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Choosing the Right Dog > Elderly roommates want Companion, best fit?
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Barked: Wed Apr 22, '15 8:53pm PST 
Just chiming in to agree with Lily. A pug is a good choice for a lower energy, relatively easy companion. They are usually kind, pretty quiet, and have an almost human-like expressiveness. I am sure your FIL would love one of these in his life!

Another option might be a small mixed-breed, probably best to go through a rescue that maintains its dogs in foster homes, as this way you would get the best insight to the dog's energy level and other considerations, i.e. what it would be like living with the dog on a day-to-day basis. It can be a little tricky to tell just from visiting a dog in a shelter, where they don't always entirely show their true characters; which is why I would recommend a foster-based rescue program.

There are also Pug rescues!

Good luck!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > How to Prepare to Rehome a dog?
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Barked: Mon Mar 16, '15 8:36pm PST 
How sad for both you and Jake, especially seeing on his page he used to be your ESA. frown

I don't know as there's much to do to "prepare" to rehome a dog. I'm sure Jake is already neutered, up to date on vaccinations, current on heartworm preventative & flea/tick preventative and has his vet records in order. (You'll need those to give to his eventual new owner)

Did you want advice about actually rehoming? I think, if it were me, I'd start with people I know personally....family, friends, co-workers. That way I would already know more about what kind of human beings they are and their lifestyle; and it also would make it easier keeping in touch about how he's doing after the rehoming. You might also post on your personal social media sites (Facebook, Twitter etc) because maybe someone YOU know, knows someone else who is looking for a dog. So that's also within your "circle."

I know of a lady who recently went through something like this. There was a conflict with a neighbor who did not like her dog. She was worried for his safety and decided to rehome him. She posted on her Facebook page and someone turned up who was interested. It was a friend of a friend, but several others of her friends also knew this family and gave "references" for them. That had to be reassuring.

Still a tough situation no matter what. I'm sorry for your troubles. frown
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Puppy Place > Newbie saying WOOF (HI)

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Barked: Thu Mar 12, '15 11:06pm PST 
blue dog Welcome to Dogster, Ruby! welcome

Our vote is that your mum should get a trainer to help with the chewing and jumping up! I think this happens often, by the way. Puppies get to a certain age (like the start of their adolescence - 11 mos or so like you are now) - and they *forget* all their training! So you may have to start over! Your mum could re-train you herself if she remembers all the methods, but if not, going back to your trainer might be best! Either way, make sure you practice what you learned, every day - practice all your good behaviors! Like chewing your chew toys (only!), and greeting newcomers nicely with your 4 paws on the ground!

Keep us updated how it's going! dog walk
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Help Needed in Finding a Dog a Home

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Barked: Sun Feb 1, '15 10:42pm PST 
blue dog Hi Reuben! Thanks for checking out the website!

Yes the link goes to our "homepage" on Adopt-a-Pet. There's a button on the top left of that page "See Pets at Shelter" that takes you to the dog profiles.

But also it seems like the links weren't working - you should have been able to click directly on either Ghost (Muffin) or Austin and that would go to their individual profiles on Adopt-a-Pet.

I think I fixed those links. It would be wonderful if you could check them and let me know!

Thank you for thinking about Ghost (and Austin)!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Help Needed in Finding a Dog a Home

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Barked: Mon Jan 26, '15 9:37pm PST 
For those who might be new to these forums and not familiar with the rescue, it is Southpaws Express (www.southpawsexpress.org). (We can be found on Facebook, too.)

Ghost is located in Rhode Island.

Also, on the above website, he is labeled as "Muffin" - another rescue friend suggested that the name Ghost might be actually scaring off potential adopters, so we experimentally changed it on the website & listings. Needless to say, it hasn't helped. frown

Please help us spread the word about Ghost. He is a great dog.
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Dog Health > Coccidia & Giardia w/ Potty Training a New Pup - Uggg
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Barked: Sun Jan 4, '15 8:00pm PST 
wave Amber! Sorry you aren't feeling tip top!

...You might want to ask your vet also about Ponazuril. Shelters have had great success treating coccidia in particular with this medication. I'm not sure word has gotten around with most regular vets. Anyway though, unlike the antibiotics & traditional dewormers, Ponazuril does kill the coccidia organisms themselves, usually making the course of treatment much shorter. (generally I think used along with the meds your vet is already prescribing)

Which would probably be a big help since you are also trying to do potty training!

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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Helping animals during the holidays - magazine article

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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '14 4:19pm PST 
I used to work with a Humane Society that did a great and creative holiday fund raiser! They would partner with Barnes & Noble and offer gift wrapping. People would donate (not sure if it was their choice or a set amount) and get their gifts wrapped, and all the money raised went to the Humane Society.

Volunteers could do this on their own at any retailer that was willing to partner, and donate to the animal welfare group of their choice!cheer
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Dog Health > Are these serious spay complications?

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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '14 4:11pm PST 
I can sympathize because it's hard to know what's "too active" and hard to keep a puppy from being active anyway! The lump could be cause for concern but as long as it's not open, pus, bleeding, etc, it could also be just scar tissue forming internally and totally normal.

Poor Bisou, sounds like she's having a rough time. My guess would be that she's anxious because she's uncomfortable, and she's anxious because she's housetrained and doesn't want to poop inside, and the anxiety may be making the diarrhea worse, but it's all a cycle. If you can get her better from the diarrhea, address the cause of it, hopefully that will alleviate her anxiety as well. Follow your vet's advice with the fasting and Immodium, and tomorrow if she's not better and they see her in person, hopefully they can give you some more specific answers. Keep us updated!
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Dog Health > Are these serious spay complications?

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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '14 2:01pm PST 
Absolutely call the vet's office where the surgery was performed. They would rather hear from you and know how your girl is doing. The line of communication is important!

The diarrhea could be an after effect of the anesthesia, or it could be partly emotional and she's a little more sensitive than you previously thought. Also, one thing I've learned, if dogs (especially puppies) are harboring or incubating a disease, sometimes after surgery it has that chance to become symptomatic. Ie, the puppy is a little weaker and the disease, already present in the system, takes over. This could be the case with something like a coccidian or giardia infection.

You're doing the right thing by starting the boiled chicken & rice. It's pretty early yet after the spay, but if her diarrhea continues in spite of the bland diet, your vet will probably want to see her and figure out what is going on.

As far as her general emotional state, I'm no behavior & training expert, but I've heard that if you "coddle" and overly-respond to a dog's "scared" behaviors (whining, etc), you can be inadvertently encouraging the behaviors. Also she's already figured out that sitting by the door and whining gains her more time outside, and she likes this, so the behavior has been rewarded. Maybe it'd be best to stick to her normal routines as much as possible even if it means cleaning up some diarrhea.
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Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > Rescue refuses to return pet Sheltie "Piper"
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Barked: Wed Aug 20, '14 6:47pm PST 
shrug Probably just as well that the rescue isn't posting pictures of her all over the place. Why would they - for attention and media exposure? She's not adoptable and her legal status is in limbo. Supposedly, someone in the rescue had her home broken into, during the course of all this, and she's expressed concern that it had something to do with Piper, and admittedly, emotions seem to be running high, even amongst people not personally involved with this case in any way - internet observers. I guess the rescue probably thinks it best to keep the dog out of sight until things simmer down and the courts figure out the mess!
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