Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt ๐Ÿ’•

4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

It’s no secret that kids love dogs. They always want to cuddle us and give us as many hugs and kisses as possible. While it might look cute in pictures and videos, people need to consider how dogs feel in these situations. As sweet as kids can be, they can also be intimidating for a dog. That’s why it’s important for all kids to know how to properly behave around animals.

Introducing a Dog and Child

Similarly to when you introduce two dogs or a dog and a cat, introducing a dog and a child should be a slow transition. All their early interactions should be supervised to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Before your kid even meets the dog, make sure they know to give the dog space. Teach them about common dog body language so they can know if the dog has had enough interactions. If a kid doesn’t know about boundaries with a dog, it’s likely that they’ll smother them or stress them out, which will likely put the kid in danger.

Remember, if a dog bites or nips at a kid, they’re not trying to be mean. It means that they’re stressed and the child isn’t picking up on the warning signs. If you have any kids, always make sure they know to be patient and careful around dogs. We don’t want any kids or dogs or get hurt!

How Should Children Behave?

It’s okay for kids to pet dogs and play with them. In fact, we like healthy interactions with kids. It’s just important that they know when to stop. If a dog starts avoiding them or running away from them after a while, it’s important for a kid to give the dog a break.

If your kid wants to spend more time with your dog, let them help with dog training. Training can be a healthy way for a dog and person to bond without stressing the dog out. Just make sure you’re around to monitor these interactions.

Also, make sure kids are gentle when petting a dog. Demonstrate how to nicely pet a dog, and make sure they keep their hands away from the dog’s face. Dogs will be more relaxed if they are pet properly instead of being poked at.

This doesn’t just apply to your own dogs either. Kids should behave this way around all dogs, even more so around dogs they don’t know. If your kid wants to pet a stranger’s dog, make sure they ask first. After they ask, make sure they’re cautious and gentle. Unfamiliar dogs are more likely to get provoked by small children.

Parents are quick to blame a dog if something goes wrong, but knowing warning signs can help kids avoid getting hurt. Unfortunately, dogs cannot talk to their humans, so we can only rely on body language for communication. Keep that in mind next time your kid wants to interact with a dog.

Which Breeds Are Best Around Children?

Every dog is different, so if you want to know if a dog will be good with kids, spend some time with them before you adopt them. Any dog can be good with kids, but if you already have kids at home, it’s important make sure a dog is family-friendly before adopting them.

Before you bring a new dog home, you should also make sure the kids have met them first. You should want your dog to be as used to your kids as possible and make sure your kids know how to properly behave around the new dog.

That being said, there are a few dog breeds that are especially good around kids. Remember, it’s not a guarantee, it’s just a general observation:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Boxer
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Collie
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Again, it really depends on the specific dog more than the breed, but these are just a few breeds that are commonly known to be good with kids. Don’t go out of your way to pick one of these specific breeds, but instead, spend time with the dog you want to adopt. Also, make sure your kids always know how to behave around dogs to make things safer for everyone.

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3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

With all the chaos going on at the moment, I felt like I had to make an article on this topic. Anything new and unfamiliar can be scary for humans, which is why so many people were quick to panic with the news of the coronavirus. Since I’m just a dog, I don’t know much about how it affects humans, but I just wanted to share some information about if you should be worried about your furry friend.

Can Dogs Get it?

After hearing about this virus, the first thing many dog parents feared is that their dog could get sick from it. However, “coronavirus” is a general term for a family of similar-looking viruses. The specific one that’s causing concerns is referred to as COVID-19.

So far, there have been no cases of a dog having COVID-19. Animals can get a type of coronavirus, but even then, it’s mostly just animals like snakes and camels being investigated, not dogs.

There is even one type of the virus called the Canine Coronavirus Disease, but ironically enough, it’s not affecting dogs. There is still a lot of information to learn about these new viruses, but so far, dogs seem to be in the clear. The virus is typically just passed through human interactions, not human-to-animal interactions. Hopefully it stays that way!

