Mabel the Rescue Dog

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! Yes, we’re already fostering again. I’ll admit that fostering is getting a little exhausting for both me and Molly, but every time she says she’s going to take a break, she caves when she sees another dog looking for a foster home.

With so many people adopting lately, more and more dogs keep coming in. I know she wishes we could take them all, but some aren’t dog-friendly and some I wouldn’t get along with because they have too much energy. But when Molly saw Raleigh the Beagle, she knew she’d be the perfect foster dog.

Raleigh arrived at the rescue with at least four other Beagles. We don’t know the whole story, but supposedly their human passed away, but then his wife didn’t want the Beagles anymore so she surrendered all of them. It’s likely that they were breeding Beagles too. And based on Raleigh’s first vet visit, it doesn’t seem like her humans were the most nurturing. She’s a little underweight and her teeth are the worst I’ve ever seen. She’s even missing some of them. Yet, she’s only about 6 years old.

But despite everything, Raleigh is one of the most loving dogs. It only took her a second to warm up to Molly. She’s very cuddly and likes to follow Molly everywhere. But she likes every person she meets, so she will certainly love a new family too. She doesn’t really pay much attention to me, which I appreciate. She also doesn’t bark at much, which is something I don’t understand. After all, why wouldn’t you want to bark at every person walking by?

The only thing that’s a little unusual about Raleigh is that she’s picky. She doesn’t like to eat her food or any treats. All of the other fosters dogs were quick to gobble up their food, but Raleigh takes her time. She usually won’t even eat it unless it’s mixed with chicken broth. I wish I could eat her food for her, but Molly keeps us separated until she eats it all. What a shame.

Since she’s sweet and well-behaved, I’m sure she’ll be scooped up soon. In fact, by the time this post gets published, she might already have someone interested in adopting her. I’m glad the fosters keep going quickly, but Molly always seems to want more! I wish I could be the only dog more often, but I know she’s doing a good thing by taking these dogs in. And, of course, I know I’ll always be her favorite.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! As you know, Molly and I believe the bond between a human and dog is something unbreakable. Molly always tells me that I’ve changed her life in so many ways, especially since I’ve been there for all the big moments she experienced so far. So, when I heard about a fellow dog lover who wanted to talk about dog-and-human relationships like ours, I couldn’t wait to share her project with all of you!

The Woman’s Best Friend Project

Photographer and dog lover Kristen Kidd is working on an incredible project called “The Woman’s Best Friend Project”. She’s collecting stories from many women and their dogs to share with the world. All these stories answer one powerful question: “When was your dog there in a way humans could not be there for you?” She collects stories from fellow dog lovers to create a heartwarming coffee table book.

This year, in 2021, the third coffee table book will be released, and Kristen is still looking for submissions! She hopes to have about 50 participants who can show the world why the relationships between women and their dogs are so magical. And as an added bonus, she’ll even capture the love you and your furry friend share on camera.

Best of all, these books benefit rescue dogs! The 2019 Woman’s Best Friend book raised $7,000 for Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue. Imagine how much more can be raised with this new book. Not only will these stories empower people and show them that dog adoption is awesome, but it will directly help rescue dogs in the process.

How Can You Be a Part of it?

Are you a woman whose life has been changed by a furry friend? Kristen is still looking for stories to add to the 2021 book, which is planned to be published in October. If you have a story of you and your best friend that you want to share, please click this link for more information. This is your chance to be a part of something amazing in the world of rescue dogs.

Check out the Woman’s Best Friend trailer below:

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! Once again, I’m going to apologize for my posts being inconsistent. We’ve had a crazy month, both good and bad. But I won’t bother you with the super personal stuff. Instead, I want to talk about our fourth foster dog: Lennard!

So, at the rescue we volunteer for, you’re not allowed to adopt your first three fosters. I suppose they want to make sure you’re committed to fostering and not just looking for foster until the right dog comes along. But anyway, since Lennard was our fourth foster, we could’ve adopted him if we wanted. And believe me, Molly really thought about it.

We’re unsure what breed Lennard is, but he’s a tiny little thing. He was rescued from an abuse situation. His humans moved away and left him and his dog siblings behind. I don’t know the details, but it looks like one of the other dogs attacked him. He has big scars on his head, he’s missing fur on his ears, and he’s covered in scabs. So, as you can imagine, he was terrified when we first brought him home.

