Helping Animals in Need in Nevada

Kevin Dixon

This month, Clawguard is proud to give back to Animal Foundation, a wonderful non-profit rescue organization in Nevada. 

animal foundation of nevada

Every year the Animal Foundation rescues over 30,000 animals and helps them find new homes. 30,000! Now that's an organization making a difference in the lives of many of our best friends, and their humans too.

Do you live in Las Vegas? Adopt don't shop. The dogs pictured below are just a few of the many dogs adoptable at the Nevada shelter. Find a pet to adopt here.

 

BIG NEWS: For each Clawguard sold in October, we're donating a portion of the proceeds to the Animal Foundation.

It's part of Clawguard's ongoing mission to give back to dogs in need. See all of the rescues we have partnered with over the years.

Buy a Clawguard this month!

Do you know a friend whose dog is a door scratcher?

Send them a Clawguard before October 31st, and help us support the Animal Foundation with a big donation.

dog scratching doorknob

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We Support Dogs Deserve Better

Kevin Dixon

Dogs Deserve Better is dedicated to freeing the chained dog, and bringing our best friend into the home and family. DDB's mission is to free dogs through education, rescue and rehabilition, grassroots legislation, and fencing programs.

 

no more chains - dogs deserve better charity

Every dog who learns to stop scratching the door, is one more dog who is less likely to be crated or chained. 

Many dogs are chained up for long period of time, and as a result they exist without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

At Clawguard we know it's not easy to find solutions when a dog shows signs of separation anxiety. Many dog owners crate their dogs or tie them up as a last resort. But we created a door shield to help owners train their dogs to stop scratching the door. It's a tool that has helped many dog owners in their efforts to train the dog - sometimes one door shield can be the difference between a dog who listens and a dog who doesn't. 

 

A gift for Dogs, A gift for You

For the dogs: This month we're going to donate a dollar for each sale of the Clawguard to Dogs Deserve better. Buy your Clawguard before May 15th to participate in this fundraiser.

For you: We have a special discount for Dogs Deserve Better fans. Enter coupon YESDDB at checkout for free shipping!

This offer is valid between May 1 and May 15th and is applicable to purchases on our website Clawguard.com. How many Clawguards will you order? One for home and one for travel? Or one for the front door, back door and basement door too? 

Discount code YESDDB good at Clawguard.com until May 15th.

Free Shipping discount valid for U.S. orders only.

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Clawguard Sales Support Dogs Deserve Better

Kevin Dixon

At Clawguard, we're committed to giving back to rescue organizations working tirelessly on behalf of animals in need. This month, we decided to partner up again with one of our favorite groups, Dogs Deserve Better, who we worked with for one of our first charity partnerships exactly one year ago this month. September 15-30, every Clawguard sold will support the work of Dogs Deserve Better.

DDB works nationwide to rescue penned and chained animals. Their Good Newz Rehabilitation Center in Smithfield, VA is located on the site of the NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s former Bad Newz Kennel that was shut down in 2007. DDB works to rehabilitate chained and penned dogs, many of whom have had little human interaction and been neglected for years. These dogs are rescued, treated, socialized and eventually found loving homes where they can live out the rest of their years in freedom.

A portion of each Clawguard sale through September 30 will be donated directly to Dogs Deserve Better to support their important work. Thank you to DDB for all that you do to help rehabilitate these deserving dogs!

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August Clawguard Sales Support Heartland Humane Society of South Dakota

Kevin Dixon

Continuing our commitment to support homeless pets and some of the rescues working to find them forever homes, this August we're continuing our "Clawguard Gives Back" series. Now through August 31, every Clawguard sales will go to support the work of Heartland Humane Society in Yankton, SD.

Heartland Humane Society plays a vital role in the lives of countless animals every year, and we were truly touched hearing the stories of some of the animals that have been nursed back to health, and found loving homes for. "Sigmund the Survivor" was brought to Heartland Humane Society in May 2015 after he was found in the parking lot after being hit by a card. When he lethargic and could barely move, and the staff were told that he's suffered nerve damage and they would have to wait and see how much he would recover. Heartland staff and volunteers worked for weeks to help nurse Sigmund through his injuries-- providing physical therapy to help get his back legs moving again, helping him in and out of the litter box and administering medicine. After a dedicated volunteer began taking Sigmund home for "weekend vacations," his recovery quickened. By summer he had regained movement in the back half of his body and was adopted in July 2015. Today Sigmund is settled into his new life, gentle and grateful as ever. 

