FRM Christmas Traditions

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions. -Bill McKibben

Christmas is a season for traditions, and in my family we are set on keeping those traditions alive. Whether it be our meeting with family on Christmas eve, to Chinese food for dinner or finding a pickle in the tree we have followed these traditions for as long as I can remember.

When I was little I remember spending half my time with my parents and the other half with my Grandparents. I had a terrific bond with both of them and every year on Christmas eve my parents and I would go to my Grandparents house to exchange gifts and eat dinner. I always remember eating Chinese on Christmas eve and opening a mountain of gifts from my Aunt and Uncle and Grandparents. Christmas day was spent with my parents at our house and my mother would make a big prime rib dinner. Christmas was always spent at home playing with my new toys. After my Grandfather passed and my Grandmother moved in with us we still continued our Christmas Eve tradition and my Aunt and Uncle and older cousin would come to our house. Every year since I can remember we ate Chinese, that never changed. Later when I got older I remember we had to reschedule “Christmas Eve” because my cousin worked at the post office and they were doing over time to get everyone’s packages and letters sent out in time. Sometimes we would celebrate the following week, other times it was put off for over a month. But our Christmas Eve traditions were never cancelled. Once I grew up and had children of my own we continued out Christmas Eve tradition and would visit my parents every Christmas Eve, and we still eat Chinese.

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. – Margaret Thatcher

I may be wrong but I believe this tradition came from my fathers side; finding an ornament shaped like a pickle in the Christmas tree. Growing up my parents would play a game with us when my brother and sister would come to visit over Christmas break. They would place the pickle ornament somewhere in the tree and whoever found it would get an extra gift. My siblings and I became very good at finding this pickle in the tree so one year my mother bought some extra green ornaments and placed them all over the tree to make the game a bit harder. Once my son was old enough to play the game we went to the store and purchased a plastic pickle for our tree. Seeing as how it would be something he would be looking for we decided to buy a plastic one opposed to a glass one so it wouldn’t break when he found it. Good thing we did too because it hadn’t been hanging on the tree for more than week when my son pulled it down and tried to eat it! Years later we still have the plastic pickle with bite marks hanging from our Christmas tree.

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world. – Norma Vincent Peale

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Seeing Outbursts as Sensory Issues for the First Time

Up until a few months ago the first thought that would come to my head when I seen an unruly child out in public was “He/she needs more discipline” or “His/her parents need to lay down some ground rules” or even “spoiled”. All these thoughts until I finally decided to seek out counseling for our 7 year old.

Our oldest has always been a bit “quirky”. There’s things about him that don’t really fit in to the cookie cutter mold of the average child but we didn’t notice it until he started school. School officials just chalked it up to he was acting out because he was going to be a big brother later that year, but some things didn’t change after the baby was born. When he started 1st grade his teacher would call us because our son was having trouble focusing and staying on task. His outbursts were impulsive and when asked why he would do certain things his reply was always the same. My brain told me to do it and I just couldn’t stop, I did it on purpose. When he told me this my heart would sink, what was going on with my perfectly quirky little boy?

We were referred to a child psychologist a few town over who already had files on our sons behavioral problems at school. It didn’t take long for her to tell us that our son definitely had sensory issues. At the time she wasn’t sure if it was ADHD or autism. Later that month we approached the school to speak with their behavioral specialist and his teacher. I could feel the judgement from the moment we walked in, but in their defense I’m sure they deal with parents who demand special treatment for their child on a daily basis. My wife and I sat there and explained what the therapist had told us and how she told us to ask the school for an IEP for our son. The special education teacher pointed out that usually ADHD kids have a hard time on the bus but our son had no issues all year. Or how Autism kids have a hard time in gym but he does great in gym. She was speaking for Autism and ADHD as a whole, as if being Autistic meant you had to be a certain way when really that’s not the case at all. We informed her we aren’t asking for special treatment, just a little more patience or understanding from his teachers. The only one in the room who seemed to understand what we were asking was his teacher. She had noticed when our son would get over stimulated because he would start chewing his sleeve, and shortly after that he would lose his little mind. We discussed ways to help control his outbursts and jobs he could do in class that would be used as his reward.

The following day when we seen the therapist again she informed me that my son definitely had ADHD and that autism had not been ruled out yet. He could in fact have both.

