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Three Veteran’s Rescue Dog Stories (And How You Can Support Them!)

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Three Veteran’s Rescue Dog Stories (And How You Can Support Them!)

This month DOG for DOG is supporting an amazing organization, Pets for Patriots. This group provides financial support for veterans who rescue at-risk shelter animals across the country. Why do we love this charity? Here are a few stories that highlight the heros they work with and support…

1. Shaun’s Story: Veteran who overcame personal odds adopts dog left to die in city street

“He gives me inspiration every day and I’m so happy that I have him in my life. He loves to be held and likes to sleep with his head right on my shoulder. He’ll even wake me sometimes to put my arms around him. “

 

2. Timothy’s Story: Instincts bond Purple Heart Vietnam veteran and once-abused dog

“A dog will help you, because people don’t know. You can sit there and tell the dog your problems when nobody else will listen or they don’t understand. They listen, but they don’t understand,” he says, noting the magic of pets: “They make you forget.”

 

3. Gary’s Story: Dog on heavenly mission a final faithful friend to Vietnam combat veteran

“Before I got Marley, I was really depressed,” Gary shared, “[but] he just seemed to lift me up. He’s just that kind of dog.”

Want to join us and support more veteran rescue missions? Here are three ways you can help:

1. When you purchase DOG for DOG on Amazon during the month of July, an equal amount of dog food will be donated to a retired or active duty military member and their rescues!

2. All stocked up? Another way to support our mission is to leave a short review of a DOG for DOG product on Amazon! The more reviews we have, the more likely we are to get found by new pet parents. Thank YOU for being part of our mission to feed dogs in need!

3. Share this post with friends & family!

How to Make the Switch to a New Dog Food

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How to Make the Switch to a New Dog Food

Transitioning to a new dog food can be taxing on your pup’s digestive system. How can u avoid diarrhea, gas, and an upset stomach? If you take the switch to a new food step by step, your pup will be happy (and you will, too!).

The following guide & 3 tips can help ensure your pup’s transition to a new dog food is a smooth one!

1. Pro(biotic) Tip! If you want to make this transition even smoother, add a bit of yogurt and pure pumpkin puree.

2. Pro(tein) Tip! If your dog is currently on a lamb based protein, switching to another lamb based food, like DOGSFOOD Lamb Meal & Brown Rice would be a great move.

3. It can take up to 12 weeks for a dog to fully adjust to a new food. If your pup has worsening belly issues, chat with your vet!

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If your dog’s stomach is a bit upset throughout this process, that’s pretty normal. You may want to stick to the stage you’re on  for an extra day or two.

Ready to order DOGSFOOD for your pup, and to also help a dog in need? Remember, when you buy a bag for your dog a bag is given to a dog in need.

GRAIN FREE OCEAN FISH & SALMON – 14LBS

GRAIN FREE OCEAN FISH & SALMON – 4.5 LBS

 

Help Us Feed Pups in Need with Double the Donation

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Always wanted to try our all natural, made in the USA DOGSFOOD? Now’s the perfect time! When you purchase our Grain Free Ocean Fish & Salmon DOGSFOOD (great for active dogs!), we’ll DOUBLE the donation we make to dogs in need.

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So for every bowl you pour for your own dog, we’ll be able to pour 2 for rescue dogs!

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Like Layla and Grandpa Gus at Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary

Curious about switching your dog’s food? It’s pretty easy! Here’s how to make the switch…

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Ready to order DOGSFOOD for your pup, and for two dogs in need?

GRAIN FREE OCEAN FISH & SALMON – 14LBS

GRAIN FREE OCEAN FISH & SALMON – 4.5 LBS

 

Post Your Paws For A Cause!

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UPDATE: We were so blown away by your support that our #DOGforDOGpaws campaign is now running for the entire month of June! Each week, we’ll donate a meal to a dog in need for every Instagram photo of your pup’s paws. Just be sure to add the tag #DOGforDOGpaws, so we can find you!

On Wednesday May 27th, we challenged our Instagram dog friends to post a pic of their paws, and in exchange DOG for DOG would donate a meal to a dog in need. We thought this would be fun, but we never thought this would be called “the next ice bucket challenge”!

When our friends at The BarkPost posted about our campaign, and was their first piece of content to make to trend on Facebook, after being shared over 55,000 times! And by the end of the first week, nearly 35,000 tiny, large, spotted, painted dog paws were tagged #DOGforDOGpaws promoting this campaign.

As the campaign came to a close on June 2nd, paw pics were popping up in our Instagram feed at a steady rate. Dog parents were just too excited about this campaign, so we decided to restructure the promotion, and allow those who were just finding out about #DOGforDOGpaws to be able to join our mission.

How can you get your pup’s paws involved? Post an Instagram photo of your pup’s paws before midnight on Monday, each week in June, to have it counted towards that week’s 1,000 meal donation! Remember to add the hashtag #DOGforDOGpaws, and DOG for DOG will donate a meal to a shelter dog. Keep an eye on our own Instagram account, we’ll have exciting #DOGforDOGpaw updates and news to bring to you every week! Let’s get those paws the air! 

