There are many ways of rescuing a dog. One would be to actually go to a shelter and pick a dog out. Then there is one step removed from that process - adopting from a rescue group. A rescue organization houses its pets a couple of different ways. One is they have a facility where the animals are housed and cared for until they are adopted. The other involves foster homes, and just like with children, these fosters open up their homes and hearts to these dogs. The later was the route we took in adopting our dog Oslo. We have been able to know Oslo almost from the day he was born; his mother was rescued while pregnant.
These great volunteers took in his mom, cared for her, helped her deliver and care for the pups. And while this rescue took one dog off the street, they had now one mom and all her puppies to care for and adopt out so none of them would ever end up on the street again. These volunteers spend countless hours caring for these dogs, as you would care for your own, loosing sleep and worrying about finding them the best home. I did not realize the extent of care and worry till we decided to foster.
I volunteered for the group that we adopted Oslo from and I was not going to foster at first. Our group has an email system set up that alerts volunteers of things needing done in the organization. This includes the dogs that are currently in area shelters. I had no idea how many there would be, week after week, face after pitiful face that needed help. So after saying I wouldn’t, I did; then off to the shelter to “pull” my first foster dog.
The shelter: I have always been an emotional person, so I have avoided these places that I deemed as sad so I wouldn’t turn into a giant bawl bag. I tucked emotions aside and went in; knowing that at least one of these dogs was coming out with a better life. After seeing all of them, row after row, cage after cage, I could realize how overwhelming it would be to come here to find your next furry love. But that is what I was there to do. I help out a breed specific rescue so I knew who I was after, they took me to a huge bouncing ball of energy and excitement, and I started thinking; are you truly crazy? You really know nothing about this dog that you are about to take home, have I let my heart talk me into something completely nuts?
He was laying down after we completed all the paperwork and didn’t even get up when I went in to put on the collar and leash I had brought with me. Here I am, about to take this 75-pound stranger home with me. He happily trotted out with me and loaded in the car like he had always been my dog.
The whole first night, as he slept in his kennel, I worried what had I done, how is he going to be with my dogs, does he like kids, is he potty trained, is he going to bark all night? I’m happy to say we made it thru that first night and all the others since.
His name is Hurley, a tribute to the character from J. J. Abrams hit show LOST, and he is a very good boy. It has been thru this experience that I have come to realize the great importance of foster homes. You open up your house to a furry stranger, they don’t know what to think of you and while you might be thinking your crazy, they are just as afraid.
A foster dog is like buying a car with a [Car Fax Report]. This dog has been living in someone’s home for weeks to months, they know all of their good points, and they know all of their flaws. When I walked out of the shelter with Hurley I didn’t even know what I was going to call him, let alone how we were going to get along. Adopting a dog from a foster home eliminates all of those fears for the next person.
He’s been test-driven. He’s had any repairs needed, he’s micro chipped and neutered, he’s put on weight if needed, and he has been loved. And unlike a shady car dealer, the foster home loves this dog; they want him to go to the best family and to be a successful match. You become truly vested in this dog.
While a potential adopter is thinking about all of the information on the “Dog Fax Report” and falls in love with a cute face, the foster parent and the rescue group are looking the adopters over like a dating service would. Are they right for this dog? How is he going to get along in their family? Are they willing to put in the work if needed? Will they love him forever? Like it or not, try as you may, you fall in love with these dogs, and they fall in love with you.
So whether you are adopting from a shelter or from a rescue group realize that people are on your side and looking out for the best interest of these dogs. Any method of saving a dog in wonderful, but if your nervous about introducing a strange dog into your house, know that you have options thru rescue groups. Your perfect match is out there, maybe even napping on someone’s couch till you find him or her that Forever Home.
Sarah - TrueDrool.com
-Dog Rescues NEVER have pure breeds.
While going to a shelter or working with a rescue might be; to quote Forrest Gump “Like a Box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get” I have seen many organizations routinely have outstanding examples of their purebred dogs.
Rescues will communicate with shelters via email as they receive a new dog into the system and many times these are pure breed dogs.
