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DOG for DOG Transformation – Ethel from Simi Valley Missing Pets

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Today, we want to introduce you to Ethel – a pup who had a hard life that was rescued from our amazing donation partner, Simi Valley Missing Pets. Simi Valley Missing Pets was started by the amazing duo – Doug and Jenn. It started off as a place where the community can get together to look for… you guessed it, missing pets. Owners can post their missing pet on their Facebook page to see if anyone has seen their pet. If the missing pet doesn’t find their owner after 30 days, the dog is fixed and all medical needs are taken care of and sent to a foster home until they can find their forever home.

Ethel is a special pup that their volunteer Brittany fell in love with. Here’s her story:

Ethel, is now an almost 5 month old little girl who was taken in by Simi Valley Missing Pets from Bakersfield shelter when she was 10 weeks old. They called Jenn from Simi Valley Missing Pets and asked that she take this little girl who had just been brought in with some facial deformities and was malnourished. Of course Jenn agreed and then I asked to foster her. When I got her home, my husband and I weighed her and she was all of 8 pounds. You could see all of her ribs, and the fur on the end of her tail was missing. When we picked her up, it was almost as though her chest would collapse inward because she was just so frail. Ethel was immediately put on DOG for DOG Grain Free Salmon Formula (her skin was flakey and red under her armpits so grain free seemed to be the way to go!).  She eats 3 cups of DOG for DOG dry food a day as well as gets her DOGSBUTTER in her chew bones for treats. She is now 27 pounds, all of her fur grew in beautifully, she no longer has irritated skin, and she is as solid and healthy as they come! DOG for DOG helped her gain a much needed 2 pounds, on average, a week and her coat looks gorgeous! 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we couldn’t agree more with these Before and After photos.

 

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Want to hear (and see!) more heart warming stories like this? Make sure to like the DOG for DOG Facebook page as well as Simi Valley Missing Pet’s Facebook page.

Also, a HUGE thank you to those who have joined our POUND for POUND movement. As a small token of our appreciation, we are offering a $5 off coupon for any bag of DOGSFOOD at your local PetSmart store. Click here for the coupon: http://snip.ly/7wwln. To redeem, either print the coupon or show it on your phone.

Adopt a Puppy from our Donation Partners

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Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day!? Puppies are so adorable – their little paws, their big bellies, and how they are so excited about everything makes us squeal with joy. There is still this stigma that you can only adopt adult dogs which isn’t true at all. There are so many puppies that you can adopt at your local shelter or from your local rescue group. We want to introduce you to the puppies that are available for adoption from our donation partners. These rescue groups are amazing group of people that save many homeless dogs each month. To support their huge efforts, we donate DOGSFOOD on your behalf. We want to help them out a little more by introducing you to the puppies that are available for adoption. Please share this post with as any friends as possible. The power of social media is HUGE!

 

 

First up is Mario from Mary S. Roberts Adoption Center. Mario is an 11 week old Chihuahua puppy and you can tell he’s one happy pup because he was wagging his tail while having this photo taken. As for Mary S. Roberts Adoption Center, they have been helping pets for over 100 years which is impressive! Located in Riverside, CA – their facility is 17,000 square feet and they house many pets like Mario.

Gingersnap is a tiny little chihuahua mix puppy with so much love to give from Marley’s Mutts. Her siblings and her mom were rescued right before the Holidays. With the love from all the wonderful people at Marley’s Mutts, she’s come out of her shell. She will need to be adopted to a home that is familiar with small breeds because she’s so small. Small pup parents have to do the shuffle walk so you don’t accidentally step on them which is a breeze to do once you get used to it. Marley’s Mutts is an amazing rescue group that will take any dog in and have a soft spot for hard cases such as Hooch who has no tongue. They also have a brand new program with their local prison program. They take their adoptable dogs and have them train with the prisoners. The prisoners get to take comfort through dogs and the dogs earn the good canine certification, making them easier to adopt. Amazing stuff!

Big Tuna is the cuddliest puppy out of his siblings and is a Terrier mix. How could you not want to take him home with you!? Maeday Rescue is a small but mighty rescue based in Los Angeles, CA. They are very careful about making sure that their pup goes to the right home to ensure that they will live the happiest life. They spend a lot of time with each dog and are able to tell you all about them.