Surprisingly, Lennard never showed fear toward dogs though. He was hesitant around new people, but he warmed up to Molly right away. He followed her everywhere and became very cuddly with her. Of course, I was jealous, but I let it slide since he had a rough start to life.

Lennard reminded Molly a lot of her first dog Zoe because he didn’t know how to act like a dog. He didn’t play with toys, he didn’t understand dog beds, and he seemed to have never been on a walk before. But every day, he grew more comfortable around people and he started to seem less nervous. In fact, he was the first foster dog that I didn’t bark at when I met him. The only thing Lennard never got used to was the crate. He was terrified and would whine it it the whole time. We suspect that maybe when his old family left him, they kept him locked in a crate, which would explain his panicked reaction.

He seemed like a perfect dog for Molly. She probably would’ve adopted him right away, but she knows that dogs can be expensive. So, she decided to wait and see if anyone else wanted him. Then she would know if it was meant to be or not. As usual, the first three applicants were able to meet him if they wanted. Two applicants decided to pass on him, but the third wanted to adopt him. And she seemed like a great fit for him!

As much as Molly loved Lennard, she knew he would be just as happy with the applicant who wanted to adopt him. So, last weekend he went off to his forever home. I’m sure it was a big adjustment for him since he attached to Molly so quickly, but I know in the long run he’ll be happy.

Dogs like Lennard are one of Molly’s favorite parts of fostering. She loves taking in dogs with sad pasts and showing them what love is like. Seeing Lennard’s progress was heartwarming, even if it was for a short amount of time. I can only imagine how far he’ll come in his forever home!

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Sometimes, we need to change. Other times, we overhaul our entire lives with just a few big decisions. Two of these that have become highly prevalent since the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic are starting a business and adopting a pet. Individually, each of these decisions has a profound effect on our lives. Together, they can help us take control of our personal finances and happiness, respectively.

Why Adopt a Pet When You Are Starting a Business?

Companionship is an obvious reason to adopt an animal. But specifically for a new business owner, bringing home a rescue pet means fewer unknowns. Rescue pets have already been temperament tested and will likely continue to display their normal personality traits even in a new environment. A puppy from a breeder, however, may still be highly excitable and need more hands-on care than you can give when your attention is turned to your business.

Another great reason to adopt a pet from a rescue is that the volunteers at the shelter only want what is best for the dogs. Mabel the Rescue Dog also points out that the volunteers at the rescues and shelters look at this as a labor of love and they will have spent time with each animal. Your rescue volunteer will likely know them well enough to help you make decisions on which pet is right for your new situation.

Business Steps to Make Life Easier

Knowing your new pet’s temperament is only one step toward creating a harmonious new life within your new endeavor and your new furry friendship. There are other, more practical, matters to attend to that will help streamline your life both personally and professionally. First, hire a personal assistant. According to Staffing At Tiffanie’s, a personal assistant can handle many tasks for you, including pet care. They can also tackle a few administrative duties, like returning emails and managing your calendar.

Next, look at your business structure. Forming an LLC may not matter to your pet, but it will be one less research-intensive task that you’ll need to handle later on. Further, you may save some money by having a business entity established, especially if you do it on your own without your attorney. You’ll also want to set hours for your business and stick to them as close as possible so that you can stick to a schedule.

Create a Routine That Lets You Walk in Both Worlds

Routines are critical when you have a new pet and a new business. Before you start penciling in your daily schedule, think about your dog’s needs. You want to make sure that you can pull away from work at least three times every day for walks. If you’ve already hired a personal assistant, they can handle some of these for you, but ultimately, you do want to have time that you can bond with your dog. This might mean that you need to log in early and handle computer tasks so that you can take a long lunch and one or two midday breaks. This is obviously easier if you work from home, but you could also create a space for your dog at your brick-and-mortar location. Ideally, your pet can stay in your office with you and will have a safe space to go should you need to step away from meetings or to handle other important business tasks.

Two of the most positive things to come out of this pandemic are that people are learning to start businesses and shelters are empty. On the surface, adopting a pet and becoming an entrepreneur have nothing in common, but they can both enhance your life and give you the type of fulfillment that you only dreamed about. It’s a balance. If you want to walk in both worlds at the same time, the advice above can help.

Hi everyone, it’s Mabel the rescue dog! I know I haven’t posted about my life in a while, but don’t worry, a lot has happened. In these past two weeks, another foster dog came and went. The reason I didn’t say much about him sooner is because he was a handful! Molly certainly didn’t have a lot of time to focus on work, let alone help me with my blog.

