Mabel the Rescue Dog

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Skiatook Paws & Claws is an animal rescue in Osage County, Oklahoma. This rescue first caught our attention when we heard the story of a dog named Phoenix.

Now, Phoenix doesn’t look like what you’d expect, but he’s a sweet dog. However, if graphic images disturb you, it’s okay to stop reading this article. (He’s a happy dog, so if you stop reading, you won’t offend him, don’t worry!)

Phoenix was found as a stray. He was all alone for a long time because everyone was too scared to approach him. Sure, he doesn’t look like your typical dog, but he doesn’t know that. So, Skiatook Paws & Claws took him in and helped him heal.

The rescue is still trying to figure out exactly why Phoenix looks the way he does, but his appearance doesn’t seem to hold him back from living the life of a normal dog. The rescue regularly posts photos on him on social media, and he’s gained a lot of fans so far. He might look scary to some, but once you get to know him, he’s actually cute with his little smiling face:

Phoenix is currently staying with the rescue until they can figure out the extent of his medical needs. He’s very well-cared for and he’s already had many people express interest in adopting him!

Of course, Phoenix isn’t the only dog that this rescue cares for. They have plenty of adoptable dogs and cats looking for forever homes. They often have an adoptable dog of the month and they share many of their success stories on their website. It’s always heartwarming to see animals finally find a loving home!

If you’re looking for a new dog in Oklahoma, please consider adopting a dog at Skiatook Paws & Claws! Give another dog an amazing success story to share!

If you have a rescue dog that has an amazing adoption story to tell, please visit my contact page. I’d love to feature them on my blog!

Images from @skiatookpawsandclaws/Facebook

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Some humans like to give up when the going gets tough, but when it comes to rescue dogs, that should never be the case! People get frustrated if their dog doesn’t adjust to their home right away. Sure, some dogs are good with change, but every dog is different. It’s important to give your dog space when they first arrive in their new home.

How Long Should Be Expected?

As mentioned earlier, every dog will adjust at their own pace. However, you should expect to give them at least 3 months to fully settle in. Most dogs are comfortable after 6 to 8 weeks, but it’s better to overestimate just in case your dog is having a harder time adjusting.

For the first few days, your dog will likely be scared and unsure of everything. They will likely take that time to explore their new surroundings. During that time, they might not act as they usually would, so give them space if needed.

Then, for the next few weeks, your dog will probably start to feel more comfortable in their home. They’ll learn that this is probably where they’ll be living forever, so they’ll start to act more at home. They’ll likely also bond with you during this time.

However, if a rescue dog has a rough past, it will probably take much longer for them to adjust. Don’t overwhelm your dog with attention and take time to learn their boundaries. The first 3 months with your dog is not only an adjustment for them, but it’s a chance for you to learn about them as well so that you can accommodate their needs as much as possible.

How to Make it Easier

When your new family member comes home, make sure to give them plenty of space. It’s possible that they might want to run around a play, but you can’t just assume. So, read their body language and give them space when they seem nervous. Your home is a new place to them, so they need plenty of time to explore for themselves.

Also, you should help get your dog into a routine right away. Feed them at their designated meal times and take them for walks regularly throughout the day. At first, they might be too nervous to eat all their food, so be understanding with them. Slowly start to ease them into their new life.

Make sure they also have plenty of things to call their own. Give them their own bed and toys. Even if there are other dogs in the house, make sure your new dog has some things of their own. Keep these items near each other so your dog can have their own personal space to retreat to if they’re scared.

As you get to know your dog and teach them new things, don’t get angry at them. Reward them for positive behavior, but don’t yell at them if something goes wrong. They’re already in a scary new situation, so yelling at them will only make it harder to adjust. It will take some time for them to learn how to behave, so take your time when training them and reward them with a treat or toy when they behave well.

Be Patient!

The most important part of getting to know a rescue dog is being patient with them. Moving into a new home usually isn’t easy for humans, so the same is true for dogs. Don’t expect them to feel at ease right away because then you’ll only be disappointed when they don’t immediately snuggle with you.

Some dogs might feel at home right away, but when adopting a dog, always expect that it will take a while for them to adjust. Be patient with them and don’t give up if they don’t seem to be making progress. A dog is an important family member, so you need to show them that this new home is where they’ll spend the rest of their life.

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Should your dog’s nose be wet or dry? Should it be warm or cold? What do these different things mean? There are just so many questions when it comes to a dog’s nose! I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about my own nose until I researched it a bit, so I’m here to answer any nose questions you might have.

What Does a Healthy Nose Look Like?

Dogs usually have a wet, cold nose. After all, many dog parents can agree that wet noses are good. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a dry nose is unhealthy.

Normally, your dog’s nose will change between wet and dry throughout the day. When your dog wakes up from a nap, their nose might be a bit drier, but when they’re more active, their nose is working harder, making it wetter.

Neither a dry or wet nose is a reason for concern. However, it’s important to check your dog’s nose (and the rest of their body) often to make sure there aren’t any abnormalities.

Why is it Not Always Consistent?

