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A Guide for People Considering Fostering a Dog

By Jenny Wise

dogFostering provides much-needed care, love, and attention for a homeless dog. Some foster families give a dog a home until he is adopted, and others provide a loving environment for a predetermined amount of time. The reasons for fostering a dog vary: some may need a safe, quiet place to recover from an illness or injury, some may be too young to be adopted or enter a shelter, and some may be from a rescue group that does not have a shelter. If you are considering fostering a dog but aren’t sure of what it entails, the following guide is a helpful resource for you.

Reasons for Fostering a Dog

Fostering a dog can be a rewarding experience for an individual or an entire family. When you foster a dog, you know that you are providing a temporary home full of love and attention for a dog that needs a place to live until he is adopted or taken in by a shelter. In most cases, foster families help shelters or rescue groups by freeing space in a shelter or rescue facility. Some dogs need help being socialized, getting used to other pets, or getting used to people before they can be adopted. By fostering a dog, you are helping the dog prepare for his forever home and you are more than likely making it possible for the shelter or rescue group to take in more dogs and help them than they could without the help of a foster parent.

Other people choose to foster a dog because they love animals and want to have one of their own but cannot provide a forever home because of work or family situations. Some people foster dogs because they enjoy taking care of other people’s pets by boarding dogs in their own homes and want to help homeless dogs receive the same love and attention.

Know What to Expect

Sometimes, people who foster dogs are surprised by the amount of time and energy that goes into providing a home for a homeless animal. All dogs are different, and some may need more love and attention than others, especially if they need to be socialized or if they need your help breaking a bad habit like chewing or having accidents in your home. As a foster dog parent, you may be responsible for training the dog, acclimating him to living inside, and helping him become ready for adoption. You may need to purchase a crate to train the dog, invest in a sturdy leash, and more in order to provide the dog with all of the structure and walks he needs.

While you do not need to be home 24 hours a day to foster a dog, you do need to be home often. Working 16-hour shifts is not ideal if you want to foster a dog, nor is going away for an entire weekend. Agreeing to foster a dog requires a time commitment, and you should be prepared to stay in more than you do when you aren’t caring for a dog.

Be Prepared for a Difficult Goodbye

One of the most difficult aspects of fostering a dog is saying goodbye when the time comes. Eventually, you will need to give up the dog. The good news is, there are steps you can take to make the process a little easier. One of the first things you should do is select a foster dog that you would not necessarily want to keep long-term; for example, consider choosing to foster a large dog because you prefer small dogs. Another step you can take is to ask the rescue organization if you can assist in the adoption process; you will have an easier time saying goodbye to your foster dog if you know that he is going to the best possible forever home. You also may ask the adoptive family to send you photos and updates so you can keep tabs on the dog and feel better knowing how happy he is with his new family.

Of course, the best way to get over saying goodbye to your foster dog is to foster again. There are countless dogs in need of good foster homes, and opening your home to more dogs will give you more chances to share your love and attention and ensure the dogs in your area are going to be adopted by caring families.

How to Start Fostering a Dog

The best place to start the process of becoming a foster parent for a dog is to check out the rescue organizations in your area. (If you're not aware of any organizations in your area, check out 911 Foster Pets.) You want to be sure that they are run professionally and that you know exactly what the expectations and requirements will be for the organization and for yourself. In most cases, fosters must be at least 18 years old and submit an application to become a foster for a dog. Some organizations require training or classes before you can provide a home for a dog; others have an orientation process.

Once you are accepted by a rescue organization to foster a dog, they will match you with a dog that fits your lifestyle and the answers you provided on your application and during training or orientation. Typically, you will pick up the dog and provide transportation to your home.

Fostering a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience, and it is one that saves the lives of dogs looking for good homes.

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Are Your Pets Overweight? It’s National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

By Lyndsay Marvin

Did you know today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day? On October 12, 2016, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) will conduct the Tenth Annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey.

Pet obesity is a serious problem in America. An estimated 53.8% of US dogs are overweight or obese (BCS 4-5), and an estimated 58.2% of US cats are overweight or obese (BCS 4-5). Obesity in pets can cause type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and many forms of cancer. It can also decrease life expectancy by 2.5 years (and we definitely don’t want that!).

