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5 Reasons You Should Sign Up For The Doggy’s Day Out Program In Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a fun way to do good in the Upstate? Do your kids constantly ask for a pet dog, but your just not sure if it’s a good fit? We have all the info you’ll need to decide if a Doggy Day Out is something you should sign up for right away!

Meet Penny! Our Doggie’s Day Out Pal

1 / Dogs Are A Huge Responsibility

How many times did you hear that as a child, or have you said that as a parent? It’s true, and sometimes making the right decision for you or your family is a hard one, when puppy snuggles are involved! The good news is, you can still get some snuggles in, and be helping a rescue pet find the right fur-ever home.

The Greenville County Animal Care facility offers a program called Doggy’s Day Out. This is a great way to teach your kids what goes into owning a pet, but with training wheels.

2/ Help Find Your Furry Friend A New Home

Volunteers could come to pick up a dog and take them to most places where you would take a dog if you had your very own.
Doing this accomplishes several things:

  • Lets you get those puppy snuggles you crave!
  • Allows the dogs to get a break from the rescue facility and have some one-on-one attention from someone for an extended period of time.
  • It allows Greenville Care to learn about the dog and its behavior away from the shelter. Often, the fear and anxiety of being in a shelter don’t allow their true personality to shine through. This makes it hard for the shelter to place the dog with the right owner.
  • While you and your new best friend are out on the town, they will have a special vest that indicates they are available for adoption! You could potentially meet their new family while you are showing them off around town.

3/ Signing Up Is Easy

Due to COVID -19, the process now requires an appointment, but it’s still so easy to sign up! You’ll just need to call Greenville Animal Care and set up a time to pick up your Doggy Date. Pick-up times are between 9 am – 10 am, and your Doggy Adventure is a 2-hour window of time.

Once you arrive they will pair you with the perfect pup, and after going over a few things, you’ll be on your way!

Somethings to help you prepare for your Doggy’s Day Out:

  • Go over the Doggy’s Day Out Program Manual to familiarize yourself with what is expected. It answers most of the questions you might have about your upcoming adventure.
  • Figure out how you will secure your Doggy in your car. Preferably on a seat with an adult holding the leash or secured in the back of an SUV or a crate.
  • As a safety precaution during COVID-19, they ask that you bring your own water bowl for your Doggy’s Day Out. This can be as simple as a clean plastic food storage bowl or a stainless steel pet water bowl from a dollar tree. Don’t forget to bring some water; most public drinking fountains are turned off due to COVID-19.
  • Greenville Animal Care will supply the rest. They will send you on your way with a leash, poop-collection bags, treats, and a report card to provide info from your adventure.

4 / So Many Places To Explore With Your New Friend

The possibilities are nearly endless! The only restriction is that your Doggy’s Day Out Companion must remain on the leash at all times, so unleashed dog parks are prohibited. Other than that, go have fun! You can take your new companion to places like:

5 / Everyone Benefits From The Program

I’m sure it goes without saying that spending time doing good for others makes you feel good too. Even though we had to bring Penny back to Greenville Animal Care after our time with her was up, my kids were glad to have had the time with her. We plan to go back as often as our schedule allows us to do this again!

Penny was an amazing dog, and we know she will find a loving home with people who will give her all the permanent snuggles she deserves!
Head to the Greenville Animal Cares Website for more info about Penny and all the other available pets.

To Follow our Doggy’s Day Out Adventures, head to the Wagging Around Greenville Instagram Account.

Behind the Scenes at the Greenville Humane Society

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While you may already know that the Greenville Humane Society is a wonderful place to find a new furry friend, there is so much more here.

We got to visit them and talk about about fostering, affordable pet care, volunteer opportunities and more. If you’re looking to adopt a furry friend or maybe just want to help out someplace where you can make a difference, the Greenville Humane Society is a wonderful place to look.

These Cute Little Pigs Are Just Waiting For You To Love Them!

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We’re continuing our “Ask Me Anything – Pet Ownership” Series this week with Guinea Pigs! Luckily I didn’t have to go far to find a local expert. I just had to go to the other side of my home. This week’s “expert” is my son, and he was excited to share everything we’ve learned from owning our two piggies, Lilly & Ashe.

If you missed last week’s installment, we were talking about owning Bearded Dragons!

Owning Guinea Pigs And What You Need To Know

WAG: How did you decide to have guinea pigs as a pet?
Well, I used to have a pet dog but now she lives somewhere else, so we got guinea pigs.
I wanted something easy to take care of, but not a goldfish because they just swim in circles all day. I also wanted something that could be played with and hand-fed. That narrowed it down to guinea pigs. We have two guinea pigs, and they are sisters.
*My son doesn’t remember it this way, but after my kids saw the “G-Force” movie, they were obsessed. We started watching cute videos on you-tube and then I was on board. I had previously owned one and was already aware of what they required in the way of care.

