Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt 💕

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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Hi, it’s Mabel! I couldn’t wait to tell you about our new foster dog. After all, I don’t mind her because she’s quiet and doesn’t bother me at all. We picked her up only a day before Rufio (fka Lita) was adopted. The new foster dog is named Betty, and she’s probably our tiniest foster yet!

We’ve had quite a few tiny foster dogs, such as Tobi and Tuck, but Betty is a 10-year-old Chihuahua who was a former breeding dog. It seems like her humans didn’t take very good care of her because she’s very underweight. She also has a slight limp and lots of irritated skin. Yet, despite it all, she’s very sweet. I can’t deny that.

Betty loves cuddling with Molly as much as she can. She also gives her plenty of kisses too. Sometimes I get a little jealous, but I’m glad Betty is so friendly despite her rough condition. I think Betty would be an ideal dog for Molly, but there’s just one downside to her: she’s not potty trained. She could possibly have a bladder infection, but it’s likely that she was never potty trained in the past. She might’ve just been kept in a cage or pen her whole life, which is heartbreaking.

While potty training is a bit frustrating for Molly, she’s managed to find ways to reduce accidents. Betty is pretty content napping throughout the day, so Molly can keep her off the carpet when she’s not keeping a close eye on her. And of course, she always gives Betty lots of treats when she does her business outside. I wish I could get that many snacks!

Unlike most foster dogs, Betty showed no fear when she arrived. She was ready to be loved by anyone who was willing to cuddle with her. So, I’m sure this tiny pup will have no problem finding a home. Senior dogs are often overlooked, but they can be some of the most loyal companions. Molly is determined to find a loving home for Betty, where she can live out her senior years surrounded by people who care about her.

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Guest post written by Cindy Aldridge

Originally, dogs were bred to do specific work for humans such as hunting and guarding. As a result, the evolution of dogs to live a sedentary lifestyle goes against their natural instincts. This may result in disruptive behaviors such as aggression, destruction, wandering, and excessive barking. As a dog parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is well-behaved and doesn’t cause trouble for your neighbors

Clean After Your Dog

When going to public areas such as parks, bring several doggie bags with you and dispose of waste properly. At home, potty train your dog so your pup knows where to go to the bathroom, and make sure your dog never uses the neighbor’s yard.

Teach Your Dog Public Etiquette Skills

Nowadays, you can have your dog accompany you to many places. Numerous businesses, offices, parks, and neighborhoods are dog-friendly. However, for your dog to thrive in a public environment and for you to enjoy their company in public, your pooch needs to be trained and well-behaved.

Some critical skills to teach your dog include leash training, obedience to instructions, and not to jump on other people. Teach your dog to obey commands, sit calmly, and not to beg for food.

Feed Your Dog Well

Feeding your dog nutritious meals not only helps him to become healthy and strong, but also can be a way to manage their behavior. Researchers have associated a lack of certain minerals in a dog’s diet with problem behaviors.

Animal behavior is regulated by neurotransmitters and hormones, which are chemical compounds whose production is influenced by the presence or lack of specific nutrients in the dog’s diet. For instance, varying levels of tryptophan and tyrosine may make your dog more prone to aggression and resisting your commands. Keep your dog satisfied to prevent aimless loitering and barking within your house and neighborhood.

Install a Fence

Prevent escapes and wandering by installing a fence around your property so your pup can exercise safely without disturbing the neighborhood. You can find local Angi fencing installers in your area, but always research customer reviews and feedback before contacting a fencing professional. Fence installation averages $4,500; cost considerations include the size of the fence, labor, and materials.

Stay Up-To-Date with All Your Dog’s Vaccinations

At any one point, make sure that your dog is vaccinated properly. Although your pup may not have exhibited any aggressive behavior, you want to ensure they are vaccinated in case they bite or scratches someone. Dogs should be vaccinated against rabies periodically to prevent the risk of transmitting the disease to human beings.

Be Aware of Other People’s Feelings

Acknowledge that not everyone loves dogs. Some people are allergic to dogs. Only allow your dog to greet other people if the other person asks to greet them. Similarly, do not let your dog out to play with another pet without seeking permission from the owner.

During walks, leash your dog and keep them close to you. Ensure that the leash is short enough so that they don’t jump or contact passersby. If your dog misbehaves or does something to upset someone else such as jumping on or barking at them, apologize.

Provide Your Dog with Enough Stimulation

Adequately stimulating your dog will help your pooch expend energy and tire him out. It also helps them beat boredom by providing your furry friend with something meaningful to do. This way, they will have less energy to engage in disruptive behaviors such as barking and wandering. Take your canine companion for walks, buy puzzle toys and teach him to play, and spend some time training and teaching him new tricks.

While your dog provides you with good company and may serve as a watchdog on your property, they can become a nuisance in your neighborhood if behavior is not checked. The above tips will ensure good behavior and guarantee amicable living in your neighborhood.

Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! It has been a little while since I talked about fostering, but I promise that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped. If anything, we’ve been even busier with fostering than usual. For the past few weeks, we were fostering Rufio (formerly known as Lita). We also dog-sat our former foster dog Hazel, so it’s been a full house here!

Rufio is a little bigger than the foster dogs we usually have. She was just over 30 pounds, but she was actually one of my favorites because she was very calm and didn’t steal the attention away from me. She was a little nervous around people, but she didn’t mind being near them. It seemed like she just needed some love, which is how most foster dogs are.

Similar to our first foster dog, Lola, Rufio was going through heartworm treatment. For some fosters, that can make things for difficult because you need to keep their heart rate down for about three months. But Rufio just liked to sleep all the time, so it certainly wasn’t hard to keep her heart rate down. She just found a comfortable spot each morning, and that’s where she laid for the entire day.

Needless to say, Rufio was one of our easiest foster dogs so far. She had been in the rescue’s office waiting for a foster home for about two weeks before we took her in. But once she was in a loving foster home, she received several applications right away. It just goes to show that being in a foster home greatly improves a dog’s chances of being adopted.

Molly certainly isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. She wants to keep fostering as many dogs as she’s able to. Of course, not every dog will be as low-maintenance as Rufio, but all dogs need a loving home. We’ve already taken in a new foster and we’re considering caring for a second one too, so stay tuned!

I’ve said it many times before, but if you’re considering fostering, now is the time to do it. Many humans who started fostering during the pandemic stopped doing it once they went back to work. So, our rescue and many other rescues have a shortage of active foster families right now. The more foster homes there are, the more foster dogs that can be saved. Please don’t forget that!

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Most kids love animals. As soon as they can talk, they’re probably begging for a pet of their own. But despite popular belief, most common pets are not kid-friendly. Plus, most kids aren’t ready to commit to a pet all on their own. So, if your kid wants a pet, you need to be willing to help them and you need to make sure they’re responsible enough to handle it. If those two things are true, then you’re ready to choose a very easy pet for your child.

Best Animals for Kids

Many humans assume that any small animal will be easy for a kid to care for. Yet, some animals like hamsters, ferrets, and axolotls are harder to care for than they seem, and they’re not cuddly like kids prefer. So, here are four pets that are considered good pets for kids.

Rats

Rats might look creepy to some, but they’re actually some of the friendliest small mammals. Kids love rats because they don’t mind being handled and they can even learn tricks. Unfortunately, they’re nocturnal and their enclosures can be hard to clean, but overall, they tolerate kids much better than other small pets.

Guinea Pigs

Like rats, guinea pigs are also friendlier than smaller rodents. They’re similar to rabbits, but they’re easier to care for and more tolerant of kids. Plus, many humans think they’re adorable. They might not be able to learn tricks as well as rats, but they generally live several years longer.

Budgies

Budgies, also known as parakeets, and the easiest birds for kids to own. However, birds aren’t as playful and cuddly as guinea pigs and rats, so they do best with a kid who’s a little more experienced. They tolerate being held really well, and they can even learn to talk. So, they’re entertaining for children as long as the kids are responsible enough to care for them.

Fish

Of course, fish are one of the easiest pets to care for. It really depends on the fish though. Goldfish and guppies are some of the easiest pet fish, while other popular fish like Betta fish need much larger tanks than people realize. They might not be cuddly and playful, but fish can be a great introduction to pet care for kids, as long as you’ve done your research first.

What Animals Should You Avoid?

If your young kid has never had a pet of their own before, they probably shouldn’t have any animals besides the ones listed above. Most animals have very detailed care requirements, so you need to feel confident in putting that animal’s life in your child’s hands. If your child doesn’t seem enthusiastic about their new pet or if you think they might lose interest, then they’re not ready. Don’t let them get any pet until you’re certain they can handle it.

Most kids will ask specifically for a dog or cat, but those are the types of pets your kid shouldn’t have on their own. I think it’s great for kids to grow up around dogs, but a dog shouldn’t be their sole responsibility. Dog and cats are some of the most time-consuming pets, so they should be cared for by the entire family, not just by one kid.

A Parent’s Role

When you get a pet for your kid, you need to remember that it’s more of a “family pet” than only your kid’s pet. That’s because if your kid is under 12 years old or if they’re not responsible, then it’s unlikely that they’ll take full responsibility of an animal all the time. Even if you’re confident in your child’s ability, you’ll need to be willing to step up to help care for the pet just in case something goes wrong. You wouldn’t want an animal to die just because your kid couldn’t handle the care.