Even though I do not really like to read I have found myself reading article after article about ADHD and autism. Learning different ways to talk to my son about the little voice inside his head that tells him to keep doing what he’s doing even though he knows it’s wrong.

I am writing this to tell my readers not to judge a book by its cover, and if you think your child needs help to please get them the help they need.

 

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Where Have You Been FRM?

Before I start this post I want to take a minute to thank all my loyal readers who have reached out to me this year in support of my work. I know I have been on a hiatus for the better part of the year but I am working diligently to get back on track and to keep everyone up to speed with life on the farm!

2017 has been a busy year for us and sadly my blog was left by the wayside for quite a while. There have been hardships I won’t lie and ever since our tiny bundle of joy arrived I have had a hard time brainstorming something to write about. You would think having a new baby would give me so many blog ideas but really all I want to do in my free time now-a-days is take a nap. Sleep is a luxury this Momma doesn’t get much of. 

Here we are in December, our little bundle of joy is almost 8 months old and our oldest just turned 7. Thanksgiving has passed and now our house is in full blown Christmas preparation mode! Our tree is up, house is decorated but still my creative spark feels extinguished by constant exhaustion. I am working full time for Amazon while working part time overnight as a baker. Just trying to get enough money for the bills that accumulate during Christmas time. It is baby’s first Christmas so family from all over wants to stop by and see him, which means the house must be kept in impeccable condition at all times. All while my 7 year old runs across the house crashing cars and dropping Lego structures from the back of the sofa. Our tiny bundle of joy loves to sit in his excer-saucer and throw his cheerios from one end of the living room to the next or zoom around the house in his walker pulling anything he can reach to the floor. Things have been a bit hectic. I underestimated how much work it takes to parent 2 children who have such a large age gap.

Where did the year go? Speaking of time, where did the past 7 years go?

I have had this blog for over 2 years now, I remember when I started blogging I was confused about what to write about but I always had ideas. It seems like now I just don’t have any ideas even though life gives me inspiration every moment of the day. I now know why writers get so frustrated by writers block, it seems impossible to overcome. 

I do not want you, my reader to think I have forgotten you because I haven’t. I would just rather not publish at all than publish a sub-par article. My readers are the best and they deserve the best. I am working diligently to bring you exciting and amusing new articles and I must say that sitting here typing out all this truth is lifting so much weight from my shoulders. Blog ideas are coming back to me and I’m hoping the dry spell for FRM will be coming to an end just as the year wraps up. 

Thank you again for all your patience and be sure to check back often for all the exciting new things I have in store! 

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Our Adventures in Scouting

Many of you may not know this, but Free Range Mommy is also a Den leader for cub scouts. 

Our Tiger Den

How it started

When school started my son brought home a pamphlet on boy scouts and told me he really wanted to give it a try. Being a former girl scout myself I agreed to take him to sign up because I know scouting has a lot to offer young minds. Our first pack meeting the Scout Master asked for volunteers to be den leader of the Tiger Den. All the parents sat there looking around at each other when suddenly an all too familiar voice beside me speaks up and says “My mom will do it! She was a girl boy scout yunno!“. I could have died, my son had volunteered me again, this time for a year long commitment to something I had no idea how to lead. Luckily another mom volunteered as well, and that’t how FRM was thrown in to Scouting.

I will admit the first few meeting I was filled with anxiety as I had no clue what we were doing. Luckily for me the other den leader really stepped up and has taken the drivers seat at the head of the meetings allowing me to take a step back and really just monitor the boys. Although about 15 had originally signed up we only have 6 active Tigers in our den, but don’t let our small den fool you we are a fierce group of scouts. We’ve been very fortunate to have the amazing and supportive parents there at all times to assist us with snacks or requirements to earn badges as well. 

Our Scouting Adventure

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If you ask my son what his favorite thing he has done in scouting is, he will without a doubt tell you all about our camping trip in the National Forest in October. It was for all scouts, cub scouts as well as boy scouts and even the girl scouts were there. After a day of playing new games we took a hike led by the elder Boy Scouts and walked an trail where an old train had originally ran. We saw fox holes and lots of spiders (shiver…), learned about different plants and trees and my son started the whole line of scouts in a loud obnoxious howl. After returning to camp the Scout Masters and Weblos made everyone dinner while the rest of the cubs rolled down hills or played tiger ball. Later that night all the tents put lighted pumpkins outside their tent to draw in trick or treaters and the Boy Scouts invited everyone over for campfire stories and a haunted trail. Everything was great, except being left in the middle of the woods by our Boy Scout who was suppose to be leading us down the haunted trail and was the only one with a flashlight. Oh what fun that was!

