raising a rescue dog

you know, there’s this weird vibe i’ve gotten from rescues that i just don’t experience with breeders and i think i finally figured out what it is.

breeders ask questions to find out what kind of owner you are so they can place the right dog with you. 

rescues ask questions to find out what kind of owner you are so they can make sure you’re the right kind of owner. 

breeders understand that there’s a million different ways that people raise and handle their animals, and rescues just don’t. they want your dog to be a pet and nothing more, they want a fenced in yard because obviously the only way to exercise a dog is to let them in the yard unsupervised. they want you to be a homeowner because obviously having a conversation with your landlord is impossible((also?? people move??)). they have this rigid view of what a “good” dog owner is and they’re completely unwilling to bend on any of their views, then pat themselves on the back for sending away people who were genuinely interested in giving a dog a loving home. 


breeders want their dogs to go to homes that match the individual dog’s needs. rescues want their dogs to go to homes that match their cookie cutter idea of a Good Home.

Why do I love Pit Bulls? Maybe it’s that big, beautiful head, just begging to be rubbed. Maybe it’s those soulful eyes, leading me straight into a wounded heart. Maybe it’s that childlike spirit… full of innocence and hope… despite the harsh realities of the world. Maybe it’s that joyful smile, saying to the critics: “I know you think I’m mean. I know you don’t trust me. But even though you hate me… I still love you.”

Maybe it’s the loyalty… the unwavering devotion in the face of cruelty, neglect, and abuse. Maybe it’s the fact that this very loyalty… this precious gift of allegiance…
is exploited every day by evil humans with sadistic motivations.

Maybe it’s the undying will to please their master, the drive for praise at any cost, or the endless desire for compassion of any kind. Maybe that’s what makes them so special…

Maybe it’s the love… the love that waits… often for an entire lifetime… to be given. The love that dies… in the dogfighting ring… on the end of a chain… or at the pound. The love wasted, the lives forsaken, the beauty forgotten… Maybe that’s what I see in them…

Maybe it’s because the media has inaccurately and wrongfully demonized one of the most loving, loyal, and incredible breeds on Earth—the Pit Bull. Maybe it’s because the public believes these mistruths and joins in the bashing. Maybe it’s because Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) has enacted laws banning these amazing creatures… laws that seek to destroy every last living, breathing Pit Bull in America. Maybe it’s because, for the lucky few Pit Bulls in loving homes, BSL rips them away from their families and sentences them to death. Maybe it’s because these precious souls can’t understand why this is happening to them… as they cry out for their families, just before they are killed…
Maybe that’s why I fight for them…

Maybe it’s because Pit Bulls are the most abused breed in existence… and the most highly euthanized breed in shelters. Maybe it’s because, in many American shelters, strict policies prohibit the adoption of bully breeds, eliminating all hope for these dogs. Maybe it’s because, even when given the chance for a family, no one wants to adopt them. Maybe it’s the heartbreak of knowing, that after a lifetime of suffering… and then being dumped at the pound, their only way out… their only chance for mercy… is death. Maybe that’s why I care so much…

Maybe it’s because, even in no-kill shelters, Pit Bulls often spend their entire lives waiting for someone to take them home. Maybe it’s because, for so many, that adoption day will never come. Maybe it’s because, while waiting on that unlikely chance for a family, many of these dogs will slowly lose their minds living in a tiny shelter kennel. Maybe it’s because, due to the stress of shelter confinement and the lack of socialization, their already small chances of adoption are soon reduced to no chance at all of ever getting out. Maybe it’s because, for bully breeds, the never-ending dream of having a family of their own… is only a dream…

After weeks, months, and years of waiting in a shelter for a family who will never come for them, all hope turns to despair… all desire turns to depression… all joy turns to anguish. Across the country, millions of these beautiful, amazing dogs are simply living each day… waiting to die.

So why do I rescue Pit Bulls? Maybe my drive to save them is because I’ve never known a breed more deserving of life. Maybe my will to help them is because they have no other hope. Maybe my advocacy for the breed stems from my desire to fight injustice… to right the wrongs and stand up for the victims.

Maybe it’s the fact that 2 of the most incredible dogs I have ever known are my children, Rudy and Riley (below), both Pit Bulls. Maybe it’s because many of my amazing rescue babies are Pit Bulls. Maybe it’s because I would do anything for my children, because my children would do anything for me. Maybe it’s because they have no reason to trust me, or anyone for that matter, and yet… they do. Maybe it’s because they have no reason to forgive, and yet, they have.

