Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt ๐Ÿ’•

If you’re heard my rescue story, then you know that this is the rescue I was adopted from! So, of course, I’m a little bias, but I just want the world to know how great this rescue is! I want more dogs to find great homes like I did!

JR’s Pups-N-Stuff is an awesome rescue in West Allis, Wisconsin. They are determined to rescue dogs of all ages and breeds and find their perfect families. They seem to always have a large number of dogs available too.

Like many other rescues, JR’s Pups-N-Stuff works hard to rescue dogs from threatening situations. They don’t turn their backs on dogs in need, and they work hard to make sure every dog finds the perfect home just like I did!

While this rescue sometimes has cats and other animals, they mainly specialize in dogs. They typically have dogs of all different ages, breeds, and sizes, just waiting to be adopted.

Their dogs are kept in foster homes with fellow rescue dogs, so if you are interested in adopting a dog, all you have to do is set up a time to meet with them. They are determined to find the best, kindest foster parents to ensure that every dog is safe while they wait to be adopted.

I was at the same foster home as Molly’s first dog, Zoe, and as soon as Molly met me, she fell in love! My foster family was so nice that they even dog-sit me from time to time.

JR’s has found homes for thousands of dogs over the years, and they won’t rest until every dog gets a chance at a happily ever after. If you are looking for a dog in Wisconsin, I highly recommend checking out JR’s because they were so kind to me! If you don’t have space for another family member though, you can always donate to help out too!

Which rescue or shelter did you adopt your dog from? Please contact me to get their rescue story featured on my blog! Thank you for all your support!

Images from @JrsPupsNStuffInc/Facebook

3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

When Molly was younger, she strongly believed that everyone deserved a dog. If someone was sad or lonely, she would always insist that a dog would make their life better. And while that might be true, over time, we discovered that maybe this isn’t always the case.

The Sad Reality

Of course, I wish that every dog could find an amazing home like I did. However, if every single person on this planet adopted a dog, there would still be dogs out there that would be unhappy. Why? Because not all humans are capable of caring for a dog.

Even if someone desperately wants a dog, not everyone is able to properly care for another living thing yet. People will often rush into getting a dog without thinking it through. Then, that poor dog ends up getting neglected because the person doesn’t have enough time or money for them. All dog adoptions should occur only when a human is 100% ready.

Also, there are a lot of people out there that just aren’t nice to animals. I don’t understand why, but there are horrible people out there that hurt dogs and mistreat them. Dogs should never have to fall into the hands of these people!

The sad reality is that not every person can care for dogs with the love and respect that’s necessary.

Why Dogs Are So Beneficial for People

People are drawn to dogs because we’re just so lovable! The thought of having a cute companion to cuddle with and play with sounds perfect for many humans, which is why they want a dog.

Not only are we cute and loving, but we can benefit humans in more ways than you’d even expect. By having a dog, you’ll have to get out of the house to take us for walks. That can help you get some fresh air and extra exercise, which is always a good thing!

Plus, dogs are there for you no matter what. If you’re happy, we’re there to be excited with you. If you’re having a bad day, we’re there to comfort you. We’re the most loyal companions you could ask for, so that’s why people naturally assume that getting a dog can help you no matter what.

So, getting a dog sounds like a no-brainer, right? For some people, yes it is, but there’s so much more to think about than just how a dog can benefit your life. You need to think about how you will impact the dog’s life as well.

Why You Shouldn’t Encourage Everyone to Get a Dog

By encouraging everyone to get a dog, you could cause someone to get a dog even if they aren’t ready. Sure, they could provide a home for a rescue pup, but is it really worth it if they can’t care for them or if they could end up harming them even more?

When adopting a dog, it’s important to think about the dog’s needs first. The dog’s needs come before yours. Just because a dog is cute and makes you happy doesn’t mean you should get them. Consider the time and money commitments you’ll need to make once you bring that dog home. If you can’t provide that for a dog, then you shouldn’t adopt a dog yet.

There are also people that will just never be ready to have their own dog. Some people just can’t understand the importance of a dog’s needs. Dogs need training, food, vet appointments, grooming, etc. Any good dog parent will make sure their dog gets these things no matter what. Some people will try to make excuses, but there’s no excuse for not taking proper care of your pup.

