Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt ๐Ÿ’•

2 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Is it weird to talk to your dog? Humans with no pets might think so. But I’ve come to learn that many people talk to their furry friends with no regrets. Molly talks to me all the time, and she sometimes worries that others might find it crazy. But she feels the need to tell me what’s going on, such as when she’ll be home and where we’re walking to. After all, I am a part of the family!

So, we decided to do a little research to figure out how talking to your dog can affect dogs and humans. And as it turns out, it’s not crazy at all! In fact, it can actually be beneficial for both of you.

Here’s Why Talking to Your Dog is Normal

It’s common for people to judge things they don’t understand. This is why if you talk to your dog in public, you’ll probably get some strange looks. But Hal Herzog, an anthrozoologist and professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, is one of the many professionals who has proven that talking to dogs isn’t crazy. He explains that it’s normal for humans to give human characteristics to non-human creatures or objects. This would explain why you might talk to your pup like a person at times.

In fact, studies have shown that talking to your dog might be better for the both of you. Even though you and your pooch will never fully understand each other, talking to them can create a closer bond between the two of you and help them feel included. Dogs can also detect emotion in the sound of your voice, so even if they don’t understand your words, they can still know how you’re feeling.

Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, has also said that talking to animals can be a sign of intelligence. Recognizing the mind of another creature, even if they’re not human, is a complex thought that’s far from foolish. Reading your dog’s emotions and body language can even improve your ability to understand the feelings of others. So, Epley believes that people who talk to their dogs are more sensitive and perceptive than those who don’t.

Do What Makes You Happy!

If you like to talk to your dog, don’t let anyone bring you down. Most people talk to animals because it makes them happy and they know it makes their dogs happy too. So, as long as you’re feeling good and not hurting anyone, there’s no reason not to do something you love. Talk to your dog as much as you want and let them know how much you love them.

And if talking to dogs just isn’t your thing, that’s okay too. Just make sure you’re kind to others. Let them do what makes them happy without trying to bring them down. The world could always use a little more kindness.

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Amid the stressful U.S. presidential election, Denver finally lifted their Pit Bull ban. Since 1989, residents of Denver weren’t allowed to have Pit Bulls because of the hurtful stereotypes about them. But now, people are finally realizing the true beauty that all dogs share. So, following the end of the Pit Bull ban, the first Pit Bull adoption took place in Denver after over 30 years.

Meet Odin

Odin, who was known as Gumdrop at the shelter, was recently adopted from the Denver Animal Shelter. He’s now known as the first Denver Pit Bull to get adopted following the new laws. In the past, some Pit Bulls were labeled as “mixed breeds” in shelters to get around this ban, but it wasn’t easy. Now, these sweet pups no longer have to be ashamed of who they really are.

Odin was found as a stray with no microchip or identification tags. Thus, he was put up for adoption after the required holding period. While most Pit Bulls have to wait a long time to find a family, Odin was spoken for in no time.

A family drove about an hour just to meet Odin. They had a special feeling about him because they knew he was worth it. Odin now has a human infant for a sibling, and he’s the only animal in the house. But most importantly, he’s now happier than ever! Denver is finally starting to see more and more Pit Bulls up for adoption thanks to this necessary change in breed restriction laws.

Pit Bulls Deserve Love

Denver is certainly headed in the right direction, but there are still a lot of requirements that make it harder for Pit Bulls to get adopted. Their new families must have a permit to adopt a Pit Bull, they must get their dog microchipped, and their Pit Bull can’t have any issues for their first three years in the home. Pit Bulls also have a higher adoption fee than other breeds.

It’s a lot to ask, especially since most dogs don’t require these strict rules to get adopted. But it’s much better than the alternative, which is Pit Bulls dying because no one can adopt them. Hopefully, these dogs will one day be equal to all other dogs, especially since a “Pit Bull” isn’t just one breed. But until then, we’ll celebrate the little victories like Odin’s story.