Napoleon (who is now named Slim) was our third foster dog. I know he looks like a little Labradoodle, but he’s actually more of a mutt than any dog I’ve ever met. He’s mostly a Cocker Spaniel and Australian Koolie mix, but according to his old family’s DNA results, he also has some unusual breeds in him, like Chihuahua, Beagle, Shih Tzu, Dachshund, and Jack Russell! Although, I never know how accurate those tests are, so I could be wrong.

Slim was actually a last minute foster for us. He arrived at the rescue after someone returned him. They had adopted him from our rescue when he was only 4 months old, but realized that he was too anxious around their grandkids. He has a tendency to use his mouth when he gets startled or when he’s playing, and despite lots of training, she thought it would be too difficult to have him around young kids.

But he’s actually a pretty good dog. At least, that’s what Molly says. Unfortunately, I can safely say that he’s my least favorite foster sibling. I’m a lazy little dog, so I like peace and quiet. But all Slim wants to do is play! He is about 10 months old though, so I guess it makes sense. Plus, he’s much bigger than we thought he was going to be. He has long legs and he’s about 27 pounds, so he towers over Taco and I.

Taco and I prefer lazy small dogs like our first foster, Lola. Puppies and larger dogs are just too overwhelming for us. A medium-sized dog like Slim might be okay for me if they didn’t run around so much. But Slim would run laps around the yard all day if we let him! It sure took a while for me to stop barking at him.

But despite him doing normal puppy things like playing all the time and chewing on things he shouldn’t, he’s been better behaved than we first though. He’s fully potty-trained, and he even barks by the door when he wants to go out. He’s also fairly quiet. He doesn’t bark at every dog and person outside like I do. And he’s very sweet and cuddly. He takes a lot of Molly’s attention away from me, but at least I know it’s temporary. He also doesn’t shed at all!

It’s no surprise that Slim got scooped up right away. After all, he’s a friendly, low-shedding puppy who loves to play. What more could a family want? We had three families apply to meet him within a few days, and they all wanted to adopt him. But Molly is confident that she chose the person who had the strongest connection to Slim.

Slim went home last weekend. It’s nice to have a little peace and quiet again. While it was an interesting experience to have a much younger and slightly larger dog, it was very exhausting! I know Molly did all the work, but I felt overwhelmed just watching her. She has decided that she wants to make sure she fosters an older dog next. She hopes that will be soon!

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If you have a blog like mine, you know that there will be a lot of spam comments. Most of them get filtered out by WordPress, but every once in a while, I’ll find someone advertising something on my blog. Most of the time, I don’t mind too much, but last week, Molly and I saw a comment that made us both very angry. So, we wanted to remind readers to be careful when reading or posting content online.

My Blog Will NEVER Advertise Puppies!

The incident I’m referring to was a comment from an online puppy seller. They commented on my home page, asking if anyone wanted poodle mix puppies, and then they linked to their website. Now, I have no problem with people advertising something related to my blog, such as a rescue or shelter, but this is the complete opposite of what Molly stands for.

We deleted the comment as soon as we saw it and removed the poster from our follower list. But in case anyone saw it, I just wanted to make it clear that I will never advertise puppies for sale on my site. Maybe adoptable puppies, but never from a sketchy online site like that one.

After deleting the comment, we looked closer at the page. It claimed to be a breeder, but everything about it screamed puppy mill. Here were a few things that concerned us:

  • The puppies were being sold online. Reputable breeders will allow you to meet the puppy’s parents and home in person.
  • They were selling a wide range of breeds. Reputable breeders only sell one or two dog breeds at a time.
  • They had very little information on the site. Reputable breeders will be extremely knowledgeable about the dogs they’re selling.

If you know anything about puppy mills, you’ll know that these are all major warning signs. Of course, I recommend adopting over buying any puppies, but puppy mills are the worst possible option that someone could choose. So, I’d like to use this experience as a reminder to always do your research. Don’t buy a puppy off a website or from a pet store just because it’s more convenient.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

I’m heartbroken that a puppy selling site tried to advertise on my blog. But it’s all the more reason to keep fighting for dogs in need. It’s important not to believe everything you read or hear because a lot of breeders will lie about where their dogs come from just to make a profit. So, be careful when reading and posting online, especially when dealing with questionable comments.

If you’re looking for a dog, please be mindful of where the dog is coming from. Rescues and shelters truly care about dogs, and they’re fighting to make sure dogs don’t have to keep dying to save space. So, instead of falling for puppy sites like the one I saw, please choose to adopt instead. Many puppies are found at rescues, so there’s no excuse. Plus, I’m a rescue dog, and I think I’m pretty awesome!