 

Sigmund when he first arrived at Heartland Humane Society shortly after being hit by a car, and standing tall and proud shortly before he was adopted.[/caption]   Asia was another animal brought to Heartland after she and her litter of puppies were discovered abandoned in sub-zero temperatures in February 2015. On arriving at the shelter, Asia was cautious around people but created a cozy space for her pups quickly and began warming up to the staff. Volunteers and members of the community rallied to the new family's story, and donations of puppy food, blankets and even news crews followed. After the pups were weaned, all six found new homes, and Asia blossomed with a foster family-- playing with kids and her dog pal, Dori. 

Asia nursing her puppies shortly after being rescued, and a few months later, smiling at the camera for her foster mom.[/caption] Though for Asia's puppies the story was a happy one, it was discovered soon after that Asia herself had a large tumor in her kidney, something that had been unnoticed while she was staying in the shelter's care. She fought through her illness the entire time she was caring for her litter, succumbing only after they were safe and cared for.

puppies All six of Asia's puppies--Bali, Dali, Samuru, Kochi, Nikko and Hiro-- were saving from the cold and adopted into loving homes thanks to Heartland Humane Society.[/caption] For every Clawguard you purchase, we'll donate directly to Heartland Humane Society to support their vital work finding families for homeless dogs, cats and other animals.

Thank you for supporting Clawguard, and helping us support this dynamic organization!

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Creative Campaigns Help Shelter Dogs Find Forever Homes

Kevin Dixon

At Clawguard, we're big advocates of "adopt, don't shop." Foster, the inspiration for the very first Clawguard, was adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society in 2000, and we've shared our experiences fostering dogs as well. With so many amazing animals looking for homes, you need only stop by your local animal shelter or rescue to discover a new best friend! That said, shelters continue to be overwhelmed with thousands of homeless pets, and not nearly enough homes to put them all in. With the growth of social media over the last decade, rescue organizations have gotten more creative about showcasing their adoptable animals, resulting in some innovative, hilarious and heartwarming campaigns.

Dog Meets Photobooth Photobooth Dog Portraits Every dog owner knows that it's nearly impossible to capture your pet's personality in just one photo. In an irresistible new campaign to show off the many faces of their adoptable dogs,  The Humane Society of Utah created photobooth-style portraits of their adoptable dogs. The charming images worked wonders-- all the pups featured in the project have now found forever homes.  

Home for Hope While the Ikea showroom is known for it's homey feel, dog lovers know that no house is complete without a dog curled up on the couch next to you. The Singapore-based Home for Hope campaign made use of this idea by creating life size cut-outs of adoptable dogs from local shelters that were displayed throughout an Ikea store. A QR code around the dog's neck let visitors learn more about the real animal, and other pups hoping to find homes.  

Photobombing for Good

Selfies with Shelter Dogs

Who says the rise of the selfie is all bad? One Dallas animal shelter turned the Instagram craze on it's head, photoshopping adoptable dog photobombs into people's Instagram photos in a move they dubbed "muttbombing." Each photo was reposted on DPA's account with a caption written as the dog, encouraging viewers to consider adding a real dog to their life, and their next photo session.  

Swipe Right for (Puppy) Love While it can be tricky to find the perfect human partner online, one NYC animal shelter hopes that Tinder users will take a chance on actual puppy love. Rescue organization Social Tees teamed up with the dating site last year to post profiles of adoptable dogs, and so far more than 1500 matches have been made.  

Every Home Needs a Harvey

Finally, we couldn't resist sharing this video created by British marketing firm Thinkbox. Though the spot was designed to promote TV advertising (just look how effective a commercial "sells" Harvey!), the message about a dog looking for his forever home is still a powerful one. Every shelter is full of Harvey's just waiting to find their forever homes. And while we can't guarantee they'll be able to pick the kids up from school, adopting a dog is sure to improve your life in plenty of other ways!