There will always be humans that don’t like Pit Bulls. In fact, there were many people angry reacting to Odin’s story on Facebook. But discriminating against anyone is just never okay. Any dog can be dangerous if not trained properly, so we need to blame the humans, not the dogs. And if you want to adopt a Pit Bull, make sure you’re ready to spend extra time training them to ensure that people see them for the lovable dogs that they truly are.

Congratulations, Odin! Have an amazing time with your new family!

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Southern shelters are often the most crowded in the United States. So, whenever rescues and shelters near my home get new dogs in, they usually come from overcrowded kill shelters in warm climates. It’s great that states like Wisconsin and Michigan have plenty of space for these dogs, but the adjustment to a new climate can be difficult on some dogs. So, can dogs adjust to cold climates and snow? And how can you help them adjust?

Can Dogs Adapt to New Climates?

Yes, dogs can adapt to new climates! However, it might be a difficult transition for some dogs. For example, dogs with thick double coats can easily adapt to cold climates, but they could be more prone to heat stroke during warmer weather. On the other hand, dogs with thin coats might be comfortable in a southern state, but the snow may be too chilly for them.

Adjustments can be hard for anyone, so it will likely take time for a dog to adjust to a new location. This is especially true for foster dogs who made a long journey to a cold, unfamiliar place. But with time, they can get used to it. Some dogs will even realize that the snow can be fun!

How Can You Help a Dog Adjust to Snow?

Any adjustment with a dog should be gradual. Limit their outdoor time at first and then slowly spend more time in the snow. For most dogs, it can help to shovel out a “potty patch” so they can see the grass when they do their business. At first, Taco was terrified of the snow, but after using our potty patch a few times, he seems fairly tolerant of it now.

Dogs who aren’t used to snow and cold weather might also be more sensitive at first. Their nose, toes, and everything in between could be extra cold when touching the outside air. So, if your dog is scared or worried at first, be patient. Don’t force them to be out in the cold longer than they want to. Start with short bathroom breaks before taking long walks in the snow.

If there’s snow in the air, that might make it even scarier for your dog, so don’t get frustrated with them when they see their first snowfall. Instead, be encouraging and go outside with them. You could also try to play fetch with them or give them treats when out in the snow. This can help them associate the cold with positive things, making them more likely to enjoy it.

Finally, it might sound ridiculous, but dog winter clothes can sometimes help too. Some dogs feel more comfortable with a fuzzy jacket or some little boots. You likely bundle up to play in the snow, so it’s only fair that you keep your dog protected too. Whatever you can do to help a dog’s transition become easier will benefit your pup.

No one likes being cold, but in many locations, snow is something that can’t be avoided. Be patient with your dog or foster dog to help them get used the new climate. Also, keep them safe during chilly days and don’t leave them outside for too long. Dogs can love winter, but only if their humans do everything they can to keep them safe.

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6 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Molly and I love all dog breeds. They’re all equally adorable, but not everyone sees it that way. Many humans become so obsessed with a certain breed that they don’t want to even consider other breeds. And oftentimes, these breeds are the ones that breeding is the most dangerous and inhumane for. So, we’ve compiled a list of dog breeds that you should avoid getting from a breeder more than others.

Now, this list doesn’t mean you should never have these dogs. It just means you should adopt them instead of buy them. Because until these breeding problems are fixed, dogs will only get more hurt by these breeds being bred.

#1 – American Pit Bull Terrier

If you read my blog regularly, then you probably know that we love Pit Bull breeds, but we don’t want them to be bred more right now. While the American Pit Bull Terrier is not a breed recognized by the AKC, they’re one of the most common Pit Bull breeds out there. The term “Pit Bull” is an umbrella term for any dog with a muscular build, so it’s not a specific breed. Yet, a lot of dogs are hurt because of it, and American Pit Bull Terriers are one of the most overpopulated breeds today. In fact, Pit Bull breeds have a 93% euthanasia rate, which means only one in 600 of them find a forever home. That’s because humans keep breeding them, but not enough people want to adopt them due to false stereotypes.

