Sorry to be THAT guy…

especially on Halloween, but I interrupt your candy binging with big news!

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That’s not news to anybody…. Here’s the real news:
I have officially bought my first domain and website!

All the content you love on sweettoothnothings.wordpress.com has been transferred over to my fancy schmancy new site: sweettoothtravels.com

It’ll be more professional, hopefully.
More monetarily beneficial for me, hopefully.
And… it’s way less characters to type into your browser, for sure!

Unfortunately, that does mean you will have to click the ‘Follow’ button and enter your email address again. Laaame. The bright side is, once you verify your email address, you’ll automatically be alerted of my new posts. Huzzah!

So, please go ahead and follow more of my adventure at sweettoothtravels.com.
I won’t be posting on this site anymore!
Also be sure to share my posts, follow my Instagram and Twitter, comment, and even buy a product or two.
Admittedly, I do get a percentage of the sales, but most of my money goes to travel and foster dogs, anyways. It’s a win-win!

If there’s a product you’d like me to advertise or somewhere you’d recommend I become an affiliate, please let me know. Mama needs a new dog harness!

Not to mention, if you have a business with which you’d like some support, let me know! I’m happy to help, collaborate, or do whatever I can to get your business going.

Thank you, thank you, thank you ALL for your continuing support. I adore ya.
Happy Halloween!

Instagram: @sweettoothtravels

Twitter: @sweettoothvegan

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Meet Tex

Tex (formerly know as Rowdy) comes from… Texas! What a coincidence. He’s from Dallas, to be precise, so he’s a bit of a country boy. As you can see in this photo, he’s also a little ‘hood.

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Tex, his mother, and her 8 other babies came to New York today to meet their foster parents. Of course, after seeing a baby photo of “Rowdy”, I had to call dibs on this charismatic little dawgy.

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Facts: Tex is a 2-month old Blue Heeler. If you’ve never heard of this breed, like most people, I’ll tell you all about it.

Blue Heelers are also known as Australian Cattle Dogs, or just Cattle Dogs. Yes, you’re looking here at a bonafide Australian dog. Just imagine him riding a white stallion through the deserts of Australia with Kylie Minogue by his side. They hop off their horses and go herd some cattle across acres and acres of dry grain and luscious green grass. Suddenly a crocodile appears and eats Kylie. Right before Tex gets eaten, he begins to reason with the croc. They become friends, but Tex is left without a partner. Now he needs a new family. Shucks.

More about Blue Heelers! Well, they can live up to 12-14 years old and males typically grow to be 35-55 lbs. Thus, they’re medium sized dogs, comparable to a Border Collie, and known to be just about as smart! The main difference is that Blue Heelers have shorter fur, thus they require a bit less grooming. Not to mention, the adorable and beautiful spots of blue throughout the white fur is irresistible!

Don’t worry if you don’t have cattle or even sheep (for shame!) but do remember, Tex will require stimulation in other ways. He’s like a prodigy child in a normal classroom. If you don’t find ways to challenge him and keep him interested, he might cause trouble. However, training won’t be too difficult due to his abilities to quickly pick up new information.

So far Tex has proven to be very sociable with humans and dogs alike, meanwhile, completely ignoring the cats we met. He likes to hop around and climb up my arm to ‘boop’ my nose with his. I think he’s going to be a wonderful hiking and running buddy once he figures out the leash situation.

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Upon further research, my beliefs were confirmed, this breed is known to be very loyal, hardworking, and brave. As one must be when herding cattle! What’s also amazing about the breed is how it was concocted. In the 1800s, Heelers were created from a mix of Dingo- blue merle Collies to Dalmatians and black and tan Kelpies. Some sources suggest Bull Terrier may be in there, as well. What a mix!

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Tex also made it very clear that I am boring company.

Tex is a wonderful new foster friend and he will make a great companion for an active and disciplined home. However, he is a smart and active pup, so he is not ideal for apartment life, families who are not home, and stupid people. I don’t blame him. He will make a perfect activity partner and will respond very well to tough training sessions.

If you’re interested in adopting Tex, fill out an application on the Waggytail Rescue website. Be sure to apply for ROWDY.

Find out more about adoption at:
http://www.waggytailrescue.org/

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Learn more about the breed and training a Blue Heeler-

How to easily train your Blue Heeler

Small, Black Terrier – Big, Loving, Heart

Today I want to introduce you to: Freddie!

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Hello!

Freddie is a 10 month old schnauzer/terrier mix.
He has been spayed and is up-to-date on all his vaccinations. 

Freddie was flown into New York City from Los Angeles just a couple days ago. While it is hard to know a foster dog’s entire background, we know one thing for sure: someone had Freddie and that someone dumped Freddie.

For this I am grateful! As, without these irresponsible and heartless dumpers, I would never have had the pleasure of meeting Freddie!