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September Sales Support "Dogs Deserve Better"

Kevin Dixon

Continuing our commitment to give back to homeless pets and animal charities we admire,we're donating $1 of every Clawguard sale in September to Dogs Deserve Bettera Virginia-based organization committed to rescuing penned and chained animals.

 

clawguard supports Dogs Deserve Better organization.

 

Dogs Deserve Better's Good Newz Rehabilitation Center in Smithfield, VA is located on the site of the NFL quarterback Michael Vick's former Bad Newz Kennel. The center has sheltered over 80 dogs since moving into their dedicated space in 2011, socializing and rehoming animals who would otherwise have spent their entire lives outdoors, neglected and alone.

We recently worked with Amy Hines of Dogs Deserve Better when she brought an energetic crew of "dog models" to a Clawguard video shoot. Afterwards falling in love with the pooches-- and the organizations mission-- we donated  a handful of Clawguards to help protect the doors at DDB's facility.

Pups at Dogs Deserve Better

With 80+ dogs coming through the facility, the doors at Good News Rehabilitation Center took a beating.

 

With a crew of inquisitive pups still learning about manners and how to behave inside a home, it's no surprise that the Center's doors take a beating. Amy said that "our staff is constantly cleaning, sanding and touching up the scratched trim that surrounds our doors." The pups are "always curious as to who might be on the other side of the door. [But] we were all smiles as the first Clawguard was hung around the door knob."

 

Clawguard sales support Dogs Deserve Better

Inquisitive pups check out their new Clawguard

 

Amy said that with the organization's limited budget, Clawguard would prevent costly repairs to the Center's doors and trim. She said, "Being a non-profit, we can now save money on the supplies it takes to make these repairs and get back to spending time obedience training our pups! Here are six reasons why Clawguard is a MUST HAVE: Poppy, Rico, Rhes, Suki, Chance & Sampson!"

 

Clawguard sales support Dogs Deserve Better

To support the important work Dogs Deserve Better is doing, donate directly through their website. To support their work AND protect your own doors from damage, purchase a Clawguard in September!

 

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7 Lessons Learned from my First Foster Dog

Kevin Dixon

Foster Dog

I never thought that I would have a dog. Ever. But something changed this year. For the first time I own my own home and I have a real backyard. I have, as they say, settled down. And I kind of like it. So this spring my husband and I looked at each other and said "How about a dog?" And that is how Jericho came into our lives.

 

Jericho is a foster dog and will live with me until he is adopted by his new family. I'm really, really glad to be able to share my home with this sweet guy. I found out about Jericho through Last Day Dog Rescue, a wonderful organization that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in Michigan and Ohio (you may remember them as the recipient of 10% of Clawguard's profits in May). Last Day places dogs in foster homes until they are adopted. This allows the dog to adjust to life in a healthy home situation, and it lets us learn more about the dog and his personality.  

 

The first few days were a bit iffy. I picked up Jericho on a Tuesday afternoon. He pulled on the leash so hard that I wasn't sure I could get him safely between the shelter and my car. His first few moments running around the house were eye opening for me as well. "Oh boy!" I thought to myself, as I saw my house from the point of view of a dog for the first time. Would he wreck all of our furniture? How about our shoes-- Are they safe? Is he really house-trained, and what do we do if he isn't? Are there things he's afraid of? Jericho is an American Staffordshire Terrier. At 55 lbs he's a lot of dog. He loves people and plays well with smaller, more submissive dogs. We're working some of his bad habits, such as not pulling the leash, or chasing cats. But aside from that he's really, really wonderful. In a few short weeks I've learned so much about having a dog. So I wanted to share these with you.  

What I've learned from my first (foster) dog:

 

1. Dogs will show you unconditional love (and you'll love it.)

They never get tired of being rubbed, petted, thrown a ball. They know that you're the person caring for them, and they like to be around you. Jericho in particular is one of those dogs who is a "shadow". He'd stay right beside me every moment of the day if he could. 

