The point is, although I like to pretend otherwise, I am by no means a dog expert. Like every aspect of my life, with Prada, I am winging it. And when I run out of "winging it" ideas and need advice, I have a short list of people I trust to give it to me straight.
- Example 1: I cut Prada's nail too short and now it won't stop bleeding and oh god do I need to get her to the emergency vet and I am the worst pet mom ever?
- Or, Example 2: Is that a pimple? Does Prada seriously have a pimple? Can dogs even get pimples? Maybe it's an ingrown hair or folliculitis. Or cancer. Shit. It's probably cancer.
- Example 3: Most dogs will let you pet them. But hands make Prada so freaking overexcited! What do I do? I just want to pet my dog!
So many good dogs with well-intentioned owners end up in shelters, and often that is because of behavioral issues. Maybe, if more people had good resources for helping them learn to integrate their dogs into their life successfully, that number wouldn't be so tragically high.
Lots of shelters offer low-cost or no-cost seminars, like preparing your dog to acclimate to a new baby, or no- or low-cost microchipping or vaccinations. Local expos are a great way to learn what your area has to offer and maybe even score some freebies!
Point is, the resources are out there. You don't have to be an expert as long as you know where to find them. (By the way, I love research. If you need a hand, let me know. Finding all these links took me about twenty minutes, and some of that time I was fooling around of Twitter.)
Karma is a spunky little angel who only needs one resource--you!