Say Hello to Harley!

Hi I’m Harley!

Last Thursday we got to pick up our 4th foster pup Harley. He came to Mutts Matter Rescue with his brother Marley & sister Carley (also up for adoption).

Me and my siblings Carley & Marley.

The vet thinks I am some sort of Lab mix… possibly with a Basset Hound since I have extra floppy ears, a longer body, and shorter legs than the average Lab pup. More and more everyday though, my foster mom believes I could even be mixed with a Standard Dachshund (doxie). I am a young pup although my age is questionable, when I was first brought in they thought I was a 10 week old pup weighing about 10lbs but the vet thinks my teeth show I might be a few weeks older than that 14, 16 or ever 18 weeks. Either way I am still a puppy and love to play!

It’s kind of hard to see but my body is a little longer than most Lab pups.

My foster mom say’s I’m super sweet. Although my name is Harley she keeps calling me Little’n (Little one) and her little Shadow. I love to follow her wherever she goes. It’s fun cause a lot of the times I hear this “click” sound and treats magically fall from the sky. Foster mom say’s those are special training sessions but sometimes she catches me off guard when I’m laying down quietly and treats still appear at my feet! I know how to “Sit” and do this thing called “Touch” where I touch my nose to my foster mom’s hand and get a click and treat. I’m also learning this thing called “Down” too. Foster mom say’s these things will help prepare me for my new home. I don’t mind cause I get yummy treats and lots of pets and loving when I do them!

I know how to “Sit”

So far my foster mom say’s I have been wonderful. So wonderful in fact that she keeps telling foster dad that if I don’t find my forever home soon it’s going to be really hard to let me go. I am also a GREAT snuggler! Whenever I am ready for a nap I will just crawl into your lap and go to sleep. If I can’t crawl into your lap I will lay on your feet to keep them warm or if foster mom picks me up and puts me on the couch, I like to curl up right next to her to help keep her warm.

Love to snuggle up with foster mom and take naps

Foster mom say’s that I’m great in the crate whatever that means?! I just like it cause when I get put in the crate I get this yummy cold red thing that tastes like peanut butter and when I’m done with it, I’m ready for a nice nap so I just quietly go to sleep. Apparently I take long naps cause sometimes I go to bed and it’s dark out and then when I wake up foster mom say’s good morning and the sun is out again! I’ve already started learning new things to. I really like my foster home but foster mom say’s that I have a forever family out their waiting just for me! Is that you? I promise to love you forever!

If you are interested in adopting Harley, his brother Marley, or his sister Carley, please go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

Just like that, Sabrina is Adopted!

We have come to notice when fostering in my house that our foster pups don’t stay with us very long. It’s both good and a bad at the same time. First the bad (and it’s not really even bad at all): I feel like I’m just getting to know the dogs well enough and they are finally getting into a rhythm with us. They start to learn the rules of the house and get into a daily schedule, which makes things much easier for us. Then they are gone! Also, being a trainer, sometimes I wish I had a little more time to teach them a few more things before handing them off to their new forever homes. Plus…I.Just.Love.Dogs. Having one more in the house (once they start to get the hang of things) just feels right. Shhh… don’t tell my husband.

The good part though, is that the dog gets to go to their forever home that much faster! My house is only a transition from the dreadful life they had before to an amazing life they will have after and that is OK. I truly am happy for all my foster dogs when they go home! It’s a bittersweet feeling and hard to explain unless…well…you’ve done it too. With all that being said let’s get back to my most recent foster Sabrina!

Sabrina was picked up this past weekend by her new mom K and one of her new human sisters. They were wonderful people and were so excited to take Sabrina home. They had been previously approved by Mutts Matter Rescue and were just waiting for the right dog to come along. Sabrina is going to live with her new parents, 3 human siblings (two brothers and a sister) and a doggy sister too. They explained how they live on a huge property that contains a plant nursery and that Sabrina would have not 1 but 3 ponds(!!!) that she could play in! I couldn’t help but to think how perfect this would be for her since just days ago when we had that 90+ degree day in MD, Sabrina figured out it was super cool to play in her water dish and lay in the mess fresh water to cool herself down. She is going to be SUCH a water dog, just like her new doggy sister Carly (who is a lab mix).

