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August 2019—Give Paws

Jul 23, 2019 11:00AM ● By Enjoy Magazine

Give Paws - August 2019

Editor's Note 

August 2019

They’re our most faithful friends, our closest companions, the ones who love us unconditionally even when we’re not very pleasant to be around – they’re our pets, and this month, we “give paws” in their honor.

Is there room in your home and heart for a new furry friend? We’ll help walk you through five critical questions to ask yourself before you make the lifetime commitment of adopting a pet. 

Stigma surrounds dogs labeled as “bully breeds,” but Bridgette Boothe has become an educated advocate for dogs like pit bulls and bulldogs. She’s the director of Fresno Bully Rescue, and she and her team house dozens of dogs while also doing outreach on responsible ownership. 

Sometimes animals are healers, like those found at Spirit Horse Connections. These horses provide an alternative therapeutic approach for children and adults with challenges like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, anxiety, PTSD and more. More than 100 children have spoken their first word on a horse or pony here.

We all want safer streets, and National Night Out provides an opportunity to meet your neighbors, shake hands with the officers who protect us and learn how you can contribute to a healthier neighborhood.

And if wedding bells are in your future (and the date is drawing ever near), we’ve got some tips on writing your own vows. It’s a heartfelt way to add a deeply personal touch to your ceremony, and it’s not as tough as you might think!

Relish these long summer days, give your favorite critter a pet behind the ears, and enjoy!

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