We all like to take our pups with use on outings, but it can be confusing trying to figure out where they are welcome. Beware of “dog friendly” lists online. While researching this, I found many companies that other sites claim are dog friendly, but a quick call to the local store showed otherwise. For example, one site even claimed Bed, Bath, & Beyond had special dog shopping carts. I contacted the company and they had no idea what I was talking about regarding the carts, and said they only allow service animals. So if you want to know what major retailers allow dogs, read on.
As some stores may be in a mall or have individual pet policies, it’s always best to contact the store before arriving with your canine companion. And remember, bring a leash and be ready to clean up any mess your pup may leave.
#1 – Home Depot
This home improvement chain is known for being pretty dog friendly, but definitely call your local one before heading out as their policy is actually varies from manager to manager. Sometimes the cashiers even had dog cookies, which always makes my pups happy.
While the idea of letting my bouncy puppy into a pottery barn makes me cringe (so many things to break!) this chic establishment does let dogs in depending on the location. So call ahead before you take your dog to help pick out your next table setting.
Of course they are dog friendly. Just remember your dog must be well-behaved and on leash. If you were thinking of dropping your dog off for daycare, be aware they do not accept most “bully breeds” at the discretion of the manager.
Macy’s has a long history of being involved with pets. From donating window space at their San Francisco store to the local SPCA to their Petacular and Barkfast event held in NYC, they love pets. I took my puppy to Macy’s in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA and was shocked at how dog savvy the manager was – he asked if he was friendly and then crouched low and to the side of my dog to greet him.
They actually have a blog entry about allowing dogs in their stores. While their Altoona, Iowa location is definitely dog friendly, the company says to call your local store to check before going, as policies differ from store to store.
Whether you’re picking up some fabrics or shopping for the latest crafting project, Hobby Lobby is a great place to spend time with your furry friend. The corporate office says that there is no policy against dogs, but they suggest calling your local store to check before going, as policies differ from store to store.
#10 – TJMaxx
Shopping for the latest fashion? TJMaxx allows leashed pets to peruse with patrons. Some stores even have a pet section with toys and other supplies. As always, give your local store a call first to make sure they are Fido-friendly.
Most dogs seem to generally share a common lifespan, bringing us roughly 10-13 of the best years we’ve ever had. But some breeds make the list for having an abnormally long life expectancy. In fact, there are records of dogs living well past 20-years-old. Although this list of the longest living dog breeds doesn’t contain the Australian Cattle Dog, the world record for the longest living dog is an ACD named Bluey. Bluey passed away in 1939 at the ripe age of 29-years-old! Pretty amazing when you think about it, and it makes us wish all of our dogs lived that long. Curious to see what other breeds hold records? View our gallery below!
#1 – Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are one of the longest living breeds, and perhaps because they’re also one of the smallest. With an average lifespan of 15-20 years, these little guys will give you a long time of wonderful adventures. The longest living Chihuahua on record actually passed away in January of this year at 20-years-old.
#2 – Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are one of the most popular breeds around, and lucky for their owners they live an average of 17-20 years! Another tiny breed, it’s really no surprise that they’re a favorite of dog lovers.
#3 – Pomeranian
These fluffy little dogs have an average life expectancy of 12-16 years. These wonderful pups are another favorite among dog owners, and luckily they bring many years of love.
#4 – Dachshund
These lively characters are another long-living breed with a lifespan of 12-15 years. However, a Dachshund named Chanel lived to be 21-years-old!
Toy Poodles may seem very different from their larger counterparts, but they’re just as smart and easy to train. These little guys generally live longer, with an average lifespan of 12-15 years. The oldest living Toy Poodle was Seamus, who lived to be 20-years-old.
#6 – Maltese
Another favorite small breed for dog lovers, Maltese have an average life expectancy of 12-15 years. Maltese are an ancient breed that originates from the Mediterranean island of Malta.
