Happy Tails of the Week - September 17th, 2019

Why we do what we do

We asked our fosters a simple question: Why do you foster for TLC? Here’s one of the responses we got!

I love dogs and adopted an adult from the SPCA. She had awful separation anxiety but after a rocky start was my best friend for 15 years. Then I adopted a rescue puppy. I raised her and had her for 13 years. She suffered epilepsy and ultimately two bouts of cancer. As my kids will tell you, she was my favorite child. She was by my side when my dad died and I was by hers through seizures and surgery. Together we suffered a dog attack with stitches and antibiotics. There is no such devotion as a dogs!

Duncan (fka Hummus) was a dog looking for love when my heart was broken. That sweet thing was homeless a year before he landed with me. I am so grateful to everyone for helping him along the way and I wanted to do the same for another dog and another family... to help someone who truly needs that dog to heal their soul.

Happy Tails of the Week - September 12th, 2019

Come See Us This Weekend!

We love it when people meet our dogs. To Love A Canine Rescue will be showing off some of our adoptable dogs this weekend at two local events.

First up we’re at WUFFJAM at Reeves Park in Phoenixville this coming Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and say hi! There will be vendors, food trucks, live music and best of all - Adorable Adoptable Dogs!!

We’ll also be at the Mindful Movement Yoga Festival in Phoenixville from 1 -2. Our Puppy Smooch Booth will be there so be sure to stop by and see our dogs and get a pooch smooch!

We look forward to seeing you and who knows, maybe you’ll meet a new addition to your family!

Happy Tails of the Week - September 3rd, 2019

Thank You to our Volunteers!

For many of us, Labor Day means the end of summer, the beginning of the school year and a change of seasons. But, it’s important to keep in mind the true history behind this holiday: Labor Day is a celebration of laborers, of workers.

To Love A Canine values and celebrates its volunteer “workforce” this Labor Day. We are made up of people who volunteer their time, donate their energy, open their homes to dogs in need and work tirelessly to help us live up to our vision...until they all have a home.

So as we say goodbye to another summer, TLC would like to say THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. Without them, we could not do what we do.

Happy Tails of the Week - August 28th, 2019

We can always use your help!

Have you been looking for a way to give back that doesn’t cost anything? Well, friend… look no further! Apply to volunteer with TLC. As a volunteer, you’ll find plenty of ways to help with activities like…

Transports. You can receive dogs from their freedom rides. The best part? It’s a great way to get some puppy love and meet fellow volunteers! Dogs we rescue come from as far away as Mississippi. It takes about 18 hours to drive the dogs here and at the end of that ride, they are welcomed with smiles, open arms, snuggles and love. Did we mention free puppy love?

Meet & Greets and Community Events. You can help us show off our dogs at events like Meet & Greets at local pet stores, community days or even local schools. That’s right, we take dogs into schools to give kids some puppy play as a way to relieve some daily stress. We’ve even taken our dogs into local businesses. Now that you mention it… Do you have a school or business you’d like us to come to? Contact us to see if we can make it happen.

Fundraising Events. Do you have a knack for event organizing or party planning? You can help us plan and execute our biggest fundraising events including Miles for Mutts, Raffles for Ruffs, and Barko Bingo. Speaking of Miles for Mutts… our 5K Run/Fun Walk is happening again this October! You should totally check it out.

Service Hours. Do you have school aged children that need service hours? As volunteers, we can give them meaningful, helpful chores or tasks that they can do to get some of those community service hours. We even have a special name for our youth volunteers, the Mini Paws. Awww…

So if you (or your kids) have been looking for a rewarding opportunity to volunteer and give back, and you love dogs, then TLC could be the right fit! Learn more about volunteering for TLC here.

Happy Tails of the Week - August 20th, 2019

Rescue Dogs Are Not Broken

A post from one of our foster volunteers:

I was speaking with some coworkers the other day about our experience as fosters. As I talked about Troy and his need to decompress and gain some confidence in his new surroundings, someone asked how Tim and I handle that situation. I explained how we had to give him a lot of love and space and keep his routine consistent. Another coworker at that moment commented, "This is why I could never get a dog from a rescue. I want a good dog, not a broken one."

I had to catch myself, knowing that anger wouldn't get me very far. I explained that while poor Troy needed to gain confidence, he never asked for this life or the previous treatment he suffered. He never asked to be abandoned, he never asked to be in a noisy, overcrowded shelter. Just because he needs extra love and support right now doesn't mean he isn't a good dog; the two are not mutually exclusive.

We went back and forth for a bit, both unwavering on our positions, and I was sad for the rest of the day. I was sad for Troy and every rescue dog out there, but mostly, I was sad for her that she wasn’t open to the fulfillment a rescue dog can bring you.

