Mabel the Rescue Dog

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If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you probably know that Molly and I write about the positives of fostering a lot. She loves fostering dogs, and since I’m her dog, I tolerate it because I know it’s important to her. But I want to take a moment to discuss the less exciting parts of fostering. They aren’t reasons to avoid fostering dogs entirely, but they’re aspects you should be aware of before you care for a dog in need.

Stressful Parts of Fostering Dogs

Anytime things don’t go as planned during fostering, it can be stressful. Caring for a dog is a big responsibility, so naturally, humans want it to go smoothly. But every journey will have some bumps in the road. Whether it’s training problems, health concerns, or a difficult time finding an adopter, it’s easy to get stressed out while fostering.

Molly and I recently found a home for Odin (fka Sonny) after two months of searching. He was one of the easiest dogs to look after due to his extreme shyness. However, we’re now fostering a puppy mill survivor named Cicely. She’s a sweetheart, but Molly is frustrated because she’s difficult to potty train. Otherwise, Cicely is a very easy dog, but that one aspect is stressing Molly out.

But there’s a reason we keep fostering, despite the struggles. Yes, it can be stressful at times. Certain dogs drive us a little crazier than others. But there are lots of ways to overcome those difficult situations.

Overcoming Foster Struggles

The stressful parts of fostering always end up being worth it because the good parts overshadow them. Sure, training can be tedious and time-consuming, but it makes finding a home for the dog easier. Plus, we usually only have each foster for a few weeks, so it only costs a short period of our lives to make the rest of a dog’s life perfect.

Plus, Molly says the cuddles, playtime, and heartwarming memories make up for all the parts that drive her insane. She has a hard time staying mad at adorable rescue dogs who are just looking for a better life.

So, yes, fostering can be stressful and it can make humans want to pull their hair out at times. But there are very few things in life that will make you as fulfilled and full of joy. No matter how many times Molly gets annoyed with a foster dog, she knows she’ll keep fostering because it saves the lives of many lovable canines.

If the downsides of fostering have been steering you away from doing it, I encourage you to give it a chance. Focusing on the good things will make the stressful times only seem like minor inconveniences in the long run.

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Hi everyone, I wanted to write a quick blog post about this topic because of something that recently happened to me. As some of you know, it was my birthday last week! But I didn’t write a post about it this year because I wasn’t feeling well. I threw up several times, so I didn’t get to enjoy any birthday treats. So, I thought some dog parents might have similar questions to the ones Molly had.

Is Vomiting a Serious Health Concern?

Yes and no. The answer to this question depends on why your dog is vomiting. Like humans, dogs vomit for a variety of reasons. Some are just because of an upset stomach while others are a symptom of a more serious illness. If your dog vomits once, but is fine otherwise, it’s probably not anything severe. However, if you notice repeated vomiting or vomiting paired with other symptoms, it could be linked to a health problem.

When Should You Take a Vomiting Dog to the Vet?

Ultimately, this is up to you, but most sources say that if a dog vomits several times throughout the day, you should contact your vet. Of course, if you notice other weird symptoms and behaviors in addition to the vomiting, a vet checkup is definitely needed. Even if your dog only vomits once, you can still take them to the vet if you’d like, but it’s recommended only if it’s a consistent problem or one with additional symptoms.

The reason I bring this up is because I had to go to the vet recently for my upset tummy. On my birthday, I threw up several times, but then I was fine overnight, so Molly thought that was the end of it. Unfortunately, I threw up again later the next day, so she rushed me to the vet. Even though the vet decided that I was just reacting to something weird that I ate, the visit helped me a lot. They gave me medicine and fluids while I was there, and gave me a bland diet to eat for a few days to calm my stomach. Molly thinks the food smells disgusting, but I think it’s yummy! I’m definitely feeling a lot better now.

It’s Better to Be Safe Than Sorry!

The moral of the story is that it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re worried about your dog’s health, even if it seems like a minor issue, contact your vet. Even if it turns out to be nothing, you’ll at least feel better knowing that you made sure your dog was safe. That’s much better than ignoring their symptoms when something serious could be going on.

