Tips to Travel Safely with Your Dog

It’s officially summer time in LA, so that can mean lots of day trips and vacations. At Wags & Walks, we know that no vacation is complete unless your dog is there to spend it with you. Traveling can be stressful, and planning a trip that includes your furry friend may seem overwhelming, so we have some tips that should alleviate stress and help you have a fun vacation!

Amazon Prime Day: Top Gadgets for Your Dogs

Like many of you, there are piles of Amazon Prime packages on our doorsteps addressed to us on any given day, but in reality, they are for our dogs. So, you can imagine our excitement with next week's shopping holiday.

If you haven’t heard, Amazon Prime Day is on July 15th and 16th, offering Prime subscribers an exclusive deals on the best products on Amazon (pro tip: if you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a free trial to take part in the holiday). While we don't know which products will be on sale on Prime Day, we thought we'd round up a few of our favorite products that are perfect for your doggy.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Durzo

On today’s Wagging Tail Wednesday, we are excited to share the story of Michael, Amber and their fur baby, Durzo.  

Durzo hit the jackpot when he was adopted by Michael and Amber. Not only was his first home in the beautiful outdoors at Pine Mountain Club, but soon after being adopted, Durzo and his pawrents moved to the east coast where he received his first fenced in yard - something we don’t see much of in LA! 

From Volunteering to Adopting: My Wags & Walks Journey

This is a guest post from one of our adopters, Sapphire, who also contributes to the blog. 

Every day for the last 10 years, I’ve thought about one thing: rescuing a dog. But, like any responsible dog owner, I knew the time wasn’t right even though I was desperate for doggy love. Beyond the fact that my landlord didn’t allow dogs, I wasn’t sure if I was prepared to take on the responsibility and, at times, unpredictability that comes with owning and caring for a dog. However, rescuing a dog remained a priority, and when I finally moved into a dog-friendly apartment I knew it was time.

Our first step was to research and visit different rescues and shelters to find the organization we wanted to work with. Wags and Walks landed at the top of our list, but I was apprehensive—I’ve always had a vision of dogs in less-than-optimal conditions and didn’t know if I could handle that. But upon arriving at Wags and Walks, I realized that was far from the case at this particular organization. We were immediately greeted by helpful, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable volunteers. While we didn’t find a dog that was the perfect fit for us that day, I did find an organization that I wanted to volunteer at. 

How to Have a Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day

It seems like each day brings a new unofficial national holiday, but this week’s is the best of all, since today is Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD)! Pet Sitters International created this holiday, which has its origins in a cause we all care about—to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions.  

Many of us fur parents will be jumping at the opportunity to bring our beloved fido’s and fidette’s into the office so our co-workers can “ohh and ahh” over our fur babies (because your dog is the cutest of all, right?). While the excitement builds, it’s important to take precautions to ensure a successful day—and that the workplace tradition lives on for years to come. Here are the things you should think through before you bring your pup to work tomorrow:

Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

With summer practically here, it’s time to break out the hiking boots and sunscreen! We know that the best summer activities are the ones shared with your dog and, with all that California’s diverse scenery has to offer, hikes are a great way to spend time with your pooch.

A little tip before we list off our favorite hikes: For the most part, national forests and national recreation areas are dog-friendly. There are plenty of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Angeles National Forest. California State Parks, on the other hand, do not often allow dogs. Make sure to check out whether the trail you are interested in hiking is dog-friendly.

Give Two Paws at Once: Father’s Day Gifts That Give Back

Father’s Day is almost here, but it’s not too late to find the perfect gift for that special man in your life.  We’ve done the hard work and have rounded up our favorite present ideas for all the dads out there - dog dads, human dads and everything in between! As an added bonus, each item on this list gives back to Wags and Walks—supporting our mission to rescue dogs and find them the perfect furever home.

The Unbreakable Bond Between Humans & Canines

Today is Best Friends Day, and it goes without saying that dogs make the best of friends. Through the good and the bad, you can count on your dog to be there, celebrating with you, comforting you, and always making you smile.

It’s easy to see that our furry companions are more than just pets. The bond we have with our dogs can sometimes even be stronger than what we have with friends or family members, and the way we care for and love our dogs is definitely on par to how we care and feel towards our own family. That’s why we proudly label ourselves as “dog moms” (and dads!) - because it’s true!

Doggy Zodiac Series: Gemini

We are excited to continue our monthly Zodiac Series, highlighting some of our favorite adoptable pups. Kicking off May 21 and running through June 20, Gemini season is here!

Geminis are known to be gentle, affectionate, curious and adaptable. Let’s be honest - can you ask for better traits in a dog? They are also quick learners, so they’re the perfect pup to easily train and teach some fun tricks. However, they don’t like being alone or confined, so if you are out of the house a lot then it may not be the right fit for you.

People (and dogs) born under this sign often have a feeling that their other half is missing, so what better time to find your pawfect match? Geminis are most compatible with Sagittarius and Aquarius, but their gentle demeanor ensures that they get along great with anyone. Check out some of our Gemini pups below to see if your doggy soulmate is there!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Doc Jones

Sometimes, a dog can save you from yourself.

Near the end of 2016, Rachel was in her mid-thirties, and her career was her life.  As a vice president for her company, Rachel managed assets for real estate funds, traveled frequently, and consistently worked 15 hours a day.  Unfortunately, her lifestyle left her little spare time for her health, personal life, or any form of self-care. And, as she gained more success in her career, she found herself more anxious and more depressed.

