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Adopt, Don’t Shop: Why You Should Choose a Rescue Dog

When it comes to picking your next four-legged friend, there are plenty of reasons why a rescue dog should top your list.

It’s Not the Dog’s Fault

It’s a common myth that dogs in rescue facilities must have something wrong with them, but this simply isn’t true. The most common reasons for giving a dog up to a shelter are changes in the owner’s life: moving house, changes in financial circumstances, and personal problems. Many are perfectly well-behaved and well trained; if this will be your first dog or you have a busy life, a rescue dog who already knows the ropes will be ideal. Puppies are adorable, but training and caring for one is intense and time-consuming.

Diamonds in the Rough

Rescue dogs have just as much character and are equally as intelligent as anything with a pedigree. Some are even able to perform assistance dog tasks and detect seizures in their owners, just like trained service dogs. It’s also worth considering that many pure-bred dogs come with certain problems – pugs have breathing difficulties and are prone to skin infections, while German Shepherds are known for developing arthritis and bad hips. A lot of these issues result from breeding standards which are designed to be attractive or win prizes at shows; rescue dogs of mixed breeding don’t need to conform to these standards and are often healthier as a result.

Responsible Choices

By adopting, you’re also helping to deal with a chronic pet overpopulation problem. Rather than supporting the market for more dogs to be bred, take one who is already out there and looking for a home. Rehoming also helps to reduce the profit to be made from inhumane puppy mills. There is very little regulation on the conditions for breeding dogs, and with puppies of fashionable breeds easily fetching thousands of pounds, there is easy money to be made at the expense of the dogs’ welfare. If you have decided on a specific breed and can’t find one locally, try contacting the relevant association or registry.

Save a Life

By adopting a rescue dog, you can literally save a life. Many shelter animals are euthanized each year because of overpopulation. Shelters do amazing work and provide the best environment they can, but are often stretched for money and resources. Adopting a rescue dog gives it the chance of a new life in a happy home, and eases pressure on the shelter. Your adoption fees will go straight back into helping other animals in need.

Jenny is a new contributor of this blog.

Happy New Year.

I started off with nothing in 2016, and I still have most of it left.

This is the first podcast episode of the year but I hope that now that I have some idea of what I want to accomplish with this project it comes to fruition. I am here to share my love of podcasting and my town.

This week the show is less than 16 minutes long but has a story of my dog, dogs in general, and the Animal Control Facility that we have in our area. I also found some news from the Landings newsletter that our town produces but is hard to find. (hint, hint) Link below.

This is a weekly show that shares items of interest about the town of Upper Marlboro, Maryland USA. It is hosted by Kenn Blanchard. Uppermarlboropodcast.com

Links for this episode:

http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/204/Animal-Management

http://uppermarlboromd.gov/town/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017_Landings_JAN_web.pdf

https://nextdoor.com (app I mentioned).

Last Wednesday was the second time I hosted an online prayer meeting at uberconference.com/kennblanchard. It’s a paid service I use to connect with Believers that want to pray with me using their phone or computer.  It was an amazing session.  There was not a dry eye in the house (at least not mine).  We had the opportunity to pray for a wounded warrior (a Marine Corp vet, who is managing after the result of combat).  He asked us to pray for one of the last members of a group of friends made while healing in the hospital for two years (the others committed suicide).  The prayers and comments of the men that were online that night was amazing.  It blessed me.

After advertising on Facebook and Twitter about the event, with reminders throughout the day I was startled to see how small the number was that turned out that night. It made me wonder what is it about prayer that scares people or motivates them not to participate in.

Two weeks ago, I took a leap of faith and invested in a conference service so that I could pray with and for others. Using the technology of a conference call we pray, ask for prayer, and collectively lift our prayers up to God.   At the agreed upon time of 9pm it started.

The service is supposed to integrate with Google Hangouts. Now that Google Hangouts is a part of YouTube Live it has been tricky. I had to download a program in addition to what I already had for it to work.  I didn’t get it up in time but the magic of Google still helped one of the callers find us through searching http://Uberconference.com/kennblanchard (going to change it to blanchardchapel.us)

On our first outing, I had the opportunity to meet, pray with and pray for a person from Oklahoma, Arizona, two from Virginia and two from Maryland excluding myself.  It was a success.