Why Did a Dog Test Positive?

Dog parents initially became concerned after a news story about a Pomeranian from Hong Kong. The little dog tested a “weak positive” to COVID-19. The dog was quarantined, but was later released after it was apparent that the dog wasn’t actually sick.

The weak positive had been found in the dog’s nose and mouth samples. It was later concluded that the virus had only gotten on the dog because they had likely touched a contaminated surface or a human with the virus. However, the dog hadn’t gotten sick off the virus like a human would’ve.

That Pomeranian is the only dog so far that has shown signs of this virus. As far as I can tell, us dogs don’t have anything to stress about. However, as always, you should be extra cautious just in case because there’s still a lot of unknown information about all this.

Keeping Your Dog Safe

For your dog, you don’t need to go to any crazy extremes. Just be careful as you always do. Basically, this means that you shouldn’t let them eat anything that could potentially have dangerous germs on it.

Keep an extra close eye on them when you walk them and take them outside to make sure they don’t stick their nose in anything they shouldn’t. Also, pick up your dog’s poop right away since it can carry harmful bacteria that you don’t want anyone else coming into contact with.

Overall, just please don’t panic. Hopefully your regular routine consisted of cleaning your home and washing your hands regularly. Therefore, just keep doing what you’re doing, and make sure your dog doesn’t get into anything they shouldn’t!

I’m no doctor, so my knowledge about all this is minimal, but I just want to remind everyone to relax and wash your hands! Hopefully this will all be figured out soon.

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Hi, my name is Marnie! Most of you probably recognize me because I’m a social media star! Sadly, I’m no longer living on this Earth, but I know that my story can still make a difference. I passed away just over a week ago, so Mabel thought it would be a great idea for me to talk about my incredible journey.

I don’t remember much about my early days, but when I was 10 years old, I was found as a stray. I had just been wandering the streets of Connecticut with no place to call home. Apparently, I was very matted and very smelly at the time!

Animal Control found me and brought me to a shelter where they had the nerve to name me Stinky! It kind of hurt my feelings, but I couldn’t do anything about it. Luckily, by the time I turned 11, I found my forever family! My new mom was hesitant at first because of my age, but I’m so glad she decided to adopt me!

My mom renamed me Marnie, and it fit me much better. She found out that I was so stinky because I had 14 decaying teeth! Once those teeth were extracted, I felt much better. My mom said I smelled much better too!

You might notice that my tongue sticks out and my head is always tilted, but that’s just part of my look! The vets think the head tilt is the result of a brief illness I once had called Vestibular Syndrome. However, the tongue thing is just because my tongue is too long to fit in my mouth! I might look silly to some, but I think I’m beautiful!

Once I got used to my new home, I became a very social dog. I soon became more comfortable in my new surroundings, and I loved spending time with my mom! She took me on so many fun adventures, and she documented my travels on social media.

Before I knew it, I was a social media star! Everyone loved my photos and videos on Instagram, and soon everyone wanted to meet me. I ended up with 1.8 million followers and I got to meet lots of famous people! The internet fell in love with me!

However, the best part of being famous was not all the attention. The best part was that I got to change the world! I was proof that adopting a senior dog was a great thing to do. So, many of my fans went out and adopted a senior dog because of me! My journey helped save the lives of so many dogs.

I had so many great journeys and adventures throughout my life, and it was all thanks to my amazing mom! Even as my health slowly started to decline, she was right by my side every step of the way. When I passed away, I was 18 years old. So, even though I was sad to leave my wonderful family, I was grateful that they’d given me the life I’d always dreamed of.

If my mom hadn’t adopted me, who knows what would’ve happened to me? She knew I was older than most of the other dogs, but she still took a chance on me. She made me the happiest dog in the world, and I will never forget the moment she brought me home.