It is only December but our boys have already earned their bobcat badge along with BB gun shooting and cyber chip badges as well as 8 other awards. In just 2 more months they will receive their Tiger badge and move up to the next rank. They have been working so hard these last few months.

I guess I am writing this to you because the person reading this may think someone like FRM can’t live that “normal” life. But we can, we absolutely can! When I finally told the parents that I was gay I made a bigger deal about it than they did! I was almost at the point of tears when I told them my wife would be arriving at the camp site later that night. I thought I would be removed from the den. But do you know what actually happened? One parent told me “I thought something was wrong, you had me worried” another said “I thought you had something important to tell usand all of them told mewe don’t care if your gay, your great“. None of the boys stopped coming to scouts, none of the parents treated my wife, my son or myself any different. Thinking about it now still almost brings me to tears since I never thought I would encounter so much acceptance from such a great group of people. 

So if you’re reading this and thinking, I could never do it. I want you to know it is possible to live that All American life even if you are part of the LGBT community. Times are changing and the possibilities are endless! 

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A Holiday Giveaway from Our Good Friends at Sprint

FRM has partnered up with Sprint to bring you this excellent giveaway just in time for Christmas!

It seems like the number of phone carriers on the market doubles every day, how do you know which one is best for your family? Some have hidden fee’s while others promise nationwide coverage that seems to nationwide everywhere except where you are!

Sprint has you covered!

Sprint offers a wide range of plans that to fit your needs, whether you be a data lover or just use your phone for call/text they’ve got what you need to keep you connected. Don’t have the best credit? No worries, Sprint offers a prepay plan so you never go over your limit! Along with an extensive list of phone plans, they also have a phone to fit your budget. Looking for an Iphone?Sprint has your back. What about the new Samsung? Sprint has your back. Does Sprint have tablets? Of course they do along with a plan designed just for your tablet!

While many other companies make empty promises about unlimited coverage, Sprint follows through. They have been providing quality wireless for almost 30 years!

You may think you are paying a good price for your unlimited plan from other carriers but have you checked out the Unlimited plans offered by Sprint?

Now let’s learn a little bit about your Giveaway!

The Essential Phone

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Released this year the Essential Phone comes from a new billion dollar start up led by a man who helped create Android. It offers an edge to edge screen paired with materials like titanium and ceramic. This phone takes crystal clear images and gives you 128GB of storage to take virtually as many selfies as you want! This phone feels like the beautiful expensive watch or piece of jewelry you save for formal events, but that you avoid wearing on a daily basis for fear of damage or loss.

Rules: Must be at least 18 years of age and live within the continental US

Start: 12/05/2017

Ends: 12/12/2017

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A

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Everyone knows who Samsung is and has heard their friends or family rave about their Galaxy series. Samsung is keeping up with their customers high expectations by offering the 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab A.  Offering a 1920 x 1200 touchscreen, giving it a decent density of 224 pixels per inch, even more than Apples Ipad Pro.

Rules: Must be at least 18 years of age and live within the continental US

Start: 12/05/2017

Ends: 12/12/2017

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FRM Takes on Amazon

Last month I started a new adventure, I started working for Amazon in the comfort of my own home.

While scrolling through random pages on Craiglist I found myself in the jobs section looking at postings for sheet rock removers and retail specialists when I happened upon a posting for Virtual Customer Service working for Amazon. Despite thinking it was the latest scam I decided to look at it anyway, any insight in to Amazons secret layer is better than none right? I clicked the APPLY HERE>>>>>>>>>> link at the bottom of the page fully expecting a big green bug to pop up on my screen and start munching away all the files I had stored on my computer. It then directed me to another page and another one after that until finally I was at the actual Amazon website under job postings. 

There is was, Virtual Customer Service for Amazon. The posting was real! I could barely contain my excitement! 

I filled out the first bit of information and they asked me to take a quick little test operating their software. Later that week I received an email stating they needed a few more things from me like a background check and some more information. I happily obliged and waited for another 2 weeks for further instructions. Finally the email had come in, I would be starting mid November in Shipping and Delivery for the super mega online giant known as Amazon. How exciting!! A few days later a package arrived in the mail, it was all my equipment for Amazon along with instructions on how to use it.