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Easter is coming up, and that means bunnies are receiving lots of love! Or at least, that’s how it seems. Spring is a big season for buying and adopting bunnies, which makes sense thanks to the famous Easter bunny. But while the increased demand for bunnies sounds like it should be a good thing, there are sadly a lot of downsides to it.

Every year, lots of bunnies are returned, abandoned, or mistreated. Many of these bunnies were Easter presents for young children. In fact, bunnies are the third most surrendered animal after cats and dogs, and approximately 23% of bunnies in shelters are euthanized. So, no one should be bringing a bunny home unless they’ve done their research and are fully committed.

Here are some reasons why giving live bunnies for Easter is a bad idea.

Bunnies are Difficult to Care for

When people think of bunnies, they think of cute, fuzzy things that are almost like stuffed animals. But unlike a stuffed animal, live bunnies are a lot of work. They might not be as time-consuming as a dog, but they are not a good pet for beginners. Bunnies need lots of space to roam, not just a tiny hut like many people believe. And that large space has to be cleaned often because bunnies poop a lot! They also live about 10 to 12 years, so they’re a long-term commitment just like a canine companion. Plus, they’re social creatures who like to interact with their humans and with each other if you have more than one. So, all these care requirements need to be taken into account.

Some Puppy Mills Breed Bunnies

Like dogs and cats, bunnies often come from horrible breeders called “rabbit mills”. These are similar to puppy mills, where bunnies are bred over and over again in inhumane conditions. So, if you buy a bunny from a pet store, especially if it’s a store that sells puppies, that bunny is probably from a rabbit mill. And buying those bunnies will only support the mills and encourage them to hurt more bunnies. If you must get a bunny, please adopt one from a shelter instead.

Bunnies Aren’t Good Pets for Children

Since bunnies are smaller animals, humans naturally assume they’re great beginner pets for kids. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Young children usually want a pet that they can hold and cuddle, but that can be overwhelming for rabbits. And when a bunny gets scared, they might kick or bite. So, they need a family who knows how to give them space and care for them properly. Bunnies aren’t recommended for kids under 10, even if they’ve done their research. I’ve heard that rats and guinea pigs are the friendliest small mammals, making them get along with kids better than bunnies. So, maybe consider one of those animals first.

Bunnies From Pet Stores Aren’t Usually Fixed

“Breeding like bunnies” is more than just a saying, it’s a fact. Rabbits can reproduce fairly quickly when given the option. So, like dogs and cats, there are many good reasons to spay or neuter your bunny. Unless your bunny comes from a shelter or rescue, it’s unlikely that they’re fixed. So, if your bunny ever comes into contact with another rabbit, whether they run away or meet a friend’s pet, they might quickly reproduce. Since rabbits can easily be euthanized like dogs, it’s best to help control the bunny population as much as possible.

They Have a Lot of Health Problems

Bunnies aren’t the most durable animals. They’re built for speed (I should know, I’m a dog who loves chasing rabbits!). Thus, they have lightweight skeletons, making it easy for them to break some bones. This is another reason why kids shouldn’t handle bunnies too much. If they accidentally drop a bunny or squeeze them too tight, it could be life-threatening for the fuzzy critters. Bunnies are a pet that you’ll need to be extra gentle with, which many families don’t realize.

Pets Aren’t Presents!

Most importantly, animals are not presents. If you want to give your child a pet on a special occasion, you need to make sure it’s something your family has talked about in advance. Make sure your kids are ready to help with a pet rather than surprising them with one out of the blue. Many animals are surrendered or abandoned because people bought them thinking they were cute, but then they ended up being more work than they seemed. So, please do your research and talk with your family before committing to a bunny or any other animal.

Sure, dogs love to chase bunnies, but it’s more for fun than anything else. We don’t want bunnies dying in shelters because humans aren’t properly caring for them. So, this Easter, you might want to stick to a plush bunny until you know your family is prepared to welcome another living creature into your home.

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When humans see an adorable animal, they always seem to want one of their own. Sometimes, they’re just joking, but many times they’re serious Sadly, many families will bring an animal home just because they think they’re cute. Of course, every dog is cute, but that doesn’t mean you should take them all home. There’s much more to pets than just a pretty face, so be patient when choosing a new family member.

