TWO GREAT ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS

Being a dog lover and advocate for the welfare of animals, I like to recognize different organizations that share the same goals I do: to end the cruelty towards animals and educate society about the plight of neglected animals who have no voice of their own.

These two organizations not only improve the lives of dogs, but also help improve the lives of the people that interact with these animals.

Crossroads Campus is a newer 501©(3) non-profit in Nashville, Tennessee. They bring people from all walks of life to achieve their mission of transforming the lives of people and animals. Crossroads Campus has an outreach program, Caring Connections, which brings together youth in need of healing, enhanced empathy, and the building of their self-worth. They do this with the help of rescued puppies and dogs that need socialization, basic positive reinforcement training, and need to develop trust to be ready for adoption. These youth are typically in state custody or are aging out of it.  With the help of professional dog trainers, veterinarians, and motivational speakers, Crossroads helps empower these youth to be better members of society and helps find these pets a forever loving home.

A similar organization, the Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program, which I am personally involved in, was established through the Colorado Correctional Industries. The adoption fees charged for each dog support the program. This program trains dog for a variety of tasks ranging from a regular house pet to a drug-sniffing dog. For most dogs this program was their last chance. These dogs are taught how to act around people and other dogs. They are house and crate trained, taught to respond to commands, and go through confidence building by using agility equipment. This program gives Colorado prison inmates the opportunity to help train and care for the dogs. Working with the dogs helps the inmates learn skills that can help them find jobs when they are released, learn coping skills, work on difficult personal issues and helps build their overall character.

One inmate I spoke with was incarcerated at the age of 17.  He told me , “All I wanted to do was do drugs and cause trouble.”  When I spoke with him when he was age 33, his plans after his release were to find work training dogs.  He said, “My family is proud of me and I have value and a purpose in life now.”

Both programs have the ability of making a huge impact on every animal and person involved – giving them each the opportunity for a better life.  Lisa at Crossroads Campus is also thrilled about the addition of her new Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash which will advance their mission of becoming self-sustaining.  I’m thrilled that my dog wash company can be a part of helping improve the lives both animals and people.

SIX ANIMAL WELFARE CAUSES FOR HAPPIER DOGS IN 2015

The busy holiday season, the time when folks are making their lists, making plans to spend time with loved ones, and wrapping up the past year to jump into the new year.  The holiday season is the perfect time to make room on your list for animal welfare organizations in need.  A thoughtful way for pet lovers to show their love and concern for their furry friends is by making their annual contributions toward animal welfare causes.  Or, because animal welfare charities need your help not just during the holiday season, but all year long, consider scheduling monthly donations toward your favorite cause.

Choosing a legitimate cause with a genuine mission that benefits animals can be overwhelming. Not only are we dog lovers here at Evolution Dog Wash, but we truly have a passion for the welfare of animals.  We’ve done our research and offer a list of 6 animal welfare causes for happier dogs in 2015 for when you know your heart is in it, but can’t decide where to direct your contribution.

 

Crossroads Campus

Crossroads Campus brings together disadvantaged youth and adults with animals through innovative community programs.  Young people receive mentoring and job training in the Crossroads neighborhood pet store.  Through training and caring for the animals that are available for adoption, individuals not only get the opportunity to experience unconditional love of animals, but they also gain confidence, a sense of purpose and learn marketable skills.

 

Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund

Founded with the mission to curb pet overpopulation, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) provides funding so local animal care and control organizations and veterinarians can work together to reduce unwanted litters by performing sterilizations and microchipping, and offering medical care to shelter animals.  Evolution Dog Wash owner Gary Sherman is proud to serve on the board of CPOF.

 

Adopt a Pet Foundation

Founded by Evolution Dog Wash owner, Gary Sherman, the mission of Adopt a Pet Foundation is to provide funds to the over-burdened, under-funded animal shelters and animal rescues throughout the state of Colorado. Funds are directed toward spaying/neutering, vaccines, disease prevention, and other services that will provide shelter animals a better chance at surviving and being adopted.

 

Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific research that helps improve the health and quality of life for companion animals, horses and wildlife around the world.

