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Benefits of adopting rescue dogs

Happy Monday!

I’ve taken over the Adoptable Pets feature that ran in the Tuesday print editions of the Winnipeg Free Press. But before I share with you this newsletter’s inaugural profile of an adorable adoptable dog, I thought everyone should read for themselves the enormous benefits a rescue dog can have.

So, take a look at Free Press arts reporter, and former Adoptable Pets compiler, Eva Wasney’s heartwarming feature in which she describes how a few adopted dogs have literally saved their owners’ lives.

In it, Eva writes about a pooch named Nassau that made it easier for a queer couple to come out to their parents while Lucas, a trans man whose mental health hit a new low during the pandemic, says he would not have survived without his dog, Marcy.

“Some days I stayed alive and kept going only for her,” he says.

’Don’t You Want Me’ subjects (from left) Kyle, Amie and Diana pose for a photo with Nassau the dog. (Jack Jackson photo)

Lucas credits his dog Marcy with keeping him alive during the pandemic. (Jack Jackson photo)

And then there’s Jack Jackson, a self-taught photographer who recovered from a transphobic encounter after adopting a boxer puppy named Jet.

Photographer Jack Jackson was inspired by his dog Jet to create a series about the lives of LGBTTQ+ people and their rescue dogs.(Max Lander photo)

“These animals who don’t have a home or, for whatever reason, aren’t wanted can have such an impact on someone’s life,” says Jackson, who is on a cross-country pet store tour of his photo-narrative project, Don’t You Want Me, which celebrates the lives of LGBTTQ+ people and their rescue dogs.

“Most of these people have had it so much worse than me,” Jackson says. “And they’ve gotten through it, largely, because a dog came into their life.”

The project landed in Winnipeg on April 14 and will continue until April 21 at the Pet Valu on Taylor Avenue.

 


 

And now, onto Frosty, a beautiful mixed breed male that is waiting for his forever home at Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue.

Name: Frosty

Sex: Male

Approximate age: Seven months

Breed: Mixed

Size: Large

Arrival in care: January 2022

Hi, I’m Frosty. I am a fun and energetic guy! As you can see, I am a super handsome and adorable husky cross.

I am fully house-trained but if I am bored or you don’t pick up on my cues, I may have an accident. I am kennel trained and I run into my kennel for my Kong and a bedtime treat. I sleep through the night.

I am wary of new people and dogs for the first five minutes but then I am all over you. I am working on not jumping up but I am a husky and that’s how I like to greet you, so smaller children (no kids under five) might not be the best fit for me.

I love food, I would do best with a slow feeder bowl. Due to my husky voice, it is best I do not live in an apartment or condo. I love to come for quick cuddles and quick kisses and I will always be close by but I am not a sleep-with-you, couch-potato guy.

I can fetch a ball but I prefer to spend my energy going on walks and exploring. I would do best in a fenced yard because I like to run around and explore, so a safe space to run around would be best.

I haven’t met too many new dogs but I live with a few dogs and a cat, and we all get along. I like to try to play with the cat and she gives me a swat when she’s done with me, and I leave her alone.

Visit www.manitobamutts.org to fill out an application, or contact adopt@manitobamutts.org for more information. Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Inc. is a 100 per cent foster home-based, not-for-profit charitable rescue with a mission to relieve animals in distress and animal suffering from overpopulation and/or abandonment. The organization provides care, maintenance and rehabilitation of stray, abandoned and displaced animals in Manitoba, leading on matters that promote and improve welfare of animals through enhancement, protection, care and education.

Have a great week!

Leesa Dahl

Leesa Dahl

Ready Pet Go

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After remortgaging her house and borrowing from friends and family to keep her business alive through the pandemic, Carolyn Hatfield is happily struggling to keep up with demand from pet owners seeking daycare for their COVID puppies.

"We're booked out for assessments through to June," the owner of The Canine Social Company Ltd. said in an interview. Read more about it here.

Online vet services help to alleviate stress caused by COVID surge in pet ownership

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COVID-19 brought hardship to much of Canada's pet industry as kennels sat empty and owners working remotely started walking their own dogs, but demand surged for veterinary services.

With up to 35 per cent of Canadians adding pets during the pandemic and additional safety protocols restricting the number of patients in clinics, vets faced significant challenges, says Dr. Scott Weese, a veterinary internal medicine specialist and professor at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. Read more about it here.

‘In it for the treats’: Ratting, where dogs sniff out live rats for awards, is making a comeback

There aren’t many places in the world where shouting “rat” is immediately followed by cheers, applause and loving praise.

But “good job, good dog” is the standard chorus at a Rats! Canada competition where dogs sniff out live rats, which are kept unharmed inside plastic tubes, nestled between bales or hidden under piles of straw.

Read more about it here.

Dogs compete in rat sports at Ratapalooza in Arnprior, Ont. on April 9, 2022.Arlo, a German shepherd, finds the tube with the live rat and seems like he wants to keep it. (Photograph by Blair Gable)

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