Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt 💕

4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

For many humans, this might be a sad, sensitive topic. Yet, breakups and divorces happen, and it’s important to think about how it will affect all members of your family. Many humans spend so much time focusing on kids, property, and belongings during a breakup that they forget that pets will be affected too. So, who should get a dog during a breakup? And will your pets understand what’s happening?

Who Gets the Dog in a Breakup?

According to Psychology Today, pets are considered property in breakups, so it’s not really a custody battle. Yet, anyone who has a dog knows that we are family. So, deciding who keeps the dog is much more important than picking who gets a couch or TV. If possible, try to discuss this situation while you’re on good terms, even if you plan to stay together forever. That way, the decision will be much easier if things ever go wrong (which hopefully they won’t).

First of all, if someone owned the dog before you got together, they will likely take the dog. I am certain that Molly would never give me up in a breakup because I was here first, so I hope other humans would be the same way. However, many couples adopt dogs together, which can make the situation much trickier. Also, if it’s a divorce, it’s a legal matter which may require a judge getting involved.

However, I think the answer of this question is simple. Where the dog ends up should be in the dog’s best interest. I’m sure both humans will be willing to fight for the dog, but this isn’t the type of argument you want to be petty about. Instead, think about what’s best for your furry friend.

If one person cared for most of the dog’s needs, they’ll probably be the best choice. Also, if one person is financially stable while the other is not, it makes sense for the dog to go somewhere where their vet bills can be paid. Of course, there are many other factors than just these, but they’re some things to think about. Overall, I think it’s important for exes to put their arguments and differences aside to focus on the dog’s future and well-being.

How Do Breakups Affect Dogs?

We might not know exactly what’s happening during a breakup, but most dogs can tell that something is wrong. Since we don’t speak human languages, we understand our humans based on body language and tones. When we hear our parents fighting, bickering, and acting different, we can tell that something is wrong. That’s why some dogs might be more comforting when you’re sad.

Even if your dog can sense a change coming, they might not understand it. It’s difficult for them to be around someone all the time and then suddenly never see them again. So, to make things easier on them, make the transition as seamless as possible. Continue their regular routine as closely as you can. If you need to move to a new place, bring plenty of supplies that remind them of their old home.

Your pet may be anxious and confused at first, but they’ll eventually adjust to their new routine. After all, they’ll be happy to have at least one familiar human with them. If your dog keeps displaying unusual behaviors without improvements, you might want to ask your vet for advice.

Be Careful When Adopting a Dog Together

The important thing to remember is that getting a dog is a big decision. It’s even bigger when more than one person is involved. This doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships, but also families whose kids will soon leave the house and roommates who want a dog together. Make sure you’re thinking clearly about the decision before rushing into it.

If you adopt a dog with someone else, make sure you discuss a potential breakup ahead of time. It’s an uncomfortable conversation that no one wants to have, but it’s the responsible thing to do, and it could make your relationship stronger. Then, your dog will never get caught in the middle of a nasty fight over who gets to keep the dog.

In most cases, getting a dog is clearly for one person in the family. For example, Molly’s family adopted me together, but I was always known as Molly’s dog, which is why I moved out with her. Having these expectations can help relieve your dog’s stress if a breakup ever occurs. No one wants to talk about breakups and divorce, but dogs are a part of the family, so they shouldn’t be forgotten during big life events like that.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! Luckily, Molly let me have a week to myself before bringing home another foster dog. But that week went by way too fast! Now, we’re taking care of our 13th foster dog, and his name is PeeWee.

PeeWee is a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix, but his personality isn’t what you’d expect. Most humans assume that terriers are hyper, high-energy dogs, but PeeWee isn’t like that. At first, he sniffed my butt a little more than I wanted, but he hasn’t been overly crazy or overwhelming. The only time he’s hyper is when Molly lets him out of his crate, which is understandable. Otherwise, he just sleeps most of the time.

