Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt ๐Ÿ’•

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Sicknesses in humans and dogs are not the same, but you might’ve noticed that some health problems are fairly similar for both of us. With the coronavirus pandemic going on right now, it’s common for people to worry about this more. For the most part, humans and dogs won’t get sick from each other, but there are some instances where it’s possible.

What Sicknesses Can Dogs Get From Humans?

When you get sick, your first thought probably isn’t how it will affect your dog. In most cases, your dog is safe from your sicknesses, but there are a few diseases to be aware of. Keep your home as clean as possible to avoid these possible health concerns.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Some bacteria can be passed from you to your dog such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This bacteria can live on a dog or human without harming them, but if it enters a wound, it can cause a horrible infection. Bacteria like that can be transferred from you to your dog.

Certain Viruses

Many viruses can affect both dogs and humans, but they cannot be passed between two different species. However, viruses like the swine flu and rabies can be passed from a human to a dog, but it’s very rare.

Fungal Infections

There are a few types of fungi that your dog can get from you, but the most common is ringworm. Ringworm is highly contagious, so if you get it, you could easily pass it onto your pooch even though they’re a different species. However, other fungi like Cryptococcus can affect both dogs and humans, but they can’t catch it from each other.

Some Parasites

Sarcoptes scabiei mites and protozoan parasites are both types of parasites that can be transferred from a human to a dog with direct or indirect contact. However, parasites like roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm can infect both dogs and humans, but they are species-specific.

What Sicknesses Can Humans Get From Dogs?

While some human sicknesses can affect dogs, there are more dog diseases that humans can catch. With proper care and cleaning, most of them can be avoided, but there’s always a possibility. Here are a few of the sicknesses humans can get from dogs.

Toxocariasis

This disease is caused by the larvae of roundworms. Humans can get it by coming into contact with dog feces. If you dog has it, symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, bloody stool, and worms in their stool. If humans have it, the worms usually end up in their lungs instead, so they could have trouble breathing. To avoid getting this disease, always pick up feces using a bag or shovel, and always wash your hands afterwards.

Ringworm

Ringworm is a type of fungal disease that grows on a dog’s hair, and it can be transmitted through direct contact. It leaves a ring-shaped rash on both dogs and humans. Frequently cleaning your home, especially your dog’s bedding and blankets, can greatly reduce the chances of you getting this disease.

Rabies

Rabies is most commonly transmitted from wild animals, but it is possible for dogs to pass it on to humans. This disease is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, typically through a bite. Foaming at the mouth is the most obvious sign for your dog, but behavior changes, sensitivities, and loss of appetite are other symptoms that could occur. To prevent your dog from getting it, make sure they’re always up to date on their rabies vaccination!

Giardia

Giardia is an intestinal parasite that can cause gastrointestinal problems. Symptoms for both dogs and humans include diarrhea, painful gas, stomach cramps and vomiting. It can be spread through contaminated water or contact with feces.

There are a few other diseases that can be transmitted from dogs to humans, but like these ones, they can be prevented through proper cleaning and care. For more information on these diseases, check out this helpful article on Prevention.com.

How to Prevent These Problems

I wrote this article just to be informative, not to scare anyone. It’s highly unlikely that you will get your dog sick or vice versa. What’s important is that you take proper care of you and your dog to prevent anything bad from happening.

Take Your Dog For Regular Checkups

Vet visits can be expensive, but you should never neglect a yearly checkup. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, the vet will always be able to answer your questions. Plus, you should make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations in order to keep both you and your pup safe.

Clean Often!

Humans have been obsessed with cleaning during this whole coronavirus thing, but cleaning should be a normal thing every day of the year. Always make sure you keep your home clean and, of course, you should wash your hands frequently. Also, bathe your dog regularly or take them to the groomer to keep them as clean as possible. This is the best way to keep everyone as healthy!

I hope everyone is staying safe during this time of uncertainty. And remember, while there are some diseases that you and your dog can pass to each other, the coronavirus isn’t one of them. Your dog is a part of your family, so you need to care for them even during tough times like this.

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Austin Pets Alive! is more than just your average shelter. Of course, they want to find the perfect home for every dog, but they specialize in rescuing the dogs that are the most at risk. They look for dogs that are going to be euthanized and do whatever they can to give them a second chance.

Before Austin Pets Alive! was created, the city of Austin, Texas had a kill rate of 87%. That means that the majority of dogs did not get to find their forever homes. It’s a heartbreaking thing to think about, but Austin Pets Alive! decided to make some serious changes.

Now, the city saves 97% of animals, and it’s all thanks to Austin Pets Alive! Every year, this incredible organization works hard to find new ways to save animals in need. Hopefully, they can make sure the city will have a 100% save rate one day.

