Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

My pawsome friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue came by this week to bring by a friend for you to meet!  This friend looks like he came all the way from France to meet you!  Meet Pierre!

(C) PetConnect Rescue
See the distinguished goatee? WOOF! Love it! Pierre says, “Bonjour!”

A sleek, handsome, sweet, and exotic-looking boy, Pierre is a gentle and quiet kitty! He likes cuddling with his humans too! He loves snuggling in their bed too!

Pierre does great with other cats and dogs in his foster home!
(C) PetConnect Rescue

Pierre is super fun and loves playing and chasing his wand toy.

Pierre has excellent litter box manners and is one very healthy guy!

A Paw from PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fee for this Pierre is $135, which helps with the cost of routine vet care.  The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE spay/neuter if the kitten is not already spayed/neutered. If the animal you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered. A $100 spay/neuter deposit is collected to help ensure that the procedure gets done in a timely manner.

Purringly, cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue's Cat Adoption Guide.

If you would like to apply to adopt Pierre, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application.

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

"Charlie the Fluffinator"
(C) Homeless Animals Rescue Team
WOOF!! What a beautiful girl my friends from Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) brought by for you to meet this week! WOOF, er, Meow! Meet Charlie the Fluffinator!

Charlie the Fluffinator is not declawed, is dog-friendly and is friendly with some cats! She is recommended for older mini-humans.

Charlie the Fluffinator is a very sweet, cuddly cat who enjoys playing and treats!

Charlie the Fluffinator's self will do best in a home as your one and only- cat that is and with no small children. She would purringly love being your forever friend!

If you have questions about Charlie the Fluffinator, please contact Kim.

Interested in applying to adopt Charlie the Fluffinator, please complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application.

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Great Dane Adoption
(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
My friend the "Great Dane Dame" of Virginia and probably other places too, has had her hands full taking care of a few of those pawsomely large Great Dane guys! When I first met one, my first thought was... "Oh. What. A. Big. Dog. There are other dogs bigger than me. arf." I thought I'd met all the dog breeds, but that a great first experience meeting him.

This week the "Great Dane Dame" brought by a huge handsome fella named "Titan" who is looking for humans to love and his "Forever Home!"

Titan is a young man full of energy to burn and lovin's to share!  Though he may take a few minutes to warm up to you, if he doesn't know you, barkingly, when he does, it's "game on" and you'll get tons of "doggie kisses!"  The bestest kind of slobber!  WOOF! He has fallen in love with humans he sees often including a mini-human! Barkingly, she gives him a lot of treats- which he takes quickly!  Paws, no signs of Titan being too rough, anxious or guarded with mini-humans.

Barks, he does have manners, but he is still a puppy at heart!  He knows a few basic commands, "sit," "shake a paw," and "down." Barkingly, he is very food motivated! He may guard his food when eating!

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Titan passed the dog test with flying colors! He is a fast and fun, maybe a little rough, player. Barkingly, he was pawfect when playing with a Labrador, a Golden, and even larger dogs. Bark- there are dogs larger than a Great Dane? arf? 

Titan's previous owners say he is an escape artist who knows what door handles are for! While his foster hasn't seen this, he will require a sturdy 6 foot fence!

As Titan is still a puppy a training requirement will be part of his adoption to ensure he continues to learn good manners.

Titan would do best going home with another dog his size who is able to play fairly rough like he
does will a good choice for him.  With his energy levels, he needs a good-sized yard to run some of it off.  A townhouse, condo or apartment are not an option for him.

Titan likes to chase cats, so he is not recommended with cats.  He's good with mini-humans ages 12 and older.

Interested in applying to adopt Titan? Please contact Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
WOOF! HAPPY FRIDAY! Hope you had a pawsitively pawsome week! My friend at Operation Paws for Homes brought by a friend for you to meet- Yoyoma!

Yoyoma is about 2-years-old and an American Bulldog mix! He is looking for humans to provide her some bellyrubs! She is a low to medium energy gal!

Not only does Yoyoma enjoy belly rubs, she LOVES bacon, enjoys going for car rides, playing with chew toys, humans and being a surrogate mom.  Yups, you read right. When she was dropped off at the shelter, she was full of milk but no pups! Wouldn't you know it, a litter of pups were brought in with no mom and she was pawsomely happy to raise them.

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
Yoyoma has met her foster mom's grand mini-humans! They are great and respectful.

Yoyoma enjoys getting some exercise and walks well on a leash with a martingale collar!  She is pawsome in a crate!

Barkingly, she does have a prey drive! Paws, no small animals like birds or cats in her new "Forever Home!"  WOOF!!

Yoyoma has been friendly with all the dogs she's met, except for the snarky, growly ones. The best thing to do for her is re-direct her attention!  BARK! She prefers slow introductions to dogs.

Here is a video of Yoyoma Entertaining Herself!

Yoyoma does pawsome when her human makes the rules and sets boundaries for her! Arf!

Barkingly, if you are looking for a dog has had some basic training, want someone to hang out with you, a pawsome love bug, then Yoyoma may be the dog for you!

YoYoMa is current on vaccinations, spayed, microchipped, and looking for lovin's.

A paw from Operation Paws for Homes! COMPLETED TREATMENT!! Yoyoma tested positive for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Operation Paws for Homes will treat the dog and provide two weeks’ recovery time prior to adoption. Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from Operation Paws for Homes Heartworm Coordinator. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. Read about heartworm disease here: Heartworm Society: Pet Owner Resources, Heartworm Basics

Interested in learning more about dog adoption? Please visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

Interested in applying to adopt Yoyoma?

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thinking About Dog Adoption?

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I paw and bark my thanks to Mighty Dog Graphics for sharing their pawsome artistic talents with us.

Monday, August 14, 2017

How to Use Motivators to Train and Support Your Rescued Dog

"Dog Reward"
(C) Wiley Pup

Rescuing an animal from a shelter or foster situation is a good way to make a new friend for life. Having rescued all of the dogs that I have had the pleasure of welcoming into my pack, I can say that I have no regrets about any of the pups that have found their way into my heart and home.

When a dog enters an unfamiliar environment, they tend to be very open to trying to learn the rules and routines of their new family. You can help them along during this transitional period by using positive training methods to give them both guidance and confidence that they have arrived at a safe place.

Hopefully you have considered some classes or are researching positive training methods so you can best serve the needs of your new pet. Motivation is an idea that is central to positive training methods. This article will be exploring that concept in more detail.

What is a “motivator”?
A motivator is any object or action that your dog enjoys. If you really want to make the most of positive training methods, observe your pal and make a mental note of the things that they really like.

Most people are aware that high-value treats are motivators, and they are popular to use in training sessions because you can dispense them quickly without disturbing the flow of training. But food is not the only motivator for your dog.

Observe your dog to see if there are non-food motivators that you might use to train them:
  • A toss of a tennis ball.
  • An affectionate pet on the ears.
  • A tug with a rope bone.
  • Going outside.
  • Hopping on the couch next to you.
Basically, anything that your dog really enjoys can be used as a motivator!

"Dog Tug"
(C) Wiley Pup

How to use a motivator effectively:
In a formal training session, it is probably pretty obvious how a motivator works. Your dog gives you a behavior you are looking for, you mark it with a clicker or a sound, and then you dispense a small food “reward.” The food is the motivator in that case.

However, just because you are not in a formal training session does not mean that other motivators are not working to shape your dog’s behavior. In fact, motivators are ALWAYS shaping your dog’s behavior, even if you are not conscious of it.

Here is an example: You go to the door and your dog is right there with tail wagging and his nose ready to push through the open door.

What is the motivator here? Your dog wants to go outside. Did you open the door when they were carrying on in this way? If so, then you just rewarded that behavior, expect more of it in the future.

However, if you harness the power of your dog’s motivation to go outside, you have a lot of leverage to help them learn a better behavior without using any punishment.

Ask your dog to “sit” a few paces away from the door and move to the doorknob. As soon as your dog breaks the sit, step away from the door, start over. For most dogs, one or two sessions of this motivator game will have your dog sitting with the door open waiting to be released with an “Okay!”

Congratulations! You just used the power of understanding motivators to train your dog!

  "Dog Training"
(C) Wiley Pup

Motivators are everywhere:
Once you start looking for motivators, you will notice them everywhere. Every motivator is an opportunity for you to reinforce desired behaviors. This means that guiding your dog to the kinds of behavior that you like is not just for formal training sessions, it can be an ongoing part of the way you interact with your dog.

The other nice thing about using motivators in this way is that you don’t have to use punishment, and this is so important, especially for a dog that is coming into a brand-new environment! Help them feel confident, safe and loved by using motivators effectively to encourage the kinds of behavior that you like.

About the Author:

Sharon Elber writes for She has been a lifelong lover of dogs, and has worked as a professional dog trainer for over a decade. Got an eldery dog? Check out orthopedic dog beds.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption- Every Friday!

(C) Allen Pearson
Meet my friends in the Northern Virginia - Maryland area who are looking for humans to love and their "Forever Homes!"  See you Fridays!