#7 – Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso are wonderful dogs with another common small-breed lifespan of 12-15 years. They were created to help keep watch over Buddhist temples.
#8 – Pug
One of the most popular breeds around, Pugs live around 12-15 years and their personalities last their lifetime. Pugs are an ancient Chinese breed that have maintained their popularity over the years.
#9 – Beagle
Beagles are considered to be one of the best dogs for children, with their docile nature but active lifestyle. Beagles also live around 12-15 years. The longest living Beagle, Butch, passed away in 2003 at an amazing 27-years-old!
#10 – Miniature Schnauzer
This feisty breed has just as much energy and trainability as it’s larger counterpart. Miniature Schnauzers live an average of 12-15 years, giving you plenty of time to tackle the various dog sports they’re seen competing in!
If you’re not living under a rock, you’ve likely seen your friends on social media posting their own photos as part of the “10 Year Challenge.” This “challenge” calls on people to share their profile photos from 10 years apart, often their first and their most recent side-by-side, to compare how they’ve aged.
But once again, the internet has found that anything can be made better with dogs!
iHeartDogs recently challenged our friends on Facebook to show us how their dogs have aged, and we got precious puppy photos paired with pics of dogs who have grown wonderfully! Some are seniors, some are on their way, but every photo shows that with age comes beauty!
“This is Sarge. We rescued him from a Georgia shelter at 7 months old. He is now 10 years and spoiled rotten! ❤️❤️ the first picture was his shelter intake photo and the second was him curled up on our couch getting scratches, his fave!”
“Pup challenge! My baby girl is now 8 almost 9 years old ❤️”
“This is Indy. She turned 10 yesterday 😍”
“Bandits 10 year challenge. 2009-2019”
“Aphrodite 8 weeks old to 9 years old and still got the looks 💚”
“Autumn 1 year and 11 years , shes a great old girl !”
“This is Snyper, we rescued him from the same shelter Sarge came from. We took him in at 4 weeks old, but only had him overnight before he broke with parvo. It was very touch and go but we finally got to bring him home when he was six weeks old. I bottle fed him protein shakes, and carried him around in my hoodies to keep him warm. Now at 9 years old, you would never guess he had such a rough beginning to life. He is spoiled rotten just like his big fur brother, but deserves it all. ❤️❤️”
“Sadie @ 8 weeks and now almost 12 years!!”
“12 year challenge!”
“2008/2018 Manu and Duncan of San Antonio.”
“First pic is from 2010. Definitely not little anymore! I got him from a rescue and couldn’t have asked for a better dog. That’s my boy for life! Love him so much!❤️”
“Spotty now at 13 and at 3 months. He’s blind but my other dogs guide him around.”
“Hip Hop 2009 @ 6 months to now, 2019! ♡♡♡”
“Chauncey 1 year and almost 9 now. He’s my ❤️”
“And I just lost her Wednesday 😭😭😭🐕🐕🐕 my loyal friend til the end. She gave me an amazing 12 years.”
“Cody then, when we rescued him at 8 weeks old and now at 13 years old!”
“My Smoky ❤ 🙂 2012 to present 🙂 The first pic was 10 minutes after he was picked up off the side of Hwy 411… how he got there or where he came from we will never know!”
“Rosie age 3 and 13. She has aged well 🤗”
“My sweet LeeLee girl! Ten years later and still sweet as can be❤️Extra prayers accepted, my old lady is going through some health issues now🙏🏻❤️”
“Jack at 1 and now almost 12 ❤️ You can see the scar where he was SHOT IN THE FACE with birdshot. He’s healed and happy now. My sweet sweet Jackypants.”
“QTip and Louie😍 2010-2018″
“Charlie is now 13 and still likes to chase the cat and play with his fur brother!”
“Sierra, my plott hound. She’s currently 14yrs old. This is her 2009 v 2018.”
There are hundreds more on our Facebook post! Don’t forget to add yours!