Austin Pets Alive has saved over 70,000 lives since 2008. They have truly made a difference for so many animals in the area. They know how important each and every dog is, and every person should be as kind and loving toward dogs as they are.

If you are looking for a dog in the Austin area, please check out Austin Pets Alive! They have a wide selection of amazing pups up for adoption. If you’re not looking to adopt right now though, you can always donate! They need all the help they can get!

Do you know of a shelter or rescue that deserves to be featured on my blog? Do you have a rescue dog with a story to share? If either of those are true, please contact me! Let’s encourage more dog lovers to adopt!

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3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

There are lots of disagreements when it comes to what food is best for your dog. Most confusion comes from what vets tell you. You’ve probably seen many articles about how it’s important to have healthy meat sources and no fillers in your dog’s food. However, many of the brands vets recommend contradict this healthy advice. Why is that?

When Molly takes me to the vet, they usually talk badly about how I eat a grain-free diet. However, we have researched it very thoroughly, and we haven’t found any real proof that grain-free is bad. However, there are plenty of clear reasons as to why the products they recommend are.

What Do Vets Usually Recommend?

Many vets recommend Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin as their preferred brand. In fact, many even try to say that they are prescription diets. However, if you take a closer look at the ingredients, both brands are actually very low-quality and have had a higher number of recalls.

On Dog Food Advisor, both Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin foods receive between a 2.5 and 3 rating. It seems odd that vets would recommend anything below a 5-star rating.

When you read the ingredient list, you’ll also notice that many of the top ingredients in these foods are grains and other fillers. Ideally, the first few ingredients should be a quality meat source, followed by other beneficial ingredients. However, a lot of these “prescription foods” just have cheap fillers in them.

I even read an article recently that did a study with some vets. The vets were given 4 different ingredient lists and asked to rank them from best to worst quality. Surprisingly enough, the food that the vets ranked last was the one that was most similar to Hill’s and Royal Canin.

So, if many vets know that their recommendations are not the healthiest, then why would they recommend it? It just doesn’t seem fair to all the poor dogs out there.

Why Would Vets Promote Unhealthy Products?

In general, dry kibble is the unhealthiest way to go. Some kibble is definitely a much better quality than others, but most of it is like junk food for dogs. So, there has the be a reason as to why vets would recommend the unhealthiest junk food possible.

This whole problem began way back in the 1980s. Colgate Palmolive is a company that creates a wide range of products, one of which is Hill’s Science Diet. In the ’80s, they used dentists to promote their toothpaste, which worked really well. So, they decided to also work with vets to sell their dog food. The same goes for Royal Canin, which is made by Mars.

To this day, these types of partnerships continue. Vets are essentially paid to promote these specific brands, which is why they will often try to encourage you to buy them. However, that still doesn’t make it right if you ask me.

Sadly, a lot of the dog industry is all about making money. A lot of dog food is created just for profit and not for our well-being. That’s why Molly always looks at the ingredients before deciding if a food is good or not. If a brand only uses healthy, beneficial ingredients instead of cheap fillers, you can tell that they put your dog’s health as a number one priority.

So, while you should trust your vet on all other health aspects, food just isn’t one of them. Do your research before blindly agreeing with your vet about food. It’s not fair that money has so much control over dog products, but it’s the sad reality that we live in. Hopefully things will be different in the future!

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I often write about how important it is to be nice to dogs and help dogs in need, but today I wanted to write about something a little bit different. Of course, dogs always need love and support, but so does every living creature!

Oftentimes, people get so focused on helping dogs or helping a specific group of people that they forget to be kind to everyone. That’s why I think humans could learn a thing or two from a dog’s positivity.

The Positivity of Dogs

Dogs are full of love. We just want to spend time with our loved ones as much as possible. Sure, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for humans, but we just want them to feel loved! We don’t think badly of others or judge our humans. Instead, we always look on the bright side of everything, which is why I think humans could actually learn a thing or two from us!

Humans are often quick to judge, and I notice they’re often rude to each other without thinking twice about it. It’s just not okay! However, as soon as people come home to their dogs, they often feel happier. I’ve noticed that no matter how Molly is feeling, petting me always makes her smile. Therefore, as dogs, we feel that it’s our job to keep our humans in a good mood!

We want what’s best for those that are nice to us. In fact, we’re often even nice to those that don’t deserve it. Some might call us naive, but we just want everyone to be happy! So, I think more humans should think like dogs. They should focus on the good things in life like eating treats and chasing squirrels! I think it could make a huge difference in this world.

Be Nice to Everyone!

