New Year, New Challenges #PGSG #52Snapshots

Sweet! A fun new challenge to start the year off! I am definitely going to participate! Here is the info…and my picture of the week is below! ūüôā

Reblogging from It’s Dog or Nothing: http://itsdogornothing.com/new-year-new-challenges/

“Are you interested in improving your photography or just joining a fun challenge? The Lazy Pit bull has started a new challenge, and is welcoming everyone to join in! You don‚Äôt have to be a pet blogger, or any blogger for that matter! All you need is a social media platform to share your wonderful photographs. When you post, just make sure you use #PBSG and #52Snapshots so we can all see your wonderful submissions!”

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So, here is week 1: New: 

I met some new doggie friends yesterday! These two pups are in the rescue, and needed some new pictures. So I popped over to their foster mom’s house to say hello and take some photos of them! Both Sarah, an itty bitty pibble, & Odie, a Lab Golden mix, are adoptable through Last Hope Rescue!

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Happy New Year, friends! 

xoxo

Preventing Tragedies

As we are coming to the end of the summer (haha wishful thinking for us Floridians!), I am glad I will have another year before seeing daily posts about “Don’t leave your pets in the car”! It is nonsense to me that we even have to spread this information around. I know some people don’t have common sense, but this seems like something everyone should just KNOW. I mean, think how you complain about how hot your car is after it’s been sitting for awhile; or how touching the steering wheel burns your hand; and how you blast the a/c to try to cool off. We do all of this, while we are sweating, which is our body’s way of cooling us off. So how do you think our pet feels in that said car, when they don’t have the ability to cool off by sweating? Doesn’t everyone know this? Ok, sorry, got off on a rant there….so anywho, these posts always get me thinking, how do I keep my pups safe?

There are the obvious ways, like giving them monthly heartworm prevention, taking them in for their annual vet check up. But how else do you make sure they stay safe?

These are some ways that I protect my pups:

-I crate Oscar. This is 100% for his safety. He is curious and sneaky. I KNOW he will get into things if I leave him out unsupervised. If there is food, he will find it and eat it. I would also never want him and Lucy to get in a fight over something, so crating keeps them protected. Lucy doesn’t get into anything. She doesn’t bark. She has no separation anxiety. She is as good as gold. So, she gets to be loose in the house, while Oscar is crated. This is not a punishment to Oscar. He doesn’t know any different. He has always been crated, and as you can see below, he obviously doesn’t mind it! I have heard TOO many horror stories about dogs who have grown up together, being left out loose, getting in a fight, and an owner comes home to find one of the dogs has been killed. Why would I ever, EVER risk that? I wouldn’t. So, Oscar will always be crated.

As you can see, he's perfectly comfortable in his crate!
As you can see, he’s perfectly comfortable in his crate!

-I don’t buy stuffed toys. Both Lucy & Oscar rip up stuffed toys in minutes. Lucy likes to shred them. Oscar likes to de-stuff them. The stuffing can cause lots of problems if eaten though, including surgery if it gets clogged in their system. The only time I make an exception is right after Christmas. I go to a local pet store & buy a handful¬†of toys from clearance. I go for the absolute cheapest, since I know that they are going in the trash within a few minutes. I go home, get the dogs all excited, dump the toys, and watch them go blissfully crazy! Then, I clean everything up, and it all goes in the trash! Other than that though, I use treat puzzles, balls, kongs, and any sort of kong-made rubber toy. I really love the Planet Dog toys, because they are durable and they smell minty!

I am a Princess. I do not work for food.
I am a Princess. I do not work for food.

-I never leave towels around because Lucy is a shredder. I know Lucy’s one bad habit is that she shreds things. She only does it if she is left alone, and it’s only to towels. So, I know to never leave a towel out. One, because I don’t want my towels to die. Two, because I don’t want her to end up eating any of it.

Why you tellz people these liez about me? I iz perfect princess. You sayz so all the timez.
Why you tellz people these liez about me? I iz perfect princess. You sayz so all the timez.

