Rockwall Pets Rocks

Today I took part in a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for a new member…… Rockwall Pets. As a chamber ambassador for over 20 years that’s not a new experience, but I was amazed at the kind of things Rockwall Pets is doing in Rockwall County to help pets at risk.

The mission of Rockwall Pets is to make North Texas  NO KILL.

Rockwall Pets is at the forefront of saving pets at risk. They took the issue of pets being killed at the Rockwall animal shelter to the Rockwall City Council. Today Rockwall no longer kills pets at the shelter.

They then went to neighboring Royse City and now their shelter no longer kills pets.

I THINK THAT’S TERRIFIC………way to go Rockwall Pets. Let me tell you more…….

Rockwall Pets uses innovative programs to get pets out of shelters alive.

Statistics prove there are enough homes for all homeless pets. They believe that by convincing more people to adopt instead of buying their next pet, they can save the lives of pets who are currently being put down in area shelters.

Nearly every pet they have available for adoption is a healthy or treatable pet who was at risk for being killed at a shelter.

These pets need you! Get involved!


 Adopt! Looking for a new addition to your family? Adopt one of their rescued cats or dogs! You’ll save a life!

Donate! They spend more on each rescued pet than they receive from adoption fees. They appreciate donations!

Foster! They always need foster homes to care for their pets until they’re adopted. The more foster homes they have…..the more lives they can save!

Volunteer! They always need volunteers to help them run their programs!


 Rockwall Pets are true activists for pets at risk.

If you live in Rockwall County or the surrounding area and looking for a new pet…..then you need to visit these folks.

WHY? Because ROCKWALL PETS ROCKS!!!!!!! Located in Rockwall next to PETCo.

Here’s ROCKWALL PETS contact info:

Or just click the Rockwall Pets Picture below to visit their website.    

There are hundreds of pup rescue organizations. Click here to find a specific breed.

In service to pups everywhere,

Tom (TR) Ryan

ps: it’s wise to seek the advise of a vet for your pup.

Finding Puppies

Do you have a brand new puppie? Or better still, are you about to embark on a search for a new puppie?

Since we’re at the begining of our journey on finding puppies, let’s start by concluding you have just made the decision to get a puppy and aren’t sure of a direction. Check out these videos before you read the rest of my article.

What kind of a puppie do you want? If you haven’t yet decided what kind of puppie you want, then its time to conduct a little research. I have a great place for you start. There are over 160 dog breeds listed on the web page I’m about to give you. Each breed listed is actually a link to detailed info on that breed. Here’s the link ……. Find a Breed ……. Have fun with it.

Next, where do you get your puppy? Oh boy, there are so many places to get puppies. You just need to be real careful. Here’s why.

Puppie Mills – these places spend their time just cranking out puppies without thought to the results. To them it’s all about the money. Specifically, they breed pups to close. This can have real long term negative effects on litters in terms of health and disposition. Add to that the fact that they stuff many pups in the same cage …… and that’s how these pups spend their life. Not even close to being humane.

Do your part by not buying puppies from:
1) People set up in parking lots and sidewalks with cute puppies in a cage or cardboard box.
2) Websites where you can’t check out the owners and their legitimacy.
3) Blind newspaper ads and fliers on your windshield from anyone claiming to be a breeder.

You can prevent this by doing business with registered dog breeders. Here’s a link to a page where you can find registered breeders in your area. This will help you in Finding Puppies ….. Find A Breeder.

Veterinarian Recommendations – and why not, who better to know reputable local breeders that can be recommended. If you don’t have a vet yet here’s a link to a page where you can find vets in your area ….. Find a Vet.

 Puppie Adoption – this includes the SPCA, Private Shelters, and even Vet Hospitals. Many times you can adopt for a donation or small fee, or even for free just so the puppie gets a good home. Retailers like PetCo also conduct adoption days.

My daughter is an RVT (Registered Vet Tech). I adopted my puppie “Dixie” from the vet hospital where she works.

Well, there you have it. By now you should be set to start finding puppies.

In service to pups everywhere,

Tom (TR) Ryan

ps: it’s wise to seek the advice of a vet once you get your pup.

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Does your pup like to go for vehicle rides? I know Dixie does. The only difficulty is she’s all over the place which hampers Safe Travel. She goes from the back seat to the front seat, she’s up at the window to see what’s going on, and then she’s in my lap to rest for a while.

None of this is good. The result ….. potential danger ….. so guess what? Dixie hasn’t gotten to ride very much, and when the she has its been in a pet carrier. Not the best choice, but a safer one than her being foot loose.

So I went about doing my homework on Safe Travel for pups and I found several eye opening things. First is a video of what happens to pups during an accident. One pup is tethered in the back seat and the other runs free in the back seat. The video is with test dummies, but that doesn’t lessen the visual impact.

Wow! That gets your attention. Now let’s talk SOLUTIONS!

I kept digging and I found this device called an Auto Zip Line. It allows for back and forth movement plus pup can sit or stand. This device also provides the security needed for unexpected driving moments we don’t want to think about.

