How to Help a Dog Get Over Its Traumatic Past?

A dog that has faced abuse in the past can become distressed and fearful of humans. Neglect and ill-treatment meted out by a past owner can have lasting consequences for the canine. The dog even after being rescued will exhibit a lack of trust in humans. A poor start in life damages the animal’s confidence. When you plan to adopt a rescue dog prepare yourself for a long recovery process where the dog turns less fearful and more confident around humans.

Fearful dog
A new owner must be ready to give plenty of time to treat the four legged fellow. Returning the dog to a shelter isn’t an option, therefore it is important to prepare oneself to patiently face new responsibilities and not hurt the already mistreated canine.
When welcoming a rescue dog in your home remember that the first step should be to win the pooch’s trust before you start any normal training procedure.

These 7 tips that’ll help you calm your dog and regain its lost trust in humans:

  1. A safe resting spot: Allot a safe space for the dog in your home before it arrives. This spot must be a secluded one away from the usual clamor in the house. A traumatized dog is always alert trying to assess any possible danger around. Your task is to make it feel less reactive and more secure.

     A cozy spot where the pooch can retreat and not be disturbed is the first step towards instilling a sense of security in him/her.

    A cozy spot where the pooch can retreat and not be disturbed is the first step towards instilling a sense of security in him/her.

  2. Never punish or shout: Speak to your dog in a low and soft voice. Shouting, hitting or punishing the dog is big NO. This will scare the dog and will be like taking a step backwards in this recovery process.
  3. Do not force your dog to do things: Let the dog enjoy a sense of control. A dog that was abused in the past never had the opportunity to feel in control of any situation. Therefore never force it to do anything rather direct it to positive actions by rewarding desirable behaviors. This will naturally lead the dog to exhibit what is right.
  4. Traumatized dogs need love: A dog that has been a victim of abuse may shy away from humans. But you have to continue with your efforts of filling love & security in the pooch’s life. Don’t be discouraged by its indifference.

    Trauma impacts how a dog will evaluate information even after it has been rescued from a miserable life. However your love coupled with a positive environment has the power to alter this dog’s fear. Image-

    Trauma impacts how a dog will evaluate information even after it has been rescued from a miserable life. However your love coupled with a positive environment has the power to alter this dog’s fear. Image-

  5. Expect a gradual shift in your dog’s attitude: It will be able to trust you in due course of time. Continue having positive communications with the pet for it to eventually have complete trust in you. Recovery is possible for the rescue dog but it will not happen quickly. Some situations, scents and actions can trigger nervousness in the rescued pet transporting it to a flash-back stage.
  6. Look out for signs of distress: While interacting with your dog observe its body language. The dog is stressed if it begins to lick its nose or lips, yawns, looks the other way, tucks its tail between its legs or is avoiding you/other people. Remove the dog from the current situation that is instilling fear in the pet. Perhaps something as unthreatening as a simple nail trim may cause the dog to freeze.

    Signs of distress includes dog avoiding eye contact.

    Signs of distress includes dog avoiding eye contact.

  7. Offer choices to the dog: Empowering it to choose right things concerning its daily care and exercise will help the dog gain confidence. Pushing a rescue dog towards doing something should be avoided. Place a few beds so that it can pick which bedding to sleep on, offer a safe amount of freedom to the dog while walking it and play along by allowing it to turn in whichever direction it wants to, and if you want to brush the pooch’s coat or trim its nails let it offer itself to you comfortably. Wherever possible offer it choices and reward the dog to encourage positive behaviors.

Dogs can’t verbalize their fears but only express through body language. Most dogs that have been abused will shy away from humans and other dogs/animals. Some rescue dogs however become extremely clingy towards their new humans and show signs of separation anxiety in their absence. Aggression is another outcome of abuse and a dog’s attempt to defend itself. A victim of cruelty begins to associate any kind of physical contact (even a loving pet) with damage. Growling and acting aggressive is its way of protecting itself. There are also some physical signs that suggest a dog was abused, it may have several wounds on its body and may even face difficulty while walking. Apart from physical abuse, cruelty towards a pet can be in the form of keeping the animal chained outdoors under extreme weather conditions, not giving it sufficient food & clean drinking water, or housing it in unhygienic conditions.


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Which Grammy Award Winners Help Dogs, Cats in Need?