We’re not really sure what his story is, but he seems like he had a family before. After all, he made himself comfortable on our couch very quickly. But there are little things that make it seem like he didn’t have the best home. First of all, he doesn’t seem to know how to go for walks. He gets excited to walk, but he cannot walk in a straight line, he bumps into Molly a lot, and sometimes he randomly pulls backwards. But he’s slowly learning what walks are, and he seems to love them.

He also gets skittish at random things. Some sudden movements or sounds make him jump, which makes me think someone might not have been nice to him. But he’s very friendly and loves cuddling with humans.

Another thing that surprised us is that he’s very quiet. For the first few days, we never heard him bark. Now, he barks sometimes when dogs walk by, but I might have influenced that. Molly says I’m a bad influence sometimes, but I don’t think so at all!

Hopefully, PeeWee will find his forever home soon! He’s a great dog, and any family would be lucky to have him. As much as I like having the house to myself, I’m glad Molly keeps helping more dogs in need.

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3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

I’m not a fan of my crate. I used to have to go in it all the time when Molly left, but now she trusts me enough to let me roam free. Yet, I still know to go in my crate on command just in case. Many humans think it seems sad to leave dogs in crates, but there are actually a lot of benefits to it. After fostering dogs, we’ve found that crates are even more helpful than we realized. So, here are some reasons to crate train your dog.

Crates Keep Dogs Out of Trouble

Dogs can cause trouble when humans aren’t paying attention. Not me, of course, but I’m sure other dogs do. So, many humans use crates to keep their dogs confined while they’re away. That way, dogs can’t chew on shoes or grab food off the counter. It can also keep them out of the way if needed. For example, it helps if you have someone stopping by to fix something or if you’re cooking a big meal and your dog won’t leave you alone.

They Can Help with Potty Training

Crate training is a great way to also potty train your dog. Dogs don’t like to do their business in their crate because it’s such a small space. We don’t like to go to the bathroom in the same place we sleep. So, keeping your dog in a crate when you’re not paying attention to them can prevent accidents and help them learn where the right place to do their business is.

They Can Provide a Safe Space

When crate training your dog, it’s important to use the crate as a safe space and never as a punishment. Keep the crate accessible to your dog throughout the day. That way, if they need some time to themselves, they can retreat to the crate to relax. With proper training, your dog should see the crate as a cozy spot and not as a dreaded place.

They Can Keep Your Dog Protected

Not only do crates protect your house from your dog, but it protects your dog too. If your dog is extra curious, they might get into things they shouldn’t while you’re gone, including cleaning supplies or unhealthy foods. Even if your dog behaves themselves, they could fall or bump into something, which could be dangerous if you’re not home to care for them. Having a crate eliminates those risks.

They Can Make Travel Easier

If you travel long distances with your dog, you’ll need a crate or carrier, especially on public transportation. If your dog is already crate trained, it’ll be much easier to travel with them. Plus, if you stay at a hotel or at someone else’s house, it can be easier to crate them there since it’s an unfamiliar space. The last thing you’d want is for them to get into trouble while you’re staying somewhere else.

They Make Evacuation Easy

Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with any emergencies in your home, but if you do, it’ll be much easier to keep your dog safe. Dogs get startled easy during evacuations, so keeping them crated during the commotion can keep them safe. Also, you’ll likely need to crate them at wherever you stay, so it’s best for them to be used to crates ahead of time.

Of course, you don’t have to use a crate if you don’t want to. After all, I never use one anymore. Yet, it can be beneficial to at least train your dog to use one just in case they need to in the future. Plus, training your dog to do new things can help you bond with them. Just remember that you should never use the crate as a punishment since that will only make training harder.

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Hi, it’s Mabel! Last week was a cause for celebration. While I didn’t talk about them much on here, we had two foster dogs throughout the past two weeks: Shelby (fka Caroline) the Beagle and Pixy the Shih Tzu. Within the same week, both Shelby and Pixy went off to their forever homes. While I’m glad to have the house to myself again, I know it won’t last long.