This leash and zip-line system connects right to Dixie’s harness and makes it easy to get on the road with her. The leash connects and disconnects easily to and from the zip line when getting in or out of the vehicle. that way when Dixie gets out of the vehicle she’s leashed and can’t get away.

This system greatly enhances Safe Travel. Here’s a quick vid on how a zip line works.

Let me recap the advantages of a zip line:

  • Convenient to getting pup in and out of vehicle
  • Can be used between any two fixed points in the vehicle
  • Works with all vehicle seat belts
  • Pup can’t jump out of the vehicle when the door is open


In service to pups everywhere,

Tom (TR) Ryan

ps: it’s wise to seek the advice of a vet for your pup.

Some folks don’t yet have a Harness for their pup. If you’re in this situation please know that the Zip Line, Leash, and Harness are available as a set.

Click the below photo if you are interested in the Zip Line, Leash, and Harness Set.

Kurgo Pet Travel Canine Auto Zip Line with Harness


Collar Danger

They say confession is good for the soul, so it’s about time I confessed about Collar Danger. For years we’ve outfitted our pups with cool looking collars. Some were leather, some chain, and some space age material.

Add to that, we’ve always taken our kids and pups with us on vacation, so the norm for us has always been various kinds of collars and leashes that were a direct connect to the collar. It just seemed like the natural thing to do.

This 2 minute video shows you why good harnesses are beneficial to pups.

Now isn’t seeing believing? It made me a believer.

When we did a serious review of collars/leashes the light turned on and we became acutely aware of Collar Danger.
The biggest danger to using the collar/leash combination is damage to pup’s throat and neck because of the pressure exerted. That’s compounded if the collar for whatever reason is too tight.

To be fair I reviewed several types of pup harnesses. Some appeared to be restrictive and others seemed they would be too uncomfortable for pups.

Here are the advantages of the harness:

  • It does not hurt the pup
  • It does not restrict the pup
  • It is adjustable to the pup’s body
  • It comes in many sizes
  • It comes in many colors

Well, there you have it. I know, confession is tough, but I have to confess ….. I have been guilty of creating Collar Danger to our pups, but those days are over since I found this comfortable harness from PetCo.


In service to pups everywhere,

Tom (TR) Ryan

ps: it’s wise to seek the advice of a vet for your pup.

Petco Adjustable Mesh Harness for Dogs in Blue with Stripes (X-Small; For Chests 15.5



At Puppies Care we try to provide you with valuable info that will assist you and your puppy, even on microchipping.

Here’s a 2 minute video that shows you how microchipping is done.

So I ask you this question?

Has your pup ever gotten loose? They all do at one time or another. It doesn’t make any difference how, because once they are out there is no guarantee they’ll find their way back. That’s why you spend hours driving neighborhoods calling out pup’s name and stopping at every person working in their yard.

With any luck you find pup or pup shows up back at home tail wagging. I know because last year alone I spent hours on three separate occasions combing my daughter’s neighborhood looking for their lab. It turns out her lab was real creative at getting out of their fence.

Twice we found her. Once she spent the night at the dog pound after being picked up by animal control. It was an expensive night for my daughter. She was lucky on all three occasions. She got her lab back.

The same is not true of many other dogs. They wander aimlessly until they are out of reach of ever finding their way back. Where do they wind up? Who knows? The alternatives are endless. If lucky they get adopted by whoever finds them. That’s the upside. We won’t explore the downside here. Your imagination can do that.

We understand this is always a possibility with pups, so we took an extra step and had Dixie microchipped. It doesn’t guarantee her return if ever lost, but it does greatly improve her chances of being returned to us safely. Our decision to have her chipped was a serious one. Why? Because humans don’t want it for themselves. You know, big brother and all that goes with it.

It turns out microchipping for pups is a lot different. These are not GPS chips to follow pups anywhere they go. Here’s how they work.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. Inside is a chip and tiny antenna. The chip remains dormant until activated by a hand held scanner. The scanner evits a radio frequency that the microchip responds to and sends info to the scanner. The scanner displays an identification number. From there your pup can be tracked to you. Dixie is registered with Home Again. She also wears a yellow dog tag from Home Again with their phone number.

Vets and shelters routinely scan new pups that come into their facility. That’s how many pups are returned to their owners. I think it’s an amazing technology. That’s why we have our pups microchipped.

It doesn’t hurt them. It’s like getting a vaccination. The chip is inserted between the shoulder blades. Within a day the body begins to attach to the surface of the chip. That way the chip won’t move. I’m sure it does move in some cases, but it certainly can’t get lost.

Once your pup is chipped, your job is not over. You need to notify the agency of record when you move or change phone numbers. Many times you can do that online. That way they can actually contact you.

The best news is the chipping is now affordable. Many vets, shelters, and large pet chains with attached vets can help you.

Here in Rockwall Texas, PETCO does chipping procedures through their attached vet called PetDoctor.
To find out more click right here or the PETCO ad at the top right.

Once at the PETCO website do a search on the term AFFORDABLE VACCINATIONS.
There’s also a PetCo store finder by zip code.

I hope this point of view on microchipping helps you and your pup.

In service to pups everywhere,

Tom (TR) Ryan

ps: it’s wise to seek the advice of a vet for your pups.