Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease

May marks the arrival of warmer weather and more outdoor activities, which is why this month is also dubbed as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Lyme Disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world and can affect both dogs and humans. Our pets are constantly lounging and playing in conditions readily exposed to ticks, like going on a hike or taking a walk through long grass, so it’s important to understand what Lyme Disease is and how you can prevent it in your pup.

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria that gets into the bloodstream through a tick bite. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can travel to different parts of the body and cause problems in specific organs or locations, such as joints, as well as overall illness. A tick can transmit the disease once it has been attached to the dog for 24 to 48 hours, which is why prompt removal of a tick is crucial.

While there are various flea and tick products on the market (which we will dive into later), the best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to physically check your dog for ticks every day - especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. Ticks tend to crawl into harder-to-spot places in an attempt to hide, so it’s important to really go through hair by hair, making sure to check the ears, the muzzle, the face/neck, and in between the toes.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease:

  • Fever between 103° and 105°
  • Lameness (abnormal gait or stance)

  • Lethargy

  • Loss of appetite

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Difficulty breathing

If your dog is diagnosed with Lyme Disease, the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics (usually Doxycycline) and often the symptoms will resolve within a week. While Lyme Disease can usually be cured easily, there can also be more serious complications including damage to the kidneys, and rarely, heart or nervous system disease.

Preventative Products:

The fear of Lyme Disease is not a reason to keep your pup from enjoying the great outdoors. As long as you make sure you are taking the proper precautions and are attuned to any abnormalities in your pup, you can continue enjoying this beautiful LA  weather with your dog!

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Travel Safety Tips for Pets

Summer is almost upon us, and that means there are more weekend trips in the near future! With Memorial Day Weekend only a week away, marking the unofficial start of summer, we thought it would be a great idea to go over some of our favorite pet travel safety tips. Between planning, packing, and actually getting to your destination, it’s easy to forget about all of the things your pets need on a vacation to stay safe. It would be so much easier if they could pack for themselves, but as far as we know, that isn’t something dogs know how to do just yet (though we wouldn’t put it past them)!

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Here are a few ways to travel safely with your pets:

Make a Pet Travel Bag

Much like yourself, your dog should have his/her own bag of essentials while you are away on your trip. Make sure you have enough food, bowls, water bottles (like this dog travel water bottle), all medication, an extra towel, poop bags, a first-aid kit, some treats, toys, and an extra leash. Just a small bag is all your dog needs to have a perfect vacation alongside you!

Bring Their Papers

It’s important to bring your pets’ papers whenever you are traveling away from home, especially when crossing state lines. Having an updated health certificate and additional documents included in your travel bag can never hurt. Your vet can provide all of this information to you.

Pack the Correct Wearables

Even if your dog is microchipped, make sure that you have a separate collar with an identification tag in case your pup gets loose. We always recommend that your dog has an additional collar or harness with an ID tag attached to the leash in the event he/she slips out of one. Although it may seem excessive, we know that things can happen, especially when your dog is somewhere unfamiliar.

Keep Your Pet Secure

It’s important to make sure your pup is secure in the car while you are driving - for both of your safety! A crate is an easy way to do this, but you can also use a dog harness with a seat belt clip or a hammock seat cover to give your pet a little more freedom. You can also use a pet barrier to keep your dog from jumping around to different sections in the car. While we love having our travel buddies sitting next to (or on top of) us, it’s more important to keep them safe and focus on the road.

Adjust Their Feeding Schedule

Before leaving for your trip, make sure to adjust your dog’s eating schedule. Especially for long trips, don’t put them in the car right after breakfast on a full stomach and bladder. Instead, feed them smaller meals throughout the trip. This will act as a reward at rest stops and also ensure there are no accidents or upset stomachs while you are driving. Once you get settled at your destination, you can resume their normal schedule.

Never Leave Them in the Car Alone

Although this may be common sense, it is always worth mentioning: never leave your dog in the car alone. It’s getting warmer out and it’s incredibly dangerous for them to be stuck in a car. Make sure to plan out your trip so you can bring your pup with you everywhere, or bring another human buddy along so you can take turns walking your dog on breaks. A trip can be stressful enough for your dog, and leaving them locked alone can only lead to more stress and potential serious issues.

Traveling with your dogs is fun, but it’s important to keep them safe at the same time. A few small additions to your trip will do just that!

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Wagging Tail Wednesday: April and Ashley

After celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend, we are reminded that there are many types of mothers out there - and dog moms deserve recognition too! This Wagging Tail Wednesday, we are excited to share the sweet story of Ashley (dog mom of two) and April the pit bull.

Ashley Niedzwiecki is one of Wags and Walks’ dedicated foster parents who turned permanent dog mom once she met April. Keep reading to learn how fostering turned permanent for Ashley, why she’s now an advocate for pit bulls, and the health scare that made her know it’s real.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your dog.

April was my 5th foster through Wags and Walks. I was volunteering at the NKLA Super Adoption event and saw that we pulled her from the shelter as the event was ending. As I was staring at her, I got a call from our foster coordinator, Megan. She asked if I saw the big pittie we just pulled and asked if I could foster her. I picked her up the next day and my dog and I instantly saw she was a special girl.

After fostering her for about 3 months she suddenly got really sick, blue in the mouth. I rushed her to the vet (amazing how light this 80 lb pup became in the moment of panic) and they said it didn’t look good. They put her on fluids and took X-rays and ran blood tests. I got an update that she probably won’t make it through the night. I prepared for the worst. The next morning I got the call from the vet and they said she was as good as new! They think she had some sort of allergic reaction. I went to pick her up and she was so happy to be going home. Once we got home my dog, Keely, jumped with joy that she was back. I knew she was here to stay. I couldn’t imagine anyone else having her after that experience.

How did you find out about Wags and Walks?

I heard about Wags and Walks through social media and knew I wanted to be involved in any way that I could.

How did you know your dog was “the one”?  

When I saw the girls together as best friends, I knew it was permanent. Plus, April is the type of amazing dog people tend to overlook - pit bull, cropped ears, over bred, 6 years old. She’s an angel!

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Have there been any challenges or setbacks you’ve had to overcome? What was your biggest surprise?

Separation anxiety…. We worked on it and she’s now crate trained and loves her crate. Crate time = treat time!

What is your favorite thing about your dog? Does he/she have any funny quirks?

She is like a little hippo. She jumps around when I come home and it’s the cutest thing. Her purrs are pretty adorable too.

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What is your favorite thing about being a doggy parent?

Having unconditional love. They are always excited to see me, even if I just leave to go check the mail.

How has your dog changed you?

April has taught me patience and to be an advocate for pits like her.

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As you can see from Ashley’s story, fostering is a wonderful way to test the waters if you are considering adopting a pup. If it’s meant to be, like it was for Ashley and April, then you will know. If you are interested in becoming a dog mom (or dad!) please check out our available dogs - and remember, this page is constantly being updated with new pups.

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Foster Friday: Jorja Tikaram

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to feature one of our amazing foster moms, Jorja Tikaram! Jorja has proven that even with a baby on the way (and with that same baby as a newborn), you can still make time to foster a dog. Her passion and love for animals is truly inspiring to us and we can’t wait for you to hear her story!

Fostering isn’t always easy, but it’s so rewarding and greatly appreciated, by not only our wonderful rescue pups, but by everyone at Wags and Walks.  We hope that Jorja’s story will encourage all of you animal lovers to make time in your busy schedules to foster a wonderful dog.  You won’t regret it!  

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm Australian and moved to Los Angeles with my husband for his job.  I love animals, yoga, the beach, hiking and exploring new places!

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

I've always loved dogs and being here in Los Angeles and I noticed that there were a lot of dog rescues looking for fosters.  My heart jumped at the opportunity to help a dog in need, so I applied straight away. I came across Wags and Walks while searching for various foster programs that were in need of support.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

I've only fostered two dogs with Wags and Walks: Sweetpea being the longest, over one year!  Sweetpea of course was my favorite, as she stole my heart in the long time we took care of her.

Downward dog champ!

Downward dog champ!

What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

Letting go would have to be the biggest challenge for me.  It’s so easy to get attached to these dogs that you’ve spent so much time with and are so used to seeing.  Though letting go is such a challenge, knowing that these dogs have found their forever home is so satisfying.

How has fostering affected you?

Fostering has definitely broken my heart a couple times, as it’s so hard to say goodbye to the pups once they’ve been adopted. Though it can be heartbreaking, fostering has also made me love and appreciate pitbulls.  After fostering a pitbull and adoring her for how sweet and loving she was, I have become an advocate for the precious breed.