Puff is a 6 month old American Bulldog/ Boxer mix puppy available for adoption from Rocket Dog Rescue. She is a puff ball of energy and so much fun! Rocket Dog Rescue is a rescue group run solely by volunteers in San Francisco, CA. All dogs are placed in temporary foster homes so that the dogs are able to socialize and the rescue is able to learn all about the dog.

 

There’s only 1 thing that’s better than a puppy. More puppies! Simi Valley Missing Pets takes many puppies at high kill shelters. Unfortunately, puppies that are too young need a rescue to save them because the shelters don’t have enough resources to care for very young pups. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and energy as they need to be bottle fed since they are separated from their moms. This is only about half of the puppies that SVMP has available for adoption so please check out their Facebook page for their most current list.

Meet Bailey and Blarney, 2 lab mixed puppies that will be ready for a home in about 6 weeks from Detroit Dog Rescue. Detroit Dog Rescue is the first and only No-Kill shelter in the city of Detroit and leaders of the movement. Like many cities who have seen in decline of economic growth, their has been a surge of families who are no longer able to afford their dogs. Our donated food helps DDR donate it to low income families who love their dog and need a little bit of help.

Fredarico is a charming, Chihuahua puppy available for adoption from Oregon Humane Society. Staring into his big doe eyes makes our hearts swoon. Oregon Humane Society adopts out a whopping 11,000 pets every year! What’s unique about them is that not only do they educate their community about adoption; they help with animal cruelty investigations to keep the pets safe.

Puppies are the cutest but they are also a lot of work. It takes consistent training, tons of patience, money, and lots of love and probably a ruined shoe or two. If you’re ready for the challenge and all of the love you will receive in return. Not ready for a puppy but still really want a dog? Adopt a senior dog. They just want a good meal and a good sleep. Either way, adopt don’t shop!

6 Tips for Adopting the Right Match

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6 Tips for Adopting the Right Match

When looking to adopt a new dog – whether it’s an addition to your current pack, your first pup or you’re looking to have a dog again after some time spent solo – you’re obviously considering what kind of dog you’d like to have. You’re likely thinking about things like size, breed, personality traits and where you’ll get them from. These are all vastly important things to consider, but they certainly aren’t the only ones! In fact, it’s amazing how much we can obsessive over one detail of the process without really considering how important (maybe even more important) another detail is. With this in mind, we wanted to share some tips on what to look for and ultimately how to pick a rescue dog, whether you’re going through a shelter or rescue.


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Photo from Save Our Shelter – Tune in Saturdays. (Check your local listings!)

1. Don’t limit yourself to one place or too short a time-frame. It’s doubtful you need a dog by this weekend. We don’t have to tell you that taking in a living animal is a serious thing, both for you and the pup. Once you’ve made the decision to adopt, give yourself time to find the perfect fit. It may take several weekends of visits before you find a good match. And don’t limit yourself to one place either. A little research will likely lend more options than you might have thought available to you. Most towns, even small ones, have at least one rescue and one shelter, and more in a short drive. See what they all have to offer! What do you have to lose? (Besides literally wanting all. the. dogs.)

2. Do your breed research. We’re firm believers in being open-minded about what breed you adopt, especially since you’ll likely end up with a mixed breed pup and then the regular dominant personality traits get pretty muddled anyways. However, it’s still smart to look into the kinds of breeds you’ve been thinking about and see if it matches your lifestyle. Yes, Australian Shepherds are very, very cute. They also shed like crazy and need tons of exercise and attention, and that’s the more important fact to consider.

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3. Think about size, seriously. While we feel like the breed is actually less important than the personality and general disposition of the dog, we do think it’s very important to consider size. And not for the reason you might initially think! A lot of people don’t want a big dog because they assume that’s instantly more work, and we don’t think that’s necessarily true. A small dog can be aggressive, barky, sheddy, hyper, etc., just like a big dog can be easy going, lazy and quiet. You have to judge that dog-to-dog. The more important way to consider size is in your lifestyle. If you travel a lot and want to bring your dog with you, a dog 30 pounds and under is going to be a lot easier to have along on trains and plane rides, or even around town. Not a world traveler but really into runs in the park or hikes on the weekend? We’re not saying tiny dogs don’t like some exercise here and there, but a lab would probably make a better running buddy. Think about your own life and how you’d like a dog to fit into it. That should inform a lot of your choices!

