At first, we were not for sure if he would fit in with our family, but he has made himself quite at home here already. He loves everyone dearly, and is the most snuggly dog anyone could ever find!
Needless to say, little momma is all excited because she has someone to take care of and nurture. One of these days, she will make a great mommy!
Everyone –including Ruffles has fallen in love with little PuffBall. We have a long road ahead of us to get him back to health as he has been abused quite a bit, so for now, we will love on him and help him feel comfortable enough NOT to be afraid.
I love rescuing dogs.
5 Quick Tips for Taking in a Rescue Dog
- Try to be home with your new dog for the first few days you bring him home. Do not bring him home and then leave him to fend for himself or herself. They need to feel loved and protected. Remember — they are RESCUE dogs which means that most of the time, they have been through something traumatic.
- Keep them on-leash for the first two weeks. Keep your new dog on-leash for a couple weeks initially so that you can teach them what is good behavior and what is not acceptable. There is nothing like getting a rescue dog, taking it outside to use the bathroom, and then it running off on you. Believe me — I speak from experience.
- Set up a vet visit as soon as you can so that you can find out if your rescue dog has any health problems that need to be addressed. Our dog Ruffles has a ton of allergy problems that we did not know he had when we got him, so we had to find out from the vet exactly what care he was going to need.
- Take your dog for a long walk every day for the first few days you have it home. You are trying to teach the dog that you are the leader and that they can trust you. This will also help remove any anxiousness on your pet’s part, which almost, always, ends in bad behavior.
- Last but not least — enjoy your new dog. Love on him or her and show them exactly what a real, true pet owner should be like.
Have you ever rescued a dog? What was the outcome?