But before the next dog comes along, I wanted to share an unexpected benefit of fostering that we discovered. As you can probably guess by the title, fostering has made Molly a bit more spontaneous, which is a benefit we hadn’t considered.

Before, Molly loved having things planned ahead, and she still very much does. She likes being able to write down plans on the calendar and know which days she can relax on. But with fostering, that need to always be planning ahead has gone away a bit. Now that Molly has a passion for fostering, she has found herself taking dogs at the last minute and being more flexible overall.

For example, we fostered Shelby for a while before she had anyone interested in her. But Pixy arrived while we had Shelby, and Pixy needed a foster home. When Molly started fostering, she wouldn’t have wanted to add too much chaos at once. But now that she has gotten the hang of it, she decided to take in Pixy at the last minute. She was actually very excited about the sudden decision too. Many of our other foster dogs were last-minute decisions as well, such as Slim, Lennard, and Winston.

Of course, planning ahead is a great quality to have. It’s a great way to be organized and prepared. However, things don’t always go as planned, and that’s okay. We’ve discovered that fostering has helped Molly with having set plans and being more spontaneous all at once. After all, some dogs need foster homes at the last minute in order to save their lives, so someone needs to step up to the challenge.

So, if the many other reasons to foster didn’t convince you, please consider it now. It’s a great life experience that will help you learn new things about yourself too. Plus, it’ll also help many dogs in need!

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5 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Just over nine months ago, Molly and I began welcoming foster dogs into our home. Molly has been very dedicated to fostering as many dogs as she can, and she has done some other volunteering on top of that. During those nine months, we’ve encountered a wide variety of dogs. And the longer we do it, the more we realize that everyone can find their perfect dog at a shelter or rescue.

The Biggest Excuse

“I can’t find a specific breed at a rescue” is the most common excuse we’ve heard from people who shop instead of adopt. If you’ve said this excuse before, I don’t want you to feel bad about it, but I want you to understand that it’s not always true. More than ever, we’ve learned that any dog can be a rescue.

The rescue we foster for, JRs Pups-N-Stuff, gets dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds. Some are even desirable breeds that I wouldn’t have expected to be at a rescue. And JRs is just one rescue, so imagine the wide variety of adoptable dogs in all the shelters and rescues out there.

We want to debunk this excuse even further by explaining our experiences with rescue dogs so far. Just because a breed is commonly bought from breeders doesn’t mean they can’t be rescues too.

Rescue Dogs Can Be…

Purebreds

Yes, lots of purebreds end up at rescues and shelters. In a lot of cases, we can’t confirm if they’re purebreds or not, but we’ve noticed that sometimes there’s proof. A lot of breeders surrender dogs when they don’t have a use for them anymore. Sometimes people also surrender the dogs they bought from breeders when they didn’t fit their expectations. Both of these are sad scenarios, but they help us learn where the dogs came from to help us determine their breed.

Tuck the Maltese, Hazel the Beagle, and Winston the Great Pyrenees were just a few of our foster dogs that came from breeders. As far as we can tell, they are all purebreds. Sadly, humans weren’t very kind to them, but they’ve all turned out to be amazing dogs for their adopters.

You might be unconvinced because rescues don’t have fancy paperwork to prove if a dog is a purebred or not. And what if the breeder or family that surrendered the dog lied about their breed? Well, those are good points, but the same is true if you get your dog from a breeder. It’s not hard to fake paperwork, and many breeders will lie to make some extra cash. Plus, once you fall in love with your dog, you won’t really care what their exact breed is.

Hypoallergenic

A lot of humans turn to breeders because they have dog allergies. This makes more sense to me than just wanting a purebred because you like the breed. A lot of people assume “hypoallergenic dogs” never show up at rescues, but that’s not the case. Although all dogs can cause some allergies, even if they don’t shed.