As we get ready to watch the Grammy Awards, here’s a look back at just a few of the many performers who have won not only the coveted accolade, but also a place in our hearts for turning up the volume on various paws causes.

Knowing that there’s no place like home, Miranda Lambert helped dogs in need of forever homes in her hometown of Lindale, Texas by opening the MuttNation Station adoption center in late 2017. The launch was just the latest in the singer’s long string of kindnesses toward canines. The country crooner co-founded MuttNation Foundation in 2009, and during its almost decade of dogged devotion to pets in need has established the Mutts Across America program to support shelters from coast to coast; held adoption drives; gathered supplies and funds for area shelters at the star’s concerts with the “Fill the little Red Wagon” donation drive; raised funds with the annual Cause for the Paws concert event , and offered a helping hand during times of crises, such as transporting dogs during hurricane Harvey.

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The grand opening of MuttNation Station adoption center in Lindale, Texas:


The recipient of the Record Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 13-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris is a life-long animal advocate who founded Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue (named in honor of her late dog) in 2004.


Gloria Estefan, who rose to the top of the charts with songs like “Anything For You”, will do anything to help our four-legged friends in need. Not only did she help homeless dogs take center stage as co-host of the 2016 edition of the annual Broadway Barks pet adoption event, the multi-rescue dog pet parent also helps no-kill animal shelters from coast to coast through The Gloria Estefan Foundation, which also helped to fund the creation of the dog park in Vero Beach, and offers financial aid for the police dogs who help to guard the safety of Miami Beach.

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A dog devotee whose canine companion Ron the Bull Terrier graced the covers of his first two albums (Working Class Dog and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet), Rick Springfield has helped out many animal welfare organizations over the course of his career, including the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation. Showing support for their favorite star, Rick’s fans also raise funds for causes that are close to the singer’s heart. The 2017 Rick Springfield birthday campaign raised $17,068.68 for Linda Blair’s WorldHeart Foundation.

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Over the years Sheryl Crow has performed duets with the likes of Kid Rock, Sting and Stevie Nicks, and when she’s not in the recording studio the multiple Grammy Award winner has put a song in the hearts of her animal-loving fans by partnering with such animal welfare organizations as The Humane Society of the United States for a PSA to prevent animal cruelty, and Animal Rescue Corps to help put a stop to puppy mills.

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“I Will Survive”…the words to a disco era anthem are also words of hope for homeless cats and dogs thanks to the entertainer who sang the Grammy-winning hit, Gloria Gaynor.  In 2017 the music legend launched a charity site which aids various causes.  Animal lovers who wear their heart on their sleeves can also wear their love for our four-legged friends with an adoption-themed T-shirt, with 10 percent of the order donated to one of I Will Survive’s charity partners, Best Friends Animal Society or Danny and Ron’s Rescue.

A 1991 Grammy Award winner for Best Music Video, Paula Abdul has also earned an honor from The American Humane Association for her dedication to the Pets and Women’s Shelter (PAWS) Program, and has won the hearts of animal lovers for showing her support for guide dogs, and for promoting the option of pet adoption through a PSA for Last Chance for Animals.

A singer who lent her voice to the Stop Animal Cruelty initiative, which urged for harsher penalties for abusers of dogs, cats and horses in the state of North Dakota, Lynn Anderson— who climbed to the top of the country charts with her them (“I Never Promised You) A Rose Garden”– frequently fostered dogs in need. In lieu of flowers, when the performer passed away in 2015 those who wished to pay their respects were requested to make a donation to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Nashville or Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, New Mexico.

A two-time Grammy Award winner, Stephen Colbert combines comedy with compassion by showcasing adorable adoptables in “Rescue Dog Rescue” skits on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

As the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath embarked on the farewell tour “The End” in 2016, the group’s bassist Terrence “Geezer” Butler joined the effort to put an end to the cruel practice of declawing in the state of New York. Promoting the NYS Declaw Ban, the musician stated: “My wife and I have many rescued cats and we have never dreamed of putting them through an elective, convenience surgery such as declawing. Can you imagine having your fingers chopped off at the last bone? That is what the equivalent is for cats who are declawed.”

The Pied Piper of Prog Rock, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is helping The Paw Project’s efforts to lead the public on the path to compassion towards cats by bringing the cruel practice of declawing to an end. “If you can afford a cat, you can afford a scratching post. Strays and other humane scratching deterrents are also available,” the singer stated. “Declawing? Don’t even think about it– don’t you dare.”