When my first day finally arrived I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. I sat at my desk that was set up in front of my window overlooking the street and followed the instructions to call in to a conference call. Our team leader spent 3 hours helping the whole team get set up, I only wish I had that kind of patience. For the first 2 weeks we did training modules to learn how to navigate the many different pages that make Amazon the customer-centric company that it is today. We learned about the history of Amazon and about the founder who started the website to sell books.

My first day of taking live calls was terrifying. I knew my material and what to say and what page to use but every call I would block and message my team leader in a panic because I didn’t know what to do. She reminded me that it gets easier with every call. In the back of my mind I knew she was right but that didn’t help me in the moment, in the moment I was still new and confused. When day 2 of live calls arrived I didn’t even want to clock in, I dreaded taking calls and being confused and not being helpful. Sometimes a driver would be in a hurry or get angry that I was being so slow, but mostly the drivers on day 2 were kind and understanding. Day 3 is when I really got in to the groove of things, I was rocking calls and finding links on my own and it felt great! I was actually being helpful, I was being useful!

I have been on my own answering calls for about 2 weeks now and it has been amazing. Not only am I able to work from home but they offer voluntary time off, paid time off and a more than reasonable wage all while supplying you the tools to exceed your own expectations! At this time I am only seasonal however they do keep seasonal members on board from time to time as year round associates. You may have missed the chance to join Amazon for their 2017 peak season but be sure to check their job posting page regularly to see a position opens up, you will be glad to did!

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Understanding your House Lion

About my cats!

 

Gizmo

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Commonly referred to as Gizmo the House Lion, is the brave adoptive daddy to the chickens and all small animals. He is a nine year old Maine Coon, and weighs a whopping 22lbs. He stands almost 3 feet tall on his hind legs, and thinks he is a dog. I adopted Gizmo at 6 weeks old from an animal shelter in Vermont back in 2008. He was suppose to be a gift for a friend but she was allergic so she sent him back to me, and boy am I glad she did! Gizmo spend most of his kitten months with my elderly black lab named Brandi. So while I trained Brandi he would sit beside her and mimic her every move. He knows simple commands like catch, sit, kisses, down and stay. He loves to explore outside with me, and really likes spending time with his chicken babies. Actually when our first chickens were babies he would climb in to their brooder box and sleep with them. Gizmo loves all animals, and children. He is extremely patient and has been the perfect cat for the past 9 years.

Pickle

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Yes you read it right, the youngest cat’s name is Pickle. She got the name because as a kitten she smelled like pickled eggs, she was a gross little thing. She is a sweet little chartreux which is kind of like the Corgi of the cat world. She has a normal cat size body, but 6 inch legs and a tiny head. Shes a funny thing to look at but is still oh so cute. Pickle was rescued from a busy road where she had been placed in a box and left outside in the cold. I’m not sure how long she was out there but when we found her she was a skinny frozen mess. Pickle has anxiety and cleans herself so much that her fur falls out. She also  goes in to hiding most of the day or when strangers come over. We were able to help her with her anxiety by purchasing a calming collar from the local pet store, and I am happy to say she is so much better. Pickle just turned 9 in September, and is Gizmo’s best friend. She loves to cuddle with her humans, and despite her small size still gives our dog a run for his money.

 

Common Cat Owner Problems

  • Scratching the furniture! There are many ways to fix this kind of behavior. Some people chose to de-claw, which I will never do because the whole practice is just cruel.  A more humane way to fix this behavior is Scratch tape which is sold at Walmart or pet stores or Kitty Caps. We use kitty caps, because #1. I don’t want to put tape on everything and #2 they are SO CUTE. Kitty caps come in multiple colors, and different sizes. They are exactly what the name suggests, a silicone cap that covers the cats nail. They cost 14.99 for a pack of 40 at pet smart.
  • Overweight/ Underweight. Most people leave a steady supply of food out for their cat, which can sometimes cause your feline to put on a few pounds. If your cat is overweight, take away the auto feeder and consider giving him smaller portions a few times a day. Take your overweight cat for a walk, or try to engage him in some exercise fun with feathers and toy mice. If your cat is underweight there could be something missing from their diet. Try giving your cat chicken and boiled rice, or a meat based food like Taste of the Wild. If your cat loses weight too fast, consult your local vet.
  • Aggression. If your cat is un-altered that may cause some aggression, if your cat is fixed and is still aggressive you should consider getting a calming collar from your local store. Your cat may need more space than is being provided or may be getting bore. Consider getting him or her some toys, and make a little area just for him. A cardboard box with a hole in the side is perfect place for kitty to hide
  • Marking/Refusing to use the litter box. I had this issue with all three of my cats. When Gizmo was refusing to use the litter box I had no clue why. He had used it for 5 years and was just fine, but then we figured out he couldn’t fit in the covered litter box. Pickle refused to use the litter box because of her anxiety but the calming collar fixed that. Try moving the litter box to a different location, and make sure they can fit in it. Cats are picky!

