Romance Scams and Pet Scams are More Similar Than You May Think


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Before becoming CEO at PuppySpot.com, the trusted service for connecting dog lovers to screened and vetted breeders nationwide, Greg Liberman was CEO of Spark Networks, the parent company to niche online dating giants JDate and ChristianMingle. Liberman spent a decade establishing trusted, leading brands in an industry fraught not only with stigma, but also with scammers.

Romance scams typically consist of con artists creating fake profiles, building trust with a victim and then asking them to send money. In contrast, Liberman and his team worked hard to make the Spark Networks portfolio of dating sites safe places for people to build lifelong relationships – the subscription-based sites leveraged background checks, used advanced fraud-prevention technology to validate credit card information, provided safe communication tools for singles to get to know each other in a secure online environment and employed a customer service team to manually review photos and profiles before they went live on their sites, among many other measures.

Shortly after joining PuppySpot, it became clear that many of the same scam-combatting insights gleaned from the online dating industry could be deployed in the pet industry which, according to a recent study by the BBB, is also riddled with fraud (the study claimed, for example, that some 80% of sponsored advertising links that appear in Internet searches for pets may be fake). Knowing that, it’s no surprise that it can be difficult to find the right, trusted source.

Enter PuppySpot. PuppySpot was explicitly created to fill this trust gap and serve as a transparent source that eliminates all of the scary unknowns associated with fetching your new best friend. PuppySpot works directly with responsible, vetted breeders and handles everything, including matching the potential dog owner to the right puppy, ensuring vaccinations are up to date, delivering the puppy, and much more. PuppySpot puppies must also pass a proprietary nose-to-tail health exam and come with a 10-year health guarantee.

Whether looking to build a family by getting married or adding a healthy puppy, both are emotional experiences that put people in vulnerable states and make them more susceptible to unscrupulous scam artists. That’s what the scam artists count on. But, whether you’re dating or looking for a pet, if you educate yourself about red flags and best practices, you can minimize the risk of falling victim to fraudulent actors.

Here are a few simple tips that will help protect pet seekers (and online daters) against online scammers:

1) Never wire money via Western Union,  MoneyGram or Walmart to anyone you have only met online. Not only are those payments notoriously difficult to trace, but are impossible to cancel or reverse. The recipient does not need a bank account and, regardless of any legitimate-sounding address they may give you, it does not matter since they will walk into the Western Union, Moneygram, or Walmart branch to pick up your money, personally. Any reputable online (or offline) source will offer alternative, safer payment methods, such as credit cards or Paypal.

2) If it seems too good to be true, it likely is. This applies equally to the online dating and pet spaces. For example, in online dating, if profile photos look like they’re taken of models, all look like they were professionally shot or showcase wealthy pursuits, those are red flags. In the puppy adoption space, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. The old adage, “you get what you pay for” is important to keep in mind. And, on the photo front, if an adorably perfect pet photo looks like a stock image, think twice.

3) Beware of anyone who refuses to communicate outside of email. Any legitimate puppy adoption service will not only offer the option to speak on the phone, but require it. As much as you want to screen them, they want to screen you to make sure you will provide a safe and happy home for their puppy. So, if you’re looking for a puppy and the seller makes it difficult to communicate offline, you are right to be suspicious.

4) Be sensitive to grammatical errors and strange language choices. The vast majority of online scammers reside in foreign countries (according to the BBB study, most pet scammers they identified were in West African nations like Cameroon), so a major red flag would be language inconsistencies or odd grammar in communications or listings in general.

5) Take note of bogus stories or excuses, often tied to current events. Many scammers will come up with complicated reasons why they may need an immediate wire transfer or, in many puppy scams, often additional funds paid to alleged third-parties, like travel insurers or transportation companies. Any legitimate source will handle all payments directly and make sure you know who you are dealing with. In other words, they will be transparent. If they are not, then you may be dealing with a scammer.