I know I have a lot of opinionated posts on my blog, but I do that to help others and give advice. I never want to hurt anyone. However, there are plenty of dog parents out there that like to be rude over the simplest things.

Some humans get into fights over what they feed their dogs while others throw a fit if someone’s dog snips at theirs. Of course, all humans just want what’s best for their dogs, but it’s no reason to get angry!

If another person doesn’t have the exact same care routine for their dog as you, then that’s okay! Instead of fighting with them, kindly give them advice and let them choose if they want to follow it or not. Maybe you could even learn a thing or two from them.

This world is just so full of hateful humans these days. So, if more humans thought positively all the time like dogs do, then I think it could really make a difference!

Next time you feel the urge to be rude or even think badly about someone, consider how your dog would handle the situation. Would they dwell on the little things? Of course not! Would they fight with someone over something that’s not even their business? Nope! So, why would you?

The moral of this post is just to be more like a dog. Be kind, positive, and loving. Most importantly, be nice to everyone. Not just to all dogs, but to all people too. I think it will really make the world a better place for dogs and humans alike.

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I’ve known about the Wisconsin Humane Society for a while now because Molly and I used to live in Wisconsin! When she was looking for a dog, she stopped by some of their locations. However, I decided to write about them because they’ve been in the news a lot lately and I think it’s good to support them for the amazing work they do.

The Wisconsin Humane Society has locations all over Wisconsin in order to provide enough space for all the dogs looking for homes. They are committed to saving as many animals as possible, and they can successfully do that thanks to all the amazing donations they receive.

One of the reasons this shelter receives so many generous donations is because they’re very creative with fundraising. In fact, their recent fundraiser is what inspired me to write about them this week. In fact, it even inspired my comic fundraiser!

They have lots of fun events to help dogs in need, but their most recent one was unlike anything I’d ever heard of. The staff and volunteers at the humane society decided to draw people’s dogs for $15. All the proceeds would go to animals in need.

However, they never promised that the drawings would be good. In fact, they made it very clear that the results would be all over the place. Some drawings were very detailed while others could’ve been drawn by a 1st grader. Even so, these drawings were soon in very high demand!

Within only a day, they had to close the event because they were already getting behind on drawings. They ended up raising over $12,000 with these silly portraits! What a great way to help animals in need.

Even without amusing drawings, this shelter can still use as many donations as possible. If you’d like to help them save more dogs, please donate to help make a difference. And who knows? Maybe they’ll do another fundraiser like this soon!

In fact, this fundraiser sounds so fun that I think Molly and I have recently decided to try something similar. If you donate to any rescue or shelter, we’ll create a comic of your dog! Click here to find out more information!

And as always, if you have a rescue dog of your own with a story to share, please contact us to get them featured on my blog! Let’s encourage more dog lovers to adopt!

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I’ve seen lots of dogs that have cropped ears and docked tails. For some breeds, it might even seem normal, but that’s the sad part. I want to bring attention to procedures like this because many people do think it’s normal for certain breeds, but that shouldn’t be the case. Anyone who thinks that needs to hear this from a dog’s perspective.

What are Cropped Ears and Docked Tails?

Cropping is when the floppy part of a dog’s ears are cut off. Usually, it’s done to puppies at a young age, and their ears are taped upright until they heal. Cropped ears are most commonly seen on large, muscular dogs such as Doberman Pinschers and Cane Corsos.

Tail docking is removed either part of a dog’s tail or the entire tail. This is usually done with surgical scissors. Sadly, it’s often done without anesthesia, so it’s incredibly painful for the dog. This is also usually done when puppies are young, specifically to large dogs like Boxers.

Both of these are surgeries that are not fair to your dog. Essentially, you’re cutting off a part of their body by doing this, and I can’t even imagine going through something like that. So, why do people still think it’s okay?

Why Do People Do This?

The main argument for cropping and docking is because it prevents future health problems for dogs. These were surgeries that dog fighters often used to prevent dogs from grabbing each others’ ears and tails. Also, parents of hunting dogs claim that it prevents them from getting hurt while hunting or while working on a farm.

However, for everyday dog parents, they think docking a tail prevents dogs from hitting their tails on things when they wag them, which is referred to as ‘happy tail syndrome’. They also claim that cropped ears prevent ear infections. However, there is no real evidence for this.

Many dog parents argue that their dog’s ears should be cropped because the breed is prone to ear infections. However, all breeds with floppy ears are prone to ear infections. As long as you clean your dog’s ears regularly, they should be safe. Plus, there are lots of breeds with floppy ears! You wouldn’t see a Beagle or Shih Tzu with cropped ears, so why would you do that to a Pit Bull or Doberman?

As for happy tail syndrome, the same thing goes. Sure, big dogs can hurt their tails if they wag them too much, but there are lots of other ways dogs can get hurt too. Chopping off their body parts can’t possibly be the best way to prevent bad things from happening!

Sadly, for many people, both surgeries are all about appearance. People want their dogs look tough and some people just think it looks better. Oftentimes, dog shows and competitions prefer certain breeds to have cropped ears or docked tails. But cutting off a dog’s body parts just for looks is disgusting! Think about your dog would feel!

What’s So Bad About it?

I believe that dogs should never get their ears or tails chopped off. It’s inhumane regardless of their parents’ intentions. Sure, it could prevent them from future problems such as tail injuries or ear infections, but if you take good care of your dog, you can avoid those problems without having to go to such extreme measures.

Plus, think about human children. If your child was prone to ear infections, would you chop their ears off? If they wave their arm constantly, would you have it amputated? I sure hope not! So, why do it to a dog? Just because we can’t speak to you doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings. We feel pain just like you would. So, think about how you would feel if you had to get a body part chopped off.

Also, docking ears and cropping tails prevents dogs from communicating with body language. Tails and ears can tell a lot about how a dog is feeling, so if you take those away, it’s even harder for dogs to communicate with humans.

If a dog can’t give proper warning signs when they’re upset, someone could end up getting hurt if they bother that dog. Therefore, not only are you harming your dog by going through with the surgeries, but you’re putting others in danger too.

Your rescue dog might already have cropped ears or a docked tail when you get them, but that doesn’t mean it’s right. Rescue dogs with these appearances probably had a rough life, so they should be given extra love in their new home. Never choose to crop your dog’s ears or dock their tail. I can tell you for a fact that it’s not what your dog would want.

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I have recently heard a lot of debate about dog adoption requirements being too strict. When choosing to adopt a dog, you are making a huge decision. So, many rescues and shelters often have a list of requirements and steps to follow before a dog can be adopted. However, is it true that these requirements are becoming too strict?

What’s Usually Required for an Adoption?

Every rescue and shelter has different expectations for adopters. Some will just let you take the dog as soon as you pay while others have a lengthy process including a home visit and an interview. It all depends on where you adopt your dog from.

Some rescues require specific things for certain dogs such as fenced in yards or no young kids. However, some people really want a dog but can’t match these requirements.

Because of this, many people get upset and say that the requirements for adopting a dog are too strict. While I see where they’re coming from, I personally don’t think that’s the case. For most shelters and rescues, I think these rules are in place to keep the dogs as safe as possible.

Are These Requirements Necessary?

Of course, there are some shelters and rescues that have rules that are far too specific. I recently read an article saying that Ellen Degeneres wasn’t allowed to rehome her rescue dog no matter what. However, the dog just didn’t get along with the other animals in the household, so Ellen found him a more suitable home. Even though the dog was happier and safer, this still caused trouble with the rescue because it was against their rules.

However, most rescues and shelters are not this extreme. Many are actually understanding of certain situations. However, they still need some rules in place to make sure that every dog finds a suitable home. Before you try to argue with this, please hear me out.

When I was in my foster home, I met lots of different rescue dogs. Some had crazy amounts of energy while others were very skittish and scared. Therefore, the rescue required a home visit with a family before an adoption could go through. For some families, it might seem very tedious, but it’s ultimately in place to ensure that the home is suitable for the dog.

If those home visits weren’t in place, then a dog who needs a yard to run around in could end up in a small apartment. Or a dog could end up in a house that’s always filthy and not suitable for any dogs.

The main role of a good rescue or shelter is that each dogs finds the perfect family. If they just let the dogs go home with random families, it would be chaos. Sure, dogs would get adopted quicker, but at what cost? More dogs would likely be returned or abandoned because they were adopted by a family that couldn’t handle them.

Therefore, as tedious as it might be, I think that every good shelter and rescue should have some rules and regulations in place for adoption. Sure, every dog needs a home, but that home needs to be a loving place where they will get the care they deserve, not just some random place. My forever home is with Molly, and those rules are what helped me find that out!

What Could be Improved?

For the rescues that go a bit overboard like in Ellen’s case, there are things that can be improved. Sure, some rules are always good, but the rescues and shelters should be clear about these expectations from the start.

Families should know everything they need to know about the rescue’s rules before they adopt a dog. If they bring their new dog home and then are told about the rules afterwards, issues could arise. If rescues want their rules to be extremely specific, then they need to be upfront about it with all potential adopters.

Overall, rescues and shelters just want what’s best for dogs in need. I know this because I experienced it when I was in a foster home. I hope everyone that’s considering adopting a dog remembers this when adopting. Sure, the adoption process might be long and you might get frustrated, but you’ll have a new best friend in the end!

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