It's National Puppy Day and to celebrate I rounded up the cutest puppy items because we all know man's best friend deserves the best.
Bringing home a new puppy is a learning curve for everyone so gathering these essentials (and a few toys) can make life easier. So, when you're finished puppy-proofing the house, buying all the puppy food and personalized dog bowls you will want some extras to make sure you're truly ready for your new bestie.
This 12 piece of dog supplies assortment is perfect for new puppy parents. The set includes puppy toys, a dog bed blanket, some puppy training supplies, a dog grooming brush, a leash, and some accessories. Basically everything except the dog food and nail trimmer.
Figuring out what to get is overwhelming, so this kit might make it a bit easier to take care of your favorite cutie.
Puppies need to play and run around, a lot. So, this playpen is perfect to let them run around without getting into too much trouble.
It is also important for puppies to socialize with other dogs, so you can organize all the cute puppy play dates you want. This is a high-quality pen that will last through all those bites and playful tugs, as well as those "oopsy-daisy" pees.
It also helps with dog crate training.
Speaking of accidental releases. This indoor restroom will make puppy training easy, breezy, and not so beautiful. I know that's Covergirl. Still, potty training involves a lot of mopping and bleach, and if there is any way to make the transition easier from peeing on the couch to peeing outside, why not try it?
Just make sure you have some poop bags handy.
These amazing dog toys not only help your new best friend but part of the profits go to a non-profit dog rescue. So you'll be helping a lot of dogs.
The toys are perfect for tugging and pulling. Plus, there is a giraffe made of rope that's pretty adorable.
It's also perfect for dogs who are teething. The ropes help with the pain while being fun to tug with.
Do you think that toys that are shaped like squirrels and raccoons make dogs think that all squirrels and raccoons are chew toys? Are we conditioning them into being aggressive towards smaller animals?
Either way, these toys are as cute as it gets. They are furry squeaky animals with no stuffing in case they break. I encourage you to name them something cute like Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Yes, I know those are the Rice Krispies characters.
Okay, I know some of you saw this on Ellen, but it's truly amazing so I'm going to talk about it. This camera can be accessed through your phone. It lets you know when your doggy is barking alone at home, and it even lets you toss some treats from anywhere. It has two-way audio, so they can hear you and you can hear them. It's a great way to stay connected when you're away, and a good distraction if you're bored at work.
Finding the perfect bed can be hard. This donut cuddler is vegan, self-warming, and machine washable.
It is the perfect for all furry friends. It is a great start for a puppy home. They will slowly take over your whole house and you'll be glad to give it to them because of their cuteness.
This two-in-one shampoo is basically what your ex had, except it's for dogs so it's acceptable. the shampoo and conditioner mix is made with buttermilk and linseed oil to make their fur soft and shiny.
It is all-natural and tearless, which is awesome for puppies who won't stop moving when you're trying to give them a bath.
Training a puppy can be hard. You depend on tasty dog treats so you might as well make sure they are healthy. These treats will have the pup rolling and giving you their right paw in no time.
These treats are made of lamb and salmon, and they're soft so even puppies with growing teeth can learn how to sit.
This snuggle puppy is not only the cutest toy, but it also helps train your pup. The behavioral aid toy helps with whining and barking at night so you can have a good night's sleep. It also helps reduce stress during thunderstorms or firework displays.
The snuggly toy has a heartbeat that taps into a natural instinct and helps them remain calm and feel comfortable.
Plus, it's machine washable.
The Massachusetts State Police are no strangers to calls about wounded animals on the highway, but a call they received on May 5th wasn't quite what they were expecting.
Dispatch received a call about a "wounded dog in the road," and Trooper Carlo Mastromattei responded.
What Mastromattei found when he arrived on-site on Revere Beach Parkway was, in fact, a tiny lone coyote pup.
The poor pup had apparently been separated from its mother, as she was nowhere to be found.
Trooper Mastromattei contacted several local wildlife services after he realized how much danger being on the parkway posed for the pup, but none of the agencies he contacted had personnel available to assist.
He then contacted Ocean View Kennels. The owner, Lisa Cutting, was able to come help him wrangle the pup safely into a crate.
Cutting told CBS Boston about the rescue:
"Put my gloves on. Grabbed a towel and a quarantine cage, and picked him up and brought him to safety."
Mastromattei then took the pup home, where he and his girlfriend AnnBeth cared for it overnight before bringing it to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic for an evaluation.