For more information on how to spot a pet scam, please see our official press release on the subject. And if you’ve been a victim of fraud, please contact us at [email protected] Also, here are a list of resources that may help:

• Call the Federal Trade Commission. 1-877-FTC-HELP
• Homeland Security Investigations at the Department of Homeland Security also handles international fraud. Call 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) (from U.S. and Canada)
• Contact the FBI cybercrimes unit
If you sent money through Western Union, MoneyGram, Walmart or a Green Dot MoneyPak, you should also contact those companies directly. They can offer information about the transactions, and download their complaints into the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel database, which is used by police around the country.

Hot Diggity Dog! Keep Fido Fire Safe


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Just as you would protect children from dangers around the home, you have to be just as cautious with animals, especially new (and untrained) puppies. Fire sources present a real hazard to small, curious pups who want to explore new areas and are unaware of the risks associated with their nosiness.

So, in honor of Fire Safety Awareness Day, please take the following prevention measures to not only protect your home, but also protect your precious pooch.

1. Use Flameless Candles
The romantic mood of a lit candle can be achieved just the same with a battery-operated candle. And, that way, you don’t have to worry about open flames in the presence of unattended pets. The same goes for lanterns.

2. Beware The Stove
If your dog is tall enough to reach the stove top, you must either section the dog off in another room of the home, or remove the stove knobs before you leave the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, stoves and cooktops are the leading cause of fires started by pets.

3. Ditch The Outdoor Glass Bowls
On a hot day, a fire can be started simply from the reflection of the sun’s rays igniting wood beneath a glass bowl. To avoid this happening, use stainless steel or ceramic dishes on a wooden deck, which focus light in a different way.

4. Secure Fireplace and BBQ
The fireplace and BBQ are two common, widely used fire sources especially during the winter and summer respectively, so make sure pets are far away from the open flames during use – either safely enclosed in another space, or constantly watched by a dedicated helper.

5. Double-Check Your Pet Proofing
Regardless of fire safety, loose electrical wires and appliances that pose a risk should always be secured and/or removed. Even piles of paper or other rubbish could pose a fire hazard if in the wrong environment.

6. Keep Collars On and Leashes Accessible
In the event of a fire or other emergency, you’ll want to be able to grab your dog in a hurry. A collar and easily reached leash are musts for transporting your dog to safety. And if your dog gets loose or a first responder has to bust into your home to retrieve your pet, these items are absolutely necessary.

7. Provide An Escape Route
If you keep your dog in a confined space, make sure to keep them in a room with an easily accessed entry door or train them to be stay in a crate with the door open, so firefighters can find them easily. Installing a doggy door is another safe exit with the added benefit of giving your dog independence to go in and out when he needs. Pets are most likely to perish or be seriously injured in a fire when they’re locked in a kennel or room.

8. Install Monitored Smoke Detectors
Especially if you live in a fire-prone area, you may want to consider installing smoke detectors that automatically alert the fire department if they go off. That way, even if you’re not home, firefighters will be notified to respond and go to your home.

9. Post Pet Stickers in Windows
An effective way to alert emergency responders that there are pets residing within the home are to post signs or stickers like these in visible windows, and make sure all of the information including how many pets are inside, is current. Free stickers should be available at local firehouses nationwide. This simple tip will save firefighters crucial time when searching your home and locating your pets.

Reining in Dogs with Wanderlust


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We’ve all seen the infamous “Lost Dog” posters from distraught owners longing to see their furry loved one again. Unfortunately, having a dog run away is a reality many dog-owners face at one point or another. But if your dog bolts from the home, then it might take some extra training to keep him from getting hurt, stolen or worse. Your pup belongs home and safe in your loving arms.

Understanding the Behavior
We all know that dogs like to run. But, why? Is your warm, loving home not good enough? On the contrary, the problem typically has nothing to do with the owner, but rather with the dog’s own natural instincts. Dogs may run away for a number of reasons including boredom, predatory drive or distraction. For example, a dog left alone in the yard for hours without anyone to play with might escape out of boredom, curious of what the outside world has to offer. Like humans, dogs are creatures with social needs, and thus might seek out social stimulation if that need cannot be fulfilled at home. A dog ready to mate, especially a male, un-neutered dog, is prone to roaming as well. After all, he’s got to spread those doggy genes somehow! Lastly, another common reason dogs run away is they have too much energy to contain. Oftentimes owners leave their dogs alone in the yard thinking that they’re doing them a favor, but really, without a companion, dogs will soon grow bored. Especially for dogs who require exercise, being alone in the yard can be frustrating and therefore, a jog around the block can be a much more attractive option. Keep a watchful eye on breeds that are especially prone to wanderlust, including the Siberian Husky, Afghan Hound, terriers, Basset Hound, Great Pyrenees, Puggle, Weimaraner, Schnauzer, Vizsla, shepherds, Alaskan Malamute, Dachshund, Samoyed and Beagle.

Corrective Training
For the owners whose dogs have a taste for wanderlust, there is hope and help. One of the easiest ways to stop your dog from running away is to identify the cause of the behavior. Is he bored or lonely? Then, schedule plenty of playtime every day (the duration depends on the breed, individual personality and physical needs of the dog) and give him tasks to keep mentally and physically alert. Hormonal? Have him neutered to reduce the urge to roam for mating. Or, if your dog is female, have her spayed so that she doesn’t attract male dogs while in heat. Too much energy? Make sure your dog gets the appropriate amount of daily exercise for his type. The following tips can further help your dog stay safe:

• Train your dog to not leave without permission by holding him on a leash and repeatedly giving him the “sit-stay” command when you open the gate or door.
• Take your dog on visits to a local dog park to give him the socialization he needs, both with dogs and other humans.
• Secure your yard with a high fence or gate (ensure the fence extends a few feet underground if you have a digger such as a Husky).
• Make home an ideal place for your dog to be, with his own designated comfort spots and a bowl of clean water throughout the day.
• If you must leave him alone, give your dog a few toys to keep him busy, rotating them periodically to give the impression of something new and exciting every time. Or even better, drop him off at a trusted friend’s house or doggy daycare if you’re away from the house for extended periods of time.
• Finally, do not punish your dog once he returns from his excursion. This will only teach him to dread rather than look forward to his return home.

Having a dog that constantly runs away can be a real cause for anxiety in owners, and it’s not something that can be changed overnight. But, rest assured that with consistent training and positive reinforcement, your dog will see you as a loving parent and his home as a comfort zone, from whom he wouldn’t want to stray.

Keeping Your Dog Calm During 4th of July Fireworks


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American Independence Day is a time of national pride and celebration alongside friends and family, including our furry friends. One of the classic ways of celebrating the 4th of July—with fireworks—can also be a startling experience for your pup pal. To a sensitive pooch, the popping of the fireworks sounds like major explosions, the flashes are blindingly bright and the smoke that comes with it is irritating at first whiff. For these reasons, it’s best to leave him at home if you’re planning to go see fireworks during this busy summer holiday. If you do decide to bring Fido along for the fun, make sure you’re well prepared so you can all enjoy the festivities together.

Put a Tag on It
Did you know that more pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day? It’s true, and this fact alone should make you aware of how serious of an issue 4th of July safety is when it concerns your precious pup. In the event of a runaway case, make sure to equip your pup with updated ID tags and better yet, a microchip.

Give Off Good Vibes
You may not notice it, but your pup picks up on your emotions enough to know when you are stressed, excited, fearful, etc. Therefore, to keep your dog calm in a stressful situation, you must start by appearing calm yourself. Take a deep breath, slow down your movements and speak to your pup in a happy, relaxed tone. Your reaction to the situation will have an impact on your pup’s response to a slightly scary event.

Tire Him Out
Before the July 4th events, give your pup a nice, long walk to let out all his energy. By the time the festivities begin, he’ll be pooped, and therefore less likely to become excitable. If you’re lucky, he’ll nap right through the night!

Reduce Stimulation

If you and your pup are indoors for the night, which is recommended during 4th of July displays, but are still near enough the fireworks, your pup could still get startled. Reduce the noise level by closing all the doors and pulling down the blinds.

Provide Distractions

If the noise of the fireworks is loud enough to upset your pup, distract him from the sound by turning on the TV, playing some relaxing music or giving him his favorite toy. You may also be able to divert him with treats or a bone to chew on. Crate training your dog is also a helpful way to provide him comfort from a distressing situation in his own safe space.

