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????? The most ridiculous thing that actually happens? O: Don’t do this to pets! They’re living creatures, not toys.

I noticed this post had lots of reblogs with comments like “people who abandon their pets suck!” etc. etc.

So here are some helpful resources instead of negativity! c: If you’re thinking about giving up your dog because he’s “too big”, take a second and see if you really mean any of these.

1. “He’s too big” really means “He physically knocks me down in the house/pulls me down on leash.”

Your dog needs training! There are several ways to train your dog to have good manners, but most dogs will respond well to positive reinforcement training. You can get a clicker for $0.99 at Walmart, Target, and Petco. Here are a few Youtube videos about preventing jumping and leash manners.

Greeting Guests Calmly

Leash Manners

Silky Leash Method

If you don’t feel confident enough to train your dog by using instructional videos or books, do a Google search for “dog training club [your town or zip code]” Training clubs are made up of people who enjoy training and titling their dogs, and who choose to offer classes for a small fee (usually about $10/class for group classes, more for private lessons). Training clubs offer classes on weeknights and weekends, usually in 6 or 8 week sessions.

If all else fails, sign up for positive reinforcement classes at your local Petco or PetSmart. Big box pet store obedience classes are better than no obedience classes at all.

2. “He’s too big” really means “This dog has too much energy! I can’t keep up!”

You have lots of options! First, exercise. The fastest, easiest way to drain your dog of energy is to provide him with both physical and mental exercise!

Fetch is great physical exercise, but dogs aren’t born knowing how to play fetch. You’ll have to teach them! Here’s an instructional video.

Teaching Fetch

Taking your dog for a long walk, or multiple short walks, is another good source of physical exercise. You can even have your dog wear a backpack with a little weight on your walks (make them carry their own treats or water). This will tire them out more and give them a “job” to do. Be sure to have someone knowledgeable show you the proper fit and how to equally distribute weight if you choose to get your dog a backpack. It’s also a good idea to talk to your vet first, too. Here’s an example of a backpack on Amazon:

Outward Hound Backpack

Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. Do several short training session a day to help drain your dog’s excess energy. Here’s a book with 101 tricks to teach your dog. I don’t own it, but have flipped through it in Petco a few times, and it looks pretty great to me.

101 Dog Tricks

Your dog will also love toys made specifically for mental stimulation. Most involve your dog figuring out how to get a treat out of the toy. Two we like:

Kong

Starmark

If you feel that you don’t have time to give your dog all the exercise he needs, consider doggie daycare a couple days a week. This is exactly what it sounds like. Your dog will go to a facility built especially for dogs, where he’ll have supervised free play with other dogs, nap time, one on one time with a human, lunch (if you feed lunch) and snack time. Your dog will come home exhausted. Be sure to find a doggie daycare that temperament tests all dogs before letting them sign up.

If doggie daycare isn’t right for you, try hiring a dog walker. There are professional dog walkers, but a dog-savvy family member or friend will do just fine, too. Be sure to properly introduce them to your dog before giving them a key. Some dogs may not like a stranger coming into their home uninvited.

Spay/neuter your dog. Sometimes, spaying and neutering can help take the edge off your dog’s exuberance if he’s too much to handle. If your finances are holding you back from spaying/neutering, several vets and rescue groups provide low cost or free spay/neuter clinics. Search with your zip code at the ASPCA website to find a spay/neuter clinic nearest you:

Spay/Neuter Clinic Finder

3. “He’s too big!” really means “This dog eats too much.” or “Toys are too expensive.” or “Vet bills are outrageous!”

If your dog is eating you out of house and home, reevaluate the kind of food you’re feeding him. Generally, dogs will need to eat more of a crappy food and less of a good quality food to feel satisfied. (Their poops will also be smaller/easier to clean up on a good quality food. Bonus!) When choosing a food for your dog, look at the ingredient list on the back of the bag and pick one with meat as the first ingredient. Here is a website that lists the ingredients in most dog foods, and gives them a rating based on how healthy they are for your pet. 

Dog Food Advisor

A food with a good solid source of protein and few fillers will make your dog healthier in the long run, and cut down on vet bills. Ask your vet to recommend a food better than the food you’re currently feeding, if you need guidance. (Be aware that some vets have an agenda and will aggressively push Hill’s Science Diet and that’s it. Find an honest vet you trust or contact a canine nutritionist.)

If you feel that you’re spending too much on dog toys, here’s a post with 33 dog toys you can make yourself, from stuff you probably have at your house already.

DIY Dog Toys

Some of these are no-nos at our house, like the rope toys, because our dog will eat rope. Supervise your dog and make sure he doesn’t eat parts of any toys. Ingesting things like plastic, string, and rubber can lead to vet visits.

