Dog Monopoly Lets You Buy Dogs As You Travel The Board





If there’s one thing that most of us can remember playing since we were a child, it is monopoly. I don’t know about you, but I can remember spending hours upon hours sitting around the board, rolling the dice and hoping that I didn’t land on boardwalk. It was a great way to learn a little bit about money and sometimes, just to pass the time with family and friends. Now there is a new way to enjoy the game, and it involves man’s best friend.

Dog Opoly is available on Amazon and in the UK, it offers free delivery. It promises ‘a tail wagging good time’ because it “celebrates our four-like good friends.” I don’t know about you, but I’m already sold on the idea and I can’t wait to get started with my first game!


Everybody is familiar with the rules of monopoly, even though you may have your own, special rules from time to time. One of the big differences is that you are not purchasing places, you are buying dogs and you get $200 for passing Go Fetch. You don’t go to jail, but you might wind up in the kennel!

The playing pieces are also doggy themed as well. It includes options for players to maneuver the board as a frightened cat, a postman, a fire hydrant or a food dish. Nobody is really sure if you are allowed to relieve yourself on the fire hydrant, so you might want to check the official rules.

It turns out we have been playing Monopoly wrong all along!




Amazon reviews are also very positive, with Dog Opoly receiving 4.6 out of five stars from over 50 reviews

Here are some highlights from the best comments:

“Brilliant. We already had horse opoly and this is equally as much fun. Well worth the money for the hours of fun we have had with our grandson.

Slight twist on the original game of monopoly – different enough to make it a good game with the principal being the same. The playing pieces are made from metal not the usual plastic which is lovely, and all the names are different.

The whole family has enjoyed this over Christmas. Not too childish – appeals to all ages. It’s been well thought through, so although it was a risky purchase, it’s proved well worth the money and risk.

The kids love it! It keeps them quiet on wet afternoons – also on cold ones ! The grown-ups don’t have to get involved.

I first played Horse-opoly last year and decided to order a copy for myself. Whilst looking I saw Dog-opoly and decided to get that as well. It’s great! It’s as much fun as the horse version and you learn about different dog breeds, but it’s one of the best board games to share with good friends. Enjoy it – I have!”


Dogs are only one of the many different animal themed monopoly games out there. If you happen to love horses, you can choose the Horse Opoly, which can also be delivered from Amazon. Feline lovers would appreciate a game of Cat Opoly. It looks like we have a lot of fun waiting for us!





 

 

 

California limits pet store sales of cats, dogs and rabbits to rescue or shelter animals only

 

California pet stores soon will be allowed to sell dogs, cats and rabbits only if they come from shelters or non-profit rescue organizations.

Under legislation going into effect on January 1, store operators also will have to be able to provide records of origin for the animals or face a $500 penalty per animal.
The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was introduced by assembly member Patrick O’Donnell and signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in October 2017.
Under the law, individuals are still allowed to buy from private breeders, but stores are prohibited from doing so.

California pet stores soon will be allowed to sell dogs, cats and rabbits only if they come from shelters or non-profit rescue organizations.

Under legislation going into effect on January 1, store operators also will have to be able to provide records of origin for the animals or face a $500 penalty per animal.
The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was introduced by assembly member Patrick O’Donnell and signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in October 2017.
Under the law, individuals are still allowed to buy from private breeders, but stores are prohibited from doing so.

Dogs Wait Patiently Outside Hospital For Homeless Owner To Get Better

 

Last Wednesday, a man named Luiz was rushed to the Santa Casa Hospital in Cianorte, Brazil, after suffering a stroke. The man may have been homeless, but he was not alone. His six best friends were there in his time of need, and refused to leave his side.Hospital workers filmed the extent of Luiz’s dogs’ love, capturing the pups panting as they arrived at the hospital. They had chased their owner’s ambulance for miles, and once they reached the building, they immediately made themselves at home by the entrance to the emergency room.
 

 


Volunteers from Amigos de Patas Cianorte, a nongovernmental organization focusing on animal welfare, were called to the scene to look after the distressed animals. The volunteers fed the dogs and snapped photos as the faithful pups continued to wait through the night for their owner’s safe return.


Luiz and his dogs have been a familiar sight on the streets of Cianorte, where he has lived for over 20 years. Though there have been attempts by family members to find Luiz housing, he turned down the offers, preferring to share the streets with his close-knit dog family.

“He lives with his pals and treats them very well, he shares everything with them,” Amigos de Patas Cianorte wrote in a Facebook post. “That night he had a stroke … his friends of paws accompanied him and they stayed [crying] from the outside. There they remain in vigil.”


When morning came, Luiz was stable and released into the care of his brother, according to Amigos de Patas Cianorte. However, the reunion with his dogs was put on hold when he had to exit through a different door.

“The dogs were desperate,” Simone Ziliane, a volunteer with Amigos de Patas Cianorte told Brazilian publication G1. “On Thursday morning, when Luiz was discharged and left with his brother through another door, the dogs remained at the hospital entrance. One of the volunteers from the NGO had to fetch Luiz at his brother’s house and take him to where the dogs were for them to leave the front.”


Luiz and his pups are finally together again, and his friends have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have his back no matter what.

Science Confirms That Dogs Can Recognize a Bad Person

A cat or a dog? This is one question that has been debated for years. Here’s one more fact about dogs that may change your mind about which pet to get. You trust your dog, but does it trust you?

Bright Side loves facts — especially facts about animals. A recent study shows that dogs can analyze how reliable a person is and we want to share this information with our readers! Dogs, as real detectives, can explain to us whether or not to trust another person.

The study was conducted by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan. The scientist and his colleagues wanted to know if a dog would trust a person who lied to it. The researchers divided the experiment into 3 parts. They wanted to know if the dog could understand whether or not the person was untrustworthy.
 
The group of scientists claims that the research has a potential implication in dogs’ behavioral studies. The study tells us that dogs prefer this world to be certain, according to John Bradshaw with the University of Bristol.
 
 
In the experiment, dog owners would first point to a container with food. The dog would run to it. Then a container without food would be pointed at. The dogs were tricked and approached the container.
 
It’s been previously known that dogs would run to an object their owner would point at. Thus, dogs are believed to be able to understand human gestures. And if the gestures are inconsistent, the dog can become nervous and stressed.
 
The third time, the dogs would not follow the pointing hand. They did not believe the liars. 34 dogs took part in the experiment and they all showed the same results, according to the Animal Cognition Journal. Dogs would use their previous experience to know that a person was unreliable.
 
Mr. Takaoka plans to continue the experiment with wolves since they are the closest relatives to dogs. The current experiment also proves that dogs are curious about new things.
 
 
It’s been proven before that dogs are able to read our gestures and facial expressions. Now we know more about them and they are much more intelligent than we were led to believe! They can decipher our gestures and can also decide if they want to follow social cues. However, studies show that dogs mostly live in the present without having much consideration for the past or future.
 
If you mislead your dog, it will not trust or obey you. If your dog doesn’t like your friends, maybe there’s something wrong in your friendships?
 
How clever is your dog? Share your stories with us in the comments!

Bus Station Opens Its Door To Homeless Dogs And Gives Them Special Beds To Protect Them From Winter

 
Employees of Barreirinha bus terminal in Curitiba, Brazil, set a good example to the world, as they opened the terminal’s door to homeless dogs, and gave them special beds to protect them from winter cold. There were three dogs seen in the station’s premises, and their names are Pitoco, Zoinho, and Max. The employees didn’t just give these dogs a home for winter, they even made some DIY beds made out of tires lined with blankets, to keep them warm and cozy through the cold nights. Their goodwill was noticed by politician Fabiane Rosa, and she shared some photos on Facebook, that quickly went viral. Hopefully, this act of kindness will kindle a fire that sets ablaze all other businesses’ initiative to show love to homeless dogs, and somehow make this world a better place.
 