All of this is without worrying about overhead, church politics, egos, or denominations.

It wasn’t easy though.

As soon as I set this in motion, I had the threat of scheduling conflicts. I felt tired.  My mood changed.  I pressed through.  I found out later that all of the attendees also had “stuff” happen that made them almost not come online.  I guess it happened last week on meeting number 2.

I believe that prayer not only changes “things” praying changes us. I believe in the power of prayer.  I have experienced the blessings of someone praying for me and having my prayers answered.  Despite my beliefs, I have found that people are actually afraid to pray.  This blew my mind.  I can understand the fear of speaking in public portion of that though but beyond that; what could it be?

It is my guess aside from forgetting we were on there must be a reason. Here are the top three I could come up with.

 

Fear Of The Unknown

  • What is going to happen?

 

Fear Of Judgments/Condemnation

  • Not knowing how to pray
  • Not understanding what prayer is
  • Fear of public testimony/speaking in public

 

Disbelief

  • Faith or lack thereof

 

I have committed myself to doing this once a week for the rest of the year 2017. For me, it is an act of obedience, honor and reverence to the calling of God.  It allows me to minister and be ministered to.

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB)

Here’s how we operate. You can call 202-780-1279 or go to http://blanchardchapel.us and listen online.

We start at 2100 hrs eastern standard time. Because the group is small, we will probably ask you your name just in hopes of finding a new friend but this is private.  You will be asked if you have any prayer request so that someone may volunteer to pray for/with you.  If you would like to pray you can.  There is no hierarchy here.  We open in prayer and do a round robin approach to get started.  There is a Scripture focus for the week that I share.  It is slow.  There will be times of dead air.  If no one says anything for a undetermined period of time, we’ll close it in prayer.  We are scheduled for an hour.

During the quiet times, I will slip in some information about praying, and life hacks.

Let your faith be bigger than you fears.

Join me next time.  It’s worth it.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

 

Most of us are starting to think of how we can do better in the New Year.  There are the usuals like: eat less junk food, exercise more and to take the stairs.  Some will stop smoking, drinking, or making resolutions all together.

What if the first thing you promised yourself to do in 2017 was to pray more and meditate on the Word of God?  How awesome would that be?

To seek the kingdom of God is to intentionally focus on and fully experience relationship with God, usually through avenues He has provided such as prayer and meditating on His word.

 

I am starting a prayer line / conference call on Wednesdays at 2100 (9PM EST)

The main purposes of the Prayer Line being started is to encourage the congregation to call in and pray and to discipline ourselves to pray continuously as the scriptures tell us (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

We will be able to:

  • Empower people with the Word of GOD
  • Intercede (“Stand In The Gap”) for prayer requests given from people or by Divine Directives from GOD.
  • Go forth earnestly in prayer and believe the will of GOD shall be done “in earth as it is in heaven.”
  • Connect with individuals we haven’t seen
  • Connect with individuals that are unable to go to church
  • Share important upcoming information

People use conference lines for everything else; why not use it to advance the kingdom of God!

How we are going to do it.

Call 202-780-1279 and stand by…

Welcome and greetings.  The leader of the call for that particular day opens up with greetings from the prayer ministry and welcomes everyone to the call.  We especially welcome any first time callers and thank them for joining us and encourage them to join us again.

Scripture:  After the welcome we remind the callers of the Prayer Calendar focus for the month and share in reading the scripture verses highlighted for the day from the calendar.

Call courtesy instructions:  We provide further instructions about muting phones, and we ask that as we begin to pray that everyone would be mindful to keep their petitions to one to two minutes because we want everyone to have an opportunity to pray.

Prayer time: The leader opens up with a brief prayer to cover the call and participants.  Then the call is open for the first 15 to 20 minutes just for persons to pray.

Request and praise time: The last 5 minutes we open the call for prayer request, praise reports, and testimonies.

Leader’s closing prayer:  The leader then closes the call, praying over the prayer requests
Join me every Wednesday at 2100 eastern standard time at 202-780-1279 for a conference call where we will prayer for each other http://kennblanchard.com/chapel

Call: 202-780-1279

*I got this prayer line idea and proposal from my friend, Min. Peter R. Blue, Sr.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
-M. L. King Jr.


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