Try a Thundershirt
Some people swear by Thundershirt to calm their agitated pup. By putting a Thundershirt on your dog before the fireworks start, he will feel greater peace of mind as the soft pressure from the vest helps to relax your pup. They also work great during thunderstorms, hence the product name.

As you celebrate America with patriotism this holiday, remember to keep the wellbeing of your precious pup in mind. With our tips at your disposal, both you and your pup can have a comfortable holiday celebration.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maltese


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Many know the Maltese as the pampered little lap dogs that people love to spoil. The snow-white pooches love to stay by their owner’s side, and their undeniable charm makes them totally irresistible. These reasons alone make the Maltese one of PuppySpot’s most popular dog breeds, but there are plenty of interesting facts about this popular breed we bet you haven’t heard. Read on for 6 facts you need to know about the Maltese!

1. They’re royal pups.

Favored by royalty for their pure, white coats, the Maltese has for centuries been considered an “aristocrat of the canine world.” Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots treasured these pups, treating them like royal members of their palace.

2. They have an ancient history.

With ties to the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome and Egypt, the Maltese is an old breed, thought to be named after the Mediterranean region of Malta, and listed at the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877 as a “Maltese Lion Dog.”

3. They have special coats.

The Maltese coat was chosen for its special features. Roman emperors bred the dog to have a pure white coat because they equated the color white to godliness. In addition, they have silky hair coats that don’t shed, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

4. They’re fancy.

Whether in the show ring or the dog park, Maltese are some of the fanciest, most pampered dogs you’ll meet! While they can be groomed with a “puppy cut” for easy coat maintenance, many Maltese stand out for their long, sleek updo’s. One lucky Maltese pup named “Trouble” received $12 million of her late owner’s inheritance! Now that’s a fancy life!

5. They’re bolder than they look.
Despite what their toy size might suggest, Maltese dogs think they’re much bigger than they are—and they act like it, too. Because of their strong hind legs, they make great jumpers. Don’t be surprised if your Maltese pup jumps straight out of your arms on a walk to greet (or challenge) another dog!

6. They’re loving therapy dogs.
Maltese make the perfect therapy dogs, comforting people with cuddles and their conveniently lap-sized bodies. Maltese are valued by hospitals, nursing homes and schools for their therapeutic qualities.

Do you have a Maltese? What’s your favorite thing about them?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maltipoo


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The Maltipoo is a popular “designer dog” created from crossing a Maltese with a Poodle. These adorable little pups are #18 on our list of most popular dog breeds, beloved for their playful and clever nature. Maltipoos make the perfect companion dog, but there’s more to them than that. Read on for 5 facts you need to know about Maltipoos!

1. They’re allergy-friendly.
While they differ from one dog to another, Maltipoos are known for their allergy-friendly, low-shedding coats. Their Poodle genes give them this hypoallergenic quality, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

2. They come in a variety of colors.
While Maltese dogs are typically only white, Poodles can come in many colors, such as black, white, brown and gray. Likewise, putting these two breeds together can result in a combination of different colored Maltipoos. These include apricot, black and silver, red, café au lait and many more.

3. They’re not all the same size.
A Maltipoo’s size varies based on its parent breeds. Typically, a toy Poodle is bred with a Maltese to create a Maltipoo, but sometimes miniature Poodles are used, resulting in larger Maltipoos. Adult Maltipoos range from anywhere between 5 and 12 pounds.

4. They’re forever young.

A big part of the appeal of Maltipoos is their tendency to stay “puppy-like” even as adults. While they’ll grow physically and mentally, Maltipoos tend to maintain the same cute playfulness they had when they were puppies. You’ll never grow tired of them!

5. They’re a celebrity favorite.
Maltipoos are up in the ranks of celebrity fame. Their owners include big names such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Blake Lively and Ellen DeGeneres.

What do you love about Maltipoos? Share your thoughts, below!

Steps to Save a Dog That Is Choking


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Dogs are big food enthusiasts, but this enthusiasm can turn dangerous if they eat so fast that they barely chew their food before it goes down. Choking is a hazard that affects both humans and dogs, but in the case of an emergency, would you know how to help your pup? Hopefully as a pup parent you’ll never have to deal with the scare of seeing your fur baby choking, but in case it happens, we’ve got advice that could save your dog’s life before a vet can reach him.

