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.

Photo Friday ~ Sabrina cuddles

Baylee (formerly known as Sabrina of Mutts Matter Rescue) takes some time to cuddle with her new big sister Carly. Baylee is adjusting well to her new home and we’re looking forward to more updates & pictures from her new family soon!

Baylee snuggles up with big sister Carly for an afternoon nap.

Would you like to find a snuggle buddy for your family pet? Visit Mutts Matter Rescue and check out some of their adoptable dogs who love to play and snuggle with other 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?

Our 2nd foster’s in the house ~ Meet Luke!

He is an 11 month old foxhound who is as sweet as can be! We’ve only got him for a short period of time, but he’s already made himself right at home. Greeting anyone who walks in the door with tons of kisses and loads of charm. Who couldn’t fall in love with a cute face like this?

Luke is most definitely a hound dog, when outside and he hears a weird sound or catches a weird scent, he’ll stop, lift his front paw and do the classic point! When in the same room as my bird Mia, Luke has always got his eye on her. Watching her every move just in case…

Checking to see what Mia is up to.

Luke has recently recovered from a hip injury he received before he was rescued and came to Mutts Matter Rescue, but you couldn’t tell! He runs, jumps and frolics all around the yard without even hinting to the fact he used to have a rod in his hip. What a lucky boy!

Luke enjoying the outdoors!

Luke is also very dog friendly. He loves to run and play in the yard with both of our dogs here at the house. Our “old man” Brewer isn’t quite as enthusiastic about Luke’s puppy antics and tends to get a little grumpy, but that doesn’t bother Luke. He just shifts gears and turns all his energy into playing with Bailey who is happy to oblige! Today is Luke’s 4th day in our home but you would think that with the way that he and Bailey play. You’d think that they’ve been friends for years! They get along famously.  So if you’re looking for a playmate for your current dog at home, Luke may be the one!  If you are interested in adopting Luke, just visit Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.


Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Hello Everyone! Long time no posts I know. Shame shame. It’s been a hectic couple of months with all of the holidays and the start of a New Year. Can you believe it’s February already? Sheesh…I hope this isn’t a precursor for how quickly 2012 is going to go.

That being said, I was asked to write a short entry for the Mutts Matter Rescue Newsletter and I chose the topic of Pet Safety and Valentines Day.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of love and joy, but if you’re not careful it can also include a trip to a local vet hospital. This Lover’s Holiday can be full of potential hazards to your four-legged family members. Foods, flowers, gift wraps and candles can pose a threat to your pets well-being.

Many of you will receive chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but remember that chocolate is toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it becomes and the more serious adverse reactions it can cause. Large amounts of chocolate can cause severe sickness or even death so please make sure to keep it up and out of the reach of your pets.

Flowers, such as lilies, can be toxic to cats. Roses can also be dangerous for dogs or cats. If a pet were to bite, step on, or swallow a stem they would be at risk of being punctured by the thorns. Similarly, giftwraps such as cellophane, ribbons, bows, and balloons can be a choking hazard if your pet tries to consume it.

Candles are also a big part of celebrating Valentine’s Day. If eaten, the wax can cause upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea and choking. Don’t forget to keep lit candles up and out of the reach of your pets, we don’t want them to catch their happily wagging tails on fire! Also be sure to blow out candles before leaving your home or turning in for the night.

Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy your holiday with your pet! Provide them with delicious pet friendly treats or a Valentine’s Day themed toy to keep them occupied while you are entertaining your guest(s).

Happy Valentine’s Day!