#2 – Pug

Pugs are adorable without a doubt, which is why they’re probably so popular. Many humans breed them simply for appearance, but a dog’s breed should never be your priority when choosing a dog. The reason we don’t want people to breed Pugs so much is very different than Pit Bulls. Instead, it’s because Pugs are bred to purposely have health problems. People adore a Pug’s short snout, so breeders keep breeding them with snouts as short as possible. Because of this, most Pugs suffer from uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening breathing problems, especially as they age. While your Pug might be perfectly healthy, the business of breeding Pugs is dangerous for the dogs. If we want to make breeding flat-faced dogs safe, then breeders need to start making a change and breeding them with healthier traits, not just attractive ones. So, we believe that humans shouldn’t support this type of breeding until this happens. Please adopt instead!

#3 – American Bulldog

Not only is the American Bulldog a brachycephalic breed (flat-faced breed) like the Pug, but they can also be considered Pit Bulls. So, not only are they prone to health concerns that were likely caused by breeding, but they’re also likely to be overlooked at shelters. So, if you adore this breed, please consider adopting one.

#4 – English Bulldog

English Bulldogs are an unusual breed, but like Pugs, people love them because of their flat faces. These dogs are also short and round, which many humans can’t resist. But even though humans pay big bucks to breed these lazy pups, they have more health concerns than almost any other breed. Essentially, humans are paying thousands of dollars to breed dogs who are prone to having severe breathing problems and are also prone to skin conditions due to their cute wrinkly skin. So, these dogs are going to be much more work than they seem, and they should probably have higher breeding standards to avoid these critical health problems.

#5 – French Bulldog

French Bulldogs have the same problems as any other Bulldog. In fact, their faces are one of the flattest of all the dog breeds. Luckily, some countries have already cracked down on correcting breeding standards for flat-faced dogs, especially French Bulldogs. But here in the United States, people keep breeding dogs just because they’re cute without worrying about how it affects those dogs and all the dogs in this world.

#6 – American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is another Pit Bull breed that very closely resembles the American Pit Bull Terrier, only it’s actually recognized by the AKC. Like every other Pit Bull breed, these dogs have lots of negative stereotypes around them, which makes finding homes for them harder. Many of them die in shelters because no one is willing to adopt them, so breeding more of these dogs is simply unforgivable.

#7 – Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a smaller Pit Bull breed, and they’re known for their lovable instincts. They’re often referred to as “nanny dogs” because they’re especially gentle around children. Yet, when many humans see these dogs, they don’t see them for this sweet nature. Instead, they only see what the media wants them to see. In fact, these dogs were actually rated one of the highest on the American Temperament Test, right after Labrador Retrievers. So, more people should consider adopting these sweet pups.

#8 – Shih Tzu

Yes, I know I’m a Shih Tzu, but too many people are breeding Shih Tzus right now. I was a rescue, and I’ve seen many other Shih Tzus available at rescues too. Shih Tzus have a lot of the same problems as other small flat-faced breeds like Pugs and French Bulldogs. We’re prone to breathing problems, eye problems, and ear problems. If humans would breed our snouts a little longer, our breed would soon become healthier. But until that happens, it’s important to adopt the Shih Tzus already looking for a home.

#9 – Pekingese

Pekingese are very similar to Shih Tzus, and their snouts are even flatter. People adore Pekingese for their adorable appearance, but these dogs are often more stubborn and independent than other small dogs. So, not only are they being bred to be unhealthy, but many people buy them without doing enough research first.