Vet visits can be expensive, but they’re an essential part of caring for a dog. I’m glad that Molly worries about me and protects me. As much as I hate going to the vet, I know that it helped me feel better. Now, I’m ready for a birthday re-do!

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I love having a fenced-in yard, but there are many humans who don’t have them. Recently, I’ve realized this even more because our current foster dog, Sonny, needs a home with a fenced-in yard. He’s very shy and still too scared to walk on a leash, so having a confined space to go outside would be safest and most efficient for everyone. So, it made me wonder why more dog parents don’t have fences.

All dogs can benefit from fenced-in yards, but you don’t need to have them. I’ve decided to take a look at the positives and negatives of having a fenced-in space for dogs.

Pros of a Fenced-In Yard

Like most dogs, I’m in favor of fenced-in yards! But let’s take a look at why they can be great for dog parents.

It’s Convenient

I know Molly doesn’t like taking me out when it’s raining or super cold, and honestly, I don’t like to be outside long in those situations either. So, having a fenced-in yard is great for quick potty breaks. Plus, it gives me a little more freedom to explore the yard and do my business at my own pace.

It’s Perfect for Shy Dogs

For dogs like Sonny, fenced-in yards are the best way to go outside. Shy dogs often don’t like going for walks because they might come across unfamiliar situations, including humans and other dogs. So, if you have a dog like Sonny who’s terrified of everything, including a leash, then having a fenced-in yard makes it easy to get them to go to the bathroom.

It Reduces the Chances of Your Dog Running Away

Flight risk dogs will do anything to escape the house, so leaving the door open a crack is risky. Yet, if your yard is surrounded by a fence, your dog can’t run away if they sneak outside. It offers a protective barrier for dogs that like to try to run.

It Could Offer Some Privacy

Depending on the type of fence, it could also offer some privacy for you and your dog. Some dogs get very stressed when they see people and dogs walking by their house, so a fence that’s not see-through is a great way to keep them relaxed and secure.

Cons of a Fenced-In Yard

Even though fenced-in yards are clearly awesome, there are some downsides to them. Here are a few reasons why humans might not buy fences.

It’s Expensive

I’m a dog, so I don’t know a lot about fences, but I’m sure they’re expensive. Not everyone can afford to make additions like that to their homes, and that’s understandable.

It Might Reduce Your Dog’s Exercise

Having a fenced-in yard might cause some parents to be lazy with their dog’s exercise. They might let them out in the yard more often instead of walking them because it’s more convenient. But dogs need walks for exercise and for excitement. So, please don’t deprive them of that if you get a fence.

Not All Neighborhoods Allow Them

A big reason a lot of humans don’t have fenced-in yards is because their neighborhoods don’t allow it. Some neighborhoods have strict rules and not all fences look nice. So, some families might not be able to have a fence even if they wanted to.

Are Invisible Fences Better?

Many people choose an invisible fence because it follows neighborhood regulations better and it’s often less permanent. However, that doesn’t always mean they’re better. If you install an invisible fence, you can’t just let your dog outside as soon as you put it up. You need to spend a lot of time teaching your dog where the boundaries are.

For obedient dogs, this process might not be too hard, but for shy dogs like Sonny, it would take just as much work as leash training. Plus, invisible fences are sometimes unreliable, even for well-trained dogs. So, I recommend a regular fence, but I know not all humans can have those.

Do You Need a Fence for Your Dog?

No, you don’t need a fence for your dog, but I’m sure many pets would appreciate it. Fences allow your dogs to spend more time in the yard without you having to stand outside in the cold with them. You should still keep an eye on your dog while they’re in the yard, but it’ll be more convenient for the both of you.

Some rescue dogs like Sonny do better in a home with a fenced-in yard, so please don’t be mad if a foster parent requires it. Most rescues and shelters want to make sure the dogs find the best home possible, so that’s why they might have unique requirements sometimes. If your home isn’t the right fit for the dog you’re interested in, don’t worry! The perfect dog will eventually come along, and they might not be the kind of dog you initially expected.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! I realized that I haven’t talked about our most recent foster dog yet, which is very surprising because Molly says he’s her favorite so far. I’m pretty sure she has said that about at least two other dogs too, but I’m pretty sure she means it.