Dog noses change throughout the day based on your dog’s activity level. Dog noses get wet by secreting mucus, by licking their noses, and by sniffing wet objects. So, a wet nose is simply a sign that your dog is sniffing like they’re supposed to.

If your dog’s nose is dry, it’s likely because they’re resting and not touching their nose to anything wet. Also, older dogs tend to have drier noses than younger dogs do.

So, your dog’s nose will likely be different throughout the day, and that’s perfectly fine! It’s very rare that their nose will constantly be wet or constantly be dry. Therefore, if your dog’s nose doesn’t feel consistent throughout the day, then that’s totally normal.

When to Be Concerned

While all dog noses are not equal, there are some times when a nose can show symptoms of something more serious. For example, if your dog’s dry nose becomes cracked or sore, you should talk to your vet about it.

If your dog’s nose is overly wet, this could also be a reason for concern. If you notice too much discharge coming from your dog’s nose or if the mucus is thick or not a clear color, this could be an issue. These symptoms could be a sign of a respiratory infection, so talk to your vet just to be safe.

Again, noses are different for every dog, so it’s important for you to check your dog’s nose often to learn what’s normal for them. The same is true for any body part. Always make sure you check your dog from nose to tail regularly in order to catch unusual symptoms before they worsen.

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My first shelter spotlight post is about one that Molly is very familiar with. HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society) was one of Molly’s favorite shelters growing up. It’s an animal shelter in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Molly loved visiting it to see all the adorable dogs, cats, and other animals!

HAWS was first established back in 1965, and it’s grown so much since then! They help about 8,000 animals each year. They also have nearly 35,000 human visitors each year as well!

Of course, HAWS is a no-kill shelter. They don’t discriminate against breeds, ages, health, or temperaments. They do whatever they can to make sure all their animals are well cared for and that they go to a good home.

This shelter has lots of events to promote dog adoption. They provide camps for kids, training classes for dogs, and a spay and neuter program. They truly do care about the well-being of dogs, which is what makes them such a great shelter.

When Molly was looking for a dog to adopt, she visited with some of the dogs at this shelter. The staff were very kind and helpful when she wanted to meet with the rescue dogs. She didn’t end up adopting a dog from this shelter because the ones she met with got adopted so quickly. However, it’s lucky for me because she adopted me from a different rescue not long after!

If you live in Wisconsin and you’re looking for a new family member, please check out the adoptable animals at HAWS! You might just find your new best friend.

If you have a rescue dog of your own, please visit my contact page to get their story featured on my site! Let’s encourage more dog lovers to adopt!

Photos from @HAWSofWaukesha/Facebook

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On my blog, I spend a lot of time talking about adopting instead of shopping. It’s something that I believe very strongly in. When given the choice, you should always adopt instead of shop.

However, I wanted to point out that breeding dogs isn’t all bad, but irresponsible breeds and too much breeding has made it bad over time. So, when is breeding acceptable and when is it not?

When is Breeding Acceptable?

Of course, without breeding, dogs wouldn’t exist. All animals would go extinct if they never had children. However, breeding is an issue for dogs because they’ve been domesticated, but there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Dogs are currently very overpopulated. Too many dogs are euthanized in shelters each year, and breeding is only adding to this issue. The more dogs that are bred instead of adopted, the more dogs that die. It’s a sad reality that we face. Plus, many dogs that are bred in puppy mills, which is unacceptable!

However, there are some reasons as to why dogs should be bred. The list is short though:

Breeding Specially Trained Dogs

Dogs like service dogs and police dogs often need to be certain breeds. Not every dog has the right temperament to be a guide dog or to work on a search-and-rescue mission. So, dogs have to be bred to fill these roles. These dogs can change people’s lives, so they are greatly needed on this planet.

Specially trained dogs need to start learning at a very young age. They are almost always bred specifically for that purpose, so they are not bred simply for a profit like many other pups. It’s important that dogs like this are bred so that they can help make the world a better place.

Making Sure Breeds Don’t Go Extinct

Of course, if not dogs were bred, some breeds would go extinct eventually. No, I’m not talking about Labradoodles or Teddy Bears because those aren’t real breeds, they’re just mixes. I’m talking about purebred dogs like Golden Retrievers and Poodles.

I wouldn’t want some of these amazing dogs to go extinct due to a lack of breeding. Although some dogs like Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs have been bred so much that they have too many health issues. This is when I would argue that these breeds (even though I’m a Shih Tzu and I know how awesome we are) would be much safer if they weren’t bred at all. I know many people love these dogs, but that’s just the sad reality that I’ve noticed.

That being said, breeds going extinct isn’t really an issue at the moment. So many dogs are being bred that there is even too many of certain breeds. This would only be an issue if all breeding just stopped completely.

I think a certain amount of dogs should be bred each year to keep the breeds from going extinct, but beyond that, breeding has just gotten way too out of hand! Why would you choose to breed a puppy when there’s plenty of dogs already waiting for a home?

How Has Breeding Gotten Out of Control?

The issue is that too many people want to breed the perfect puppy. There are lots of families that don’t even consider adopting. Instead, they just decide that breeding is the only option.