In conclusion, not everyone deserves a dog. I wish it wasn’t true, but it’s just the sad reality we live in. So, always consider everything before telling someone they should get a dog.

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4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

It’s a common rumor that dogs and cats are sworn enemies. In cartoons and movies, the dogs and cats always seem to be plotting against each other. However, that’s not exactly real life. Sure, some dogs and cats can have their feuds, but for the most part, dogs and cats don’t actually hate each other, especially if they’re properly introduced.

Can Dogs and Cats Get Along?

It’s actually fairly common for dogs and cats to coexist. Sure, they’ll likely be curious at first and they might chase each other from time to time, but they can be friends! I personally don’t live with a cat right now, so whenever I see one, I just can’t stop staring at them. They’re such weird creatures to me!

Dogs are usually more used to humans and other dogs than cats, so it’s likely that your dog will be very curious with your cat at first. Whether or not your dog and cat like each other depends on their personalities, but even if they’re not fans of each other, they can still learn to live together in peace.

In order to make sure your dog and cat learn to at least tolerate each other, you need to slowly introduce them and give them time to get used to each other.

How to Properly Introduce Your Dog and Cat

Don’t expect your dog and cat to be snuggling with each other after one day. There are a few ways to properly introduce your two furry friends to help them get along as much as they can.

If possible, it’s best to get your dogs and cats used to other animals at a young age if possible. If you adopt your dog as a puppy, you could try introducing them to a friend’s cat to see how they’ll react. That way, you’ll know whether or not they get along with cats before you adopt a cat of your own.

However, even older dogs can learn to like cats. The first introduction between your dog and cat should be slow. The new animal should first get some time alone before meeting their new furry sibling. Try keeping them in separate rooms for a little bit to give your new dog or cat some time to get used to their new surroundings.

Then, when you allow the dog and cat to be in the same room, make sure to monitor them closely. Don’t leave them alone together until you’re confident that they’ll behave. Seeing a different animal for the first time can be scary for many dogs and cats, so they’ll likely both be very curious at first.

If your dog behaves well around the cat, reward them. Give them treats or praise to let them know that they’re supposed to be nice around their new family member.

For the first few days, it’s likely that your dog will try to chase the cat now and then. Of course, you don’t want your pup constantly scaring your cat, so you’ll likely need to train them more to stop this bad behavior.

Like the first introduction, you’ll want to reward your dog every time they hang out with the cat without chasing them. Eventually the two animals should learn to peacefully coexist.

Things to Look out for

If you are ever unsure if your dog and cat will be okay on their own, you can leave them in two separate rooms when you’re not home. That way, you don’t worry about them causing any problems when you’re not around.

Another problem that you likely didn’t anticipate is the litter box. It’s possible that your dog will try to eat the cat litter. It might sound gross to you, but I did it when Molly’s old roommate had a cat, and many other dogs do it too! In order to prevent it, her roommate got a door strap for the room with the litter box. It allowed the door to be wide enough for the cat to slip through, but not me. It worked pretty well, and I eventually learned that I wasn’t supposed to be eating out of the litter box.

Like with any type of training, patience is key when it comes to introducing a dog to a cat. Don’t expect everything to happen overnight and don’t expect them to love each other. Every dog and cat are different, so figure out what’s best for your particular animals.

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Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) is a volunteer-powered organization that is different than your typical shelter or rescue. Molly occasionally volunteers to write dog bios for them to help the dogs find homes sooner. She’s personally seen what an amazing and kind group of humans they are!

This organization doesn’t have one physical location. Instead, they have foster homes throughout multiple states. They provide adoption services to families in Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, and some neighboring states.

OPH is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs that have had rough lives. They primarily rescue dogs from overcrowded shelters in the southern states. This amazing rescue is determined to give a second chance to all these dogs that were overlooked at their previous shelters.

The main goal of this organization is to find a loving home for every dog. Some dogs are with them much longer than others, but they always care for them as long as needed. They will do whatever it takes to make sure each dog finds the home they deserve.

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers with OPH, over a thousand dogs each year find their forever home. If they hadn’t been rescued by OPH, they might not even be alive today. So, it’s incredible to see people helping so many dogs simply out of the kindness of their hearts.

