How to Keep Your Pets Healthy and In Shape this Holiday Season

October 10, 2018 was Pet Obesity Awareness Day. While most of us understandably think our pups are perfect the way they are (and they really are), keeping your dog at its optimal weight can improve its quality of life, prevent or decrease the severity of medical problems that come with age, and increase its life expectancy. As is the case with humans, a dog’s weight is impacted primarily by its level of exercise and diet. With the holidays around the corner, it’s important to start taking control of your dog’s health so they stay in shape (or get in shape) and feel their best, much like you do for yourself. Here are a few simple ways you can keep your dog healthy during the holiday season.

Wagging Tails Wednesday: Peggy (fka Tabitha)

Happy Wednesday Everyone! We are back with our latest Wagging Tails Wednesday feature, and this week we would like to introduce you to Peggy (fka Tabitha), who was adopted by Rich and Susan a few months back. We love hearing about the first time our adopters fell in love with their future pet and how that dog fits into the framework of the family. This little girl took no time to find her place, making her family wonder what they ever did without her. Read on to learn more about Peggy’s story:

Celebrate ‘Do Something Nice Day’ Today!

With busy schedules, personal struggles, and a never ending to-do list, it can be easy to forget about the things that matter. We underestimate how important little acts of kindness are. Today is Do Something Nice Day - a day that challenges people to stop for a moment and do something nice, whether it’s buying lunch for a hungry person or giving a hug to somebody who needs it.

We encourage you to celebrate this holiday in any way you feel inclined, but for those of you dog-lovers, we wanted to share a few acts of kindness that we always appreciate at Wags and Walks - today and every day!

Wagging Tails Wednesday: Pym

Happy Wednesday everyone! We hope that you are having a wonderful week so far. We are busy here at Wags and Walks getting ready for our annual gala. But we are taking a minute to share with you the adorable story about how Alan knew that Pym, fka Captain, was the dog for him. We are so proud to have amazing alumni stories like this one and can’t wait to hear more as we continue our efforts in saving more dogs. Without further ado, here is Alan and Pym’s story:

Foster Friday: Jessica Funcannon

We haven’t done a Foster Friday in quite a while, but we couldn’t be any more excited to introduce you to this week’s feature, Jessica. She has made a huge impact in helping us save more dogs and finding them their furever homes. Plus, she has some great tips for other fosters. Without further ado, let us introduce you to Jessica Funcannon:

Highlights from Our First Ever Wellness Event

A few weeks ago, we held our first ever Wellness Event at the adoption center. The day was filled with amazing vendors, a plethora of wellness tips, and treats of all kinds making for an unforgettable day. We want to thank all of our amazing vendors for being a part of the event and making it amazing for everyone that came by the center. From the amazing product giveaways to the breadth of knowledge shared in the seminars, here are just a few highlights from the weekend:

Our July Partnership with Bow Wow Labs

We love our dogs, but more importantly, we LOVE spoiling our dogs. Whether you give them the occasional bully stick or they get them all the time, we’re sure you know what it’s like to have to constantly check how small the bone is getting. Bully sticks are great options to keep our dogs entertained, healthy, and in some case distracted, but they quickly can become a nightmare if the dog decides to swallow the end of the stick. Our friends at Bow Wow Labs came up with the perfect solution to that scenario. Read on to learn how they are keeping dogs all over safe, without denying a favored treat:

How to Survive the 4th of July Scaries

The 4th of July is a fun holiday for us humans, but for dogs, it means loud fireworks, weird (and tempting) smells, and an above average amount of commotion around the neighborhood. You might not think twice about it, but even if you don't have a normally anxious dog, it's a good idea to take a few extra precautions on the holiday to keep your dog, calm, cool, and collected. Check out some amazing tips from our friends at Dope Dog. They know a thing or two about keeping your pup feeling good in times of stress!