Sonny is our 14th foster dog, and he’s super shy. If you don’t already know, Molly has a soft spot for shy dogs because of her first dog Zoe, who was a puppy mill survivor. Sonny wasn’t from a puppy mill, but he spent the first two years of his life as a stray. So, despite being so young, he’s very scared and shy.

When Molly picked Sonny up from the rescue’s office, he was completely shut down. She said he was curled in a ball and frozen in place. He wouldn’t even move to sit in the bed next to him. He was rescued with a smaller dog named Cher, who was a little friendlier, but still shy and confused. Molly planned to foster both of them, but since they needed extra patience, the office suggested that she only take one of them at first.

So, Molly took Sonny home and he immediately ran into his crate. He spent the entire first day in his crate. Molly had to carry him outside to do his business, and somehow, he was already potty trained. As soon as she set him outside, he did his business, and then he rushed to go back inside. He was too scared to eat or drink for the first day too.

Then, after a day, Molly decided to foster Cher too. However, Cher only stayed with us for about an hour. At first, she was super sweet and a lot more curious than Sonny. She walked on a leash and played with toys, which are things Sonny still hasn’t wanted to do. Then, once Cher saw Sonny, she became so excited! She ran into his crate with him, and they both wagged their tails like crazy.

However, after about ten minutes together, Cher’s personality changed. She grew very protective over Sonny and would growl or nip at me and Molly if we tried to go near Sonny. Molly quickly realized that as much as Sonny and Cher loved each other, they would be better off in different foster homes. So, she took Cher to the office, where she found a different foster home.

It’s hard to tell if Sonny misses Cher or not, but he probably does. We’ve had him for almost two weeks now, and he’s still terrified of humans and spends most of his time in his crate. Yet, he’s made lots of progress. When Molly isn’t in the same room as him, he peeks around the corner to see what she’s doing. If Molly goes outside with me, Sonny will come outside if Molly props the door open. Then, he’ll go back inside after he does his business. He has also been eating and drinking normally every day.

I know Molly will be sad when Sonny leaves, but she’s working really hard to make sure he finds the perfect home. Some people have shown interest in him, but not everyone is willing to work with a super shy dog. He’ll need a lot of patience and space, so I’m excited for him to find a forever home where he can keep getting that. One day, I think he’ll be very loving, but it will take him a long time to learn to trust humans. Molly keeps saying he’s so sweet and that he just needs time to understand what love is like.

If you have a quiet, patient home, you should consider adopting or fostering a shy dog. Molly says that seeing their transformations is one of the most rewarding parts of fostering!

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Most kids love dogs, but they’re not the most experienced with dog care. I’ve noticed that kids will repeat whatever their parents tell them, which can sometimes lead to misunderstandings about dogs. To ensure that your kids become the best dog lovers they can be, here are some things they should learn at an early age. After all, dogs are living creatures and family members, so we want all humans to be kind to us.

#1 – Puppies Shouldn’t be Sold at Pet Stores

When kids want a puppy, they will probably take the first puppy they see. In some cases, that puppy might be in the window of a pet store. Even though humans used to sing about how much the doggy in the window was, that song is very outdated. Pet stores sell puppies from puppy mills, so buying a pet store puppy is only encouraging people to hurt more dogs through inhumane breeding practices. A reputable breeder will want to make sure their puppies go to good homes, so they won’t ship them off to be sold.

Instead, teach kids about rescue dogs. Tell them that there are already thousands of dogs out there waiting for forever homes. After all, kids aren’t picky about dogs, so why not take a chance on a rescue dog? You could be saving their life.

#2 – All Breeds Are Good Dogs

Molly’s heart breaks every time she hears a kid talk badly about a dog. The most common example is Pit Bulls. Many adults despise Pit Bulls because of false assumptions about them, so kids will repeat those opinions without a second thought. Yes, Pit Bulls can bite, but so can all dogs. Most Pit Bulls are very sweet and misunderstood. In fact, the term “Pit Bull” can be used to describe any dog with a stocky build, not just one breed.

Humans should be teaching kids not to judge humans based on looks, so the same should be true for dogs. Don’t let your kid think that one breed is superior to another. Let them know that dogs who bite are a result of humans not training or controlling them properly. All dogs can be good dogs if they’re given a chance.

