Pet Owners Appreciation Day : An Editorial

IMG_8092I’m not a huge fan of the word “owner.” I own my clothes, I own my phone, but do I own my pets? If anything, they own me! But in all seriousness, I prefer the term pet-parents, or even just parents. After all, I raised my pets, I care for my pets, I assume responsibility for my pets, and I love them. They are family.

Being a pet parent can be a roller-coaster ride. The “baby” months are often a lot of work. If you have a puppy, you’re constantly preoccupied with crate-training and/or potty training, teaching them what is okay to chew on and what is not, building trust as their pet-parent as well as making sure they have plenty of socialization with other people and other animals so they grow to be healthy, happy, safe, trusting adults, and so much more!  If you have a kitten, your hands will look like you got in a fight with a scalpel for a good few months while teaching Kitty that your body is NOT a scratching post! RIP curtains until kitty learns the appropriate places to scratch, and that toys are not the same as body parts. The truth is, every young animal relies on you to dedicate the time, love, and patience it takes to guide them.

IMG_8125Like a parent of tiny humans, your “job” as a pet-parent is never over. That animal will need you to care for them consistently and dependably every day of their life, but as a pet-parent, I can honestly say that the love and appreciation they give you back is worth every “accident” on the floor, every accidentally ruined curtain, and even the minutes of sleep you lose because you have to get up early and make sure your dog gets a short walk to poo and pee, or morning play sessions with kitty so they are not a bundle of mischievous energy while you are at work.

Being a pet parent can be inevitably heartbreaking. I got my first cat at eleven years old, and she was my best friend. Tinkerbelle and I had a bond that I struggle to find words to describe. One summer, I went to camp for four weeks and Tinkerbelle was left in my father’s care. An indoor kitty, she escaped past my father one day and hid under our gazebo. My dad was quite worried, and daily he would sit out there and try to coax her out, but she would not come to him no matter what he did. He left food and water for her every day, and sat by the gazebo every night faithfully until I arrived home. Immediately I went to the gazebo and called her, and she shot out from her tiny hiding place and right into my arms in five seconds. The look on my father’s face was priceless!

IMG_8139When I was in my twenties, Tinkerbelle started having many health problems and those problems extended to her kidneys. She got very sick, and to my horror, it was suddenly up to me to make a decision for Tinkerbelle; life without quality, or to end her pain and let her move on. That was one of the hardest choices I ever had to make. I saw with her and held her paw as she was put to sleep and I tried to be silent and supportive to her, but tears were streaming down my cheeks. She looked up at me moments before her life ended, and I knew she understood what was happening, and she wasn’t angry with me.

There was a part of me that was so hurt and empty that I didn’t know if I should ever get another pet, but as empty as I felt from Tinkerbelle’s passing, I felt just as empty not having pets because I knew so many animals out there deserve to be loved as much as I had loved her. When I felt the time was right, I went to a rescue with the intention of adopting another cat, but I ended up coming home with my first dog, Lily.

Taking that leap into being a pet-parent again after I lost my first best friend took a lot of courage on my end. I know that it’s quite likely I will outlive all of the pets in my home right now, and even though the thought of having to go through that pain again terrifies me, I have no regrets about having them with me now and loving and caring for them like they deserve. I admire every pet-parent who has faced loss, who has gone above and beyond to meet their pet’s needs, and who, despite all of those things, can’t imagine life being any other way.

Please take a moment, if you are a pet-parent, to remind yourself what an amazing gift you are giving your pets. If you are not a pet-parent, but you have a family member or a friend who is, tell them that it is Pet Owner’s Appreciation Day, and remind them that their pets love them very much.

So many pets are in need of forever homes. If you’re thinking about expanding your family, please consider adopting a rescue. The gift you give them is priceless, immeasurable, and so very worth it. Stop by your local shelter, or contact a rescue near you today :).

Last note : I may be biased, but here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have PLENTY of extremely wonderful pets waiting to find their forever homes! Check out our website at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

 

February: Adopt A Rabbit Month!

