Mabel the Rescue Dog

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4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

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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3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

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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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel the rescue dog! These past two weeks have been a little crazy for us. As you probably know, we took in our second foster dog named Tobi. He had a lot of energy and was always seeking attention, but we all loved him very much. Taco and I even played with him sometimes, which is something we don’t normally do with new dogs.

Of course, people quickly fell in love with Tobi and wanted to meet him. We had four families meet Tobi, and then he was put on hold because he had so many people interested in him. Unlike our first foster dog, not all the families wanted to take him home immediately though. One decided they wanted a female dog instead while another didn’t think he bonded with them enough, and we felt the same. But two wonderful families were very interested with him, so we still had a tough decision to make.

Molly made the final decision based on which family Tobi was more enthusiastic about. We think he would’ve been happy and healthy with either family, but we had to decide somehow. So, last week he went home with his new family, and I’m sure he’s having the time of his life!

I know Molly and Fred miss Tobi a lot, but I think they’re also relieved to have only two laidback dogs again. Tobi loved attention, but Taco and I sleep most of the time when we’re at home. So, we will have a nice, relaxing break before the next foster comes in.

Molly is already trying to get another foster dog lined up, but Fred wants a break for a week or so. There are plenty of dogs looking for foster homes, so odds are, we’ll have another foster sibling soon. Stay tuned for more adorable rescue dog photos and updates! And if you’re considering fostering, we’d recommend giving it a try. It will make your heart happy!

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I get lots of kisses. Molly loves giving me and Taco kisses and cuddles on a regular basis, and she says it’s hard to resist. While many dogs don’t like hugs and kisses, I sure do! But I recently started wondering why humans kiss their dogs so much. Dogs don’t always understand the meaning behind kisses, so it seems pointless to do it. Yet, many humans consistently feel the urge to kiss their furry friends. Why is this?

Kissing is a Sign of Love

For humans, kissing is a sign of love and affection. So, when they feel those emotions in their hearts, they might feel the urge to give kisses. Of course, this isn’t the case for all humans, but it is true for many. When you see your dog, you might feel so much love that you just have to kiss them.

It’s the Human Version of Licking

Dogs might not kiss those they love, but licking is their version of it. Mother dogs lick their puppies, happy dogs lick their humans, and some playful dogs even lick each other. So, we do understand the urge to give someone a kiss, but we just do it in our own way. Plus, humans don’t lick when they’re feeling affectionate, so they kiss instead. It might take a while for dogs to realize that kissing is like licking, but many learn to love it. Of course, you should never kiss your dog if it makes them uncomfortable though.

Dogs are Just So Cute!

Humans have the urge to kiss things that are cute. Dogs, babies, or significant others can make humans so full of love that they just want to give endless kisses to that person or animal. I know I’m cute because Molly tells me daily, so I understand that my cuteness often leads to more kisses. After all, I can’t help being adorable!

Kisses Make Some Dogs Happy

Some dogs actually like kisses. Most dogs are confused about them at first, but once they realize that kissing is a way humans show affection, they get excited for kisses. When Molly makes kissy sounds, I often come running to her because I love them so much! So, some humans kiss their dogs more simply because they know it makes them happy. But as I said before, if you have a new dog or a dog who’s uncomfortable with physical affection, please try your best to refrain from kissing them.

Humans who don’t have dogs might think dog kisses are gross, but they’re a sign of love for many humans and dogs. Only kiss your dog if you know it will make them happy. But if your dog loves kisses, don’t be ashamed of giving them a smooch!

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! We’ve been very busy lately, but I wanted to at least share an update this week. Almost two weeks ago, we started fostering a tiny little dog named Tobi. He’s much more energetic and playful than our first foster, Lola, so he’s been keeping us busy.

Because he needs lots of attention, we won’t have enough time to write our regular blog post this week. We want to take more time to help choose the best family for Tobi. We usually try to write two posts a week, but I don’t want Molly to stress about writing and caring for three dogs all at once. So, some weeks the posts might not be consistent (like this week) and we appreciate you understanding.

Tobi is a lot of work because he’s very young and loves attention. He has had a few accidents, but is mostly potty trained. He also recently got neutered, so he’s not supposed to be running or jumping too much. So, Molly needs to keep a close eye on him whenever he’s not in his crate. As much as she loves having him around, it can be exhausting to worry about a mischievous puppy all the time.

However, even though Tobi can be a handful, potential adopters love him! He has a few families meeting him this week, and he could have a forever home as soon as the end of the week! Of course, we’ll miss him. In fact, I’ve even played with him and cuddled with him a little, which is very unlike me. But we’ll also be happy to have a more relaxing household again, and we’re excited to help Tobi get his happily ever after.

I know Molly wishes she could be one of those foster parents who takes in lots of dogs, especially the dogs who need it the most. But we’re still very new to this fostering thing, and it’s not always easy. But it’s still very rewarding and we’re happy to be a part of it. Again, I apologize for the inconsistent posts, but just know it’s because we’re taking time to help dogs and relax a little bit too.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! After taking in our first foster dog (Lola) and helping her find a forever home, Molly was eager to start fostering again. We know fostering isn’t for everyone, and it was a little stressful and chaotic, but ultimately, we loved it! It was such a rewarding experience and we were happy to help a dog in need. Now, we’re caring for our second foster dog: Tobi!