#10 – Labradoodle

Now, Labradoodles aren’t a real breed, they’re really just a mutt. But they’re one of the most popular and most expensive dogs out there right now. This is also true for many other designer dogs, such as Goldendoodles, Teddy Bears, and Puggles. People are paying ridiculous amounts of money to get a mixed breed even though mixed breeds are very common at shelters. Plus, mixed breeds are often less predictable than a purebred dog, so humans often surrender them if they don’t behave as expected.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

If you have bought one of these dogs from a breeder in the past, I don’t want it to seem like I’m shaming you. I just want you to understand why it’s not a good idea in today’s society. And, I hope it can help encourage you to adopt in the future. A lot of dog lovers don’t know all the dark sides of the breeding industry, but if you truly love dogs, you should do what you can to help all dogs find a home. The sooner all humans start caring about a dog’s personality and health instead of just looks, the sooner more dogs can be saved.

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It’s no secret that 2020 was a crazy year for everyone. Besides, most humans seem overjoyed to move on and hopefully get a fresh start. But from a dog’s perspective, it wasn’t all bad. In fact, I had plenty of big milestones this year, just like rescue dogs all over the world. So, with 2020 behind us, I thought it might be fun to look back on the positive moments in this chaotic year.

January 2020

We started 2020 thinking it was going to be the best year of our lives. January seemed just about as normal as usual, and we all had our New Year’s resolutions. Molly even went on a concert cruise in early February when everything was still normal in the United States. We had no idea what was ahead of us!

March 2020

Suddenly, a virus that seemed insignificant at first was all over the news. We were confused about what information to believe and how to act. Soon, the humans had to quarantine, which apparently was shocking for them. But for dogs, it was amazing! Molly and Fred were home even more than usual, which meant extra love and attention for us.

April 2020

Things only seemed to be getting worse the longer the year went on, but believe it or not, there were some victories at the start of the quarantine. More families were choosing to adopt dogs during their time at home. So, many shelters were emptied, which was amazing! Of course, it didn’t fix the dog overpopulation problem completely, but it surely helped.

July 2020

Even as the pandemic continued, life also continued as usual. In July, we moved across the country to my home state: Wisconsin. It was a 20-hour drive and it was exhausting, but we finally got our first house. Now, Taco and I even have our own fenced-in yard.

November 2020

The fall was clearly very stressful for humans. Not only were the coronavirus cases getting worse, but the presidential election was approaching. However, while humans were worried, dogs were thriving! Puppy mill sales were banned in San Antonio and Denver finally lifted their ban on Pit Bulls! On top of everything else, Joe Biden will be bringing the first shelter dog into the White House. What a great time to be a rescue dog!

December 2020

As 2020 came to a close, things got busier for us. We finally got our first foster dog, who has since been adopted. It was an incredible experience, and I know Molly is eager to do it again. Right now, we’re taking a short break in between foster dogs, but you’ll definitely see more updates soon.

2020 sure was a crazy year, but it wasn’t all bad. Let’s try our best to focus on the positive notes and look toward the future. I have no idea what 2021 will hold, but I hope it continues to get better for dogs in need.

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Today Molly came across some Facebook comments that drove her crazy. As some of you may know, she volunteers for an organization called Bailing Out Benji, who spreads awareness about puppy mills. Recently, they shared a post saying something along the lines of “puppy mills exist because the public keeps funding them.” For anyone who knows the sad reality of the puppy industry, this is a very true statement. Yet, Molly was surprised to see many comments disagreeing with what the organization stands for.

Several people argued that the term “adopt don’t shop” is toxic. Their point of view was that adopting is shopping because you’re still paying for a dog. When Molly and I hear people who disagree with us on any topic, we always try to understand their point of view and see where they’re coming from. But sadly, this opinion was very hard for us to fully understand because that mindset is the reason so many dogs die in shelters.