Sabrina and I the morning before she left to go to her forever home. 🙂

Couldn’t be happier for this darling girl and can’t wait to get updates from her family about how much she’s growing and how well she is settling in.

Are you interested in adding a dog like Sabrina to your family? Visit Mutts Matter Rescue and check out some of their adoptable dogs.

Photo Friday ~ Gentle Play

Here’s a short picture story line of our Clicker Savvy Canine Bailey playing gently with our MMR foster pup Sabrina. Bailey is usually a rough and tumble type of guy. He’s very physical and very verbal when playing with older dogs that he knows well. But when it comes to puppies, Bailey takes on a different persona and becomes a gentle dog who knows how to control his body. Sabrina takes full advantage of this at times and will climb on him or playfully bat him in the face, but Bailey doesn’t seem to mind. In this series of pictures Bailey is laying down and using only his head, paws and gentle jaws to play with Sabrina… check it out!

Does you dog play nicely with other dogs? We’d love to hear some stories…


3rd Times The Charm ~ Meet Sabrina!

Meet Sabrina!

Our 3rd official foster pup is Sabrina, a 3 and 1/2 month old mix breed puppy who is up for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue. We’re not exactly sure what she’s mixed with but some people think she might be a Collie mix, or maybe even Saint Bernard mix. What we do know is that at 3 and 1/2 months and already 20+ lbs, she’s gonna be a big girl. No worries though, she is as sweet and gentle as can be.

I am always on the move!

Sabrina might have had a delayed start on puppy socialization but she is super lucky her foster mom is an OPERATION SOCIALIZATION Certified Trainer and knows just how to get this girl on the right track! Since day 1 Sabrina has been in training, learning a variety of things that are important to a puppy her age. She’s gotten the opportunity to meet several well mannered dogs & puppies as well as over a dozen or so new people of all ages, genders and races. She is also being introduced to new sounds and situations daily.

"I'm gonna be an Operation Socialization Certified Puppy!"

Along with good puppy socialization Sabrina is also doing very well with a couple other important puppy behaviors, potty training and crate training. In fact, Sabrina is so comfortable in her crate that you will often see her slip off into it on her own for a nap after a good round of play with her foster brothers.

Goofing around in the yard... Sabrina runs the show.

Nap time.

Sabrina is becoming a very Clicker Savvy pup. She has learned several great foundation behaviors so far such as “sit” and a nose target behavior “touch” and is in the process of learning “down.” One of foster mom’s main goals is to teach her to sit automatically while someone say’s “hi” (being greeted). Sabrina is going to be a big girl so it is very important that she learns early that jumping is not a good idea. She is doing GREAT! Sabrina almost automatically sits when she comes up for attention. If 4 paws are on the floor we are also rewarding for this and usually she sits the moment you reach down to pet her. Such a smart girl!

Foster mom say's I have a very lovely "sit"

Today we’ll be taking a mini trip for lunch to one of the nearby Operation Socialization Destinations to get some more real world experiences into her repertoire. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt this sweetheart won’t be disappointed, I promise!

If you are interested in adopting Sabrina or others like her,  just visit Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

Here are some more pictures cause we all know you can’t get enough of puppy pictures!

Always on the move!

Hi there.

Don't you want to love me forever?

Sweet Luke ~ Adopted!

That’s right folks, lucky boy Luke has found his forever home! Some of you guessed right away from the picture I posted Friday. That was Luke and his new adoptive brother Apollo enjoying the now daily ritual of people watching from their front door.

Luke & Apollo people watching

According to his new momma, Luke is fitting right in. He is enjoying his new bed…


Cuddling with his new human family members…


Lounging with his new brother Apollo…

Just lounging with my brother.

Luke’s new family say’s that

“The boys have been having fun! …As you can see they tire each other out pretty well.”

Apollo taking a much needed nap after ruf housing with Luke all day.

Thoroughly enjoying his new life like any rescue dog should, I couldn’t be happier for Luke. It seems that this was a perfect match for him and his new family. Can’t wait to hear about all the adventures they’ll be having in the future!

I love my new brother.

Congratulations Luke, you deserve it!

Would you to adopt a second dog for your family? Visit Mutts Matter Rescue and check out some of their adoptable dogs.