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Pre-Order your 2015 PUP STARS Calendar!

PUP is happy to present some of our Shining Stars in our 2015 PUP Calendar! Thanks to our adopters, our 2015 Calendar features 68 wonderful pictures along with 15 heart-warming stories.
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Calendars are $12.00 + $2.75 for shipping. Shipping costs are waived when purchasing three or more calendars. Your purchase will help support our continued dog rescue efforts (with a kitty or two thrown in here and there).

Calendars will be available in early November and can be purchased at adoption events, by mail, or via PayPal:

Events: Please see our website for locations and times.

By mail: Please indicate the number of calendars you want and include your mailing address. Mail check to:
PUP
P.O. Box 1691
Issaquah, WA 98027
By PayPal:

Click the PayPal button below to order 1–2 calendars

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Click the PayPal button below to order 3+ calendars

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Thank you for your support of PUP, Laura

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October 18th Adoption Event

Howl-o-ween is right around the corner, creep into our adoption event at the Issaquah Petco on October 18th. Bring your whole family down with your application and meet our crew!

Saturday, October 18th
10-2pm
Issaquah Petco

Some of our dogs posted online may be available for you to meet. If you are interested in a specific dog, the first step toward adoption from PUP is to email a completed adoption application (Download Word Doc version OR Download RTF version) to Adopt@pupdogrescue.org now for pre-approval and contact us to ensure the dog will be there.

An approved application will be required prior to taking your new dog home. Please email a completed adoption form to Adopt@pupdogrescue.org today and we will process it as soon as possible. Although you will also have the opportunity to fill out an application at the event, you will need pre-approval to complete an adoption. Our adoption application is available in two forms for download: Download Word Doc version OR Download RTF version.
If you already have an approved application on file with PUP, please email our adoption coordinator, trish@pupdogrescue.org, to let her know which dog you are interested in meeting. We’ll want to have your application on hand. We look forward to seeing you there!

Vote for PUP as the Best Pet Rescue in Western WA!

Why vote for People United for Pets (PUP) as the best? We keep our focus on the animals in our rescue program, providing the best care possible while learning about them and their needs. In so doing, we are able to match their needs with their adopters. Here are a few examples:

Karma was found in a trap by an Animal Control Officer. She was in great need of medical care when she came to us. We are happy to announce she is now ready to find her very own home and family. We suspect Karma would vote for PUP as the best. (Check out her before and after photos, below):

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When Rodney came to PUP, we wondered how anyone could look at him every day and not do anything to stop his suffering. After months of care, he met a star and became the star of his very own home! We have to think Rodney would vote for PUP, too. (Before and after photos below):

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Click here to vote for PUP!

September 20th Adoption Event

Adopt a dog at Kirkland Petco on September 20th. Be it a puppy, senior dog, or a furry friend somewhere in between….we have a pet for you! Bring your whole family down with your application and meet our crew!

Saturday, September 20th
10-2pm
Kirkland Petco

Some of our dogs posted online may be available for you to meet. If you are interested in a specific dog, the first step toward adoption from PUP is to email a completed adoption application (Download Word Doc version OR Download RTF version) to Adopt@pupdogrescue.org now for pre-approval and contact us to ensure the dog will be there.

 
An approved application will be required prior to taking your new dog home. Please email a completed adoption form to Adopt@pupdogrescue.org today and we will process it as soon as possible. Although you will also have the opportunity to fill out an application at the event, you will need pre-approval to complete an adoption. Our adoption application is available in two forms for download: Download Word Doc version OR Download RTF version.
 
If you already have an approved application on file with PUP, please email our adoption coordinator, trish@pupdogrescue.org, to let her know which dog you are interested in meeting. We’ll want to have your application on hand. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Adoption Event in Kent, August 23rd (cancelled)

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Adopt a dog at Reber Ranch on August 23rd. Be it a puppy, senior dog, or a furry friend somewhere in between….we have a pet for you! Bring your whole family down with your application and meet our crew!

Saturday, August 23rd
10-2pm
Reber Ranch, Kent

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Some of our dogs posted online may be available for you to meet. If you are interested in a specific dog, the first step toward adoption from PUP is to email a completed adoption application (Download Word Doc version OR Download RTF version) to Adopt@pupdogrescue.org now for pre-approval and contact us to ensure the dog will be there.

 
An approved application will be required prior to taking your new dog home. Please email a completed adoption form to Adopt@pupdogrescue.org today and we will process it as soon as possible. Although you will also have the opportunity to fill out an application at the event, you will need pre-approval to complete an adoption. Our adoption application is available in two forms for download: Download Word Doc version OR Download RTF version.
 
