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The Birth of Dog Rescue Success

Petey Adoption AdI’ve always been an animal lover, but it was Petey who inpired the creation of Dog Rescue Success, and our July 23rd Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue campaign.

I’ve always had rescue companions in my life.  When we adopted Petey, his history really tugged at my heart. He was a sweet, good-tempered guy who had been turned into a bait dog at the hands of his “owner”.  His life was spared from the goodness of the hearts of the female officer who originally rescued him, and Forte Animal Rescue.. Had it not been for him, he would have died long ago.

Because of Petey, and the many wonderful rescue organizations I have encountered in my lifetime, I wanted to give something back to them. I wanted to acknowledge and promote the good the organizations and the people behind them do. For those companions in search of a forever home, I want to give them a voice. For all of the “Petey’s” in the world who made it to a forever home and give us their unconditional love, I wanted to give that love back by sharing their stories. We will be featuring rescue groups, trainers, and rescue-friendly organizations on a regular basis.

I would love for you to help us on July 23, 2012 by posting any rescue related story and helping us raise awareness to the importance of Dog Rescue. If you have a blog – please help us promote by using one of the badges to the right of this page. If you’re on ANY kind of social media, please help us promote the event, and posting a rescue related story and posting the link on this page in the comments section. Thank you SO much for helping us give a voice to the dog rescue community!!

Community Solution for Dog Rescue

I always seem to encounter amazing people in the dog rescue community. Kim Clune and the rest of the pack over at Dog House Adoptions are a perfect example. What really caught my attention about this group is how well they integrated the entire community in their dog rescue efforts. I’m excited to introduce this dynamic team to you and hope that their vision will inspire you.

Regardless of how we’re involved with the dog rescue community, there are a multitude of ways that we can incorporate new ideas to raise awareness, increase adoptions and facilitate the process of dogs and people helping and healing each other.

Dog House Adoptions – A new breed of Dog Rescue 

Dog House Adoptions - Lori Harris, Audra Bentley, Tim Clune, and Kim Clune

Dog House Adoptions – Lori Harris, Audra Bentley, Tim Clune, and Kim Clune

Q: Dog House Adoptions captured my heart at the “About” page. You’ve covered so many critical components of creating forever homes. You didn’t stop at rescuing; you took it several steps further by engaging and creating change at a community level. Can you share your long-term vision with us?

A: Our greatest goal is to celebrate the tremendous emotional value that a dog’s life has, no matter their mix of breeds or a lack of known history. We have spectacular dogs in our care, uniquely beautiful friends who would add immeasurable love to any family’s life through adoption, but why wait? And what if you aren’t in a position to adopt?

Our dogs have the ability to symbiotically serve a caring community who serves them in return. So, right now, we invite people of all walks of life to indulge in the healing power of dogs – from those who require occupational therapy that a little dog brushing or ball tossing can provide, to victims of domestic violence, those struggling withloss, or anybody who needs a little unconditional love. Meet our dogs. Walk them. Sit with them awhile. You’ll comfort them while they comfort you and that love gets paid forward at the time of their adoption.

To facilitate this best, I envision building a human dog house featuring all the comforts of home. A cozy living room complete with plush couches, fun paint colors, curtains, and art on the walls will make a great space for community members to spend time while facilitating training for dogs to stay off the furniture and not to chew. A kitchen and laundry room with all the usual appliances will acclimate the dogs to normal household operations and noises while helping to maintain the space. This environment would also allow prospective adopters to imagine their new best friend in their own home (a staging idea I borrow from my HGTV addiction). We believe this will encourage more dog adoptions and lessen return rates because each dog will have a great head start to being a good household member.

Q: I love your focus on education. Knowing that many local rescue groups
operate on very tight budgets; do you have any suggestions on how they might create similar programs or connections on a smaller scale?

A: We incorporated in April 2012 and are an extremely small rescue with very active board members. We operate on a shoestring budget – but nothing stops us from introducing ourselves to the community and inviting folks to come by. All it takes is one volunteer willing to offer their time and one community member willing to learn.

Marlene Wagner, a certified dog trainer, offered her time to teach about signs of stress in dogs and general dog safety at our first volunteer orientation. 15 people came. Many are now dog walkers and adoption clinic handlers. Marlene has offered our handlers and adoptable dogs free access to her Tails onTrails class to learn respectful, reward-based training suitable in any environment. We can’t wait for this to start! It costs us nothing, but the value to people and dogs is tremendous.

We also spoke with the Berkshire Farm where young adults are in need of positive experiences. A little dog encounter therapy could be the perfect means. We’re working on facilitating some terrific interaction with groups like this.

Another exciting adventure includes a local band called the Stray Dogs who play often in our county. Having never met, but finding them on Google, I asked them to write a theme song for us, which they did. It’s called “Pick Me” and they’ve played it at local venues inciting all kinds of fun conversations. Education doesn’t always have to come in the form a classroom!

The ideas are boundless once you start talking with people. By all means, engage everybody and use every talent they have!

Q: Dog House Adoptions is brand new with such ambitious goals. What made you decide to found this organization and would you recommend that others follow suit?

A: First, let me say that joining an established organization is far more ideal, as mentioned in Kyla Duffy’s guide, Road to Rescue – a resource we heavily rely upon. Help is always needed and resources are best spent directly on the animals rather than incorporation and other startup fees.

In our situation, towns had contracted with a local kennel to house the strays from Rensselaer County, NY and, at the end of a dog’s five day hold, surrounding rescues were often stretched too thin to help. The kennel owner cared for unclaimed dogs out of her own pocket while finding families to take them in. The need was very apparent.