Of course there is nothing wrong with the mixed breed dog lovingly referred too as “Mutt”, I mean you have seen those Ancestory.com commercials right? We are all “Mutts” so to speak and I would hope you never think badly about your Grandma or Grandpa with regards to where they came from.
-My friend had a bad experience with a Rescued Dog.
Yes, most Rescues have a policy, if you’re adopted dog does not fit into your Family then they want [and will] take the dog back into the Rescue organization.
This is where Rescues and their great team of volunteers really shine, They want to find that dog a Forever Home, if those circumstances ever change, rest assured the dog will be cared for and placed with a more suitable family.
Good News this is the exception NOT the rule. I routinely get comments from prospective adopting families that they had no idea how in depth the application and approval process can be for Dog Rescues.
In a nutshell, it has to be because the Dog is looking for its Forever Home!
-I want a cute puppy so I can raise it the right way?
This one is a two-part answer,
First: Wow I love the puppy years that we experienced in our household but, BOY I am glad to be past that stage, Eat, Sleep, Poop and repeat that about sums it up.
Do you still want to add in training?
Second: I have visited this topic in another post: Adopting a Rescue Dog [like a CarFax.]
When you adopt from a Rescue Group it really is like buying a car with a CarFax report. Dedicated Foster families take in and love these dogs; they spend time integrating them into their daily life and routines. Take a moment and visit with a foster family at a pet fair and you will see they really do have insight on their dogs.
Knowledge is power and it will help you to understand if that dog might be a fit with your family.
-How can I help? [3 easy steps]
Glad you asked! .....Dog Rescue organizations are dedicated, but they are often over tasked and underfunded.
Learn: Pick up an informational flyer at the next pet fair, put a $5 dollar in the donation jar.
Listen: Get educated about what the Rescue offers, you may know someone at work that has lost a pet and may not know about all the benefits of dog rescue?
Love: Show some love people… in our social society it is easy to Like: Tweet: or Pin: a quick picture that you take on your phone and shout it out to your peeps. The Rescue will benefit from the exposure and you may just help someone discover that forever Dog.
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Having your dog help you make new friends probably isn’t something you’ve ever thought about, but the truth is that when it comes to making friends (or even meeting your future spouse!) your dog makes a great wingman. Dogs are a great judge of character. There are actually people who believe that if their dog doesn’t like someone, they’re not worth knowing.
Want people to be drawn to you? The answer is not in wearing the latest fashion or “appearing approachable” to others. It’s walking your dog. Dogs sort of magnetically attract others naturally. Who doesn’t want to see the cute little Boxer puppy or the beautiful Papillon? Think about it. How many times have you been drawn to someone with a dog yourself? You know what they say – great minds think alike. All you have to do is take that opportunity and make something of it.
Exploring your surroundings with your best friend is actually a great way to get acclimated to your neighborhood. First, you’ve got instant company. Secondly, it’s great exercise for both you and your dog. Another benefit is that walking through town may let you see things you’ve never seen before, even if you’ve lived there for years. It’s easy to “get used” to things and walk by without noticing them. Let your dog guide you. You’ll find that he notices a whole lot more than you do, and your next human companion might just be what he notices first!
If you don’t live in a town that you can simply walk your dog around exploring, find out if there are dog parks. Many cities, even smaller ones, have dog parks where people bring their dogs for doggie play dates. The concept here is basically the same as it is for parents of small children - the more you participate in activities surrounding your kids the more “parents” you will meet, including parents of furkids.
Should you be buried in snow and unable to take the dog to the doggie park, why not see if there are other dog-friendly places near you? Some hardware stores allow you to bring your pup, and places like Petco and PetSmart allow them as well. Bring them along and strike up a conversation with someone browsing the same aisle. Notice that someone is buying their dog the same food you buy yours? Feel free to strike up a conversation about it while the dogs get to know each other too!
Bringing your dog everywhere you go is fun as well as rewarding, and let’s face it – even if you spend all day walking and playing in the park with your dog and don’t run into another person, it’s still not a day wasted. Get out there and make some friends!
Note: While exploring your town, please be respectful of others and follow local regulations concerning your dog at all times.
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