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The Fine Paw Print:
When do I have to post? One photo per Instagram user, per day. So post daily if you like! Each week, DOG for DOG will donate 1 meal for every pup paw on Instagram tagged #DOGforDOGpaws, up to 1,000 meals a week. Promotion ends June 30, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Do they have to be DOG paws? Uh, if you can fool us, then fine, we’ll count them. But we do know the difference between turtle feet and dog feet. (We’re lookin’ at you Rocket Larry.)

Where will the meals go? DOG for DOG donates to rescues and shelters like Villalobos Rescue Center, helping keep shelter dogs full and healthy with premium DOGSFOOD. If Villalobos can get every bowl of food donated, they save more than $300k a year! When a group like this can put their funds towards operating costs, like kennel upkeep, staff salaries, and vet bills, they can save more dogs.

How can I help even more dogs? (We know you’re wondering!) Just buy a bag of natural, made in the USA DOGSFOOD™ on Petsmart.com and an equal amount of food will be donated Villalobos Rescue Sanctuary. Join the movement and help us feed dogs in need.

Meet Mike Bateman, Sales Associate at DOG for DOG

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Meet Mike Bateman, Sales Associate at DOG for DOG

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Growing up I never realized the importance of rescuing a dog.  We had a couple of dogs throughout my childhood but we would inevitably have to give them away because either my brother or I forgot to walk them, pick up after them or we were just “too busy”.

Today, I realize that it is not just about me taking care of the dog; but the dog actually takes just as good care of me as well.  Had I learned this when I was younger I would have had someone to talk with, cry with and celebrate all of my life altering events with in my adolescence.

Now we have three dogs that I get to do this with on a daily basis: Snoop, Stavros, and Cooper.  All three are rescues and all three found us at the exact right moment for the perfect reason.  My wife and I adopted Snoop within a month of being married.  We decided to adopt because we thought it was the right thing to do… but still didn’t quite understand the consequence of adopting.  Once we had a rescue dog, people would always ask, “what kind of dog is he?” or “how old is he?”.  It quickly became apparent that none of those questions mattered.  All we knew was that he was a puppy and he was black & brown, but what mattered was that he was an amazing animal that just needed a chance that almost no one was willing to give him.

Just a couple of months after getting Snoop we decided he needed a friend and we knew we wanted to save another dog, so we adopted Stavros.  Another adorable creature that was just left at the gates of the Humane Society one night because someone just wanted to get rid of it.  Stavros is one of the most fun, energetic and beautiful dogs I have ever seen and again, just needed a chance.

Lastly, we brought in Cooper as a foster.  Snoop had undergone surgery on his two back legs and would be immobile for 10 weeks and Stavros needed a friend, so why not foster a dog, right?  Well that didn’t work and while Cooper is by far the oldest dog in the brood, he is now the newest.

While all three dogs are wildly different from one another, they are all brothers and are definitely our children.  I feel they each know where they came from and where they were headed if they had not been given another chance, and make that up in the love they show for us.

Working at DOG for DOG has brought my awareness and passion for helping dogs in need to a crazy level where I have legitimately gotten mad at best friends for not adopting their new dogs.  Helping dogs has become a part of my DNA.  With so many of these pups coming within hours of the end of their lives, it is imperative that we all understand how important it is to save every one of them because they are each so special and have the ability to become children to each of us.

Now only if my mom would accept just dogs as grandchildren…

Meet Kelly Hannaford, Account Executive at DOG for DOG

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Meet Kelly Hannaford, Account Executive at DOG for DOG

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My two rescue dogs, Zoey and Snoop, fill my home with love, miniature tennis balls and a constant need for a lint roller.   As with most people in our company, pets have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I blame my obsession of dog sweaters, silly animal related memes, dog shaming videos, and other dog-centric items on my parents!!  But in all seriousness, it’s because of them that I have such a passion for dogs and wanting to make a difference in their lives.

I’ve been told I’m just like my mom since before I was ten.  It recently dawned on me that it might actually be true. My mom usually floods my email with pictures of puppies and dogs that need a home.  And as a new Facebook user, she is an avid “liker” of all DOG for DOG status updates, pictures and blog posts (thanks mom!).  In being proactive, I found a way to harness my mom’s passion for pups.  Some people might say I am running a sweatshop out of her house… but I like to think that because of her, we are going to be able to help feed even more dogs in need!

My mom and I are very excited to officially announce the DOG for DOG, DOGSFOOD Reusable Tote!  These totes are handmade by my mom and we use leftover packaging that would otherwise be thrown out.   The really great thing is that for every tote sold, we will donate a meal to a dog in need!  So not only will you be carrying an awesome bag and helping to spread the DOG for DOG movement, but you’ll be feeding a dog in need!

