How To Help Your Rescue Dog Settle In to Your Home

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Adopting a dog from a rescue shelter is one of the best ways to get a pet really. The dog may have been given up to the rescue by the previous owners as they could not take care of it, or may have even been taken away by animal shelter staff due to the abusive or inadequate living conditions. Either way, you’re a new ray of hope in the dog’s life, and you want to make sure you do this right.

Understand where your rescue dog is coming from

Going into a new home can be an overwhelming experience for some pets. The transition from their previous home to the shelter and now to a new home can be stressful. If the pet has come in from a puppy mill, chances are they have lived in substandard conditions. They may not even know how it feels to have a comfortable bedding for themselves or walk free in the grass. Similarly, if they have been with abusive pet parents in the past, they may show a reluctance and fear when your approach them or try to show some affection. Knowing what your pet has been through will help you understand what is the best approach to take, give them space when needed, and help them resume normalcy in their lives.

Prepare your home

When your rescue dog comes to the new house, you want to have the place set for them, so you won’t have to run around finding things once they get home, whether it’s the food bowl or the bedding. If your pet comes from an abusive household or puppy mill, you want to have a safe retreat where they can go when they need their space.

You may also want to use anxiety-buster toys so your rescue dog can keep himself busy when you are not around. It will take time before habits and consistency are established in their life, and simple things like setting the bedding in the same place or calling your pet for food at the same time each day is where it starts. Of course, your pet won’t understand your orders from day one. You want to use positive reinforcement methods to reward your pet when he does things right, and encourage him to try again when he gets it wrong. While you are on it, know that dogs like to have rules, and being consistent with your rules is important to develop trust and confidence.

Vet checks

Stop by the vet so your rescue dog can have a thorough checkup. From vaccinations to heartworm medication, you want to make sure that your rescue dog is healthy. If your rescue pet is an underweight puppy or a senior dog, you want to ask the vet what would be the most suitable diet.


Lost Dog Whose Owners “Weren’t Looking For Her” Finds Forever Home

If you found a dog wandering alone on the street, what would you do? Chances are you would approach them cautiously, and once you were certain that they weren’t a danger, you would look for any sort of identification so as to contact their family.

But let’s say when you call the number on their ID tag, the person on the other end of the line said “we weren’t looking for her.” What would you do then? Sounds crazy?

Well that is exactly what happened when Imgur user FeetLookWeirdAsHell found Freyja, a Siberian Husky, unattended and roaming through his neighborhood.

He called the number on her tags but the people who he reached could not have been more apathetic to Freyja’s plight. Instead of jumping for joy as one might assume they would, having just been told that their lost dog was located and unharmed, the family callously said that in no uncertain terms that they were not interested in reclaiming their lost dog.

After the shock of this bizarre encounter had worn off, FeetLookWeirdAsHell took Freyja straight to the vet just to make sure that she was, in fact, healthy. As it turns out, Freyja had a pretty bad case of heartworms, which one could posit is the reason her previous family abandoned her. However, according to FeetLookWeirdAsHell, her condition was “fixable, a little pricey, but whatever, she’s a good pup and worth it.”

After she was treated for her heartworms, her rescuer decided that fate had placed them together and decided to keep the cuddly pooch for himself.

So while Freyja may have wound up where she is under some pretty horrible circumstances, fate found her an even better home than where she started out. And as for a last note to the people that abandoned Freyja, her new dad summed it up pretty well: “to the asshats that ‘weren’t looking,’ thanks for the house broken and fully trained Husky.”

So glad you finally got the home you deserve, Freyja!

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49 Dogs Uncovered From Hoarder – What Happens Next Will Make Your Day

Hoarding has received a lot of attention recently, what with TV shows dedicated to taking an inside look at the lives of people that are seemingly incapable of throwing things away.
While we tend to view the condition as unhygienic, it rarely seems dangerous – just groups of people surrounded by gigantic stacks of newspapers, pizza boxes, and happy meal toys. Sadly, that is not always the case.

In Texas on Monday, a woman was discovered with 49 dogs in her possession – some as young as two months old.  When the rescuers fromTexas Humane Heroes showed up, they were revolted by the squalid conditions these dogs were kept in – one dog even needed to be placed on an IV right on the spot.

How does someone end up with 49 dogs?

The old-fashioned way.

What likely started out as a modest family of dogs eventually spiraled into litter upon litter of mewling puppies thanks to the owner’s inability to prevent her dogs from breeding. Thanks to this rapid influx of dogs, their owner ended up being incapable of providing these dogs with the care and attention they need.

At the time of the Humane Society’s intervention, nearly all the dogs present were riddled with fleas and ticks, unvaccinated, sick, and “anatomically unchanged” – all things the Texas Humane Heroes now have to tackle. And with 49 dogs now added to their roster, things are starting to get a little tight over at Texas Humane Heroes.

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Ronica and Sandy at Texas Humane Heroes


While the dogs are still not quite ready for adoption, the shelter plans on using social media to alert the masses when these dogs are cleaned up and prepped for their forever homes. Until that time, no-kill non-profit shelters like this are only able to handle large jobs, such as taking on 49 new dogs, with help from people like you. Whether it be a donation of time or money, anything you can do to lighten their load is greatly appreciated. For more information, check out their site at


Dog Rescued After Being Frozen in Hot Tar

Earlier this summer, an amazing dog rescue took place in Udaipur, India after one unlucky dog fell into a pool of hot tar. The 5-month-old pup was quickly coated with the sticky stuff , making it impossible for the him to move.

Luckily, the dog caught the attention of passers by and before long people with Animal Aid Unlimited (an animal welfare group) were on the scene. And with leaves and twigs stuck all over the immobile mutt, it is a blessing that anyone spotted the camouflaged dog at all.

What the volunteers saw when they arrived on the scene they will not soon forget — a whimpering dog covered from head to tail in a rapidly hardening black ooze.

“There is no way he could have come out on his own, without any intervention,” said Claire Abrams of the AAU. “The Tar…became hard like a rock and he couldn’t move.”

To get a better idea of what this dog went through, see the CNN interview with Neha Singh Banyal from Animal Aid Unlimited.

The dedication from the people at AAU cannot be understated — spending upwards of 8 hours to just cleaning away the grime, and even more time with rehabilitation.

Now that all the tar is gone and his tail is wagging again, members of the shelter felt comfortable going public with the story. The dog is on track for a full recovery and is in higher spirits every day.

BBC – India dog stuck in tar pit rescued
CNN – Dog rescued after being stuck in hot tar


5 Questions With Author Nikki Attree, Founder of Wooftastic Books

wooftastic banner3ndNikki Attree, co-author of the dog-perspective memoir Nobody’s Poodle, is originally from the UK. Since moving to Tenerife of the Canary Islands, she’s been producing calendars and educational poster campaigns to help local animal rescue centers.

Nikki also runs Wooftastic Books, a web site that features dog-friendly authors and books in a wide selection of genres, from memoirs, to children’s books, to non-fiction and fiction – the unifying theme of all the books featured being DOGS in all their glory.

We interviewed Nikki to learn more about her and her mission.

1. Where did the inspiration to start Wooftastic Books come from?

The idea came about as we (myself and my husband) were thinking of ways of marketing our own book, Nobody’s Poodle, and we realized that perhaps if we pooled resources with other authors we might reach a wider audience. So we set up the website to promote authors and books that feature dogs in an ethical way.

Our aim is to get together a group of authors online to collaborate on promoting their books and to tap into the huge potential market of dog-lovers worldwide. It’s open to any author with a wooftastic dog book, whether written to inform, educate or entertain; factual or fiction; for children or adults.

Membership is free and all that we ask is that our authors agree to the principle of pooling resources to promote ethical dog books, and will help to spread the word via their own networks. As you might expect, once the site was up and running we had a lot of requests from authors wanting to join, but not all of them fully got the idea of reciprocal promotion, or the importance of social networking, so occasionally I have to remove a book if I see that an author isn’t pulling their weight, so to speak!

As the site starts to generate more interest and traffic we’re hoping for wooftastic media coverage, best seller rankings,  block buster movie deals, dog biscuits for life sponsorship … The sky’s the limit. 🙂

2. Can you tell us more about the community of authors on Wooftastic Books?

It’s a very international community. Authors come from all over the world: UK, USA, South Africa, and we ourselves are based in the Canary Islands, Spain. Their books are the result of the authors’ experiences with dogs in many different ways: helping in refuges, being a search-and-rescue team member, running educational programs, and even rescuing dogs from war zones.

From canine celebrities such as Uggie — star of multiple-award-winning movie The Artist, Haatchi (hero of the hugely popular Haatchi and Little B), to real-life stories of rescuing dogs from Afghanistan’s killing fields, these books are all, in their own way, about our special relationship with man’s best friend.

3. How did you come up with Nobody’s Poodle and the heroic Gizmo?

Well Gizmo is a Labradoodle that we adopted from a local rescue center here in Tenerife, and Nobody’s Poodle is his story. He’s really more street Doodle than swanky Poodle, and he’s very much his own dog. He’s all about standing up for the underdog, and it gets him into a fair few scrapes on the mean streets of Costa del Scorchio.

I am involved with helping the refuges here and Gizmo became the poster pooch for (local dog rescue) Accion-del-Sol’s educational program. This involved visiting local schools, telling the children about the plight of stray mutts in Tenerife, and teaching them how to look after their pets properly. Before you could say “wag a tail” he’d been signed up by one of the local newspapers, Island Connections, to be their intrepid news hound – doggedly sniffing out the breaking news and giving the pooch perspective in his regular column “Life According to Gizmo (It’s a Dog’s Life)” and this gave us the idea for a book.

4. What advice would you give to pet lovers who want to break into books?

Don’t expect to earn a lot of money from your book. Do it for love, not money. Make writing a passion. There will be readers for your book, but to reach them, you should expect to spend many hours marketing it, so engage in that passionately as well.

Many authors now self-publish, as we have done with Nobody’s Poodle. This is a wonderful way to get your book out there, and it does give you total control of the book, the marketing, and in fact a higher portion of the royalties. Of course you don’t have the back-up of a publisher to help with editing, designing and producing the book or marketing it. Having said that, I have seen many published authors complain about their publisher’s lack of interest in promoting their books, so even if you do manage to find a publisher, I don’t think you can just sit back and wait for them to make you the next best seller. You still have to be very pro-active in bringing your book to your readers’ attention and selling it.

Anyhow most of the authors on wooftasticbooks are not concerned with sales or being a famous author; they just love writing. Saying that, one of the authors on wooftasticbooks is an international best-selling writer.Wendy Holden has written Uggie the Artist and Haatchi and Little B, and she obviously makes a very good living. However, most have other employment and what they do have all in common is a love of dogs, which shows through their writing.

5. Finally, what are you working on now?

Well besides my ongoing promotional work for the local animal refuges and Wooftastic Books, we are working on our next novel, Somebody’s Doodle. Gizmo appears in it, but not this time as the narrator. It’s more of a comedy crime thriller about a bungled dognapping set in North London (rather than Tenerife) and the human characters are as, if not more important, than the dogs. I felt it was important to move on from purely dog stories. After all, how many ways are there of describing the world from dog’s point of view?

Thank you Nikki, for all you do for dog-book lovers the world over! For the dog in your life, sign up for PetPlus. PetPlus is a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more. Learn more and register at