Dogs that don’t shed tend to get adopted the fastest, but they do exist in the rescue world. In fact, we had one adopter who was allergic to dogs, so she was waiting to find a rescue dog that she wasn’t allergic to. She ended up adopting Lennard, who was definitely a mutt. Molly wasn’t even sure if he shed or not, but when the lady met him, she had no allergic reactions! Now, the two of them are so happy together. We’ve also fostered at least three other non-shedding dogs.

Like with purebreds, we can’t provide paperwork to guarantee that a dog won’t shed. But you can always meet with the dog first to guarantee that they won’t trigger your allergies. Rescues are less likely to lie about a dog’s shedding than a breeder will because, from our experience, rescues want to find the best home for each dog while some breeders care more about money. Of course, not all breeders are like that, but the bad breeders definitely seem to overshadow the good ones.

Designer Dogs

I’m not sure what’s up with the “designer dog” craze, but everyone seems to want one. A designer dog is a mix between two popular purebreds, usually involving poodles or other low-shedding breeds. The prices for these dogs at breeders are insane, sometimes reaching thousands of dollars. But since we’ve started fostering, we’ve seen several designer dogs come into the rescue, including some Aussiedoodles, a Cavachon puppy, and some Shih Tzu mixes.

It seems like these “fancy” mixed breeds are surrendered to rescues more than people realize. For the Cavachon, the family got rid of him because they just bought him, but he barked too much so their landlord told them to get rid of him. And it seems this happens a lot. Many families buy cute puppies without doing their research, but then surrender them when they are too much work.

So, it’s better to adopt designer dogs after they’re surrendered than to buy one from a breeder. That way, you’re supporting a charity rather than encouraging someone to bring more dogs into this world.

Puppies

There are so many puppies at rescues! Everyone seems to want a puppy. Our rescue gets in lots of litters of puppies and sometimes even pregnant dogs. So, if you’re a part of the puppy craze, there are puppies of all ages looking for forever homes.

In a lot of instances, the puppies at rescues are mixed breeds, but that doesn’t stop them from being adorable. Plus, designer dogs are mixed breeds, so what’s the difference? Too many humans assume that rescues only take in the older dogs with behavioral problems, but we have plenty of friendly puppies too.

What You’re Looking for Might Not Be Right For You

Yes, rescues and shelters can have the dogs you’re looking for, especially if you’re patient. But in most cases, the dog that’s perfect for you might not be the dog you expect. I’m sure all humans have an image in their mind of what their dream dog will be, but dogs can surprise you. If you’re too focused on finding one specific dog breed, you might overlook a dog with the perfect personality for you.

Take your time when choosing a new family member. It can’t hurt to meet a wide variety of dogs while you’re looking. You never know when you’ll meet your new best friend.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I thought you deserved an update on our fostering adventures. In case you didn’t know, Betty the senior Chihuahua got adopted at the beginning of August. Since Molly is a little crazy, she brought home another foster dog a few days before Betty went home (they decided to keep her name). Yet, this new dog was much different than what we’re used to.

His name was Bilboa, but his new family changed it to Winston (which is much better, in my opinion). But I wasn’t a huge fan of Winston because he was HUGE! I know I’m a tiny dog, but I promise I’m not exaggerating. Winston was just over 100 pounds, and he still needs to gain some weight. He’s a Great Pyrenees that was surrendered by a breeder. And sadly, it seems like that breeder didn’t take good care of him. He was very skinny, he had a limp from being in a crate too often, and he had a massive untreated blood clot on his ear.

I know what you’re thinking: “I thought Molly only fostered small dogs?” That’s what pretty much every human said when they saw Winston. In fact, that’s what I asked Molly too, but she can’t speak dog. Anyway, I guess she just saw him at the office and fell in love. The office is where dogs without a foster home stay until they find a foster or an adopter. Winston has been without a foster home for at least three weeks, so Molly decided to take a chance on a bigger dog.