Approximately 65% of US households own at least one pet. That’s 79.7 million homes (source: 2016 APPA). In addition, 68% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, which is approximately 148 million people (source: 2015 CDC). There seems to be a pattern.

Here are a few facts:

  • 41.9 million US dogs are estimated to be overweight or obese
  • 26.1 million US dogs are estimated to be overweight (BCS 4)
  • 15.7 million US dogs are estimated to be obese (BCS 5)
    (based on 77.8 million US dogs - 2016 APPA)
  • An estimated 20.2% of US dogs are obese (BCS 5)
  • 49.9 million US cats are estimated to be overweight or obese (BCS 4-5)
  • 23.7 million US cats are estimated to be overweight (BCS 4)
  • 26.2 million US cats are estimated to be obese (BCS 5) (based on 85.8 million US cats - 2016 APPA)
  • An estimated 28.1% of US cats are obese (BCS 5)

All figures 2015 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

Common overweight dogs are bulldogs, yorkies, dachshunds, and chihuahuas.

Pet obesity is serious. What are you doing to ensure your pet stays at a healthy weight?
Our recommendations are:

  • Make sure they get enough exercise (walking, running, playing).
  • Feed them healthy food (like ours!).
  • Feed them the appropriate amount of food.
  • Limit the amount of treats they receive.
  • We offer Healthy Weight Dog Formula, which you can find here.


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Grain-Free Dog Food Diet

A grain-free dog food diet can be the perfect fit for your pet suffering from digestive or food allergy issues. A grain-free diet means just that – no grains! Sometime around WWII, many dog food companies switched to including cheaper ingredients in their foods, which made making dog food less expensive for manufacturers, as well as the consumers. But, the change in ingredients didn't necessarily benefit your pet's daily nutrition.  These cheaper ingredients are often referred to as "fillers," like corn, wheat, and other grains. The fillers add calories to your dog's meal, but not nutrition. BOGO Bowl is proud to be a filler-free dog food.

Why should my pet have a grain-free diet?

Some research shows that a dog's digestive system is still fairly primitive. Before domestic dogs and pre-packaged doggy meals, our ancestral pups hunted their next meal, which was usually raw and protein-rich.

A protein-based, grain-free diet closely mirrors a dog's "natural" or "ancestral" diet.

A dog's digestive system is little help when it comes to breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates or cereal grains. These hard to digest fibers and grains often remain undigested. Over time, a heavy-carb, grain-filled diet can damage the lining of the digestive system, which can result in bowel inflammation disorders, food allergies and sensitivities, leaky gut, and obesity.

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from food allergies, a grain-free diet is a great option for improving their overall lifestyle while maintaining excellent nutrition. Your pup might be suffering from allergies if they experience:

  • Loose stools/diarrhea
  • Rash/skin irritation
  • Excessive gassiness
  • Chronic licking, chewing, or biting
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent ear infections

Studies show that some breeds are at a higher risk of developing food allergies. These include: Boxers, Chinese Shar-Peis, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Schnauzers, Retrievers, Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers, Springer Spaniels, and West Highland White Terriers.

Reap the benefits of a grain-free diet!

A grain-free diet is not only potentially healthier for your dog's digestive system, but it brings with it a handful of benefits that improve your pup's daily life:

  • Fewer allergies/allergic symptoms
  • Fewer and smaller stools because more food it being broken down, and less is wasted
  • More energy
  • Keeps dogs fuller for longer with a lesser portion size (Remember: no fillers!)
  • Shinier coat
  • Healthier skin
  • Less stinky breath
  • Less shedding
  • Reduced flatulence

Once you decide to switch to a grain-free diet, make sure you ease your dog into his or her new food. Start by mixing a little grain-free food into his normal dog food, and gradually increase the ratio of grain-free to old food. This process allows for your dog's digestive system to adjust without negative side effects. While you're increasing the amount of grain-free food in your dog's diet, make sure to keep an eye out for his daily trips to the outside-squatter-zone. Is he pooping regularly? If you notice any constipation or loose stools, you should contact your veterinarian.

Caution: some grain-free formulas are meant only for adult dogs. Sometimes, a high-protein diet can negatively affect your puppy's kidneys. Before starting your dog on a new diet, you should always refer to the manufacturer's label for specific breed or age information, as well as referring to your local vet to make sure you're choosing the best diet plan for your furry friend.