Top 5 of our Best "Smartpaw Features" Last 2021

Top 5 of our Best "Smartpaw Features" Last 2021

Let's once again recap some of our best feature stories last 2021 from our "Smartpaw Features"!

2021 has been a blast as well as for our "Smartpaw Features"! For those who don't know, "Smartpaw Features" is a feature post that we do on our Instagram feed@sgsmartpawwhere we feature amazing stories of pets! This may be about rescues, survival from a disease, adoption,  abandonment, abuse, and many more! We aim to help spread important lessons from other pets and pet owner's experiences, inspire & motivate pet owners, and help pets and pet owners with similar experiences know that they are not alone.Now let's read them once again (especially if you missed out on them last year) and be inspired by these touching pet stories!

1. Toto the Strong Maltipoo

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"⁠Toto is such a bundle of joy to us! 💖 He is ever so gentle and friendly to every single human and furiends alike. 🐶🐱 Everyday, we wake up in awe at how cute and lovable he is. He can be so brave, playing with big dogs but be so timid over a ball or owl robot. 😅 (This is@skymee.singapore Owl Robot, feel free to go and check it out!)⁠

When he just turned 1 year young, he was diagnosed with Grade 1 Luxating Patella (a kneecap that moves out of its normal location). We felt like our world came crashing down because this was not a diagnosis that should happen to a pup as young as him. 😥⁠

We were so fortunate to receive such outpouring of love and advices from the IG Pets Community. 🐾🥰💞 We take precaution and have bought pet stairs for him so that he doesn't jump down from the sofa. Additionally, we started Toto on joint supplements and bought mobility discs to get him to exercise on it everyday to strengthen his hind legs. 💪🏻 He was initially so scared of it, but now he is able to stand, sit and bow on it with much stability! Seeing his determination and progress everyday has given us hope that he will be ok. 💖⁠

⁠He is such a brave and intelligent boy! We are really blessed to have him in our lives! 🥰"
~@toto.isme.maltipoo

2. Reese the Farm Toy Poodle

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"As some of you might know, I was adopted from a dog farm on 5 April 2020. I came into my furever home with ticks, LP and a right ear which is unable to grow. I was never meant to be sold because of my ear and instead was going to be a breeding dog that would be producing litters of puppies for the owners of the farm to gain profit. Thankfully, unlike many other dogs from the farm, I had no health issues such as heartworm etc. However, I was afraid of everything and did not dare to step out of my playpen. I had and still do have trouble sleeping. I wake up at the slightest noise and when I am able to sleep, I usually am whining or whimpering. There are things my hoomans will never know about my past but I’m glad that I’ve now found my furever home.⁠

I hope that by using this platform, I can inform more people about these problems that arise from the selling of animals. For example, many dog farms have unethical practices which treat the dogs poorly. If you’re looking to get a pup or any animal in fact, make sure you do your research about the place you’re getting your pet from."
⁠~@itsreesethetoypoodle

3. Pomelo the Rehomed Kitty Survivor

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"I once had a home, but it wasn't the best. I didn't have the proper care or medical attention and was super malnourished. My ear is disfigured from an untreated ear infection, stained paws, & bald spots on my legs because my mommy think I was kept in a cage with my own waste, and I had chronic diarrhoea which caused a bloody butt 😥⁠

I was dumped when they had enough. It was rainy and I was so scared I hid under a truck for a day. The next day, I was so hungry I went begging for food from everyone who passed by, and a kind man posted my plight onto FB. My mommy was on the MRT when she saw me and couldn't stop thinking about me, so she said she'll foster me. 2 months passed and I became a foster fail, gained 1 kg, and gotten so much healthier and happier! 💖⁠⁠

I am family and I am not disposable!"
~@pomelopommy

4. Benji the Abused But Now Loved Pup

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"We were at SPCA looking for a puppy for our older dog, and he caught our eye. He was the quietest and looked the most scared and was sitting in the corner 🥺 I went in to interact with him and stared into his eyes and the deal was done 💕⁠

⁠It was really hard because he was extremely scared and skittish. Would be submissive pee upon eye contact and we were unable to train him the usual way you can with puppies that haven't been through trauma. ⁠

He learned mostly from our late dog who passed away last year and with lots of consistent reassurance, love, and patience. I could understand why he was returned twice, probably due to his personality and skittishness - what I couldn't understand was why he was abused the second time before he was returned. That only made him fear more and all I want to do is find that family that did that to him and find out why they did to him 😒"
~@benjiandhishoomans

5. Feed your pets with a healthier diet

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"Ninja used to live in a home until one day he found himself living in a dumpster. 😥 Did he actually do something wrong to deserve such treatment? 🥺 All he had by then was four filthy green walls surrounding him. Having lived in a dumpster got him all filthy, frightened, hungry, and hurt. 😕⁠

And then one day, Ninja had the courage to foray into the unknown and arrived at a patio that belonged to now her loving mum! 😍 She fed Ninja and the presence, love, and warmth radiated in him. 💓 Ninja had no idea that his courage will bring him to his furever home! 🏠 Ninja was given a shower and the once thought to be just an ugly and dirty kitty actually is a handsome one! 🤩🤩🤩⁠