To be fair, he was a really good dog. Every time Molly saw him at the office, he was just sleeping. And sure enough, he was always that lazy. He spent most of his time napping on the hardwood floor because it was nice and cool. But sometimes he would cuddle with Molly as if he was a lap dog. He was a very sweet and gentle dog despite everything he’d been through in the past. I think the only thing that made him not perfect for Molly was his drooling. He drooled a lot, especially when he was outside. It was pretty gross when he’d shake off his fur and the drool would fly everywhere…

Even though he was a good dog, I just didn’t like him. After all, his head is bigger than me! Plus, he stole a lot of the attention. When we walked together, people would pull over while driving to ask about him. Why does no one ever do that for me? I’m just as cute!

Luckily, Winston didn’t stay with us for too long. The same day that Molly brought him home, someone applied to meet him. They were looking specifically for a Great Pyrenees at a rescue, so what are the chances? They seemed like a great fit for him, so of course, Molly let them adopt him. They are an older couple with two Shih Tzus like me.

After Winston went to the vet to get his ear drained, he was ready to go home (there were some stressful complications during that vet visit, but it all worked out in the end.) The last we heard, Winston is doing well in his new home, and taking plenty of naps as usual. Molly said that she definitely liked fostering a bigger dog, and she’s open to doing it again if the dog is low-energy like him. You’d think I’d get used to the dogs coming and going by now, but I’m still not a fan. I get why she does it so much though. These dogs deserve a loving home.

We already have foster dog #11, who just arrived a few days ago. She’s a tiny Beagle named Caroline. So far, Molly thinks Caroline is the most well-behaved dog we’ve had. She’s quiet, potty trained, friendly without being clingy, walks well on a leash, and eats her food with no issues. She’s 8 years old, but you wouldn’t be able to guess that by looking at her. I’m sure she’ll get adopted very quickly! And then we’ll be on to the next dog. I’m just glad that I still get most of the attention!

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3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Getting a dog is a big responsibility, but if you live with someone else, then you’re not the only one affected by the adoption. Even if you plan to be the dog’s only caretaker, your roommate will still have to spend some time with the dog. So, your roommate should be included when you get a new pet, no matter how close you are to them. Here are some tips about adopting a dog if you live with another human.

Get Your Roommate’s Permission

Before you adopt any pet, you should talk to your roommate about it first. Even if you promise that they will never have to deal with the pet, they likely will at some point. So, they need to be willing to have a dog around. Luckily, many humans love having a dog that they don’t have to pay for, but others might get annoyed if the dog bothers them all the time. So, it really depends on what your roommate is like.

Let Them Help You Choose a Dog

If your roommate agrees, then it can’t hurt to let them help you choose the perfect companion. Or the least you can do is let them meet the dog in advance. For example, if you’re looking at a high energy puppy, your roommate might not be too thrilled. As cute as puppies are, no one wants to clean up after someone else’s messy pup. Make sure the dog gets along with everyone in your home before adopting them.

Never Make Assumptions

When you have a dog of your own, don’t assume that your roommate will walk them and feed them when you’re not home. Your dog is your responsibility, not theirs. Of course, if you’re running late and need to ask your roommate for help, they probably won’t mind. But be sure to politely ask them to do things for your dog rather than assuming they’ll do it. No matter how much they love your dog, they didn’t sign up to care for their every need.

Crate Train Your Dog

It’s a good idea to crate train your dog no matter what, but it’s especially helpful if you live with other people. That way, if your roommate is alone with the dog, they can crate them if it’s easier. Some dogs can be attention hogs, which can make it difficult to get anything done. Your roommate should have the option to distance themselves from your dog if they’d like.

Make Sure You’re Ready for a Dog

The most important thing to consider in any situation is if you’re even ready for a dog. Do you have enough time to commit to a dog? Is your home pet-friendly? Do you have lots of extra money saved up? Are you willing to spend time exercising, training, and playing with your dog? If any of those answers are no, then getting a dog isn’t a good idea. After all, if you don’t take care of your dog, your roommate might have no choice but to do so instead, and that’s not fair to them.

Your living situation plays a big role in whether or not you can get a dog. In many cases, it’s not just up to you. So, make sure everyone in your home is on the same page about getting a new dog, even if you don’t plan to live with that person for long. All the humans and pets in your home deserve to feel comfortable and happy in their own space.

