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Wordless Wednesday

3 Jul


Right Place. Right Time.

24 Jul

Puppies! Who doesn’t love puppies?  And if you’re a rescue, pups are easy, right?


The internet is a big tease! When Josh happened upon a Facebook post for a puppy being rehomed in New Jersey, he took the bait. After seeing this pic, how couldn’t he?

Sometimes things fall into place, and after many conversations (and in these instances, they are all the same, aren’t they?), it was decided the puppy’s family was overwhelmed and had no idea how much work a now ten week old puppy was! So, our friend and Bully Project volunteer, Dan offered agreed to foster this pup since he lived in the same neighborhood. Bingo! Easy peasy! Not so easy. We already had three adult dogs in our care, despite the fact that Bully Project started out with a “one dog at a time,” rule.

Dan named this adorable pup Eli and he picked him up. And he was an awesome foster parent. Check out Eli practicing sit and high-five on his first night at Dan’s.

When Dan had to go on a work trip, our lead trainer, Ann, took the young lad. It was the perfect situation since behaviors we were suspecting due to Eli being removed from his litter at only six weeks old rang true. He was a very pushy puppy. Even Dan’s super social playing machine, Revis, had no interest in the young tyke. Ann’s dogs felt the same way. We agreed this pup needed a committed owner who would agree to join playgroups and puppy classes (maybe multiple ones).

And then, divine intervention! Ann was making a trip to one of our favorite places. She was bringing Eli along for the ride. Who knew? Maybe they would take him into their program! It would be a win-win for everyone. Puppies there get lots of socialization with dogs of all temperaments and personalities. And, rumor has it, most staff foster dogs at night.

I can’t believe I was wishing a shelter would take a pup from our rescue, but I was. Animal Farm Foundation is the absolute perfect place for this pup. Staff, enrichment and lots of expertise. Could we have fostered, adopted out, and followed up on Eli? Absolutely!  But taking Eli (now Rhinestone Cowboy) out of our new foursome allowed us to concentrate on fostering, marketing and adopting out Liberty, Hunny and Daisy Mae. I think you’ll agree we made the right decision later this week!

Eli and Daisy Mae

So long Eli! We know you’re going to have an amazing time at Animal Farm Foundation and they’re going to help get you into one of the best homes a pittie could ever ask for!

Video Post!

13 Jul

Guess what?!


10 Jan

Blogs are tempting! Facebook shares sometimes even more! And, we tempt too…we like to share puppies that need homes! Although pups are delicious and adorable, we all know that they are a ton of work, so we thought we would post some good resources for new puppy parents, in case anyone indulges!

First step would be to check out Dr. Ian Dunbar’s free digital training book, Raising a Puppy. Dr. Dunbar is the grandfather of positive-reinforcement dog training and is really the first trainer to offer puppy training classes. Can you believe 20-30 years ago trainers said puppies couldn’t learn until they were almost adolescents?  Want more? Check out Andrea Arden’s  series of articles on Dogtime, Project Puppy.

We would then encourage you to buy anything else by Dr. Dunbar on Dogwise and then hop over to Amazon and pick up a copy of Andrea Arden’s Barron’s Dog Training Bible. This a great book for any new dog owner and will cover everything from housebreaking, impulse control and manners.

After you get a puppy, it’s important to socialize the H*ll out of it! Literally. You want to expose it to everything possible – people, vetted dogs, new environments, people with canes, big men in hats – you name it, your dog should meet it.  Your vet might think differently. Most vets caution about a puppy never leaving the house until it is fully vaccinated. Well, I did that with my miniature pinschers and I still regret it. Especially every time my girl, Rosie, sees a bike or bus! Research local trainers that use pet-friendly, positive-reinforcement training for regular puppy playgroups that are safe and trainer-supervised. It’s a great opportunity for dogs and parents to see what is appropriate and not when pups interact. Also, its a great way to tire out a pup! Still not sure? Read Dr. R.K Anderson’s statement on this sometimes controversial topic.

You can’t do it alone. Most likely you will be looking for dog trainers to for socialization, manners and maybe more specialized training like agility or tricks. APDT has a great handout on how to pick a dog trainer. And, for those that will be needing dog walking services or boarding, the San Francisco SPCA has a great list of questions to ask when searching for your pup’s part-time caretaker.

And, lastly, here is a great list of important phone numbers compiled by APDT:

Important Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have

dog on phone

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

If your pet ingests something you suspect is poisonous, you can call this 24-hour service and pay a $65.00 fee for a consultation with a veterinarian. (In fact, Josh’s Lucy got a hold of something that made him nervous recently so he called them to check. They were incredibly helpful, patient, and efficient. This is an invaluable resource if you have a curious pup who likes to sniff around and nibble things!)

Emergency Disaster Hotline

Sponsored by the American Humane Association, this number is the first place to call in the event of an earthquake or other disaster. They will provide information on what to do and where to go, and provide support and relief information.

Pet Loss Support Hotline

This hotline, run by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides a source of emotional support for people who have lost a pet, or who are about to lose a pet. This 24-hour line allows you to leave a message and your call will be returned seven days a week between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, CST and May through August, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, CST. This is a free service.

Spay Helpline

SPAY USA provides free or low cost spay and neuter services and referrals to local services.

Stolen Pet Hotline Information

This service can assist you if you think your pet has been stolen.

AKC Companion Animal Recovery

The American Kennel Club provides resources for lost dogs that are part of their registry.

Animal and Pet Travel Resources – Airplanes/Airline Regulation:

Before traveling with your pet by taking it on a flight, call this number first with all your questions about transporting your pet, what you’ll need to provide or bring with you, etc.

Lyme Disease National Hotline

Provides information on how to prevent your pet from getting this deadly tick-borne disease.

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Sandals & Pups

9 Jan

This week, we’re featuring another mama pittie and her litter from Animal Haven. Here’s Sandals and her seven sweet puppies:


“My name is Sandals and I am a red nose pittie mix on the medium side. Once I fall for you I am yours forever! I am very outgoing and absolutely adore people of all ages and sizes! I enjoy walks and kisses very much as well! I came to Animal Haven from another shelter with my seven puppies when they were just a few days old. Now that they are feeding on their own, I am ready to find my new family where I can give lots love and be loved on!”


Lil Alan Cumming

Lil Harold Smith

Lil John Bartlett




If you or anyone you know might be interested in adopting any of these adorable pitties, please contact Animal Haven at (212) 274-8511.

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