6 Ways Support Dogs in The Year of The Dog

The beginning of 2018 has already been a whirlwind at Wags and Walks. We don’t know about you, but it’s been tough for us to take a step back and create those “New Year’s Resolutions” we always promise ourselves we will do. What we do know is that every year we are dedicated to saving more dogs than ever before, and 2018 feels like it is going to be a great year to do just that.

To start, 2018 just so happens to be the year of the Dog, according to the Chinese Zodiac. So, if you are still searching for your 2018 resolution, this may just be the astral sign you needed. From spending more time around dogs to pitching in at organizations and shelters you care about, there is no shortage of ways you can incorporate (wo)man’s best friend into your New Year routine.

To help you get started, we rounded up 6 ways you can show your support for dogs in need in 2018!

Tips to Keep Your Pup Warm and Happy This Winter

All of us in the Los Angeles area are pretty lucky when it comes to winter weather. Compared to some other places in the US, winter in LA is a breeze. That said, people don’t believe us when we tell them it gets chilly here at night! The 20 degree temperature drop feels like more. Plus, for those times when the rain actually hits...it hits hard and sometimes lasts for days. We want to make sure your pup is as prepared for the winter weather as you are! Read on to see how!

Foster Friday: Jess Wilton

Happy New Year Wags family! For our first Foster Friday of 2018, we have the wonderful foster, Jess Wilton to introduce to yourself. Despite having a young child and multiple animals, she still finds times to help us give our rescue pups a safe and loving home. Read on to learn more about Jess and her time with Wags and Walks

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Zoe

Everyone loves a heartwarming story near the holidays, right? Well we have a beautiful story to share about Tanya, who experienced love at first sight earlier this year when she met Zoe and knew that her life was going to change forever. We couldn’t be happier that these two found each other! Read more about their life together below:

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Pop Tart

This week we are sharing Nelson’s story about his second time around as a pawrent. After adopting his first pup through Wags and Walks, he knew he was destined to give another pup a furever home. Why adopt one when you can adopt two?  You won’t want to miss out on this heartwarming story about the bond that Nelson shares with his newest furry friend Pop Tart and the bond that the two pups share.

Thank You to Our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day!

Today is International Volunteer Day (IVD), a day that is celebrated to recognize the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who dedicate themselves to supporting various causes. At Wags and Walks, we could not do our mission without the daily support of our devoted volunteers.

Volunteers are integral to what we do, helping with lifesaving tasks like fostering dogs that we pull from shelters, transporting puppies to the vet to get checked for parvo and other common illnesses, and helping out at adoption events. With our  brand new Adoption Center, which will house 28 kennels, there are even more ways to get involved. We look to volunteers to walk, feed, play with, and love our pups while they wait to go home with a foster or to their forever home. Volunteers can also help with office work or social media/blogging - often from the comfort of their own home! If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved, check out our volunteer page.

Celebrate Adopt A Senior Pet Month With Us!

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which is a special month for all rescue organizations, including Wags & Walks.

It’s no secret that everyone loves puppies. They are so cute...and little...and...the list goes on. There are far fewer Buzzfeed articles floating around touting the cuteness of 8+ year old pups, though. Dog lovers are not nearly as talkative about the wonders of senior dogs, and that’s why Adopt a Senior Pet Month is so important. The reality is that it is significantly more difficult for shelters and rescue organizations to find forever homes for their senior dogs.

Today we are going to support the Adopt a Senior Pet Month initiative by highlighting our very own “senior dogs” who are currently available for adoption. After reading some of these pups’ stories, we encourage you to read a previous post we wrote about the benefits of adopting a senior dog. We hope by learning more about the pros and cons of bringing a dog of any age into your home, you can make the best decision for your family.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Cody

After losing a furry friend, it may be hard to ever think of adopting again. This is the story of how a 10 pound pup named Cody won the heart of Stephen and his wife.  What better way to honor the loss of your furry friend than by giving another precious pup the chance at a wonderful loving life? It turned out to be a win win for this trio! You might even shed a tear after reading this heartwarming story.

Tips for the Perfect Barksgiving

It’s almost time to indulge in everybody’s favorite foodie holiday - Thanksgiving! While we prepare to feast on a delicious meal, we can’t forget about our four-legged family members who would give up their beloved tennis ball for a bite of turkey.

Show that you’re thankful for your dog’s constant loyalty, love and companionship by including them in the celebration with some special dishes (or a full meal!) made especially for them. Below are some of our favorite ideas to make sure your pup doesn’t feel left out on the special day.

Foster Friday: Lor

As we gear up for Thanksgiving, it is time to take a step back and think about everything that we are thankful for this year. From the dogs we have the chance to rescue to all of our selfless volunteers and staff, there is a lot for us to be thankful for here at Wags & Walks.

Our success depends on the helping hand of those in our community, and one of the biggest contributions made to our organization is from our foster parents. Fosters are paramount to our success and they provide endless love and support to dogs in need. Words cannot begin to describe how thankful we are for them.

Our fosters always  tell us how unique of an experience fostering a dog is, and we love nothing more than when a first time foster parent turns into a long time volunteer. Today’s Foster Friday puts a spotlight on Lor, one of our “veteran fosters,” so to speak. She is a pit bull lover and has fostered countless dogs with us over the years. We hope Lor’s story inspires you over this holiday season; it sure shows us how much we have to be thankful for!

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Barking can be an annoying habit for any dog owner, or foster, to deal with. Not only does it quickly get on your nerves, it’s also probably getting on the nerves of your lucky neighbors. We know that you can’t always control what your dog does 100% of the day, but there are definitely ways to try and limit the amount of barking that occurs. Here are few ideas to try out...and remember, not all of them will work for you but keep trying!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Xena

When Richard stumbled upon Wags & Walks on Instagram, he had no idea that just six months later, he would be a dog pawrent to an intelligent, sweet, and silly pup named Xena.

After having to part ways with another dog he loved, Richard was scared he would never have the same connection with another dog. Then, he met Xena. Xena exceeded all expectations Richard had, and surprised him with how quickly he fell in love with her. Plus, he couldn’t think of a better name!

Fall & Our Furry Friends: Preparing Your Dog for Autumn!

Ah, autumn--leaves change to eye-popping hues, a cold snap or two passes through, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafts by our noses anytime we walk by a coffee shop.

As we enjoy the picture-perfect scenery and the seasonal delicacies that this time of year has to offer, we dog owners should keep in mind that the change of seasons may mean certain changes in care ought to be offered to our furry friends.

Once you feel those crisp temperatures and see those vibrant-colored leaves start falling, consider these tips to make autumn as enjoyable for your pet as it is for you:

10 Spooktacular Halloween Dog Costume Ideas

Halloween is one of the best holidays in LA. How could it not be? It involves lots of candy and dressing up in silly costumes with your friends and family. Above all, though, it’s one of the only days that dog parents can get their dogs to wear that ADORABLE outfit for more than 5 minutes.

For both the prepared and unprepared, we have 10 dog costume ideas that we hope inspire you this (or next!) Howl-o-ween.

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month with Us

Something wicked this way comes...wicked fun! We’ve had so many exciting activities at Wags and Walks this October, and they certainly aren’t over yet. While this weekend might be consumed by all things trick or treating related, we have a really fun event that can help you celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. Yep that’s right, October is an extra special month for us. Even though we celebrate adopting shelter pets everyday, it doesn’t hurt to take a month to recognize their importance! Learn more about our event this weekend and other ways to can celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month