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Holiday gift ideas: Nothing to bark about

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With the holiday shopping season nearing its final days, some of us might find ourselves in a panic over finding the perfect gift for loved ones. And what could possibly be more incredible than sitting around the tree on Christmas morning, hot cocoa in hand next to a warm fire, and watching a new puppy bounce around with a big, red bow tied around its neck, right? Wrong.

The temptation to adopt a puppy as a gift for others might seem like a great plan initially, yet one should consider the longevity and commitment heavily. Even parents who would like to give their children a new animal friend have much to contemplate.

When giving a puppy as a present, you’re truly gifting someone a longterm responsibility. Sure, puppies are cute, and we all love them. All the same, how will your recipient feel about having to house train a new dog? Walk a new dog daily? Where will the puppy stay when its owners are on vacation or have to unexpectedly leave town for an emergency? Is the new owner capable of caring for the puppy’s medical needs? And will this person be willing and wholeheartedly receptive to the task for a couple of decades? These are all just the very basic items any adopter would need to ponder seriously, so, naturally, anyone receiving a dog as a gift would be faced with identical concerns.

If the person to whom you’re gifting doesn’t already have a dog, it’s probably because s/he isn’t ready for the commitment at this time. By introducing a puppy as your holiday present, what you might inadvertently be doing is creating a negative situation for both the dog and its new owner. For instance, if things don’t work out, what will happen to the puppy? Your friend or family member, unable to fulfill the duty, might be forced to look for a new home or, worse, surrender it to a shelter where euthanasia might be a possibility. That’s a terrible position for all, certainly, as no one intends for a gift to be a burden or a source of pain and frustration.

So what’s the solution? Although it might ruin the element of surprise, the safest bet would be to ask permission before gifting a puppy this holiday season. You might ask your friend or family member to accompany you to an adoption event or to browse our many dogs available online. This enables the right match if the timing is indeed best for all. Once your friend or family member’s adoption application and home visit are successful, your tremendous gift to them could be purchasing extra items for their newly adopted pet — something any new owner would be thrilled to receive! Bedding, treats, bones, training, toys, etc., are all fantastic gifts whether given on Christmas morning or any day thereafter.

If your friend or family member is not interested in adopting at this time, but you would still like to do something to make a difference for puppies and dogs awaiting their forever homes, another wonderful idea would be to sponsor one of the dogs listed here in the name of your recipient. Win/win!

During the holiday rush, be safe. Be smart. Enjoy this time we have with one another and our animal friends wisely. Greetings to one and all!

Let’s Walk!

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Hi, guys! It’s me, Hallie Mae. I know, I know…I haven’t updated in forever, BUT I can assure you great things have happened for me, which I’ll update very soon. First things first, though: My buddies in boarding for DFW Rescue Me would like to hang out with YOU. Even though our rescue is foster-based, sometimes they’ve gotta put my pals in boarding until a foster or adopter steps forward. This is where you come in. (It’s your lucky day.)IMG_1614

My friends in boarding need people who can take them out for nice walks. They also wish they had some extra folks who have time to play ball and frisbee and stuff like that. I think there are even some new, smart guys in there who would like to lie around on the grass while you read Shakespeare to them. Some of my friends without fosters would be happy just to get a few belly rubs and some time bonding with people. Oh, and they also need rides to and from events as well as for home visits and the like. See? There’s lots of ways to help!

377262_555146434525980_2145396175_nThe rescue takes this commitment pretty seriously, but I promise that we dogs know how to make it both fun and worth your time.

If you’ve got some free space Monday through Friday between 8 and 6, Saturday from 10 to noon, and/or Sunday from 4 until 6 in Carrollton, TX, we swear to pay you handsomely with lots of tail wagging and kisses. The rescue even provides everything you need to get started!

For more information, sign up here and shoot my buddy Kristan an email, so she can arrange to show you the ropes: kristan[at]dfwrescueme.org

 

 

 

RAGE Rescue of the Week – Solo

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Meet Solo!

Although he had a rough start in life living outside on a chain which was embedded in his neck, he still has plenty of love to go around.

He is about 10-12 months old and is just a big puppy. He is just now learning his manners and has come such a long way as he is quite smart. He knows basic commands such as “sit” & “down”, and is currently learning to “stay”. He walks good on a leash & takes treats very gently. Solo is super friendly with people, good with kids (but can get a bit excited at times), good with other dogs, and harmless with cats; although he currently lives with a kitty & thinks it’s fun to make him run.

Solo is such a happy boy and thrives on attention and is very eager to please…his favorite spot is right next to you. When he is sleepy, he wants nothing more than to be as close to you on the couch so he can cuddle.

Solo is so ready for his forever home and to have a family of his own to love. He would be best suited with an active person or family that will continue to teach him new things and give him structure.