A famous friend to all with fur, fins and feathers, Queen guitarist Brian May is a Vice-President of the RSPCA and founder of the Save Me Trust (which strives to protect wildlife), and has shown his support for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Using his voice to get the public fired up about animal welfare, “Light My Fire” singer Jose Feliciano not only performed at a fundraising gala for Last Chance for Animals, he also filmed an “Adopt, Don’t Shop” PSA for the non-profit alongside his rescue dog, Stella.

A vegan with a vision of a better tomorrow for all animals, Colbie Caillat is a long-time supporter of Farm Sanctuary, the ASPCA (with whom she partnered for the organization’s Come to the Rescue movement to aid abused animals) and the Humane Society of the United States (with whom she helped to shine a spotlight on Puppy Mill Action Week.)

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The recipient of the Best Spoken Word Album in 2015, the late Joan Rivers spoke out about pet adoption and the need to spay/neuter pets when she filmed PSAs for The Lucy Pet Foundation, which is striving to put a mobile spay/neuter and adoption clinic in very major US city.

A gold record-selling performer with a heart of gold, donations to the ASPCA were requested in lieu of flowers when Leon Russell passed away in 2016.

Over the years many Grammy Award winners have raised the roof for those who woof by taking the stage for a fundraising concert, including Barry Manilow.  Not only does he write the songs that make the whole world sing, he also puts a song in the hearts of Fido- and feline-loving Fanilows by choosing several animal welfare organizations to be among the charities to benefit from his periodic “A Gift of Love” holiday concerts.

Indie band OK Go captured the choreographic moves of canines in the music video for “White Knuckles.” Many of the talented tail-waggers were rescue dogs, and in honor of the rock star Rovers the band donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the music video on their official website to the ASPCA.

Patti Page, who crooned the toe-tapping tune “(How Much is That} Doggie in the Window?” in the 1950s recorded the reworded version of her hit– “Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter?”— in 2011 to amp up attention to the plight of puppy mill dogs.

Banding together with World Animal Protection, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones helped to shine a spotlight on a campaign to end rabies in all corners of the globe.

Carrie Underwood, who rose to the top of the country music charts with the single “Temporary home,” has helped dogs in her home town who need a forever home by funding a new animal shelter through her C.A.T.S. Foundation.

The recipient of Grammy Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for Best Hawaiian Album, actress Tia Carrere of Wayne’s World fame helped our feline friends by purr-forming at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats’ Cabaret fundraising event.

What Are The Most Affectionate Dog Breeds? Let’s Meet 5 Cuddly Dogs

While some dogs prefer play to pats, almost all dogs love the occasional kiss or cuddle. But today we’re focusing on some of the most affectionate dog breeds. Their motto? Bring on the sports, but also prioritize smooches!

1. Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle.

The Toy Poodle is one of the most affectionate dog breeds. Photography courtesy Sandy Mainardi.

Que je vous dise sur moi! France claims me and, of course, the French are celebrated for romance and kisses. But on to some history: we Toy Poodles are beloved by the French, but the early ancestors of the Standard Poodle were bred for water retrieving in Germany. Keep in mind that my three varieties (the Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodle) were only grouped together in the mid-20th century. We social and energetic Toy Poodles have provided companionship and warmth to families for centuries. Natural learners, we rock out in obedience work. Just don’t underestimate our enthusiasm for snuggle-time. Most of us (if allowed) will cuddle you all night long.

2. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever.

Golden Retrievers are, unsurprisingly, an affectionate dog breed. Photography courtesy Geri Yaccino.

We’re renowned family dogs these days, but we were developed in Scotland as exceptional gundogs for fowl retrieval. Lord Tweedmouth bred us for water work, strength and yellow shades of coat. I often carry my tail merrily, evidencing my bright outlook on life. Our soft mouths, developed for retrieving, offer tender and delightful kisses. While we save our greatest affection for family, we also typically bestow love on newcomers, too. Come for kisses! I’ll leave that barky guard dog behavior to another breed.

3. Basset Hound

Basset Hound.

Basset Hounds lavish their humans with affection. Photography courtesy Jennie Hibbert, Maple Street Bassets.