#3 – Be Gentle Around Dogs

One of the most important things to teach kids about all animals is to be gentle. It’s hard to resist a cute puppy, but humans need to restrain themselves at first. Not all dogs react the same to affection, so being kissed and cuddled by a stranger could spook them. Teach kids to ask for permission before approaching a stranger’s dog.

Also, make sure they’re gentle and keeping their hands away from the dog’s face. If your kids tend to run, jump, and stomp a lot, then it’s best to keep them away from unfamiliar dogs to ensure that everyone stays safe.

#4 – Not All Dogs Want to Be Pet

It’s also important to remind kids that not all dogs want to be pet. Even your own dog might shy away from attention now and then, and that’s okay! Dogs don’t exist just to please humans, we have our own likes and dislikes too.

So, let your kid know that if a dog walks away from them, they should leave them be. It might be tempting to following a cute dog and give them a big hug, but this could lead to many complications. Even the most outgoing dogs might want space now and then, so it’s important for all humans to know that.

#5 – Service Dogs Are Different Than Family Dogs

For kids, it’s exciting to see a service dog walking around in a building. But please don’t encourage your kids to approach service dogs. I know there are many news stories about humans getting upset over not being able to pet a service dog, but that’s ridiculous. Service dogs aren’t the same as family pets. When they’re out in public, they have a job to do, so they need to stay focused.

Of course, service dogs still get plenty of love and care, but petting them distracts them from protecting their humans. If you see a service dog in public, educate your children about the important jobs they do.

#6 – Choosing the Right Dog Requires Patience

Getting a dog is exciting, but humans need to remember that getting a new dog requires patience. Even adults can have a hard time understanding that. Many families are quick to buy an expensive puppy solely based on breed. But you shouldn’t be choosing a family member based on looks! Instead, meet a few dogs and get to know their personalities first. That way, you can see which ones get along best with your family.

If you’re planning to get a dog, remind kids that it’s not an easy process. When meeting adoptable dogs, make sure your kids are a part of the decision-making process. Ask them what they like about each dog and discuss more than just looks. In many cases, the perfect dog isn’t what you’d expect, and your kids will still love them no matter what.

Kids always have lots to learn, so don’t overlook teaching moments related to dogs. The more kids know about dogs, the safer and happier everyone involved will be!

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For many humans, this might be a sad, sensitive topic. Yet, breakups and divorces happen, and it’s important to think about how it will affect all members of your family. Many humans spend so much time focusing on kids, property, and belongings during a breakup that they forget that pets will be affected too. So, who should get a dog during a breakup? And will your pets understand what’s happening?

Who Gets the Dog in a Breakup?

According to Psychology Today, pets are considered property in breakups, so it’s not really a custody battle. Yet, anyone who has a dog knows that we are family. So, deciding who keeps the dog is much more important than picking who gets a couch or TV. If possible, try to discuss this situation while you’re on good terms, even if you plan to stay together forever. That way, the decision will be much easier if things ever go wrong (which hopefully they won’t).

First of all, if someone owned the dog before you got together, they will likely take the dog. I am certain that Molly would never give me up in a breakup because I was here first, so I hope other humans would be the same way. However, many couples adopt dogs together, which can make the situation much trickier. Also, if it’s a divorce, it’s a legal matter which may require a judge getting involved.

However, I think the answer of this question is simple. Where the dog ends up should be in the dog’s best interest. I’m sure both humans will be willing to fight for the dog, but this isn’t the type of argument you want to be petty about. Instead, think about what’s best for your furry friend.

If one person cared for most of the dog’s needs, they’ll probably be the best choice. Also, if one person is financially stable while the other is not, it makes sense for the dog to go somewhere where their vet bills can be paid. Of course, there are many other factors than just these, but they’re some things to think about. Overall, I think it’s important for exes to put their arguments and differences aside to focus on the dog’s future and well-being.

How Do Breakups Affect Dogs?

We might not know exactly what’s happening during a breakup, but most dogs can tell that something is wrong. Since we don’t speak human languages, we understand our humans based on body language and tones. When we hear our parents fighting, bickering, and acting different, we can tell that something is wrong. That’s why some dogs might be more comforting when you’re sad.