The coyote pup was given a clean bill of health, and Tufts arranged for him to be taken in by wildlife rehabilitation specialist Dawn Collins, of Berkshire Wildlife Services.
He will spend some time being taught how to survive on his own in the wild, and will eventually be released once he can fend for himself.
You can read Massachusetts State Police's Facebook statement (and see some adorable photos of the pup) below:
The response of Facebook users was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
Many thanked Trooper Mastromattei for his compassion and quick thinking.
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Some also thanked AnnBeth for her part in caring for the little ball of fur.
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This certainly isn't the only orphaned or injured coyote that Dawn Collins has taken in for rehabilitation. She is the only person licensed in wildlife rehabilitation in Massachusetts that will take coyotes.
According to the Berkshire Eagle, she has already taken in 5 pups this year. This pup will join them after 2 weeks in quarantine to make sure that all is well.
If you want to support the work that Collins does with Berkshire Wildlife Services, you can donate via their website.
Dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit.
In fact, recent studies have found that dogs on average are about as cognitively able as two-year-old children.
That means that dogs know exactly what they're doing when they destroy their owner's possessions.
Like this doggo:
I chewed a hole through Mary Beth’s nicest blanket while she was working and now my head is stuck please help me https://t.co/NVVWnarylx— Mary Beth Albright (@Mary Beth Albright) 1555599525.0
Who, though looking like @MaryBeth's innocent little baby, secretly has the smuggest look on his face:
It was worth it https://t.co/UyLKKqYO9m— Mary Beth Albright (@Mary Beth Albright) 1555601135.0
The way he's staring at you says, "yeah, I destroyed this blanket. Big whoop. Wanna make sum'n' of it?"
@MaryBeth iconic— Hannah Jewell (@Hannah Jewell) 1555601435.0
@MaryBeth I think we all know "who wore it better?" https://t.co/HgqY3ScVrT— PrairiePhlox (@PrairiePhlox) 1555612314.0
@MaryBeth "Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me."— Tiffany Russell (@Tiffany Russell) 1555609780.0
@MaryBeth wowww what a triumphant smug adorable lil face!— danielle tcholakian (@danielle tcholakian) 1555607183.0
And he ain't the only dog who knows exactly what he's done.
@MaryBeth Same. https://t.co/rfQEDcE2J3— Ashley Flannegan (@Ashley Flannegan) 1555616905.0
@MaryBeth Similar to this surprising video (posted to reddit.) Poor thing just wanted a drink from the shower water. https://t.co/UV5nHWj4EC— John Wojo (@John Wojo) 1555609259.0
@MaryBeth My cat has resting judgement face - a perfect response to this situation. https://t.co/P9W6qnL9vA— Marc Hodgkinson (@Marc Hodgkinson) 1555608879.0
@MaryBeth Same https://t.co/StVi7n4aDS— Nadine (@Nadine) 1555612499.0
@MaryBeth Cats, represent. https://t.co/EQLK7tcWt8— Korin Mills (@Korin Mills) 1555616902.0
We've seen that expression before.
@MaryBeth Hmmmm https://t.co/UMjF0esSbl— 🌜Alexa 🌌 Savage🌛 (@🌜Alexa 🌌 Savage🌛) 1555619513.0
@MaryBeth https://t.co/gYlXKgVQp3— sam (@sam) 1555617262.0
@MaryBeth same energy https://t.co/V1qOutNh2P— 🌻陈金狮🌸🐶⚡ (@🌻陈金狮🌸🐶⚡) 1555617215.0
@MaryBeth https://t.co/4hwH5WiTin— Mr. Skate & Watch (@Mr. Skate & Watch) 1555614312.0
@MaryBeth https://t.co/xt0QcqBQn1— White〽️ountainDawg™ (@White〽️ountainDawg™) 1555618243.0
So the next time you feel bad for your pup who destroyed your property:
@MaryBeth This pup thought you were in danger, managed to break through the blanket barrier, and this is the thanks you give??— cubfan826 (@cubfan826) 1555600466.0
@MaryBeth https://t.co/RsqmUl97Fn— Jay (@Jay) 1555606658.0
@MaryBeth I hate the fact that my dog does this too https://t.co/RTqOcduVJR— Princess Paige (@Princess Paige) 1555610594.0
@MaryBeth @kazweida I have one of these too. Sigh. https://t.co/68wRxZosCM— Joan Schulze (@Joan Schulze) 1555612952.0
@MaryBeth I think another dog broke in and decided to steal you best blanket and your hero struggled to fend him of… https://t.co/8FgYedypmh— It’s me (@It’s me) 1555606094.0
Just remember that little grin.