Laid-back, congenial and approachable, I give and gather smooches readily. I hold mankind dear to my heart. But don’t let my sweet disposition fool you. I’m distinguished for my sensitive hunting nose. Developed in France for hunting, we trailed small game slowly so we wouldn’t leave hunters in the dust. I thrive on exercise (May I suggest tracking rather than obedience?), but I welcome closeness once we’re home. Along with my slurpy kisses, be prepared for my barks, bays and howls: They’re all basic to the Basset!

4. Vizsla


Vizslas are one of the most affectionate dog breeds out there. Photography courtesy Mandy Heintz.

We’re passionate about both sports and people. Developed to hunt and retrieve in forest, field and water, we’re extraordinary athletes. One of the oldest sporting breeds, my forefathers hunted with Magyar tribes. The Hungarian aristocracy fine-tuned our hunting abilities and cherished us as companions. Our warm natures were cultivated by families who kept us in the households, rather than putting us out to kennels. Today, I’m as eager to give you a smackeroo as to run with you. At only about 50 pounds, I’ll also try to fit on your lap for an extra dose of affection.

5. Bulldog

Bulldog. Photography courtesy Shelby Stewart.

Bulldogs are a very loving dog breed. Photography courtesy Shelby Stewart.Photography courtesy Shelby Stewart.

Although originally bred for hard work, I’ll confess that we’re more tender than tough. In particular, we crave interaction and affection. My ancestors were bred in England to drive cattle and work on farms. In modern times, we’re committed to the sport of companionship. We still boast our beloved under-bite, as well as a trace of lovable stubbornness. But we’re calm and kindhearted with the family, often especially with little children. Together with smooches, we offer snorts, snuffles and occasionally slobber to those we love.

Tell us: Do you have one of the most affectionate dog breeds? Is your dog a snuggler but not on our list?

Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Shelby Stewart.

Why read breed profiles?

Dog breed profiles help everyone, whether you have a mixed breed or purebred dog, to better understand and improve the quality of your dog’s life. If you have a mixed breed dog, read up on all of the breed profiles that make up your dog. Not sure what breed your dog is? There are a number of easy DNA tests out there to help your find out.

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Dog Tail Docking And Ear Cropping — What to Know

Ear cropping and tail docking have been a part of some dog breeds’ histories for centuries. Ears and tails on dogs were surgically altered for various reasons. With some breeds, such as certain working dogs, ears were cropped or tails were docked to prevent injuries. In other breeds, tails were docked or ears were cropped for hygiene reasons. In still other breeds, the traditional reasons for cropping or docking are less clear.

Today, both ear cropping and tail docking are banned in many parts of the world, including Australia and numerous countries in Europe, but the procedures are still legal in much of North America, including the United States (a few states have certain restrictions on cropping and docking, but no state bans them outright) and two provinces in Canada.

Many purebred enthusiasts contend that when done properly by a veterinarian, these elective procedures are not harmful to the dogs. Some proponents of cropping and docking claim they might prevent possible health issues, such as ear infections or injuries to the ears or tail.

Those opposed to ear cropping and tail docking argue that cosmetic surgery is both unnecessary and potentially harmful. The American Veterinary Medical Association cites the risks of general anesthesia, postoperative pain and recovery time, as well as the risks of potential surgical complications like infection. In the case of tail docking in particular, the AVMA also raises the concern that altering a dog’s anatomy might inhibit his ability to communicate naturally due to the fact that body language is the primary mode of communication among dogs.

State Legislation on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking

A dog with a docked tail.

Ear cropping and tail docking in dogs remains a controversial topic. Photography ©nemoris | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

In the United States, ear cropping and tail docking remain legal in all states. Only two states have provisions restricting tail docking. In Pennsylvania, docking may not be performed by a layperson on puppies more than 5 days old. However, a licensed veterinarian may dock tails under general anesthesia provided the dog is at least 12 weeks old. For puppies older than 5 days and younger than 12 weeks, a veterinarian may dock the tail only if it is deemed medically necessary. In Maryland, tails may only be docked by a veterinarian and vets must use anesthesia.

Alaska and Louisiana have legislation that stipulates that tail docking must be performed in a timely and sanitary manner, and in such a way that minimizes pain and distress.

A handful of states regulate ear cropping in some way or another. For instance, in Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, ear cropping must be performed by a licensed veterinarian while the dog is under anesthesia.

Veterinary Positions on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking

In 2008, the American Veterinary Medical Association issued this position statement on ear cropping and tail docking: “The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.” The AVMA reaffirmed this position in 2012.

The American Animal Hospital Association, an organization that offers accreditation for veterinary hospitals, has opposed cosmetic ear cropping and tail docking since 1993. The current position statement, updated most recently in 2009, reads: “The American Animal Hospital Association is opposed to ear cropping and/or tail docking in pets for cosmetic reasons. Veterinarians should counsel and educate pet owners that these procedures should not be performed unless medically necessary. AAHA also encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.”

Breed Registries’ Stances on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking

The American Kennel Club, which registers purebred dogs, publishes breed standards and oversees conformation dog shows, states on its website that “The American Kennel Club recognizes that ear cropping, tail docking and dewclaw removal, as described in certain breed standards, are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving the breed character and/or enhancing good health. Appropriate veterinary care should be provided.”

However, dogs of breeds that are traditionally cropped and/or docked are not required to have these procedures done in order to compete in AKC-sanctioned shows. In fact, the AKC further states that “ear cropping is a decision made by a dog’s breeder or owner. While it is true that some breeds are shown with their ears cropped, there is nothing in AKC rules and in fact nothing in any breed standard that compels an owner to have this procedure performed as a prerequisite to entry at a dog show. Even if it is traditional in a particular breed that the dogs have one of these alterations, it has the same potential to win as any other dog of the breed and will only be judged based on the compliance of that dog to the breed standard.” It is not uncommon to see uncropped or undocked dogs from countries that ban the procedures competing in AKC shows in the United States.

Another all-breed registry in the United States, the United Kennel Club, includes an addendum at the bottom of breed standards of those breeds that historically have cropped ears or docked tails, stating: “The docking of tails and cropping of ears in America is legal and remains a personal choice. However, as an international registry, the United Kennel Club is aware that the practices of cropping and docking have been forbidden in some countries. In light of these developments, the United Kennel Club feels that no dog in any UKC event, including conformation, shall be penalized for a full tail or natural ears.”

Canada’s View on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking

In Canada, ear cropping and tail docking are banned in all but two provinces, either by provincial law or by the respective veterinary associations of the province. Ontario and Alberta are the only Canadian provinces that still allow the procedures. Most recently, the veterinary associations in British Columbia and Quebec voted to ban ear cropping and tail docking (in late 2016 and early 2017).

In 2014, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association published a position statement regarding ear cropping and tail docking: “The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) opposes the alteration of any animal by surgical or other invasive methods for cosmetic or competitive purposes.”

The Canadian Kennel Club, which registers purebred dogs and oversees the sport of conformation dog showing in Canada, supports breeders’ “freedom of choice” when it comes to choosing to have the procedures done on their dogs, although it clarifies that “none of the 175 Canadian Kennel Club breed standards require that a dog have cropped ears.”

The Future of Ear Cropping and Tail Docking

In countries where cropping and docking are banned, the breeds simply look different than they once did. For instance, Doberman Pinschers and Boxers have long, or “natural,” tails and ears. It is not uncommon to see dogs with “natural” ears and tails in the United States, as well.

Certain breeds are genetically predisposed for a natural bobtail, including the Australian Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, Brittany, Jack Russell Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Schipperke. Not all dogs of these breeds are born with bobtails, however. Some are born with long or longish tails, which are generally docked. A test for the bobtail gene, available through the University of California, Davis, Genetics Lab, can help breeders select for the gene when making breeding decisions so they might end up with more puppies with natural tails. Some breeders have even experimented with introducing the gene for a natural bob tail into breeds that don’t have the gene.

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Client Spotlight — The Pet Nanny & Dog Walker!

Up next in our Client Spotlight series is Tess Ross and The Pet Nanny & Dog Walker! Tess and her team provide ‘in your home’ pet sitting and dog walking services to the great people of the Lower Bucks County area of PA. The Pet Nanny & Dog Walker make it so their client’s pets can stay home, sleep in their own warm bed, eat the foods they are used to, avoid exposure to other pets (and potentially diseases) and get the daily love and attention they are used to! Also providing dog walking services for those customers who work long hours or need an extra hand — Tess provides the full scope of services a busy pet parent needs. Be sure to check out The Pet Nanny & Dog Walker website and like them on Facebook too!

What caused you to get into pet sitting/dog walking?
While I was working as a veterinary technician we received many calls from clients looking for recommendations on a pet sitter when they went out of town. I saw a need in the community for this service and after the veterinarian I worked for retired, I decided to start a pet sitting and dog walking business!

Tess Ross, Owner of The Pet Nanny & Dog Walker

What is the most fulfilling part of owning a pet sitting/dog walking business?
The most fulfilling part of my job is working directly with animals every day. Although I worked with animals as a vet tech and before that a wildlife tech, my interactions with the animals was often brief. With this job I get to spend quality time with pets all day! What could be better?

What is the most challenging?
I think for me the most challenging aspect of the job is having to say goodbye to one of our client’s pets. We get attached to the animal’s in our care and when one moves out of the area or passes away, we take it pretty hard.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We have had tremendous growth this past year and I believe we will continue to grow and serve our client base over the next five years.

What has Time To Pet changed the most about how you run your business?
Time To Pet has streamlined several aspects of my business. The conversation portal is where we can text and give updates to our clients and even send them picture updates after each and every visit. My phone notifies me when a client responds with any questions and pet parents feel more relaxed on their vacation reading these updates on their pets. In this same portal, clients can also pay their invoice, schedule visits and make changes to current reservations. They also have the ability to make updates to their client and pet profile. This has allowed our business to go completely paperless, save a a lot of time and simplifying the process of signing on a new client. I couldn’t be happier about that!

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Mark Zuckerberg Likes The Dog With Dreadlocks

Mark Zuckerberg is a big shot personality who made us all get together with our loved ones on Facebook like they are just sitting next to with us. What do you assume, is he famed only for being the creator of Facebook? If you think so, then you are mistaken.  We have some stupendous news to split with you concerning this man.

Mark Zuckerberg has one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. You must be thinking so what? Is it a big deal? Everyone has a dog and it’s quite general.


Then here I would like you to introduce with the dog and why is he special and also why you must know about him?

Meet BEAST! Mark Zuckerberg’s Pet Dog.  What say? Isn’t he dazzling?

You must be thinking what kind of dog is he? So let’s know the breed first.Beast is a Puli hailing from Hungary is a hard-working herding dog. This breed is well-known as a mop-like dog. They have long, corded coat alike to dreadlocks. The breed is a handily sized; sturdy has a long shaggy coat.


Beast is bouncy, full of life, He very well knows how to be the center of attraction. Nevertheless having Puli will irrefutably turn around many heads.He came when he was just a puppy from Grants Pass, Oregon.  At the present, he stays with Mark Zuckerberg and family at Palo Alto.

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See Why These Wolves Eat Fresh Dog Food

We’ve heard of some interesting stories about how our pet food has been used before. From enticing lost and weary pets during a rescue mission, to people tasting it for themselves! But one of our favorites is from a wolf preserve in New Jersey.


While we now understand domestic pets and wild animals eat a bit differently, sometimes it’s hard to source an all natural diet for animals like wolves and foxes. That’s when a couple years ago our friends The Lakota Wolf Preserve told us they use Freshpet to balance their pack’s diet, but that they needed our help.


Recently we received  this note from their Director, letting us know how Freshpet’s donations of fridge-fresh dog food made with real 100% farm raised meats, has been helping their wolves to feel happy, healthy and free:


“The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ is a wildlife preserve for wolves, fox and bobcats born in captivity. For 20 years now we have taken in animals from all over the country to let them live out their lives in natural, acres-large enclosures. We are open to the public, offering guided educational tours to teach people about the importance of wildlife and offer them a chance to see these majestic animals.



We feed an all natural diet of local deer and it is often a challenge to get enough food for 20+ animals, but thanks to the wonderful donations from Freshpet, we are able to supplement their regular feedings.  Using these Freshpet products we can continue our natural diet regiment plus provide them added vitamins and minerals — and best of all they love it!!



Our latest additions Sassa and Cyrus are 2 pups brought in from Montana. Sassa is a special needs little girl who was born with brain and front leg deformities. Many places would not be willing to put the work and funding into giving her a normal life, but we took her in and are working hard with her.



With the help from many doctors and a good diet including Freshpet puppy food, her legs have straightened considerably. She is working through her developmental challenges and has recently been introduced to her new family, a pack of Arctic Wolves at the Preserve. Thank you, Freshpet, for helping us keep these wonderful animals healthy and happy!!”


See the recipes the Lakota Wolves love to eat here. Also be sure to check out the preserve at


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