When Rachel’s office began to allow dogs, she dismissed the idea at first. With her work hours, she didn’t think it was feasible.  Besides, she had never owned a dog before. However, Rachel changed her mind after she watched a friend’s dog for a week. After a week of having a snuggle partner at night and a break-taking reminder during the day, Rachel felt differently.  

Joining Pup Club: What Impact Will You Have?

If you’re interested in getting involved with Wags & Walks but don’t have the time to volunteer or the means to foster, then joining our Pup Club may be the perfect fit for you! Pup Club is a group of our dedicated supporters who have pledged to support us on a recurring basis.

Not only do members receive benefits like a welcome gift, invites to special events, and stories of dogs we were able to save with your donation, but you become an integral part of the lifesaving work that we do every day.

Every dollar goes toward saving family-friendly dogs in LA and finding them a perfect home - but are you wondering what impact your monthly gift will have on these dogs? Read on to hear a little bit about the journey of a rescue pup and what happens behind the scenes at Wags & Walks.

Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day

Happy National Rescue Dog Day! At Wags & Walks, it feels like we are always celebrating our rescue dogs. Each of our brave dogs has overcome obstacles to get to our shelter and from our care to the love of a furever family. And even though these dogs have gone through tough situations, they are still able to provide their furever home occupants with emotional support, love, and snuggles!

This past week, fifteen of our rescued dogs were adopted! And since our establishment in 2011, over 4,000 dogs have been rescued! We love our alumni dogs and still receive pupdates about how they are doing in their new homes. We are always sad to see our four-legged friends leave, but are overjoyed by the constant love people show them by adopting them into their lives. Rescuing dogs transforms the lives of both the adopters and dogs.

However, you may be wondering how you can celebrate today. Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day!

How Animal Rescue Supports The Community

We all know that animal rescue organizations and no-kill shelters are great for the lives of the dogs, cats and other animals that are rescued. That is the obvious part. But the significance these organizations have on the communities around them is often overlooked, and goes so much further than just rescue!

A study at the University of Denver recently discovered a lot of positive information in regards to no-kill shelters and what they do for their communities. When studying how the “no-kill plan” affected Austin, Texas, they found that the economic benefit was a whopping $157 million! In addition to this, no-kill shelters have a positive impact on their communities, largely due to the shelters providing jobs and creating an appealing community to live and start businesses in. Let’s explore a few of these perks!

5 Mother’s Day Gifts that Give Back to Wags & Walks

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and it’s pretty safe to say everyone either has a mother, is a mother, or knows a mother… and dog moms count too! If you haven’t yet gotten a Mother’s Day gift for that special someone in your life, here are a few great ideas your mom (or any mom) will love. And the best part about these gifts is that each one gives back to Wags and Walks and supports our mission to rescue dogs and find them the perfect home.

Doggy Zodiac Series: Taurus

Tomorrow marks the first day of a new zodiac chapter - welcome Taurus season!

Taurus season runs from April 20 through May 20, and the fact that the zodiac sign is a bull reveals a few things right away: Tauruses are known for being strong-willed, determined and dedicated. But it’s not all work for these guys - Tauruses also take the cake when it comes to being reliable, loyal and devoted to their loved ones. They love to indulge in pleasure, whether that means a long walk or a doggy massage.

We are excited to introduce you to some of our available Taurus pups! Of course, we don’t know their real birthdays but it’s clear that these dogs definitely carry a little bit of Taurus in them.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Bella

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We’re back with our latest Wagging Tail Wednesday, featuring Bella (formerly known as Libra), who was adopted by Hailey last November. We love hearing about how our adopters fell in love with their fur child and how they’ve been adjusting since going home.

Bella turned Hailey into a mom for the first time, and she hasn’t looked back since! Not only has Bella given her an excuse for a long lunch break, nightly cuddles and a reason to exercise daily, but most importantly, Hailey gets to experience the unconditional love that dogs give every single day.

Read on to learn more about Bella’s story:

Ways to Get Involved with Wags & Walks

Since its inception, Wags & Walks has relied and benefited from the amazing community of volunteers and partners that have helped us place dogs in their furever homes! With your helped, we have saved over 4,300 (and counting!) and plan on continuing to do so. We understand that not everyone is able to volunteer or adopt, so we thought we would provide some ways that you can still be involved and make a difference with Wags & Walks!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Brooklyn

It’s our favorite time of the week when we get to check in and see how one of our alumni are doing in their furever home! This week we would like to introduce you to Brooklyn, who was adopted by a wonderful human named Jason.

Jason was looking for the perfect addition to his family when he found Brooklyn. He fell in love with her temperament and she got along perfectly with his other dog… you could saw it was the pawfect match! The rest is history…

Doggy Zodiac Series: Aries

We are excited to start a monthly zodiac series, which will focus on doggy personality traits and spotlight some of our available pups. Although we don’t always know our rescued dogs’ real birthdays, there’s no denying that our pups have strong personalities, and some could easily be considered a Libra or a Leo...regardless of the day they were born on!

Today is the first day of Aries season, which will run until April 20. Aries is the first sign in the zodiac calendar, so adopting an Aries dog will mark the beginning of a new chapter in more ways than one! Aries are known to be determined, confident, enthusiastic and passionate. An Aries dog may not always come when they are called and their impatient side can show during dinner time, but they want to be the center of your world. They are most compatible with Libras and Leos, who balance out their strong personality.