Why Adopting is NOT Shopping

It’s true that you’re paying for a dog whether you adopt from a shelter or buy from a breeder. But adopting and shopping are not the same. The main reason is because of where the money is going. When you adopt from a shelter or rescue, that money goes toward the organization you adopt them from. That money can be used to rescue more dogs and support the dogs in their care. But when you buy a puppy from a breeder, than money simply goes to a business rather than a good cause. And an even worse scenario is buying from a pet store, where the money is used to support puppy mills.

Another reason adopting is not a form of shopping is because of where the dogs come form. Rescue dogs at shelters come from all kinds of different situations. Some are surrendered, some are transferred from high-kill shelters, some are saved from abuse situations, and some are even rescued from puppy mills. But they all have one thing in common: they don’t have a home. And many of them are at risk of euthanasia if they don’t find a home in time.

Puppies from breeders and pet stores are not in the same situation. They were brought into this world with the intent of being purchased. They’re being sold for profit rather than for animal welfare. Buying a puppy instead of rescuing one could potentially cause a dog to be euthanized. So, no matter how you spin it, “adopt don’t shop” isn’t toxic in our eyes. Choosing to adopt can save the lives of many dogs.

But What About the Puppies at Pet Stores?

While she’s not proud to admit it, Molly could not take her eyes away from these hurtful comments. Eventually, she came across people who were essentially defending pet stores that sell puppies. Their reasoning was that if no one bought the puppies from pet stores, those puppies would just be given up at shelters. After all, those puppies are innocent and don’t know they’re part of a horrid business. While all those points are true, I still don’t believe they justify buying a puppy, especially not from a place supporting puppy mills.

Sure, the puppies who don’t get purchased will likely be abandoned or surrendered, but that means there are already thousands of puppies who are already alone and needing a home. Instead of “saving” a pet store puppy, adopt one who is already waiting patiently at a shelter. Buying from a pet store might give that individual puppy a good home, but then you’re only supporting that business and encouraging them to breed more dogs.

Puppies at pet stores (and even puppies at reputable breeders) were bred for profit. So, you’re not “rescuing” them, you’re buying them. And when you adopt a dog, you’re not “buying” them because the money is going toward a good cause and the dog is there to find the perfect home, not just to turn into profit. So, please don’t argue with someone when they say “adopt, don’t shop” because they’re saying it to save lives.

I’m sorry if this post sounds harsh, but this is the reality we live in. I wish breeding puppies could become a normal and more humane action, but more people need to care before that can happen. There are too many dogs dying in shelters and too many people running inhumane breeding businesses. So, please adopt a dog. The more people that choose to adopt, the less dogs that will have to die due to overpopulation. Let’s help the world see how important the lives of dogs are.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! I’m sorry that my posts have been less consistent lately, but we’ve been very busy around the holidays and just wanted some extra time to relax. One of the things we were busy with was finding a home for our first foster dog, Chiquita. But now, her new name is Lola Banana, so I will be respectful and refer to her as Lola from now on.

Lola stayed with us for just over two weeks. It sounds like a very short amount of time, but Molly and Fred bonded with her very quickly. She was so well-behaved and quiet, as Molly kept saying. Molly also said that Lola was better behaved than me and Taco! I think I’m an angel, so I don’t quite believe that. But anyway, she was a good dog to have around. She was so laidback and quickly felt at home with us.

Choosing a forever family for Lola was difficult. As soon as she was on the website, she received tons of applications, and they had to take her off the site not long after. As our foster mentor told us, the “little scruffy dogs” are always in high demand, even if they’re older like Lola.

The way the process worked was that the first three applications were sent to Molly and the rest were put on hold. Those three could schedule a time to meet Lola. Then, if all three still wanted to adopt her, Molly and Fred would have to choose which family they thought was the best fit.

As expected, all three applicants fell in love with Lola and wanted to adopt her on the spot. To make matters more difficult, all three of them seemed like perfect matches for Lola, and Lola loved them all very much. Molly felt terrible having to turn down two of them, but she finally decided on a nice family with three children. Lola seemed to bond with their daughter the most, so that’s how she made the final decision.