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?  

The length of time it can take for a beautiful dog to be adopted has surprised me the most. I feel that dogs with certain challenges are looked down upon and people miss out on their best qualities- like pit bulls who are simply judged based on their breed.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

My advice would be to keep an open heart, be patient, and be kind. These animals have been through alot and just want your love and care.  

Thank you Jorja, for sharing your foster experience with us!  We are so happy that you decided to foster with Wags and Walks, and we can’t wait to hear about your next foster experience.  You are truly an amazing foster mom to our pups and amazing new mom to your sweet baby! As Jorja shared in her story, with an open heart, fostering makes you realize the amazing qualities that these animals truly have- we can’t agree with her more!  It’s fosters like Jorja, that make it possible for us to continue our mission to save more dogs.  

We are eternally grateful to all of our fosters who have dedicated their time to show unconditional love and care to our rescue dogs who are in the process of finding  their forever homes. If you are interested, you can learn more about fostering or apply to foster directly online through our foster page.

Wishing all of the amazing doggie moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you are spoiled on this special day with lots of doggy kisses, snuggles, and quality time with your pup!

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Celebrating National Chip Your Pet Month

Why Should You Microchip Your Dog?

May marks National Chip Your Pet month, and no that doesn’t mean it’s national dress your pet up like your favorite chip month or make your pet into a chip meme month. While those are both cute ways to celebrate the word chip with your pup, this month’s purpose is to raise awareness for the importance of microchipping your furry friend for safety!

Although an increasingly common procedure used by owners to help make sure their dog can always return home, not everyone microchips their pets. At Wags and Walks, we make all our dogs are microchipped before they go to their forever home. To help raise awareness for the importance of microchipping your pet, we thought we’d give a rundown on what it means to “microchip” your dog!

What is a microchip?

Before we get ahead of ourselves, you may be wondering what a “microchip” even is. In this case, a microchip is a tiny cylinder, about the size of a grain of rice, that is inserted just under your pet’s skin - normally between the shoulder blades behind the neck. It takes just a few seconds to insert the chip, and inside of the chip is an antenna that registers an identification code when scanned.

While the dog may feel uncomfortable in the moment that the vet is placing the chip under his/her skin, the chip is too small to feel after it is placed! The process doesn’t hurt any more than a routine vaccination, and it is a one-time procedure. After the chip is placed, you can then link your contact information to the chip online or through a form that your vet or shelter provides you.  

From the moment your pup has been microchipped, he/she will always be able to find home as long as he/she is brought to a veterinarian, animal shelter, or any organization with a microchip scanner. It’s as easy as that!

Meet Popeye. Popeye is nothing but smiles; he is also microchipped!

Meet Popeye. Popeye is nothing but smiles; he is also microchipped!

Isn’t the purpose of a microchip the same as getting a doggy tag?

Yes, a microchip and a dog tag are both meant to help you keep your dog safe, and a doggy tag placed on your dog’s collar or harness is a great and important form of immediate identification. If your dog is ever found by someone who doesn’t have a scanner on hand, that person can quickly contact you using the info on the tag, but it is more common for lost dogs to be found without collars on.

People often take their dog’s collar off when the dog isn’t on a leash, or the owner will keep the collar loose on the dog’s neck for comfort, which can lead to it falling off or the dog slipping out of it. If your dog becomes lost without his/her collar and isn’t microchipped, it becomes much harder to bring your pup home!

Meet Max. Max is good to go on any adventure - he’s got a harness, a dog collar and he’s microchipped!

Meet Max. Max is good to go on any adventure - he’s got a harness, a dog collar and he’s microchipped!

Can only certain dogs be microchipped?

The quick answer is no, dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes can be microchipped. If you rescued a dog who does not have a microchip and you aren’t sure if your dog is eligible, just ask your vet! The vet will be able to find out if there is any medical condition that prohibits you from microchipping your pet, but in most instances, any type of dog or aged dog can be microchipped for safety.

Meet ChaCha. ChaCha is an 8-year old love muffin, and she’s happily microchipped!

Meet ChaCha. ChaCha is an 8-year old love muffin, and she’s happily microchipped!

Is it more important to microchip some dogs versus others?

Everyone knows the neighborhood dog who can’t be left alone in the backyard, or the high-energy pup who just loves to run out the door after the mailman whenever he/she gets the chance. Then there are the couch potato dogs who are perfectly content lounging all day. Many people only think that ‘high risk’ dogs should be microchipped, but the reality is any dog has the potential of getting lost.

Dogs, like humans, get spooked by different things and revert to their “animal instincts.” For a dog, that could mean getting scared on a walk and trying to get free from his/her collar. This is something we see with newly rescued dogs who are nervous or anxious in certain social situations.That doesn’t mean that it could not happen with a little puppy or with a beloved pet of over 15 years! Microchipping your dog helps you ensure his/her safety at all times.

What people don’t realize is that many dogs that turn up in animal shelters were actually beloved family pets who got loose or ran away without any identification. Microchips help shelters return dogs to their homes or learn more information about the dog if the owner does not want to take the dog back. By microchipping the dogs we rescue, we are helping reduce the number of dogs that end up in shelters.

Who has endless love and a microchip? Colby does! She hopes you enjoyed this pupdate!

Who has endless love and a microchip? Colby does! She hopes you enjoyed this pupdate!

Happy National Chip Your Pet Month! If you want to learn more about the services Wags and Walks provides the dogs we rescue, check out our FAQ page! And, to stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

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Mayday for Mutts

This Sunday marks Mayday for Mutts, a national holiday established to celebrate one of a kind pups and to promote the adoption of precious mixed breeds! According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 75% of the six million dogs entering  U.S. animal shelters each year are mutts. These canines, are some of the most underappreciated pups, as many people praise pure breeds.  

Why Adopt a Mutt?

  • Adopting a mutt means less purebred puppy mills.
  • They’re one of a kind, even if you meet one similar, no two are the same physically or behaviorally.
  • Mixed breeds usually have fewer genetic health risks .
  • You’ll raise awareness for the rest of the loving mutts that need homes.
  • They’re full of personality and adaptable, since they’re not bred for a specific purpose or skill set.

Many of the pups we rescue are mutts, all very unique, with one thing in common: They’re all seeking their one of a kind furever home. Here are some amazing Wags and Walks mutts we would like you to meet who will also be available at our next adoption event this Saturday, May 6th, at The Original Farmers Market:

Meet ChaCha, the 8 year old mini Poodle/Havanese mix.  She has beautiful non shedding grey and white fur and loves every person she meets. She has limited vision due to cataracts, but that doesn't stop her from enjoying life! She is loyal and gets along with other dogs!

Our sweet Evie is only 3 months old!  She is one of the most portable, sweet lap dogs we have had the pleasure of saving.  Listed as a short haired Chihuahua, we all can see that she’s mixed with Min Pin.  She is everything you can ask for if you want to bring your dog pretty much everywhere you go.  Evie is a pup, so please be prepared to work with her on training, but it will be the most rewarding relationship you could ask for. 

Ezra is the sweetest, kindest, snuggliest lap dog. This hunk of love is an 8 month old, 21 pound Tibetan Terrier mix. He wants nothing but to be loved and give love.  As he builds his confidence, he would do best in a home with no other dogs.

Meet Popeye, our adorable 4 year old Basset/Pit mix.   He has great energy to hike, walk and run, but he also loves a good snuggle.  Popeye loves the companionship of people and is great with kids!  

Virgina is a 1.5 year old adorable piglet like white Chihuahua mix weighing 10 pounds. This sweet low rider is very affectionate and sweet. She loves to sit in her person's lap and just be held. She does well with other dogs of her size and would fit great in any variety of homes.

Meet Layla, a soulful, young, playful, eager to learn and gentle pup.  W  Layla is a 10 month old darling little pit mix who weighs 45 pounds.  She is a pup, but also has a calmness about her and is very wiggly and friendly.  She adores children of all ages and loves to play with dogs of all sizes.  She is a great hiking or running buddy, but please note she also loves sleeping in bed with her humans for snuggle time.  Layla is very treat motivated and is ready to learn her basic commands.

Meet Einstein the cutest, soulful 1 year old Norfolk Terrier mix. This 30 pound cutie is an adorable tri-colored scruffy doll.  Einstein has a very gentle personality. He is happy go lucky, has a tail that never stops wagging and a face that never stops smiling.