Adopting a dog truly does change their life for the better. If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, please adopt a dog in my honor. Take the time to meet as many dogs as possibly, especially the old ones. The perfect dog could be the one you least expect.

If you have a rescue dog with a story to share, please contact Mabel to get their story featured on her blog just like my story. Every rescue story is a good story, no matter how simple or complex it may be. Please help us encourage dog lovers to adopt!

Images from @marniethedog/Instagram

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Whenever someone asks Molly where she got me or how long she’s had me, she always makes a point to say that she adopted me. She wants the world to know that even high demand breeds like me can be a rescue and that adopting is so important. However, we’ve noticed that some people use the word “adopt” even when they didn’t adopt their dog.

What’s the Difference?

Adopting refers to saving a dog’s life. It means you adopted a dog that was already looking for a home. A dog that was sitting at a shelter or staying at a foster home. A dog that had nowhere else to go. Adopting is an amazing thing that all dog parents should do.

However, some people talk about how they adopted their dog from a breeder or a pet store. I know it’s not nice to tell people they’re wrong… but that’s not adopting! The correct term would be buying.

When you spend money to bring another dog into this world, that’s buying. Even if the puppy was already sitting at a pet store or at a breeder, they were still brought into this world just to be bought. And when you buy them, the breeders will just breed more puppies to take their place.

Buying and adopting are not the same thing. Adopting saves one dog’s life while buying only adds to the problem. It might be hard to believe that one word can make such a big difference, but for dogs, it does. People who purchased dogs from a pet store or a breeder need to stop claiming that they “adopted” their dog.

Why is Adopting Better?

Adopting is always better because sadly, dogs are such an overpopulated species. There are so many dogs that there’s not enough space at shelters for them all. Because so many people are breeding instead of adopting, many dogs are being put down to make more room. It’s heartbreaking!

As I said before, buying dogs only adds to this problem. As long as people keep supporting breeders, pet stores, and puppy mills, dogs will keep getting brought into this world more than necessary. Sure, dogs are great, but this world doesn’t need more dogs when there are so many dying every day.

Adopting a dog does the opposite though. When you adopt a dog, you free up a shelter space for another dog in need. Plus, you give that dog a happy life after everything they’ve been through. That’s so much more rewarding than buying a puppy. Please think about that next time you want to get a dog. Encourage dog lovers to adopt instead of shop.

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Everyone makes mistakes, even the best dogs and the best dog parents. Therefore, it’s important to acknowledge your mistakes and learn from them, especially when it comes to caring for your pup. So, here are some of the most common mistakes that dog parents make. If you’re one of them, that’s okay! Humans can always improve for their dogs!

Choosing a Dog Just Based on Looks

Many people know what dog they want just because of how cute a certain breed is. I’ve heard so many people say “I’m getting a Corgi because of their cute little legs” or “I’m only getting a Husky because they’re so beautiful”. But that’s like choosing a friend or partner just based on looks! Looks are never the most important thing, especially not for dogs!

You can’t possibly know what your next dog will look like without meeting dogs first. The best way to find the right dog for you is to visit shelters and rescues, go to adoption events, and ask questions about dogs you’re interested in. You can’t just look at a dog and decide you want them because then you didn’t take the time to really get to know them.

If you’re considering adopting a dog, please consider their personality over everything else. Pay attention to their likes, dislikes, wants, and needs. Sure, dogs are cute, but you’re going to think your dog is adorable no matter what breed you get! Get a dog that you think will be a good fit for you instead of just considering their appearance.

Adopting a Dog Before They’re Ready

It’s hard for humans to resist a dog’s cute face. I know this because Molly tells me I’m “too cute” all the time! While this is usually a good thing, it can also lead to some impulse adoptions.

Don’t adopt a dog unless you’re ready! It’s that simple. You need to think about all the time, money, and supplies you’ll need for your dog. Your dog is more than just a cute, furry friend because we’re living creatures. Make sure you’re fully prepared to adopt a dog before jumping into it.

