Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt ๐Ÿ’•

3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Sadly, I’ve heard humans give plenty of excuses when they buy a puppy from a pet store. In reality, there should never be any excuses, but the one that drives Molly crazy is when people say, “if pet store puppies are from puppy mills, then buying them is like rescuing them.” But this is an outrageous conclusion that needs to be stopped. So, here is why rescuing a puppy mill dog and buying a pet store puppy are NOT the same thing at all.

Rescuing a Puppy Mill Dog vs. Buying From a Pet Store

Rescuing a puppy mill dog means that the dog was saved from a puppy mill and brought to a shelter or rescue. Those dogs are often the breeding dogs from puppy mills, but sometimes puppies can be saved too. Any fees you pay to adopt that dog will go toward a rescue organization, not to a breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Rescuing a puppy mill dog is all about saving that dog.

But when you buy a puppy from a pet store, all that money goes to the profit of a business. Instead of using that money to save more dogs, they use it to breed more puppies and put more dogs in danger. So, if you buy a puppy from a pet store, you’re supporting their cruel business. You’re encouraging them to breed more dogs in inhumane conditions. Sure, you might be giving your new puppy a good life, but you’re doing it by risking the lives of hundreds of other dogs.

How to Put an End to Puppy Mills

The easiest way to help end puppy mills is to never support them. Puppy mills only exist because people keep buying the puppies they produce. They most commonly sell those puppies online or at pet stores, claiming they’re from “reputable breeders.” But it’s important to never fall for these tricks. If a breeder refuses to show you where the puppies were bred and meet the puppy’s parents, then those are huge red flags.

Many humans will defend pet stores by saying, “but what will happen to the puppies that no one buys? We need to buy them to rescue them.” But if no one buys the puppies and the pet store doesn’t want to sell them, rescues and shelters will usually find a way to take them in. Puppies are very easy to adopt, so it’s usually easier for rescues to take them in than adult dogs. So, instead of buying those puppies from a pet store, it’s better to adopt them from a rescue because then you’re supporting a good cause instead of a terrible one. Plus, if no one is buying pet store puppies, there’s no need for them to continue producing them.

There will always be people who will make excuses for supporting puppy mills, but sadly, most people buy from pet stores because they just don’t know the truth. Buying a pet store puppy is nowhere close to rescuing a dog, and it only hurts dogs instead of helping them. So please, NEVER support puppy mills and spread the word to others. Don’t even buy products from pet stores that sell puppies. The more people that stop supporting these businesses, the sooner they can go away for good.

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I’m often told that animal friendships are the cutest, especially when they occur between two different species. Some animals love to get along with every creature they meet while others are more hesitant. But when two animals of different species become inseparable, humans always seem to fall in love. So, here are some of the dog and other animal friendships that Molly finds the cutest.

Raina and Ruuxa

Raina the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Ruuxa the Cheetah were best friends ever since they were tiny babies. They lived together at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Ruuxa was taken in as a cub because he had a genetic condition that caused his front legs not to grow correctly. So, he needed to go through lots of surgeries and medical procedures to get it fixed. Raina was always there to comfort Ruuxa, and soon enough, the two always wanted to be beside each other, even when they were older. Cheetah and dog friendships are somewhat common, but they don’t always last a lifetime like this one. Sadly, Raina has passed away since, which was heartbreaking for Ruuxa. Luckily, he still has a few other canine friends he can play with though.

Lundy and Herman

Lundy the Chihuahua puppy and Herman the pigeon were both rescues at The Mia Foundation. Lundy couldn’t use his back legs while Herman was unable to fly. When Lundy first arrived, Herman happily shared a bed with the pup. In no time, the two became best friends. They always loved to curl up next to each other, so the organization let them spend as much time together as possible. The were so adorable and inspirational that they even had a book made about them. Unfortunately, Lundy passed away recently, but Herman continues to comfort other animals at the rescue.

Henry and Baloo

Henry and Baloo are famous for their adorable Instagram page, which documents their travels. Henry is a dog and Baloo is a cat, and they’re both rescues. But from the looks of it, Baloo acts more like a dog than a cat! The two of them love going hiking in Colorado, and when Baloo gets tired, he rides on Henry’s back. The two of them also love to snuggle during chilly days. Plus, Baloo enjoys walking on a leash, sticking his head out the window, and being outside regardless of the weather. Maybe he really is a dog trapped in a cat’s body!