Causes of Choking
There are many objects that can cause your dog to choke. Common examples are small balls such as golf balls, chicken bones and even the popular rawhide bones. Or, your dog may simply choke from eating too fast.

Signs to Look Out For
A dog that is choking will likely have a panicked expression that is enough to startle his owner into immediate action. He will probably be coughing, pacing back and forth and pawing at his mouth. Allow him a chance to try to cough up the item stuck in his throat first. However, if he shows trouble breathing such as with wheezing or unresponsiveness, it’s time to intervene.

Taking Action
When your dog is choking, it will take quick action to help him out of his predicament. Be aware that during this stressful situation your dog might try to bite you, so grip him with caution. You may be able to see the object in his throat and pull it out manually. Using both hands to open your dog’s mouth, pull down the tongue and look inside to see if you can spot the object in his throat. If you can, then use your fingers or the flat end of a spoon to carefully remove the object. Be careful not to push the object farther into his throat!

Plan B: The Heimlich Maneuver
If pulling the object out of your dog’s mouth does not work, then resort to the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object. The Heimlich maneuver for dogs is performed similarly to the technique on humans, but if done incorrectly, it can cause bodily damage to your dog. However, if your dog’s choking looks life-threatening and you don’t have immediate access to a professional, then performing the Heimlich maneuver to save your dog’s life is worth the risk of physical harm.

For a dog small enough to lift, hold the dog’s back to your chest and use your fist to thrust inward and upward under his abdomen. Perform five quick abdominal thrusts. For a big dog, stand behind your dog and place your arms around his back and under his ribcage. With one hand in a fist and the other hand cupping the first one, perform five quick abdominal thrusts, inward and upwards. After performing the Heimlich maneuver in either a big or small dog, check inside his mouth to see if the object was dislodged and if you can pull it out from his throat. If done correctly, the Heimlich maneuver should force air from the lungs into the esophagus and expel the foreign object.

If Your Dog is Unconscious
If your dog becomes unconscious at any point, you must perform CPR until he resumes breathing and regains a steady pulse.

Concluding Steps
After your dog has stopped choking, keep an eye on him to make sure he is breathing properly. It’s possible that the episode caused some damage to the dog’s throat, so you should contact your veterinarian following the event.

Choking is a serious problem you should hopefully never encounter in your dog or any of your other loved ones, but it helps to be prepared in case of an emergency. You can prevent a choking scare by monitoring his eating and chewing, and avoiding giving him large chunks of food or bones that your vet does not recommend.

My Dog Just Ate Chocolate. What do I do?!


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You’ve probably heard that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but just what will happen if your dog consumes some of the tasty human treat? The answer isn’t as simple as black and white. Factors such as the amount and type of chocolate eaten can result in totally different symptoms and varying degrees of severity. Our guide below can help you understand what to expect if your dog accidentally eats chocolate.

What Makes Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?

The substance in chocolate that is toxic to dogs is called theobromine. Combined with the caffeine also in chocolate, theobromine speeds up your dog’s heart rate and can be very dangerous, in rare cases, resulting in death. The darker and purer the chocolate, the more theobromine and the more toxic it is to your dog. On the range of different chocolates, Cocoa powder and dark chocolate are the most toxic, while milk and white chocolate are the least. Cocoa bean mulch, which is sometimes used on lawns, also contains theobromine and can be very toxic to your dog.

Signs of Chocolate Poisoning

According to WebMD, symptoms of poisoning can take 6-12 hours to appear. These symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, seizures, pacing and increased urination. The chemicals in chocolate last a long time in the body, and symptoms can persist up to 72 hours. In addition, the weight of your dog can affect the severity of her symptoms.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Chocolate
If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate, call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680) immediately. Depending on your dog’s size and type of chocolate eaten, your vet may have you bring your pup in to induce vomiting, if she hasn’t thrown up the chocolate already. Your vet will give you advice on the best treatment, if necessary.

