener un animal amigable. Una mascota trae la máxima comodidad en momentos de estrés y ansiedad. Las mascotas nos ayudan a ser mejores personas a medida que los niños aprenden a ser responsables e independientes.

¡No nos extraña que 85 millones de familias tengan mascotas en los Estados Unidos! Si desea obtener más información sobre las mascotas y su salud física, consulte este blog sobre cómo mantenerse activo con su mejor amigo.

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The Complete 2020 Christmas Dog Gift List

A Puppy Receiving Gifts

The Holidays are here for your cute puppy! And we know that when Christmas comes around, gifts are also abundant. You are probably done with your own Christmas shopping but what about your pet? Your puppy has made the nice list this year, so it’s time they get their own holiday cheer.

Stylish Puppy Gifts for the Fashionista

If your pet needs protection for their feet but also want to do it the fashion-forward way, get them the WagWellies Dog Boots. They are modeled after the original Wellington Boots for humans, so you can both have matching styles.

Your puppy is already cute, but with an adorable Snood, his cuteness level will be off the charts. A snood protects a dog’s ears from the cold, but it also serves as a fun accessory for your pet this Christmas.

Dog Bandana
Image by Lucy and Co.

How about a cute winter bandana from Lucy&Co? Bandanas are festive pieces that will help accentuate your pup’s best features.

Your favorite puppy deserves UV protection for their eyes too! With Doggles, your puppy can make a fashion statement while adding some bonus protection.

Your dog is a sophisticated type, and they love the beauty of art. Get them the Hokusai Great Wave Dog Bowl. Crafted from porcelain, your dog will enjoy drinking water from such an intricate piece, and it will look great as a statement piece in your home.

Camping and Adventure Gifts for the Outdoor Dog

If your dog is over a year old, you are ready to hit the trails with a K9 Dog Pack from Mountainsmith. They have various sizes for dogs 20 to over 90 pounds. Now, while hiking, you can carry your own stuff, and your dog can take care of his own necessities.

If you’re planning on going long distances with your dog invest in a United by Blue Collapsible Double Dog Bowl. The bowl is made with 100% recycled polyester, so you can be reassured you are doing something great for the planet.

If you want better control of your dog on long hikes, invest in a Journey Dog Harness. The harness features dual leash attachments depending on if your dog needs freedom on the trail. Now you both will be prepared for adventures.

Dog Leash
Image via Carhartt, Inc.

Yes, Carhartt is now for your dog too. If you have a tough dog that can climb up hills in the winter, you need a tough leash like the Carhartt Tradesmen Dog Leash.

Dog Sleeping Bag
Image via LAND’S END by Carolina Pet Company

If you are camping with a fur pal, they also need a safe place to rest for the night. The Carolina Pet Company Dog Sleeping Bag is water-resistant and compact, so you can set up camp with your puppy.

Cozy Gifts for the Homebody Pet

   If your dog likes snuggling up with a blanket, get them a Pendleton Throw&Bone Dog Toy Gift Set. The therapeutic comfort blanket protects your couches while your friendly dog feels like they are on cloud nine.

 Does your dog need a scientifically designed comfort bed? Of course! The Purple Pet Bed is designed with the same material as the Purple Mattress, and it is super comfortable!

Dog Stuffed Animal
Image Via KONG Company

Sometimes your pet needs its own stuffed animal. The Kong Comfort Kiddos Pig is the cutest toy your pet will ever own.

Dog Soft Blanket
Image via iHeartDogs

 If your dog likes staying dry after a bath, consider getting them their own customized towel. The towel from I Love Dogs is made from microfiber, and it is super absorbent.

Some dogs are not fond of the cold, and some dogs have thin fur. The Crazy Warm Pet Pad will keep your dog warm with a naturally occurring mineral inside the pad that reacts to body heat. Your puppy will be so comfortable.

Tasty Treats For Your Hungry Pal

While your dog may not get the entire Maple Glazed Ham this holiday season, he can be satisfied with these dog treats. Made in the United States and free of wheat and corn, your dog will be in for a feast.

If you really want to spoil your pet, consider purchasing some treats from a dog bakery near you. At Three Dog Bakery, you can buy your dog Pupcakes or Dotties spots cookies. There is nothing better than fresh-baked desserts.

If your dog is watching what they eat or on a diet, get them the Zuke’s Mini Naturals Trees Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats. They will be amazed at the great flavors and since these treats are under 3 calories, you won’t have to worry about unhelpful calories this Christmas.