There’s nothing quite like the greeting of a dog after a long, hard day. There’s something about that wagging tail and wiggly butt that just melts away the stress!
However, as our dogs age many of us have noticed an alarming change: they no longer get up and rush to greet us at the door. It’s not that they don’t want to. The reality is they might be suffering from a common condition that prevents many pups from behaving like they used to.
And while we humans have the ability to reach for pain meds and talk to our doctor about symptoms, are precious pups do not. In fact, dogs are quite good at keeping their joint pain a secret.
Why do dogs hide signs of pain? As pack animals, not showing their suffering has clear survival benefits. The ancestors of modern dogs would commonly leave behind a member of the pack who was in pain and slowing down the group as a whole. As a result, dogs have learned to hide their pain very well.
Fortunately, there are some subtle signs we can look out for:
The Top 6 Signs of Canine Joint Pain
#1 – Difficulty in getting up to greet you: As previously mentioned, this is one of the most often cited signs. If your dog usually jumps up to greet you or visitors when they first walk in the door, but suddenly stops this behavior, there may be something wrong.
#2 – Weight Gain: Obesity is often an indirect sign of joint discomfort, as dogs become less active due to the pain.
#3 – Limping: Often dogs with joint pain experience limping right after getting up from lying down. The limp may not last for long, and might only occur a few moments after getting up.
#4 – Decreased energy: If your dogs overall energy has taken a turn for the worse, they may be feeling the pains of inflammed joints.
#5 – Irritability: If your dog has become irritable for no apparent reason, they may be suffering from a hidden pain of some kind.
#6 – Increased licking, biting, or chewing: Pay attention to where your dog is licking or grooming themselves. Excessive or unusual attention in one area of the body might be a result of joint pain.
If you have not yet noticed any signs of joint pain, you’re very lucky, as most dogs will be affected by the condition at some point in their lives. The best time to take action is before symptoms are present.
Sadly, nearly every dog will be affected at one time or another by joint problems. There are many factors influencing when or how severe the symptoms might be.
In general, the larger the breed of dog, the more likely they are to suffer from joint pain, and the earlier you need to start preventative measures.
What are the top strategies for mitigating canine joint pain?
#1 – Maintain a healthy weight: Make sure you know the healthy weight of your dog. All those treats and table scraps can add up to a lot of calories!
#2 – Consistent exercise: Different breeds need different levels of exercise. Low impact, consistent walks are good for both your dog and yourself. Swimming is a great option for dogs with severe mobility issues.
#3 – Massages: For dogs already suffering from joint issues, a massage can go along way to help relieve tension and increase flexibility. Just make sure you pay attention your dog’s responses and notice which areas might be sensitive to the touch.
#4 – Comfortable bedding: Do not skimp on your dog’s bed! Make sure they have adequate padding for their weight, and replace when worn out. Better yet, let them sleep with you!
When Should I Begin Using a Joint Care Supplement?
The larger the breed of dog you have, the earlier you should consider supplementation. The following breeds in particular are prone to more severe joint problems. Many veterinarians recommend supplementation for these breeds as early as 3 years old.
Joint pain is an absolutely terrible thing to observe in our dogs. Talk to your vet and come up with a plan. If supplementation is right for your dog, we encourage you to try our Project Paws ™ line of Canine Joint Care Supplements. Not only do we believe it to be the best product on the market, but each bottle provides 14 healthy meals for shelter dogs!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional.
At iHeartDogs.com we often write about coping with the loss of a beloved pet. We do this because we understand that saying goodbye is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do, and we hope that somehow our words can provide a bit of comfort. Having experienced the love and compassion of dogs and cats all my life, I believe they would want us to keep these 6 important messages close to our hearts after they have gone.