Looks Aren’t Everything

Humans are drawn to animals because they’re cute. That’s just a fact that everyone knows. But don’t let a dog’s cuteness control you. Don’t let yourself feel like you need to bring them home that instant. Because if you rush into getting a new animal only because of looks, then you’re neglecting other important aspects.

Are you ready to care for a new animal? Do you have enough space? Do you have enough time and money? Does that animal’s personality match your household? Will you be able to keep that animal happy and healthy at all costs? These are just some of the many questions you should ask yourself before making such a big decision. If you answered no to any of them, then you might need to move on no matter how cute the animal is.

Also, just because you have your heart set on one animal doesn’t mean they’re perfect for you. There are thousands of dogs out there that need a home, so even if one cute puppy gets adopted, you might later find out that there’s another one that gets along with your family even better. There will always be animals who need homes, so don’t feel like you need to rush to adopt the one that looks the cutest.

The Most Important Qualities of an Animal

The most important part of any animal is not their looks, but instead, their personality and care requirements. That’s what all animal adoptions should be based on. And remember, some dogs have more advanced care requirements than others based on their size, age, coat type, and energy level. The animal should seem like a good fit for your home and you should know exactly how to take care of them in advance.

For example, Molly wanted to adopt an axolotl because she thinks they’re so cute. But she didn’t rush to adopt the first one she saw because she knew she wasn’t ready. So instead, she did lots of research ahead of time to make sure that an axolotl was a good animal for our home. Then, she also gathered all the supplies to make sure she was ready for when she finally found the perfect one. And now, we have Wooper in our home, who is happy and healthy!

So, adopting animals can be an incredible thing. But not everyone is fully prepared. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other pet, you need to be committed. Pets are living creatures, not just cute things for you to admire. So, please do your research to make sure the animal you’ve fallen in love with is truly the right animal for you.

And, of course, make sure you research where that animal is coming from. If possible, you should always choose to adopt from a shelter or rescue rather than buy from a pet store or breeder. The easiest way to find rescue animals near you is to search on PetFinder. Hopefully, you’ll find a dream animal who’s not only cute, but also matches your ideal personality and care requirements.

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When most people think of a rescue dog, they think of a dog that was adopted from a shelter or animal rescue. And I’ve made it very clear on this blog that I’m not happy about people buying puppies from pet stores and breeders. But what about dogs that are re-homed? If someone is giving away their dog to another family, is that dog then considered a rescue? There are lots of opinions on this, but I’ll share what I think about it.

Yes, I think dogs who are re-homed are rescues. Even if the original family got them from a breeder, the new family did not. The new family would be giving a home to a dog who needs one, and the old family wouldn’t be doing it to make a profit, which is why I think it’s okay. However, there are some instances where this isn’t the case. It’s a confusing situation, but I want to try to share how a rescue dog like me sees it.

When is a Dog Considered a Rescue?

Here is how I define a rescue dog: “a dog who was looking for a home simply because humans care about the dog’s wellbeing, not because humans want to make a huge profit.” So, dogs at shelters and rescues are certainly rescue dogs. But by that definition, dogs who were re-homed are too.

But you might be thinking: “But people re-homing their dogs are usually asking for money. Isn’t that making a profit?” It is true that many families will give up their dogs and ask for a little money in return, but in those scenarios, the amount of money is small, not hundreds or thousands of dollars. Plus, many families have to give up their dogs because of money problems, so that small fee could help the family greatly. The bottom line is that they’re not selling dogs to make a living and they’re certainly not hurting dogs in the process like pet stores selling puppies do.

Now, you’re probably wondering: “But shelters and rescues charge fees that are often a couple hundred bucks. How is that not making a profit?” Yes, it’s true that shelters and rescues charge a lot for some dogs, but all that money goes to a good cause. They use that money to care for the dogs waiting for homes and they use it to rescue more dogs from at-risk situations. Plus, that cost is actually a deal considering that rescue dogs often come fixed and with all vaccinations. Designer puppies are often thousands of dollars without any of that extra stuff.

So yes, I believe that most re-homed dogs are rescues. They came from a family who couldn’t care for them, so those adopting them were able to give them a better life. However, getting a dog from another family isn’t always as innocent as it seems.

When is a Re-Homed Dog Not a Rescue?

If your re-homed dog came from a friend or family member, perfect! Then you know you got them from a reputable source. But sadly, there are some scenarios where this isn’t the case. If you find a dog being re-homed online, it’s very easy for puppy mill owners and animal abusers to pretend to be someone they’re not. That’s why many animal advocates advise that people avoid using Craigslist for adopting or giving away a pet.