Nova is an adorable 5 month old grey mini Terrier mix. She is very lovable and snuggles into you when picked up. Nova is friendly, calm tempered and the perfect little size to take with you everywhere.  She does well with other dogs and would fit great in any variety of homes.  This adorable and healthy girl is looking for her furever home!

Meet Mona, an adorable and sweet 6 year old Pug/Terrier mix weighing 22 pounds.  She is a peppy and happy go-lucky girl who gets along well with other dogs and loves everyone she meets. Her corkscrew tale and wirey fur makes her totally adorable and completely unique.  You can't meet this girl and not fall in love.

Join Wags and Walks at The Original Farmers Market (at The Grove) to meet our amazing mutts looking for their furever homes! The event takes place from 11 AM - 2 PM at the end of the trolley tracks in front of Kip's Toyland.  Sponsored by The Dog Bakery. The Original Farmers Market is at 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Foster Friday: Courtney Rohde

This week’s Foster Friday is an extra special one. Today we are chatting with Courtney Rohde, an all-around dedicated volunteer at Wags and Walks and a 15-time foster parent! Courtney is an unbelievable contributor to the Wags and Walks mission in so many ways, and her generosity is never ending.

Courtney’s journey into fostering really exemplifies how unique of an experience it is. Every time we interview another one of our fosters we learn something new, and we hope that Courtney’s story teaches you something new about the highs, lows, and above all, beauty of fostering!

Without further ado, meet our Foster Friday spotlight, Courtney Rhode.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am originally from Illinois, went to school at The University of Iowa, lived abroad sometime in there, and ended up in Los Angeles! I currently work as a Marketing Specialist for a durable medical equipment company but spend my free time volunteering with Wags and Walks, visiting the beach, traveling, and cooking.

What got you started fostering for Wags and Walks?

I grew up with numerous dogs throughout my childhood of all sizes and breeds. Animals were always part of my life, but through college and my early adulthood, it was hard to have pets. When I moved to Los Angeles, I knew I wanted a dog but was traveling a ton for work and couldn’t commit long-term. I decided that I would start fostering for a few weeks at a time in between trips. I’ve been fostering for about a year and it has fueled a passion for a rescue.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

Since April 2016, we have had 15 fosters. I might be biased, but my favorite would have to be my foster fail, Pippen. She came to us as an anxious pup terrified of men, yet we had an instant bond. She fit seamlessly into my life and I knew it would be impossible to say goodbye so we adopted her a few days later. She ended up being my perfect match. Other than Pippen, we have fostered many incredible dogs. It’s hard to pick just one. My first foster, Marnie, will always hold a special place in my heart, and I’ve been able to watch her grow up which is fun!

What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

While we love having puppies around, they are tough! I can’t leave the house as regularly, never get enough sleep at night and am constantly cleaning up, but it’s worth it. When you invest so much time in these dogs, it’s hard to say goodbye. The reassuring part is knowing they are going to the perfect family. Receiving text and picture updates always makes it easier to let them go.

How has fostering affected you?

Fostering is incredibly rewarding and has changed my life in so many ways. I have become more passionate about rescues because I see the direct impact that it has on the dogs’ lives. It’s hard to put it into words how much happiness it will bring you until you foster. Throughout my time fostering and adopting Pippen, I found myself wanting to invest more into Wags and Walks. I have found a passion through volunteering so that more pups have a chance at finding forever families.

What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?

I’m shocked I haven’t wanted to adopt all of my fosters! While each of them is incredibly special and unique, I know my lifestyle isn’t perfect for all of them. I’m now more confident that each dog has the perfect home out there.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

If you’ve been thinking about it, do it. You won’t know how it will change and affect you until you take the opportunity to welcome a foster into your family. Yes, it will be challenging and frustrating at times, but it is one of the most special things you can do.

Thank you for sharing, Courtney! As Courtney said, if you have been thinking about fostering, don’t be afraid to try it out! Fostering is crucial to helping save dogs who otherwise may not have the chance to find a forever home, but we often forget how big of a positive impact these rescue dogs have on their foster parents’ lives too.

Many people, like Courtney, start fostering because they would like to adopt their own pup one day, but are not ready yet, for whatever reason. And there are definitely those foster stories that end like Courtney and Pippen! The foster experience is so diverse and unique ,that it is truly hard to capture in just words - or pictures.

We are eternally grateful to all of our foster parents who have dedicated their time and love to caring for and helping our rescue dogs find forever homes. If you are interested, you can learn more about fostering or apply to foster directly online on through our foster page.

We hope you enjoyed Courtney’s story! To stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

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The Volunteers Behind Wags & Walks

This week is National Volunteer week, and Wags and Walks wouldn’t be the same without all of our volunteers. They are what help us save more dogs, take care of the ones we rescue, and help them get adopted. These are just a few of the ways we would be lost without our volunteers, and believe us, those examples only scratch the surface. Don’t take our word for it though, see what the Wags and Walks team has to say about just a few volunteers and fosters:

Christian Shenouda

If you’ve seen any of the amazing photos of our dogs, then you know why Christian is one of our most valuable volunteers. Through his great energy and amazing photography skills, he has helped so many Wags & Walks dogs find their forever homes. A picture is worth a thousand words and Christian's pictures definitely speak to adopters. They capture the heart and soul of our dogs.  Thank you, Christian, for your passion and vision.

Karen Benko

Our mission is to find the perfect home for our dogs. No one is more passionate or experienced at ensuring Wags & Walks dogs find the best adoptive homes than Karen. Karen does not stop at her interview with potential adopters. She goes above and beyond to ensure each adoptive family feels prepared to take their new dog home. From collars, harnesses, crating and even home insurance, Karen answers every question and then some. We are so grateful to Karen for her hard work and dedication.  

Erica Gatley

Erica Gately holds an extra special place in our hearts -- she is our very first volunteer! Since 2012, Erica has been a major part of our efforts to save and adopt Wags & Walks dogs. When she's not working and traveling for her “real job”, she can be found caring for her own three Wags & Walks dogs, fostering at least one at any time, leading our weekend adoption events, helping with meet and greets, and helping keep our website updated. She first came to Wags & Walks to foster an American bulldog and found herself as one of the biggest parts of our volunteer team. She is loyal, kind, dedicated, and of course is so passionate about our mission to save as many dogs in need as we can. Thank you for being the one who helped get our mission off the ground.

Kadie Bogart

We met Kadie Bogart at an event she attended to recruit more fosters for Wags & Walks. The day after July 4th, she saw a pitbull was being dumped at the shelter. The dog’s eyes were nearly swollen shut -- likely due to being near fireworks. Without hesitation, Kadie took "Pearl" in and became infamous for her “foster fail” ever since!!!  In all sincerity, Kadie has saved hundreds of pitbulls through fostering and all have found homes except Pearl and Millie. In addition to being a stellar foster, Kadie is also a psychologist. which If anyone has been involved with a rescue, this asset has helped not only our team, but many adopters and fosters struggling with the issues that arise when caring for our dogs. Kadie has never complains, is a great listener and sounding board, and of course we so appreciate her loyalty to the Wags & Walks team. Thank you, Kadie, for being the best “foster fail” and listener-in-chief!

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn came to Wags & Walks by adopting her beautiful dog Clyne. She was so thankful for him that she asked if she could help Wags in any way. Just like that, she became our Facebook social media lead and our amazing coordinator and facilitator of litter reunions. No matter what kind of day Kelly has, including long days at the office with a toddler and a dog to care for, Kelly amazes us with her positive attitude. She always has a smile on her face and impresses us with her hip hop Karaoke skills. We are so lucky to have Kelly on our team.

Rachel Rosenbloom

The minute Rachel Rosenbloom fell head over heels for her Wags dog Winnie, she became part of the Wags & Walks team. With her strong background in social media and marketing, Rachel took over our Twitter feed and helps out with our newsletters. We love Rachel because she is so easygoing and likeable. She's a true team player, always willing to pitch in for the love of the dogs,

Wags and of course her first love Winnie!  

Lynne Heslov

Lynne brings fun and laughter to even our hardest days at the rescue.  She is one of the most beautiful women (inside and out) and she’s  not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She is dependable, trustworthy and someone we can count on for whatever we need. From countless shelter trips and saves, doggie vet trips, intake and tlc days to mentoring fosters and donating toys and blankets to all our fur babies, Lynne is an all around, one of a kind special volunteer and friend.  Her generosity is endless and her huge heart knows no limits.  Everyone at Wags and Walks adores and loves to be around her infectious passion and lightheartedness.  Like most of us, Lynne is a foster fail to our sweet senior Ralph and could not be a better mommy or Wags & Walks alumni. Thank you for everything you do, Lynne! We are lucky to have you.