Lola’s new family came to pick her up a week ago. They were overjoyed to welcome a new dog into their family, and while Molly was sad to see Lola go, she was so happy for her. We helped her find that forever family and it was an incredible feeling. So, even though it was an emotional and time-consuming experience, we’d love to do it again! After all, fostering could save a dog’s life, so it’s a very rewarding experience too.

I’m sure Molly would’ve loved to take in another foster dog right away, but Taco and I don’t usually get along well with larger dogs. So, we need to wait until the next transport before there will be more small/medium dogs needing foster homes. The next transport should be coming some time in January, and we’ll be sure to post about our next foster dog on here! For now, I’m going to enjoy not having to share my attention with other dogs (besides Taco).

If you’ve ever considered fostering a dog, I would highly encourage it. Most humans don’t do it because they think it will break their heart. But Molly told me that it did the opposite for her. It made her heart bigger because she helped a dog in need get a happily ever after and she probably saved other dogs in the process. So, even though it’s sad to see them go, you’re helping make sure that these dogs never have to be lonely again. Fostering can save lives!

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Christmas is right around the corner already! Hopefully, you bought all your presents in advance, but if not, no need to fear. Dogs aren’t picky, so there are lots of options that will make them jump for joy. Visit your local pet supply store to see if they have any unique gifts for your furry friend.

Even though your dog will love anything you get them, you should still make sure your gift is thoughtful and filled with love. If you’re struggling to find something extra special for your dog, then it might be time for you to take a dog’s advice. Luckily, I have plenty of ideas! Here are some things that I know I would love for Christmas.

Squeaky Toys

This is a classic, and it never gets old. Squeaky toys are often the best kind of presents because your dog can open them themselves! All you have to do is squeak the wrapped present, and your dog will likely rip the wrapping paper off. I speak from experience.

In fact, got so excited about Christmas this year that I opened Taco’s present early! Molly was very mad, but she quickly wrapped it again and hid it in the closet. Don’t tell Taco, but it’s a plush cactus with another cactus inside of it. Taco loves to destroy his toys within minutes, so hopefully this one will last him a little longer.

Puzzle Toys

I’ve noticed that puzzle toys have become more popular over the years. “Puzzle toys” or “mental stimulation toys” refer to toys that get your dog to think. These include toys that you hide treats inside or toys with smaller squeaky toys hidden inside. I’ve even seen some that come with different levels of difficulties! So, while your dog might not open one of these on their own, they’ll probably love it. It will keep them entertained and help increase their intelligence.

Healthy and Tasty Snacks

Treats are a favorite for many dogs, especially if they’re food-motivated like me. I’ll eat just about anything my humans feed me, but Molly likes to make sure my treats are not only tasty, but also healthy. She likes to get me chews that are good for my teeth or treats that are good for my skin. The best part is that I don’t even know I’m eating something healthy because they taste so good! Plus, your dog might open their own presents if they smell something yummy inside.

Please take your time when selecting treats for your dog. Many popular pet products are actually not safe or healthy for dogs. One example is rawhide. Rawhide can be dangerous for dogs, so ask your local pet store for healthier alternatives to keep your dog safer.

A New Bed

There is no such thing as too many comfortable spots to sleep. I spend most of my days moving from one comfortable spot to another. Especially now that we’re fostering dogs, we need more dog beds scattered throughout the house. So, while a new bed might not bring immediate excitement like a toy or treat, your dog will thank you in the long run.

A Home for a Dog in Need

Now, this probably isn’t something your dog has on their wishlist, but when buying presents for family members, avoid buying a new puppy. I’ve said it many times before, but dogs are a lifelong commitment and not a surprise gift. If your family has talked it through and prepared before Christmas, then you should either adopt a dog or foster a dog for Christmas rather than purchasing a puppy. It will make Christmas better for you, and it could save a dog’s life.

