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There are numerous reasons to own a dog. They can help combat loneliness and depression, they make perfect exercise companions on your morning jog or bike ride, they’re great stress relievers, and they provide unconditional love. Pets in general are good for your overall health.

The most important consideration before deciding to adopt a dog is your commitment level.  It’s all about priorities. Taking a good look at your lifestyle, type of job, and social calendar will give you a pretty good idea on whether or not you’d be a good dog parent. Owning a dog is more than just feeding and walking the animal. You need to be selfless. You need to be the type of person who will do anything to keep your dog happy and healthy. You and your family members need to interact both physically and emotionally with your dog every day.

I’d love to have a dog. I grew up with dogs as loving members of my family. Every day I would look forward to coming home from school to play with my dog.  There’s nothing in the world like the deep bond created between a dog and it’s human.

Unfortunately, my lifestyle at this time is not conducive to the commitment needed to give a dog what it truly needs. I have lots of love, but not enough time, and that’s just not fair to the dog. Maybe in a few years things will change and I can welcome a new doggie family member into our home.

A survey conducted by Top Data listed the favorite breeds here in New Jersey. They are: Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu, Labrador Retriever, and Mutt.

I guess Jersey really loves those tiny breeds. I see an awful lot of Golden Retrievers and Labs in my daily travels, so the tiny breeds were a big surprise to me.

If you’re considering bringing a new pet into your home, I strongly suggest adopting one from a local animal shelter or rescue organization.

The Ocean County Health Department has info for all of their adoption facilities here:

You can take advantage of their “Clear The Shelters” event going on Saturday August 27th through Wednesday August 31st. It’s half price adoptions along with a free goodie bag for your new doggie.

Another option located in Brick, N.J.:

Here’s a link to a variety of shelters and rescues in Monmouth County:

Happy National Dog Day!

14 Items That Will Make Your Pet Happier

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Okay, we just love our pets! They’re so cute and adorable and they bring us a lot of joy. So every now and then it’s a good idea to make sure we’re bringing them just as much joy as they bring us. We’ve put together a fun list of cool items and ideas to help you make your pet happier and bring a smile to your face. 

  • BoxDog & BoxCat Subscription Box

    That’s right a subscription box for your pet! The BoxDog and BoxCat subscription boxes can be a ton of fun for your pet. Each month your pet will be rewarded with a fun new toy, some delicious treats, a brand new piece of pet gear (like a collar or a bandana), and even some vegan skincare! You’ll have your pet rolling over in no time.

  • PetCube

    Not only will this let you keep an eye on your pet while you’re not at home, but it also allows you to toss them a treat or even talk with themThey’ll be happy to hear your voice and even get a small treat for behaving. 

  • New ID Tag

    How cute is this ID tag? This one happens to be our favorite, but you can also grab an ID tag with the words “Bad To The Bone,” “All Bark No Bite,” and “Did Someone Say Squirrel?” 

  • Only Natural Pet Cat Treats

    We love treating our cats to something really special and these cat treats are exactly that. Only Natural Pet PowerToppers Superfood + Turkey Raw Inclusions for cats is a grain-free, high-protein food topper. It has a blend of freeze-dried, 100% cage-free turkey chunks and superfood bites, featuring sweet potatoes, goat milk, real vegetables, and fruit. Basically, if you like making sure your pets get all-natural products this is the way to go!

  • Stella & Chewy Wild Weenies Treats

    Speaking of all-natural treats, dog owners this is one your pup is sure to sit pretty for! These freeze-dried raw treats feature 97% meat and organs with no fillers.

  • Giant Tennis Ball

    Watch your pet’s eyes go as wide as this tennis ball when you give it to them! This is sure to make them so happy they won’t know what to do with themselves!

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  • Sushi Catnip Toys

    Oh, how my cat loves these! Catnip is one of her favorite things and these sushi catnip-infused toys make her so happy. She does those little rabbit kicks with them when she gets really excited about playing with them!

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  • Animal Rope Toys

    If your pup loves to play tug of war with toys, this could be a great option for them. These are handmade animal rope toys that are not only super cute but are eco-friendly made with cotton rope. Available animals include duckbear, octopus, horserabbitgiraffe, and elephant.

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  • The Original Calming Donut Cat and Dog Bed

    Oh boy, these beds look so comfy, even to us! This donut-style bed is great for dogs and cats that like to curl up while they sleep. The raised rim creates a sense of security and provides head and neck support, while the super-soft filling offers joint and muscle pain relief.

  • Homemade Dog Treats

    Okay, if you’re looking to make your pet feel extra special, you can go the extra mile by making homemade dog treats. Knead Love Bakeshop provides you with easy to follow recipe mixture that helps you make delicious homemade dog treats your pet will love! This Beef Jerky and Cheese flavor is just one of five different flavors you can choose from.

  • Cat Tower

    Do you have a cat toy for your cats? If not, you’re missing out on a ton of fun for both you and your cat. Cat towers are the perfect way to give your cat something fun to do during the day. They’re made so that your cat can scratch, climb, nap, and play, sounds like the perfect item for anyone really!

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  • Cat Window Hammock

    Speaking of catnapping, if you have a cat that loves to sit in the window and/or nap in the sun this cat hammock is going to make them so happy. It suctioncups to your window and can hold up to 40 pounds, so it even fits multiple cats.

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  • No Pull Dog Harness

    A great way to make your dog happier is to make sure you walk them more! This no pull dog harness is great for dogs that have a tendency to walk you instead of you walking them. It removes the pull from the collar area to the back which makes them less likely to choke themselves and makes them walk a bit more evenly paced with you.

  • Pure Earth Pets Eco-Friendly Dog Box Subscription

    Another awesome pet subscription box for dogs is this wonderfully monthly box from Pure Earth Pets. Pure Earth Pets curates a monthly box with 5-6 earth-friendly items that will make your dog wag their tag with happiness.


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