Casey Boshae

There is so much to say about Casey.  After adopting her adorable pitbull Olive from us, she has been a wonderful, consistent, reliable and strategic volunteer.  Casey is a huge advocate for pitbulls as shown in her new business the Gentle Pit, and she is always there to lend a helping hand. From supporting a fundraiser, fostering dogs, helping plan volunteer appreciation events to using her creativity to build ideas to save more dogs and even visiting our dogs at the vet, we can always count on Casey. She always has a great, can do attitude and her positivity is contagious. We owe so many lives saved to Casey… and Olive!

Eric Weiss

Eric Weiss is someone to easily love!  Eric and his wife Shannon fostered a deaf pitbull named Donut for us and from there the relationship blossomed.  Eric and Shannon always go the extra mile to help Wags & Walks. They loved Donut so much they wanted to make sure she was comfortable in her forever home so they  sent her favorite toys to her! They were so committed to Wags & Walks that Eric joined the Board of Directors as our Treasurer and Shannon helps out on the grant team.  Despite their busy lives as two working parents with one human child and one fur baby, they are always there when we need them to provide sound advice to help grow the rescue and save more dogs in need. We love you, Eric and Shannon!

Leann and Scott Gibson

Leann and Scott Gibson are the “first family” of  Wags & Walks.  After adopting their stunning pitbull Cooper during the first year of Wags & Walks’ existence, they reached out for other ways to help.  Immediately, they became an integral part of Wags & Walks’ growth.  Generous with both their time and finances, they have never failed to give or help when needed.  In fact, even their company provides matching donations and opportunities to donate to Wags when Leann and Scott donate their time to volunteer.  As a recipient of our Wag-a-tarian award, they have since become a two-time Wags & Walks alumni with their newest family member. We are so lucky to have the Gibsons as part of the Wags & Walks family.

Betsy Rosenfield

Betsy Rosenfeld has been with Wags and Walks from the very first day.  Betsy has played a very special role in the rescue wearing so many lifesaving hats!  She has given so many life saving rides to so many dogs in need as well as creating as creative a task force to catch dogs in danger on the street.  She has been generous with giving of both her time and her community outreach to assist Wags and Walks connect with more animal welfare groups and individuals. Her skill sets of coaching and writing have certainly come in handy throughout the years!  

Marian Mallari

I volunteer because it gives me a sense of purpose. And I volunteer specifically with Wags because I love animals especially dogs. The great thing with working with dogs is that they truly show how appreciative they are when you just give them a little of your time and care. Their mood changes dramatically once they feel like they can trust you and I absolutely love that feeling. Some of the Wags dogs come from rough beginnings so it feels great when you see them come out of their shell and just generally want to be around people who they can trust. I've volunteered with other rescues but I feel like Wags and Walks are more organized in terms of reaching out to their volunteers and training them. It also feels like a small community, seeing everyone at adoption events or at Wags club.

A thank you from our Chief Animal Lover, Lesley Brog:

Pitties of Wags and Walks

Did you know that our Founder, Lesley Brog, started Wags and Walks because of her love and inspiration from her beloved Pit bull? You heard that right. Lesley described her pit, Dunkin, as “soulful, fun, snuggly, gentle, loyal, a great hiker and ball catcher and just over all the best friend I have ever had.” Many people may be surprised to hear that about a pit bull, as there are many unfair stereotypes and negative attention surrounding the breed. Dunkin’s loving personality changed Lesley’s view of pits and inspired her to love pit bulls and drop the stereotypes. We hope Lesley’s story will inspire you to give one of our available pitties their forever homes!

In 2017 alone, Wags and Walks found homes for 38 pit bulls (and counting!) who are now thriving in their new homes. Here are some of the newly adopted pit bulls and their loving new families:

(L-R): Nancy Drew, Brooklyn, Denver, Stella, Juliet, Rex, Krieger, Molly

(L-R): Nancy Drew, Brooklyn, Denver, Stella, Juliet, Rex, Krieger, Molly

If you’re considering adopting a wonderful pittie, we still have some who are looking for their furever homes. Here are some amazing pups we would like you to meet.

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Julia Roberts is a beautiful auburn girl with stage presence! This 3-year-old, 58 pound boxer/pit mix has graduated from our 5 paws training course where she excelled in her obedience training and knows all of her basic commands. We love this happy girl for her loyalty, affection and overall easy going behavior as well as her amazing nanny qualities - she just loves children (especially babies). She is just a joy to be around and we would love her to find her forever home!

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Meet Ava, a gorgeous 4-year-old, gray and white pit bull weighing 46 pounds. She wags her tail nonstop and loves getting belly rubs. Ava is very treat driven and eager to please. This pocket pitty is the perfect size to take everywhere you go.

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Meet the mushy and squishy Megan!  This absolutely stunning and sweet girl is only one and a half years old, but has an old soul about her.  She melts into your lap and loves everyone and everything.  Megan is clearly beautiful with a contagious smile and her adorable grey patch and little black polka dots.  Megan enjoys long walks, car rides and is nice, quiet and polite.  This sweet girl is a people pleaser and a complete love bug!  

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Meet Frankie, a 5-year-old lover of all treats, licker of all faces and overall sweetie. This sweet velvet hippo is so gentle when taking treats and has not met a human he doesn't love. He has such a big heart and is patiently waiting for his forever home.

Meet Tiger, the most loving and lovable 6 year old brindle pit bull mix weighing 73 pounds. He is good with everyone and everything he meets, and that is so obvious when you meet him!  Tiger is eager to please, thinks he is a lap dog and is full of affection. This gentle giant is ready to meet you!

Meet Ruby, a jolly, happy go lucky, tail wagging 3 year old pit bull that has the happiest smile and most soulful eyes!  She is in love with every person she meets, big and small. The most important thing to Ruby is her human companion and she is eager to please them more than anything else. You can be that person!

We hope that these success stories may inspire you to rethink those pit bull stereotypes or even adopt one of our available pitties! Every Wags and Walks dog undergoes a temperament evaluation to ensure we find the best fit for our dogs. This not only leads to successful adoptions, but also helps spread the word that shelter dogs are the best dogs! If you’re looking for your doggy soul mate, check out our dogs available for adoption and fill out an application.

To stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

 

Wags and Walks Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet and remind ourselves that we must all work together to keep it clean and healthy, today and every day. There are many ways to help the environment, from using reusable shopping bags to riding your bike to work instead of driving.

Environmental protection and sustainability should be rooted in every aspect of our lives, including how we care for our pups! To celebrate Earth Day, here are some of our favorite eco-friendly dog products that are good for the Earth and for your pups.

Wood Chuck with Recycle Ball from Planet Dog

For those of you who have a ball-obsessed pup, this is the perfect product. Made with sustainable bamboo and reused cork scraps, this ball-tossing device will keep your dog - and our planet - happy for years! It even includes the Recycle Ball with your dog’s new motto -  “reduce, reuse, rewoof”.

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Pet Tent from Olive

Not only are all of Olive's products environmentally friendly, but Olive itself strives for zero waste. All orders ship in low-impact packaging, from recycled boxes to biodegradable packing peanuts. Olive also seeks out partners and vendors who share these same goals and values. This stylish pet tent is handmade from American-made waxed cotton canvas - and it’s trendy too!

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Honest Clean Organic Dog Shampoo from Honest Pet Products

Honest Pet Products uses materials in their most natural form to promote sustainability and carbon footprint reduction. We love this vegan shampoo for dogs, which is made without artificial foaming agents, synthetic preservatives or dyes. The ingredients include organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, organic lavender oil and organic aloe vera - which sounds so good, we want to use it on ourselves!

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Lounge Bed from Healthy Spot

This snooze-worthy bed is filled with Sustainafill™, a US-made, eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic green fiber. Healthy Spot is committed to providing pet owners with a full range of wholesome, organic food lines as well as a wide selection of safe and eco-friendly toys, treats, training tools, grooming products, and services. Even better, Healthy Spot has a partnership with Wags and Walks that includes discounts on grooming and daycare for our foster dogs and discounted rates on first time grooming and retail for recent adopters.

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Dog Treat Canister from Earth Doggy

These chic storage canisters by Harry Barker are made from powder-coated recycled steel. Earth Doggy is a great website that compiles their favorite eco-friendly dog products, dog clothes, and organic and all-natural dog food that are consistent with the philosophy that a healthy dog and a healthy planet go hand in hand.