Do you have any questions about your Kitty? Leave a question or comment below and I will help as best as I can. Please note I am not a Vet, just a person with a lot of experience and research on animals!

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Really Loving Southern Fall

Here’s a quick post for today for all my nature lovers.

While I was working at my moms house today and putting up the outdoor Halloween decorations I stumbled across a slew of beautiful critters. The first critter we found was this beautiful spotted gecko pictured below. He was in mid shed and he had almost the perfect turtle neck look going on.

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The second critter we found was a beautifully colored salamander. Once I moved the wooden head stone he took off running, but he was no match for 2 adults and a 5 year old.

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Last but not least while my mom was moving a 5 gallon bucket that had been laying on its side behind their storage building she found a wood turtle. The dogs had so much fun barking at him but ran away as soon as he moved.

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There’s so much we miss now a days because of our phones, laptops and computers. There’s a whole world behind the screen. I strongly encourage my readers to put down their phone for 30 minutes a day and just live. Explore. Imagine. Create.

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Don’t Bully My Breed

I am so angry right now, my heart is beating out of my chest. I’m light headed, I’m sweating and my blood is boiling. The ignorance that pit bull owners face every day is outrageous. Incase you haven’t figured it out I’m very, VERY, VERY pissed off!

If you follow my blog regularly then you have read about Coal; my sweet, loyal, brilliant razor edge pit bull. Coal was rescued from a neglectful home in December of 2013, and has been living my my family ever since. He is a very intelligent boy that knows at least 12 commands in English, Portuguese and American Sign Language. He is a ball of energy whos favorite past times include herding chickens, playing fetch, going on walks, stealing the four year old’s toys, and knocking over the trash can. He isn’t a bad dog by any means and just like humans, he makes mistakes.

Although Coal has jumped the 4 foor fence that surrounds the yard(yes i do mean jumped the fence! Completely cleared it!!!) to go explore the neightborhood in the past, he has never got in to a fight or caused any damage to anyones property. When we don’t go out for walks for a few days he can get rebelious and will sometimes jump the fence to go pay visits to the neighbors and their dogs. His first stop is always at the end of the road where Pat, a dog rescuer for the county resided until she recently passed away. From there he travels a few houses up and visits the white American Bulldog, followed by a short stop across the street where a chihuahua lives. Occasionally he will go a little further and visit with the ankle biters at the other end of the road but its not often. He doesn’t jump the fence a lot, maybe a few times in a month if he is feeling really rebelious! All the neighbors know him and really love him, many of them even put out bowls of food or watch for him and give him treats or bones. Well almost all the neighbors. But in every group there is that one person who likes to start trouble.

I don’t approve of Coal running off like he does, however he has a routine and with the neighbors treating him and feeding him it makes it hard to break the habit. One neighbor however is trying to put a stop to it, a permanent and lethal stop. He has been placing rat poison in a dish for my dog. This isn’t one of the houses that Coal usually stops at, but I can see his front porch from my window. I have seen stray dogs arrive at his porch and then find them dead the next day. I have confronted him about it and he doesn’t deny poisoning the dogs, in fact he laughs and tells me I better keep my pit bull locked up. I have contacted local police, they wont do anything about it. Animal welfare laws are very lose down here and pit bulls face so many challenges just because of their breed. So the police really don’t care if there is one less pit on the street.

Not only am I dealing with the dog killing maniac across the road, I am now always on the lookout for the woman in the blue truck that tried to coax Coal over the fence and in to her truck. Recently in my county over a dozen pit bulls have gone missing out of their yards. Police say they suspect dog fighters are picking up these dogs to use as bait dogs or fighters. I caught this young woman trying to coax Coal over the fence by using dog treats. Once he jumped the fence she tried to coax him in to the back of her blue dodge pick up truck. My wife and I ran out and called him back and the woman took off. I reported it to the police but of course I think my cries went unheard.