Even if your dog can sense a change coming, they might not understand it. It’s difficult for them to be around someone all the time and then suddenly never see them again. So, to make things easier on them, make the transition as seamless as possible. Continue their regular routine as closely as you can. If you need to move to a new place, bring plenty of supplies that remind them of their old home.

Your pet may be anxious and confused at first, but they’ll eventually adjust to their new routine. After all, they’ll be happy to have at least one familiar human with them. If your dog keeps displaying unusual behaviors without improvements, you might want to ask your vet for advice.

Be Careful When Adopting a Dog Together

The important thing to remember is that getting a dog is a big decision. It’s even bigger when more than one person is involved. This doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships, but also families whose kids will soon leave the house and roommates who want a dog together. Make sure you’re thinking clearly about the decision before rushing into it.

If you adopt a dog with someone else, make sure you discuss a potential breakup ahead of time. It’s an uncomfortable conversation that no one wants to have, but it’s the responsible thing to do, and it could make your relationship stronger. Then, your dog will never get caught in the middle of a nasty fight over who gets to keep the dog.

In most cases, getting a dog is clearly for one person in the family. For example, Molly’s family adopted me together, but I was always known as Molly’s dog, which is why I moved out with her. Having these expectations can help relieve your dog’s stress if a breakup ever occurs. No one wants to talk about breakups and divorce, but dogs are a part of the family, so they shouldn’t be forgotten during big life events like that.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! Luckily, Molly let me have a week to myself before bringing home another foster dog. But that week went by way too fast! Now, we’re taking care of our 13th foster dog, and his name is PeeWee.

PeeWee is a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix, but his personality isn’t what you’d expect. Most humans assume that terriers are hyper, high-energy dogs, but PeeWee isn’t like that. At first, he sniffed my butt a little more than I wanted, but he hasn’t been overly crazy or overwhelming. The only time he’s hyper is when Molly lets him out of his crate, which is understandable. Otherwise, he just sleeps most of the time.

We’re not really sure what his story is, but he seems like he had a family before. After all, he made himself comfortable on our couch very quickly. But there are little things that make it seem like he didn’t have the best home. First of all, he doesn’t seem to know how to go for walks. He gets excited to walk, but he cannot walk in a straight line, he bumps into Molly a lot, and sometimes he randomly pulls backwards. But he’s slowly learning what walks are, and he seems to love them.

He also gets skittish at random things. Some sudden movements or sounds make him jump, which makes me think someone might not have been nice to him. But he’s very friendly and loves cuddling with humans.

Another thing that surprised us is that he’s very quiet. For the first few days, we never heard him bark. Now, he barks sometimes when dogs walk by, but I might have influenced that. Molly says I’m a bad influence sometimes, but I don’t think so at all!

Hopefully, PeeWee will find his forever home soon! He’s a great dog, and any family would be lucky to have him. As much as I like having the house to myself, I’m glad Molly keeps helping more dogs in need.

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I’m not a fan of my crate. I used to have to go in it all the time when Molly left, but now she trusts me enough to let me roam free. Yet, I still know to go in my crate on command just in case. Many humans think it seems sad to leave dogs in crates, but there are actually a lot of benefits to it. After fostering dogs, we’ve found that crates are even more helpful than we realized. So, here are some reasons to crate train your dog.

Crates Keep Dogs Out of Trouble

Dogs can cause trouble when humans aren’t paying attention. Not me, of course, but I’m sure other dogs do. So, many humans use crates to keep their dogs confined while they’re away. That way, dogs can’t chew on shoes or grab food off the counter. It can also keep them out of the way if needed. For example, it helps if you have someone stopping by to fix something or if you’re cooking a big meal and your dog won’t leave you alone.

They Can Help with Potty Training

Crate training is a great way to also potty train your dog. Dogs don’t like to do their business in their crate because it’s such a small space. We don’t like to go to the bathroom in the same place we sleep. So, keeping your dog in a crate when you’re not paying attention to them can prevent accidents and help them learn where the right place to do their business is.