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Whole Grain Dog Food from The Honest Kitchen

This minimally-processed, 100% human grade food is created from non-GMO produce and organic seeds and grains. Better yet, the company is dedicated to reducing their environmental paw print by promising green ingredients, green production, green packaging and green business.

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bioDOGradable Dog Waste Bags from Amazon

Every dog owner knows that you pick up a lot of poop throughout your pup's life - it's just part of the job as a doggy parent - but did you know you can help the environment by doing so? These waste bags are made from a bioplastic compound containing cereal flour and biodegradable substances. They are compostable, GMO-free and perfect for your pooch!

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In addition to these fun and practical products, there are many other ways you can get involved in Earth Day with your pup, like taking them to the park to plant a tree or walking along the beach to pick up trash. These small efforts can help make our planet and our homes safer, cleaner and greener for us - and our pups - for years to come!

To stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

Behind the Scenes: A South LA Shelter Visit

If you don’t already know, April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. At Wags and Walks, we celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, every day. We make it our mission to give dogs a second chance on life by pulling them from shelters all around Los Angeles. While we don’t celebrate this holiday on just one single day, we did think it would be fun to give you a behind the scenes look at what goes into finding all the amazing pups that eventually become our beloved alumni. The blog team was able to join in on a Sunday visit to South LA Animal Shelter. Here is what we learned:

 

Wags and Walks South LA Shelter Visit

South LA Animal Shelter is a massive facility with around 300 dogs available for adoption, in addition to cats and other types of animals. This is only one of the many shelters around the area that we visit on a regular basis to evaluate and rescue dogs. You might be asking yourself what that exactly means. Well, our talented and trained team walks around to visit each dog, carefully study their behavior, note their reactions towards other dogs and people, and get any additional information on these dogs. If they find one that they believe could be a great fit, they will ask to take the dog out of the cage to interact with them further. This can be any size, breed, or sex of dog. The main goal is to find dogs with great demeanors and potential, regardless of breed.

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We weren’t the only ones at South LA Shelter that day either. There are several organizations on-site at the shelter working for various causes:

How Do Dogs End Up at the Shelter in the First Place?

Not every dog you see at a shelter came off the street. There are in fact a variety of ways a dog can end up at a local facility, in addition to strays being brought in. Many times people will bring in their own pets and surrender them to the shelter. This can be done for a variety of reasons: not enough time for a pet, moving, lack of training, lifestyle changes, cost of ownership, biting, or even health issues. These are only a few of the many reasons that people drop off their own pets.

In 2008, Los Angeles passed an ordinance to require all dogs to be neutered by 4 months of age, with specific exemptions allowed. This was done in hopes that we can continue to decrease the number of abandoned pets each year and help reduce the overpopulation of dogs in our shelters around the city. With that said, many dogs are still euthanized due to lack of space in shelters and “interest” in those dogs. NKLA, an initiative by Best Friends Animal Society, is working to make Los Angeles a “No-Kill” city. They hope by the end of 2017, to make all of LA No-Kill and stop the euthanization of dogs simply because they don’t have a home yet; the number of pets being killed have already been decreased by 82% due to their efforts. Let’s keep it going!

What Happens After We Rescue a Dog

Once we have rescued a dog from the shelter, all dogs are seen by the shelter vet before they leave the shelter. At that appointment they receive all their vaccines and are spayed/neutered/chipped if healthy. Of course if the dog is not healthy for whatever reason we handle the vetting from there on out. After their visit to the vet, we get them into a foster home so that they can start getting much deserved TLC, while we find them the right family. Our amazing group of volunteering and fosters make all of this possible by giving up their time and opening up their homes to take care of our pups.


There are a variety of ways that you can honor National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. One unique experience is attending our Finding Shelter Event in DTLA on Saturday, April 29th. Here are all the details you need to know:

 

About Finding Shelter Event

Join Wags & Walks for an unforgettable book signing with photographer and author Jesse Freidin! See our amazing director, Lesley Brog and her rescue dog on the cover of the book, meet the author, bid in the silent auction, meet adoptable dogs and enjoy wine and delicious vegan bites. A percentage of every book sold benefits Wags & Walks!

Make a donation at one of the below levels:

  • Exclusive: $200- Entrance to event + private photo booth with Jesse Freidin (5 min. photo shoot, includes (2) 8x10 digital photos) + swag bag

  • VIP: $100- Entrance to event + swag bag

  • General Admission: $50- Entrance to event

Catering generously donated by Panini Kabob Grill.

 

We hope you enjoyed your behind the scenes look at one of our shelter visits. Our experience only briefly touched the surface of what the Wags and Walks team does every day. It was truly an incredible experience for all of us on the blog team.

 

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XO,

Team Wags

OUR HOUSE Run For Hope

For many of us, dogs have represented hope in a time of grief or loss. Animals give unconditionally and provide support for people at their most vulnerable times. Wags and Walks is proud to be aligned with a wonderful organization, OUR HOUSE, that is dedicated to providing the community with grief support services, education, resources and hope.

On Saturday, April 30th, OUR HOUSE Run For Hope is taking place to honor the memories and celebrate the lives of those who have died. As one of the presenting sponsors, Wags and Walks is excited to bring people and dogs together to support this wonderful cause. Through this event, we will honor the memories of those we have lost - both people and pets - and celebrate the power of community and togetherness to heal and move forward.

If you’re interested in getting involved, you can join the Wags and Walks team by making a donation or signing up to run or walk with us at Run for Hope. All donations and money raised by Team Wags will support our mission to save, foster and care for rescue pups.

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Since this run will honor the memory and celebrate the lives of those who have passed away, here are a few testimonials from the Wags and Walks family, sharing our own experience of losing a beloved pet.

“I love all my dogs very deeply, but I once read a description of a heart dog described as ‘the dog of your lifetime’. Roxxy was and will always be my ‘heart dog’. Tough for many to believe that we can have a canine soulmate, but I am here to tell you that Roxxy was my canine soulmate. Roxxy was found on the streets when she was just a few months old, so to have her for almost 17 years is such a blessing but it doesn’t take away the feeling of wanting to have had her for many more years. Buddhists believe that we humans can incarnate as animals. I am not a Buddhist but I would love to come back as Roxxy because there isn’t any human or animal kinder and more loving than Roxxy. My favorite line is: My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my dogs think I am!!” - Tracy

 “Dexter was my first love. His nickname was monkey for his extremely excitable personality and ability to jump from one piece of furniture to the next. He LOVED attention and as a puppy, he was a total show stopper. I couldn't take him for walks because people would stop their cars, run down from 3rd story apartments and run through traffic to say hello to him. Dexter learned to expect the royal treatment! He was too smart for his own good and was my biggest protector. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him and miss him.” - Erica

 “Peaches was my Buddha dog. She set the tone for the rest of her pack: calm, quiet, soulful. Her big questions in life were, ‘Are you nice?’ and ‘Do you have food for me?’ She liked fruits and veggies and only barked in her sleep.” - Lor

In loving honor of Dunkin, the dog that changed the course of my entire life and inspired me to love pitbulls and start Wags and Walks. He was soulful, fun, snuggly, gentle, loyal, a great hiker and ball catcher and just over all the best friend I have ever had. I miss him every day…” - Lesley

“To my best friend [Vega]. The keeper of all my secrets. The ET to my Eliot. I will forever be grateful for being your mom. You will be loved. Always.” - Kadie

“Our sweet and regal Ella, a Doberman/Lab mix, was the epitome of sweetness, patience and soulfulness. She was beautiful and loving and had such a spiritual presence. We were so grateful to have her with us for so long – almost sixteen years; so unusual for such a big dog, and I know in my heart that she is protecting us still. I miss her so much and will be eternally grateful to her for being such a very special companion.” - Nicole

“Our little Trixie was such a character; the feistiest and hysterical little Terrier mix. I’ve never known any other dog to bark with her whole body like she did – she was outraged if a stranger dared to come into the house and made sure they knew it but on the other hand her entire being wriggled with joy when she was happy or excited, sometimes peeing in the process. I was convinced she was part cat as her fur was so soft and she loved perching on the back of sofas. I miss that sweet baby so.” - Nicole

"Ween was the one we hoped would live forever." - Layne & Sally

"Tito was not only my best friend and the rock to our family, but a heart and soul that touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. Today Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO) is a testament that Tito has succeeded and that his legacy will live on". - Troy

Remembering some of the many dogs who have made an impact on our Wags and Walks family. 

Remembering some of the many dogs who have made an impact on our Wags and Walks family. 

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XO,

Team Wags

Big, Medium, or Small: What Dog Size Is Right For You?

