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In Spain, or at least in one Spanish town, politicians have just voted overwhelmingly in favor of creating what are effectively human rights for dogs and cats.
That is Amaaaaaazing! The city is Trigueros del Valle only has about 300 people, but they voted unanimously to define cats and dogs as residents, technically “non-human residents” but it affords them rights similar to the people of the town.
“Dogs and cats have been living among us for over a 1,000 years,” said Pedro Pérez Espinosa, the town’s Socialist mayor. “And the mayor must represent not just the human residents but must also be here for the others.” What a phenomenal time to be a dog in a small town in Spain, yes? Pienso que si!
Are you in charge of caring for a new puppy? Are you smitten with this little, unbearably cute little animal that wants to be your friend. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! However, are you prepared? Do you have what it takes to care for this incredible animal, or would you rather watch Netflix all day and disregard the needs of this adorable creature? Ok, so you really do want to care for a puppy. Fine then! Let’s make sure you know what you’re doing then…
Things you’ll need:
Premium Dog Food
Stainless Steel Water Bowls
6 Foot Leash
Brushes and Combs
Crate or Room
The Ability To Withstand the Scent of Another Creature’s Urine
The Desire to Pick Up Puppy Poop
You must puppy proof your home! They get into everything. To start preparing, get down on your hands and knees and see the world like the puppy would. Check for electrical write, or choking hazards. Do you feel weird about getting on your hands and knees? Too bad! You wanted a puppy! Now get down there and find me a choking hazard!
Are there rooms that your puppy shouldn’t go into? Don’t be a baby, install baby gates.
Exercise pens are an excellent idea if you have something you need to do, like cook or clean. Make sure your home is ready before you bring your puppy home. Keep in mind that the car can be scary. On the first trip home, you can have someone carry your puppy in a warm blanket. During the following trips, a crate is find.
Caring for a New Puppy Once At Your Home
Introduce your puppy to the bathroom area, and she goes to the bathroom, praise her.
Show the puppy the den, crate, or area that will be hers with bedding or chew toys.
Sniffing and circling are signs that your puppy may need to get to the bathroom. Be aware of this!
When The Puppy Gets Older
When your adorable little puppy gets older and her breath smells and she gets arthritis, don’t forget when she was just a little itty bitty cutie pie that you couldn’t get enough of. Also, be a BOSS and consider adopting a dog instead of getting a puppy.
A new study in Science by animal behaviorist Takefumi Kikusui shows the impact of the gaze in the dogs and their owners and found that those puppy dog eyes are even more meaningful than we thought.
“Our data suggest that owner-dog bonding is comparable to human parent-infant bonding, that is, oxytocin-mediated eye-gaze bonding. And this is surprising to us because there is not a reproductive relationship between human and dogs, but both of them have acquired similar skills.” Kikusi said.
The hormone Oxytocin is associated with trust and maternal bonding – it increases when you’re close to someone you love and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.
I know that when my corgis stare at me that they are using their mind-tricks to get my pizza crust. Turns out there is some science behind it… and they always get the pizza crust.