Animal hoarding stories are always tough to hear about. A recent hoarding case in the San Diego County community of Poway has gotten a lot of attention recently. An incredible number of dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation…123 to be exact (the number grew after animal welfare workers found additional dogs that the owners had been hiding during the original rescue operation).
In this sad case, an elderly couple had been hoarding these little Yorkie-mix dogs in their home, and the living conditions faced by the dogs were, as you can imagine, horrific. The dogs are now in the care of the San Diego Humane Society, and it’s been all hands on deck caring for these sweet pups. They’ve needed grooming, dental care, vaccinations, and other services.
They soon will be made available for adoption. San Diego Humane has set up a special web page to help field the many inquiries about the adoption process for these Yorkies. If you live in the San Diego area, consider opening your heart to one of these special dogs. You can also watch a news video about the dogs HERE.
You’d think choosing food and water bowls for your dog would be a no-brainer, right? Just pick a style and material that you like in roughly the right size for your particular dog. It’s actually more complicated than that. Experts note that there are certain types of bowls that work best for different kinds of dogs. Here’s a quick guide to picking the best bowl for your pup, courtesy of That Pet Place:
Long-nosed dogs: Breeds with long noses like Greyhounds, Collies, and Dachshunds can benefit from the extra room of a deep bowl with high sides.
Short-nosed dogs: Brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, and Pekingese should be fed using shallow bowls. Short-sided bowls make it easier for them to reach the food and are also easier on the throat.
Long-eared dogs: Do you have a Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, or Irish Setter? Choose food and water bowls with steep sides and a narrow opening to keep those long ears clean and dry.
Tall dogs: Great Danes, Mastiffs, and other large, long-legged breeds will appreciate bowls set on raised feeder stands. They will be more comfortable and easier on the joints than bowls set on the floor. Elevated bowls are also good for three-legged dogs and dogs recovering from surgery.
Puppies: Shallow bowls work best for puppies. A bowl with high sides could press against your little guy’s throat while he’s eating.
Fast eaters: If your dog is a little too enthusiastic at dinnertime, consider buying a slow-feed bowl with a raised insert in the center. These bowls are designed to prevent the gulping of food and improve your dog’s digestion.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #stoppuppymills on your social media accounts and spread the word about alternative ways to find a new puppy…especially adoption!…besides pet stores and online ads. The HSUS estimates that 2 million puppies are born into mills each year. We can help reduce that number.
The campaign has created a very moving video featuring kids talking about where puppies come from which can serve as a great learning tool for anyone interested in educating the next generation about puppy mills:
Stella, a Maremma Sheepdog (a breed of livestock guardian dog from Italy), gave birth to a litter of 17 puppies at Napa Grass Farmer, a holistic, regenerative farm in California’s scenic wine country. This is thought to be the largest litter of puppies ever born in the state of California.
As adorable as these little bundles of fur look, none of the puppies will be a family pet. All will eventually make their way to farms around California and be trained as working livestock guardian dogs just like their mom Stella.
Maremmas look like the fluffy sheep they are bred to protect from predators. In fact, the puppies are often raised in barns with the livestock they will be guarding, forming a stronger bond with them than with their humans.
Want more cuddly cuteness? Check out this video about the puppies from CBS News in the San Francisco Bay area HERE.