Forgetting Basic Training and Socialization

Whether your dog is a puppy or a senior, basic training is essential. It’s best to start when your dog is young, but old dogs can learn new tricks too! I don’t particularly love training, but Molly has been working on teaching more manners to me and Taco, and I think it’s really paying off.

It’s important to train and socialize your dog from the start to make sure that bad habits don’t form. The longer you wait to correct behaviors and teach new things, the harder it can be to break bad habits. Plus, if you don’t socialize your dog with other dogs, they will likely become aggressive and territorial as they age.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, caring for a dog takes lots of time. Training is a big chunk of time that you’ll need to spend with your dog, so please don’t neglect it. Not only will it help with their behavior, but it will also help you bond!

Avoiding Vet Appointments

The vet can be scary. That’s a fact that all dogs know. However, we need to go to the vet for regular checkups just like a human child would. Shots, heartworm medicine, and flea medicine are all things that you need to keep up with on a regular basis for your dog.

Yes, the vet can be expensive, but spending money is just part of having a dog. That’s something you always need to be aware of from the start. If you’re not willing or able to pay for all the necessary vet care, then you might not be ready to have a dog.

The healthier your dog is, the longer they’ll live, so don’t neglect regular vet visits. Usually around once a year is good, but if you ever notice anything out of the ordinary with your dog, you may want to consult your vet about that too.

Not Feeding the Right Food

Feeding is a huge part of having a dog that many dog parents disagree on. However, there are also many humans that just don’t give a second thought about dog food. New dog parents will often just grab the most popular brand off the shelf, but that’s not fair. You wouldn’t do that for your own meals, so why would you do it to your dog?

When selecting a good dog food, make sure you look closely at the ingredients. Some dog foods have better quality ingredients while other use cheap fillers. Do your research before deciding on a food. There are lots of questions you might have.

For example, which brands have been recalled the most? What is raw dog food? What’s the deal with grain-free? All these details about dog food can be great to consider before making a decision. Your dog deserves the best and healthiest food possible!

Also, many dog parents end up feeding their dog too much or too little each day. Make sure to give them a consistent serving during each meal to avoid overfeeding. You can always check the dog food bag to see what the recommending daily serving is. If you’re still unsure, ask your vet. As much as we love food, it’s not good to feed us more than we need!

Getting a Dog From the Pet Store Instead of Adopting

Considering the message of my site, it’s no surprise that I’m saving this point for last. There was a time when Molly thought that all people thought of adoption as the first and only choice when getting a dog. However, that’s sadly not the case.

The sad truth is that there are so many people that visit pet stores or breed more dogs without even giving the shelter dogs a chance (please click the links if you don’t know why pet stores and breeding are so horrible). Why bring more dogs into this world or support a disgusting pet store when the perfect dog could already be out there?

So many new dog parents think they’re doing the right thing by bringing a new puppy into this world. But adoption should always come first when getting a new dog. Meet the dogs who are already sitting around, waiting for someone to save them. Please help dogs instead of hurt them.

If you are guilty of any of the above mistakes, don’t panic! No dog parent is perfect, but that doesn’t mean they can’t improve. Continue to be better for your dog each and every day, and spread the word for people that want to get a dog of their own.

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This is the first breed-specific rescue I’ve decided to write about, and that’s because I think what they’re doing is very important. As the name implies, Greyhound Pets of America specializes is finding homes for Greyhounds, most of which are former racing dogs. They have Greyhounds available in most states.

Greyhound racing is almost illegal in every state. Florida was the last state with an active dog track to make dog racing illegal. So, all the Greyhounds that were at the dog track slowly need to start finding forever homes, which is why this rescue is so important.

Many people think of Greyhounds as fast racing dogs, but they are actually great companion dogs too. They actually like to sleep most of the day, so they don’t have the high energy that you would expect.