We picked up Tobi last week. It was coincidentally while we were dog-sitting Lola for a few days, so there was a lot going on! Tobi is a tiny dog, probably only about six pounds. The rescue had no idea what kind of dog he was, but we’re thinking he’s a Chihuahua mixed with some other small terrier (West Highland maybe?). His coat is interesting because it’s soft and doesn’t seem to shed, which is very different from your typical Chihuahua.

Tobi is still just a baby. He’s full-grown and won’t get any bigger, but he’s only about a year old. So, he has a lot of energy! He always wants to play and run around. Lola played with him a little while she was visiting, but Taco and I aren’t interested in his puppy games.

Sadly, this tiny dogs takes a lot of the attention away from us. He’s very needy and always wants all the love and cuddles for himself. That’s not fair because I love cuddles too! So, while I’m glad Molly is helping this scruffy little dog, I will be relieved when I get the attention to myself again (I guess I can share with Taco a little though…)

Tobi will be with us for at least two weeks. I have a feeling he will get adopted quickly because he’s a sweet little guy.

As usual, I encourage everyone to foster if they’re able. Even just doing it once can help. It really opens your eyes to how much rescuing a dog can change their world. And it will make you feel so fulfilled knowing you helped a dog find their happily ever after. It certainly isn’t easy, I won’t sugarcoat that. We’ve only had one small dog at a time so far, so we’ve had it easier than most. But doing the right thing isn’t always easy, and that’s okay! Because fostering is still fun and rewarding to our family!

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I’ve always known that you should be cautious when finding animals online, but I didn’t know how dangerous it really was. As it turns out, animals on Craigslist could be in danger in more ways than you’d expect. Not only are many Craigslist pets from puppy mills, but many cruel people buy online animals too. So, should Craigslist stop pet sales and what should pet parents do instead?

Craigslist’s Pet Selling Rules

Currently, Craigslist only allows people to “re-home” animals on their site. This is intended to stop people from selling animals for profit. While this rule has good intentions, it sadly doesn’t stop bad people from finding loopholes.

Why Craigslist Could be Harmful for Pets

Animals listed on Craigslist could be at risk of abuse both before and after they’re purchased. Some animals go to good families and some come from families who can’t care for their pets, but sadly, this is not always the case.

First of all, many Craigslist pets come from inhumane breeders like puppy mills. They’ll sell adorable puppies and kittens, claiming that they need to re-home them. Sure, if you buy these animals, you can give them a loving home, but you’ll be supporting a terrible business. Buying puppies from puppy mills only encourages them to breed more dogs, which hurts more animals in the process.

On the other hand, if you’re an innocent family trying to find a new home for your pet, you could accidentally sell them to a cruel human. People re-homing their pet often don’t ask as many questions or require as many things as a rescue or shelter would. Plus, people re-homing pets are usually in a hurry so they give animals away for cheap or sometimes even free.

There have been many reports of people buying animals on Craigslist for dogfighting or for other forms of abuse. I will never understand it, but some humans find joy in hurting animals. Craigslist just happens to be the easiest way for bad humans to find animals to hurt. That’s why many people are speaking up against Craigslist, urging them to ban animal posts completely.

Sure, there are some good people on the site, but the negatives outweigh the positives in this case. At least, that’s how a rescue dog like me sees it.

What Should Pet Parents Do Instead?

Luckily, there are easy solutions for people both buying and re-homing animals on Craigslist. If you are no longer able to care for your animal, there’s no need to be ashamed. It’s important to do what’s best for the animal, even if it means they can’t be with you.

The easiest and most humane way to re-home an animal is by giving them to your local shelter or rescue. Most organizations will take your dog with no questions asked. Ideally, you should try to find a shelter or rescue that’s not too overcrowded to ensure that your furry friend will find a loving home.

Of course, if you know a friend or family member looking for a pet, you could re-home your animal that way too. Then, you’ll know they’re going to someone you trust and you’ll still be able to see them from time to time.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to add an animal to your family, Craigslist or any online method isn’t the way to go. Instead, visit your local shelter or rescue to see what animals are available. If online sounds more convenient to you, check out PetFinder.com. They offer an easy way to search through all the adoptable animals near you.

Sadly, animals are mistreated every day, which is why it’s important for humans to prevent animal abuse as much as possible. Be responsible when surrendering animals and choose to adopt animals from real shelters and rescues. Getting a dog shouldn’t just be about getting a new family member, but it should also be about saving a dog’s life.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! We have a lot going on this week, which might be overwhelming, but also exciting! Not only have we been getting a lot of snow lately, but our house is also going to full of dogs for a little while. That’s because Molly and Fred and dog-sitting our first foster dog, Lola (formerly known as Chiquita!). If you read my blog often, you probably remember her getting adopted by an awesome family at the end of 2020.

Lola will only be staying with us for a few days, but I know Molly is overjoyed to get to see her again. She was such a well-behaved first foster dog and she will always hold a special place in our hearts. I’m a little jealous that she’ll be stealing the attention away from me and Taco, but I know Molly still loves us more than anything. So, I’ll try to hide my jealousy for her sake.

On top of a familiar face returning for a few days, we’re also planning to foster another dog very soon! Of course, we are making sure it’s okay with Lola’s family first since it might overlap with her stay. We don’t know much about this new foster, but if he stays with us, I will be sure to share more information about him once his details become public on the rescue’s website.

I love helping dogs, but I don’t love sharing the attention. Yet, Molly is so excited to have more dogs around, so I’m happy that she’s happy. She keeps saying how fulfilling fostering is, especially when you get to see how happy dogs like Lola are in their new homes. So, please consider fostering if you’re able. And stay tuned for more updates on our foster adventures!

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