If you want to go all out for your adorable puppy, consider The Holiday Munch Box from K9 Granola Factory. Filled with natural treats made in the United States, your pet will have a ball with flavors like peanut butter and snickerdoodle.

Dog Biscuits
Image Via Buddy Biscuits

If your dog likes variety, pick the Buddy Biscuits Assorted Flavors box of Oven Baked Treats. Buddy Biscuits makes all their treats from a couple of simple ingredients, so you can be sure they will not hurt your dog’s digestive system.

Merry Christmas!

We hope you have a great holiday this 2020. At My Next Pup, we only hope for the best for your adopted furry family members!

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How to Avoid Being Scammed by Puppy Scammers

Estafadores de Cachorros

The internet is rampant with websites selling puppies, but a lot of sites can be deceiving you by their cute puppy pictures. With the pandemic right now, some people are taking advantage of an all-time high need for a furry companion. If you are attempting to buy a puppy online, heed our warnings to make sure you are not being taken for as a fool by a scammer.

Scammers May Use Photos Already on the Internet to Sell a Dog.

Copy and Paste Photos of the Puppy

With our technology now, it is easy to tell who owns a photograph. And with Google, you can reverse image search any photo you have downloaded on your computer. Take some time to download the photo of the puppy the seller is offering you. Complete a reverse image search on Google to see if you can find the same photo on another site. If you do, it is enough to raise a big red flag to a larger scam.

Ask for Verification of the Puppy, Kennel, Breeder, and Puppy’s Parents

Even if you cannot go see the puppy in person, ask for verification that you will receive the dog. Tell the company or breeder to send you pictures of the father, mother, and kennel where they keep the dogs. Use Google Image search to see if the photos are not stolen. Take every precaution you can before investing your hard-earned money. And for added security, always pay with a credit card. Most credit card companies will cancel a payment if they have proof of fraud. Never pay through PayPal or cash. Most scammers use PayPal as a method to bypass your bank or credit card company.

A Chow Chow Puppy can range from 800 to 1,200 dollars. Watch out for puppy scammers attempting to sell you a dog for a cheap price.

Watch the Price for your Breed

If you know what breed you want, look for the average price of the breed online. If a breed is valued at $3 thousand and the breeder is telling you that they want $5 hundred, it is not a bargain, it is a robbery. Yes, discounts are great for any other commodity, but you do not want to skim on a puppy adoption. If a dog is being sold for a discounted price, the breeder may not be a USDA Licensed Breeder. Here at My Next Pup, all our breeders are USDA Licensed. We only have the best puppies for sale at the expected price.

Look at the Website

Check if the website has any kind of accreditation or reviews to verify if they are real. Look through a website’s social media to see if they are constantly updating information. Is the website mentioned on any other site? Search for the website on sites like Google or Facebook to see if they have positive reviews. Put on your detective hat and get to sleuthing.

A Puppy is Running through the Woods.

Call the Breeder

Get in touch with the breeder to see if they are willing to spend time getting to know you. Most breeders that care about their dogs will not sell a puppy to just anyone. Some fantastic breeders even go out of their way to ask multiple questions to make sure you are the right fit for their dog. Never be afraid to continue asking questions because a great breeder should be ecstatic that you are willing to learn more.

Make Sure Your Breeder Has Some Kind of Guarantee

Puppies for sale

At My Next Pup, we always offer you a Five-Year Health Guarantee. If your puppy ever has a congenital or hereditary disease during those 2 to 5 years, we will cover 50% of the price you paid for your puppy. You are always welcome to ask questions if you have any concerns about your puppy. We also complete a health check on all our puppies through an extensive veterinary examination before you even receive them. So, if your breeder is not offering you any benefits like us, they are probably not in it for the right reasons.

Don’t Fall for Puppy Scams!

Be aware of puppy scams on the internet, and never just give money away without being certain you are working with a trusted company. Many scammers are looking for easy money, and if you are armed with knowledge, you will not be an easy target.

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Cómo Evitar ser Estafado en La Adopción de Cachorros

Estafadores de Cachorros

El internet está lleno con sitios web que venden cachorros, pero muchos sitios pueden engañarte con sus adorables fotos de cachorros. Con la pandemia, algunas personas se están aprovechando de la necesidad de obtener una mascota. Si estás intentando comprar un cachorro en línea, primero tienes que ver nuestras advertencias para asegurarte de que no te están tomando como tonto.

Foto de Un Cachorro

Copian y Pegan Fotos de los Cachorros

Con la nueva tecnología, es fácil decir quién es dueño de una fotografía. Y con Google, puedes buscar imágenes de cualquier foto que hayas descargado. Primero, tienes que descargar la foto del cachorro que el vendedor te está ofreciendo. Complete una búsqueda inversa de imágenes en Google para ver si puedes encontrar la misma foto en otro sitio. Si encuentras la foto en otro sitio, es suficiente para saber que esa persona es un estafador.  

Pedí la Verificación de los Padres del Cachorro y de su Perrera 

Si no puedes ir a ver al cachorro en persona, pide que te verifiquen si recibirás al perro. Dile a la compañía o al criador que te envíen fotos del padre, la madre, y la perrera donde guardan los perros. Utilice la búsqueda de imágenes de Google para ver si no se están robando las fotos de el cachorro. Tome todas las precauciones posibles antes de invertir su dinero. Y para mayor seguridad, siempre paga con una tarjeta de crédito. La mayoría de las compañías de tarjetas de crédito cancelarán un pago si tienen pruebas de fraude. Nunca pagues a través de PayPal o en efectivo. La mayoría de los estafadores usan PayPal como un método para eludir a tu banco o compañía de tarjetas de crédito.

Un Perro en la Sala

Vea el Precio De Tu Perro 

Si sabes qué raza quieres, busca el precio promedio de la raza en línea. Si una raza es valorada en $3 mil y el criador te está diciendo que quiere $500, no es un trato, es un robo. Nos encantan los descuentos pero para un cachorro, es mejor pagar el precio justo. Si te venden un perro por un precio descontado, el criador quizás no tenga una licencia del USDA. Aquí en Mi Próximo Cachorro, todos nuestros criadores tienen licencia del USDA. Sólo tenemos los mejores cachorros a la venta al precio esperado.

Vea el Sitio

Vea si el sitio web tiene algún tipo de acreditación o recomendaciones para verificar si es un sitio de verdad. Mira a través de los medios sociales de un sitio web para ver si están actualizando información constantemente. ¿Se menciona el sitio web en cualquier otro sitio? Busque el sitio web en sitios como Google o Facebook para ver si tienen críticas positivas. Ponte tu sombrero de detective para descubrir información.

Un Perro Coriendo

Llame al Criador

Póngase en contacto con el criador para ver si está dispuesto a pasar tiempo conociéndote. La mayoría de los criadores que se preocupan por sus perros no venderán un cachorro sin verificar que eres la mejor opción para el cachorro.  Algunos criadores fantásticos incluso se salen de su camino para hacer múltiples preguntas para asegurarse de que eres el adecuado para su perro. Nunca tengas miedo de seguir haciendo preguntas porque un gran criador debería estar extático de que estés dispuesto a aprender más.

Asegúrese de que su Criador tenga algún tipo de Garantía

Cachorros De Venta

En Mi Próximo Cachorro, siempre le ofrecemos una garantía de salud de 5 años. Si su cachorro tiene una enfermedad congénita o hereditaria durante esos 2 a 5 años, cubriremos el 50% del precio que pagó por su cachorro. Siempre puedes hacer preguntas si tienes alguna preocupación por tu cachorro. También realizamos un examen médico para todos nuestros cachorros. Es un extenso examen veterinario y se hace antes de recibir tu cachorro. Así que, si tu criador no te ofrece ningún beneficio como nosotros, probablemente no está en el negocio por las razones correctas.

¡No Caigas por Estafas de Cachorros!

Esté al tanto de las estafas de cachorros en internet, y nunca des dinero sin estar seguro de que estás trabajando con una compañía de confianza. Muchos estafadores están buscando dinero fácil, y si estás armado con información, no serás una estafa fácil para estos criminales. 

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What Do You Need for a New Pet?

Home is Ready for a Dog

Pets are fun and adorable new members of your family, but they also are a lot of responsibility. When purchasing a new pet, it’s important to consider what you will need for your pets, so you can make purchases and see if they fit in your budget.

All Dogs and Cats Need Food

All Cats and Dogs Need Food

Food is a tricky topic because there are many varieties. However, when buying your new puppies and kittens’ food, remember to purchase specially made food for dogs and cats younger than 1-year-old. Along with this, depending on the quality of food, the cost will increase. One important component to look for in dog food is the quality of protein. Make sure your food is verified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). In the AAFCO’s guidelines, they state that when looking at ingredients in dog food, you should make sure the ingredients make sense to you. Watch out for companies that list ingredients like “animal protein products.” The first ingredient in your food should be the protein source. If the food begins with “cornmeal” it is not a sign of a good product.