Los Angeles is a big city where you will find dogs of all sizes. With that said, Wags and Walks rescues range anywhere from large to tiny and all those in-between. To give you an example of our breed variety, meet two Wags and Walks dogs available for adoption who couldn’t be more different.

Greta is an 82-pound big, beautiful care bear; whereas, Tiny Tim weighs only 4.5 pounds but is full of a whole lot of love! Both of these pups are in search of their furever homes, but their size difference means their needs are also different.

You might be thinking, “well, I love all dogs!” We do too, but when it comes to adding a dog to your family, it’s important to think about your lifestyle and what size dog would be the best fit. When considering adopting your next (or first) dog, these 5 questions are a great place to start:

 

What size home do you live in?

It is no secret that the larger the dog, the more space he/she needs to roam around and feel comfortable. This is why you find more small to medium sized dogs in big cities, as they are better suited for small-medium sized apartments. Large dogs need an easily accessible yard and preferably enough space for them to spread out! If you are very active, though, and are able to take your dog outside and to dog parks a lot, then it is possible for you to have a larger dog in a yardless city apartment.

 

Are you an avid jogger, walker or neither?

All dogs need a healthy amount of exercise, but large dogs need a lot more exercise to stay healthy than small dogs do. So, if you are someone who prefers hanging out around the house to going outside, a smaller dog may be better for you. If the great outdoors is always calling your name - and there is plenty to do outside in Los Angeles - then a bigger dog can be perfect for you too!

This playful guy is Danny - a 1-year old, 70 pound Pit Bull mix. Danny loves hikes and walks and is a great example of a dog eager to join a loving family that is ready for an active dog.

 

How busy are you?

Most people in Los Angeles with dogs also have full-time jobs. Your schedule is a big influence on what type of dog you should adopt. Medium - large breed dogs take up a full seat in your car and are harder to take with you to run errands. Some small dogs, though, can fit in your tote, like little Franklin here. Franklin is a tiny 5-year old, 9-pound pup.

So, if you want a dog you can easily take with you on the go, you may consider a small to medium sized dog to fit your needs. However, if you are a busy bee living in a very dog-friendly area and/or you have the time to pop by the house to take your dog out for walks, then a big dog may be in your future!

 

What is your previous experience with dogs of various sizes?

While temperament varies heavily across dogs, the training of large vs medium vs small dogs can be quite different. Training bigger dogs often relies very heavily on voice commands, as it can be harder to physically handle them. Also, socializing small dogs vs large or medium dogs is different based on the physical size of the dog in comparison to other dogs and humans. Luckily, there are many resources to help you learn the best way to train your dog according to its size!
 

What kinds of dogs do you prefer?

Some people have preferences for big, small or medium sized dogs and others have no preference at all. For others, their preference aligns with certain breed types instead of dog size. Thankfully, Wags and Walks is able to rescue a wide array of dogs due to the loving help of our generous foster parents.

All of the dogs we rescue, regardless of size, are wonderful. When they are still growing, that means that sometimes it can be hard to estimate their adult size. Take the cutie above, for example. Buster is a playful Border Collie/Shepherd mix puppy who we estimate will grow to be at least 60 pounds, even if he’s just a little tike right now.


Every dog and person is unique, and there are many factors that go into picking the right dog for you. Wags and Walks is dedicated to ensuring our dogs find their perfect match in their forever home.  To do so, we observe every dog before making him/her available for adoption and also conduct in-depth interviews with both potential fosters and adopters.

 

To find more about the dogs featured in today’s blog, visit our Adoptable Dogs Page. To stay updated on what’s new at Wags and Walks, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

 

 

 

 

Wags and Walks Adoption Event Recap: March 19th

Not every adoption event is created equal. Case in point, just shy of a month ago, Wags and Walks had the opportunity to host Workday and LARPBO (Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners) at our event at The Dog Bakery in Mar Vista. This special volunteering experience gave Workday employees a first hand experience on what it is like to run an adoption event and help find dogs their furever home.

 

Wags and Walks Joined Forces

Over 20 team members from Workday got up first thing in the morning on Sunday, March 19th and worked with 14 LARPBO handlers to learn basic commands and training tips to work on with their assigned dog, all before our adoption event even started! This helped them not only get to know their dog, but also build the appropriate relationship for comfort and safety during our day long adoption event. It can definitely get busy at times, so having the one on one time before the craziness was just what the team needed. Once the event started, you could just feel the pride and joy the Workday team had throughout the day, while each of them helped introduce their dogs to their prospective new owners. It was amazing to be there and see the energy present during their volunteering outing, which isn’t always the case when companies set up events for employees. Don’t just take out word for it though, check it out for yourself:

“My daughter and I had a wonderful experience in the training and adoption process. We were trained together on how to build a relationship with our pet. We were impressed with this entire process. This will be a great memory we share together. Thank you.” - Julie Lee, Workday

 

March 19th Dog Adoptions

With the help of Workday and LARPBO, we were able to find 4 amazing homes for our pups, Sophie, Abby, Emerald, and Sapphire. It was a long day but worth every minute when we watched the adopters and the volunteers go home with big smiles:

All Dogs Go to (Dog Bakery) Heaven

If the day wasn’t already amazing enough, The Dog Bakery donated over 500 bags of Dog for Dog food to us. We can certainly promise that it’s going to good use with all of our amazing rescues, both at Wags Club and in the homes of fosters. We can’t thank The Dog Bakery enough for being such an amazing partner to work with. It’s people like them and all of our amazing volunteers (new and old) that help Wags and Walks continue to grow and rescue more dogs from the streets of LA.

If you are interested in doing a similar adoption event for your company contact us: info@wagsandwalks.org. We would love to share the memories that we are all able to make week after week with you…and maybe even snag a few more recurring volunteers in the process :).

 

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Milo

If you believe in fate, then this is a story for you. 

Six months ago, Milo was in the process of being surrendered by his third home in just one short year. While it’s hard to imagine why anybody – especially three families – could give up this handsome golden retriever puppy, Milo continued to have faith.

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Around the same time, a man named David lost his beloved golden retriever due to old age. He decided it was time to bring a dog back into his life and started looking for a new pup at local rescues in Los Angeles.

Ultimately, David and Milo found each other through Wags and Walks. David had barely started his search for a new dog when he stumbled across Milo. While this was the only application he submitted, the odds were against him - Milo received over 40 applications in just a few days and David was third in line for an interview and meet & greet. However, the stars aligned for both of them and David ended up bringing Milo home.

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That was the beginning of a new chapter for both of them. What past owners called “behavioral issues”, David deemed simple puppy problems and knew how to work through them. David gave Milo the guidance, stability and patience he needed, while Milo provided the companionship and laughter that David was looking for.

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Now, Milo lives the life of a king in sunny Hermosa Beach. He spends his days chasing squirrels, running on the beach, playing with his doggy friends, going on hikes, and cheering on David at races. He is an instant friend to everyone he meets (dog or human), and he just mastered the “shake” command which has proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

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While it hasn’t always been easy – David can’t forget the time Milo got sick on a friend’s carpet or brought home a dead seagull from the beach – there’s no doubt that it is worth it. The duo is a true match made in heaven, and neither can imagine a life without the other.

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If you’re looking for your doggy soul mate, visit our website to see our available dogs and fill out an adoption application.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal pupdates?

XO,

Team Wags

Foster Friday: Shannon Hanrahan

It’s an understatement to say that fosters are integral to our mission at Wags and Walks. To date, we’ve rescued 2,308 dogs (and counting!), and we wouldn’t have been able to do that without the dedication, compassion, and sacrifice of our fosters. With the exception of a few dogs who temporarily stay at our Wags Club, every pup we rescue goes straight to the home of a loving foster to help them decompress and get ready for their new life to begin.

This week, we’d like to highlight one of our devoted fosters and volunteers, Shannon Hanrahan. Shannon has been fostering with us for almost a year, and since then she has helped us save the lives of eight wonderful pups. In addition to fostering, Shannon also finds the time to volunteer at our adoption events and helps lead the blog team.

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Shannon took some time from her busy day to tell us about her experience with Wags and Walks:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am originally from Philly and moved to Santa Monica 4 years ago. I work at Teleflora as the SEO/Content Specialist, but still try and get in as much pup time as I possibly can working with Wags and Walks. I grew up with 3 dogs and a horse, so you can say I am a bit of an animal lover. I have a 14.5 Lab/Rottweiler mix who lives at home in luxury with my parents since she was a bit too old and settled to take the cross-country trek with me.