Today, a wonderful family saw that exact sweet soul in Troy and made him a part of their forever. He has three wonderfully gentle human siblings and two adorable fur siblings to call his very own. I know I can't change everyone's mind, but I can continue to help these precious beings and educate those who are willing to listen.

She was right about one thing though: Troy is not a good dog, he is one of the best dogs. "Good dog" does not begin to touch on the potential this creature has. Thank you, Troy, for reminding me what we are fighting for, and against, in this cruel world. I wish you a life of certainty, security, and most of all, love. Happy adoption day, Troy Boy. We miss you terribly already.

Happy Tails of the Week - August 14th, 2019

What’s Safe for Fido?

Do you ever wonder what human foods are safe and healthy for your dog? We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel!

If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies. Here are a few “dog-approved” people foods:

  1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. NOTE: Be absolutely sure that you’re not using sugar-free or “lite” peanut butter that has artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, as these substances are incredibly toxic to dogs.

  2. Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.

  3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.

  4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.

  5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s digestive system.

  6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Feed your dog cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him some of your unwanted fish skins.

  7. Pumpkin. Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.

  8. Eggs. Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to give her diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack.

  9. Green beans. These make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.

  10. Apple slices. Apples help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards.

  11. Oatmeal. A great source of soluble fiber, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.

These are just a few of the dog approved people food that you can toss your dog’s way. Remember to try them in small amounts. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian.

Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe. Never feed your dog toxic human items such as: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol, or coffee. Consult your veterinarian with any questions on what is safe and what is harmful.

#WeHeartMona Update

"Hey everyone.. Mona here.. checking in! I’m 2 weeks into my 1st round of heart worm treatment and I’ve got this!! Lucky for my foster mom I’m a pretty laid back lady! A couple more weeks and I get to do this all over again!"

Our sweet Mona is championing her heart worm treatment! Please keep her in your thoughts as she overcomes this intense case of heart worm.

Peanut Pups Update

We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughts, prayers, donations and support for the Peanut Pups. Over the past month of fundraisers, we’ve raised $6,628 to help pay for the Peanut Pups hefty $20,000 vet bills.

And we’re not done yet! Every dollar donated to our RallyUp campaign goes directly to these bills AND enters you into win 5 Disney Hopper passes!! Support through RallyUp Here: https://go.rallyup.com/haveaheart-tlcrescuepa/

Because of your support and the loving care of VRC and our fosters, ALL seven peanut pups are happily in their furever homes and we can continue to save more lives. Because of you, we can continue to live up to our mission... Until they all have a home...

Happy Tails of the Week - August 5th, 2019

Why We Do What We Do

For this week’s Happy Tails, we want to share a message from one of our fosters about her recent momma and her puppies. Click here to learn more about being a foster family for TLC dogs!

At the beginning of March, I learned of a sweet little Chihuahua who was just 1 year old and pregnant. The owner did not want her and certainly didn’t want to deal with the puppies she was going to have.

Something about this little girl pulled at my heart. (don’t they all?) There was something different about this one though. I knew we needed to help her. Luckily, I am backed by the greatest rescue who agreed that she deserved to be saved.

I drove to Philly the next day to pick her up. She was so skinny and terrified. I didn’t know if she would ever trust but I was going love her regardless. It took her about 5 hours of being in my home to realize that we were now “her” people. She was attached! (And so was I)

Over the next couple months, I asked a million questions, worried about her, loved her, and made sure she was pampered as she grew her babies. As birth day grew closer, I monitored her constantly. If I couldn’t be home with her, I was staring at a camera set up to watch her all day long. The day finally came. I was at work and could see on the camera that she was getting close. I left work early and got home as fast as I could. I talked to her through the camera the entire way. “You’re safe little girl. I know you’re uncomfortable. Please wait for your foster momma to get there.” When I got home, I sat with her in her whelping box. She immediately started transitioning to active labor and within 15 mins, Adeline was born. Clementine didn’t waste any time from there. All 6 babies were out within 2 hours.

Watching her babies grow and learn each day was amazing. Each step was a joy to watch. From opening their eyes, learning to walk, eating their first food and watching them learn to socialize with other dogs, etc. They quickly grew into little balls of energy with very different personalities. Everyday I fell in love with them a little more. I was concerned I was to own 7 chihuahuas. How was I ever going to let them go?

The day came that these babies went to a new foster and then into loving homes. Each one is special and will always hold a place in my heart. It has been an amazing journey with this momma and her puppies. I could have never have done it without the support of the TLC team and the other wonderful fosters that helped.