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Here is my mom, Sherri, hard at work with one of her rescue dogs, Riley (the fluffball on the right). These totes are available on our website for $6.99 and make a great gift to your fellow dog lover this holiday season.

I’d also like to take the time to tell my mom how amazing you are, and thank you for always being my biggest supporter!

 

Meet Dakota Dunn, DOG for DOG’s Director of Giving

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Meet Dakota Dunn, DOG for DOG’s Director of Giving

IMG_8413I’ve always been the weird dog girl amongst my friends. The girl that will hang out with dogs instead of people at parties, or who creepily asks every stranger “can I pet your dog?”. In the office, I’m the weird cat lady…but that’s a different story.

From the day that I was born my family always had at least three dogs at all times. We also had multiple cats, birds, rats, rabbits, and the list goes on. We were the resident “animal house” on our block. If a wounded bird was found, or stray dog, the neighbors always brought them to our house and we would get them to the vet or adopted…or lets face it, keep them.

When I was ten, I had my first encounter with an abused and neglected dog that soon became “my dog” within our family. My mom and I had found a little puppy wandering aimlessly around our neighborhood. She was terribly thin, heavily matted and covered in scabies. I remember being extremely upset to see a dog in this condition and I made it my mission to personally nurse her back to health. My mom and I picked up the dog, took her to the vet and got her the shots and medicine she needed to start healing. During this process both my mother and I got scabies, which was unpleasant to say the least, but worth it since it meant that we could save a life. My mom let me name the puppy, so I called her Ginger after the book, Ginger Pye. Ginger was my love and I was blessed to spend 13 wonderful years with her by my side.

Not long after joining the DOG for DOG team, I adopted my English Bulldog, Danny. Danny was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg and hernia in her stomach as a result. She was surrendered to a shelter in that condition but was picked up by our friend Zach at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and they got her into surgery to fix her leg. I adopted Danny shortly after she was released from the hospital and have had two of the best years of my life with her. Danny has taught me the importance of rescue and how many wonderful dogs there are out there that need homes.  I can’t imagine my life without her, and there are times when I look at her and am overwhelmed with love and joy that this stinky, snorting, stubborn little creature has come into my life. At the end of the day all she wants is love, which is – I think- what everyone wants.

The work I am doing with DOG for DOG helps to support my passion for animals and has opened my eyes to not only how bad the pet overpopulation rate in rescues and shelters is, but how hard the staff and volunteers at rescues and shelters are working to save the lives of animals that are sometimes hours away from being put down. I now understand the critical importance of education programs, the need for spay and neuter, and the impact of legislation in the animal wellness community.

I am proud to be a rescue pet owner and hope to rescue many more pets in my lifetime!

Meet Paul Rava, Controller and Operations Manager at DOG for DOG

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Meet Paul Rava, Controller and Operations Manager at DOG for DOG

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Ever since I was a kid, dogs have always been a huge part of my life. Maybe it was all thanks to 101 Dalmatians, which I watched on a daily basis throughout childhood, or maybe it was because I always had fun playing with our family dogs.

It wasn’t until later in life that I realized having a dog wasn’t just a pleasant part of life, but an opportunity to find a best friend and to make a positive impact in the community. Throughout college I started to volunteer at rescues and shelters in the Los Angeles area, hoping to help out and learn a bit about giving back. What I quickly grew to learn was that each rescue and shelter is full of loving and motivated people with great intentions but often-limited resources. They are all working to help save dogs and they are all doing everything possible to make an impact.

As many of you know, it takes a lot of emotional strength to be involved at any shelter or adoption day event. To hear the constant stream of heart breaking stories and seeing the beautiful dogs looking for a forever home, we are all faced with two options: hope everything works out or take action and make a difference.

My decision was easy. I made a promise to myself that I would focus on making strides in my life to help these rescues and dogs in the best way I could. I immediately went out and spent a year in an Animal Behavior course and received my certification as a Certified Dog Trainer. The path to achieve this included working with one dog in particular, Phineas, who was a people-aggressive and dog-aggressive bully breed mix, and had been with his rescue for over a year. I worked with him on a weekly basis, and spent my time showing him a loving home and a promise for improved behavior.

Within weeks, I was able to successfully introduce Phineas to my dog, Slugger, with no issues. Phineas became the star of the obedience class I taught, excelling with his intelligence and eagerness to learn.  I had never experienced a greater or truer happiness than the day Phineas got adopted and left our rescue for his forever home. I was extremely sad to know I wouldn’t be spending as much time with him, but his new family was ecstatic and I knew he would be a great addition to their household. Phineas is just one example of the positive impact we are able to have in a dog’s life and the lives of the family members who adopt.

Slugger, my Boston Terrier, is a great daily reminder and representation of the pure love and joy that comes with having a dog as a true companion. He’s there with me whether I’m sleeping on the couch or out for a run (well…if he’s in the mood…) and I could not be more thankful for the positive energy that he has, every moment of every day in life.