It’s great for kids to have pets because they can teach them responsibility. Plus, you know your kid better than anyone else. So, decide to get them a pet when the time feels right. Don’t surprise them with an animal as a gift, but instead, talk through it as a family and do lots of research together. Getting a pet, even a small one, is a big decision. That pet deserves love for their whole life, so make sure your family is ready to take on another living creature.

No matter what pet you get, please visit rescues and shelters before anything else. You’ll be surprised to see that a variety of animals end up at shelters, not just dogs and cats. Plus, taking in an animal in need is a great experience for any child to be a part of. Adopting a dog at 12 years old was what started Molly’s passion for rescue animals, after all.

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With so many cities banning the sale of puppies in pet stores, we are headed in the right direction to end puppy mills. Yet, not all humans understand these new laws. Some seem to think that banning retail sales of puppies will hurt reputable breeders too. But this is a misunderstanding because reputable breeders would never sell puppies in a pet store. Here are a few reasons why.

A Good Breeder Will Want to Meet the Adopters

Like a rescue, reputable breeders should care about where their dogs go. If they sell their dogs to a pet store, then they’ll have no idea where the dogs end up. They won’t get to see the puppies go off to their forever homes, which should be a heartwarming moment. So, the only reason a breeder would be okay with selling the puppies to another business is if they don’t truly care about the puppies’ well-beings.

Pet Stores Sell Multiple Breeds at Once

Pet stores might claim to get their puppies from a good breeder, but it’s usually a lie. Reputable breeders specialize in one breed at a time, possibly two on a rare occasion. That way, they can be highly educated in the breed and provide accurate advice to the people buying the puppies. Puppy stores lack specific information about breeds since they have so many in their care. A reputable breeder wouldn’t want their puppies going to someone who doesn’t know all the facts about the dogs.

Reputable Breeders Will Let You Meet the Puppy’s Parents and See the Breeding Location

The most important distinction between a reputable breeder and a puppy mill is that breeders are happy to show you where the puppy was bred and who the parents are. At a pet store, it’s hard to show you those things, and they’ll often come up with excuses as to why you can’t see those things. If you can’t meet the puppy’s mom, walk away. A good breeder will want you to trust them, and selling to a pet store isn’t the way to do it.

So, reputable breeders never sell to pet stores. Why? Because a good breeder would know not to put their dogs in those situations. Even if a breeder cares for their dogs more than your typical puppy mill, they are still putting puppies at risk by sending them to a puppy store. So, as I’ve said many times before, please avoid shopping at a puppy store. Hopefully, these horrible puppy sales will be banned everywhere soon to cut off puppy mill suppliers.

Of course, I strongly believe that rescue dogs should be everyone’s first choice. But if someone is going to go to a breeder, I’d much rather they do it responsibly than go to a pet store or any other puppy mill supplier. Humans can claim they love dogs all they want, but one of the biggest parts of loving dogs is making sure you’re not supporting any inhumane businesses when you bring a new dog home.

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I’ve noticed that humans tend to assume things about each other often. They might not say it out loud, but their judging expressions speak for them. But there’s no need to be ashamed. All humans do it (and maybe some dogs do too), but they can choose how they act afterwards. So, what do I mean by this?

Common Dog Parent Assumptions

Molly knows that she’s guilty of being a judgy dog parent. When she sees people walking designer puppies, she’s quick to assume they were from a breeder. When she sees someone buying low-quality dog food, she assumes they don’t care about their dog’s health. But most of the time, these are just quick thoughts in her head and nothing more. She often feels bad for letting her mind think these things.

But the truth is, we never know what’s going on in someone else’s life. The fancy-looking puppy could’ve been a rescue. After all, you never know when someone will abandon or surrender the puppy they just bought. Or maybe they did buy the puppy from a pet store, but now they’ve learned their lesson since. And as for dog food and other products, not everyone researches as much, so they might not know the food isn’t the best. Or maybe their dog is extremely picky and that’s all they’ll eat. Or maybe they’re buying the cheapest food so they can donate it. You just never know!

After all, I’m sure a lot of people look at me and assume I’m from a breeder. What can I say? I’m just the cutest Shih Tzu ever. But of course, Molly is a proud rescue dog mom, and the last thing she’d want is people assuming she supported a breeder instead of a rescue.

Dog Parents Need to Work Together!

So, instead of making assumptions about fellow dog parents and then judging them for their decisions, humans need to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Instead of assuming the worst in others, assume the best. After all, they’re in the same boat as you. They’re just trying to give their dogs the best life possible.

My point is that all dog parents have something in common: a love for dogs! So, they shouldn’t be fighting or turning their backs on each other. Instead, they should work together to make this world as great for dogs if possible. Of course, you can keep encouraging people to adopt when the time is right, but don’t be rude about it. It’s important to help dogs while also spreading kindness, so keep that in mind on your day-to-day basis.