This rescue works hard to spread the word about Greyhounds that are available for adoption. They’ve seen that many of the rescue Greyhounds have easily settled into their new homes. They’re a very gentle breed that many people would love to have in their home.

This rescue was first founded way back in 1987 with the same purpose. Greyhounds have been racing dogs for such a long time, but now it’s their chance to be family dogs. This rescue has homed over 100,000 Greyhounds over the years, so they truly are doing an amazing thing for these dogs in need!

Sadly, many Greyhounds are not treated properly during racing, so it’s heartwarming to see these dogs get a second chance at life. If you’re interested in welcoming a Greyhound into your home, you should check out their locations to see if there’s a Greyhound near you to adopt!

Is your dog a rescue? If so, please contact me and I’ll share a story about them on my blog! Let’s encourage more dog lovers to adopt!

Images from @GPAgreyhounds/Facebook

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Like humans, dogs can get allergies to everyday food items and ingredients. Every dog can have allergic reactions to different things, but there are certainly some common dog food ingredients and human foods that lots of dogs are sensitive to. If your dog has an allergic reaction, it’s important to find the cause right away!

How Do You Know if Your Dog Has an Allergy?

As far as I know, I don’t have any allergies. But there are a lot of different reactions a dog can have if they eat something they’re allergic to. Pay extra close attention to what your dog ate recently if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rashes
  • Scaly skin
  • Hot spots
  • Sneezing
  • Hair loss
  • Vomiting

Basically, if you notice anything out of the ordinary with your dog’s health, you need to consider what the issue could be. If any of the above symptoms occur, it’s possible that your dog has an allergy to something. Even if they didn’t eat anything unusual, the allergy could still be an ingredient in their dog food.

What are Some Common Dog Allergies?

It is actually very common for dogs to be allergic to a specific protein as well as grains. Both of these are ingredients that are difficult to avoid in dog foods, so you’ll need to be more particular with what you feed your dog if they have one of these serious allergies.

Here are some popular food items that dogs are often allergic to:

1.) Chicken

Dogs love chicken! It’s one of my favorite meats! But sadly, lots of dogs are actually allergic to chicken, which is sad since it’s such a common protein for dog foods. Even if you’ve fed your dog the same type of protein for years, it’s possible that they could develop and intolerance or allergy to it. Molly tries to switch up the flavor of my food every once in a while just to be safe.

2.) Beef

Like chicken, beef is another common protein allergy for dogs. It’s another one of the most common proteins because it’s just so yummy! However, that also means more dogs can develop an allergy for it.

3.) Wheat

One of the main reasons that there are so many grain-free dog foods is because dogs can easily be allergic grains such as wheat. Oftentimes, dogs don’t even need these grains in their diets, which is why more and more brands are switching to grain-free.

4.) Dairy

Dogs can have a difficult time digesting lactose (which is sad because cheese is so yummy!). Even if your dog isn’t allergic, dairy products should only be served to them in moderation.

5.) Eggs

Some dog immune systems overreact when they come into contact with an egg yolk. While a lot of dog foods do include eggs, you can check the labels to easily find one that doesn’t include them.

6.) Soy

Soy has a lot of health risks that actually outweigh the benefits. Because of this, it’s best to avoid soy in your dog’s food if possible.

What to Do if Your Dog is Allergic

The foods listed above are only a few of the many allergies that your dog could possibly have. If your dog has allergic reactions and you’re not sure what they’re allergic to, check their dog food for any of the listed ingredients first.

If you’re concerned about your pup’s allergies, switch them to a limited ingredient formula food. There are certain dog food brands that specialize in including as little ingredients as possible in order to get rid of the common allergies. Those types of foods are the best to choose if you are worried about your dog’s health.

Whenever your dog has an unusual symptom, always consider all of the possibilities. It could be an allergy, but it could also be something more serious. Always contact your vet about any serious concerns you have.

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