Doggie’s Day Out

August 20, 2014 in Dog Toys, Dogs, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.

Last weekend we participated in at Doggie’s Day Out.

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Doggie’s Day Out is a special event hosted by our friends at Deb’s Place.


At the event we saw some old friends

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Ella is one of our former foster dogs who is now living in a wonderful home in town.

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We also made some new friends

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This is Huckleberry.

Huckleberry is up for adoption at NCAL. Learn more about Huckleberry at his Perfinder.com page.


And we meet a special working dog who was nice enough to demonstrate his skills.

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Tuesday’s Tails: Grady

August 19, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Grady! Grady is a medium sized Shiba Inu/Retriever Mix who has been living at North Country Animal League since winter.

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Grady loves to play with toys, go for walks, and make funny faces.

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Grady is a very bright dog and picks up on new things very quickly. He is both food and praise motivated so positive reinforcement training will be very easy

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To learn more about Grady visit his Petfinder.com page

Grady’s photos were taken by our friend Brooke at TruckieLoo Photography and the staff at NCALAdopt a Dog

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Black and White Sunday: Socializing Steeler

August 17, 2014 in Black and White Sunday, Dogs, Hiking with Dogs by Mark at DBDT

We are happy to participate in the Black and White Blog Hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar: the Golden Retriever!

One of our “jobs” as a foster home for Steeler is to expose him to new things so he will be well socialized before entering his permanent home.

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This week when we took Steeler out for our Sunday morning hike, we were able to introduce him to some cows.

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Ava and Steeler at Moss Glenn Falls

August 15, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks by Mark at DBDT

The other day we took Ava and Steeler out for a quick hike at Moss Glenn Falls in Morrisville, VT.  The main trail at Moss Glenn Falls is fairly short: only about 1 mile in length out and back.
You can access the Moss Glenn Falls trail from the small dirt parking off of Moss Glenn Falls Road. The trail cuts through the wetlands alongside the river before climbing uphill towards the top of the falls. We were able to get a couple of good pictures of the falls from our location on the river bank.

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At the end point of Moss Glenn Falls trail it intersects with a small portion of Vermont’s snowmobile trail network. By linking up with the snowmobile trail we were able to turn this mile hike into about a 3 mile hike.

 

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The snowmobile trail is fairly flat with several water crossing. These bridges are very sturdy, but the spacing between the planks can be a challenge for some new canine hikers.

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After about an hour, we turned around and headed back to the car following the same path. At the junction of the snowmobile trail and Moss Glen Falls trail we decided to follow the snowmobile trail back to the road.

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This was a great choice because we were rewarded with some great mountain views on our way down the hill.

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Steeler plays fetch

August 13, 2014 in Dog Toys, Dogs, Photo Post, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.

Steeler plays fetch in the yard,

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Steeler plays fetch on the porch,

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Because everyone knows that a tired puppy is a happy puppy.

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Throw it again PLEASE!

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Steeler is playing with a Kane style toy from Damien’s Best Dog Toys.

 

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Tuesday’s Tails: Bugsy Malone

August 12, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Bugsy Malone!

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Bugsy is a 25 pound Puggle staying at North Country Animal League. He is outgoing, friendly, playful, and a little bit comical.

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Bugsy would do best in a home with older children and no cats.

To learn more about Bugsy Malone visit his Petfinder.com page

Bugsy Malone’s photos were taken by our friend Brooke at TruckieLoo Photography.

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Black and White Sunday: Steeler and the Culvert

August 10, 2014 in Black and White Sunday, Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Outside Adventures by Mark at DBDT

We are happy to participate in the Black and White Blog Hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar: the Golden Retriever!

We took Steeler out for a hike in Sterling Forest this weekend.

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When we came across a one of these large culverts put in the trail, we knew we had a great opportunity to help Steeler build his confidence.

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The following photos are of Steeler’s first attempt running down a tunnel.

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Steeler inspects the culvert.

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Steeler enters the enters the culvert.

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If you look at the foot prints, you can see that he made it all the way down the culvert and then turned around to head back.

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Good boy, Steeler!

You are well on your way to the agility course.

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Fun in the Mountains

August 6, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

This week we are featuring a few photos that we decided to titled “Fun in the Mountains”.

Veruca arrives on the summit

 

Steeler joins Veruca on the summit

 

Steeler and Ava square off

 

Time to go

 

 

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Black and White Sunday: Really, a puppy?!

August 3, 2014 in Black and White Sunday, Dogs by Mark at DBDT

We are happy to participate in the Black and White Blog Hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar: the Golden Retriever!

 Veruca was enjoying a nice quite Saturday in her private sanctuary under the deck when her space was invaded by Steeler.

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Fostering Steeler

July 31, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Animal Shelters, Dogs by Mark at DBDT

I want to introduce you to Steeler.

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Steeler is a young energetic pit mix that some of you may recognize from some previous post including:
Dogs, Rocks, and River and Black and White Sunday: White Mountains.

Over the past couple of weeks, Sallie and I have spent a fair amount of time with Steeler as he waits to become medically cleared for adoption. He sometimes can be a behavioral challenge, but he is really smart and responds well to positive reinforcement training.

However, Steeler is having a really hard time in the kennels at NCAL. His negative behaviors towards staff have been increasing and his overall well-being has been decreasing.  As a result, Steeler was identified as a dog that would benefit from a foster placement. Fostering shelter dogs and cats is a great way to help your local rescue achieve its mission and you may even help save a life in the process.

The two most common questions rescues and humane organizations receive about fostering are:

1. Why do adoptions groups need foster homes?
2. Why should I foster?

In order to answer those questions, Jane Harrell from Petfinder.com wrote a wonderful blog post titled “What is Dog Fostering”. The following is an excerpt from that post.

Why do adoption groups need foster homes?

There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:

  • A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
  • A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
  • A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
  • A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
  • A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
  • The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.

Why should I foster a dog?

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:

  • Freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
  • Giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
  • Helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
  • Socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.

Read Jane’s Complete post on Petfinder.com’s blog.

 For Sallie and I fostering is not only an opportunity to help the local shelter, but it is also an opportunity to help an animal. The rewards from helping to train and provide for the animals far outweigh the challenges of extra dog walks, extra training time, and the occasional chewed sneaker.

So, I want to once again introduce Steeler.

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Our newest foster dog!

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