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My Experiences as a Senior Hospice Foster Provider

A large part of my life revolves around rescue work and caring for my ever-rotating menagerie of dogs.  I have become accustomed to the many questions people have when they find out that I not only foster dogs, but I purposely choose to “foster” dogs that are nearing the end of their lives.  I put foster in quotes, because for many of the dogs that we take in, we know that they will not find another home. The number one question I am asked is, “How can you take in a dog that you know is going to die?”  The answer to this question is simple:  If I don’t take in this dog, chances are very good that no one else will and the dog will die prematurely, perhaps never having known love or proper care. Today I will share my story of how my husband and I became involved...
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How to Choose a Rescue when Adopting a Dog

Are you planning to adopt a dog in 2017?  Just like when choosing a breeder, it is important to choose a reputable rescue or shelter facility from which to adopt your new family member.  Unfortunately, with the proliferation of online advertising and the trend towards foster-based animal rescues, scam artists exist that try to take advantage of unsuspecting adopters.  Listed here are tips for how to choose a rescue or shelter when adopting a dog. Can Meet the Animal Beforehand Never agree to adopt a dog without being able to meet him or her beforehand.  As crazy as it may seem, a non-reputable rescue may try and talk you into adopting the dog, sight unseen.  If you have resident animals, expect to be able to introduce them to the potential adoptee before signing any agreements. Explains Pricing The average adoption price for a dog from a rescue or shelter is...
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Adopting a New Dog: The First Two Weeks

The most crucial period of time after a dog is adopted is the first two weeks.  Dogs are most frequently returned to shelters or rescues in this duration due to new owners expecting too much, too soon.  The following is what to expect in the first couple weeks your new dog is home, and common difficulties that are encountered. Name Changing Many adopters change the name of their new pets.  While most dogs are quick to learn their new name, this process may still take 2 – 3 weeks.  While your dog is adjusting to the surroundings and the new moniker, have patience with your pet.  After all, how easy would it be for you if your family suddenly started calling you by a different name? Potty Training Even if your new pet is supposedly potty trained it may take time for your dog to acclimate to new expectations.  Make...
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