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Hi, it’s Mabel! As many of you probably know, Molly recently took on two foster dogs at the same time. She was caring for Cuda the very senior dog and Tuck the puppy mill survivor. Both seemed like they would take a long time to get adopted, each for different reasons. But now, both of them experienced miracles! They were both adopted last week… by the same family!

The couple initially applied to meet Tuck, who is so afraid of people that he won’t let anyone touch him. During his meeting, Molly kept Cuda in the kitchen behind a gate so he could still see her. Tuck is always more comfortable around other dogs, so Molly thought it would help him if Cuda was nearby. Plus, he grew very fond of Cuda since he arrived in foster care.

Despite not being able to hold him or cuddle him, the couple fell in love with Tuck. But then, they asked to meet Cuda too. So, Molly brought Cuda out and right away, Cuda rushed to the family, begging for love and attention. Tuck seemed a little more at ease with Cuda in the same room.

That couple chose to adopt Tuck on the spot, but later, they decided that they wanted both of them! They thought it would be good to have another dog to help Tuck adjust to his new home. Plus, Cuda will give the family lots of cuddles while Tuck gets comfortable around people.

These humans were some of the nicest applicants Molly has met with. She is so grateful that they’re willing to extend their hearts to a senior dog and a puppy mill survivor. She has no doubt that they will have an amazing life ahead of them. The couple decided to keep both of their names.

Of course, Molly misses Cuda and Tuck a lot. She grew very attached to them, even more so than with her past fosters. But she’s so happy for them, and I’m happy to have a little time to myself. She’s taking a week break, and then she plans to foster some more. I better get extra treats for being such a good host!

As I’ve said many times before, if you’re a huge dog lover like Molly, then please consider fostering. It saves lives!

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Now, I know the title of this post might sound harsh, but hear me out. Almost every family wants a puppy. And who can blame them? Puppies are cute, tiny, and it’s fun to see them grow into their big puppy paws. But as I’ve said before, don’t bring home a new animal just because they’re cute. Even if you think puppies are the cutest things in the world, they might not be right for you. Here are some reasons that most people aren’t ready for a puppy.

Puppies Can’t Be Left Alone for Long

If you have a full-time job outside of your home, then a puppy isn’t for you. While adult dogs can hold their bladder for most of the day, puppies cannot. Young puppies shouldn’t be alone for more than an hour or two. Puppies can only hold their bladder for about one hour per month of age. And if you force them to hold it longer, potty training might only become harder. While older dogs also shouldn’t be alone more than they have to, puppies are more of a full-time commitment.

Puppies Need Lots of Training

Since young puppies haven’t lived in a forever home before, they have a lot to learn. Puppies need training, including potty training, household manners, and basic commands. Adult dogs might already have knowledge in these areas, but getting a puppy is like starting from scratch. So, you need to be able to set aside time to train your puppy. And most importantly, you need to be willing to be patient with them.

Puppies Have Accidents

Even if your puppy is doing well with potty training, accidents can still happen. Not only potty accidents, but also chewing and destroying things. Puppies are young and inexperienced, so they really don’t know any better. So, you need to be able to stay calm and not lose your temper when they misbehave. If they get into trouble, it just means that you need to focus on training even more.

Puppies Love Attention

Most dogs love attention, but puppies especially crave it. After all, younger dogs are often full of energy, so they want to run around and play with you every chance they get. This might sound fun in theory, but it can be exhausting after a while. A puppy might take all your attention away from your usual hobbies for a while. So, you need to be willing to spend lots of time with your new family member. And if they’re becoming too clingy, don’t feel bad giving them a little alone time so you can focus on you.

Puppies Are Expensive

All pets are expensive. After all, you’re welcoming another living thing into your home. But puppies are especially expensive because they might have more medical needs, they might rip through more toys and other objects, they will eat a lot of food to match their growth spurts, and they’ll need all the basic supplies that all dogs need. Plus, you should have lots of money set aside in case your puppy needs emergency vet care. So, if you’re not financially stable, you’re not ready for a pet, especially not a puppy.

Puppies Are Best for Experienced Dog Lovers

Many new dog parents make the mistake of getting a puppy as a first-time pet. But puppies are better suited for someone who has had a dog before. With an adult dog, what you see is what you’ll get. You’ll still have to do some training and spend a lot of money, but they won’t be as demanding as a puppy. So, if you’re dying to bring home a puppy, consider all the difficulties that come with a younger dog. Perhaps an older dog is better for you. After all, dogs never stop being cute, no matter how old they are. (I mean, look at me! I’m 7 and still adorable.)

So, am I saying you should never get a puppy? Of course not! Rescues and shelters get puppies in often, so it’s great that people are adopting them. But the point of this post was to get humans to really consider the decision. Many people are distracted by a cute puppy face without thinking about the extra work that puppies bring. Adult dogs can be just as cute and lovable as puppies, so don’t overlook a dog just because they’re not young anymore.

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