Petting zoos & puppy checklists

So first off, here is a video we did on all the things I could think of being on a checklist when adopting a dog/ getting a puppy… Let me know if you think I missed out on anything!

Anyways, hey everyone! Hope everyone is having a good week so far?! Kirby and I had a eventful day this past Sunday. We went to the dog park, had a picnic, even went for ice cream (yes someone may have had a lick…XD) but would you believe I didn’t think to take one picture of our excursion!? Aww well, I did end up going to a fair (without Kirby) and me thinking we actually had to pay to get in this one, there must be something fantastic about it! But I was pretty disappointed. I don’t find tractor displays and stalls dedicated to the development of corn particularly fascinating, though there was a sweet petting zoo. Now normally I am not a fan of petting zoos (-my views on animal ethics and all that jazz) but there were some hungry little faces that I couldn’t help passing by and not giving them a little munch, with the animal feed they provide. Here are some pictures.







Anybody know what kind of animal this guy is?!


This was a hen that won 1st inone of the sections in the fair, I thought she was so pretty!

This was a hen that won 1st in one of the sections in the fair, I thought she was so pretty!


Baby bunnies! πŸ™‚


38 thoughts on “Petting zoos & puppy checklists

  1. Aww we aren’t fans of petting zoos either but those definitely were some adorable faces! I will check the video in a bit – have a sleeping toddler next to me πŸ™‚

  2. β–Ίβ–ΊHello Leah β–Ίβ–Ί

    Nice video above…
    And I really enjoy your walk around the farm… Those donkeys, bunnies, horses, piggies… And even the “unknown guy” πŸ™‚ …Love them all…

    Hugs XXX; Aquileana πŸ˜‰

  3. Very thorough checklist. Thumbs up! Did you mention a dog car harness or pet travel crate for when they ride in the car?

    The petting zoo looks nice. Those animals actually look well cared for.

  4. Awww. The animals all look happy and healthy. Is it possible that they’re just a temporary petting zoo, collected from local farms and returning home after the fair?

    • It is definetly possible! The company that ran the petting zoo though was called something like “tv star animals, or movie star animals” so I doubt they got them from farms rather then a organization based place, but you never know I have never seen their “home base” and it might be very nice.

  5. Enjoyed your video πŸ™‚ I’m currently working through a very short but free course from an Animal college regarding puppy care. It’s actually a great course for anyone thinking of getting a puppy and really makes you research every question thoroughly and THINK about whether you’re really doing the right thing by getting one and exactly what you’re taking on. It covers all the subjects you talk about here and despite thinking I knew most of the content already I have learned a few things to say the least! Once the assignments are submitted and marked and graded (I hope to come out with a credit but a pass would do!!!) I am hoping to use what I have learned as a basis for my some posts on my other W/P account – dog orientated only, and hopefully others will benefit from the info too πŸ™‚ If all goes well with this testing of the water so to speak I’m planning on enrolling on a full online course or 2 or 3 or 4…in the specialist areas that I’m most interested in like dog psychology/behavour and dog training. One question though! You had any experience of puppy socialisation/training classes? I’ve never taken my pups to any and there’s a question asking me to compare different classes – as in good and bad and the techniques they use. Got no pup to take right now only adults so any thoughts on this would be gratefully received!
    Your trip to the Petting zoo was cool and the photos are great πŸ™‚ The animals look very happy to be receiving the attention!

    • Well I actually never ended up doing training/ socialization classes, as I just finished a animal care/vet assistant course so learned enough about what would be in the classes to tackle it on myself. Though I do remember when I took Poe (our older dog) I would say that a pro is obviously a safe environment and monitored environment where there is a professional to help start to socialize the puppy, especially with other puppies as that is a great way.And if you literally never owned a dog before itis a great learning experience to get to learn hands on the basic commands. I would say a con I have found in my personal experience, is sometimes a big corporation pet store for instance holding the puppy classes (if you know what I mean) can be a lot less personalized and experienced to the needs of your individual dog, compared to a independently/family run puppy class. As I think independents care more about the success of the dog and owner which inevitably helps their business, as compared to a company run one which has it eye first on getting your money. This is my opinion of course, from experiencing both environments. Hope this answers your question euro!

      • Thank you! That”s great! It will be a big help in getting my answer together in a fine and knowledgeable way! lol πŸ˜‰ Thank you for taking the time to respond, much appreciated πŸ™‚ I’ve never felt the need to take my puppies to socialization classes either though I might now in so far as socializing them with children goes, as I no longer have a household of young children clamouring to be involved with them! (I lived with a family at that time) But most likely I’d be far too protective of my puppy to want a bunch of strangers stealing all his attention away!!! That or I’d be too busy cuddling other people’s pups as well to get any work done! Thanks again πŸ™‚

  6. Love the pix of the farm animals!! That dude with the horns is definitely a goat…that rack is impressive!!! I am glad you spent time with the critters because they need attention too!!! πŸ˜‰
    We have to watch your video still so a 2nd comment is on the way….

  7. Love the photos of all the farm animals, and you’re video is so helpful, too. You are so right, btw. It really is like having a baby. I’ve spent so much on Oliver, right down to a baby carrier, which he outgrew very quickly. He’s also outgrown his harness. The Harvest Festival will be here soon, and the folks that sold me his first harness (size Small) will be there. Can’t wait to get him a Medium!

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