FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I agreed to review What to Expect When Adopting A Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon, months ago. Diane was kind enough to approach me because I had reviewed another book of hers, I agreed because I have met Diane in person and love her, I admire her writing, and I admire her commitment to the well-being/welfare of animals. But…. I was feeling more and more like a hypocrite. Why? I DID NOT ADOPT MY DOG. I got my dog from a responsible breeder.
I pride myself on being transparent and a trusted source for book reviews and product reviews on my blog. Since I did not adopt Dakota, I have chosen to post about this book as a “book feature” (as opposed to a “book review”), because I think it is a marvelous guide and a MUST HAVE FOR ALL PET OWNERS. I will share information about the book, but I can’t offer any insight about dog adoption since I did not adopt Dakota. How could I honestly do anything else? Many of YOU out there have far more knowledge about dog adoption than I do, Diane and YOU are the experts on dog adoption. I am not. That being said, when you read about this book, I believe you will agree it is a must-have for anyone who is contemplating dog adoption, or for pet parents who have questions, or for anyone integrating a dog into their home.
“I’m so impressed and truly excited about this book. It’s a much-needed resource for shelters, rescues, bloggers, and anyone interested in or considering a “new” pet in their home. There is a wealth of information and Diane Rose-Solomon’s insight into pet adoption and successful homing of a new dog into your family, is outstanding. “ From Yvonne DiVita, Co-Founder of BlogPaws, Woman of the Year, Women in the Pet Industry Network.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Diane is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and has gathered a national network of colleagues who are top pet professionals. Through her volunteerism with rescue organizations, she’s met many prospective pet owners asking questions and voicing concerns about pet adoption.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog offers expert advice from rescue specialists, veterinarians, dog parents, and pet business owners with links to the best, most relevant articles from pet professionals, making this book a one-stop shop for all dog-related questions, before, during, and after adoption. The book answers questions like:
- Whether dog adoption is right for you
- How to prepare your home for a new member
- Integrating the dog into your home, family, lifestyle
- Advanced dog parenting
- How to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group
In five modules, Diane leads the reader through all the steps they should take to decide on a dog, go through the adoption process, bring the new pet home, as well as lifelong care. And, with the shorter lives of animals, she delivers a heartfelt chapter on saying goodbye to a pet. The book educates a prospective pet parent on what to expect and how to add the joy of dog parenting.
- Asking yourself “Am I Ready?” which includes “do I have the time/energy?”, “do I have the resources?”
- Part II: Beginning the Search, considering things such as age, size of dog, breed, temperament.
- Part I: Where Do I Go to Adopt a Dog?
- Part II:What to Expect at the Shelter/Rescue Organization
- Part III: Dog Adoption vs. Dog Breeders
- Part I: Items You Will Need, which includes items explained, optional items.
- Part II: What You Will Need to Do includes “to-do” explained.
- Part I: Getting Acquainted, including tips for introducing dog to dog, dog to cat, housebreaking
- Part II:Kids Roles, Expectations and Safety
- Part III: Safety For Your Dog, such as weather extremes, holidays
- Part IV:Training, Exercise and Socialization
- Part I:Living Your New Life
- Part II:Advanced Training and Special Certifications
- Part III:Specialty Health and Wellness
- Part IV:Exceptional Dogs including special needs dogs, dogs with physical challenges, emotional challenges and senior dogs.