Nova and Pacco

Nova the German Shepherd and Pacco the ferret are another duo with an adorable Instagram page. Their mom had Nova first, but after about two years, she decided to get Pacco too. To her surprise, they loved each other right away. They cuddle and play just like two dog siblings might. And even though Pacco is much smaller than Nova, he often seems to be the boss of the friendship. Pacco even enjoys going for walks and playing tug-of-war just like a dog. It seems that growing up beside a dog can have a big impact on some animals.

Molly and Poss

Molly and Poss have a relationship that’s more like mother and son than two friends (not my mom Molly, but a dog named Molly). Molly the Beagle lost a litter of puppies and Poss the Possum lost his mom. So, the two bonded and Molly soon became like the mother he lost. Poss is often seen clinging to Molly and she doesn’t seem to mind one bit. The two of them also seem to get along with lots of other unusual animals, especially two sheep named Nigel and Weenie. Their mom documents all of their adventures on Instagram.

Me and Wooper!

Me and my axolotl sibling named Wooper are best friends… kind of. It’s pretty hard for a dog and axolotl to spend time together since she is always underwater and I’m not. But ever since she came home, I’ve loved sitting near her tank and watching her. Sometimes, she even swims toward me! Sure, it might not be as heartwarming as some of these other friendships, but I figured it was at least worth mentioning. Molly shares adorable photos and videos of me, Wooper, and Taco on Instagram!

Does your dog have any unusual animal friends? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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Dogs don’t drive cars, but if we could, we’d drive a Subaru. No, I’m not sponsoring or promoting any Subarus, but I recently read about what the company does for rescue dogs. They consistently feature dogs in their commercials and always encourage their customers to adopt dogs in need. So, they seem to be the most dog-friendly car company out there!

Subaru Loves Pets Month

October is “Subaru Loves Pets Month,” which means they spend extra time trying to help dogs in need. If you watch a lot of TV, you’ve probably seen their latest commercial called “The Underdogs.” In the commercial, they show several dogs that many people would consider “less adoptable.” This includes special needs dogs and senior dogs. In the commercial, they don’t even promote any of their own products, but instead, they encourage people to adopt the dogs that are often overlooked.

Plus, for the whole month of October, Subaru always hosts dog adoption events at many of their locations. Unfortunately, most of these events have been virtual this year due to the coronavirus, but it’s still a very kind thing for them to do. They even vowed to donate $100 to an animal organization for every special needs dog adopted during their events. Over the years, they’ve helped save over 230,000 dogs and they’ve donated over $28 million to the ASPCA. How could any car company top that level of kindness and dedication?

How Did Subaru Become so Dog-Friendly?

Subaru’s love for dogs first became clear in 2008. They launched a program called “Share the Love” where they would donate a portion of each purchase to the charity of that customer’s choice. After looking over the results, they quickly realized that animal organizations were by far the most donated to. So, what better way to promote cars than to cater to their dog-loving customers?

That’s when Subaru Loves Pets month became known. Customers quickly fell in love with it because it helped so many dogs in need. Seeing how much this company loves dogs makes me wish dogs like me could drive a Subaru!

Of course, loving animals alone won’t determine the quality of a product, but it can certainly help. I know Molly strongly favors companies that care more about others than about making money. Subaru is willing to use their advertising space to only promote dog rescue, so that’s as wholesome as it gets! If you’re on the fence about what kind of car to get, ask your rescue dog for advice. They’ll probably encourage you to get a Subaru!

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When your dog gets a sudden burst of energy, it’s adorable and something we all laugh about. But when we do this, it’s not always as random as you’d think. Oftentimes, “zoomies” as humans call them have a specific reason. Sure, sometimes they’re just for fun, but believe it or not, running around like crazy can be well thought out too.

What are Zoomies?

“Zoomies” refers to an explosion of energy that your dog has. It most commonly happens right after they take a bath. The technical name for this is Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs). When your dog gets the zoomies, they’ll suddenly start running around like crazy, often spinning in circles.

It’s a normal behavior that nearly every dog experiences at some point. I usually get them whenever Molly comes home after being gone for a while or whenever I’m wet from a bath or rain.

Why Might Dogs Get Them?