@MaryBeth Mood. https://t.co/v05mIz2IUs— Dr. Nguyen Van Phuoc AKA Miguel Sanchez (@Dr. Nguyen Van Phuoc AKA Miguel Sanchez) 1555615454.0
It tells you everything you need to know.
The morning commute is often the most boring part of the day.
It's hard driving to work while you're still waiting for your first cup of coffee to kick in.
Twitter user @TeganG_ recently had a decidedly un-boring trip to work however, when a "branch" on the side of the road started moving as she drove by.
She shared a photo of a beautiful puppy with the caption:
"Sooo... I found a puppy in a ditch on my way to work this morning. How was your day?!"
Sooo... I found a puppy in a ditch on my way to work this morning. How was your day?! https://t.co/JPJJqUz3kJ— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554847641
Tegan, who lives in a rural part of Wisconsin, was driving along a dirt road she always takes to get to work.
She noticed that the detritus on the side of the road seemed a bit different from the way it usually looked.
We live in a rural part of the state. This is a road I take twice a day on my way to/from work. I know the branches… https://t.co/qivvU21GM1— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554847815
Then a "branch" in the ditch moved, and she stopped the car.
THEN THE "BRANCH" MOVED https://t.co/bINQMMdfuR— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554847906
Tegan had to coax the poor thing toward her with some cheese from her lunch.
It ran away from me at first. I went to find a snack in my lunchbox and it had snuck up behind me. All I had that w… https://t.co/CZqle3ktyI— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554848206
She wasn't used to dealing with puppies, so she decided to keep him as close as possible while she went in to work to retrieve the things she needed to telework.
I proceeded with my 40 minute commute to work. I'm a cat person and it's been a long time since I've been around a… https://t.co/fdOwCf2ulN— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554848502
Puppy in a Vest!!!!!! https://t.co/3iXZSiwO0F— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554848741
AKA a Pupper Vest.— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554848818
When she tried to get ahold of someone to take the puppy, she had to call around to a few different people before she landed on the right shelter.
Tegan got a heck of a surprise when she told Forest County Humane Society where she had found the pup in the ditch.
Called the City Police 👮🏽♀️ They directed me to the Sheriff Called the Sheriff ⭐ They directed me to the Humane S… https://t.co/8dcXyDEl3M— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554849062
"Oh! You found NUMBER FOUR!" Me: https://t.co/nr6CpZW97S— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554849190
The poor doggo, now named Larry, had been outside by himself all night in dangerously cold temperature.
The reunited pups were super adorable!
HIS SISTERS WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE HIM!!! https://t.co/cS4nCA5jJx— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554849624
They were much too excited to cooperate when Humane Society staff tried to weigh them.
This was obviously the best time to run around and dodge the humans; they were just trying to play, right?
Do you know how hard it is to weigh puppies?! Larry (in pink) weighed in at 10 pounds and is the runt of the litter… https://t.co/M17FINui2J— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554849964
Tegan decided that Larry would become a permanent part of her family, after Forest County Humane Society made sure he was healthy enough to go home.
We're going to adopt Larry with the Pink Collar. He is at the shelter with his siblings until Friday. The veterin… https://t.co/ojJujjdF5P— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554850185
Tegan also asked anyone who enjoyed her epic tale of puppy saving to consider donating to the shelter who took in the puppies.
Rural animal shelters often struggle to get enough funding, so even a small donation can make the world of difference in the lives of the companion animals they rescue.
This shelter tries to do it's best in a rural area but we all know it can be hard. If you feel like making a donati… https://t.co/sUbmaYJI2U— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1554850447
The call for donations was a huge success.
The Forest County Humane Society is flabbergasted by this unexpected generosity. Someone in Vermont offered to adop… https://t.co/0jmjWu9nHo— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1555036291
Tegan will definitely give little Larry a wonderful home, and thanks to her and those who enjoyed her story, Forest County Humane Society will be able to help hundreds of other animals find the same.
It's Gotcha Day for Larry! I can't wait to see him! #Larrythepuppy https://t.co/YrSUi25T87— Tegan G. (@Tegan G.) 1555069726
If you would like to help the Humane Society in their mission to help companion animals find loving homes, you can donate on their website (via PayPal): https://www.forestcountyhumanesociety.org/donate
If a monetary donation isn't your thing, try calling your local animal shelter and asking what you can do to help. Shelters are often in need of volunteers or gently used items like towels and blankets.
It doesn't always take money to make a difference!