 

Animal Assistance Foundation

Animal Assistance Foundation works to support and enhance the five freedoms (free from fear of distress; hunger and thirst; pain, injury and disease; discomfort, and free to express normal behavior) for companion animals in Colorado through grant making that is impactful and innovative.

 

American Humane Society

The mission of the American Humane Society is to protect children and pets from abuse and neglect, and to encourage the potential of the bond and the interaction between humans and animals in order to mutually benefit both.

 

Get Into The Holiday Giving Spirit

As you are getting into the holiday spirit this year don’t forget about the huge need and impact that animal charities have in our communities and across our country.  At Evolution Dog Wash we applaud these charities and look forward to what 2015 has in store for you and for the growth of our business.

WHY DOGS LOVE US AND WHY WE LOVE OUR DOGS

The relationship between man and the domesticated dog has a long history going back an estimated 18,000 to 23,000 years. Humans are the only animals said to keep other animals as pets. Have you ever spent much time thinking about our relationship with dogs?  Why do we enjoy our furry friends so much? Do dogs enjoy our company as much as we enjoy theirs? How has this relationship lasted for thousands and thousands of years? In this article, discover how it all started, and why it is that humans and dogs have had such a long-standing relationship.

 

The Roots Of The Relationship

Did you know that there have been many scientific research studies researching the relationship between dog and man? Of course, it is not exactly clear how long ago man began a domesticated relationship with dogs. One study that was published in May 21, 2015 by scientists at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School reported that it appears that today’s domesticated dogs have ancestral roots to multiple wolf populations. One idea of speculation is that our ancestors may have first domesticated wolves because they were useful when it came to hunting. The wolves may have gradually became companions as humans tamed them, and then they eventually evolved into dogs.

 

Why Do We Love Our Dogs?

Besides the obvious reasons of adoration that include words such as “cute”, “fluffy”, “tail wagging”, and “cuddly”, what are the deep-rooted reasons that humans love dogs? Scientists in Japan have learned that there is actually a scientific explanation for why we have loved dogs for thousands of years.

 

The Science Behind Our Love Of Dogs

The Azabu University School of Veterinary Medicine in Sagamihara, Japan discovered that when humans gaze into the eyes of dogs, a “love hormone” called oxytocin spikes in humans. Oxytocin is considered one of the most important bonding mechanisms in humans. Without oxytocin, evolutionary bonding, trust, and affection would not be possible. One study had dogs and their owners interact for 30 minutes. After this time, the researchers tested oxytocin levels in both the dog’s and human’s urine. Surprisingly, it was found that the oxytocin levels in humans increased.

 

Do Dogs Love Humans?

We already know that dogs enjoy the companionship of humans, but did you know that dogs enjoy gazing into the eyes of humans?  The study revealed that the more dogs gazed into the eyes of humans, the more pleasure and feelings of adoration the dogs experienced. The scientists tested the dogs by spraying either oxytocin or saline into their canine subjects. Each dog was placed in a room with its owner and 2 strangers. The study found that dogs who were sprayed using oxytocin spent significantly more time gazing into their owner’s eyes than they did the others. Consequently, the level of oxytocin increased in the owners.

 

The Future For Dogs And Humans

These studies open the door to further research about topics such as, why dogs are useful as therapy dogs. Could it be due to the oxytocin connection? And why is it that the oxytocin reaction has not been observed between other species? As far as the dog/human bond goes, if you’ve ever wondered how your dog truly feels about you, now you know: dogs really do love humans as deeply as we love them.

 

Dogs Rule At Evolution Dog Wash

At Evolution Dog Wash we know that dogs are important family members. And now we know the science behind understanding how important we are to our dogs as well! When you think about how much we care about and for our dogs, and just how much the pet care industry offers for dogs, did we really need science to prove that to us? Probably not, but it’s good to know that our dogs truly do love us back!

WHY WE’RE THANKFUL FOR OUR DOGS

As we start into the new year, at Evolution Dog Wash, we always like to take a step back and think about all we have to be thankful for in our lives.

