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It’s National Dog Day!

It’s National Dog Day today! Dogs really are man’s best friend and I think it is safe to say that once you have had a dog, you will always want one in your life. The domesticated dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originated from the wolf (Canis lupus) tens of thousands of years ago as part of human life. People originally domesticated dogs to help them protect their livelihoods by protecting land and helping out in hunts. Due to their pack instincts, dogs show immense loyalty to their leaders and thus the ultimate man’s best friend was born.

Justine and her dog Bramble

Preloved’s Pet Pledge – Animal Welfare

Preloved members have been advertising dogs for sale since 1997 and Preloved has always tried to maintain a high level of animal welfare to help protect sellers, buyers…and of course the pooches themselves. We were one of the first online classified ad sites to introduce a minimum age for rehoming animals and control the sale of illegal breeds. This is just the start – visit out Preloved Pet Pledge to find out how we continue to tighten our animal welfare regulations and how YOU can help!

Preloved Dog Survey

Over the last couple of weeks we have been collecting your answers for our first Dog Survey– thank you to everyone who took the time to take part, we had an outstanding response. We have already had a sneak peak at the results and you won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Preloved Dog Breed Guides

Over the years, people have selectively bred dogs to suit our working purposes and along the way particular traits and have become firm breed features. For instance, did you know that the Dachshund, now a popular toy dog breed, was originally bred in Germany to help flush out burrow dwelling animals like badgers and rabbits as part of a hunt? Their long bodies and short legs make it terribly easy for them to sneak down burrows and flush the animals out into the open. With badgers in particular being quite aggressive animals, perhaps we can also understand where Dachshunds get their “sassy”, bold character!

With every breed, the origin of their breeding will not only show in their appearance, but in the temperament too. This is why doing your research and choosing the right breed for you and your family is so important. Check our our list of Dog Breed guides to learn more!

Preloved Pet People

Fancy meeting like minded people to chat about your pooch? Drop by our pet forum where Preloved members can start discussions on any dog-related subject. Also, if you don’t follow us already, be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter where we share what’s happening on Preloved! For example, over the last couple of month we have been sharing YOUR Preloved pooch stories as part of our ongoing PUPDATE feature on the blog. Drop by our pets blog to check them out now!

Sall and Molly on a walk

We love dogs here at Preloved. Above you can see a picture of me and my dog Bramble, enjoying the little summer sun in the back garden. You can’t sit down 5 minutes without her jumping on your lap wanting a cuddle! Below you can see our Social Media Executive Sally and her pooch Molly enjoying a walk, and our Head of Community Liz having a cuddle at home with her dog Monty. We would love to see pictures of you and your Preloved pooches! Please share share them with us on Twitter and Instagram using #PrelovedPooches and#NationalDogDay.
Liz and monty

Future for Preloved Pets

With over 15,000 advert listing dogs for sale, all looking for new homes, our love for dogs continues to grow. Every pet deserves a forever home and to ensure our members and visitors find the right pet for them, we are looking forward to continuing to grow our source of helpful information for pet owners via our Animal Welfare pages. To do so, we have regular contact with many animal welfare charities, including members of PAAG, to help us keep YOU up to date with the latest pet welfare news and considerations.

We will also be growing our list of dog breed guides to make finding the right breed of dog for you and your family even easier! What’s more, we will continue to host Vet Q&A sessions to give YOU the chance to ask health related questions about your pets. If you haven’t had the chance to view our first session about dogs already, then why not see what we covered in our live vet Q&A session on dog health via our Google+ page with MedicAnimal in May 2014.

Happy National Dog Day!

Justine Dench

Justine Dench

Creative Editor

Justine Dench is the creative editor for Preloved. Her key personal interests include sustainability, conservation and animal welfare. Justine also has interests in photography, music, gardening and home interiors.