Employees of Barreirinha bus terminal in Curitiba, Brazil, prove that good Samaritans still exist. They went beyond their usual job routines to welcome stray dogs in the premises, and they also customized beds out of tires and lined them with blankets to keep the dogs warm and cozy during cold winter nights.
 
 

These three dogs, Pitoco, Zoinho, and Max, are beneficiaries of the employees’ random act of kindness, and everybody is appreciating their efforts.

 

This wonderful story became viral when politician Fabiane Rosa shared it on Facebook. “So many companies in Curitiba could follow this example, adopting a pet. Of course it is not the ideal, but at least there are those who are looking after them” Rosa stated on Facebook.

A little act of kindness can surely make this world a better place. May this be an inspiration to other businesses and even individuals out there to share some love to homeless dogs and spark a series of random acts of kindness around us.

Be Careful Fake Online Vests Kits And Certificates Are Not Legit





Recently, many people have had justified concerns over the rise of fake online certificates, vests, and tags for their emotional support animal, service animal or therapy animal. Law officials have recently begun to crack down on these online companies that try to pretend to have a real database and sell people overpriced products such as vests, certificates, leashes, collars, etc. Keep in mind that these are the kinds of products that anyone can instead go to Amazon and buy at a much cheaper cost.

One service dog handler had their say, “To see someone who threw a cheap vest on their dog’s back because they like to have it around is like kicking me in my dislocated knee,” courtesy of Huffington Post.

What Does The Law Say?

In the past, no one would question the authenticity and legitimacy of a service animal owner. Unfortunately, some savvy fake online companies recently decided to leverage this trust by claiming to be real, selling kits and certificates.

Well, the law has been lenient up until recently due to many reports of pet owners being caught trying to pass their pet as an authentic service animal by justifying that online companies sold them the equipment and that their pet is on the website’s “national service animal database”. These fake service online kit, vests, and certificate sellers undermine the legitimacy of the concept of having real equipment for real service animals specifically. CBS News reported that the perpetrator can get charged up to $1000 and possibly be imprisoned for six months by buying from these online kit sellers and then trying to pass their ordinary pet as a real service animal.

An NBC news article on this topic said that “There is a big difference in the behavior of real service dogs and impostors inside businesses, experts said. A true service dog becomes nearly invisible. Pets might bark, urinate, sniff, scratch and eat off the floor”.

This goes hand-in-hand with dog owners who try to leverage these online services by buying from an online kit seller some service animal equipment and then trying to pass their untrained dog as a service dog by making it look like a real service dog. According to Dog bite law, “The law of certain jurisdictions makes it a crime to pretend to own or train a guide, signal or service dog”.

Emotional Support Animals, on the other hand, do not need vests or anything to perform emotionally comfort their owners. Getting ESA equipment is therefore not necessary, but the ESA must be accommodated with an official prescription letter from a licensed medical professional indicating that the owner needs the ESA (i.e., for PTSD, depression, anxiety, coping after a major life event).

Lastly, a therapy animal is NOT considered service or emotional support dog and have absolutely no protections under the ADA laws. Therapy animals are usually called therapy dogs and they are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, and to people with learning difficulties and stressful situations such as disaster areas.

How Do I Play It Fair Not Fake?

Service animals are very expensive and are given more privileges than ESAs and therapy animals. In terms of service animals, it is best to purchase them for what they’re actually worth which is from $10,000 to $20,000.