What got you started fostering for Wags & Walks?

I learned about Wags actually on Lauren Conrad’s instagram and contacted them about volunteering. Eventually I stepped in when they needed an extra hand for fostering and just haven’t stopped yet.

To date, how many dogs have you fostered for Wags? Do you have a favorite? (Don't worry, we won't tell the others!)

Since July 2016 I have fostered 8 pups (currently still with my 8th). It’s hard to pick a favorite since each has had something different about them that I’ve loved. Moe and Heartly I fostered as young pups, so it was definitely fun to watch them pick up on their training and really grow into themselves. But I have honestly loved every single one of them and still follow up on how they are all doing with their forever families.

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What has been your biggest challenge fostering?

I’d probably say trying to not get too attached is my biggest challenge to date. My dog is 3,000 miles away, so it is hard to give up a dog when I’ve had them with me for so long and become part of my routine. A lot of my fosters have needed recovery time before adoption, so I keep them over around a month at a time. But with that said, I love seeing updates once they get to their forever home and hearing about how much they have settled.

How has fostering affected you?

It’s hard to put it into words exactly, but fostering really does give me all the feels. It is amazing to see how each and every one of the dogs flourishes once they are in a safe and loving “home”. It’s hard not to smile knowing that you’re changing his/her life for the better...which I can’t say happens in my day job. Plus, I love seeing how happy families are when they are taking their new dog home. We truly do bring happiness home with every adoption, for both the dogs and the humans. I enjoy being a part of that.

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What has been your biggest surprise as a foster parent?

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a puppy and I forgot how much puppies are like small children. I’ve had plenty of sleepless nights, training setbacks, and “precious” items used as chew toys. But even after all of that, I’ve never gotten upset or angry, which really surprised me because I’m not a huge person for unpredictability…which puppies are plenty full of. It has really shown me what my level of patience can be.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

My advice is to go for it. If you have thought it all through and are ready to take on the responsibility, then it isn’t going to be something you regret. It isn’t always easy, but it’s fun and heartwarming to know you are doing good for something so innocent. Just make sure everyone you live with is on board so you can keep the peace!

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If you’re interested in joining Shannon as one of our amazing fosters and helping us save lives, you can learn more on our website. We’d love to have you!

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XO,

Team Wags

Dog-Friendly Vacations

It’s officially spring, and for a lot of you, that means it’s time to start planning Spring Break or a warm weather getaway! When you have a furry friend as a roommate, it can sometimes be difficult to make travel plans. This spring, consider planning a dog-friendly vacation so that your pup isn’t left behind! Continue reading for some of Wags and Walks' favorite vacation destinations that both you and your dog can enjoy together.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors at a National Park

There are plenty of National Parks that are dog-friendly and quite exciting for you and your pup to explore and take in the views. The Grand Canyon and Yosemite are two of our favorites that are close to LA. The Grand Canyon is especially perfect to visit in the spring, as it hasn’t yet reached it’s hot desert temperatures. There are plenty of opportunities for great photo ops and exciting trails to take when visiting these National Parks. Be mindful that some trails are a bit more rigorous and may take a couple hours to complete, so if your pup isn’t one for hiking, or if you’re not too familiar with the area, be sure to consult a tour guide or local map. It’s important to make sure that you bring plenty of water and snacks before you head out on a trail so both you and your pup are energized and hydrated throughout your hike. Also, always remember that most National Parks have an on-leash policy, so make sure to keep your dog leashed and close by when visiting.

Mammoth Lake or Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth is a perfect destination whether you’re in the mood for snow or sun. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the snow this winter, it’s likely that there will still be snowfall in Mammoth for a couple months. Last year, the mountain was open for skiing until July 4th! If your pup loves the snow, consider going to Mammoth to take them on a scenic hike, play fetch in the snow or build a snowman - or a snowdog, if you’re creative!

If you and your pet aren’t too fond of the snow, head to Mammoth in the summer months to enjoy the beautiful Mammoth Lake and the numerous trails Mammoth has to offer. Most of the Inyo National Forest trails are dog-friendly and easily accessible by taking the shuttles that are offered. Please note that while dogs are allowed to ride these shuttles, they must be leashed and muzzled.

The City by the Bay, San Francisco

San Francisco is an amazing city filled with gorgeous views and sites to see. Best of all, it’s a dog-friendly town and people bring their pups everywhere! From the Golden Gate Bridge to Union Square, there are plenty of places to enjoy with your furry friend. Crissy Field is a popular spot for doggy pawrents to lounge by the beach or have a picnic in the grass while their pup runs around. There are also several dog-friendly and off-leash dog beaches to explore, such as Baker Beach or Fort Funston, where tons of dogs run around in the sand and play fetch in the ocean.

If you feel like shopping, you can head over to Union Square where many stores allow you to bring your pup inside. There are also many dog-friendly restaurants all over the city, from the Castro District to the Marina.

 

Sunny Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a cute, funky town with shops, wineries and breweries, and lots of hiking spots. Take a stroll down State Street, where you’ll find shops and restaurants that you can enjoy with your pup. It’s likely that you’ll see water bowls out and dog treats provided at many of these local shops. If you’re feeling the need to let loose and wind down, take a stroll to the “Funk Zone” in Downtown Santa Barbara. Both you and your pup can meet some new friends at the wineries, as people love to bring their pups along when wine tasting. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous, take a hike to Oceanfront Trail to enjoy views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, or check out the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, where you and your pup can stop to smell the roses.

These are just a few dog-friendly vacations that you can take with your pup - the options are endless! Make sure you are properly prepared for your trip by researching the dog-friendly locations and guidelines prior to arriving at your destination, as well as any pet policies. Also, don’t forget to bring enough water, snacks, and doggie bags when packing for your trip. Your dog will be thrilled that you included them in your travel plans. Enjoy your pupcation!

 

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XO,

Team Wags

 

Why Every Day Should Be Take Your Pup To Work Day

What does your pup do when you go to work all day? Maybe you have a friend who can stop by to give your pup some love once a day, or you are able to head home midday to take your pup out for a walk. Other people have a dog walking, babysitting or daycare service they swear by. For everyone, though, how much time you spend away from the home is an important factor to consider when adopting a dog.

Luckily, Los Angeles is a pretty laid back city, and we are starting to see more companies turn into dog-friendly offices. Because those of us at Wags and Walks are huge supporters of bringing our dogs to the workplace, we wanted to highlight a few of the many benefits of bringing your pup to the office.  Also, we hope you enjoy the photos of us, our coworkers and our pups scattered throughout this post!

1. Dogs help reduce stress...and the office is full of that

Raise your hand if you ever get stressed at work... For most, the workday can be stressful sometimes. When you are at home and feeling sad, or stressed or even just tired, your dog is often your best companion. They are a great stress reliever at the office, too. After all, even the presence of dogs is extremely therapeutic for many humans. So, whether they are laying in their office-chair nest, sitting by your feet, or playing with a ball on the floor, the day is just better with your dog there as your sidekick.

2. Your dog is much happier with you all day than without you

We talked about how your dog can help reduce your stress at work, but you also help reduce your dog’s stress by being around him/her! Dogs feel much more comfortable and safe when they are around their human instead of alone. Maybe you are thinking, “but he naps all day anyways,” well for many dogs, all they need is the comfort of knowing you are with them to feel happy.

3. It gives your dog the opportunity to socialize

For dogs of all ages, socializing is very important. It helps puppies become well-behaved and friendly adult dogs, and it is great for the mental health of adult dogs as well. If you have a dog-friendly office, chances are many people will also be bringing their dogs to work.  That means your dog can stay active and social during the day by playing with other pups or even just playing around people!

4. Dogs are a great way to get to know your coworkers

Normally once you bring your pup to the office, he/she becomes an immediate celebrity amongst your coworkers. This is a great opportunity for you to socialize and meet new people or get to know people better in your office. Bonding over a dog means you already have at least one thing in common! Plus, your pup can play fetch with your coworkers when you are in the zone with work. Your dog is happy and helping boost the morale across the office. By the end of the day, your dog is basically one of the crew!

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5. Your dog helps remind you to take a break

Do you ever look away from your computer and somehow 5 hours have gone by while you were in the zone scrutinizing over that excel doc? Suddenly you are exhausted and probably have a hard time focusing for the rest of the day. Even just a short walk at lunch or a 10-minute mindfulness meditation break can help you stay energized throughout the day.