Like most scenarios, all dogs do different things for different reasons. So, there are a few explanations as to why your dog might get the zoomies after a bath. Which one seems the most likely for your dog?

Releasing Energy

During a bath, your dog has to sit still for a long period of time, and they’re probably not enjoying themselves. So, during that time, they’re gathering a lot of pent up energy that eventually needs to be released. Thus, you’ll probably notice them take off as soon as you allow them to. It’s like the adrenaline you get after doing something you’re afraid of. This explanation is most commonly the case for anxious dogs and dogs who cannot seem to sit still.

Drying Off

Unless you have a professional dog hair dryer, it’s difficult to fully dry your dog after a bath. No matter how many towels you use, your dog will probably still feel damp afterwards. So, running can help your dog dry off faster. If your dog is bothered by being damp, you’ll probably also notice them roll around on the carpet whenever they stop running. It’s like a natural hair dryer that’s also fun!

Feeling Free

Bath time is frightening for many dogs, and it makes us feel trapped for the time being. If that’s the case for your pup, they might take off running due to relief. They’re just so overjoyed that they’re done doing something they hate, so they have to run around. They can’t go out and buy themselves something nice to celebrate like humans can, so they celebrate in any way that they can. For dogs, running around and playing with toys is the equivalent of a human going out and buying a drink.

Regaining Normal Scents

As much as you dislike your dog being stinky, your dog loves their natural funk. When you clean them, they might not be happy about your flower-scented dog shampoo. So, they might run around and roll on things to try to get their old scent back. Some dogs try really hard to stink as much as they do, so you giving them a bath is like forcing them to start all over. If only humans could understand the amazing smells that dogs experience.

Does your dog get the zoomies after a bath? Why do you think they do it?

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When most people think of a rescue animal, they picture a dog. Dogs are the most popular animals to have and they’re also some of the most overpopulated animals out there. So, choosing to adopt a rescue dog instead of paying someone to breed more puppies is crucial for saving the lives of many dogs. But sadly, it doesn’t stop there. There are so many animals out there that are hurt or killed for no reason, so it’s important for humans to help make a change.

Can Other Animals Be Rescues?

When Molly was looking for an axolotl, she first assumed that she could only buy one from a pet store or breeder. Being a rescue dog advocate, that didn’t feel right to her. So, she quickly discovered that axolotls can be rescues, which is how she found Wooper, my axolotl sister. After adopting Wooper, we realized that nearly any domesticated animal can be a rescue if you look hard enough.

Cats and bunnies are the most common non-dog rescues. Inhumane breeders, such as puppy mills, will often breed kittens and bunnies as well. That’s why you will often see these animals sold beside puppies at pet stores. And if you don’t know by now, you should never shop at a pet store that sells puppies because they are likely working with a puppy mill. But what about pet stores that don’t sell puppies? After all, many of them still sell plenty of other small pets.

While most pet stores that don’t sell puppies aren’t bad, the customers who shop there often make bad decisions. A lot of people naturally assume that small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish are much easier to care for than a dog or cat. In most cases, that’s true, but they’re still living creatures that have a lot of specific needs. So, many humans will buy these animals because of how cute they are, but then surrender them, give them away, or even release them into the wild if the animal turns out to be more work than they thought. But if you’re looking to surrender a domesticated animal, NEVER release them into the wild. Most of these animals won’t survive a day because they’re used to living in captivity or because your location isn’t their natural environment.

I had no idea that humans got rid of animals so quickly until I learned about Wooper. The rescue we adopted her from was created by a man who was sick of seeing innocent animals be released in the wild and sent to their death. So, he made his rescue easily accessible for anyone looking to get rid of an animal that traditional shelters and rescues won’t take.

How Can We Help Them?

The best way to keep domesticated animals safe is to be extra cautious before bringing one home. Before you bring any animal into your home, you should do plenty of research and have all their supplies set up. In other words, you should be as much of an expert as you can beforehand to make sure that you’re truly ready to commit to that animal. And I mean real research, not just the stereotypes you hear (such as how Betta fish are thought to only need small tanks even though they thrive best in tanks at least 4 gallons or larger.)

You can also help by not supporting businesses that appear to treat their animals poorly or only breed them for money. A pet store or breeder should be very knowledgeable about the animals they sell, and they should be able to tell you all the supplies you need for that specific animal. If there’s any chance that they could be treating the animals in inhumane ways, please shop somewhere else. The same is true for pet stores that sell puppies: even if you’re not planning to buy a puppy from them, don’t buy any products from them either because you’d still be supporting them.