WAG: Where did you get them from?
*We adopted them from a guinea pig rescue that is no longer operating, but there are plenty of ways to adopt one.

WAG: What do they eat? Is Their food hard to find?
Their food isn’t too hard to find. We get it on Amazon and mix it with timothy hay. We give them hay blocks to chew on instead of hay dispensers because that tends to get messy. We also provide them with fruit or veggies every once in a while, and you know how we get the water. They get their vitamins and minerals from their hay blocks, fruits, veggies, and their guinea pig food. We used to get their food at Walmart, but now we order it from Amazon.
*At first I was buying the timothy hay blocks from the guinea pig section of the pet store until I realized I could buy them for a much better price in bulk from the equine section of Tractor Supply.

WAG: What is the hardest part about caring for them?
The hardest part of caring for the guinea pigs for me is replacing their bedding. Mom sends me to the backyard, and if it’s summer or spring, then it’s challenging to do it. I’m kind of afraid of bugs, especially ones that fly. There’s always flies and insects that look like wasps flying around me, and then I get freaked out because it seems like it could sting me. I’m supposed to dump the old bedding in the back of the yard, and then scoop out the extra bedding with a plastic bag then throw out what’s in the plastic bag on the ground, and obviously not the bag itself. After that, I can clean everything else, replace their bedding, then put the cage back together and put the guinea pigs back in their cage. 
*Honestly, this is everyone’s least favorite part! Plus, it needs to be done no less than every 2-3 days, or the cage will be horrible. Guinea pigs poop a lot, just like rabbits.

WAG: What special accommodations need to be made when you travel?
I have no idea what accommodations meant, but mom explained it. What I do is give them extra food and water even if they still have some left, and then give them extra hay blocks, and that’s pretty much it since we usually only go away for a few days. But if we left all week, then we would leave them with our neighbors, or bring them with us.
*We should also mention, you should make sure to change their bedding right before you leave. We have an extra water bottle that we fill and use when we are gone, so they are sure to have enough water.

WAG: What advice do you have for someone who wants guinea pigs?
I would tell them to get multiple guinea pigs because they are social creatures. Make sure you  play gently because guinea pigs are timid animals. Also, don’t chase them and pick them up, because that is much like being picked up by a bird. Instead lure them with a treat, scratch them behind the ears and CAREFULLY pick them up. If your guinea pigs don’t want to play, then try later. Guinea pigs really like to be fed things like fruits and veggies. Guinea pigs have sensitive ears, so don’t put them near a TV and use your inside voice near them. Most of all, take your time to earn your guinea pigs trust and be very aware of their behavior. Don’t get upset if your guinea pigs refuse to play with you, because they’re very shy. In the wild guinea pigs are pray animals, so don’t scare them.
*Do NOT use vitamin-c drops in their water. Guinea pigs will suffer from scurvy if not fed properly. Pet food companies try to capitalize on this and manufacture vitamin-c drops to be added to their water. I should also note that veterinarians that are versed in guinea pig care are rare locally. I had a misinformed vet tell me to give the guinea pig I owned previously these drops. She died in my arms of dehydration. It was horrible. It wasn’t until we got these guinea pigs, that I read about the vitamin drops and that the horrible taste will make the piggies not drink their water. As long as you feed them properly, they don’t need the drops.

WAG: What has surprised you the most about owning Lilly & Ashe?
I’m not sure if they have been doing anything too unexpected, but guinea pig expectations can be often different from when you buy them.
*I think realizing what my son included about knowing when to leave the guinea pigs alone, might be one of the most surprising things. It might also be one of the harder things for a child to understand.

WAG: What do you love and dislike about the guinea pigs?
What I really love is how they share with each other sometimes which makes them seem even cuter. But, I don’t like how they don’t wanna play as often as I expected. But that doesn’t surprise me.
*So, fun fact – guinea pigs will back their cute little butts up to the edge of a cage and pee and poop out of it, if given the opportunity. I saw this awesome triple decker cage online and ignored the comments warning of this. I thought, “NO! not our guinea pigs!”. Long story short, if anyone wants a really expensive triple decker cage, it’s on the curb waiting to go to the landfill.

WAG: What do they do for fun?
Recently, I’ve been showing them videos on YouTube of other guinea pigs. Also, if I give them a paper ball, they’ll toss it and roll it around.

WAG: Where do they sleep?
Guinea pigs don’t sleep as long or as often as people do. When they rest or sleep, they do it in their hiding spot so they feel safe. As their bodies shut down for sleep, they can’t be aware of any possible threats, so they hide under roofs just as people do. Having roofed hiding spots in your guinea pigs’ living space is essential to to taking care of your guinea pigs.