For example, let’s say you saw an ad for a family looking to give away their beloved puppy. It might seem innocent and sincere, but for all you know, that puppy could’ve been bred in a puppy mill. The family posting the puppy could actually be a breeder trying to manipulate dog lovers. It sounds ridiculous, but it happens more than you think.

So, if you ever come across a person trying to re-home a dog, please don’t hold back on the questions. Meet them in person, ask them for details about the dog and why they’re giving them up, and if possible, see where they’ve been keeping the dog. If they’re resistant or full of excuses, it’s possible that they’re trying to scam you into thinking you’re adopting when you’re really not. There are many people out there who probably thought they adopted, but ended up supporting a horrible business without knowing. That’s heartbreaking to think about!

If you’ve adopted a dog from another family in the past, don’t feel bad if you didn’t ask enough questions though. We can’t go back in time and change something that has already happened. Instead, give your dog plenty of love and be sure to be more cautious in the future. When in doubt, please adopt directly from a shelter or rescue because that way you know for sure that you’re rescuing a dog instead of buying one.

Unfortunately, getting a dog is more complicated than meets the eye and there’s always more to learn. But if we always put a dog’s safety and well-being above appearances and money, then we can help steer this world in the right direction. Please be careful about where you get your dogs from. Every dog adopted saves the lives of more dogs, but every dog bred adds to the overpopulation problem. So, thank you to everyone who has chosen to adopt a dog in need!

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Dogs are amazing creatures. Of course, I think I’m the best dog in the world, but the Guinness World Records seem to think otherwise. There are lots of smart and talented dogs who have beat world records, and sadly, I’m not one of them. So, I thought it might be fun to recognize some of them. Here are nine awesome dogs who have broken world records!

Most Tennis Balls Held in Mouth

Finley the Golden Retriever is famous for holding lots of tennis balls in his mouth at once. His record is holding six at once, and he does it regularly just for fun. After all, what dog isn’t obsessed with tennis balls? Before 2020, Augie the Golden Retriever held the record with only five.

Tallest Dog Ever

Zeus the Great Dane was the tallest dog ever. On all fours, he stood 44 inches tall. Sadly, he passed away in 2014, but no one has surpassed his height. Freddy the Great Dane was the tallest living dog at about 40 inches tall, but he recently passed away too.

Highest Jump by a Dog

A Greyhound named Feather achieved the highest jump in 2017. She scaled a hurdle that was 75.5 inches tall.

Longest Tongue on a Dog

Mochi the Saint Bernard holds the record for longest tongue on a dog. Her tongue was officially measured in 2016, and it was 7.31 inches long.

Longest Ears on a Dog Ever

Tigger the Bloodhound has incredibly floppy ears, as most Bloodhounds do. Way back in 2004, he broke the record for longest ears, with one measuring 13.75 inches and the other measuring 13.5 inches. Sadly, he has since passed away in 2009.

Longest Tail on a Dog

In 2015, an Irish Wolfhound named Keon broke the record for the longest tail on a dog. His massive tail is 30.2 inches long!

Most Balls Caught by a Dog’s Paws in One Minute

A Beagle named Purin holds a more peculiar record. In 2015, she caught 14 soccer balls in her paws in one minute. I don’t think I could even sit upright, let alone catch a soccer ball!

Fastest 30 meter on a Scooter by a Dog

You heard that right! Dogs can ride scooters, or at least, some of them can. Norman the Scooter Dog can ride a scooter 30 meters in only 20.77 seconds. He broke broke this record in 2013, and the fact that he can ride a scooter is amazing enough.

Most Steps Walked Down by a Dog Balancing a Glass of Water

This is perhaps the most unusual record of all, and it’s something I couldn’t even dream of doing. Sweet Pea the Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix can take 10 steps forward while holding a glass of water on her head. And somehow, she didn’t spill any of it! She can do a similar skill while walking backwards and with a can on her head.

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These are just some of the many dogs who have set unbelievable records. Not all of us can have unique talents or crazy looks, so stories like these are so incredible. I should aspire to be like these record-breakers, but I’d much rather take a nap.

If you want your dog to break a world record, just make sure you only do it if your dog seems like they’re having fun. If your dog is resistant to learn bizarre tricks, don’t force them to. We’re living creatures, not just entertainment. So, dog world records are awesome, but only if the dogs are treated properly.

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