Message Us

How to Make the RIGHT Decisions for Your Dog...

We can all agree that this is tough. No matter the decision you have to make, it requires research, consideration, contemplation and sometimes a little soul searching. I am grateful that I have not had to make too many major decisions for my dogs.

How to Make the RIGHT Decisions for Your Dog... My first dog, Chloe, was a 6 lb. Yorkshire terrier who came to live with me in 1990. I knew absolutely nothing about dogs. My lack of knowledge included getting one (breeder), taking care of one and living with one (I think that covers every category). I made every mistake possible without actually causing harm to my pet. I used a retractable leash, fed her grapes (lovingly cut in half for her tiny mouth) and did not even consider training. How did I pick my vet? A postcard I got in the mail. (Add to that he was extremely good looking and I was single). As luck would have it, he turned out to be an awesome vet and to this day, I can call for advice even though we live in different states. My first major "˜dog decision' was having Chloe spayed. I cried all the way to the vet's office and back because, after all, who was I to take her God-Given right to bear puppies away? What if there were complications or her tiny little body couldn't handle surgery? I felt like I might be getting her ready for the pearly gates. My relief when the vet called with an update was overwhelming. Chloe lived to be 13 years old, despite my ineptness. A few years later, we added a tri-color Border Collie (Mattie) and a Golden Retriever (Georgia). Both rescues settled nicely into our family after the incubation period. Mattie was a Frisbee dog who could jump 10' in the air to catch one. Georgia was a mischievous GR who literally trashed my house the first time I left her alone. Although Chloe and Mattie are no longer with us, Georgia is still part of our family. At nearly 16, she is partially blind (with no depth perception), partially deaf and unable to get up on her own but she still flashes that golden smile! We have taken the best possible care of her (no grapes for this girl!) and nurtured her to this ripe old age. As I look at her, I know that a very tough decision is looming on the horizon.

THE toughest decision a pet parent has to make. determining when your dog is suffering and no longer enjoying life.

People make decisions in different ways. Some, after receiving a difficult diagnosis, accomplish things on their dog's bucket list to commemorate his/her life. For us, that is not possible. We brought "G" home at 13 months old, and in the blink of an eye, she was nearing her 16th birthday. Our goal is to keep her fed, lavished with love, comfortable and happy. putting off that big decision. In the meantime, we have to make another major decision. Our gorgeous GR/GS mix is facing surgery. Our happy girl, and complete love bug, is limping. Assuming that a gregarious landing from a leap off the bed caused this, we waited. When she did not improve, our vet told us surgery for a torn ACL is imminent. Therefore, we will meet with the orthopedist, discuss options and make the best decision possible. We did our research and know our girl, but our 6 months old puppy is now 16 years old. Again, somehow, the years have slipped by like weeks and our adorable puppy girl is now a senior. Someone said every 52 days is a year in a dog's life. It stings, but it's true. We'll make the right decision and pray her surgery and recovery go smoothly. I dare say that in all these years I have learned more and feel much more confident in my decisions. In the past 27 years I have faced many dog parent decisions - some huge, some small.

I can tell you that although it never gets easier, it is best to make them using the 50% equation-50% mind, 50% heart. In addition, be sure and do your research.

Decisions for Your Dog and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

Christy MorrisonChristine Morrison

A native of Massachusetts and a resident of Georgia where I have lived since 2008 with six rescue dogs, commonly referred to as my merry band of misfits, and one husband. I am proud owner of Best Buddies Dog Training in Hoschton, GA. When not in the training studio, you'll find me in a nursing home, hospital or special needs class with my certified pet therapy dog or recruiting for my pet therapy organization, Happy Tails. I also spend a great deal of time researching the latest information on dog food, health and training techniques and volunteering with local rescues. I have written stories to contribute to Titan's Tales and Other Dog Adoption Love Stories and In Dogs We Trust.

 
Marketing by

Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

Why Did I Wait So Long?

I should have bought these years ago. Easy to use, easy to clean, and tons of headaches saved in trying to keep a blanket or covering on the car seat when taking the dogs on the trails, camping, etc. Highly recommend.

READ MORE »
Kathleen B.

Second Cargo Cover!

This is our second cargo cover for a new car! Our first cargo cover is 3 years old and still in excellent shape!

READ MORE »
Kenny G.

Love these seat covers.

Love these seat covers.

READ MORE »
Dina B.

Terrific product at a great price

I am beyond pleased with everything about my new 4Knines split rear back seat cover! The fabric is soft and attractive. The fit in my 2018 CR-V is perfect. Dirt just brushes off it, and water beads and wipes right off. It couldn't easier to put on and take off. This is a wonderful product at a great price.

READ MORE »
Donna D.

Excellence

We purchased seat covers, door covers and cargo area cover for our Honda Odyssey. Prompt service, fair prices and great quality. Overall a great company to do business with.

READ MORE »
James M.

XL Back seat bench cover

Love our new purchase from 4Knines. We were looking for a back seat cover that would fit our new 2017 F250 crew cab and this one fits perfect. Highly recommend for those wishing to maintain their seats. The material is excellent quality and it’s quick and easy to put on and take off. We also have the bucket seat covers from this company for our 2015 Yukon Denali and have gotten a lot of use out of them over the last couple of years and they are still in excellent condition and so are our seats. Thanks 4Knines for a great product!

READ MORE »
Amy T.

great product, sturdy, XL great fit for new 4Runner, cleans easy

I was worried this product might not hold up since one I recently purchased from another company ripped w/in 2 weeks from my 30lb Aussie pulling on it when trying to get into the back. I have been extremely pleased with the XL cargo liner. The straps are much more durable with more stitching and better fabric. I have a 50 lb Border Collie mix and 30 lb Aussie. They have already put the liner to the test!!! I have used it numerous times in the short 2 weeks I have had it. The XL was a great choice for my new 2017 4Runner. It allows me to strap to the front headrests and protect the whole back of the SUV. The skirt protects the bumper. It is too long when I only strap to the middle seats but I just fold under the extra fabric and still have the skirt. I use the full length most of the time and reason I got the XL. The fabric is sturdy and protected the back when the dogs spilled water. So far I have used it to haul bags of topsoil, go on a camping trip and visit family. I purchased the liner mainly to protect the back b/c we have flyball practice every week and tournaments every month. That's a lot of in/out for equipment, doggies and crates. I was very glad to see the edges fold up to protect the wheel wells. I am extremely pleased with this product and sorry I wasted money on my first purchase from other company. I have already recommended the liner to fellow flyball teammates. Shipping was great also. I ordered on a Sunday and it arrived Sat. So far I have just swept the dirt off and used a shop vac. Cleans up well and easy.

READ MORE »
Kim W.

Awesome!!

Great quality! Absolutely love it!

READ MORE »
Lisa M.

4Knines.com

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509
Email: support@4Knines.com

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy