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What You Should Know Before You Rescue A Dog
After many years of working with people and their dogs, it surprises me that the general public is not better informed as to what it takes to rescue a dog. They are not prepared with the basic foundation of knowledge that it takes to successfully integrate a new dog into their home. They are also not aware of the effort that it has taken by countless volunteers to get a dog to that last stage; adoption into their forever home. They don't think about the person that first found or took the dog in (first act of kindness). The person who found the rescue for them. The numerous trips to vets that required transportation as well as the care. From there, it's the fosters or rescue facility workers who provide daily love and attention as well as feeding, cleanup, walking and playing, all done before their forever home is found. It may take a dog passing through 12 to 15 different pairs of hands (each doing their part) before that home is found. When you rescue a dog, you are the last link in the chain and you owe every person along the way of that dogs rescue some respect. They gave their time, money, effort and love, hoping that when that dog got to its forever home, all the effort will be worth it, for the dog!! The dog is at your mercy and you take responsibility for that dogs life into your hands. Make sure you're worthy of that!
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The Guy in the Burberry Collar
Once upon a time in 2017, there was a devastating hurricane disaster, in the state of Texas. The human suffering and property loss was historic in its magnitude. Its mark was woven into the fabric of Texan's, as all big events are. They banded together, came to each other's  aid, began to pick up the pieces and rebuild.
Many that had nothing left to rebuild and many that were spared, saw another calling. With the destruction, came the displacement of hundreds of family pets. Texas is well known for its farm and ranch dogs, especially cattle dogs like Blue and Texas Heeler's. One of their most important duties is to guard against intruders and protect the animals and people that live on the ranch.  The possible intruders could include: fox, coyote, bobcat, wild boar, mountain lion, possums, armadillo's, rats and in Texas they have some good sized rats. You get the picture, they keep out the predators both large and small.

With the amazing rescue efforts of so many volunteers, one such dog made his way to Florida and found a family that has continued to perform with an amazing level of compassion and caring. The Heeler/Lab mix, came into their lives and he was exactly what you might expect a ranch dog to be. He was a bit on the wild side and definitely fit the mental picture of transitioning from Country to Country Club. It was challenging to fit into this new life. Single Mom and 6 year old daughter, wasted no time in getting some help from a local trainer. They were first time dog owners and wanted to do it right. Mom worked diligently with the trainer for 6 months, the daughter who owned the dog was allowed only minimal participation. At the end of 6 months, they had little results outside basic obedience and that was partial at best. Still looking to complete this rescue and give this dog a forever home, Mom knew she needed more. The dogs behavior was becoming more challenging and was not up to the expectations of city living. The goal seemingly more distant than not, led Mom to find RRRe-Dog and through our process, we came up with a plan.

I met this hunky Texas farm dog and understood why both Mom and daughter looked at him and did not want to give up on him. It was clear to me that daughter was key to the plan, as she wanted it so bad and it was her first dog. It was also clear to me, that Mom wanted this as well. She was new to dog ownership and was extremely hands on. She was eager to learn. They worked hard, and I mean hard to gain knowledge and put it to work. They gave much of their personal time and resources. During the process, I took a pause to step back and look at this Texas ranch dog, from every angle. This dog was blessed and it was clear that universal forces were in place, helping him to survive. He was spared, in what was a horrific, violent event. His behavior reflected what he went through. For a while, every time it rained, or the wind came up, it was like P.T.S.D. and we worked hard to reduce his fears. The more time I spent with him, the better I could see who he was, in detail. Mom and daughter continued to work daily and after 12 weeks, we as a team found much success. We knew the work must continue, in which ares we needed to work was clear, and we did. This rough and tumble country dog had worked hard to adapt to his new country club lifestyle. He was warm, charming and affectionate. He is a handsome dog and definable by the word "Hunky" according to his girl. His young and very committed owner gained control over him in the home and was walking him outside, with mothers vigilance of course. Everything was moving forward and in a positive direction.

A few months had gone by and I get a call one morning from this dogs very upset owner. Our Texas boy had a moment and in that moment pushed through a screen door that was not completely latched. He chased down and caught a little dog. He bit hard and caused serious injury. In that moment he reverted back to farm and ranch dog.

My clients upset and remorse for the little dog, was the first thing she conveyed, as she told me the story. She offered transportation to the vet and immediate contact to convey her remorse and assurance that the dogs medical bills would be covered. My client's messages were ignored and she was sent a nasty gram and told to talk to an attorney. How typical of our world today. Hate and no debate. To our happiness the little dog recovered fine. By all accounts healthy and happy today. My client stroked the check upon request without a word. A hefty bill. She was told by the boarding kennel she frequents that her dog could no longer socialize with any dogs, even though he had been doing so for months, without incident. Of course they would still be happy to take her money and stick him in a cage, with an occasional visit from a staff member. They offered nothing else. You would think that she would be ready to quit. Fighting difficult odds in this rescue, from day one. She has never done anything but push forward and do it with grace and dignity. I sure can't say that for the others involved in this terrible story. What dog inspires this much confidence and this much attention, love and caring from so many people? Starting with the first act of kindness, to those who worked so hard to get him through the system, to find him a home. To his forever owners and me, oh yes me. I have spent hours, days and weeks with this dog. I am more convinced than ever of his goodness. He was badly misunderstood, labeled and judged for the dollar, in my opinion. He has come to RRRe-Dog HQ and as the photo's below will attest, he is not the vicious and aggressive dog that he was portrayed to be. I am proud of this dog and all that he has endured and overcome. I regret his moment with all my heart, but I refuse to judge him in totality for it. We have all had moments, how about you tell me your worst and we define you in totality for that.