4. Ask a shelter staff member, or rescue organizer to suggest a dog for you. Tell them about your lifestyle, about dog’s you’ve had or been around that you’ve loved and get their honest opinion. They see these matches made every single day – trust them enough to give the dog they suggest a chance!

5. Give an unlikely match a chance. Do you have a friend with an unruly dog that they love unconditionally? Of course you do! You are most likely going to bond with any dog you select and they will definitely bond with you, so don’t put too much emphasis on that initial connection.

Don’t worry if a dog you’re meeting is more interested in their current foster or volunteer. This just shows that the dog is loyal and can form strong bonds with their pack! Some dogs, just like people, are shy upon first meetings, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily shy dogs by nature. A pup might also have high energy after coming out of their pin, but that doesn’t mean they’re always hyper… maybe it’s their first time out that day! Try to spend at least fifteen minutes with each dog and really talk to their foster, volunteer or caregiver. Pepper them with questions about the dog to find out their personality and ticks. Most volunteers will be totally honest with you. They’re not trying to sell you a used car, they want the right person to adopt the animal they care for. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll be bringing the pup back to them, and nobody wants to needlessly put a dog through that. They want to make the best match too, so that everyone is happy for the long haul.

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6. Take some time to think. Once you’ve narrowed down your list (or maybe you’ve got a solo champion!) take the night to think about it if you have any reservations. Go check out another rescue or shelter the next day. While shelter dogs can get snatched up at any moment, you’ll generally have more time to decide about a rescue dog and a sometimes lengthy adoption process to go through. No matter the case, be sure of your choice and your commitment, because it’s a big one! Not finding a match? Don’t give up! It can take weeks or even months to find the perfect match, especially if you have specific needs or wants in terms of size or breed and age, etc. Trust us that anything is possible, and there is nothing you can’t find in a shelter or rescue somewhere with a little bit of patience. The more groups you speak with about what you’re looking for, the more you’re likely to find what you’re looking for. There is no need to settle!

We hope these tips help you as you move forward in your adoption process. Of course, there is always more to consider, so please leave your own adoption advice and stories in the comments below!

Header photo by Vicki Warwick

8 Survivor Pups In Search of A Forever Home

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In honor of this week’s Save Our Shelter by DOG for DOG episode, we salute survivors! These dogs have been through a great deal, or are living with a disability, and doing so with a smile! Have a peek at these eight survivors and share their stories, together we can #SaveASurvivor!

1. Fast Eddie
Male, 6 years, Min Pin Mix
A Purposeful Rescue
Los Angeles, CA
FAST EDDIE IS AMAZING! So amazing that the shelter volunteers and staffed raised money to buy him a set of wheels! He’s a SUPER STAR and has no idea that his back legs are a bit wonky! He slipped those wheels right on and was off and running! FYI he still has feeling in his hind legs and we believe in time, with physical therapy he will regain use of them. In the meantime he is happy as can be living in his foster home in Ojai!


 


2. Dolly
Female, 9 Years, Lab-Pit Mix
Social Tees Animal Rescue
New York, NY
Dolly is a truly remarkable soul. This girl has a loving, trusting energy that emanates from her and warms everyone she meets. Dolly is 9 years old and about 40 lbs. We rescued her from a family that was about to dump her because she had gone blind. She had one of her eyes removed last year, and while she can’t see she gets around very well… she just bumps into things once in a while and needs some guidance.


 


3. Jag
Male, 3 years, Spaniel Mix
Kennesaw, GA
Mostly Mutts
I’m a super sweet, happy and full of life kind of dog! I have no use of my back legs but I don’t let it get me down! Don’t bother telling me I can’t walk, as I can skootch along easily to get where I want to go. My foster dad made me a new wheelchair which will come with me when I’m adopted, as I love to go for walks and even run around a bit with my people. We’ll be the stars of the neighborhood.


