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Mutts – The Impure

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 10:23AM by Amber

Mutt or Mongrel – Dog of mixed or unknown breed. Mongrel sounds more like a cuss words if used for name calling. Interesting, I guess!!! But today I am going to write about dogs of mixed lineage and also about my experience with them.


Bud, my Mutt <proudly>, enjoys playing so much that we make sure that we take him to the nearest dog park regularly. Not only Bud but we (parents) also get a chance to interact with other dog parents. At a dog park, the ice breakers are generally the questions about each other’s dog. After the usual pleasantries it is usual that we politely ask about each other’s dog. Questions such as “What your dog’s Name?”, “Is it a he or she?” or “What breed is he/she?” etc are considered the norm and falls within the boundaries of politeness. When it comes to the breed question I have had different experiences with different people. In the realm of dog parents there are owners of “Purebreds” and owners of “Mutts or Mixed Breeds”.  Read full article here: http://fetchinghoperescue.blogspot.com/2014/04/mutts-impure.html


The Sniffer

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3:06PM by Shashank

Why do dogs sniff?? If they meet a human they sniff, if they meet a fellow dog they sniff, if they have to poop they sniff, if they need to pee they sniff, if they have to eat they sniff, if they walk they sniff. This question has intrigued me a lot. Afraid of the admonition this question may generate I have not dared to ask anybody about this funny curiosity of mine. Imagine yourselves asking this question to an acquaintance. Do you think their response would be any different than “Coz, they are dogs.. genius” or “Dogs are supposed to do that dude” or even “DUH, Einstein!!” You may laugh at me but I have finally taken the courage to ask this question to myself. I sincerely hope that I am able to satisfy myself by answering this question. Somebody said “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”  Boredom or curiosity, I have no interest in channeling my energies into finding that out but at the end of it, the question, for me, still remains – “Why do dogs sniff as if their life depended on it.”

Read more here- http://fetchinghoperescue.blogspot.com/


Check out our new blog post!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 3:27PM by Amber

The Ritual

Point your ears towards the slightest sound of a ruffling jacket – Leave your toy and watch intently if daddy is going to put his shoe on – stand next to daddy, checkout his shoes and socks and ask for a rub on the back and neck – if daddy is giving a goodbye hug to mommy, demand a hug for myself too – trail daddy till the main door – watch daddy go out of the door with such deep eyes that daddy could easily see how much you anticipate his return.

This happens every morning, without fail, when I start getting ready for work. Sounds like a ritual. Right? Yes, this is the daily ritual of my dog Bud when I am ready to leave for work every morning. And it always amazes me how he has associated the jacket, the shoes and the hug with my departure for work. There are so many things that amaze me about Bud but today I am going to concentrate on the ritual aspect of our relationship.

Over my period of co-existence with Bud, although short nevertheless growing joyfully, I have come to realize that the ritual not only has meaning for Bud but also for me. Surprisingly, I feel something is missing if Bud deviates from this morning behavior of his. And interestingly, this little ritual or routine if you may say inherently tells me that everything is alright and Bud is safe and sound. By the way, off-late it has become one of my top priorities.

There are many other rituals that we are bonded together with, although small and sometimes subtle but these are the rituals that help me communicate certain things to Bud. Such as, if I do all the things described in the 1st paragraph and also pick up the poop bags, then Bud understands it as “Buddy, it's time to go out. Playtime!” And, I was quite surprised when I realized that Bud too uses this tool to communicate with me. For example, if you offer him his favorite treat, he has a particular dance in which he bends half on his fore and hind legs, wags his tail furiously and jumps around this treat.  He does a similar dance when he gets a new toy to play and he has similar reactions to little pleasures of life. I have understood that he performs this particular ritual to tell me “Daddy, good job!! Eh..”.  

