Dogs are remarkably resilient. Anywhere you travel to in the world you will find them. In some places they sleep on beds cuddled next to adoring owners, or are kenneled until called upon to do the job they were bred for, while in other places they huddle under abandoned cars struggling to survive from one day to the next. But survive they do. Indeed they are so resilient and adaptable that we can ignore the challenges they face when their lives are are turned upside down.
Even those of us who spend our lives living with and studying dogs can lose sight of the fact that a dog who has been rehomed is experiencing what is considered to be one of the most stressful occurrences for a social animal to endure. But endure they do, most thriving and ‘learning the ropes’ of their new environment without seeming to miss a beat. However for some, the upheaval and changes are not so easily processed and tolerated.
It is for these dogs that I created the Fearful Dogs Website, where owners can learn about the most effective and humane ways to help dogs learn to become more comfortable in their world. I am far from alone when it comes to trying to help dogs have a better life. Along with the folks at Pedigree, who sponsored me to attend the recent BlogPaws West conference, and bloggers around the country, we are working to raise awareness of the plight of the millions of homeless dogs awaiting adoption.
- Each year, more than 4 million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations. Pedigree created The PEDIGREE Adoption Drive to help shine a spotlight on the plight of these homeless dogs.
- This year the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive is raising awareness for homeless dogs by donating a bowl of food to shelter dogs for everyone who becomes a “Fan” or “Likes” The PEDIGREE Adoption Drive on Facebook. So far more than 1 million bowls have been donated.
- Special for BlogPaws West: For each blog that posts about the PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive through September 19, PEDIGREE® will donate a bag of their new Healthy Longevity Food for Dogs to shelters nationwide. It’s simple: Write a post, send out an email, add a blurb to a newsletter and help a dog.
- Thursday, September 16 through Sunday, September 19, the Pedigree BlogPaws bloggers will host a Blog Hop, to help raise awareness for the “Write a post, help a dog” effort. You can make a difference.
Please set aside a few moments to write a post. Include the bullet points above. Copy the images if you’d like. Add whatever you’d like to help get the message out. Because this is not limited to pet bloggers, there is tremendous potential. Know bloggers in other categories that might be interested? Please share this post with them, write one of your own, and on Thursday leave a link to your post on the Life With Dogs website.
There is lots to be done to make the world a better place. No one of us can do it all but we each can do something. Here’s how you can do a small thing and make a big difference for dogs. Please share this with other people who care.