When we’re counting our blessings, one of the things we’re most thankful for are our furry friends. Our dogs are like family members to us, and we know you feel the same way.

In this month’s blog, we thought it would be beneficial to look at the history of dogs and how they first became domesticated, and also to look at the science behind why dogs are so loyal and lovable.

 

Brief History About Dogs

 

Dogs are actually the first recorded domesticated animals, and more than ten thousand years ago, humans began to look at these animals as companions as they evolved from wolves to become much more docile and less fearful animals.

The exact time that wolves began to be domesticated is a bit of a mystery. Some scientists claim it was around 10,000 years ago, while others claim it was as long as 30,000 years ago. Whenever dogs began to be domesticated, there’s no doubt that generation after generation of our forefathers enjoyed their dogs in the same ways that we do today.

 

Why we Love our Dogs?

 

There are countless reasons why we can’t get enough of our dogs. A few of the reasons include:

 

Oxytocin

Yep, that’s right – oxytocin. When humans and dogs look in each other’s eyes, both get a boost of the hormone oxytocin, which is the same hormone that creates a strong bond between new parents and their babies.

 

A Loyal Exercise Partner

As we look to make our new year’s resolutions, many of us will attempt to become more fit in the new year. While some of your friends may quickly fall off the bandwagon when it comes to making their way to the gym, or hiking trails, your dog will always be there for you to push you along as you look to get in better shape this year.

 

Nothing like a Dog’s Love

There is nothing quite like coming home to a dog who is eagerly standing by the door awaiting your entrance. When you walk in the door your dog likely will greet you with licks and hugs, and is just the perfect remedy after a long and stressful day.

 

Dogs can be Your Snuggle Partner

If you’re feeling down after a bad breakup, or just simply tired from a long work week, your dog will always be there to cheer you up and let you know that you matter to them.

 

Constantly Changing

In the same way that we as humans are constantly changing as we grow older, dogs change in much the same ways. Puppies are clumsy, lovable and all over the place, while as dogs age they become much more calm and docile. Each stage is enjoyable and it’s why dogs have become such steadfast companions.

 

Give Your Dog an Extra Hug To Show Your Thanks

As we think of all we have to be thankful for in our great country, it’s important to also recognize our furry friends. Our dogs are always there for us and never lose hope in us as caretakers and are always available when we need them. What more could you ask for in a companion or a friend?

VETERINARIAN CONFERENCE RECAP

At Evolution Dog Wash we’ve always had a real passion for dogs that extends throughout our personal lives.

One of the reasons we created our revolutionary self serve dog wash was to make washing a dog easier for the many dog shelters and veterinarians who most often encounter neglected dogs. When we went to sell dog washes and wash shelter dogs at NAVC Conference for veterinarians in Florida earlier this year – our owner’s family, wound up adopting Riley and Napoleon, two of the shelter dogs we washed.

 

Riley and Napoleon both happen to be Yorkies, which are one of the pure-breeds most exploited by puppy mills and often neglected by those who are only interested in having the latest trendy breed or exotic mix. Many of the people who buy dogs have good intentions, but don’t know how to love and care for a dog. We feel it’s important that people know that “owning” or more appropriately “adopting” a dog is a life-long commitment to love, train, and tolerate personalities just like you would for any living being.

It’s estimated that there are 2.11 million puppies sold that came from puppy mills each year, and 3 million are killed in shelters annually because they can’t find homes.

Now onto the newest members of our dog family.

Riley was abused by his previous owner, but just look at his recovery! https://quik.gopro.com/v/7CXHDOJk2n/

Napoleon has bad teeth, vision issues, and bad knees and just needed a loving home to finish out his golden years. Staring into his eyes, you can see he’s an old soul with a happy easy-going personality.

Gary M. Sherman, Founder and Creator the Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash also created and lobbied for

The Adopt A Shelter Pet License Plate which is the second largest revenue grossing license plate in Colorado’s history, and it’s all for the animals!

Gary’s wife Tiffini is Founder and President at www.yorkierescueofamerica.org

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