A good provider of dog or cat food might also list multiple studies about why they put certain ingredients in their product. If they are not transparent or make appeals to emotions like, “cats just love chewy and crunchy food that taste like meat,” it’s time to walk away.

Key Ingredients in Pet Food

Look for these key nutritional ingredients in your dog food:

  1. protein
  2. fats
  3. carbohydrates
  4. minerals
  5. vitamins

Some owners believe a raw meat diet is the best for their dog, but there are no scientific studies to verify this. Since dogs have evolved with humans, some studies have found that dogs can digest cooked carbohydrates as well as humans. Dogs are omnivores, so they are able to eat a variety of foods in their diet.

On the other hand, cats are obligate carnivores. They must eat meat to absorb certain nutrients. Taurine is one of the main components cats require in a diet. Sure, the more premium food may cost you more, but it will save you from medical bills in the long run. So, make the best choice for your pet.

A Plan to Microchip Your Pet

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to invest in your pet is to buy a microchip. A microchip will secure your dog or cat from ever getting lost. A microchip is usually inserted inside a pet when they are a puppy or kitten. If your pet gets lost, shelters and veterinarians can scan their unique identification code and if you are registered in the national database, they can return your pet to you. Therefore, saving the money for a microchip and a membership plan for your pet is an imperative part of owning a pet.

Basic Supplies

Basic Supplies for Cats and Dogs

If you are getting a new pet, you will need rags and lots of them. If it is a dog, it is highly likely they will not be potty trained. Accidents do occur so if you do not have adequate cleaning supplies, it is time to invest in some great paper towels and mops. Along with this, you may need some puppy training pads if you leave your puppy alone while going shopping or to an appointment at the doctor’s office. Puppies have small bladders that can only hold pee for about an hour. On the other hand, kittens are much easier to train with a litter box, so it will not be too difficult for them to understand their rightful place. So, get to cleaning!

Emergency Money for Your New Feline or Dog

Emergency Money for your Pet

You always think you are prepared until you are not. If your dog or cat eats something that is bad for them or accidentally eats the carpet, you can bet your pet and you will be on your way to the veterinarian in your future. That is why the cost of a pet varies from month to month. With puppies and kittens, you can never be sure of what you are in for. For our dogs at My Next Pup, we always deliver them to you with a 5-year health guarantee, so you can be sure your pup will not have any genetic problems due to bad breeding. However, even if your pet is in tip-top shape, they can get themselves sick. So, save a couple of bucks for a pet emergency, and you will be good to go.

Keep Going!

We hope you found our five top tips for what you need for a new pet helpful. Despite puppies and kittens being adorable, they are a lot of work. So, do not get discouraged! As long as you keep our tips in mind, your new pet purchase will go great! If you want to adopt a new puppy, we have puppies for sale at My Next Pup. We only work with the best breeders!

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How Your Dog Comforts you Through Stress and Addiction

How Dogs Help with Anxiety and Addiction

Every year, 40 million people suffer from anxiety in the U.S. It is a large problem as winter sets in and less sunlight is available in the northern part of the country. And now, with a major health concern forcing us to isolate from others, it is even more difficult to stop feeling caged in. It is always important to reach out to a certified psychologist to navigate a treatment option, but if you are receiving treatment for an anxiety disorder, your dog may also be another asset in helping to shield you from excess worry. Here, we highlight how your dog can help in the battle of stress disorders and other anxieties you may have.

Dogs and Cuddling

Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna discovered that both humans and dogs that cuddle receive an increase in oxytocin. Oxytocin is a “nine amino-acid neuropeptide” that is associated with creating bonds between family members or romantic partners. The bonds between dogs and their owners are like the bonds between mothers and children. The more quality time a person spent petting their dog, the more their oxytocin levels increased. Therefore, dogs are powerful in helping us feel like we belong in society. So, pet your dog and show them some love and the benefits will be exponential.

Get to Playing and Relieve Stress

Most furry friends enjoy playing and romping outdoors. But playing with our mutts also helps us to relieve our own stress. When we play with a pet, we reduce cortisol — our stress hormone. Dogs and humans share emotions during playtime, so it is best to interact with your dog when you are not angry or agitated. Physical exercise is great for both you and your pet. You both get to bond and have a great time.