With ADA and HUD laws, any loving pet can become an ESA, but one must receive an Emotional Support Animal prescription letter from a licensed medical professional (preferably from a licensed psychologist) to show to the airlines or landlords. In addition, you may be eligible for an ESA prescription letter from EPS by taking their assessment as long as you have a qualifying emotional or psychological disorder such as:

Stress Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Depressive Disorder

Panic/Anxiety Disorders

Personality Disorders

Phobias

And Much More…

Fake emotional support animal vest

Final Words Of Advice

All in all, it will be best to be diligent and fully be aware of the differences between the three kinds of animals. Most importantly, it is crucial to truly consider the consequences when thinking about going the cheaper way of getting equipment from questionable online kit-selling companies, especially if it pertains to service dogs. With all of the risks associated with faking a pet to be a service dog, one must ask oneself if it really is worth attempting to cheat the system. Not only to not get slammed by the law, but to also not ruin it for those with real disabilities and real service dogs, “Those with disabilities are worried about privacy and the safety of their highly trained service dogs, while business owners are concerned about health violations and damage to merchandise from impostors abusing the system”.

Don’t fall for the online service dog vests and other kits. Be mindful, know the laws, and if you’re looking for a legitimate way to get your dog to live with you in an apartment or fly with you, get an ESA letter! An ESA may not have as many laws protecting it as a real service animal, but if you have a mental disability, impairing stress, or anxiety, do consider getting a pet and an ESA letter if you need your ESA with you. An Emotional Support Animal letter written from a real, licensed medical professional is much more important than a vest.

Top 10 Emotional Support Animal Dog Breeds

 


1 Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are happy and energetic and will encourage you to perk up even when you’re not feeling too great. Not only do these dogs make good pets, but they are also great as Emotional Support dogs due to their intelligence and gentle demeanor.

2 German Shepherd

According to PetGuide, the German Shepherd is a highly versatile breed, namely because its intelligence enables it to be trained for a variety of different purposes. These guys can surely make great emotional support animal dogs!

3 Poodles

Poodles are also born performers, super social, great with kids, hypoallergenic, great at adapting to their environment, and they typically live longer than most other dog breeds, too. However, like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, poodles require some serious grooming. (Their hair literally never stops growing, and they don’t shed.) If you don’t mind being responsible for a dog who’s more high maintenance than you are, then you should seriously consider adopting one of these cuties.

4 Yorkshire Terrier

Did you know that Yorkshire Terriers can help ease the symptoms of depression? Their intelligence and tendency to form strong bonds with their owners make them one of the most loyal, loving, and trainable breeds out there. Also, Yorkshire Terriers are a very small and cute kind of dog to have if you live in an apartment or are renting a housing room in a house.

5 Beagle

The Beagle is a small dog known for its floppy ears and being pure and soft. They’re also so loyal and beautiful. These little guys are very active and entertaining and they’re also content to cuddle up with! Beagles are very friendly with new people and they also tend to get along well with other animals, all qualities that make for an excellent therapy dog.

6 Corgie

Corgis can make excellent therapy dogs. A member of the herding group, the corgi is an even-tempered and affectionate breed. These short and sturdy dogs are known for both their obedience and friendly attitudes. Originally bred to be herders on farms, Corgis make excellent companion dogs for people in nursing homes or with disabilities.

7 Pug

Pugs are a small breed that is well-known for their wrinkled skin and big, puppy-dog eyes. These guys are very energetic, and they also have a natural desire to make people feel better. Pugs get along well with people of all ages, though they work particularly well with children.

8 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These lovely little guys are named after King Charles II of Britain according to MentalFloss. They were bred to be a loyal companion dog. These dogs are quite noble and royal as well! These centuries of companionship have given King Charles spaniel lots of practice in providing comfort to their owners. That’s why they may be considered an Emotional Support Animal dog or a Service dog or even a therapy dog!

9 Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a very small breed often favored by elderly individuals who need a companion at home. These little dogs require relatively little exercise but they will take all the love and affection they can get.

10 Golden Retriever

Coming in at number one is the golden retriever, which is well known for being energetic, loving, and comforting. They’re super social and if you can handle a lot of dog hair in your house they’ll be perfect for you.