If you would like to see the adoptable dogs or donate to this incredible organization, please visit their website for more information! Help them create a better world for rescue dogs!

If you’ve had an amazing experience with a rescue or shelter, please visit my contact page to tell me all about it! I’d also love to hear the story of how you adopted your dog! Help me encourage dog lovers to adopt!

Images from @Operationpawsforhomes/Facebook

4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Dog parents are often very opinionated about what others feed their dogs. There are just so many options to choose from, so how do you know what is best for your pup? At first, I thought there was only dry and wet food, but I quickly learned about raw dog food too. So, what exactly is raw dog food?

I don’t eat raw dog food, but I’ve heard a lot about it. Molly even said she might give it a try some day, but for now, I’ll just stick to the same tasty food that I usually have.

What is a Raw Diet?

Essentially, a raw diet is a more natural diet for your dog. It focuses specifically on food that is uncooked and unprocessed to better reflect a dog’s natural diet that they would eat in the wild.

Raw dog food can be purchased as a pre-made formula or it can be homemade. Either way, it is supposed to be a healthy and delicious meal for your dog.

Here are some types of food that are found in raw dog food diets:

  • Raw meat, such as muscle meat and organ meats
  • Bones, which are either ground up or whole
  • Raw eggs
  • Vegetables, such as broccoli
  • Fruits, such as apples

Some dog parents choose raw ingredients to make their own food for their furry friend. However, others find it easier to purchase a brand of raw food for their dog. Either way, it’s considered a raw diet for dogs.

Is Raw Dog Food Healthier?

Many dog parents switch to raw dog food because it provides a lot of health benefits that dry or wet dog foods don’t. Dry dog food might seem like the most common and most reasonable choice for dogs, but many of these brands are actually unhealthy and full of unnecessary ingredients.

It’s thought that raw diets can help better resemble a dog’s natural diet by only including real beneficial ingredients. So, it’s typically healthier for dogs, but it might not be the right choice for every dog.

Here are some health benefits to raw dog food:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Smaller stools
  • Higher energy levels
  • Cleaner teeth

Every type of raw dog food is slightly different, but these are the general benefits that raw diets usually have for dogs.

Are There Any Risks?

With any food, there are always small risks involved. So, raw food is no different. Here are some of the possible risks to be aware of:

  • Dogs and humans could get bacteria from the raw meat
  • Raw bones could be a choking hazard
  • It can be unhealthy for your dog if the meals are not nutritionally balanced

Like I said, there are risks with every type of diet, so don’t let these things scare you. If you plan to put your dog on a raw diet, make sure to do extra research on your diet options to make sure you choose one that’s best for your dog’s specific needs.

Raw Dog Food Brands

For those of you that want to get your dog started on a raw diet but don’t want to cook it yourself, then you’re in luck! Raw dog food has been getting more popular over the years, so there are lots of raw dog foods available for purchase.

Here are some popular raw dog food brands:

  • Answers
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Primal
  • Stella and Chewy’s
  • Vital Essentials

Making it at Home

However, if you want to make your dog’s food yourself, you absolutely can! If you look up raw dog food recipes online, there are plenty of simple recipes to get you started.

That way, if you make your dog’s food, you know exactly what you’re feeding them. You don’t need to worry about any unnecessary fillers or unhealthy ingredients. With raw food, you’ll feel more comfortable knowing exactly what you’re feeding your dog.

If you decide to switch your dog’s food, it’s important to remember to do it in a slow transition though. This is not only true for raw food, but it’s true for any time you drastically change what your dog eats. Gradually transition them from one food to the other to make sure it doesn’t upset their stomach.

Now, I haven’t tried raw food, so I obviously can’t tell you too much about it. I hope you all consider what you’re feeding and make sure you’re choosing the healthiest possible meals for your furry friend. As long as your dog is happy and healthy, that’s what matters most!

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3 min read (Article narrated by Mabel)

There are a lot of options when it comes to buying products for your dog. There are big chains such as Petco and PetSmart, and then there’s smaller, local pet stores like Woof Gang Bakery. You can find everything you need at pretty much any of these pet stores, but many humans prefer one over the other. So, what’s the difference?