Children’s Anxiety and Puppies

A peer-reviewed study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 12% of children with dogs were anxious compared to 21% of children without pets. Pets provide a great companion for children and cause them to deal with less loneliness in their developing years. Children in the age bracket of 7 and 8-year-olds said pets were better than adults in offering comfort to them and giving them better self-esteem. Pets also provide responsibility for children, so they grow to become more dependable teenagers in the future. Owning a pet not only enhances your life, but it also helps the life of your adorable children.

Stop Smoking for Your Dog

Quitting a habit is no easy task. It takes willpower and gallons of strength. In 2015, only 30% of smokers wanted to continue smoking. Cigarette smoking is especially difficult because of the addictive nature of nicotine. However, in 2015, a whopping 28.4% of cigarette smokers admitted that knowing that smoking could harm their pets in the future gave them an added incentive to quit.

The nicotine in tobacco smoke can be expulsed into the air and mix with other chemicals. Nicotine and nitrous acid combine in this process and cause cancer-inducing compounds. Pets either breathe in these gases or touch surfaces where tobacco is present. As dogs get older in a smoker’s house, they experience lung damage or nose cancer. Therefore, if you are looking for the mental fortitude to quit smoking, just remember the consequences smoking may have on your best friend.

Keep Your Pet Close for Your Health

After looking at all the positive effects of having a pet, I think we can all agree it is better for our mental health to have a furry buddy. A pet provides the ultimate comfort in times of stress and anxiety. Pets help us become better people as children learn responsibility and independence. No wonder 85 million families own pets in the United States! If you want to find out more about pets and your physical health, check out this blog on getting active with your best pal.

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From 2021 to 1961: Pet Days in the White House

Pets in White House

As anyone knows, the most famous pet lives with the Commander-in-Chief. Most of the Presidents in the White House have or have had adorable dogs or cats. It is seen as a guaranteed right for the highest office to house an adorable pet. We take a look back in history at some of the most adorable members of the Cabinet.

2021: Champ and Major

Presidential Pet Champ and Major
Image by Instagram Joe Biden via Tatler

The newest German Shepard friends make it to the White House this January. Champ has been with the family since the Obama Administration in 2008 at 16-weeks (Three Months).

Major was brought into the Biden family after he was fostered with the family for a couple of months. They could not resist his puppy charms, so they adopted him in 2018 from the Delaware Human Association. Our next four years will be filled with cute dog moments in the White House!

2009-2017: Bo and Sunny

Presidential Puppy Bo and Sunny
Image by Pete Souza via Official White House Photo

This double trouble duo of Bo and Sunny first came into the White House after Barack Obama won the election in 2008. Bo entered the picture in 2009 and Sunny followed in 2013. Both are Portuguese Water Dogs. This breed is energetic and active, so if you are considering following the 44th President’s steps in getting a Portuguese Water Dog, you should consider how active you may want to be.

2001-2009: Freddy, Bob, Bernadette, Barley, and Miss Beazley Bush

Bush and Barney
Image by Alex Wang at Getty Images

The Bush family are fanatics when it comes to pets! They brought along Barney the Scottish Terrier to the White House in the 2000s, and he becomes a sensation with his Barney Cam web show. Sadly, both Barney and Miss Beazley Bush, the Scottish Terrier friends, died. However, Bob and Bernadette, both cute cats, are living in the Bush’s Ranch. While Freddy, a puppy from the SPCA, is the newest member. The ranch must be lively with all the cute critters.

1993-2001: Socks and Buddy

Clinton and Socks
Image by the Clinton Library via Facebook

Socks, the tuxedo cat, came to the Clintons in an usual way. When Chelsea Clinton was a child, she used to attend piano lessons. At her piano teacher’s house, two cats were living under the porch. During one of Chelsea’s piano classes, she went to the yard to play with the kittens. Socks immediately jumped up into her arms and the rest is history.

Buddy, a sweet chocolate Labrador came into the White House in 1997. The Clintons now have two new dogs named Maisie and Tally, so they can also be counted as animal lovers.

1989-1993: Sully, Spot, and Millie

H.W. Bush and Spot
Image by J. Scott Applewhite via AP Photo

Everyone that knew George H.W. Bush knew of his affection for dogs. His dog Millie, a Springer Spaniel, rose to stardom through her best-selling book, Millie’s Book. Millie’s son, Spot, also lived in the White House and later lived in the White House again when George W. Bush was president.

Sully, another famous pet, was with H.W. Bush during his life after the presidency. He was a yellow Labrador and a service dog that helped injured veterans. Sully is a Hospital Corpsman First Class and a statue in Sully’s honor is on display outside the America’s VetDog building in New York. Sully loved H.W. Bush so much that she would not leave his casket when he died. H.W. Bush knew about the loyalty of a canine!