If you would like to meet Solo, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

RAGE Rescue of the Week – Mr. Simon

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Meet Mr. Simon!

Mr. Simon is a year old shepherd mix and loves to run and play! He is all about having a good time. He is an awesome happy boy and does great with other dogs. He is crate trained and house trained, and he can sit and lay down on command. Mr. Simon will make a perfect family dog and he is gorgeous!

If you would like to meet Mr. Simon, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

RAGE Rescue of the Week – Ajax

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Meet Ajax!

Ajax is a 5 mo old pit mix. He is very friendly and loves to play with other dogs and cats. He is just a sweet little boy looking for his forever family! Are you the lucky one?

If you would like to meet Ajax, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

The Differently Abled & Canine Massage and Acupressure Workshop

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Co-hosted by DFW Rescue Me & Animal Allies of Texas

Differently Abled Workshop. Understanding Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind Dogs; how to communicate, adopt and what to expect
Whether you have a dog that is losing or has lost their vision/hearing, work for a shelter, volunteer with a rescue, are a potential adopter or are interested in seeing your No Kill initiative reach out to the differently abled, this is a great seminar for you to learn how to help them! Handouts with touch charts & hand signs for commands, handouts for shelters and rescues to use when adopting differently abled dogs and live demonstrations of differently abled dogs performing basic obedience and agility are all part of this seminar. This is a four hour workshop.

Skillful Paws Canine Massage and Acupressure Workshop
Come learn how to give your dog a relaxing massage. Great for anxiety, fear, increasing the bond with your dog and helping them cope at vets offices! During this workshop, you will see live demonstrations and learn by working with your own dog. You will learn how to give a relaxation massage and receive individual instruction from a professional practitioner. This is a two hour hands-on workshop. Bring a blanket and/or pillow, we will be sitting on the floor throughout this portion of the workshop.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
11:30am – 1:30pm Canine Massage and Accupressure Workshop
1:30pm – 2:00pm Break
2:00pm – 6:00pm Differently Abled Workshop

There is a limit of 20 attendees so early pre-registration is encouraged!
Each workshop is $40 each or $60 if you register for both.

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RAGE Rescue of the Week – Tristan

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Meet Tristan!
Tristan is a ~ 6 year old, 25 lbs., male, Jack Russell Mix rescue dog. He is a very intelligent, super social dog who loves to play!  He has a sweet, gentle disposition and is great with people of all ages. Tristan LOVES people, dogs of all sizes, and has no problem with cats. He enjoys playing and then curling up on the couch next to you for a nap. Tristan has a genetic defect called Ciliary Dyskinesia but he is healthy and has had no problems associated with his defect. He is crate-trained, neutered, vaccinated, on heartworm/flea prevention and is microchipped. Tristan is patiently waiting for his forever home with people to love him :)

If you would like to meet Tristan, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

RAGE Rescue of the Week – Gracie

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Grace is Lab mix approximately 18-months old weighing in at 35 pounds. Grace was pulled from a Dallas Animal shelter back in October of 2012 with a severe respiratory infection. With the proper medical attention, and love and care of her foster, Grace recovered quickly. In the wee hours of the morning she surprised her foster with the delivery of 4 healthy puppies. Although she is a young mother, Grace was very attentive and loving and fulfilled her duties “gracefully”. The puppies have since found “furrever” homes and now it is Grace’s turn. She is a little girl with a big heart. Grace loves to play with her toys, take long walks, and snuggle in bed. We believe that Grace would do well with someone that is home often and she would love some four-legged siblings as well. She does well with children, but doesn’t care much for cats. Grace would thrive with continued training and socialization. She loves people and is happy to please!

If you would like to meet Gracie, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

RAGE Rescue of the Week – Mr Bean

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Meet Mr Bean!

Mr Bean is a 1 1/2 old terrier/shepard mix.  Crate and potty trained.  Gets along well with other dogs.  Walks good on a leash.  Very sweet, playful, energetic and will make a great pet for any family.

If you would like to meet Mr Bean, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

RAGE Rescue of the Week – Belle

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Meet Belle!

Belle is a 1 1/2 year old Pointer mix and one very smart girl!  She is eager to please and learns new things very fast.  The Pointer part of her makes her energetic and playful.  Belle loves to play with other dogs and will do great in a home with children as well.  She is also both house and crate trained.  If you are looking for a great dog and companion, Belle will follow you anywhere.

If you would like to meet Belle, please visit our website at www.dfwrescueme.org and fill out our online adoption application. For questions, please email us at adopt@dfwrescueme.org.

RAGE is the Richie and Greggo Extravaganza heard afternoons 2-7pm on 105.3 The Fan. Richie Whitt and Greg Williams will s-paw-tlight one dog a week to help find a new home.

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