Also, if you know anyone that’s looking to rehome an animal, make sure they know how to properly do it. Talking to rescues and reaching out to other pet parents are much better ways to give away a pet than to simply release them. So, make sure you educate others about how to properly care for pets and how to properly surrender them. That way, less innocent animals will be hurt by thoughtless humans.

When in Doubt, Adopt!

After realizing that so many animals can be rescues, Molly decided that she never wants to bring home any animals unless they’re rescues. She feels much more at ease knowing she saved an animal rather than potentially supporting a bad business. So, we’re encouraging others to do the same. If you’re looking to add any new animals to your family, no matter what species they are, please look for rescues first. Check out PetFinder or look at Facebook groups to see if you can find one that needs a new home. And if you end up not having many exotic rescues near you, make sure you at least turn to a pet store that’s humane and that truly cares about the animals in their care.

As always, we also want to remind everyone to do their research before adopting an animal. Even smaller animals can be big commitments in terms of time or money. Animals are not meant to just be cute things for you to enjoy, but instead, they’re living creatures that deserve plenty of love and care. If you’re bringing home an animal only for your own sake and not for that animal’s wellbeing, then you’re doing something wrong.

Do you have any animals that aren’t dogs? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue in Tehachapi, California does so much amazing work for dogs. They open their hearts to all dogs in need, regardless of their age, breed, and specific needs. The reason we’re so impressed by this rescue is because they always take a chance on the dogs that other humans might consider “less adoptable.”

In fact, Molly has already written about some heartwarming moments from this rescue. This includes a beautiful deformed dog named Freddie and a two-legged dog named Cora, whose story we’ve shared on our blog. Caring for dogs like Freddie and Cora can be a little more difficult, but it’s not impossible. So, while other people might’ve given up on these sweet dogs, the kind humans at Marley’s Mutts saved their lives.

This rescue has saved thousands of dogs since they began. Their goal is to bring down the amount of dog euthanasia in the world, especially since California has such a high kill rate. But they know that rescuing dogs alone won’t solve the problem. So, they’re utilizing other tools like education to help make a difference.

Some other incredible things they do is move dogs from overpopulated high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters with plenty of space. They also have a therapy program where rescue dogs can provide comfort for the community. Additionally, they have an inmate training program, which can be a great growth experience for both the inmates and the rescue dogs. The rescue dogs live with the inmates for three months and work on training. In the end, it greatly changes both the human and dog for the better.

Like most rescues, fostering is essential for Marley’s Mutts. While they have a beautiful rescue ranch on-site, adoptable dogs can often benefit the most from time in a loving home. It’s a rewarding experience that gives dogs the chance to get used to a home environment.

Marley’s Mutts does incredible things for dogs in need, but they can’t do it without the support of the community. So, check out their website to find out how you can adopt, foster, volunteer, or donate.

Do you know about a special shelter that goes above and beyond for dogs in need? Then contact me so I can write about them on my blog! I’m also on the lookout for adoption stories from fellow rescue dogs!

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Recently, I have heard a lot of information about prison animal programs. Now, these programs might sound scary on the surface, but they are actually beneficial for both the dogs and humans involved. For these programs, organizations let the dogs in their care spend time with prison inmates, which gives the inmates time to train a dog and it gives the dog more obedience and socialization. But how exactly does this work?

How Do These Programs Work?

Every program is different, but most of them are conducted by dog rescues. They’ll send some of the dogs in their care to a prison, where they’ll live with an inmate for a select amount of time. Some inmates might work with one particular dog the entire time while other programs might rotate the dogs so each inmate gets to interact with each dog.

Most of the time, the inmates spend time training and socializing the dogs. I’ve also heard of similar programs where inmates work with cats or future service dogs. All these programs are closely monitored to ensure that everyone stays safe and comfortable during the training.

At the end of these programs, the inmates and dogs usually come out better because of it. The rescue dogs can leave the program with better behaviors, making it easer for them to get adopted. More and more rescues seem to be implementing these programs due to their positive results.

Are They Beneficial?