These are just some of the moments, of the many joyous activities, that I really look forward to having with Bud. The excitement Bud shows when I am home after work really makes my wife jealous . Ha ha..  To tell you the truth, I have always noticed the same level of excitement each day and never ever less. When he is around, it is difficult to think of other worldly tensions/garbage. He has truly uncomplicated our lives. Bud has accepted us as his parents and we have taken him as our child. Bud showers on us unconditional love and we try our best to keep him happy. It is really difficult to fathom his affection for us and put them in words here but I can surely say “It's an amazing feeling to care for Bud. For all three of us, it's just love – no questions asked”. My non-human child had taught me to be human again. You may feel it dramatized or very cliché but I find truth in it.  To humor you, proof of it may be provided in the fact that we have taken in an abandoned baby bunny (looks like bought during last Easter) but there is not a hint of regret. And to let you know, Bud has gone against his ancestral instincts and has found a friend in the new Bunny. Yes, Bud is that nice and noble.

-Shashank S.


Testimony of Adoption

Monday, November 11, 2013, 8:06AM by Amber

We received this letter, in response to an approval of dog adoption yesterday. We are all so proud of our amazing volunteers and the shelter we work with for such professionalism.


I really want you to know how much we think of your organization. I have filled out several applications over the last few weeks and Fetching Hope Rescue is at the top of our list. The others don't even come close.
The level of communication, response times, and everything else was top notch. The other organizations (with the exception of two) never even acknowledged my application!
Julie was wonderful - full of knowledge about your ogranization, the adoption proccess, etc. at our home visit and Kathy at Wynne Rescue was just as informative regarding Ginersnap specifically.
Thank you very much for helping us adopt. We will definitely keep in touch regarding Gingersnap as we adjust but ongoing down the line as well. We are giving her a new name - Lovey.  It may sound funny, but has great signicicance to us as a family.
Thank you again for all you do.

This Sunday!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:17AM by Amber

Hello Friends of Fetching Hope,

Next Sunday, we will be at the Whole Dog Market at Willard Square in South Portland to show off some of our adoptable friends.  Please stop in and say hi! We would love to see some of our Fetching Hope alumni, and encourage you to bring friends who need some puppy love.  
The dogs will be there from 11-2, and unless someone gets adopted before then, we are expecting Bubba, Julius, Ally, RIta and Tito. We'll also have lots of pictures of dogs who are waiting for the chance to come to Maine in search of a better life.
Spread the word! 

Kennel Cough Information from Falmouth Vet

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:06AM by Amber

This information was taken directly from the Falmouth Vet Newsletter:

Over the past month we have seen an outbreak of kennel cough in the greater Portland area. Since we have had so many confirmed cases of this bacterial infection, we thought it would be good to send along a little article (from our friends at PetHealthNetwork) for you to learn a little more about what it is and how it's treated.

Kennel cough, or tracheobronchitis, is an infectious bronchitis that could be compared to a cold with a scratchy throat in people. The most common symptom of canine kennel cough is a harsh, hacking cough that sounds as if something is stuck in your dog's throat. While it may sound as if your dog could cough up a lung, in general, kennel cough isn't serious and it usually resolves on its own, just as the common cold does with people. Unfortunately for the concerned pet owner, this can take days to weeks. You will notice in most cases, despite the hacking cough, that your dog will want to eat, drink, and play normally.

This annoying cough is most commonly caused by highly contagious bacteria; in other cases, the cause can be viral. Dogs in highly populated situations such as boarding facilities, doggy day care, and dog parks are most likely to get kennel cough, which can be transmitted by air or by contact with infected surfaces. Puppies and younger dogs are at the greatest risk, but older dogs can also become infected.

The signs of kennel cough can vary greatly. The most common symptom is a hacking cough. It may sound as if your dog is trying to clear something from her throat. Sometimes the coughing causes retching or the vomiting of fluid, and is often worsened when your pooch becomes excited or active.

Additional symptoms can include:

Irritated eyes
Runny nose
Dog Sneezing
Loss of appetite
Breathing difficulty

Many cases of kennel cough can be diagnosed with a complete physical exam and medical history. Your veterinarian will want to know if your dog has been exposed to other dogs recently. They may examine your dog's neck to see if it is sensitive, perhaps inducing a cough. In some situations, your veterinarian may recommend other diagnostics to rule out other diseases. These could include blood tests and x-rays.