4 Cool Dog Apps That Every Pet Owner Should Have

 


We live in a world where technology is advanced and many of the things we need are just a click away on a computer or on our mobile phones. We download apps on our phones for many reasons – for fun, entertainment, information, for socialization and many more. Did you know that there are numerous cool applications for your dog as well? If you’re a pet parent, you will find them useful whether you’re looking for one that is for medical emergencies, training tips, general health or simply for fun.

Download these dog apps that are a must-have if you have a pet dog:

Pet First Aid

This one is from the American Red Cross, available in both iOS and Android and can be downloaded for free. It offers useful information and advice about a dog’s general health issues, emergency medical situations and first aid. It also features video demonstrations which include dog CPR. There are also fun quizzes and a section where you can input your pet’s information.

Rover – Pet Sitter and Dog Walkers

As the name of the app, through Rover is where you will find someone to sit or walk your fur baby for you when you can’t. It lists over 50,000 dog walkers or pet sitters that you can choose from. Don’t worry, Rover does strict background checks and offers 24/7 support, a reservation guarantee, and insurance. Some cool features of Rover include connecting with nearby sitters and walkers, paying them through the app and even being able to receive photo updates from them. This app is by Rover.com and is free to download for both iOS and Android phones.

iKibble

iKibble is a dog app by Llamaface and is free on iOS but a paid app ($0.99) for Android. It is a great application that is all about dog food if ever you’re unsure if anything is safe or not to feed to your pet. iKibble features a comprehensive list of foods that are rated whether they are safe or unsafe for canine consumption as well as information about a food item. You can search alphabetically or by various categories.

My Pet Can Talk

An application by Rongyan Xiao and is available and free on iOS, My Pet Can Talk is for fun and entertainment. Upload a picture or a video of your fur baby and this app makes him talk. With thousands of positive reviews on iTunes, My Pet Can Talk is a cool dog app to have.

Download these 4 cool dog apps on your phone – it doesn’t hurt to have useful information and some fun right at your fingertips!

Mary James is a certified dog lover – she specifically loves her Yorkshire Terrier, Missy, who is 8 years old. From all those years of experience with her dog plus plenty of research and seeking the advice of experts, she has become very knowledgeable about the Yorkshire Terrier breed, as well as dogs in general. For more tips, tricks and other helpful information about Yorkies, head over to her website where she blogs and sells awesome Yorkie merchandise.

You Have to Consider This When Adopting A Dog



To adopt a dog is an enormous commitment. Many people purchase puppies and then they realize that they need to be potty trained, they can be destructive, and they need to be walked several times a day. Puppies can be horrible holiday gifts for new dog owners because many people are unaware of the responsibility and work they require.

Many puppies go off to the pound because the puppy had an accident and the owners had no time to take the dog out and to provide the attention puppies need. Puppies are not well-developed so it is difficult for me to see any gross abnormalities. I have always met and interacted with the dogs for at least 15 minutes. Under the circumstances of being in an adoption situation, a dog could be more nervous than he would be once established in a forever home. Getting a clear read could be difficult, but sometimes you can get a bit of a gist of how you might get along with a dog by spending a little time with him.

Dogs are frequently surrendered for shocking reasons. People think that dogs who are up for adoption are headaches that other people wanted to get rid of. That couldn’t be further than the truth. Here are my suggestions before you acquire a dog:

When you first meet a dog kneel down or squat, hold out your hand (with palm up), and call the dog using a gentle, kind voice to invite the dog to interact. How does the dog respond to you (fearful, aggressive, playful, affectionate… )? Observe the dog’s energy level. This is tricky because under the circumstances the dog might (understandably) be hyper or excited). Does everybody’s energy work well together? Does everybody get along? I would see how the dog interacts with your family members including other pets, significant others… ) and to see how those people and pets respond to the dog.