(Also, just to be clear, I am NOT talking about pet stores that sell puppies such as Petland. I am only discussing pet stores that sell necessary supplies such as food and toys. Pet stores should never sell puppies, so you will never see me supporting those horrible places on my blog.)

What’s the Difference?

Every store is very different, so I can’t speak on behalf of every pet store in existence. But I have visited plenty of each type of pet store, so I’ll share with you what I have observed so far.

Chain pet stores are typically much larger with a wider variety of products. Not only do they supply the necessities for dogs and cats, but they often sell products for all kinds of small animals such as lizards and fish too.

Smaller pet stores don’t have as much space for that amount of variety, but that means that they can pick and choose their products more thoroughly. As a result, these local stores typically only sell the best quality dog supplies and they’re often more personable with their customers.

Again, these observations are not true for every store, they’re just my overall opinion. I’ve shopped at both of these store types on many occasions and I’m always happy to get awesome new toys and treats from both!

Pros and Cons of Chain Pet Stores

Chain pet stores typically have some of everything. They have so many good smells and so many treats, toys, and food to sniff. You can even find more obscure products such as airplane bags!

Pros:

  • They have a wide selection to choose from.
  • You can get all your pet’s needs in one place.
  • They’re generally cheaper.
  • They have supplies for more than just dogs and cats.

Cons:

  • The amount of options can be overwhelming.
  • Staff might not be as personable with customers.
  • Not everything they sell is healthy.

Pros and Cons of Smaller Pet Stores

Smaller pet stores often have less variety, but they stick to a few special products. If you can find a local pet store that sells exactly what you need, then that can be a great option to turn to, especially since most small pet supply stores only rely on the healthiest products for your dog.

Pros:

  • They usually only have high-quality products.
  • The staff are usually very knowledgeable.
  • They’re usually more personal with their customers.

Cons:

  • They don’t have as much variety.
  • They don’t usually have supplies for other small animals.
  • They’re often more expensive.

Which One is Best for Your Dog?

Where you decide to take your dog is completely up to you. Some people prefer the variety of a chain pet store while others would rather support a local business. As long as that store has what your dog needs, then that’s what matters.

If you do shop at a chain pet store though, always make sure to look closely at the labels on your food and treats. Since chain pet stores have such a wide selection of foods, some of their products will be unhealthy or contain unnecessary fillers in their ingredients. So, if you’re overwhelmed by a large number of brands, that can be the best way to find the healthiest choice for your pup.

I encourage everyone to check out all different pet stores. Dogs don’t get to go to a lot of places, so the pet store can be the perfect place for an adventure. Let us take in all the smells and don’t forget to buy us a present while you’re there!

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Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue is another rescue that Molly and I learned about after seeing it on the news recently. This rescue is in Washington, but all the dogs are in individual foster homes in the area.

They focus specifically on saving high-risk dogs in Washington and Idaho. They typically look for dogs that have been at the shelter for a long time and dogs that are running out of time. They don’t turn their backs on any dogs. They are determined to find a home for each dog, no matter how difficult.

Mikey’s Chance has a goal to find the best possible match for dogs and humans. Every dog deserves to be with the family that’s perfectly suited for them, so this rescue works hard to make that goal come to life.

Because this rescue is so determined to give a good life to every dog, they recently gained popularity. Molly and I came across a story about a dog named Eddie who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was given only a few months to live, but this rescue knew that they could make those few months worth it.

Since then, the rescue has created a bucket list for Eddie. He has gone on many amazing adventures such as riding in a fire truck, having a spa day, and jumping into a pool of stuffed animals. He even got to become an honorary K9 officer for a day!

Other places might’ve given up on Eddie, but thanks to Mikey’s Chance, he is having the time of his life! Of course, it will be sad when his life comes to an end, but at least everyone will know that his last months were amazing for him.

Every shelter and rescue should treat dogs the way Mikey’s Chance does. Every dog deserves the perfect life just like Eddie. Hopefully, this will remind all humans to give their own dogs the best lives too!

If you want to help save dogs like Eddie, please donate to Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue! You could help give a dog another chance at life!

Also, if you know of a dog, rescue, or shelter that you think should be featured on my blog, please visit my contact page to let me know! Let’s keep encouraging other to adopt in any way possible!

Images from @MikeysChanceCanineRescue/Facebook