Ditch the Itch with These Natural Remedies

More times than not, we wish our dogs could tell us how they were feeling and what exactly is wrong when they are sick. Itching is one of those times when all you want to do is fix the problem as soon as possible, but it can be hard to come up with the right solution. Well, our friends at Dog Lover's Towel shared a wonderful infographic with us to help ditch the itch! It might not be cure-all for your dog, but they are definitely worth giving a try:

Wags and Walks Celebrates Our 500th Dog Saved

Since opening our very own adoption center earlier this year, we are excited to announce that we have already saved more than 500 dogs! None of these precious pups would have been saved without the generous support we receive from our adopters, volunteers, fosters, and donors. We are so thrilled that we have hit this milestone already and cannot wait for the rest of 2018. Thank you for your endless support! 

Foster Friday: Liz Harris

Today’s Foster Friday starts when Jade and Tanner, from The Bachelor, went on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The rest is a Hollywood “forever love” story including 8 foster dogs, 2 foster fails, and a whole lot of tail wagging love.

Wait - so what does that all have to do with Wags and Walks? Well, without further ado, let us introduce Liz Harris, a game show producer turned crazy dog person and wonderful 8-time foster parent with Wags and Walks.

Take it away, Liz!

Foster Friday: Mikayla

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we’ve been honoring all of the mothers in the Wags and Walks world these past two weeks across our social feeds. Today’s Foster Friday is a continuation of that celebration as we put the spotlight on Mikayla. Mikayla isn’t just the dog mom to two Wags and Walks alums, she has also been the foster mom to four other dogs with us, and she is an all around animal lover who volunteers with Wags across our organization.

On Mother’s Day we send a special note to the mother-figure(s) in our lives. For some of us, that’s multiple people. For Wags and Walks, we have so many mothers of all kinds to be thankful for every single day, including Mikayla. But before we get too far into the emotions of Mother’s Day, we’ll let Mikayla’s story do the Mother’s Day emotional gushing for us!

Mother's Day Gift Guide for Dog Moms

Mother’s day is around the corner, and if there is a special lady in your dog’s life you’d like to recognize, do we have some gift ideas for you! It’s a lot of work, being a dog mom. From the 2am walks to the desperate attempts to get your pooch to swallow that blasted pill, and from the messy baths to the pricey vet visits, she does a lot and deserves some pampering on her special day. And if you’re a single dog mom, what better time to treat yourself? A Wags and Walks team member even had her dog’s baby tooth dipped in gold and hung on a necklace as a “just because” gift to herself. Every dog mom deserves to be treated like a princess.

Health Benefits of Being a Dog Parent

Dogs: good for the soul, good for your health? It’s true, my friends. As you sit at your work desk or in the bathroom between rounds of Candy Crush reading this, think about it. What else gets you up in the morning for a brisk walk around the block? What guilts you into that runyon hike you may have otherwise forgone for a morning eating bon-bons in bed catching up on This is Us? Our furry friends do a lot more than offer unconditional love and snuggles. Let me break down the health benefits of being a dog parent.

5 Steps Towards Becoming An Eco-friendly Dog Owner

Happy Earth Day! Living in Los Angeles, the importance of Earth Day and its impact on environmental awareness and protection is clear, as we see both the boundless beauty of Mother Earth and also the harmful effects of pollution in LA on a daily basis. For most, Earth Day is about how we as people can reduce our carbon footprint by making adjustments in our own habits, but we want to take a moment to talk about how that can extend to your pup’s life, too.

2018 Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteering is the foundation of Wags & Walks. Without our volunteer base, we would cease to exist, and we never would have been able to save 3,500 dogs from the shelter. So how do we properly convey how much our volunteers mean to us? It’s hard, as the list of thank you’s is endless, but each and every volunteer that joins us is another part of the puzzle, and we could not be more thankful for the support we are lucky enough to have.

With it being Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to dedicate this to everyone who has been a part of our mission, our journey, and our family.