Rescue can be a slippery slope as this story can attest. Sometimes the best intention ed people of the highest character and caliber can face a firestorm, trying to do the right thing for a dog. It also shows that even a dog that has had devastatingly bad luck and has had so much help and love can still face adversity at the drop of the hat, from the uneducated.

I have witnessed his growth and been inspired by his true desire to conform to his new surroundings. His owners bought him a gorgeous Burberry collar to wear. It suits him and the regal effort that has been made by so many, including himself. I am proud to stand next to him and his owners, anywhere, anytime. I am not trying to direct how you feel about the people involved in this unfortunate event. I am simply telling the story. I would like you to take a look at yourself, after you read this. What kind of person would you be, on either side of this? If you own a dog, (either side) It could be you! Think about it!

Meanwhile, if you see me walking around with a smile on my face and a black and brown dog at my side, look close at his neck.
Chances are, its
The Guy in the Burberry Collar

Allen Dye 
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Rules To Follow
1. Study this site and learn about dogs in general.

You can never have too much knowledge about your dog as a species. That information is vital to successfully meeting their needs. Read, study, view, and learn. Ask me how I can provide you with that information here.  Start at the beginning and work towards the present. Understanding that timeline and coupling it with the symptoms of behavior that we see today is the key to understanding. Ask for access to this information!

2. Research breeds to determine the best type, age and energy level for you and your family.

Everyone's family is different and it is so important to rescue a dog that fits into the energy level, time commitment, budget, habitat and living conditions that your family can provide. Do yourself and your dog a favor. It can be bliss if you do and hell if you don't. Please do your research! Have family meetings and listen to everyone's wants and ideas. Narrow down the reality, and then decide on a breed that will work for your family. You are taking responsibility for the dog's life and your happiness with them. Their appearance is not the important part. It is the mind and traits of the dog you should be concerned with. That drives what their needs may be.
3. Prepare your home and your dog's outdoor environment.

When your new dog pal comes home, remember that life has been chaotic for them, at best. Usually they have been living in a kennel or restricted in a small space and never feeling comfortable there. They have been listening to the constant barking from other dogs and have had little exercise. Let your dog know right off the bat that they have come to the right place. Make sure that the dog has a comfy bed on the floor, a place for food and water set up in an area that can remain pretty constant.  Check all door and window screen latches and be sure that they are able to be easily secured and locked. Prepare the back yard and be sure that the fence and all its gates are secure. Expect them to dig and don't get angry if you lose a plant or two. Your dog is exploring the environment and getting back to nature. It is self medicating and it feels good. You can fence off a small area where digging is allowed and teach them, Shade, water (kiddie pool). Give them a place to want to be!
4. Have a family meeting and set house rules for pup before you ever go to pick them up.

This is seemingly so fundamental yet is missed by most family's, or individuals. Your dog needs rules, boundaries and limitations set for it. The only way to do it right, is to sit down, have a meeting and decide what they are going to be. Everyone knows them, they have been discussed. You have studied and you know how to discipline and control in a very straight forward and calm way. With that you teach your new pal what is wanted and expected. You also send a signal, that their is leadership here. It's us and we are good at it. You can relax, your mechanism for living is in place. You never get the first day back again. You either capitalize on it or it is gone forever.
5. Never go to a rescue, shelter or adoption center without a plan.

I sure see this rule get broken a lot. Sometimes it works out, but it can be an experience that both you and the dog regret. Once you get there and see the cute faces and sad looks, you are going to melt and emotion takes over. If you have a plan and you follow it, you are good. If you have no plan and you follow your emotion, it can be that experience that you both regret. Don't let it happen to that dog or yourself. Why? The dog is the one going to suffer. You have the ability to make it easier on yourself. The dog has no recourse, nothing it can do!
6. Become the leader.

Becoming the leader is a must. Ask me about educational tools and information that can be made available to you here.  I can teach you how!

7. Decompression is critical.

I can't say enough about the importance, of getting your dog some serious decompression time. In a perfect world you would have taken a week off work and used your vacation to decompress and bond with your new dog pal.
I love living in a perfect world. Decompress that new rescue, they need it badly.
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8. Relaxing of the rules.

Oh yes, you get to relax the early rules, set up as tools in bonding, structure and establishing leadership. You do this slowly and deliberately. If you see dominance or other bad behavior start, then stop the perks and go back to previous structure. Then when doing well, try again to relax the rules. They should get what they deserve, not what they want. In the end it's about expanding their world as they show responsibility to handle it. Sound familiar?
 You Must Master The Walk

Mastering the walk is vital in establishing the leader follower relationship that your dog needs to remain balanced. They need to be beside or slightly behind you while walking. The instant they are out front, by definition, they are the leader. If they are the leader, then they make the rules.This young lady made the rules, you should as well.

Complacency and slipping into it is so human and potentially catastrophic in it's effect.  I have seen many of my clients fall victim and I am sure that many more that I don't know of, have.  I don't say that happily, but say it confidently. It is the way we are wired as humans and we have to be conscious of it. If we aren't aware of it, it will take away all your victories, successes and leave us standing, looking in amazement and saying what happened!?! A little bit of success and a few easy victories and we soften our stance, don't prepare as well, and assume. When you are working with a predator, as dog is, that can spawn big problems. Like their wolf ancestors, dogs seek to win the war of attrition. They wait you out patiently, until you show weakness and vulnerability. That is when they move in, take over ,and have you at their mercy. Beware of complacency my friends, it is your worst enemy!


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