February is Adopt A Rabbit Month– Wahoo!!

Emerald City Pet Rescue currently has three adorable, precious rabbits that are seeking new homes, and what better time to open your arms to a hoppy floppy bundle of joy than Adopt A Rabbit Month?!

UPDATE 2/23/17 – NEW RABBIT UP FOR ADOPTION!

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Meet Luke, one of our new rescue arrivals! This one year old rabbit is jumping with excitement to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Luke found his way to our rescue after a good samaritan took him after being abandoned outside, but she could no longer care for him. During his time there, Luke did beautifully with the older children, cat, and dog in the home, so Luke is a great roommate to have! Already a kennel favorite, Luke is about as handsome as they get, with a sparkling personality to match. Described as a very friendly, social bunny, Luke loves getting affectionate attention from people and hopping around indoors where he can explore his surroundings safely. If you have previous bunny ownership experience and are looking for a lovely new addition to your critter clan, look no further than Luke!

Luke is fully vetted, neutered, and microchipped. Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Luke!

Update : DRAGON HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!! GO DRAGON, GO!

adopt-me Meet Dragon! This handsome three-year-old Holland Lop boy is excited to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Dragon is not only as cute as they come in the looks department – he is also one of the friendliest, most social bunnies we have ever met!

While Dragon’s previous family could no longer keep him due to allergies, they could not say better things about his personality. In addition to being potty trained, Dragon is described as being an outgoing, affectionate, playful fellow who loves attention from humans! The only things Dragon loves more than toys and being cuddled are yummy treats like kale, parsley, and cilantro, which makes him easy to please. Fans of fluffy, friendly bunnies will surely fall in love with Dragon just like we have!

Dragon is fully vetted, neutered and microchipped. Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Dragon!

hefnrMeet Hefner! Hefner is a one-year-old English Spot who would love a quiet home where he can explore the wonders of the inside and take his sweet time getting to know his people and surroundings. was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with his buddy, Holly, though it is not required that they

Hefner was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with his buddy, Holly. It is not required for them to be adopted together, but they are quite a cute duo!

We do require previous rabbit ownership to be eligible to adopt Hefner.

Hefner is fully vetted, neutered, microchipped, and available for adoption in the Seattle area. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to meet him!

 

adopt-meMeet Holly! Holly is a one-year-old Rex who would love a quiet home where she can explore the wonders of the inside and take her sweet time getting to know her people and surroundings. was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with her buddy, Hefner, though it is not required that they

Holly was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with her buddy, Hefner. It’s not required that they be adopted together, but they do make a very cute pair!

We are requiring previous rabbit ownership experience to be eligible to adopt Holly.

Holly is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped, and available for adoption in the Seattle area. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to meet her!

DailyECPR : Beautiful Bettina

Adopt Me1.jpg Do you love huskies? Do you love boxers? You can have the best of both worlds – a husky / boxer mix! Beautiful Bettina has amazing eyes, a licky tongue, and a very exciting personality! Like a lot of huskies, Bettina is highly intelligent so she is hoping to find an adopter who can really work to keep her stimulated both physically and intellectually. One of our employees loves to call her “smart but naughty!” Bettina is currently being boarded in a wonderful place where she has lots of room to run around – but she does like to rile up the other dogs! (Naughty, naughty!)

adopt-meOnce this gorgeous gal gets a chance to run around and exhaust some of that high energy, Bettina is all about getting loved on! She loves being pet, and a nice brushing is always greeted with a wagging tail as well because she definitely has that husky coat!

Bettina’s main challenge is that she’s not too fond of other dogs but proper and consistent training will go a long way in helping her with her reactivity. Her ideal family would consider her their one and only (she wants to be spoiled!), have a very secure yard, older children only, and the willingness to further her training and help her be the best possible dog she can be! We may be a little bit bias, but we are convinced that her potential is infinite!