Not only are these programs beneficial for the rescue dogs involved, but they can also make life better for the inmates too. These inmates get to learn kindness and compassion through these dogs. After all, caring for a dog usually makes most people’s hearts grow. Many inmates have negatively affected society somehow in the past, so this is also their chance to give back and do something kind for a change. Some inmates have even gone on to adopt dogs of their own once they’re released, thanks to these experiences.

The dogs greatly benefit from these one-on-one experiences. Many adoptable dogs are often stuck at shelters in depressing kennels. But at the prison, they get plenty of attention like they would in a forever home. In a way, it’s similar to a foster home because it gets the dogs out of the shelter. It gives them the experiences they wouldn’t get if they spent their days sitting in a kennel.

Prison might sound scary to some humans, but dogs can make it better because dogs make everything better. Dogs and humans need each other to live life to the fullest, so this program is made to benefit both the humans and dogs involved. So, I’m happy that it has become increasingly popular over the years.

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With so many humans staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather getting colder, they need to find more indoor activities to do. One of Molly’s favorite activities (when she has time for it) is reading! What better way to spend a cold day than to curl up beside your pup and read a book? So, I’ve compiled a list of some of Molly’s favorite dog books so far. Although, she still has hundreds more on her to-read list!

A Dog’s Purpose

Many people know A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron because of the popular movie based off the book, but Molly read it long before the film was released. It tells the story of a dog who travels through multiple lives, trying to find out what his purpose in life is. Of course, every time he passes away, it’s very sad, but I promise it has a happy ending. As a dog, I don’t think as deeply as this pup does, but I’m sure there are many dogs that do! This book also has two sequels, which Molly has yet to read.

One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

I’ve talked about this amazing book by Cara Sue Achterberg many times on my blog before. It’s about the real-life story of how she traveled to discover the truth about shelter dogs. Cara Sue Achterberg has fostered over 100 dogs in her life, but she knew there was more she could do to help. So, she went on a road trip to visit rural shelters in southern states and helped them in any way that she could. Along the way, she wrote about and took pictures of what she saw. Reading this book will help you see why adopting dogs is so important. There are so many dogs out there who need someone to love them! Cara Sue Achterberg also has another book that Molly still needs to read called Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs.

Two Good Dogs

Molly didn’t realize this book was a sequel to One Good Dog until after she already read it. However, Two Good Dogs by Susan Wilson works just as well on its own. You don’t need to have read the first one to understand what’s happening. It tells the story of a teen who has witnessed a murder, her mom who owns a hotel, and a dog dad who stays at the hotel. The dog dad has a Pit Bull who was rescued from a dog fighting ring, and while the dog isn’t the protagonist of the story, Molly said it did a good job showing love to Pit Bull breeds.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

This is another popular book that has recently been made into a movie. This book by Garth Stein is told from the point of view of a dog named Enzo, who observes his human’s life. His dad is a racecar driver who has to deal with hardships with his wife and daughter. While I’ll admit that the guy isn’t the best dog dad, it still covers some real, emotional topics. However, it’s a bit unusual that the dog in this story thinks more like a human than a dog.

My Boyfriends’ Dogs: The Tales of Adam and Eve and Shirley

If you’re looking for a lighthearted romance story, then this book by Dandi Daley Mackall is perfect for you. It’s a quick read about a runaway bride with three dogs. The story behind each dog involves a different relationship in her life, and it clearly shows that dogs are better than boyfriends. It’s a quick read, but I know Molly enjoyed it very much. It has also been made into a movie too.

A Dog’s Way Home

This is another novel by W. Bruce Cameron that has since been made into a movie. It’s about a Pit Bull breed who lives in a town with strict breed restrictions. So, her dad has to take her out of the area until he can find a home that’s more dog-friendly. Not understanding this, the dog runs away and goes on a long journey to find her dad again. It’s a story to teach others about breed discrimination. However, I’ve heard many people complain about how the dog on the cover looks nothing like a Pit Bull, but I feel like that’s the point. There’s no such thing as a “Pit Bull,” so whatever dog the town thinks looks like a Pit Bull would be banned. It’s the heartbreaking reality we live in.

These are just some of the many amazing dog books out there. Molly has so many more that she’s planning to read, but she says it’s so hard to find the time to read them all. In fact, she hopes that soon she’ll be able to publish a dog book of her own, so I’m excited to see her achieve that goal.