1. They understand your sadness, but would rather see you happy
When we are upset, our pets feel it. They seem to know what we need, whether it’s a flood of kisses, gentle kitty headbutts, or just to feel their presence by our side. After they pass away, it’s these moments when their absence hurts the most. Try to remember that although they shared in our pain, they also shared in our joy. Their greatest happiness was sharing in our moments of bliss, and that’s what they would want for us going f
2. They know you loved them & did the best you could for them
Our pets feel our love for them in everything we do. From the tone of our voice to the gentle way we stroke their hair. They see past our flaws and insecurities to the people we truly are inside. They don’t need hundreds of toys and custom dog beds to feel how much we care. To them, we are perfect, no matter what circumstances we struggle with during their lives.
We hope that our pets will live long, full lives free of pain or disease until their time is up, but unfortunately that’s not the way it is. Whether they pass quietly in our arms of old age, or are taken too soon, they appreciate every moment and would hate to think that we feel any guilt or regret about our time together.
4. They know you would have been with them every second if you could
It’s normal to look back after losing a pet and wish that we’d spent more time showing them how much they were loved. Maybe we worked too much, or skipped our daily walks from time to time. Our pets don’t judge us for our choices, but they definitely appreciate our sacrifices.
Our pets are so sincerely and unselfishly devoted to us that it is almost beyond our comprehension. Many have gladly laid down their very lives for their humans. As hard as it is to say goodbye, knowing the depth of that love can help us find the strength to move forward.
6. Loving another animal is not a betrayal, it’s a way to honor their memory
One of the most wonderful things about dogs and cats is that they have no selfish agendas. They simply want us to be happy. After they have passed away, our pets would want us to experience that unconditional love once again – especially if it means transforming another life the way we did theirs.
All puppies are cute, but some breeds have that extra “je ne sais quoi” that makes them irresistible. For this reason, some of these breeds are popular in greeting cards, commercials and other marketing materials. These breeds according to owners have the cutest puppies:
#1 – English Bulldog
There is something about these wrinkly, tubby, squat puppies that just make humans melt. Bulldog puppies literally make people stop in their tracks. It’s why they are so popular on greeting cards and print advertisements.
Dogs can be a great companion for a senior citizen, providing them with day to day love and company when the family cannot be there and these eight breeds are some of the best at doing just that. Remember when picking a dog for an elderly member of your family, an already trained older dog is probably a better choice than a puppy. Also, take into account energy level and the mobility of the person. Make sure the dog and the new owner are a match.
#1 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This breed was bred to be a lap dog and they are great at it. They will sit contently on the couch while you read or watch TV.
Like the King Charles, this breed loves a lap to sit in and is content to stay in it all day. They do require grooming, however, so that needs to be taken into consideration, and they have a bit more energy when they are younger than the pug.
A breed many don’t think about, actually has a lot going for them. They are small, and the hairless variety won’t need the haircuts some of these other breeds will. Though you do have to take care of their exposed skin, they can be a great companion for a senior that is looking for a dog with a medium energy level that still likes a lap to snuggle on in the evenings.
We know you are probably thinking, what? But, a rescued greyhound that is retired from the track is actually huge couch potato.. They are a soft and gentle breed, and a good fit for a lot of seniors wanting a larger dog than a lap dog. Not a lot of grooming required, either.
All dogs can be stubborn, especially when they know they have their humans wrapped around their little paws. Although all breed combinations have the potential for willfulness, some breeds turn it into an art form!
If you think you’ve got a headstrong hound, a difficult dog or a pigheaded pooch, read on to see if your pup made our list of the top 10 most stubborn breeds.
Beagles were bred to be hunting dogs, meaning it is hardwired into their genes to bark, howl, chase and explore. They still make wonderful family dogs as long as they get plenty of exercise, but even the best trained Beagle will have trouble obeying commands when there’s a squirrel nearby.
2. Jack Russell Terrier
These sturdy, intelligent little powerhouses are incredibly tenacious and athletic. Bred to catch and eradicate rats, they love to chase, jump, climb and dig. If all that energy and strength is not channeled into something positive – like agility training – the Jack Russell’s stubborn nature can get him into some serious trouble.