All dogs deserve amazing gifts on Christmas. So, give your dog some special presents and do something for a dog in need if your able. Even donating a little to a shelter could make a huge difference this holiday season.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! I’m so excited to announce that this is my 200th post! A lot has happened since I started this blog, and I’m happy that I’ve been able to keep it going for so long. I just wanted to make this post as a thank you to all my followers who have supported me.

How Our Blog Has Evolved

Molly and I first created this blog in the summer of 2019. We made it as a fun way to spread awareness about rescuing dogs. We’ve never had a lot of free time to promote it or try to make it big, but we’ve continuously gained more views and more followers, so we’re extremely grateful for that! We know that in the present day, times are more difficult than ever. But we won’t let that stop us from encouraging people to save dogs.

We started by posting three articles a week, but as life got busier, we recently went down to only two a week. I was worried this would make our blog less popular, but we’ve actually noticed more views since then!

In the future, we hope to add more stuff to the blog, but we don’t want to drive ourselves crazy, of course. In the past year, we’ve worked on adding games and fundraisers to the blog, and we’d like to try more of that eventually. If you haven’t already checked those pages out though, please do!

How You Can Make a Difference

If you want to help dogs in need, please adopt instead of shop. If you can’t adopt, consider fostering. If you can’t foster, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. And finally, if you can’t donate, please spread the word. One of the easiest ways to spread the word is to simply share some of our articles with families looking for a dog.

Also, if you want to help our blog grow, please follow us on social media. My Facebook page has lots of cute photos of me and Molly’s Instagram page can keep you up to date on me, Taco, Wooper, and our foster siblings!

And as always, if you have anything you’d like to contribute to this blog, don’t hesitate to contact us! We love to share personal stories about adoption, fostering, and rescues/shelters. So, we’d be happy to feature your experiences on our blog.

Thank you everyone for following our blog and supporting rescue animals!

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! If you follow me on social media, you might already know that we’ve welcomed a third dog into our home. Not a permanent family member, but a foster dog! However, I only shared limited information about her on Facebook since she was still very new to the rescue. Now, I’d like to share a little more about her!

Molly has wanted to foster dogs for a long time, so now that we have a house instead of an apartment, it became possible. We are fostering through JR’s Pups-N-Stuff, which is the rescue I was adopted from! Everyone at the rescue has been very kind and helpful as we’ve gotten ready for a foster dog.

Meet Chiquita!

Our first foster dog is Chiquita! She’s a Miniature Schauzer and Yorkshire Terrier mix. When Molly said she was interested in fostering her, the rescue thought she was only 2 years old, but when she arrived at their office, they found out that she’s closer to 7 years old! It actually worked out well for us because both me and Taco prefer older, more laidback dogs.

So far, Chiquita is the perfect first foster. She’s calm, quiet, and sweet. I’m a little jealous that Molly is paying so much attention to her, but I’m happy that she’s helping a dog in need. I know that Taco and I will always be her babies no matter how many foster dogs she takes in.

The only issue so far is that Chiquita tested positive for heartworm when she arrived at the rescue. This isn’t a huge issue, but it just means she needs to take medication for a while and not run around too much for the next few months. Luckily, she seems to be a relaxed dog anyways, so we don’t have to worry about her getting too worked up about anything.

If You Can’t Adopt, Consider Fostering!

I’ve always encouraged fostering to those who are unable to commit to adopting a dog. However, now that we’ve experienced it firsthand, I can confirm how rewarding it is. I know not every dog will be as easy as Chiquita, but it’s a great way to save a dog in need without all the added expenses.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Chiquita will find her forever home soon. Molly keeps saying how she’s a “perfect angel.” If you happen to live in Wisconsin and you’re interested in Chiquita, please don’t contact us directly. You will need to go through the JR’s Pups-N-Stuff adoption process. Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to meet and adopt any of the adorable dogs at the rescue!

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