Of course, you should always ask the people who are in the adoption organization before you do this. The dog can become overwhelmed if he is bombarded with so many stimuli. Just as important as observing the adoptive dog’s reaction, it is just as critical to observe the behavior of those significant others and pets when they meet the dog. Is your child fearful of the dog and/or does the child know how to be gentle with the dog? Is the dog comfortable with being handled appropriately (as opposed to pulling at the tail which is not appropriate)? Does he react with fear or anger? Does the dog’s energy level match yours? Is the dog too high energy? A person who is very inactive or not available still needs to assure that (especially) high energy can get enough exercise. A dog who is calmer or older will probably need less exercise. Will you, a family member or a dog walker be able to take the dog out long enough to get that energy out for exercise? It is not unusual for a high energy dog who doesn’t get enough exercise to be destructive at home. All dogs need exercise to get their energy out of their system. Is there a park nearby? Are you able to exercise the dog in the backyard (not just let him outside, but to actively play around and throw a ball for at least a couple of hours a day)?

Questions to ask the adoption agency before you adopt a dog:

Review details about the dogs with people who have some familiarity with the dogs. Ask questions like: Does the dog have any health issues? What is the dog’s background story? Was he abandoned? Abused? Neglected? Why was he/she surrendered? Does the dog have any fears or anxiety about anything in particular that you know of? Is the dog OK with children? Other pets? Are there any behavioral issues that I could address and focus on? Is the dog house trained to go outside?

Reasons Why You Are Lucky to Adopt A Puppy

 


Have you been thinking of getting a new puppy? Do you love dogs more than anything in this world? Well adopting a puppy can turn out to be the best decision of your life especially when you’re lonely or living alone. A companion, a friend and a family member comes along with this pet. There are many ways in which you can adopt a puppy for example adoption centers, local shops etc.

Reasons to Get a Puppy

Here are 5 reasons why you should really adopt a puppy:

• Saving a Life: By adopting a puppy you’ll be saving a life. That is one of the most holy actions in a person’s whole life. If you adopt a puppy from an adoption center you’ll definitely give it the quality life it deserves so that’s how you’re increasing the quality of its life. Most of the adoption centers have to leave the animals to be on its own if they don’t get adopted. That’s why by adopting a puppy you’ll save its life.

• Cost Efficiency: If you’re thinking that adopting a puppy will cost you a hell lot of money, then you’re wrong. Most of the times people buy a pet from local pet stores where the puppies are not regularly washed and vaccinated. That is the reason it costs a lot after buying a pet. But if you get yourself a puppy from an adoption center you’ll get a puppy that has been nurtured and vaccinated accurately. That actually saves a lot of money for you. So make sure you buy a pet from an adoption agency that has puppies for sale.

• You’ll get a Healthy Pet: Getting puppies for sale from an adoption agency will not only save your money but give you a healthy pet. Why? Because adoption agencies always spay and neuter their pets and they make sure that the puppies are regularly vaccinated. This makes you free from any worries about the healthy future of your pet. Your puppy will come to you as good as it’s supposed to be.

• You’ll Not Support Puppy Mills: Most of the time you see ads of puppies being sold, they are generally the ads given by puppy mills. Puppy Mills are inhuman businesses where puppy breeding at a large scale is done. These puppy mills collect 100 dogs at a time. And keep them at a place and sell them for their own gain. This not only is a heinous act but it also harms the health of the puppies. Their health gets compromised. That’s why buying a dog from adoption agencies will help you to protest against these businesses by not supporting them.

• Variety of Puppies: As puppy adoption agencies have a lot of pets so you’ll get varieties of puppies to choose. You can also choose to buy a pet online as this gives convenience to the customer. You can choose your pet by its size, sex and age. This makes you search for the pet according to your comfort.

Allen Smith has owned and bred dogs of different breeds and has spent a great deal of time studying dogs and can be considered as an expert in the field so getting his tips before you go ahead finding puppies for sale won’t be a bad decision anyway.