3. English Bulldog
Ah, the Bulldog. These cuties are the meaty little class clowns of the canine world. As silly and affectionate as they are, good luck getting an English Bulldog to do something he does not want to do! Bath times, trips to the vet and toenail trims can be a nightmare with these bossy pups.
Logan is described as “playful and spunky.” He’s a 9-month-old foster pup with big ears and beautiful, expressive eyes.
Logan came to Rescued Hearts Northwest just before Christmas. They knew that Logan wouldn’t grow to see adulthood – he was born with Pulmonic Valve Dysplasia, a heart condition that will probably only allow him a few more months to live. The foster who took him in understood that she would be fostering him for the rest of his life.
Ideally, his condition would improve and he would live a full, happy life in a loving home. His foster mom tells PEOPLE,
“If there was a surgery we would do it. Cost is not an issue. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done.”
Rescued Hearts Northwest volunteer Lindie Saenz is an extremely experienced foster. Logan is her 99th foster pet.
Her family includes two rescue dogs and four kids, so there’s plenty of love to go around in her home. It was her son, Blake, who named the pup Logan, after the X-Men character Wolverine. Blake had hoped that by naming him after a comic book character who could heal himself Logan might be able to heal himself too.
Because the pup has so little time, his foster family wants him to have as many happy experiences as possible while he can, so together they came up with a bucket list full of activities that would fill any dog’s life with joy.
Logan has already crossed several items off his list:
He had a trip to the beach,
he got to pick out some squeaky toys,
he saw himself in a mirror,
played in the park with some kids,
and he is well on his way to getting a hundred hugs!
Rescued Hearts Northwest is helping Logan reach his 100-hug goal by arranging meet-and-greets for Logan. The outpouring of support as Logan’s story spreads has been huge. With so many fans he should have no problem reaching his goal!
Logan isn’t expected to have a very long life, but the life he does have will be lived to the fullest with all the joy and love a pup could hope to have!
If you’re in the area (Northwest Washington) you may be able to catch a Logan meet-and-greet, and help him accomplish his 100-hug goal! See more of Logan as he completes his bucket list by following Rescued Hearts Northwest on Facebook.
Featured Photo: Rescued Hearts Northwest/Facebook
Jessica Bell is a Canadian photographer and an experienced dog trainer. Although it is extremely challenging, her passion is capturing photos of dogs in action. Recently, she rounded up some of her friends and their multi-talented pups for a unique shoot. The dogs are all involved in canine sports including obedience, disc, and agility competitions.
To showcase their incredible athleticism, she coated them in colorful powder and snapped images as they ran, leapt and played.
To ensure the dogs’ safety, Bell carefully applied the non-toxic powder to their backs only. Their forward momentum created whirls and clouds of color behind them as they moved – well away from their eyes and airways.
Despite the complex appearance of the shots, Bell says the powder was the easy part. Poor winter lighting and getting the camera settings just right were far more taxing!
“It’s not the powder that presented the challenge, but the other facets of capturing animals in action: focus, dynamic lighting, composition, etc.,” Bell told iHeartDogs. “I’m still no expert, but I learn a great deal each time I try it and feel that it’s ready for me to use with photography clients.”
“I had a great deal of fun deciding what color to use on what dog,” says Bell. “I took into account each dog’s personality and appearance and chose a color that I thought would either contrast strongly or match closely with their fur.”
“To me, these photos highlight just how hard our dogs work for us when asked, and frequently for nothing more than the toss of a toy or a dried biscuit,” Bell says of the series. “The photos freeze these split-second moments in time and allow us to appreciate our pets as tremendous athletes as well as companions.”
Bell loves the challenge of capturing dogs in their natural element. She also takes gorgeous family portraits, and recently added equine photography to her skill set. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see more of her amazing work!