They Can Provide a Safe Space

When crate training your dog, it’s important to use the crate as a safe space and never as a punishment. Keep the crate accessible to your dog throughout the day. That way, if they need some time to themselves, they can retreat to the crate to relax. With proper training, your dog should see the crate as a cozy spot and not as a dreaded place.

They Can Keep Your Dog Protected

Not only do crates protect your house from your dog, but it protects your dog too. If your dog is extra curious, they might get into things they shouldn’t while you’re gone, including cleaning supplies or unhealthy foods. Even if your dog behaves themselves, they could fall or bump into something, which could be dangerous if you’re not home to care for them. Having a crate eliminates those risks.

They Can Make Travel Easier

If you travel long distances with your dog, you’ll need a crate or carrier, especially on public transportation. If your dog is already crate trained, it’ll be much easier to travel with them. Plus, if you stay at a hotel or at someone else’s house, it can be easier to crate them there since it’s an unfamiliar space. The last thing you’d want is for them to get into trouble while you’re staying somewhere else.

They Make Evacuation Easy

Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with any emergencies in your home, but if you do, it’ll be much easier to keep your dog safe. Dogs get startled easy during evacuations, so keeping them crated during the commotion can keep them safe. Also, you’ll likely need to crate them at wherever you stay, so it’s best for them to be used to crates ahead of time.

Of course, you don’t have to use a crate if you don’t want to. After all, I never use one anymore. Yet, it can be beneficial to at least train your dog to use one just in case they need to in the future. Plus, training your dog to do new things can help you bond with them. Just remember that you should never use the crate as a punishment since that will only make training harder.

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Hi, it’s Mabel! Last week was a cause for celebration. While I didn’t talk about them much on here, we had two foster dogs throughout the past two weeks: Shelby (fka Caroline) the Beagle and Pixy the Shih Tzu. Within the same week, both Shelby and Pixy went off to their forever homes. While I’m glad to have the house to myself again, I know it won’t last long.

But before the next dog comes along, I wanted to share an unexpected benefit of fostering that we discovered. As you can probably guess by the title, fostering has made Molly a bit more spontaneous, which is a benefit we hadn’t considered.

Before, Molly loved having things planned ahead, and she still very much does. She likes being able to write down plans on the calendar and know which days she can relax on. But with fostering, that need to always be planning ahead has gone away a bit. Now that Molly has a passion for fostering, she has found herself taking dogs at the last minute and being more flexible overall.

For example, we fostered Shelby for a while before she had anyone interested in her. But Pixy arrived while we had Shelby, and Pixy needed a foster home. When Molly started fostering, she wouldn’t have wanted to add too much chaos at once. But now that she has gotten the hang of it, she decided to take in Pixy at the last minute. She was actually very excited about the sudden decision too. Many of our other foster dogs were last-minute decisions as well, such as Slim, Lennard, and Winston.

Of course, planning ahead is a great quality to have. It’s a great way to be organized and prepared. However, things don’t always go as planned, and that’s okay. We’ve discovered that fostering has helped Molly with having set plans and being more spontaneous all at once. After all, some dogs need foster homes at the last minute in order to save their lives, so someone needs to step up to the challenge.

So, if the many other reasons to foster didn’t convince you, please consider it now. It’s a great life experience that will help you learn new things about yourself too. Plus, it’ll also help many dogs in need!

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Just over nine months ago, Molly and I began welcoming foster dogs into our home. Molly has been very dedicated to fostering as many dogs as she can, and she has done some other volunteering on top of that. During those nine months, we’ve encountered a wide variety of dogs. And the longer we do it, the more we realize that everyone can find their perfect dog at a shelter or rescue.

The Biggest Excuse

“I can’t find a specific breed at a rescue” is the most common excuse we’ve heard from people who shop instead of adopt. If you’ve said this excuse before, I don’t want you to feel bad about it, but I want you to understand that it’s not always true. More than ever, we’ve learned that any dog can be a rescue.

The rescue we foster for, JRs Pups-N-Stuff, gets dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds. Some are even desirable breeds that I wouldn’t have expected to be at a rescue. And JRs is just one rescue, so imagine the wide variety of adoptable dogs in all the shelters and rescues out there.