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Hi everyone, it’ Mabel. I wanted to give a quick update for those who are confused about a change on my blog. I recently deleted some posts, and I want everyone to know that it was on purpose. They are no longer on the site, but I have them saved in case I ever want to put them back up. The two in particular that I am talking about are “Why Do Vets Recommend Unhealthy Dog Food?” and “The Truth About the FDA Grain-Free Investigation.”

For some reason, the vet one recently blew up, causing my daily views to double. At first, I was excited, but now, not so much. That article was a random post I made because I was curious about the topic, so I did a little more research. But many readers began to assume things and get angry at me. It was never meant to be an opinionated post, but rather, just an answer to a question I’d been wondering for a while. I know it stressed Molly out to get messages that weren’t so nice.

Then there were also a lot of messages asking about dog food recommendations. Of course, we prefer certain brands over others, but we didn’t feel comfortable sharing our preferences with readers. Why? Because that’s not what our blog is about! Molly isn’t a dog nutritionist, and she made that very clear in the post. Yet, people still seemed to think she was, and they blindly agreed with everything she said in the posts, even though it was just some simple observations.

So, it just became too overwhelming for us. This blog is about encouraging dog lovers to adopt. Sure, we’ll have random posts about other dog topics too, but that’s not the focus of the blog. We’re happy to answer questions about dog rescues, fostering, puppy mills, and anything else related to finding the right dog. But we’re not the ones you should be asking about product recommendations. Dog food can be a very controversial topic and the last thing we want is for someone to get mad at us over a topic like food.

Therefore, we took that blog post and a similar one down in order to shift the focus away from that controversy. We want people to come on our blog and see information about dog rescues, not arguments in the comments. We just wanted to clarify our reasoning to our loyal readers who know what this blog is really about. Of course, we have lots of opinions about pet products, but this isn’t the place to express them.

Thank you for your support! And if you have any rescue-related topics you’d like us to write about feel free to visit the contact page!

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Guest post written by Cindy Aldridge

Dog owners love their pets. But pet messes? Not so much. Fortunately, there’s plenty of budget-friendly advice for keeping your home clean while enjoying having a pet.

Eliminate Dander with Regular Cleaning

No matter how often you bathe your dog, dander still lingers. The microscopic skin and hair particles tend to infiltrate your home, irritating your sinuses and creating a mess. Fortunately, wet dusting with water or an all-purpose (pet-friendly) cleaner is usually enough to remove dander from surfaces, Animal Planet notes.

Regularly washing furniture covers, blankets, and rugs is another helpful step for reducing dander. Carpets can be a challenge, however, and may require vacuuming with heavy-duty filtration. High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filters are available for vacuums and help remove allergens from both the carpet and air.

Cleaning is also important when your house is on the market. Eliminating traces of your pet (and decluttering their toys!) can help get rid of traces of your furry companion, which can often be a major turn-off for buyers who aren’t particularly fond of animals.

Remove Fur from Surfaces

Living in a home with pets can mean hair everywhere. Lint rollers (you can buy two rollers for less than $5) are handy for removing fur from your clothing and upholstery. But often, getting pet hair out of the carpet requires specific tools. Carpet rakes, for example, are one solution to scraping hair up. Rubber squeegees can also do the job, with a bit of elbow grease.

Another alternative is to mix a fabric softener and water solution to help loosen the hair. Then, you can vacuum it out of carpet fibers more easily. Fabric softener is also ideal for eliminating odors from your pup’s favorite nap spot. Dryer sheets are handy for swiping over wood surfaces and baseboards—the hair clings to the surface for swift cleanup.

Clean Up Saliva Stains and Smudges

While Harvard Health confirms that rabies is the most dangerous germ dog slobber can transmit, it’s also rare. Still, dog saliva carries plenty of bacteria—and those drool stains on the floor don’t make for a clean home, either.

