Mariah Garcia Midlands Humane Society
Adopting a dog from the shelter comes with many joys: a cuddly new companion for movie nights on the couch, a partner to take with you on your morning run and, of course, pure unconditional love. However, bringing a new pet into your home also comes with many new mysteries. You may not know if your new companion has lived with other animals or children in the past, what his name was, his date of birth or even his real age. While some of these mysteries may not be important to some, finding a way to celebrate some of the unknowns that adoption brings has grown in popularity in recent years.
Many rescue pet owners love to celebrate their pet’s “Gotcha Day,” the day they welcomed their new furry friend into the family, but did you know you can also celebrate their birthdays, even? so you have no idea which date technically falls on? August 1, also known as Dogust 1st, has been considered the universal birthday of rescue dogs since 2008, thanks to the North Shore Animal League America raising awareness for the thousands of dogs in shelters across the country. waiting for their new home.
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If you have a rescue dog at home, you might now be thinking “I only have two days to throw my dog’s birthday party!” While some like to plan grand celebrations for their pampered puppies, don’t worry if it’s not in your budget or you’re pressed for time. Some ways to celebrate your beloved pooch are to take him to his favorite pet store and let him pick out a brand new toy, bake some homemade dog treats, invite some of his dog friends over for a play date, or even just to have an extra cheeseburger. driving on the way home (just be sure to exclude the onions). Whichever way you choose to celebrate, thank you for giving the second chance these dogs deserve to have a happy, loving home with a caring family. From all of us at MHS to adopted dogs from our shelter and beyond, Happy Dogust 1st! We wish you many years of tail wagging and sloppy kisses.
Speaking of August 1st, Monday is the last day to get a free t-shirt with your car registration for our fifth annual Wags & Wheels car show being held on Sunday August 28th at McCoy’s/Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs of noon to 4 Pre-register now on our website at midlandshumanesociety.org or drop by in person from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. weekdays.
MHS Pets of the Week presented by American National Bank: Sophia Rose is a 2 year old Italian Greyhound mix who arrived at MHS very shy and shy. She has come out of her shell a lot thanks to the volunteers and staff working with her, but she still needs an owner who can be patient with her as she acclimates. She is full of energy and would love a big yard to burn her zooms. Sadie is a 6-year-old Lab mix who is looking for a relaxed home where she can nap in peace after a quiet walk around the neighborhood. Olivier is a 7 month old German Shepherd/Heel mix who is super fun and outgoing, looking for lots of room to play in his new home. He’s a sensitive guy who has some separation anxiety and would do best with owners who are home regularly or a friend to play with. Archie is a 3 year old German Shepherd/Boxer mix that we affectionately refer to as an “Onion Dog”. He has a few sassy behaviors that you have to go through to see his sweet side, but he’ll make a great companion for a patient owner.