 

2. The right toys are indispensable.

When the chewing or rough-housing begins, I want to have the perfect dog-approved toy nearby. Anything that I can give Jericho to re-direct his energy is worth it's weight in gold. Jericho loves to chew a big bone, and it's a wonderful way to calm him down when I'm busy cooking, entertaining guests, or working from home. It sounds silly to say this, but every toy that I've given Jericho has been a hit. If I keep up the gift-buying I may become broke, but boy will this dog be happy and most importantly, stay out of trouble!

3. Dogs can destroy things.

I am constantly reminded that this sweet dog also has the ability to do some real damage to my belongings. An unattended, bored dog is capable of a lot of mischief. It is impressive what damage Jericho can do to a stick, a bone, a patch of grass... Thankfully, I know that if he starts to claw up the door at least I'm covered with a Clawguard door shield!

4. My schedule has got to change.

The days of waking up 10 minutes before I have to leave for work are long gone. Last minute plans to go away for the weekend on a whim - gone too! My days begin at 6:30AM now, when Jericho begins whimpering. My husband or I will often jump up and spend half an hour outside while the sun rises. It's calm, it's a great way to start the day and it is quality time that we are lucky to be able to spend together. (Ok, I'm not going to lie, sometimes it's quality time with my iPhone too.) And at 10 or 11pm when I'm winding down, I have to remember that there's still a very important potty-break on the schedule. I don't want to put Jericho in his crate without letting him outside first, because a wake-up call any earlier than 6:30 is not OK with me.

5.  Balance

I work at a computer for countless hours every day and I can tell you that the most wonderful gift I can get is outdoor time. Time to regroup and step away, or just enjoy a change of scenery while I'm still working. Taking a break to watch Jericho bound around the yard means that I get to breathe fresh air and see the sun too. ... Of course, I should probably wait until it is bitter cold and snowy outside, and tell you if I still feel this way.

6. Dog food is expensive.

Like, oh-my-gosh expensive. $50, $60 a bag is not unusual. My wallet hurts... But at least it's for a good cause!

7. It's hard.

Caring for a dog is not easy. A walk in the park sounds easy, in theory. But walking Jericho in a park filled with other dogs might be the biggest challenge of my life. Why? Because you can't communicate to him why certain things aren't allowed, or why he shouldn't growl  at some of the neighbor dogs. We're working on all of these things every day, and it is work.

All I want to do is give this dog happy experiences. But I've discovered that I have to instill more discipline in his routine in order to achieve that. I'm the strict parent most of the time and I'll fully own that label. I want Jericho to be the best dog for his future family. I'm glad that my husband and I thought long and hard before deciding to foster a dog. We knew it would be an adjustment, but that it would teach us what we needed to learn. So far we're really happy with our decision, with the good, the bad and the... really cute. (o:

What have you learned from having a dog? Would you ever foster one? We'd love to hear. Share your experiences on our Facebook page!

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Clawguard Sales Support Last Day Dog Rescue

Kevin Dixon
With more than 6 million animals available for adoption in shelters across the country, Clawguard is committed to supporting rescue organization's efforts to find loving homes for these pets. We donate a portion of our sales throughout the year to organizations that inspire us with their commitment to homeless pets. This month we are partnering with a wonderful Detroit-area animal rescue group.

During the month of May, one dollar from every Clawguard sale will be donated to the Last Day Dog Rescue.

Last Day Dog Rescue

LDDR is a 100% volunteer-run organization that rescues animals from high-kill shelters in Michigan and Ohio. Their commitment to finding homes for ALL dogs is inspiring-- According to LDDR's website, "We hold a special place in our hearts for the big, black dogs, the not so pretty dogs, and senior dogs because they are often passed up in shelters everywhere for puppies, small breeds and the lighter colored “prettier” dogs."

Last Day Dog Rescue

Our very own web designer, Laura Eagin, is an approved foster for LDDR and is excited to be matched up with a pup soon. She and her husband have been talking for a long time about how they could give a dog a good home, and fostering is something they're passionate about doing. At Clawguard, we're excited to be able to support the important work the Last Day Dog Rescue team does. You can feel good knowing that $1 of your Clawguard purchase in May will support LDDR's dogs (and cats). Shop Clawguard now, and check out the great things happening at Last Day Dog Rescue.

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