-I factor in the weather conditions, and allow outside play and exercise accordingly. Do you now how quickly a dog can suffer and die from heat stroke? Within minutes! Did you know that some breeds, like boxers, bulldogs and pugs, are more prone to suffering from heat stroke? This is because of their snout, and their inability to take in enough air. I am super careful with Lady Symone when it comes to this. She loves to sunbathe on the deck, but as soon as I see her panting, I make her come back inside. It’s important to know the signs of heat stroke, and knowing how to quickly react might save your dog’s life! Here’s a great website with some helpful information: PetMD

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These are just a few of the things I do to keep my pups safe on a regular basis. What are some things you do, to keep the fur babies free from harm? Please share! I’m sure I will learn some new things, so I look forward to hearing from you!

Goodnight Friends! 

xoxo

Full of Bull(dog)!

Meet Symone! My newest foster!

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So, she came to Last Hope Rescue a few years ago, after being being used for breeding. Then she was adopted out about two years ago, by a husband & wife couple. Unfortunately the husband very unexpectedly passed away, and Symone was his best buddy. The wife felt that it was too much for her to handle, so she decided to return Symone.

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Well, if you remember my bucket list, having an English Bulldog has always been a dream of mine! Knowing that I will not be tempted to adopt her (because two is the limit for perma-dogs in this home), I begged to foster her, since I knew this might be my only chance of having one! Anywho, she arrived on Sunday, and is settling in just fine. The first two days, she seemed confused, maybe a little sad, and stressed. I mean, who wouldn’t be, given her situation? Her dad died; her mom gave her up; and now she’s in a stranger’s house, with a motley crew of¬†dogs, and a little human. She has handled it very well so far though, and today she seems to be getting more comfortable.

All of the ladies
All of the ladies

Symone is great with Jayden, not phased by him at all. She pretty much just follows either of us around, wherever we are going. She is great with the dogs too! She apparently really loves the male dogs, and since Oscar is the only boy dog around here, she tends to follow him around. With her loud breathing, and bulldog way of playing, she scares him a bit though. So today, I sent Lucy & Tooley off to doggie daycare, and let Symone and Oscar spend the day together. They laid around, relaxed outside, and did a little bit of playing too!

Bulldogs!
Bulldogs!

Symone loves to play with balls (maybe that’s why she likes males…hahahahaaaa!), and you’re lucky if you can get the ball back out of her mouth. She is highly treat motivated, and knows “sit” & “shake”. She also really responds to the name Sysy (sounds like Cici), so perhaps her dad called her that. She really loves to get booty rubs too, so an adopter should be prepared to have a brindle bully butt in their face on a regular basis!

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Symone is about 8-9 years old, so we are going to be extra particular about who she goes to. Of course, we always want to pick the right home for our dogs…but when you have a senior dog, who has already been through so much, it just really motivates you to do all that you can to find THE one, ya know? And until the perfect person comes around, I am giving her lots of hugs, and telling her what a good girl she is!

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As you can see by these pictures, Tooley is still here as well. I thought I might be losing my mind by bringing in a 4th dog, but to be honest, Symone is SO easy. It really has not been that much more work, except for feeding times…and when you’re already feeding three, what’s one more bowl?!

So, if you know anyone with English bulldog experience, and who has another dog looking for a buddy (perhaps a younger male), well tell them to look our way because Symone is single & ready to mingle!

For more pictures and stories of our adventures, follow us at Tails of a Foster Mom!

To Crate or Not to Crate….

That is the question!

Let me start off by saying that I believe ALL dogs should be assessed and treated as individuals. Dogs should not be judged because of their age, breed, or history. Just as humans should not be judged by their skin color, age, or family members. We are all different, it is that simple.

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I fully believe in crating dogs. Lucy was crated until she turned 1, and then she no longer needed to be crated. She isn’t food or toy aggressive. She doesn’t have any anxiety or fear issues. She isn’t destructive. Therefore once she matured enough to be fully potty trained, and to follow the general house rules, she was allowed to stay out of her crate. On the rare event that we’ve had a foster dog that can’t be crated (Petey & Hambone), Lucy then stays in the kitchen where Oscar is, with the baby gate up, separating her and the foster dog. She still likes the kennel though, and will often go take a nap in it. This is a good thing, because when we travel, I do keep her crated. This is to keep her safe and out of trouble, and to keep me from having to apologize for anything that she might get into!

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Oscar on the other hand, is crated and will be, always. He is around 2yrs old now, and he still gets into stuff if he’s feeling extra sneaky. He also can be reactive when food is involved…the unfortunate ¬†after-effects of being starved as a pup. Though he has only¬†ever barked (never bitten) at various foster dog’s when they come near his food, and has never ever done that to Lucy, I still would never put him or Lucy in the situation where they’d feel the need to fight or protect themselves. It is my job to know my dogs, to love them unconditionally, to protect them…but above all else, to remember that they ARE animals. Oscar truly seems to love Lucy, and recognizes that she was here first. It’s almost as if he sees her as the older sister, the boss if you will. For example, if they are playing and he accidentally hurts her, he backs off immediately, then goes to her and gives her kisses. It’s too cute!

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Anyway, a crate should be introduced during puppy hood, and should be the dog’s private safe cave. It shouldn’t be used as punishment, though can be used for a time out as long as you are gentle about sending Oscar ¬† your dog to a crate during this time. Using a crate can also help with potty training, and I have found with all of the puppies I’ve had, that they quickly learn not to go where they sleep & eat. If you have a dog like Oscar, you can also use the crate as their place for eating. It should be the place where they can go to be safe, and get some space if they need it. As a rescue person, I always promote using a kennel, and I remind the new owner that the dog should be able to use their kennel while adjusting to their new surroundings.

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Of course, there are times that crates just do not work. Especially if it is an adult dog, and they don’t see the crate as their safe place. Then the dog can feel confined, threatened, and become destructive. (Remember Petey’s feelings towards the kennel?!)¬†

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I believe that some dogs can be moved out of the crate once they are mature and well behaved, like Lucy. But, there are some dogs that need the crate to keep them out of trouble. The crate should not be seen as an evil thing, like doggy jail or something. For Oscar, the kennel keeps him out of trouble. It is almost guaranteed that he would chew something up if I left the house, leaving him loose & unsupervised. Heck, he does that even if I am home! I would much rather come home, let him out of his kennel, and give him happy hugs and kisses; rather than come home, and have to be upset because he ruined something. Or worse, for him to get into something that could be harmful to him!

So tell me friends, do you crate your dog(s)? Are you for it? Against it? Do you separate your animals when unsupervised, using another method other than crating? I’d love to hear your opinions & experiences, so please share with me!

PS-Don’t forget, Tooley is still searching for her forever home! She is super sweet, and adores kids. She is great with dogs of all ages and sizes, too! Her ideal home would be with an active family, who understands that her hound nose can take her on adventures if not supervised carefully! ūüėČ Please share in order to help her find the family she deserves.

PSS-Are you following me on Facebook & Twitter? If not, please do!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TailsofaFosterMom

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Making New Friends, Blog-style!

I was just thinking lately about my friends in the blog world. Some of the blogs that I have been following since I entered the blog world, seem to have disappeared. I go to their pages from time to time to see if I just missed their posts, but nope, nothing new. Bummer! But, on the other hand, there are a few other pages that are still going strong & I genuinely enjoy reading about their pups. I also have made some new blogging friends as well!

One of those new friends, It’s Dog or Nothing, has nominated me for a Leibster Award! Thank so much, pal!

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So, as is with all blogger awards, there are a few rules. Here are the rules for the Leibster:

‚Äď Nominee posts award on their blog.
‚Äď Nominee links back to the nominator‚Äôs blog and of course thanks them.
‚Äď Nominee answers 11 questions nominator ask of them.
‚Äď Nominee then nominates 11 new bloggers they deem worthy with less than¬†300 followers¬†& make sure to tell them.
‚Äď Nominee poses 11 questions for their nominees to answer.

These are the fab bloggers who I nominate (in no particular order)!

1-Doggerel

2-Down with OPP: Other People’s Puppies

3-Adventures of a Dog Mom 

4-The Life of a Hound Dog

5-Jambo-Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog and Tessa

6-How I Adopted Your Brother

7-Domestic enJenneering

8-Krissy’s World

9-The Lesser Canine

10-Oh melvin (and yo Jake)

11-Beyond The Leash

Here are the questions that “It’s Dog or Nothing” asked me to answer:

1. If you could own any animal in the world, what would it be?¬†I think I would have to go with a horse! I mean, I really love dolphins and whales, and¬†orangutans¬†too, but they live in the wild¬†so I¬†really couldn’t ever own one! I love horses, everything about them! My favorite and most cherished childhood memory is riding. So yeah, I’d definitely have to have a horse!¬†

2. What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas! I love gift giving, thinking about what a person will like and finding something that will really mean something to them. I also have an 8 yr old son, so playing Santa is fun too! 

3. If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be? When did you finally become so rich?! (Hey, I can dream, can’t I!)

4. What prompted you to start your blog? -Fostering! I wanted a way to promote my foster dog, and the rescue. I was learning so much about the rescue world, and dogs in general, so I thought it’d be fun to share the knowledge!¬†

5. What are your goals for your blog?-Promoting fostering and rescue work is the biggest goal. I also hope to inspire others to volunteer, and to advocate for those that don’t have a voice of their own.¬†

6. If you become fluent in any language, which would it be? -Spanish, just because it seems to be the most common, around here in Florida anyway.

7. Do you have a good luck charm? -Nope!

8. What’s your favorite social media outlet? -Facebook. Click HERE to follow me! 

9. If there were no limitations and you could do absolutely anything, what would it be? -I would quit my job, move towards the beach, and I’d build, and run, an animal sanctuary for senior dogs.¬†

10. What magazine can you not resist picking up at the store? I have a harder time passing up books than I do magazines. I do like People though, especially if it’s the “Sexiest Man Alive” edition! ūüôā¬†

11. Do you have a dog? If so, what breed? -Yep! I have two, a pit bull mix named Oscar and a boxer mix named Lucy. 

Here are the questions for my nominees: 

1-What is the goal for your blog?
2-If you could meet anyone (past or present), who would it be?

3-Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them!

4-What is your guilty pleasure?

5-If you won the lottery, what is the first major purchase you would make?

6-What is one simple thing that makes you happy?

7-If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

8-What is the hardest thing about blogging?

9-What is your favorite thing about dogs?

10-What is the last book you read?

11-Who is your favorite musician/band?

I look forward to reading everyone’s answers! And thanks again,¬†It’s Dog or Nothing, for nominating me! Friends, stop by these fellow bloggers & show them some love!!

Have a great day! 

xoxo

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Happy Saturday!

I’ve mentioned many times before, I think it is so important when you have multiple dogs, to give each of them some one-on-one time. You can take this time to practice obedience skills, get exercise, enjoy the weather, or just cuddle on the couch! Today, though the day started off cold and rainy, it quickly turned into absolute gorgeous weather! So, I decided to take Oscar out for a walk to enjoy the day. He and Lucy are very bonded, and often react to things based off of the other’s reaction, whether it’s dogs nearby, joggers, bikers, etc. It’s important to me that the dogs know how to be independent. It is good for them to have outings on their own, to be confident in their independence. It also strengthens my bond with them, when we have time to be together. I also practice obedience with Oscar throughout our walks, including “sit”, “heal”, “look at me”, “come”, etc.

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I enjoy a cold winter day, just as much as I enjoy a hot summer beach day…but if I could live in a place where the weather is 95% of the time exactly like it was today, 60 degrees sun shining with white fluffy clouds in the sky, I would move there in a heartbeat!

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Tomorrow will be Lucy’s day to have some one-on-one time, hopefully the weather will be just as lovely! Until next time, have a wonderful day my friends!

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xoxoxo

Wordless Wednesday

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus lately due to life’s hectic ways! I have two posts that are in draft status though, so I am sure to get at least one of them done in the next couple of days! Until then, meet my new cuddly foster girl, Stella. More on her soon!

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