Happy Tails

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.


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.


Happy Tails of the Week - July 30th, 2019

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TLC @ the Goshen Country Fair!

The Goshen Country Fair started on Monday, and we'll be there ALL WEEK with some of our adoptable dogs! Ride some rides, eat some good food and come meet your new best friend!

Fair hours:
6:00 – 10:00 PM – Monday, July 29– Friday, August, 2
5:00 – 10:00 PM – Saturday, August 3


Happy Tails of the Week - July 23rd, 2019

TLC needs fosters!

In addition to the photos of TLC dogs adopted last week, we’d like to put out a call to action to our followers: We need life savers. We need foster families. We are in desperate need of foster homes for our dogs. If you’ve ever considered it, now is the time.

Perhaps you’re looking to adopt a dog but don’t know whether you want a puppy or an adult, a male or female, a long haired dog or a short haired dog. Maybe you don’t know if you’re ready to make the lifetime commitment yet. If you become a foster, you might just find the dog of your dreams!

We provide you everything you need to foster, including food, preventatives, toys, towels, crates and support. Anything your foster dog needs, we provide. We just ask that you love your foster dog, show them off at our events (don’t worry, if you can’t make it we can have a volunteer pick the dog up and bring it back to you) and show them they are safe and out of the shelter.

Now is the time to act.
Now is the time to join our team.
Now is the time to be a life saver!

Click here to apply to be a foster today.


Happy Tails of the Week - July 16th, 2019

Dog Days of Summer

Not only do we live up to our motto “until they all have a home...” by making sure our dogs find the perfect family, we also like to make sure we’re keeping our pets safe in the brutal summer heat that’s bearing down on us! Keep your dog in top shape during the warmer months with these care tips.

  • NEVER leave your dog in an unattended car in warm weather for any length of time. The temperature inside a car gets much hotter than the outside weather, even with the windows cracked open.

  • If you’re going to be out for more than an hour or so, bring a jug of ice or water for them drink as needed.

  • If it is a very hot day, check the pavement, especially black top. If it feels hot to you, it will be hot for your puppy’s paws.

  • Letting a puppy cool off in a pond or pool is a fun way to relax, but be sure they don’t drink too much of the water in the pond or pool.

  • After a pup swims in a chlorinated pool, try to rinse it off with fresh water from a hose. Chlorine can be an irritant to the skin, eyes, or ears of some dogs.

  • Remember to give your pup its monthly heartworm pill.

  • Heartworms, ticks and fleas are more of a problem in warmer months and can cause serious health problems, remember to give your pup its flea and tick control product to protect your dog from infestation and illness.

  • Avoid using cocoa mulch, pesticides, fertilizers and other gardening products that can pose hazards to pets, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

  • Summertime can also bring major weather events like hurricanes and tornados. Remember, never leave your pets behind – if conditions aren’t safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Visit humanesociety.org/disaster for tips on disaster preparedness.

  • Sunburn is a danger for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-friendly sunscreen to protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose