Have you ever come across anyone who can watch the ASPCA commercials on television without tearing up or asking themselves why such things exist?
I wondered myself, how I could help and found that the best answer for me was to save a rescue dog. All my life my family had dogs, either purchased from a pet store or given to us by a neighbor whose dog just had a litter.
When you rescue a dog you save it’s life and find your best friend fur ever. I rescued Wingman Chance and it changed my life and his.
A Heartbreaking Event Lead Me to “A Chance”
Two years ago; after my beautiful twelve-year-old Cocker Spaniel Gidget, succumbed to heart disease, I felt lost, alone and the house felt very empty and quiet.
I knew I could never replace her, but I wanted to fill the empty void that her passing left in my life. My nieces; who both have rescue dogs, encouraged me to find a rescue shelter and save a dog that someone had abandoned, mistreated or neglected.
Would You Pass Up “A Chance”?
I went to the local shelter and decided to give myself and a special dog another chance at unconditional love and happiness. I chose a pup that had been abandoned by the side of the road along with his brother, somewhere in Tennessee.
His name was originally Hayes, but can you guess what I renamed him? Yes, you guess it…his name is Chance. He is a Chihuahua/Whippet mix.
This I thought was odd, but he is the cutest and sweetest little thing I could ever ask for. Anyway, I rescued Chance, saved him from a shelter life and found my best friend fur ever.
He will turn four in September 2020, and is the most lovable and affectionate dog I have ever owned. Sometimes, I call him Chanceyspants or Chancetheman, but one thing is for certain, I made the right decision to rescue this dog.
We changed each other’s lives in the best way possible. He’s become my best wingman…always by my side giving unconditional love.
Chance has even become my Blog Assistant. Always by my side when I am working, doing what he does best–inspiring me in all aspects of my journey.
Rescue Dog Awareness
Did you know that there is a National Rescue Dog Day? Yes, it’s true. National Rescue Dog Day is May 20th and founded by a corporation (Tails That Teach, Inc.). It’s focus is to bring awareness to the numbers of dogs who sit in shelters each year waiting for a chance to be adopted and find their fur ever home.
National Rescue Dog Day was founded to recognize all the amazing aspects of letting a furry four-legged dog into your life.
Ways You Can Observe National Rescue Dog Day
Adopt, be a foster dog parent, donate items or money to a shelter or the SPCA, volunteer your time at a shelter and spay or neuter your dog to keep the population of unwanted dogs under control. Be responsible and do the right thing!👍
Why Choose a Rescue Dog?
Would you turn down giving this poor dog a loving home? The sad fact is, many people would! There are endless reasons to choose a Rescue Dog.
Rescue dogs are unique in that they have had many challenges to overcome, yet they still provide comfort, love, friendship and security as a family pet. Saving this rescue dog could mean you find your best friend fur-ever.
Additionally, they allow people with disabilities to gain independence and are amazing at giving comfort to sick children and the elderly.
They are emotional support companions for people who suffer from depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Autism, to name a few.
Rescue dogs are trained to be bomb and drug dogs for police and the military as well as for search and rescue missions.
A rescue dog makes a wonderful teacher, as they show children about caring and being kind. Rescue dogs certainly improve and enrich human lives.
I believe in the fact that Rescue Dogs rescue you. All dogs enrich your life with their love and affection but when you take a Rescue Dog into your life you get much more…an unbreakable bond such as the one I feel with my Chance.
One of every ten dogs born in the United States will find a permanent home. Nearly four million dogs are taken in by shelters every year across the nation and the main reason is that their owners give them up or they are found by animal control on the streets of the United States.
Many of these dogs are strays who have been lost and do not have any identification.
The fact that nearly three million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full to accommodate them, is just too astounding to think about.
It is quite necessary to spay or neuter all your animals to help keep the population of unwanted pets to a minimum and keep the shelters from being overcrowded.
If you find it in your heart to rescue versus buy, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. You will save a dog’s life and find your best friend fur ever.
Reasons to Rescue Your Next Dog From A Shelter
You save a life. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation. There’s a wide selection of dogs to choose from. Adoption fees are less. Your new pet has received excellent care. You encourage others to adopt from a shelter. Now aren’t those some wonderful reasons?
Bringing Home Your New Fur Friend
Things to Do Before Bringing Your Dog Home From the Shelter.
- Gather everything there are going to need in the way of supplies – Food, treats, bowls, crate or gates, toys, leash, collar and I.D. tag.
- Don’t forget to dog-proof your home. Remove anything that could be hazardous or of value that could be accidentally broken or chewed.
- Setup for the dog’s arrival and decide what room the dogs’ bed, crate, and bowls will be in.
- Decide where to store food and treats and set up doggies rules for family members to follow.
- Decide when your dog will eat, go for walks, play and potty time.
Caring for and Training Him/Her
If you’ve ever moved into a new house or apartment you understand how making everything just the way you like it is important to enjoying your new place.
The same is true for when you bring your shelter dog home to his or her new place to live. You want to make their surroundings safe, comfortable and enjoyable.
Keep the Day Low-Keyed
- Bringing the dog straight home is very important. Do not have visitors for the first few days. Your dog won’t become overwhelmed.
- Let the dog get acclimated to his new surroundings, inside and out. Let them sniff around so they become familiar with their new environment.
- Do not take any trips initially. Become familiar with your dog’s behavior before introducing him/her to a new place.
- Establish walk routines in places where you are familiar with. This is very helpful.
- Play time in the yard is good for exercise as well as bonding and training. Establish your dog’s daily routine – Sleeping, Eating and Walks should be at the same time each day.
When Caring for Your New Dog, These Steps are Very Useful
- Feed the dog twice a day at the same time each day so your dog knows when it’s mealtime. Good good potty-training habits are important.
- You should take your dog out first thing in the morning, after meals and just before bedtime. Praise your dog for good potty behavior and be more consistent with their potty training as accidents do occur.
- Make sure you take your new rescue dog to the veterinarian to make sure he/she is healthy.
Rescue Dogs May Have Anxiety Issues
Many rescue dogs experience separation anxiety. Know the signs and how to deal with it. Always be patient. The dog’s behavior won’t change overnight. Be kind, gentle and remember to always be persistent.
Remember to be proactive and not reactive. Manage the dog’s environment in order to prevent inappropriate behavior.
Rescued Dogs – The Love They Give
The relationship between rescue dogs and their people can be life-changing, even lifesaving, for both. Rescued dogs change lives.
Think of it this way. You’ll never be alone again. Life will never be boring. Walks are better with someone by your side to share them with. Licks equal love. But my true favorite saying is “Who rescued Who”.
I would love to hear what you think about Meet My Wingman, Chance, so please share your thoughts, questions and comments in the section below and I will be happy to respond.
All the Best!
Founder/Creator: Love A Rescue Dog🐶
“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but for that one animal, the world changes forever”