Maybe my love for them is a reflection of their love for me… unconditional, unwavering, and infinite. Maybe I want to change the world for them… to end the unspeakable suffering… to tell them that they matter… and to return the love they so freely and unselfishly give. Maybe it’s because I realize that I possess the power to do all of these things. Maybe it’s because I know that can use my life to fix this for them.

And maybe, just maybe, you will join me…

By Ashley Owen Hill,
Founder of Lucky Dog Rescue

unicornduke  asked:

Hi, would you be able to recommend some good resources on dog interactions and dog to dog body language? I'm trying to figure out why my dog acts the way she does with other dogs and if she's being "rude" in body language. Some dogs seem to like her fine but others snap at her. She's an adult rescue so I don't know if she was raised with another dog to learn manners from them. Thanks!

For first resources, I really like the diagrams in Stanley Coren’s book ‘how to speak dog’. It won’t tell you if she’s being rude, but it’ll teach you how to read the minutiae of both her body language and that of the dogs she’s interacting with. You can get more practice by watching videos of dogs (bonus points if you know the people who own the dogs) to practice your visual acuity (and then double-check that you’re reading it right if you know the owners). 

Lili Chin’s doggy drawings of her Boston terrier Boogie also has beautiful illustrations of what holistic interpretations of body language look like. She doesn’t focus as much on specific ear position or tail placement, but looks at the dog’s body language as a whole to figure out what information it encodes. 

professor: so why were you late to class

me: i’m gonna be honest here and it is because someone on campus was walking their dog and i had to stop and pet it for a good ten minutes 


Hundreds of corgi pups take over beach in California for ‘Corgi Con,’ raising money for dog rescue operations #corgis #corgi #dogs #California #SanFrancisco #dog #fundraiser #CorgiCon

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Phan: Those Who Trust - Part 25

Wordcount: 5.3k
Genre: Angst, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: past non-con and abuse
Summary: Dan used to be a submissive and now he’s just a broken shell of a man.
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A/N: ‘This fic is going to be 24 parts long,’ I grumble to myself as I publish chapter 25. It’s a lie. Everything’s a lie. In other news, thanks for your lovely comments, guys. And thanks to Hannah, who had to do double the work with this extra long chapter. Show her some love. :) I hope you enjoy this very long chapter! :) x


Dan was crying. There were tears streaming down his face that he tried to rub away with the sleeves of his sweater, and sobs tumbling over his lips that he couldn’t suppress, and this entire situation was so fucking stupid. Phil had been looking sideways at him for quite a while now, he must have noticed the change in Dan’s mood, and the second he heard Dan’s whimper, he was up from the couch and next to him at the dining table in seconds, a hand hovering over Dan’s shoulders as if he was not sure if he was allowed to touch, and asking what was wrong.

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Why do so many of my canon-based Sam Winchester tropes and headcanons hurt so badly?

Someone just get Sam Winchester a dog, an adorable rescue mutt. And have him learn sign language and marry Eileen (who is NOT dead, and you cannot make me believe this. That was a BMOL set up with a dead shapeshifter, the end.) And they can raise rescue dogs and go vegan and have a kid and advocate for sign language to be taught in schools and do family trivia night while Dean and Cas hunt and visit them regularly and call them up when they need information/research/a place to lie low.

(I have been reading too much hurt!Sam, I need fluffy happy Sam goddamnit.)

A kid in my class was presenting on pitbulls
  • Kid: ... So it really depends on how they're raised. Many pit bulls are rescued from dog fighting, so they were forced to kill and starved. These rings should be broken up.
  • Teacher: And what do they do with the dogs? Euthanize them?
  • Entire class: NO!
  • Teacher: Then what?
  • Several people: You rehabilitate them.
  • Teacher: And what about the dog "owners"?
  • Most: Jail them/punish them
  • A few quiet ones: kill them.
  • Teacher: So you rehabilitate the dogs, but you jail the people?
  • Everyone: Uh, yeah, duh.
  • Teacher: You treat the dogs better than the people?
  • Everyone: ... Yes.

Right in the feels! 

Last year we made this film as part of our documentary filmmaking course at the University of Hertfordshire. We managed to find this special family and document an incredible few months of their lives. We made this film to not only tell the families story, but to raise awareness of Schwartz Jampel Syndrome and to show how incredible rescue dogs are. A little bit of love can go a hell of a long way. **This is in no way an advert and is not being used commercially**


Okay, so after talking to my mom about trying to raise money to rescue Ivy from the shelter (the dog I fell in love with), she said part of the reason why can’t buy her now is because our other dog, Keira, needs surgery to get an impacted tooth removed, and that’s going to run up several hundreds dollars as well. We thought it was under control, but the vet says that antibiotics can only keep the swelling at bay for so long, and she should really have it removed sooner rather than later. 