At the same time, Dogster notes that many ingredients in household cleaners aren’t safe for dogs. Ingredients like ammonia (Windex), chlorine (bleach cleaners), and glycol ethers (carpet cleaners) shouldn’t sit near pets—especially those who are tempted to taste test.

Use safer cleaning products when possible, such as vinegar for cleaning glass and steam cleaning for wood and linoleum. Apple cider vinegar is also safe for your dog to ingest—and it even helps with tummy troubles, allergies, and joint health.

But if you can’t avoid heavy-duty cleaning products, consider having someone else remove your pet from the area while you clean up.

Nix Pet Odors at the Source

One of the most efficient ways to keep your home clean is to bathe your dog often. After all, the more often you wash and brush your pup, the less hair, dander, and odors they leave behind. But as the American Kennel Club explains, how often you need to—or should—bathe your dog depends on their breed, coat length, and lifestyle.

To manage dander, the AKC’s expert recommends weekly baths. However, you should research your pet’s breed requirements, as too many—or too few—baths can be detrimental to their health. Some dogs require more frequent but gentle bathing, such as dogs with less hair and sensitive skin.

For dogs with longer or thicker coats, regular brushing is also vital. Brushing every few days stimulates your dog’s skin, removes dead cells, and distributes their natural oils. Plus, most pups enjoy the bonding experience.

If your dog still exudes an odor, consider an air freshener to clear things up. But be cautious of typical household deodorizers and even candles as they can be harmful to your pet’s respiratory system.

When to Consider Pro Help

For families with allergies, busy lifestyles, and more, sometimes bringing in a professional is the way to go. A pro cleaning service can help maintain a clean home, even if you only schedule deep cleaning once per month. The average cost of professional cleaning assistance is $165—not bad to keep your home pet-friendly and in top shape.

Whatever cleaning methods you choose, caring for a pet-friendly home can be a challenge. Of course, when you compare the work involved with your dog’s love and companionship, it’s no contest.

Look for more advice on caring for your pet at the Mabel the Rescue Dog blog!

Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! This week, I just wanted to share a quick update on my blog. As you might’ve noticed, blog posts aren’t as consistent as they were when I started. I made this blog with a plan of posting three articles a week, and now I’m down to one or two a week, but I’ll admit that I’ve skipped a few weeks here and there. Luckily, I’ve come to realize that it’s okay!

Before, Molly always worried that we weren’t posting enough or trying hard enough, but now, after having this blog for two years, we’ve realized that the consistency of posts doesn’t matter as much as we thought. In fact, we’ve recently had more viewers than ever, despite posting less. So, we just wanted to thank our viewers for continuing to check out our blog.

Of course, we will continue to post one article per week, but if we miss a week now and then, we won’t stress about it. Yet, in case you were wondering why we skip weeks sometimes, here are a few explanations:

  1. We need a break sometimes. Molly writes full-time all week, so sometimes it’s hard for her to sit and help me write my posts on the weekend, especially if we have other plans. We deserve a chance to relax now and then.
  2. We want to make sure we write things we’re passionate about. If we can’t think of a topic that we really want to write about, then we might take extra time to think of new ideas.
  3. Molly has other writing projects she’s working on. She’s currently trying to find an agent for her middle grade novel about puppy mills. Also, she’s been wanting to start a second blog (not dog-related) for the past year, but she’s always been too busy with this blog to get it up and running. So, maybe if she spends less time worrying about this blog, she will finally get a chance to work on both of them at once.
  4. This blog is just for fun! Molly loves writing about dogs, so this is the one place where she can write whatever she wants without someone paying her to do it. So, we don’t want to feel obligated to write every week, but we really appreciate how many humans have read and followed our blog!

I know we don’t owe the world any explanations, but sometimes it helps to share them. I just want to make sure our supporters know that we appreciate them and that we’ll continue to work on more content for this blog, even if it’s not as consistent as before. We want to spread the word about rescue dogs as much as possible, so we won’t be stopping that anytime soon!

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