If you already have an approved application on file with PUP, please email our adoption coordinator, trish@pupdogrescue.org, to let her know which dog you are interested in meeting. We’ll want to have your application on hand. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Talent search! Announcing the 2015 PUP Stars Calendar

macy2015 PUP STARS CALENDAR: MAKE YOUR DOG A STAR!

Update: The photo submission deadline for our calendar has been extended to August 10th. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your pictures!

Do you see stars, red carpets, and celebrity perks in your pooch’s future? If you’ve adopted a dog from PUP, your dog’s photo is eligible to be one of our Stars!

What kind of photo? Be creative or send us a favorite with a story telling us why your PUP is a star in your home.

Why a calendar for our Stars? PUP is committed to finding good homes for homeless, abused and neglected dogs. Our three biggest expenses are quality medical care, transportation and food. Our calendar helps cover the rising costs of these expenses.

All past entrants are eligible to be a Dog of the Month or Cover Dog.

How do I enter my dog in the talent search?

  1. Submit $35 entry fee (via check or Paypal – see below) no later than August 1, 2014.
  2. All entrants will receive two calendars.
  3. Upon receipt of entry fee, photo and story instructions will be forwarded to you.
  4. If you mail a check, please include your email address to receive photo and story instructions. Photos are due by August 17.

If you don’t want to send a photo and want to support PUP, you can click the PayPal link or mail a check to the PUP address below to make a donation.

PUP
PO Box 1691
Issaquah, WA 98027

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Thank you for your continued support!

Laura Tonkin, Director

Issaquah Petco Adoption Event, 7/26

It’s an adoption extravaganza at Issaquah Petco this weekend. Be it a puppy, senior dog, or a furry friend somewhere in between….we have a pet for you! Bring your whole family down with your application and meet our crew!

Saturday, July 26th
10-2pm
Issaquah Petco

An approved application will be required prior to taking your new dog home. Please send in an application today and we will process it as soon as possible. Although you will also have the opportunity to  fill out an application at the event, you will need pre-approval to complete an adoption. Click here to get the adoption application.
If you already have an approved application on file with PUP, please email our adoption  coordinator, trish@pupdogrescue.org, to let her know which dog you are interested in meeting. We’ll want to have your application on hand.

“Enough is enough,” video stands up to dogfighting

Love this video by Paw Justice! This video demonstrates the lifestyle of dogfighting and how it affects everyone involved, even responsible dog owners. Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states because it causes immeasurable suffering to animals, and promotes insensitivity to that suffering and enthusiasm for violence. Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Please share this video with your social networks and raise awareness about the harsh reality of dogfighting and what YOU can do to prevent it.

“Loved the fact that the bikers came in to save the day! It helps to illustrate one thing that pits and humans have in common. Don’t judge a book by its cover! He/she may look intimidating, but under that hard shell beats a heart of pure gold!!”

What can I do to help stop dogfighting?

  • Learn how to spot the signs of dogfighting. If you suspect dogfighting activity, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice and assistance.
  • Post our dogfighting reward posters [PDF] in your community. For free posters, send us an email (include your name, address and the number of posters you’d like). Learn about our Pets for Life program and how to get involved in your community.
  • If you live in one of the states where being a spectator or other aspects of dogfighting is still a misdemeanor, please write to your state legislators and urge them to make it a felony.
  • Share videos like the above with your social networks and friends!

*content sourced from the Humane Society.

Adopt a dog this Saturday in Kirkland

Join PUP, our volunteers and our adoptable dogs on Saturday June 28th! Bring the whole family, and your furry friends, and see if you next family member is ready to go home with you. An approved application will be required prior to taking your new dog home. Please send in an application today and we will process it as soon as possible. Although you will also have the opportunity to  fill out an application at the event, you will need pre-approval to complete an adoption. Click here to get the adoption application.

KIRKLAND PETCO

Saturday, June 28, 10am – 2pm

12040 NE 85th Street

Kirkland, WA 98033

If you already have an approved application on file with PUP, please email our adoption coordinator, trish@pupdogrescue.org, to let her know which dog you are interested in meeting. We’ll want to have your application on hand.

The biting dog

Posted from Dog’s Day Out

Dog bites are no fun. I’ve been on the end of the leash holding the biter and I’ve been on the receiving end (long ago, when I didn’t know any better!) and both ends stink.

In my work, I see a lot of dogs who bite and even more with the potential to bite. The vast majority of the dogs I see are biting out of fear. No, it doesn’t look like they are fearful and scared to most people; it looks like they are mean, vicious and nasty. Unless you know what you are looking at. Most people do not have any idea that their dog is acting this way because they are afraid. There are certainly dogs that bite for other reasons too but I find them much more rare and so for the purpose of this essay I am talking about the majority of (fear-based) biting dogs I see.

