North Country SPCA

Considerable attention has been given in the counseling field to the issue of blended families. When two households come together, each bringing in children, what are the best ways to encourage a harmonious venture? One issue that is often overlooked, but just as important, is when two households also bring their own pets into the mix. Moving can be stressful for both your furry and human family members. A little planning can go a long way toward ensuring everyone gets along in the long run.

You may want to start by bringing your pet with you when you go to visit your future partner. Short visits with a future furry sibling give each animal a chance to familiarize himself with the other on his own turf. Be aware that territorial behavior is to be expected and plan to be able to separate the pets if needed. Over several visits, the tension level should drop and, hopefully, your pets will develop a comfort level with each other. When the big move finally occurs, give both pets ample chance to have time by themselves in separate rooms until they become used to ongoing contact. With reassurance and plenty of "breathing space," you may end up with the pet Brady Bunch before you know it.

Our featured pet this week is Rosebud, a young Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd-mix who is a wonderful young lady with tons of potential. This beautiful girl's loving and sensitive personality will endear her to your heart; her puppyish antics will make you laugh. Her intelligence and eagerness to learn will impress you. Rosebud would be happiest with a family who has lots of time to devote into helping her turn that puppy potential into becoming a well-mannered, educated lady. Looks, brains, personality, and heart... how can you go wrong? Why not stop by the NCSPCA today and meet her in person? You'll be glad you did.

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