One of the best parts about having your dog with you at the office is he/she helps remind you to take those breaks. Every hour you can take a couple minutes to lay on the floor with your pup and play, snuggle or just mindlessly pet him/her. Or maybe, you could try out some human and doggy dual yoga. They are downward dog naturals!

5. It builds in a mid-day exercise routine

Along the lines of taking a break, when dogs stay at home all day they may not exercise or even get a potty break at all until you come home. When you bring your dog to the office, though, you can take him/her out for a walk at lunch and also take as many potty breaks as needed. This will increase the long-term health of your dog...and you! It’s important to move around during the day, so consider bringing your dog to the office a much needed excuse to build a lunchtime walk into your day!

These are of course only only five of the very many benefits of a pet-friendly office for both humans and dogs. Also, when offices allow employees to bring their pups to work, they are not only creating a friendlier atmosphere, but they could be making a difference in the life of a pup! While it is not the only factor preventing dog adoption, it is not an uncommon one!

Keep in mind, though, that bringing your dog to work is not right for every person, office or dog. Some dogs would prefer napping on the couch at home to being around people or other dogs all day. There also may be people in your office who feel uncomfortable around dogs, or your office environment may just not be suitable for a dog. It is definitely important to first know your dog’s temperament and your office’s rules, then you should try it out before making “Take Your Pup To Work Day” an everyday ritual!

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XO,

Team Wags

 

Celebrate National Puppy Day

While many of you probably celebrate National Puppy Day every day (because you love your dogs so much), March 23rd is the official international day of awareness to not only celebrate puppies, but also to promote adoption. There are very few things that are able to make so many different people smile the way that puppies do, without even having to do anything. Whether you are walking down the street or playing at home, puppies can brighten the worst days with their goofy, happy demeanors. There are so many great ways to celebrate National Puppy Day, and we’d like to start by telling you about some of our favorite puppies available for adoption right now on Wags and Walks! Get ready to have all the feels:

 

Meet the Jetson Litter

Jane, George, Elroy and Judy are 8 week old blonde terrier spaniel mixes with terrific young spirit and a lot of puppy energy. They love to play with one another and chew on toys. They already sleep through the night and are a blank slate for training and very eager to learn. With puppy basic training, they will grow up to be handsome and happy companions for a lucky person or family. They are healthy, up to date on vaccinations, spayed and microchipped and will be ready for adoption in just a few days, so stay tuned for more info!

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Meet Matilda

Please meet Matilda, the puppy who never stops wagging her tail! This 6 month old easy going and loving girl weighs about 25 pounds and has a beautiful tan and white coloring. Although she's a pup, Matilda (like the movie) is an old soul. She is gentle, fun loving and wants to love everyone she meets including dogs. She is a pitbull mix who is being fostered with 3 young children and 4 dogs of all sizes.  According to her foster, "she is the perfect little girl."  Matilda is being treated for demodex mange, but is otherwise healthy up to date on vaccinations, spayed and microchipped.

 

See Matilda featured on Pup Pals!

Tips Before Adopting

If adopting a new puppy has been on your mind for a while now, there are a few things to think about before sealing the deal. Puppies are amazing, but they are also a ton of work. Make sure you are ready for some sleepless nights, accidents, chewing, and spending lots of time on training. Also, have a game plan ready for where your puppy is going the spend the day. Especially while they are young, puppies have to go out every 3-4 hours, which is hard if you have a full-time office job. So make sure you have a work schedule that is going to permit you taking time during the day for potty breaks or have someone who is able to help you! Of course, there are so many rewarding benefits to having a young dog: breakthroughs in training, the stages of growing up, and the puppy awkwardness to name a few. Puppies are a ton of work but worth every moment in the end, as long as you truly are ready to commit to them. If any or all of that scares you, maybe it isn’t time for a puppy but rather an older, more self-reliant dog. Either way, you are going to be greeted every morning, noon, and night with unconditional love and happiness.

Fun Ways to Celebrate with Your Pup

  • Take Your Dog on a Long Walk
  • Make Homemade Dog Treats
  • Buy Your Pup a New Toy
  • Do a Pup Photoshoot
  • Take Your Dog on a New Hike

 

We hope that you enjoyed meeting some of our adoptable pups. We have so many that are waiting to share their love with you and find their forever homes! We hope you are able to find the perfect adoptable pup for your lifestyle!


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XO,
Team Wags

Foster Friday: Abigail and Groot

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is a day that represents luck and celebration, so we want to highlight an amazing foster and a very special pup, both of whom Wags and Walks is lucky to have as part of our family.

Abigail is a first-time foster, and as chance would have it, she was paired with a very unique pup. Her very first foster dog is a charming fella who goes by the name of Groot.

What makes Groot so special isn’t his adorable face or non-shedding coat; it’s his resilience and love for life, despite his hardships, that caught our eye. The 7-month-old Maltese pup had very little mobility in his back legs when Wags and Walks saved him, but that didn’t slow him down one bit and he was happily scooting everywhere! We were certain he was paralyzed and would need wheels, but this guy is tough and is fighting to stand again, strengthening his back legs through physical therapy.

Groot’s unbelievable progress is a testament to his foster, Abigail. Despite not having any foster experience before Groot, she’s shown a huge amount of commitment, love and patience. From physical therapy appointments to ensuring he gets the right diet, exercise and medicine, Abigail has been the perfect person to take little Groot under her wing!

Abigail stumbled  into the Wags and Walks family by chance (or luck, as the Irish would say), and her time with Groot is a true celebration. But, we’ll let Abigail tell you the rest:

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am originally an Okie that recently moved to LA LA Land! I am an actress/nanny! I have a pup of my own - Maci the Maltipoo! In my free time I like to try new restaurants, binge on TV shows, do calligraphy work, photography and make movies!

Why did you start fostering for Wags & Walks?

It just kind of fell into my lap! It wasn't intentional. I didn't originally even think about fostering! I just came across Groot's picture and decided to meet him, and through him I learned about Wags & Walks and their mission, and I wanted to get involved.

How has it been to have your first time fostering be with Groot (who is a very special pup!)? Can you tell us a bit about him, his story and how you came to be his foster?

Groot is the SWEETEST pup I have ever met in my entire life. He is so relaxed and a very "go with the flow" guy! His favorite things to do are eat, cuddle and give lots of kisses! Groot is a very special dog and it does have its challenges at times, but the unconditional love he gives makes the harder times worth it! I came to be his foster when I saw his picture on CARE's Facebook page. They had him in workout gear complete with a sweatband - and that was it! I don't see his disability; I see his potential and love for life!

What has been your biggest challenge so far as a foster parent? Especially as it is your first time.

Just trying to get in a routine and making sure I’m doing everything correctly, especially since he is a special pup! The first week was the hardest. I lacked sleep and my patience was a bit worn, but when we got into a routine and we figured each other out, it’s been great! I feel like each day gets better, and I can find a positive in each day!

Your fostering Groot helped save his life. Do you feel it has also affected yours? How so?

I stepped in for him when he really needed someone, and I'm glad I came in at his time of need! It is hard knowing that I can't do this forever, but for the time that I do have him, I hope it has made him happy and has had an impact on him! He has affected me in many ways. First, by showing me unconditional love. Groot gives out unconditional love constantly, despite his hardships. Patience is something I have also learned with this little guy. Things may not go the way you planned and get hard sometimes, but you just have to be patient! Lastly, he has shown me determination and has helped me apply that in my own life. If he can do it...I can do it!

What has been your biggest surprise so far as a foster parent?

I feel like every day is a surprise with Groot man, so can I say every day is a surprise?! He always keeps me on my toes!

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a foster?

If you have the time...do it! Even if it's short term! It helps make an animal’s life better, and it's extremely rewarding!

Do you plan to foster again after Groot?

I'm sure I will when the timing is right!

Thanks so much for sharing your first foster experience with us, Abigail! Groot is so lucky to have you, and so are the rest of us at Wags and Walks. Your and Groot’s fast friendship exhibits how caring, playful, and full-of-life dogs come in all shapes and sizes. We learn so much about life from the pups in our lives, and as Abigail showed through her story, that impact is even felt from a short time spent with a foster dog.

Abigail and all other fosters are crucial to the Wags and Walks mission. As you can see by Groot’s story, every pup we bring in to Wags and Walks is unique. Because of our fosters, who provide a loving and safe home for the dogs, we are able to find the perfect Forever Homes for these pups. Interested in becoming a first time foster like Abigail? Find out more information about how you can get involved on our website!

With that, Happy Friday and Happy St. Patty’s Day to all those celebrating! May your day be filled with luck, laughs and plenty of puppy kisses.

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XO,

Team Wags