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Every year, People Magazine holds a contest for the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog. Of course, every rescue dog is adorable, but this year’s winner stole Molly’s heart. That’s because Lamb Chop, the cutest rescue dog of 2020, reminds us so much of Molly’s first dog Zoe!

Like Zoe, Lamb Chop is a Maltese who was rescued from a puppy mill after she bred puppies for about 6 years straight. As you can imagine, she was scared and hesitant around humans when she first arrived at the Washington County Humane Society in Slinger, Wisconsin. But luckily, she was soon adopted and given the loving life she deserves.

Poor Lamb Chop had a lot of health problems when she was first rescued. She had rotting teeth, cauliflower ear, and several tumors. It took a lot of time at the vet to treat these issues, but now, she’s doing better than ever. The only physical sign she has from her past abuse is her tongue hanging out of her mouth. But Molly says that only adds to her cuteness!

Lamb Chop is still very shy, but she has come a long way. She is finally learning what it’s like to be loved, and that’s what every dog deserves. Now, Lamb Chop and her mom work together to spread the word about puppy mills. They work with organization Bailing Out Benji to teach the world the horrific reality of the puppy industry.

In fact, Molly has even decided to volunteer for Bailing Out Benji now to help spread the word about puppy mills. Of course, there aren’t many events going on right now due to the coronavirus, but this incredible organization is still doing everything they can to help dogs in need.

I’m overjoyed that Lamb Chop won the cutest dog contest. She deserves it more than anyone. Hopefully, her success will help better educate the world about rescue dogs. So please, encourage more humans to adopt! It’s what Lamb Chop would want you to do.

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Have you heard of the term, dog “whale eye” before? It’s an unusual term, but it’s a fairly common behavior for dogs. Dogs can’t communicate with humans using words, so we have to find other ways to get our points across. A whale eye is one of the subtle ways that we let our humans know something is wrong.

What Does Dog “Whale Eye” Mean?

“Whale eye” refers to when your dog looks off to the side or moves their head slightly so the white of their eyes is showing. The white part of the eye usually looks like a crescent moon shape when this happens. This action can also be called a “half moon eye.”

However, whale eyes can be different for every dog. For example, brachycephalic dogs like me often have the whites of their eyes showing at all times because our eyes stick out more than other dogs. Other dogs might have simply learned how to look around without moving their head. So, when I refer to “whale eye,” I’m taking about when it happens out of the ordinary. After all, it might seem like such a small cue, but it can often mean something significant.

Why Does it Happen?

When a dog has a whale eye, it often means they’re feeling anxious, stressed, scared, or uncomfortable. Oftentimes, it will accompany other anxious behaviors, such as yawning, licking, or growling. You might not notice these subtle cues if you’re not looking for them, but it’s important for you to pay attention to your dog’s behaviors. Your dog will often try to tell you something using small actions like a whale eye.

If your dog suddenly has a whale eye, look around for potential stress factors. The most common cause is being smothered with attention. Children (and some adults) will often pet dogs excessively without being aware of warning signs. This could lead to a dangerous situation if not corrected. Uncomfortable dogs could nip or bite even if they’re usually well-behaved, but they’ll always show some warning signs first whether those signs are obvious or not.

Other factors could be unfamiliar situations, scary sounds, or changes in routine. Some dogs are certainly more fearful than others (like my brother, Taco) but all dogs can get nervous at times. So, pay attention to your dog’s surroundings to help determine what’s causing their whale eye. Some examples could be thunder, unfamiliar dogs, or vet visits.

What Should You Do?

If possible, you should try to fix the problem if your dog has a whale eye. For example, if they are being smothered by children, teach the kids how to properly give your dog space. If your dog is nervous about another dog walking toward them, then walk in a different direction to avoid added stress for your pup. Catching these stress factors early on will stop someone from getting hurt.

In some cases, you can’t avoid the stress factor completely. You can’t control the weather and you can’t stop going to the vet. So, in those situations, it’s just important that you’re there to comfort them. Give them extra cuddles and treats to let them know they’re doing a good job. After all, we can’t always avoid things we don’t like, but scary things are definitely better with our loved ones by our side.

So, make sure you pay close attention to your dog’s behaviors from now on. Many times, they could be as subtle as a whale eye, but that doesn’t make them any less important. Understanding your dog’s body language is the key to keeping them and everyone around them safe.

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