Mike Arms, a man who inspired me during a talk onrevolutionizing rescue, offers a free, week-long ACES Workshop at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA . He teaches how to best to start and manage a new organization or improve upon one in existence. By all means, educate yourself before diving in, and get to this workshop if you can. We found it invaluable.

And, if you decide to move forward, enlist the help of good friends. Coming home wholly inspired, I shared what was learned with my husband, Tim Clune, and our friends, Lori Harris and Audra Bentley. Ultimately, this group became our hard working Board of Directors. Our friendship feeds our rescueand our rescue feeds our friendship – all in the name of helping people and dogs.

Thank you Kim and Dog House Adoptions for sharing your insight, we certainly enjoyed getting to know you! I hope everyone reading this will take a moment to visit the Dog House adoptions site online or locally.

Do you know of a dog rescue group taking a fresh approach to adoptions? Let me knowand they could be our next featured Rescue Group!

Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue

What is it and why is it important?

On July 23, 2012 Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue will  harness the power of bloggers across the world to help save the lives of dogs in need.

Dog Rescue Success is proud to partner with Blog Catalog in Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue and would love it if you would join in and make a difference that results in a massive global campaign to promote the life or death difference consumers can make through dog adoptions.

Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters.  Instead, many people purchase from pet stores not knowing that most come from puppy mills – read more at:  Additionally, many people underestimate the the time and dedication it takes to become a responsible pet owner, and surrender their dogs, or worse.

Local dog rescue organizations consist of volunteers who help by fostering dogs in their own homes while they search for permanent placement, taking dogs to adoption events, fundraising to cover medical and boarding costs to name a few.  Most rescue groups do not have the luxury of employees or people dedicated to promoting their efforts on a large scale. This is where Bloggers can give these unsung heroes and homeless dogs a voice.

As their own resources permit, these groups work with local animal shelters in an effort to place adoptable dogs that are scheduled for euthanization. The sad fact is that many dogs die every day before they find a “forever home”. The commercials you see on television about neglect and abuse are very real. Consumers can literally save a dog’s life simply by choosing adoption over a pet store or breeder purchase.

Per the HSUS, “Nationwide, only about 20 percent of dogs in homes come from shelters—the rest come from other sources. It would only take a relatively small increase in the adoption rate along with a modest reduction in the birth rate to go a long way toward solving the problem of euthanizing healthy and treatable dogs in many communities.”  We all have the ability to make a difference in the world by taking action. Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue participants have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of dogs in need.

As part of Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue on July 23, 2012, we ask, if you choose to join in, that you write a blog post about Dog Rescue and any issues related to it whether personal stories or resources that you are interested in sharing information and raising awareness about.

To get you started we have assembled a number of resources including Action Badges that you can see below which you can add to your badge and get other bloggers to Unite.


Learn more about puppy mills:

Need help for your rescue group?:

Deaf Dog Rescources:

Dog Trainers:


  • Blog about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Interested in adopting a companion?
  • Donate to a local dog rescue organization
  • Foster a dog
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Share this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to paticipate!

Please check back often, we will be providing additional information and badges for your blog or website. If you have any questions, please contact me here at denise AT dogrescuesuccess DOT COM.   Thank you for helping us with this amazing event!!









Older Dogs

“Older Dogs” are such a wonderful fit for so many people, I think of them as hidden gems. Both of our rescues are now considered to be “older”.

Marina came into our lives when she was one and a half years old. She was still in a “puppy stage” which meant lots of chewing, digging, and constant stimulation and exercise to help her burn off her youthful energy. Now that she is almost ten, she’s content to go for walks, take naps, and guard the yard against birds and squirrels.

Yes, cute fuzzy little puppies with warm puppy breath will turn most people into mush – however they are not for the faint of heart! They require constant care, house-breaking, and a whole lot of patience and consistency! The happiest match is when you’re at a point in your life where you can handle this demand.

Older dogs by contrast are usually very low maintenance. They’re a great fit for someone who is looking for a more mellow companion that just needs a loving home.  Fellow Blogger Jeff, at Senior Pooch has a great site dedicated to the benefits and a few challenges that come with adopting an older companion. If you’re debating puppy vs older dog, please post any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to share the experiences we’ve had. Oh – and you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks. We have living proof.  😉

Mr. Chewy Review

 Mr. Chewy to the Rescue! With two kids, two dogs, two working parents, lots of activities and a home to juggle, I was happy to have the opportunity to review Mr. Chewy, an online pet store.

Even before ordering, I loved the fact that the company has a referral program that will donate $10.00 to a partner organization.

Petey and Marina both have health issues so I’m picky about the foods and treats I give them. Even if I wasn’t picky, Marina is picky enough for all of us.

I was happy to see that Mr. Chewy carries the brands we use – and even has treats that my local pet store doesn’t. I was given a promo good for $50 in merchandise and the products I selected totaled $49.94.  Orders over $49 include free shipping, which is a definite plus.

I placed the order on Wednesday March 21st at 12:29 in the morning (all that juggling makes me a bit of a night owl). I received my order confirmation at 12:33 a.m., and by 10:58 in the morning, I had a shipping confirmation for all items. I’m in California and my order arrived on Tuesday March 27th.

Everything ordered was neatly packaged in the box shown above.  True to their tagline, Mr chewy was responsible for delivering pet happiness in our home! If you’d like to experience the happiness – use promo code GARR2293 and receive 10% off your first order AND Mr. Chewy will donate $10. to one of their partner pet charities (you choose).

Disclosure: I received a promo code worth $50. in merchandise at This review is an unbiased account of my exerience in ordering from Mr. Chewy. I received no other compensation for this review and am not an affiliate of Mr. Chewy.








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