So I set up a paypal donation button on the bottom of my tumblr page - http://voiceactresskurutta.tumblr.com/

This is her before her tooth swelled up.

I know most of us on tumblr are broke teenagers and young adults, but if you could at least spread this around, I’d be greatly appreciative. Every dollar helps, and I am trying to sell baked goods locally so as to actually earn some of the money. I might also sell blood plasma to the Red Cross if I can’t make enough.

I can’t officially offer commissions since I don’t have a lot of time to draw, but if anyone really wants something in return for their money, we can try to work something out. 

Any extra money donated will go to rescuing Ivy from the shelter.

We’ll be a great home for Ivy because we have experience with the husky breed, and she won’t be lonely because we also have Keira. We also have a decently sized, fenced-in backyard. 

Thank you for your time! I hate to ask for money, but we can only afford things gradually, and we’re really struggling with the up-front costs. 

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When Beth was younger, they had two cats on the farm. This was when the farm had still been fully functional and the world hadn’t rotted from the inside out like an apple cracked open to expose the worms within, of course. 

They had been outdoor cats really. Her Mama called them the barn cats, her Daddy called them the mousers, and Beth called them Sunshine and Pouncer. In contrast to her name, Sunshine was an all grey cat with a sleek pretty tail. But she was the sweetest cat ever and Beth could almost always find her curled up on a bale of hay soaking up the sun wherever it happened to be shining into the barn. 

Where Pouncer could be found depended mostly on Sunshine. If she was laying in a patch of sun giving slow flicks of her tail than Pouncer was right there a few feet away, hiding so he could pounce as if her tail were a particularly sneaky mouse instead. Pouncer was a large calico, all full of trouble as her Mama used to say. He was an amazing mouse catcher but he was also too clever for his own good; when he was two he’d learned to open the horse stalls if they weren’t latched properly, and when he was four he developed a new favorite game of playing with the belts and buckles on the riding saddles, which often led to them being tugged to the floor.

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Chances are you’ve heard of adoption as a way to bring a new dog into your home. While you understand the importance of adoptions, you may not know of all the benefits of adopting a rescue pet. Whether you’re looking to do a great thing for animals or you want to make sure you find the best pet, adoption is a great option. That’s just the beginning, though. You’ll be amazed at how beneficial adopting a rescue dog can be.

You’ll Save a Life - Most shelters euthanize pets, especially in the south where a huge amount of pets are surrendered on a daily basis. Each year, 8 to 12 million pets are euthenized because there are not simply not enough home. When you adopt a rescue pet, you’re saving that pet’s life. 

The Shelter Will Have Room for Another Animal - Not only are you giving a home to one (or more) pet, but you may save the life of another by making room in the shelter. Shelters that don’t euthanize can only help so many pets before they fill up. When you adopt, they have room for one more.

You’ll Save Money - Adopting a pet is so much more affordable than buying a pet (usually a dog) from a pet store or breeder. While price varies from shelter to shelter, you will save money not only on the cost of the pet, but on vet care. Most rescue dogs have already been fixed, which can save hundreds.

You Won’t Support Puppy Mills - You never know what conditions a pet store dog was raised in, which means you may be supporting puppy mills. When you adopt, you’re putting one less sale into the pockets of irresponsible breeders.

You’ll Help Reduce the Pet Population Problem - When you buy from a pet store, you create a demand for more puppies. This means breeders will continue to breed their dogs to make more sales. When you adopt, you’re giving a home to an abandoned dog and preventing the need for additional breeding.

Many Rescued Dogs are Already Trained - Some shelters raise dogs in foster homes, which means the dog has already been exposed to house training. Dogs that have been abandoned by their owners may also be trained to live indoors. This can make owning a pet even more enjoyable.

Shelters Can Help You Find the Right Dog - You have no idea what the temperament of a puppy is when you’re shopping at pet stores. Pet shelters know the temperament of the dogs in the shelter and can help you find the right dog for you. This helps prevent the need to give the pet up in the future.

You support a valuable charity and community institution - Sadly, every community in America requires an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you assist a not-for-profit organization, but also send a message to others who will be asking you for years to come where you obtained your adorable pet. Shelters improve the community by mandating that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This requirement diminishes chances that more unwanted animals will enter the world.