How to Rescue a Dog 

Four Essentials for a Happy and Contented Dog and Owner

 

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Would you like to Rescue a Dog?

This is a Guide to the Four Essential Elements of Dog Rescue, based on tales of the dogs the author herself has rescued, owned and loved. With anecdotes and advice, this book will help you bond with your Rescue Dog and enable you to have a happy and fulfilling life together.

 

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How to Rescue a Dog - available on Kindle

Reviews:

"Great Little Book. 5* A good read lots of interesting anecdotes and a good insight to how it really is to take a rescue dog into the home, well written to look forward to the next book"                        B Ogden.

"Not Just for Christmas..... 5* Good sound common sense. Made me think, but also inspired"      S. Kedar

"Five Stars 5* A lovely useful book highly recommend" G Pearson

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How to Rescue a Dog.

Four Essentials for a Happy and Contented Dog and Owner

What Does It Mean to 'Rescue' a Dog?

When I talk about "Dog Rescue" what do I mean?

It can be as simple as adopt to dog, give it a good home, and dog and owner walk off into the sunset and live happily ever after. There are plenty of examples of this and if this is what you would like and can achieve then good luck to you. We need more rescues like it.

However, I speak from a particular point of view. I grew up with animals all around me. Then I married, and, for various reasons, keeping animals was simply not a possibility for me. I spent ten years or so of my life more or less in an animal free zone. 

However, in my thirties I divorced and found myself in the happy position of being single and able to do whatever I pleased in my own home. This gave me the luxury of being able to adopt a number of dogs who, for various reasons, would have been problematic for anyone living with small children, work with anti-social hours or who had a partner with a tidiness fetish. If I was happy to deal with a particular animal and his/her needs, I was free to do so. I quickly found myself longing for animal company. I was willing to volunteer to help at the local animal shelter, but, astonishingly, I found that I was not able to take my dog(s) with me while I was there. So to have given them volunteer help with their animals, I would have to neglect my own, not a possibility.

In short, over a number of years I was able to adopt any animal that I pleased and that my finances allowed for. Consequently I adopted, in fact I had a policy of adopting, dogs who for one reason or another, would have difficulty finding another home. My intent was to take an animal who needed help but who nonetheless would be able to achieve a fulfilling and joyful life. This is what I mean by 'rescue' - to take an animal in trouble and to turn its life around to achieve its full potential.

There are many reasons for adopting a dog (or cat or whatever - but I am first and foremost a 'dog girl') and many things to take into account. The following is a list of items to consider and it is by no means exhaustive. You should ask yourself what your own wishes, resources and circumstances allow for.

What do YOU want from your dog?

  • A companion
  • Exercise
  • Guard-dog
  • Friend for the children
  • You just like having animals around

And have you taken account of:

  • What are your working hours?
  • Do you have children?
  • Or other animals?
  • Size of house?
  • Size of garden?
  • Fenced?
  • Budget?
  • Holidays - who takes over?

These and many other questions may occur to you. When you walk into a rescue centre or animal shelter, you may find - your probably will find - that your heart goes out to a particular dog and you long to have him home with you.

Picture the situation in your mind: You are at home with "Prince" or "Tess" or "Scooby" - is he of a breed or type that needs a lot of exercise? If you are a couch potato, then be honest with yourself and admit that you cannot cope with say a collie type, or a labrador - both breeds needing a lot of exercise. If you enjoy a walk of say half an hour, a greyhound may well suit you. Contrary to common belief, greyhounds do not need a huge amount of exercise. They are "sprinters" and a 20 minute run around the park is enough to keep them happy. On the other hand if you go jogging twice a day and fell walking at weekends, a dog who can run all day every day may be your perfect companion.

How much time do you have to devote to your dog? If you are a very busy person, then a young dog of less than say, two years old may well be too demanding of your attention for such an adoption to be successful. On the other hand, an older dog, more settled and quieter may be quite happy to doze in her basket for much of the day.

In fact the majority of dogs in rescue centres tend to be cross-breeds. Usually it is possible to guess what their ancestry is, but sometimes you can only really describe a dog as 'mongrel'. In these cases, look carefully at the dog.  Watch his behaviour. Big dog? Small dog? Active? Quiet? Nervous? Confident? Let the dog himself tell you what kind of animal he is. Consider the life you wish to share with your rescue dog and then ask yourself if the dog you are considering would be happy in the life that you can, honestly, offer.