When I meet with these dogs and clients what I find most fascinating is not that the dog I am seeing has bitten but that the person finds it so surprising when it happens. When I meet dogs with a bite history the majority of them are already sending out strong signals that they are about to bite. People just don’t see them. If only people spent as much time and effort learning to “read” their dog, as they did picking out his cute collar and bed… and yes, I too buy my dog cute collars, fancy food and comfy bedding but to me loving my dog is not about all that stuff; instead it is about understanding him, respecting him as a dog and letting him be a dog (that’s a whole other topic…). Humans are supposed to be the more evolved species, right? So then isn’t it our responsibility to figure out how he communicates and what he needs?

A dog that bites is a dog that is under some kind of stress. A dog that bites is a dog that is uncomfortable, maybe scared and/or anxious (anxiety does seem to be a common denominator with many biting dogs). Don’t we feel bad for a child who is scared, anxious or nervous? Don’t we want to help them? If so, why do people come to me angry at their dog who acts this way? Well, because it’s rude to bite. It’s unacceptable. It’s embarrassing to have a dog like this. It makes us mad. The kicker is, if a human can see that their dog is under stress they can remove the dog from that stressful situation and prevent the bite. This has absolutely nothing to do with training or behavior modification. It is simply knowing a dog as an individual, what he can tolerate and respecting his limits. Once we do this, then we can work on (through training and behavior modification) expanding those limits and thresholds.

A dog that bites has been pushed to that point and has most likely given numerous signals that he is uncomfortable prior the bite occurring. The first signal people often notice (because it is auditory) is a growl. Never ever reprimand your dog for growling, it is a warning! Next we may see a lip curl, then an air snap and finally, a bite. Here’s the kicker, even before the growl there is usually an orientation to the subject of the bite, body stiffening/freezing, staring, pinned back ears… lots of signals. Yes, it’s true some dogs give clearer and more obvious signals than others (to generalize, it is usually easier to read an Aussie than a Mastiff!) but with most dogs, some kind of signal is being given. You may need to figure out your dog’s specific signals.

People misread their dogs all the time. A disturbing example I see frequently are photos of children hugging dogs where the dog is half-moon-eyed, ears pinned back with their body pulling away and the photo captions and comments are “soooo cute!” and “best friends.” Ugh. Not cute, best friends -says who? To me, these photos are chilling and unfortunately, I can’t say I’m surprised when that dog bites. No, he didn’t “just bite out of nowhere.” He was telling you all along and he finally had to increase the severity of his message because no one was paying attention! Do some dogs learn to tolerate hugging? Sure they do. Do some dogs actually like it? Sure, I think some actually do. But does your dog like it? Or is he just tolerating you? Does he dislike it so much he could be pushed to bite? Do you know?

Dogs are most apt to bite when they are sleeping, eating or cornered. I think most people understand the sleeping and eating scenarios but cornered is harder to grasp. Cornered just means no easy exit for the dog who is uncomfortable and wants to get outta dodge! Cornered could mean the dog is on leash, therefore unable to escape the situation or he could be on a dog bed that is wedged between the wall and the coffee table with no easy route around the guest who is now sitting on the couch between that wall and coffee table. He could be embraced in a hug, or in a small veterinary exam room. He could be “trapped” in a narrow entrance hallway when a visitor enters your home. Take a look at where your dog’s bed is positioned. Take a look at the entrances and exits he has available if he wants to retreat. Don’t let strangers, dog or human, approach him on leash. (You can read more about my opinion on that here: Leash Greetings).

So, how do we “read” our dogs? Simple – look at his body. Notice what exactly his body looks like (position, tension, gaze) when he is happy and relaxed and see how he looks when he is stressed, nervous, anxious or “mad.” He can’t speak English but he can most definitely tell you how he feels. You just have to notice. You are your dog’s protector and advocate. “Listen” to him! Here’s a link to more specifics on canine Body Language.

When I think about my work, I find some of my most gratifying moments are when I am working with a client and they finally stop blaming and labeling their dog (“stubborn,” “dumb,” “aggressive”). Instead, that person learns how to read and understand their dog. They learn that no, their dog is not any of those labels; he is actually just feeling scared, nervous or anxious. So now, instead of being angry at their dog, they have compassion and sympathy for their dog and are able to take on the role of caretaker instead of enforcer. All of a sudden, that human-dog relationship is transformed from one of angst and opposition, to one of understanding, care and respect. Everything changes. I see it. I see people’s whole attitude and well, body language (!) change around their dog.

The root of training your dog is in your relationship with your dog. To have a good relationship you need to understand (“read”) each other. Changing that relationship to a positive (happy and FUN!), understanding and mutually beneficial one is the best thing I can possibly “train” my clients.

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This dog is.

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Can you tell the difference?