We want to debunk this excuse even further by explaining our experiences with rescue dogs so far. Just because a breed is commonly bought from breeders doesn’t mean they can’t be rescues too.

Rescue Dogs Can Be…


Yes, lots of purebreds end up at rescues and shelters. In a lot of cases, we can’t confirm if they’re purebreds or not, but we’ve noticed that sometimes there’s proof. A lot of breeders surrender dogs when they don’t have a use for them anymore. Sometimes people also surrender the dogs they bought from breeders when they didn’t fit their expectations. Both of these are sad scenarios, but they help us learn where the dogs came from to help us determine their breed.

Tuck the Maltese, Hazel the Beagle, and Winston the Great Pyrenees were just a few of our foster dogs that came from breeders. As far as we can tell, they are all purebreds. Sadly, humans weren’t very kind to them, but they’ve all turned out to be amazing dogs for their adopters.

You might be unconvinced because rescues don’t have fancy paperwork to prove if a dog is a purebred or not. And what if the breeder or family that surrendered the dog lied about their breed? Well, those are good points, but the same is true if you get your dog from a breeder. It’s not hard to fake paperwork, and many breeders will lie to make some extra cash. Plus, once you fall in love with your dog, you won’t really care what their exact breed is.


A lot of humans turn to breeders because they have dog allergies. This makes more sense to me than just wanting a purebred because you like the breed. A lot of people assume “hypoallergenic dogs” never show up at rescues, but that’s not the case. Although all dogs can cause some allergies, even if they don’t shed.

Dogs that don’t shed tend to get adopted the fastest, but they do exist in the rescue world. In fact, we had one adopter who was allergic to dogs, so she was waiting to find a rescue dog that she wasn’t allergic to. She ended up adopting Lennard, who was definitely a mutt. Molly wasn’t even sure if he shed or not, but when the lady met him, she had no allergic reactions! Now, the two of them are so happy together. We’ve also fostered at least three other non-shedding dogs.

Like with purebreds, we can’t provide paperwork to guarantee that a dog won’t shed. But you can always meet with the dog first to guarantee that they won’t trigger your allergies. Rescues are less likely to lie about a dog’s shedding than a breeder will because, from our experience, rescues want to find the best home for each dog while some breeders care more about money. Of course, not all breeders are like that, but the bad breeders definitely seem to overshadow the good ones.

Designer Dogs

I’m not sure what’s up with the “designer dog” craze, but everyone seems to want one. A designer dog is a mix between two popular purebreds, usually involving poodles or other low-shedding breeds. The prices for these dogs at breeders are insane, sometimes reaching thousands of dollars. But since we’ve started fostering, we’ve seen several designer dogs come into the rescue, including some Aussiedoodles, a Cavachon puppy, and some Shih Tzu mixes.

It seems like these “fancy” mixed breeds are surrendered to rescues more than people realize. For the Cavachon, the family got rid of him because they just bought him, but he barked too much so their landlord told them to get rid of him. And it seems this happens a lot. Many families buy cute puppies without doing their research, but then surrender them when they are too much work.

So, it’s better to adopt designer dogs after they’re surrendered than to buy one from a breeder. That way, you’re supporting a charity rather than encouraging someone to bring more dogs into this world.


There are so many puppies at rescues! Everyone seems to want a puppy. Our rescue gets in lots of litters of puppies and sometimes even pregnant dogs. So, if you’re a part of the puppy craze, there are puppies of all ages looking for forever homes.

In a lot of instances, the puppies at rescues are mixed breeds, but that doesn’t stop them from being adorable. Plus, designer dogs are mixed breeds, so what’s the difference? Too many humans assume that rescues only take in the older dogs with behavioral problems, but we have plenty of friendly puppies too.

What You’re Looking for Might Not Be Right For You

Yes, rescues and shelters can have the dogs you’re looking for, especially if you’re patient. But in most cases, the dog that’s perfect for you might not be the dog you expect. I’m sure all humans have an image in their mind of what their dream dog will be, but dogs can surprise you. If you’re too focused on finding one specific dog breed, you might overlook a dog with the perfect personality for you.

Take your time when choosing a new family member. It can’t hurt to meet a wide variety of dogs while you’re looking. You never know when you’ll meet your new best friend.

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