If you think your home might be the perfect match for Beautiful Bettina, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

 

 

DailyECPR : ZORRO the Wonder-Cat!

zorro1Meet the distinguished Mister Zorro! Zorro is a dashing twelve-year-old kitty who boasts a cute moo-cow pattern and a little goatee! This sweet gentleman exudes a sense of confidence and calm — no midnight zoomies for this seasoned guy! Nothing seems to phase him, and within a few hours of being in new surroundings, you might think he had been there his whole life! His favorite things to do are to give little kitty licks to his people and curl up on your lap. Zorro is also great with cats and dogs!
 
zorro2Zorro has diabetes, but don’t let that discourage you; he takes his insulin like a pro, and he even seems to recognize when it is time for it. He might be considered special needs, but he doesn’t think so. If you asked him, he would just leave it at he is special!
He would make the most wonderful kitty for virtually any home, his demeanor is quiet, calm, tolerant, and go-with-the-flow! If you’re looking for a fantastic cuddly new friend, Zorro is DEFINITELY your super-kitty!
 
Zorro is neutered, fully vetted, and microchipped. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to set up a time to come in and meet him!

Chewie and Mommas are Besties!

 

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The “Cutest BFFs in the Playroom” award goes to….

ECPR’s Chewey and Mommas! They love to hang out with each other, they think all of these other dogs with their four working legs and lack of wheels are just plain odd. They are in their own little wheelie club together where they joyfully roll around, or, more often, joyfully relax together while they wait to find their forever homes!

cm2Chewey is a handsome 4-year old Chihuahua mix. After receiving surgery for a ruptured disc, Chewey has been using a wheelchair, but he doesn’t let that slow him down for a second as he makes the rounds visiting his favorite people! And c’mon, who doesn’t love a guy with his own set of wheels? He is charismatic, friendly, and very sweet but he does not get along so well with cats.

Meet Mommas! 4-year old Mommas is a fantastic dog that loves people and other dogs. Mommas has lived with children – and loved them, too! Mommas is looking for a loving home that can offer her stability and support as she adjusts to her new life on wheels. As with most dogs that lose their ability to use their back end, this is not slowing her down! Mommas still has a happy-go-lucky attitude and she is always eager for new adventures. Mommas will need an adopter who is willing and able to work with her special needs. Mommas likes cats too!

If you might have the perfect home for one of these two special babies, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

Mischevious Thelma Wants a Home!

thelma1Meet Thelma, a VERY SPECIAL dog who came to us from SOI dogs all the way from Thailand!

Thelma is a ridiculous, goofy, ball of sillyness. She is an explorer and loves to sniff around in the woods. She has a fair amount of energy and she is always smiling. She is an accomplished climber and she is smart enough to open doors of varying styles. She has prey drive towards cats, but also does well with small dogs. She is incredibly playful with other dogs, but sometimes her excitement gets the best of her- she comes on very strong. She has alright leash walking skills and she is a fast learner. The leadership program is really starting to show results with her, she is learning to sit for pets instead of head butting you. She would be a good dog for kids with her happy, playful attitude.

thelma2Thelma is truly wonderful she but does require a very experienced new family due to her high intelligence and her past as a savvy street dog.

If you are in the Seattle area and you think you may have the confidence and willingness to make this wonderful girl a part of your family, give us a call at 206 557 4661

Meet Hefner the Bunny!

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have more than just cats and dogs for adoption. We’d love to highlight a very special little guy with us right now, Mister Hefner the bunny!

Hefner is a one-year-old English Spot. He would absolutely love a quiet home where he can explore the wonders of the inside to his heart’s content, and take his sweet time getting to know his people and surroundings.

Hefner was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with his buddy, Holly, but they are not required to be adopted together. (However, they are quite a cute duo!).

Previous Rabbit Ownership Experience Required in order to take this little guy home with you, as rabbits require unique nutrition and care.

Hefner is fully vetted, neutered, microchipped, and available for adoption in the Seattle area. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to meet Hefner!