How to Prevent Chocolate Poisoning

There are a few simple ways to make sure your dog does not end up eating chocolate. Left to their own devices, dogs will eat just about anything. It’s up to you to provide the restraint and boundaries that your pup does not have. Keep chocolate stored far away from your curious pup, and out of purses, low countertops, and other easy-to-reach places. Be especially cautious during chocolate-filled holidays like Christmas and Halloween, and urge your children to keep their candy out of sight (and smell!). If a piece of chocolate suddenly falls before your pup, or you come across a chocolate candy wrapper while on a walk, the “leave it” command can prove very useful for teaching your dog to release something she shouldn’t have in your mouth. When leaving your pup alone, keep her safe by confining her to a crate or in an area closed off with a doggy gate. To keep a dog distracted and entertained, offer toys or chewable bones.

Chocolate may be a human’s favorite comfort food, but it has no place in your doggy’s diet! Hopefully, you never have a chocolate scare, but in the event that your dog does have a sweet tooth, quick action is necessary for protecting her from serious harm.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Beagle


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Beagles are a popular American dog, and make our list of top 25 popular dog breeds at #17! The former hunting dogs are quick-witted with a knack for curiosity, and a nose as strong as their stature. We bet there are some facts about these joyful pups that will surprise you. Below are 6 facts you need to know about Beagles!

1. They’ve been around for a while.
Evidence of Beagles can be traced back thousands of years, with dogs of similar size used for hunting as early as 5th-century Greece. While it is difficult to trace the exact origins of this hunting hound, we know that the American Beagles of today were bred from attractive strains of the English Beagle in the 1860’s.

2. Their name means “loudmouth.”

Beagles are vocal dogs with a lot to say, known for their rambunctious barks and howls. Because of this, the French gave them the name “bee gueule,” which translates approximately to “loudmouth” in Middle French.

3. They used to come in a smaller size.

This might be hard to believe, but early Beagles actually used to be miniature. They were so small in fact that they travelled in their owners’ pockets on hunting expeditions, earning them the name “Pocket Beagles.” The puppy-sized pooches were only 8-9 inches tall!

4. All purebreds share a distinct feature.

Beagles were bred to have white-tipped tails so they’d be easy to spot out on the field, so if a Beagle does not have a white-tipped tail, then it is not 100% purebred. Some purebred Beagles have mostly white tails, while others might just have a few white hairs at the tip.

5. One was the star of a popular comic.
Charlie Brown’s best pup pal Snoopy was none other than a Beagle—a fictional Beagle, but a Beagle nonetheless. The widely popular “Peanuts” animated series owes much of its success to Snoopy’s thoughtful and imaginative character.

6. They have a special job in the US government.
Ever heard of the Beagle Brigade? Turns out that the US government trains Beagles to sniff out luggage at the airport for contraband. The dogs’ special noses help catch tens of thousands of illegal items every year.

What’s your favorite Beagle fact?

Father’s Day is For Dog Dads, Too!


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They say that dog is a man’s best friend, but more than that, the relationship between a man and his dog is a lot like that between father and son. Dog dads do everything for their four-legged fur babies in exchange for their loyalty and unconditional love. This Father’s Day, we’d like to give thanks to all the dog dads out there for raising some pretty paw-some pups. Here are a few reasons why owning a dog is a special form of fatherhood.

1. Cuddles, Hugs and Kisses
The affection a dog dad gets from his fur baby is nothing short of generous. A dog will greet you with kisses the moment you come home, curl up at your side while you’re watching TV and cozy up with you in bed. A man’s precious pup never fails to show love for his or her pup parent, and a dog dad will show the same, even after his pup chews a hole through his shoe.

2. A Teammate Through and Through

A dog makes the perfect teammate for a dog dad by promoting an active lifestyle through fun and games. More often than not, your dog will be there to join in a game of ball or a hike in the wilderness. Through thick and thin, your dog remains a major player on your team.

3. Digging the Way to Your Heart

Owning a dog undoubtedly helps a man tap into his sensitive side. Since your pup requires a lot of nurturing and gentle care, it’s hard for a dog dad not to be a little bit of a softy. So even if your pup digs a gaping hole in the backyard, you’ll know how to respond with patience rather than aggression.