What people fail to realize is that you can find nearly any dog at a rescue or shelter if you look hard enough. Yes, even puppies and purebreds can be adopted! Many people will use “but I want a purebred puppy” as an excuse for not adopting… but that’s not a valid excuse at all.

Breeding has gotten out of control because not enough humans are aware of the real issues that many dogs face every day. Many dogs are being abandoned, euthanized, and harmed every day just because of a breeding craze. If more people chose to adopt over breed, a lot of dogs could be saved.

Don’t let people make up excuses anymore. Adopting is always an option.

How Can We Fix This?

Adopt, don’t shop is the simplest way to put it. But it’s more than that. Word needs to be spread.

Many people will argue that them breeding one puppy won’t make a difference. That one purchased puppy isn’t hurting anyone. But think about how many people are making those excuses. If every person that thought they weren’t hurting anyone by purchasing a puppy adopted instead, imagine how many dogs could be saved!

If you know someone that’s shopping instead of adopting, do everything you can to steer them in the right direction. You could save a dog’s life.

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Most dog lovers have heard the term ‘hypoallergenic’ plenty of times before. Many people assume that this term means that it’s impossible to be allergic to these dogs, but that’s not really the case. I happen to be a hypoallergenic breed, but I recently learned that it is possible to be allergic to Shih Tzus like me.

The Truth About ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs

‘Hypoallergenic’ really just means that something is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Someone that’s extremely allergic to dogs might still have reactions even to a dog that barely sheds like me.

Dogs with hair are the ones that are usually considered hypoallergenic. That’s because instead of fur that sheds, we have hair like a human, so it’s less likely to cause a reaction for someone with allergies.

The main misconception with hypoallergenic dogs is that it’s impossible to be allergic to them. We do cause fewer allergic reactions for humans, but the idea that we never cause allergies is just a myth.

Can You Still Have a Dog if You’re Allergic?

However, just because hypoallergenic doesn’t mean exactly what you think it means doesn’t mean that you can’t have a dog. If you’re allergic to a dog, there are still ways to make your reactions more manageable so that you can still have your furry friend.

Dog allergies are not only caused by a dog’s shedding fur, but it is also most commonly found in their dander and saliva. These things can be hard to avoid even for hypoallergenic dogs, but like I said before, it’s more serious for dogs with fur.

Of course, there’s always medicine to help with your allergies, but I’m no doctor. I don’t know much about curing human symptoms. But what I do know is that there are ways to make you sneeze less around your pup.

Choosing a hypoallergenic breed is a great way to start, but it’s also a good idea to choose a smaller dog. A smaller dog means less hair overall.

Also, it’s best if you clean your home as much as possible. It might be better for your allergies if your dog doesn’t sleep in bed next to you, and if you have carpet, make sure you clean it often. This can help decrease the amount of dander and saliva around your home. Bathing your dog often can also help remove dander from their coat.

Which Dogs Shed the Least?

Any dog that is labeled as ‘hypoallergenic’ will definitely shed less. The best way to tell is by feeling their coat. Dogs with hair will have softer, silkier coats that don’t shed much while dogs with fur have rougher coats with hair that comes off when you pet them. By choosing a dog with minimal shedding, your allergies should be better.

Here is a list of some popular breeds that are ‘hypoallergenic’:

  • Bichon Frise
  • Havanese
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Shih Tzu
  • Wheaton Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

And, of course, there are many, many more! There’s nothing wrong with dogs that shed, but many dog lovers have allergies. So, if you have allergic reactions to dogs, a ‘hypoallergenic’ dog might be the best choice for you even though they aren’t completely allergy-free.

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I used to publish rescue stories on Saturdays. Well, I’ve been a bit busy (and lazy) lately, so I’ve been slacking on the Saturday posts. But don’t worry, they’re back!

I didn’t get a lot of emails about rescue dogs to write about, so that’s the main reason why I stopped. However, if you have a rescue dog that wants their story to be shared, please contact me and I’ll be more than happy to post it! All I need is some basic information about the dog, how they’ve changed over time, and some cute photos! So, please send in your adoption stories if you’d like to see your dog on my blog!

However, I don’t expect to get sent a story every single week. So, on the weeks that I don’t have a rescue dog to write about, I’ll write about a rescue or shelter instead. I’ll pick a random rescue/shelter and share a little bit about them and provide a link to their adoptable dogs. That way, I can still promote adoption every Saturday even without a rescue story.

The main goal of my blog is obviously to encourage dog lovers to adopt. So, every Saturday from now on will now include either a rescue dog’s success story or a ‘Shelter Spotlight’ post. Hopefully these posts will help everyone see how amazing dog adoption really is!

So, if you have a rescue dog with a story to tell or if you know of an amazing rescue or shelter that should be shared, please contact me! Let’s spread the word to help more dogs find homes!

Also, if anyone ever has any topic suggestions for my blog, I’d be happy to hear them! I’d other love to collaborate with other dog bloggers as well, so don’t hesitate to contact me for any of the above reasons. Thank you for checking out my blog!