Coming in at maybe 20-25 lbs at most, Freddie is the perfect size and shape for petting, hugging, playing, and rough-housing. Sure, he could stand to gain a few pounds, but he certainly won’t get to be much larger. Especially not after all the running around he does.

He is never far, and always seems to be smiling. As loyal as a dog can be!

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Freddie’s not impressed with my book collection

As for my dog, the two of them are getting along swimmingly- I’m quite surprised by this, frankly. My Lolly pup can get a bit jealous and bossy, so I was expecting her to be barking and growling, and in turn, I was expecting barking and growling from Freddie. Turns out, the two have one thing in common: they love chasing each other! So, she chases him, he chases her, they settle their differences, and they lap up water together and have a snooze. It’s the blissful life, I tell ya!

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It’s funny, everyone has different experience with the dogs in foster care. Freddie had been in several foster homes before landing in mine. I had been warned that Freddie can get a little mouthy; mostly playfully, but also if overwhelmed or uncomfortable. I have yet to see this side of him, though. He’s met a bunch of my neighbours, he’s been on the train, in the dog park, at my local pet store… no barks, growls, or running in terror. He may back away with his tail between his legs, but in no way has this been done aggressively… thus far. Things can quickly change, of course. In the meantime, this guy is all hugs and kisses, Xs and Os.

What else can Freddie do? Your taxes. No, that’s not true. He does sit on demand, however. Usually. He’s definitely into treats, so having something yummy will help influence his positive actions. He loves to jump around and roll on his back, too. If you’re trying to live like you’re in a movie, he makes the perfect sidekick to run away with and explore the streams, mountains, and villages of the world. He’s the scruffy companion of every kid’s dreams!

As of now, Freddie has displayed house training (+1!), but I am told this may not last. I shall keep an eye on that. Until he does his doo-pop in the house, I’m gonna have to believe he’s been properly trained in that field.

He seems to be very attentive and aware of everything going on. I think this is a sign of intelligence. I’ve fostered my fair share of pups who don’t know or care what’s going on around them. This guy, on the other hand, walks the walk and talks the talk. With some attention and effort, I see lots of potential for him as a therapy dog!

Interested in training a therapy dog? Be sure to consider this great read:


Therapy Dog Training

If you’re looking for a wiry little buddy to keep you company and light up your life, I can’t advocate for Freddie enough! He’s a guy’s guy and a lady’s catch. Grab him up while you can!

Find out more about adopting Freddie at:
http://www.waggytailrescue.org/

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If you try them, please let me know if your dog loves them, too!
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Loving Animals 101

We’ve all heard the excuses as to why people give their animal up: “My kid’s allergic; my husband’s too busy; my mom has anger issues; my father was never around; my back hurts; my shoes are too tight; my fingers are shaped funny; and I’m thirsty….”

Others go out and buy pets from breeders because their stupid kids won’t shut up. Having been that stupid kid, I don’t blame them. However, when you go into someone’s home or store and buy a cat or dog, you’re not being a good animal-lover! Bad, animal-lover, bad!

Let’s go over the reasons why you are making a mistake. You can add these to the list of reasons you hate yourself.

1- You know those ‘papers’ every breeder brags about? The ones that ensure your dog is purebred and a little racist against other dog breeds? Well, many breeders fake those ‘papers’ That’s right, kids! Your $2,000 and 2 lb. “toy” shih tzu puppy may grow up to be a 150 lb. boar. No idea. You have NO idea.

2- Natural selection, it’s a thing. A very real and necessary thing. Darwin was a smart guy, wouldn’t you agree? He spoke about the weaker traits of animals (i.e. humans, llamas, pterodactyls…) being eradicated through natural section. This means, animals mate with whatever other animal of its species that will provide the healthiest and most beneficial traits. Basically, they don’t breed with their siblings or cousins (which will cause defects) nor do they breed with animals with traits that will harm their kin. This is unlike breeders, who are more than happy to breed a brother and sister because the family that mates together, makes dirty blood money together!

You know those sweet little features that make *your* pet special? Shorter legs, flatter faces, bigger wrinkles, smaller skulls…? These are all traits that dog and cat breeders emphasize because they make for more desirable appearances. However, these traits also harm the animal’s physical and mental well-being. Am I saying that health and happiness of your pet is more important than appearance? Yes, yes I am. Besides, mutts are super cute without being edited!

Now, let’s talk about adoption. Adoption is good. We like adoption. Here are some statistics, because we’re super smart and stuff:

  • Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  • Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats
  • Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
  • Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
    • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.(**Stats provided by the ASPCA**)

So, you see, adoption is necessary. Otherwise, millions of cutie patootie animals are killed rather than being snuggled and cuddled and baby-talked to by you!

Here are some of the faces of animals I’ve fostered and re-homed throughout the years

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Spoiler alert: None of these animals are ugly, vicious, or hopeless.

Next time you’re at Puppy Heaven or Cats ‘R’ Us, think of these faces and the millions of other fuzzy faces who just want to find a home with soft pillows and warm hearts.