After 2 weeks, Ninja had a home and now has food, shelter and love!💞 He now has a nice and clean environment and he was even checked by the vet too! 😍 Ninja is now adopted and even has a little sister too! 🐱🐾⁠

From scavenging the dumpster to now kneading his mum, fate turns around and all Ninja can do now is count his blessings! ✨✨✨"
~@mr.ninja_kit

6. Keep up on all of your pet's vet visits

Most of us love our pets and want nothing more than to provide them with the best care possible. It can be difficult on a budget though, so it's important that pet owners prioritize their expenditures. One of the most critical investments in your pet's health is having him or she regularly vaccinated.

A veterinarian will typically recommend vaccines for dogs and cats depending on what sort of exposure they may have to disease-carrying organisms. Considerations such as where your pet lives (rural area vs urban area), how they spend their time (indoors vs outdoors), lifestyle factors (if there are children in the home if they spend time with other pets), and even travel habits will all impact which vaccines your pet should take.

In the course of your precious pet's life, you will probably have to take them to see a veterinarian on numerous occasions. Taking time out from your busy schedule is not only important for the health of your pet, but it helps strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Regular check-ups can help detect health problems early on in their development which means more effective treatment and a better chance at survival for your fur babies!

7 . Consistent grooming time

If you own a pet, your life is going to be a little bit more complicated. While not all pets take grooming very seriously, some do – and it can make or break the bond between you and your pet.

Clipping their nails gives them better traction on floors and prevents long-term problems from being able to dig in with their feet. By keeping this part of your routine up, you should be able to prevent other issues such as broken claws and accidents caused by slipping around faster turns!

Brushing your pet takes very little time, and it can go a long way. Not only does brushing your pet's coat help keep their skin clean, preventing issues such as dandruff, but it also stimulates the growth of natural oils that keep their coats shiny and healthy looking! Also, by removing all that excess fur that comes with the brush, you are not only saving yourself work during shedding season (which is almost always), but you are also keeping your house cleaner by limiting how much hair gets spread around all over the place! Check our blog article How to Groom your Pet at Home and 4 Pet Gadgets That Will Help You Groom Your Pet Much Easier to learn more!

Make sure to give them a bath every so often especially for dogs. Like humans, dogs get dirty too and need good hygiene just like their owners. Of course, you don't need to bathe your dog every other day or anything like that; try to keep it up at least once per month or so. When choosing a shampoo for your furry friend, be sure to select something that will not irritate their skin, but rather just clean them up! Cats on the other hand are different in terms of bathing time due to how fastidious they tend to be. If you notice that your cat needs a bath (they may do this when they are sick), then feel free to use an all-natural shampoo that was designed specifically for cats.

Pets also need dental care just as much as humans do, but most people don't think about taking their pets to see a veterinarian for routine checkups until there is a problem. This is usually because they assume that it is not necessary, especially if they cannot find any symptoms of illness or pain. However, this negligence can lead to costly veterinary bills and even the loss of a beloved pet. Your fur babies' health and happiness depend on regular professional cleanings at the vet's office, so take him or her in every six months for this important preventive procedure. Regular cleanings will help reveal warning signs early on your pet gets sick. Check out our blog article 6 Tips to Improve Your Pet’s Dental Health to learn more!

Organizing your pet grooming time takes a little bit of preparation, but it has so many benefits for both you and your furry babies!

How to keep these new year resolutions throughout the year?

Start by setting goals for yourself, and stick to them! Having clear goals in mind will help keep you on track with your resolutions. Celebrate small milestones because getting there is half the fun! Each time you achieve something small it should act as motivation to give you that push to reach bigger goals down the road.
Don't focus too much on what could go wrong; instead, think about all of the wonderful things that can happen if you just put in a little extra effort! If at first, you don't succeed, try again (and again) until you find success! With so many new year resolutions being made each year it's important not to be discouraged if one doesn't work out right away.

Keep working towards your goal until you are able to achieve it! Don't focus too much on the small things; keep your eyes on the prize! If you are constantly worried about something small, then it can easily derail everything else that you have set out to do in the new year.

Finally, make sure to create a support system for yourself because sharing happiness is what friends are for! Having someone there by your side will help keep things positive and maintain your momentum throughout the year!

Conclusion

Thank you for all fur parents who lets us share these amazing stories! We do hope these stories inspired you and helped you learn more about how much dogs and cats (whether in shelters or strays) needs a furever home, the reality of what happens in the pet community, what we should do as responsible pet owners, and how loving they can be, so loyal as well! To all pet lovers out there, keep being pawsome and we will do our best to share more amazing stories this 2022!If you liked this blog post, here are some of our blogs that you might like to read as well:




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Rose Hazel San Diego

Hazel loves pets & she has owned cats, dogs, & even hedgehogs! She also fosters cats & dogs in need around her area. With her social media & copywriting background, she gladly shares her knowledge of pets through these articles!

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