4. Pride for Your Fur Baby
A proud dog dad will constantly show off his pup’s accomplishments; after all, they’re a representation of a good owner’s efforts. Learned a new trick? “That’s my pup!” Stayed quietly in the crate? “That’s my pooch!” Played nicely with the neighbor’s dog? “That’s my boy!” You feel that anything good your pup does is a reflection on yourself as a dog dad, and you should!

Father’s Day shouldn’t only celebrate the parents of human babies. Fur babies need their daddies, too. Why not wish the dog dad in your neighborhood a happy Father’s Day today?

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is as royal as his name sounds, a favorite to European nobility during the 1500’s. He’s a comfort to his owners and has an eagerness to please that makes him fairly easy to train. Learn more about the Cavalier, #15 on our list of most popular dog breeds, with these 6 facts!

1. They’re TV stars.
The Cavalier was the dog of Charlotte York on the hit TV series Sex and the City. Two of the dogs also made an appearance in the final season of “The Tudors.”

2. They’re royalty.
The Cavalier is a royal favorite. The dog was known for warming the laps of English nobility during the 16th Century, and was also the dog of King Charles II of England, after which he was named.

3. They were only recently a recognized breed.
While the breed has a centuries-old history, the Cavalier only recently gained AKC recognition in 1995.

4. They’re part of the toy group.

Rather than being part of the sporting group with other spaniels, the Cavalier shares his place in toy group with other small-sized lap dogs. His current status as a cuddler replaces his brief history as a hunting dog.

5. They saved their owners from disease.
During the height of the Plague in England, Cavalier owners often brought their dogs into their beds to attract disease-spreading fleas to the dogs and away from themselves. Thus, the humans would be spared from being bitten by fleas.

6. They come in four different colors.

Cavaliers come in four different colors, each with an interesting name! The colors are Blenheim (chestnut and white), tricolor (white with black and tan markings), black and tan (black with tan markings) and ruby (solid reddish-brown).

Have anything to say about these adorable pooches? Share your thoughts in the comments, below!

Dog-Friendly Activities in Washington, D.C.


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Our nation’s capital is full of history, culture and national pride, attracting tourists from all over the world. Along with human visitors to Washington, D.C., come their four-legged friends ready to explore. Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting Washington, D.C., we’ve got the dog-friendly guide you need to roaming America’s capital with your pooch!

Sight-Seeing

Exploring the capital’s famous monuments does not have to mean leaving Fluffy behind. Capitol River Cruises offers dog-friendly one-hour tours throughout some of the most popular D.C. attractions, such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Roosevelt Island. If travelling without a tour, you can still visit attractions such as the FDR Memorial, a completely outdoor monument with plenty of park space dedicated to commemorating the 32nd president of the United States. Dogs are also welcome at the National Mall, a must for visitors who want to experience some of the greatest history and views D.C. has to offer. Just make sure to keep your pup on a leash.

Parks and Trails
Dog-friendly parks are a must in any location, and Washington, D.C. has many beautiful parks to choose from. At Rock Creek Park, leashed dogs can wander down hiking trails and miles of green in the heart of the city, ending in picnic spots by the creek. The National Arboretum spans miles of beautiful gardens and trees you won’t see in the hustle and bustle of the city. Dogs must be kept on leashes and stick to designated paths though. Montrose Park is a recreational area that allows dog-lovers to gather and socialize with their leashed pups. In addition to an open space for dogs, there are tennis courts and a children’s play area for the whole family to enjoy.

Places to Eat and Drink
After sight-seeing and socializing, you’re bound to work up an appetite, so grab a bite to eat with you pup at one of the various dog-friendly restaurants in D.C. You and your pup can wine and dine by the waterfront at Cantina Marina, where dogs are always welcome to join on the dock. They even have a happy hour for dogs every Monday from 5 pm to 8 pm with free dog treats! Or, check out Cafe Ole for their tasty Mediterranean cuisine and spacious outdoor patio.

Don’t miss out on all the fun D.C. has to offer you and your playful pup! Is there an activity we missed? Let us know in the comments below!