Treatment of kennel cough depends on the severity and cause. Your veterinarian may prescribe a cough suppressant to help control the cough. In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed, as well.

There are several things you can do to help prevent your four-legged friend from getting kennel cough. Especially when he is young, limit your pet's exposure to other dogs of unknown vaccine history; this will help keep him free of many diseases, not just kennel cough. You should strongly consider vaccinating your dog for kennel cough, especially if you plan on bringing him to doggy day care or boarding her at any point. The vaccine has proven to be safe and effective, and your veterinarian will recommend the right vaccine protocol for your pet.

If you have any additional questions about kennel cough, please talk with your veterinarian; they are the key resource for information about the health and well-being of your best friend!


Information from our vet

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:04AM by Amber

We just got this important link from our vet and thought our readers and pet owners would benefit from the information about ticks and disease: http://www.dogsandticks.com


What's with all those questions on the application?

Saturday, July 6, 2013, 8:04AM by Amber

Here is a great article about why rescue groups have lengthy applications and processes:



What do you feed your dog?

Friday, July 5, 2013, 7:57AM by Amber

Feeding higher quality dog food WILL improve your dogs behavior, skin, coat, digestive and health issues. Beware of some brands recommended by your Vet, as they DO receive a commision based on certain foods sold. Do your research and feed your dog higher quality food and not only will you extend the life of your pooch, you will pay less in vet bills!  

Helpful Links to learn more:

Ingredients in Purina Puppy Chow: Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-productmeal, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E), soybean meal, egg and chicken flavor, barley, animal digest

Taken from: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/purina-puppy-chow/

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog food.

The second ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it. Compared to meat, glutens are inferior grain-based proteins lower in many of the essential amino acids dogs need for life. This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It's made from what's left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In a nutshell, chicken by-products are those unsavory leftovers, usually considered “unfit for human consumption”. In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

The fourth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there's no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: restaurant grease, slaughterhouse waste, diseased cattle.

The sixth ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal is relatively useful by-product — what remains of soybeans after all the oil has been removed. Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat. So, like corn gluten (previously discussed), soybean meals it has the ability to raise the reported protein content of this recipe.Following the egg and chicken flavor, we find barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels."

Ingredients in Beneful: Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of vitamin E), salmon, rice flour, soy flour, meat and bone meal, water propylene glycol, sugar, soybean oil, animal digest

Science Diet: Whole grain corn, whole grain wheat, chicken-by-product meal, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), chicken liver flavor, corn gluten meal, flaxseed, fish oil  

Iams: Chicken, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken by-product meal, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, chicken fat

BETTER CHOICES FOR YOUR PUPPY OR DOG BELOW!!!! These are only basic suggestions on the lower cost end of the scale. There are more expensive ones that have the fewest ingredients and many people who have dogs with certain allergies have found feeding raw has cured everything. Not all dogs tolerate all brands or all proteins. Continue to try new ones until you are both happy.

Wellness: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Tomato Pomace, Rye Flour, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomatoes, Rice Bran, Deboned Whitefish, Natural Chicken Flavor, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes

Blue Buffalo Grain Free: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Pea Starch, Peas, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Turkey Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Blueberries

Halo Spots Stew: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Pea Starch, Peas, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Turkey Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Blueberries

Solid Gold: Lamb, Lamb Meal, Ocean Fish Meal, Brown Rice, Peas, Cracked Pearled Barley, Pea Protein, Canola Oil, Rice Bran, Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Dried Eggs

Evo: Turkey, chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, herring meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), natural flavors, eggs, apples, tomatoes, potassium chloride, carrots, vitamins

Orijen: Fresh boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, fresh boneless herring, fresh boneless walleye, russet potato, sweet potato, peas, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fresh boneless lake whitefish, sun-cured alfalfa, fresh boneless flounder

If you have any questions or want more advice, please feel free to email us at: amberfetchinghope@gmail.com or aprilfetchinghope@gmail.com

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