1981-1989: Lucky and Rex

Ronald Reagan did not move into the White House with a dog, but he got one as soon as a poster girl for the March of Dimes handed him a Bouvier des Flandres in 1985. They named him Lucky, and he began causing havoc all through the White House with his giant paws. His favorite place to visit was Camp David. Reagan realized the dog needed more space to expel all his energy, so he moved him out of the White House and into Reagan Ranch.

But soon after, Reagan bought an adorable King Charles Spaniel for Christmas and called him Rex. Both Nancy and Ronald Reagan loved their pets and mourned for them when they died. Reagan held funeral services for each pet. Pets were important in the lives of the Reagans.

1977-1981: Grits, Lewis Brown, and Misty Malarky Ying Yang

Like many presidents before him, Jimmy Carter did not move to the White House with a dog. However, his daughter’s schoolteacher bestowed a Border Collie mix on the family, and they called him Grits because of Carter being born in Georgia.  Finally, they gave Grits back to the schoolteacher because of behavioral problems.

They needed to deal with Misty Malarky Ying Yang, the Siamese Cat. The cat moved in with them to the White House, but he supposedly did not get along swimmingly with Grits. Misty was so famous that Gabor Szabo created a song for the adorable cat. Lewis Brown, the Afgan Hound, lived quietly in the White House while Misty Malarky Ying Yang and Grits got all the attention. Carter sure lived an eventful life!

1974-1977: Liberty and Shan

In President Ford’s memoir, A Time to Heal, he tells the hilarious story of how he acquired his cute Golden Retriever. His photographer, David, called a breeder, but he did not want to reveal that the dog was going into the White House. The breeder asked if Ford owned or rented the house. David replies, “I guess you might call it public housing.” However, finally, the breeder understood that it was someone in the oval office and the dog was transported to Washington. Liberty also had a litter of puppies in the White House, so she got the royal treatment.

Shan, a seal point Siamese, moved in with the family into the White House. She spent all her time with Ford’s daughter and was very close to her. The Fords loved their pets, and Gerald Ford spent time in the morning walking Liberty every day.

1969-1974: Checkers, Pasha, Vicky, and King Timahoe

Checkers, the cocker spaniel, is the most famous dog in presidential history. On September 23, 1952, Nixon gave what people consider his “Checker’s Speech.” It was one of the first speeches given to appeal to television viewers. Nixon defends his supposed “corruption” in the speech as a vice-presidential candidate alongside presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower. He briefly talked about the puppy his daughters’ received as a gift. Nixon declares, “we’re gonna keep [the dog].” And he did just that! Eisenhower won the election thanks to the help of a little Cocker Spaniel. Talk about puppy power!

Pasha, Vicky, and King Timahoe all joined the White House after 1969. All the dogs got along well, and they had a great time in the White House. King Timahoe was an Irish Settler, Pasha was a Yorkshire Terrier, and Vicky was a French Poodle. Nixon loved all the dogs, and they loved him back!

1963-1969: Him and Her

Him and Her at the White House
Image by Ghost of Cities via The White House

Another dog lover, Lyndon B. Johnson, had two beagles named Him and Her. Johnson made national headlines when a photo surfaced of him pulling on Him’s ears. He quickly issued an apology stating that he played with Him like that all the time, and he did not mind it. Despite this, a 1964 Life article shared how Him and Her could swim in the White House pool and sleep in the Oval Office. It was obvious Johnson only wanted the best for the dogs. As dog owners, sometimes unfortunate slip-ups are made when dealing with animals, but these are learning experiences to consider.

1961-1963: Debbie, Billie, Tom Kitten, Robin, Macaroni, Tex, Pushinka, Charley, Clipper, Shannon, Maybelle, Blueball, and Wolf

John F. Kennedy definitely wins the prize for most pets in the White House. Kennedy did not mind animals roaming all around while he was working. In Kennedy’s White House he had:

  • Two Hamsters (Billie and Debbie)
  • The Gray Cat (Tom Kitten)
  • They had three Ponies named Macaroni, Tex, and Pushinka
  • A lively Welsh Terrier named Charley; A German Sheppard named Clipper; a Cocker Spaniel named Shannon; and the last dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Wolf.
  • Two colorful parakeets named Maybelle and Bluebell, and a Canary named Robin  

         As you can see, Kennedy’s family refused to live without their pets, and we also agree your pets should go with you wherever your next career move may be.

Your own Presidential Pet!

We hope you enjoyed taking a walk-through history by viewing some of the presidents’ favorite pets. If you are planning on moving into Washington and want a puppy, contact as at MyNextPup. We will help you adopt an adorable dog and transport them. You’ll be sure to have the best pup!

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Adorable Dog Names for Your Thanksgiving Pet

Thanksgiving Pet Names

If your puppy is born during November or you adopt your puppy around Thanksgiving, you should consider a stellar name to go along with your amazing pet. The fall brings a lot of foods and spices filled with warmth, and it might just go along with your adorable pup’s personality.

Ginger

Dog named Ginger

Ginger comes from the English word for the brown spice. Despite Ginger associating with Christmas, Pumpkin Pie uses ginger to give a unique flavor. It’s a great name for the “Ginger Rogers” in your family.

Spice

“Sugar and spice and everything nice.” Spice is most prevalent in the United States and it’s perfect for your little zinger. While most women in the 1940s named Spice worked unpaid domestic duties, your pup will have you wrapped around their finger.

Pumpkin

Name your Puppy Pumpkin

Since we have a deep affection for our Pumpkin lattes and Pumpkin patches, it’s time to give our best friend the treasured name Pumpkin. The Pumpkin is a fruit – not a vegetable. At the end of May, farmers plant the Pumpkin seeds in the United States. If you have a furry little cuddle ball, you should consider Pumpkin as your name.

Rocky

If you’re a fanatic about history, you’ll love a name that pays homage to Plymouth Rock.  The Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Rock in 1623. One million visitors travel to the spot each year to reminisce about America’s origin. If you want your dog to represent America, you should go with Rocky.

Apple

Name your Puppy Apple

It may not be the first pie you think of but Apple Pie comes in a close second on the dessert tray for Thanksgiving. Coming in many varieties, apples can be sweet or sour. If your friend has both qualities, Apple might be the appropriate name for your best bud.

Autumn

A name that is quickly becoming popular, Autumn ranked 82 in the United States in 2020. The name Autumn signifies a time of bountiful harvest, so if your fur baby gives you many blessings in life, Autumn may be an appropriate name.

Hudson

This one goes only to the most sophisticated of pets. The name Hudson comes from the Hudson River. When the Pilgrims were at the end of their voyage from England, they crossed from Cape Cod into the mouth of the Hudson River before settling back in Cape Cod because of the dangerous weather conditions. It is known as a strong English name, and it is not very popular. If you want your pet to stand out, go for Hudson as the chosen name.

Cinnamon

Everyone knows fall is in the air when the warm scent of cinnamon baked goods hits your nose. Cinnamon is found in the bark of various types of trees from the Cinnamomum genus. Cinnamon is used for its flavor and health benefits. If you love cinnamon and your pet, it’s a match made in heaven.

Pick the Perfect Name

This Thanksgiving, give your dog a name that goes along with the season. You never know what spice or historical landmark will catch your eye. If you want to know more about how to enjoy Thanksgiving with your pet, check out this list of treats for your adorable puppy.

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The First 24 Hours with Your New Pup

24 Hours with Your Puppy

You got a dog! Congratulations! You just made a fantastic decision to adopt a new family member. If you are a first-time dog owner, you may be unaware of several things that may happen as soon as your new friend enters your household. We break down the first 24 hours with your new puppy.

From 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. -Puppies and Sleep at Night

Puppies and Sleep

The temptation to allow your friend to sleep in your bed is inescapable, but it is far better for your puppy to learn crate training at first. Your best bet is to let your puppy sleep near you to reassure them that they are not alone in a new environment. As a puppy becomes accustomed to its new surroundings, it will no longer fear any part of your home. Puppies will need to go out multiple times a night, so you should be prepared to wake up to crying for a couple of months.

You can even play soothing music for your puppy to help calm them at night. According to a study done on shelter dogs at the University of Queensland, music encouraged dogs to relieve stress and constant boredom. Through a Dog’s Ears, by Lisa Spector, is a clinically proven album of soothing piano music for your pet.

The first 4 Hours and Beyond: Be Aware of Small Bladders

Puppies continue to grow and change, and because of this, they are often not in control of their bladders. Most puppies at 14 weeks can only control their bladders for an hour. It is why you should create a schedule for when your puppy is able to go outside. When potty training your dog, it is best to let them go out frequently, so they can understand what spots in your yard are acceptable.