4. Bo
Male, 9 months, Australian Shepherd/Cattle Dog/Catauhula mix
Portland, OR
Deaf Dogs of Oregon
Meet Bo! He is a deaf puppy – full of energy and love. He is very smart and willing to learn. He LOVES the frisbee and can already catch it from a distance. He will need lots of attention, exercise, and stimulation to keep his smart mind busy and would make an excellent agility dog. He would love to do any and all activities, hiking, beach, running, as long as he is with you and getting the attention he craves. Bo is deaf, but that doesn’t slow him down!


 

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5. BayMax
Male, 7 months, English Mastiff
Marley’s Mutts
Tehachapi, CA

Baymaxis a perfect example of an English mastiff and is approximately seven months old and not quite hundred pounds and does not have eyes. When shelter staff reached out to us he was in significant pain from genetic conditions that affected his eyes.

Both of his eyes were surgically removed and he’s feeling very much like a typical puppy now. Baymax loves to wrestle with other dogs and will gladly climb on your lap and wrestle with his people if given the opportunity. His lack of vision doesn’t affect his personality at all, he is completely happy.



6. & 7. Madison & Tommy
Bonded Pair, 9 & 13 years, Brussels Griffon
National Brussels Griffon Rescue

Columbus, OH

Madison and Tommy’s paws had endured many a cold day and night before they came into NBGR’s care. They were kept in an outside pen most of their lives. Despite the lack of socialization, Madison is a loving, happy, hard of hearing 13 yr. old, 13 lb. very sweet girl who spends her time caring and watching out for her 9 year old companion, Tommy, who is only 8.9 lbs. and almost blind. How touching that a dog treated so badly would be able to show such compassion to another dog. What a pair! Together they use each other to find their way.

 

8. Splinter
Male, 10 years, German Shepherd
Pal’s Palace
Chicago, IL
This boy might very well be the sweetest animal on the face of this earth! Splinter lived on the end of a chain in Kentucky for his entire life. He was completely bald with mange, starved near death, heartworm positive, and his ears and tail had frostbite. He was barely able to stand or lift his head when he was rescued. It’s taken months of loving care, blood transfusions, and a lot of medical intervention to bring him back to life.

 

For more heartwarming rescue tales, be sure to tune in Saturdays and watch Save Our Shelter on The CW, part of One Magnificent Morning. Check here for local listings.

Why We’re Working with Centinela Feed to Help Dogs & Owners in Need

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Why We’re Working with Centinela Feed to Help Dogs & Owners in Need

ANNOUNCEMENT –  Centinela Feed has joined the DOG for DOG mission, and you can now find DOG for DOG food & treats in every one of their Southern California locations.

When you purchase any DOG for DOG at Centinela, an equal amount of dog food is donated to dogs in need at Downtown Dog Rescue and to families in need through their Shelter Intervention program. This program is revolutionary and in August alone, 95 pets were prevented from entering the South LA Shelter.

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To celebrate, September 12-20 Centinela Feed is doubling the food donation as part of their yearly #FOODFRENZY. Join the mission this week and make your donation count!  Support Downtown Dog Rescue by purchasing DOG for DOG DOGSFOOD, DOGSTREATS and DOGSBUTTER at Centinela Feed!

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Meet Casper, one of the many rescue dogs that receive DOUBLE the donation when you purchase DOG for DOG DOGSFOOD during Centinela Feed’s #FoodFrenzy this week.

 

Pets for Patriots sets record for dog food donations

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Pets for Patriots sets record for dog food donations

Originally posted to Pets for Patriots blog here.

Buddy is among many recipients of dog food donations through a record-setting campaign with DOG for DOG, makers of high quality, all natural, made in the USA pet food. The company ran a one-month promotion to benefit Pets for Patriots, and Buddy and his veteran Michael would like to say, “Thank you.”

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For every purchase, the company donates an equal amount of their dog food to help pets in need. Our promotion with them was such a success that it shattered their one-month sales record through their Amazon store and yielded a whopping 101 bags of donated food.

At our request, DOG for DOG sent a full pallet – more than 900 pounds of food – to Humane Society of Pinellas, our partner shelter where Michael and Buddy adopted one another. The remaining 36 bags were delivered to Michael for Buddy’s enjoyment, and should last him til November 2016.

 

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!

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.