Guest Post: Pure Bred vs Mixed Breed Dogs

Purebred dogSo you want to get a new dog. (But, you are not going to get them for Christmas, right? Right?). Where do you get one? Pets stores? No! Most of the pet store get dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are puppy factories with horrid conditions. In the past, Missouri and Kansas were the worst, but the Buckeye state now leads in the number of puppy mills. Surprisingly, the Amish and Mennonite communities of Holmes County, Ohio and surrounding communities are the epicenter of this trade. The Amish view animals in a different light than we “English” do, viewing them as beasts of burden, an instrument to make a living. Sad to us, but true. On the other hand, the pet stores, they know better. Shame on them.

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December's Theme is Mixed Breed vs. Purebred Pets

Purebred dogThe fact that our pets seem to snuggle up a little tighter on cold and snowy evenings can make the winter weather just a bit more enjoyable, don’t you think? Whether you’ve got a Maine Coon nestled up in your lap or a Mastiff warming your feet, the short days feel a bit more cozy with a pet (or two or three) close by. While you’re pinned to the sofa by a lap pal, we’ll be serving you a little food for thought. We’ve tasked Dr. Riggs and Dr. Patrick Mahaney with weighing in on our this month's discussion: mixed breed versus purebred pets. Keep your e-reader, phone, or laptop handy so you can read up and listen in without disturbing your snuggle buddy.

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Embrace's $10,000 Secret Santa Project

Secret Santa Project GiveawayIt’s already an exciting time of year and it just got even more thrilling as we’ve just selected our second of six pet charities to receive some real goodies in their holiday stockings. Congratulations to our first two Secret Santa Project winners, Survivor Tails Animal Rescue in Boston, MA, nominated by Jess Williamson, and CATS Cradle Shelter in Fargo, ND, nominated by Gary Lura. Survivor Tails received a shipment of in-kind donations from their Amazon Wish List worth $1,000! They’ll be stocked for the holidays with their most needed items, namely flea/tick preventatives, collars, and leashes. CATS Cradle Shelter received a $1,000 donation to help them continue serving their mission "to create a more humane and compassionate world one cat at a time."

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Podcast: Winter/Holiday Dangers with Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Winter DangersIt’s only mid-November and Embrace’s HQ is already experiencing record snowfall and subfreezing temperatures. While this is all part of living in the Midwest, some of our Embracers and pet parents have real questions and concerns about the upcoming winter. Thankfully, Dr. Patrick Mahaney is ready to help us with snowpocalypse prep.

Topics include:

  • What is the safest way to clean rock salt or de-icers from our pet’s feet?
  • How concerned do I need to be about my dog’s safety during another polar vortex, even for a 30 second potty run? Is there such thing as it being too cold to walk your dog?
  • The truth about flea and tick medications. Are they necessary in the wintertime?
  • How can we keep our pet’s weight in check, in spite of the cold temps keeping them from their regular walks?

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Guest Post: Giving Puppies and Kittens as Holiday Gifts

Is it the holidays again, so soon? I remember my mom saying, “time goes faster the older you get.” She was not a prophetic woman, but you know… she was right. We all need to slow our lives down and enjoy what the holidays are all about. But holidays seem to rush by faster than ever with all the buzz of the season. We all have the office and neighborhood parties, the gift shopping, the travel plans, and all the decorating. It is truly a hectic time of the year.

So, why would any sane person think about bringing an energizer bunny of a puppy or a kitten into the mix? Are you crazy? I blame it on all the Hallmark commercials! Let me set the scene. A perfectly wrapped box, trembling under a glittering Christmas tree. Was that Santa scurrying up the chimney? I think it was! Enter the excited children running toward the box. What could it be? The moment of truth. The box is opened to find a perfect, happy, little puppy waiting to lick their faces. Could it be any better?

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