If vet bills are depleting your bank account, you have a few options. First, ask your vet if they accept payment plans. Some will, some won’t, but it never hurts to ask! If your vet’s prices are too high, call around and price compare the services you use most often. Some vets charge less for annual vaccinations than others. Do your homework!

If you’re worried about future vet bills, pet insurance may be right for you. We don’t currently have pet insurance, but a simple Google search will bring up several options you can research to find a plan right for you and your pet.

4. “He’s too big” really means “I don’t want to put any more work into this dog. I’m done.”

This is okay. I won’t judge you, because I don’t know your situation. c: If your dog’s time with your family is done, consider these options before taking him to the pound or animal shelter.

First, contact your breeder. If you got your puppy from a reputable breeder, they may take your dog back. Most reputable breeders will take back one of their pups at any time, at any stage of their life, no-questions-asked. Our breeder’s exact words were “He’ll always have a home here.” Your breeder will solve any behavior problems your dog may have and find him a new home with someone they trust, or they may choose to keep him as their own. Our breeder keeps kennel space free “just in case”.

If your breeder won’t take your dog back, or if you got your dog from a backyard breeder, contact breed-specific rescue groups. Do your research and get some references before dropping your dog off to someone you don’t know. Here are two rescue groups that I think are pretty great, the first one in my area and the second one I follow for fun on Facebook.

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue

S.H.A.R.E.

If you can’t get your dog in with a breed-specific rescue group, or if you can’t find one you trust, try your local all-breed rescue group. If your community has a pound or shelter, I guarantee they have a rescue group. These groups regularly pull adoptable dogs from the animal shelter, take owner-surrenders, and pick up strays they see wandering. They place them in their network of foster homes and look for “furever homes” for the animals in their care. If they don’t have space for your dog, they’ll be happy to help you network your dog and help find him a home while he continues to live with you. You’ll be invited to attend adoption days where people can meet your dog, post your dog on their Facebook page, and get on a wait list for a foster home to open up.

If all else fails, and you choose to surrender your dog at the animal shelter, be sure to find a NO-KILL shelter. Your dog stands a good chance of finding another home there.

Please do not list your dog as “free to a good home” in the newspaper, on Craigslist, or on Facebook. He may end up being taken for a bait dog in a dog fighting ring, sold for animal testing, or just taken home and abused.

Good notes and resources!

It’s not rat related but check out all these useful doggy tips!

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  • Professor :

    You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?

  • Student :

    Yes, sir.

  • Professor:

    So, you believe in GOD?

  • Student :

    Absolutely, sir.

  • Professor :

    Is GOD good?

  • Student :

    Sure.

  • Professor:

    Is GOD all powerful?

  • Student :

    Yes.

  • Professor:

    My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

  • (Student was silent.)

  • Professor:

    You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

  • Student :

    Yes.

  • Professor:

    Is satan good?

  • Student :

    No.

  • Professor:

    Where does satan come from?

  • Student :

    From … GOD …

  • Professor:

    That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

  • Student :

    Yes.

  • Professor:

    Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

  • Student :

    Yes

  • Professor:

    So who created evil ?

  • (Student did not answer.)

  • Professor:

    Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

  • Student :

    Yes, sir.

  • Professor:

    So, who created them ?

  • (Student had no answer.)

  • Professor:

    Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

  • Student :

    No, sir.

  • Professor:

    Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

  • Student :

    No , sir.

  • Professor:

    Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smell your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

  • Student :

    No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

  • Professor:

    Yet you still believe in Him?

  • Student :

    Yes.

  • Professor :

    According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

  • Student :

    Nothing. I only have my faith.

  • Professor:

    Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

  • Student :

    Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

  • Professor:

    Yes.

  • Student :

    And is there such a thing as cold?

  • Professor:

    Yes.

  • Student :

    No, sir. There isn’t.

  • (The lecture theatre became very quiet with this turn of events.)

  • Student :

    Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

  • (There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

  • Student :

    What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

  • Professor:

    Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

  • Student :

    You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

  • Professor:

    So what is the point you are making, young man?

  • Student :

    Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

  • Professor:

    Flawed ? Can you explain how?

  • Student :

    Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

  • Professor:

    If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

  • Student :

    Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

  • (The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

  • Student :

    Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

  • (The class was in uproar.)

  • Student :

    Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

  • (The class broke out into laughter.)

  • Student :

    Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

  • (The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

  • Professor:

    I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

  • Student :

    That is it sir… Exactly ! The link between man and GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

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casteilnovak:

I think we need to clone him for future generations.

Why? I’m pretty sure that when Death comes for him, Christopher Lee will be waiting with a knife, and I’m not betting on Death in that fight.

Are you kidding? Mr. Lee and Death are old drinking buddies.

Christopher Lee just stabs Death and there’s a beat before Death goes “HEEEEYYYY how the hell have you been, you old bastard” and hugs him, the knife still buried in his back.

Christopher Lee 

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