9 a.m. to Afternoon: Your Puppy is In It for Attention

Most people understand how much work a new pup is, but it should be said again: puppies are not just cute and adorable, they need constant care. A puppy can be left alone in a crate for a few hours if you need to run out to the store, but puppies are like babies. Puppies may sleep for over 16 hours each day but when they are awake, most furry friends will be attempting to cause mischief by biting household objects or stealing food. For the first few weeks, a puppy needs to be constantly corrected on what they can and cannot do. Therefore, it is your responsibility to contemplate how a puppy will fit into your schedule.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. -Be Aware that Puppies can’t Walk for Long

Puppies Can't Walk for Long

Yes, all dogs require some form of a daily walk, but puppies are special because they are still growing into majestic adults. As puppies develop, their bones are still growing. It is important to make sure your pup is not running up and down stairs. Depending on how large your dog will be, their bones may grow faster or slower.

Since puppies are so delicate, there are strict requirements on how long they should exercise. The rule of thumb taken from medical professionals is to exercise your dog “five minutes per month of age.” So, take it easy on your little buddy and wait until he is older to engage in anything extreme.

1 p.m. to 12 a.m. -And Most Importantly, Teach Your Puppy about Boundaries

Puppies are cute and wonderful, but you need to remember puppies are just like children. If you are a parent, you understand the importance of setting rules. Dogs remember certain things and record them in their brains. If you let your dog jump on the couch once, it will be difficult to teach him to not do it anymore. When you have an energetic pup, you can show them what is acceptable and what is not. Look for a great puppy socialization class near you when your friend reaches 7 weeks.  After that, you can sign up your friend for a proper training class at 6 months old.

But please remember, look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcements instead of punishments like prong or shock collars. Scientific data following the teachings of psychological behaviorism proves that harsh punishments can only cause your dog further anxiety instead of improving their behavior. So, make boundaries but do it in a loving way. You are never allowed to take out your anger or irritation on your cute pup.

From 24 Hours to Forever: Just Hang in There

As they always say, “the best things in life are worth waiting for.” Your pup may not be perfect and make a mess sometimes, but you still love them anyway. Getting a puppy is exciting and a lot of responsibility. If you persevere and remember our puppy rules, you’ll continue to grow a great relationship with your little fella.

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4 Urgent Factors For Your Dog and Home

Bringing a pet home

You may dream of having a majestic German Shepard or playing frisbee with an American Water Spaniel, but it is important to consider what home you live in. During the pandemic, many families long for a loving companion of their own. It is imperative to understand what breed is best for your living condition. Here we break down what you should contemplate when buying a dog according to your living situation.

What Dog is Right for You According to your Living Space?

If you live in an apartment or farm there are several factors you must think of first. If your space is limited, you will be unable to please a dog that longs to run across acres of farmland. Consider these factors when picking a friendly new member of your family:

Exercise Needs

In an apartment, you should be looking for a furry friend that is low energy. Some breeds you may consider include Poodles, French bulldogs, or Greyhounds for low energy companions. More active breeds include Border Collies, Dalmatians, or Doberman Pinchers. Whether large or small, be honest about how active you are, so you will not need to worry about being a star athlete.

Size

You may want a big dog, but you may not realize how much space a big dog needs. Depending on the measurements of your home, your wondrous canine may be inclined to feel like a brambling giant. If you have a yearning to invite a friend over, your large new pet may be taking up too much real estate. Think about how much you value personal space and what you consider to be the perfect size before you invest in a new companion.

Energy Level

 How many of us long for a boisterous puppy? Well, when that dog grows up, you might consider how much you want an equally boisterous adult. An energetic Giant Schnauzer may trip over grandma and cause an unfortunate accident. Kids also need to be careful with sensitive breeds because they may not like as much affection and roughhousing. A delicate Chihuahua may be too susceptible to harsh play for a family. It is important to find the perfect energy and character for your household.

Stranger Danger

Some dogs are more friendly than others. Depending on how many parties you host at your household, you may appreciate a dog that is less of a guard and more of a party animal. Protective breeds can get accustomed to other people if they are frequently socialized when they are younger. It is important to consider if you prefer a German Shepard and its overprotective tendencies or if you just need a lovable Golden Retriever. Along with accepting strangers, a dog may like or dislike large amounts of noise. A Labrador Retriever is more willing to accept chaotic situations than a timid Australian Shepherd Husky.

Preparing for your Puppy

Pay attention to these four factors when considering your next dog purchase for your home. A bad match could result in a bad partnership that could last seven to fifteen years. If you want to find out more about how to prepare before welcoming a puppy to your home, check out this guide.