WAG: Are they housetrained?
No, not that I’m aware of, but an interesting behavior I have noticed is that they poop mostly in the corners of their cage. They’ve picked up this behavior by themselves, so it’s not training.
*Amazon sells little “potty” corner things so that the guinea pigs will keep the rest of the bedding clean.

WAG: Do they have any sibling pets and do they get along?
Yes, but they’re siblings to each other. Sometimes they share their hay blocks, other times, they’re fighting over the hiding spot.
*We don’t have any other pets at the moment.

We hope this helps you make the decision of whether guinea pigs are the right fit for your family. They have really helped my son through some hard times, and for that I will be forever in debt of these little piggies.

If you have any questions about guinea pigs, or you have an idea for what animal you’d like to learn about next, tell us in the comments!

Upstate Animal Rescue Groups Making A Difference

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Are you looking to add a new family member to your home during quarantine? If you have space in your heart and home for a special new member of the family, animal rescues are a great place to find a new pet and they don’t just help dogs and cats!

The best dog I’ve ever known was the first pet I got after leaving my parents home. I went with my best friend to an animal shelter thinking I wanted a Boston Terrier just like Roxie, my friend’s dog. At the rescue facility, all the dogs were barking for our attention.
Except for one.

My Rescue Dog and the kids
The Three Loves Of My LIfe

I’ve joked that he knew he was coming home with me that day and figured the extra effort was not needed. A little blonde rat terrier named Phillip stole my heart that day and spent the next 14 years by my side. He was with me through five moves through three states, heartbreak, the birth of my two children, and more. Sadly he passed away recently and that little rescue dog will always have a special place in my heart.

Aside from local animal shelters, there are local non-profit groups that rescue animals, rehabilitate them if needed, and adopt them out. Some are even breed-specific if you have a certain breed in mind.

Rescues aren’t subsidized by taxpayers, so adoption fees might be a little higher than at the local animal shelters. These non-profits are also a great opportunity for your family to give back, by fostering a pet while a “fur-ever” home is found for them.

WAG is your resource for all your pet-related needs! Did you see this peek behind the scenes at a local animal shelter?

Rescues That Specialize In Canines

Carolina Boxer Rescue helped turn this dogs life around. This is how he looked when they got him (L) and how he looked after they nursed hum back to being healthy (R).

Carolina Boxer Rescue

Carolina Boxer Rescue obtains Boxer breed dogs from shelters, and save them from being euthanized. They service the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue is a full-service rescue dedicated to providing rescue and necessary veterinarian attention for neglected, abused, and homeless golden retrievers breed dogs.

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue specializes in and services Boxer breed dogs. They provide adoptions to The Carolinas and Virginia.

Auction For A Kaws Rescue

Auction for A Kaws rescue is a Greenville based rescue. They are a foster-based organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts out dogs in the Upstate.

Carolina Loving Hound Rescue

Carolina Loving Hound rescue provides adoptions for different breed dogs. Their motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitate, Re-home or Retire”.

Lucky Pup Rescue

Lucky Pup Rescue is a foster-based rescue. They are in Greenville and require home visits for dog adoption applicants.

Now that you have your eye on a pup, you need a place to take them for a walk! There are plenty of places in the Upstate and we have a list of places in Greenville to take a walk with your new pal.

Rescues That Specialize In Felines

Foster Paws Rescue

Foster Paws is a Cat rescue serving Spartanburg & Greenville Counties. They are a foster-based rescue, that holds adoption events through local Petsmart locations.

Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue

Miss Dixie’s specializes in rehabbing and rehoming orphaned kittens in the Upstate.

Rescues That Specialize in Rabbits, Reptiles and Other Animals

Bunny Brigade

If you are looking for a pet that is probably not going to deliver you candy in the spring, Bunny Brigade rescues, rehabs, and rehomes domestic rabbits. They work closely with Izzie’s Pond to find fur-ever homes for floppy-eared friends.

Greenville SC Exotic Animal Rescue

GSCE specializes in almost any pet appropriate animal that is not a dog or a cat. If you are in the market for a snake, ferret, parrot, lizard, tarantula, or another exotic animal, they are the rescue to contact!

Rescues That Help Multiple Species

Day Before The Rainbow Rescue

Day Before The Rainbow rescues animals from high-kill shelters and fosters them out while they are found a home. The rescue also works with animal control to help when animal hoarding events happen and animals need to be helped.

Concerned Citizens For Animals

For 40 years Concerned Citizens For Animals has been helping stray, neglected, and abandoned dogs and cats in the Upstate.

Saved By The Heart Companion Animal Services

Saved By The Heart Companion Animal Services adopts cats and dogs out to people in the Upstate. They also provide resources to pet parents who need help retaining their pets through a hardship.

Note: This list was compiled from reader suggestions and does not constitute an endorsement from Wagging Around Greenville. We recommend that readers research any adoption organization.

Have you found the love of your life through a rescue? Tell us all about it in the comments!