People who don’t know Coal and don’t know the breed are often afraid of him. They want him to be caged when they visit, or held on a tight leash when we are in public. I understand their fears, after all the press has demonized this breed and made them look like blood thirsty killers. But all it takes to free yourself from misconceptions is a little bit of research. They aren’t scary, they aren’t mean. They are loyal, they are loving, they have feelings, they are protective and they trust people far to easily. Please, if you don’t know the breed don’t judge them Don’t believe everything you see or hear on the news, research it for yourself! And if you have a bully breed, please keep an eye on them when they go outside. I know these babies aren’t only going missing where I am. It’s a worldwide problem!

Don’t bully my breed!

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Finding The Right Pet For Your Home

I am a big advocate of adoption, both human and animal. But adoption is a serious commitment even when you adopting a cat, dog or small animal. Many people don’t take in to account how much vet bills will cost every year, obedience classes, food, exercise and just spending time with their new fur baby. I often see people online looking for a free dog for their children, and they can’t afford a re-homing fee. In no way am I bashing these people for not wanting to pay an adoption fee, but in my experience a $50-$200 adoption fee is the cheapest part about owning a dog. And it makes me wonder, if they cant pay an adoption fee how will they pay for vetting and food for said dog? Here are some tips for finding the right pet for your family.

When adopting any animal it is important to check with your landlord or local laws to make sure you are allowed to have animals. Most landlords wont allow dogs that are in the bully breed category due to insurance reasons. Also many states have adopted BSL or Breed Specification Laws that restrict ownership of certain breeds. Also check with your landlord to find out if there is a restriction on weight. If your landlord says you are not allowed to have a pit bull, don’t adopt a dog that is similar to it like the American Bulldog or Staffordshire Terrier. Often times when people aren’t familiar with breeds many other dogs are misidentified.

Pick an age that works for you. Puppies are cute, but they require a lot of attention and training. They are great if there will be someone home with them for most of the day, but if you work a lot and go out often, a puppy might not be the right age for you. If you want a baby animal, consider a kitten. Once litter box trained they are easy to clean up after and will often take care of themselves while you are gone. Young dogs ages 1-3 are great companions for the active outdoors-man. They are the perfect age if you have children, plus you don’t have to worry about potty training or chewing(usually). But if left untrained they may be rough with small children, or further develop bad habits like marking, digging or chewing. Adult dogs ages 4-6 are wonderful dogs that are often looked over when it comes to adoption. They are great dogs who may already be well trained and are much calmer than the young dogs. Much less jumping!! Adult dogs are wonderful for children and teenagers as well as for a couple looking to add a fur child to their life before human ones. Last but certainly not least, Seniors. Senior dogs often wind up in shelters because their owner passed away or they were traded in for a new younger dog. They are usually surrendered due to no fault of their own. This often makes them depressed and scared which may cause them to seem listless in their kennels when you go look for a dog. Thus they are often overlooked. But I guarantee if you ask the shelter worker to take the senior dog out of his cage to take him for a walk he will perk up and be the happiest dog in the whole building. The loud barking and echoing walls of a shelter are very hard on a seniors ears, which is another reason you may see them shaking or hiding their heads in their fur.

When adopting a dog, it’s important to think about the future. Are you planning on expanding your family? Will you be getting a new job or attending school soon? Are you planning on moving? Are you financially stable? These are all important questions to think about when looking to adopt a pet. If you are hoping to have another child soon, or starting a new job that will keep you away from home for long hours it may be a good idea to wait a little longer before adopting a pet. The wait is hard but once you have figured out your new schedule of routine it will be easier to decide what kind of dog best fits you. Financial stability is also very important. Will you be able to afford food for your dog? Vetting? Both are important factors in pet ownership.

Research the breed before committing. Not all breeds are equal! Some breeds fall short of certain expectations where others exceed. Some dogs are more prone to aggressive behaviors, some dogs need more exercise than others. Some dogs don’t get their brains until 4 or 5 years old like Labradors. Some dogs enjoy digging up your yard like doxies. Certain dogs have longer life expectancies than others, so it’s important to keep all these factors in mind before adopting.

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