Socializing Your Older Rescue Puppy: Barli’s Checklist

Since Bärli’s adoption on March 13, we’ve been busy socializing him, exposing him to experiences that he might come across on future outings or in our daily life. Bärli, now five (and possibly six) months old, had been at the shelter for three months when we adopted him so, while he had experienced handling by the professionals at the shelter, he hadn’t had many experiences out in the world.

We’ve been busy trying to expose him to as many experiences as possible, even though he is beyond the 18 weeks when socialization become more difficult, just as learning a new language for a teen is more difficult than it is for a toddler. Every day, we’re getting out and exposing him to new situations, rewarding him with tasty treats and having a good time as we explore.

Our list, of course, is specific to our own life (in the country) and travels (to the lake and beach, into the city, visiting relatives at the nursing home, and enjoying car travel). Your list will reflect the activities you plan to experience with your dog. Our list continues to grow as we think of more and more situations that Bärli might experience!


  • adults of different ages
  • adults of different races
  • adults of different sizes
  • infants
  • toddlers and young children
  • teenagers
  • a person in a wheelchair
  • a person with a walker
  • a person with a cane
  • a child in a stroller
  • a man in a hat
  • a person carrying a backpack


We’re all set for coyotes and turkeys (and thunder thanks to today’s storm) but we’re still working on some of the city sounds. I took Barli and Tiki to my parents’ house and sat out in the yard with them; soon a fire truck went by. For other sounds, I’ve been playing sound effects on YouTube (you’ll find both long and short videos with great sound effects!)

  • thunder
  • fireworks
  • door bell
  • emergency vehicle siren
  • city sounds
  • honking car horns
  • motorcycles
  • loud trucks
  • delivery vehicles
  • crying baby
  • coyotes howling
  • wild turkeys calling
  • vacuum cleaner


  • walking on a sidewalk
  • walking on pavement
  • walking on a grate
  • walking on sand
  • walking on a marble floor
  • walking on a tile floor


  • visiting the vet
  • taking a bath
  • visiting a pet supply store
  • sitting at a coffee shop or restaurant patio
  • sitting quietly when a restaurant server comes to the table
  • riding an elevator
  • staying at a hotel
  • walking across a footbridge
  • watching children play at a playground
  • sitting beside me on a walk while I talk to a person in an idling car
  • sitting in the car while one of us fills the gas tank
  • greeting an unknown dog
  • watching a person cast a fishing line
  • seeing a person on a bicycle
  • seeing a cow
  • seeing a horse
  • walking through an automatic door
  • standing beside a vending machine
  • walking in an enclosed stairwell like a hotel emergency stairwell


How Cane Rosso Restaurant Is Helping Rescue Dogs

At Dogster magazine, we love when a restaurant goes to the dogs! So it’s no surprise that when we’re in Texas, our restaurant group of choice is Cane Rosso. The restaurants specialize in authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza along with other traditional Italian dishes. What makes Cane Rosso and owner/creator Jay Jerrier (who has seven dogs of his own!) even more special is the Cane Rosso Rescue founded in 2014.

Pups on the Patio events mix pizza, pups & rescues.

Pups on the Patio events mix pizza, pups & rescues. Photography courtesy Cane Rosso.

“Cane Rosso, the name of our restaurant group, means ‘red dog’ in Italian and is named after our first dog, Zoli — also the name of one of our new restaurants,” Jay tells us. “The plight of abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted dogs is something that has always touched me. Lily Tomlin once said, ‘I said “someone should do something about that” … then I realized that I was “someone.”‘ I’m fortunate enough to be in the position to do something about it … so I am.”

The volunteer-based 501 (c)3 nonprofit focuses on foster care, veterinary treatment and providing transportation and other essential needs for dogs who need homes. It has its own network of fosters and dogs, plus it supports other Texan rescues by holding Pups on the Patio pizza, fundraising and pet adoption events at the Cane Rosso restaurants where patrons’ donations are matched by Cane Rosso and then given to a local rescue. You can also support the rescue(s) by “rounding up for rescue” when you pay your bill. “With the number of guests that visit us across 10 restaurants, it really adds up,” Jay says. For more info, go to or

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How The Dog Rescue Shirt Club Helps Pups in Need

When Dallas firefighter Jim Scano decided to create a way for firehouse enthusiasts to collect T-shirts from various fire stations, he wasn’t thinking about dogs. But after the success of the Firehouse Shirt Club, where he raised tens of thousands of dollars to support more than 70 participating firehouses, he realized this same idea could be used to help dog rescues.

How the Dog Rescue Shirt Club Works

Dog Rescue Shirt Club.

Jim Scano was inspired to make the Dog Rescue Shirt Club after experiencing success with the Firehouse Shirt Club.

“I’ve always been a dog enthusiast, so over the last couple years, I’ve been working to mirror the success I’ve had with Firehouse Shirt Club in a way that would help dog rescues,” Jim says. “We officially launched the Dog Rescue Shirt Club, based in Celina, Texas, in November of 2016 and have seen growth month after month since then.”

The club works by providing members a unique T-shirt every month from a dog rescue somewhere in the country. Members pay $20 a month, and all the proceeds go directly back to the rescue.

“Once a rescue has agreed to participate and be featured in a particular month, they send us whatever artwork they have. We have our printer in Celina create a mock-up for their approval,” Jim says. “If the rescue has a particular slogan, we try to incorporate that into the shirt as well. If they don’t have any artwork, we can help them with their design.”

Once the design is approved, shirts are printed in quantities required to fulfill the orders. Designs are chosen based on uniqueness and history of the rescue, as well as needs of the rescue. To ensure the designs stay unique, each featured T-shirt is used only one time. Once that rescue’s shirt has been featured, it’s retired from the club forever.

What Rescues Has the Dog Rescue Shirt Club Featured?

In the beginning, Jim would reach out to rescues and explain the club’s goal and ask for their cooperation and participation. These days, he has rescues contacting him requesting to be featured because the club is such an effective way for groups to raise money. Some past featured rescues include the K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue in Florida, Carolina Hearts Aussie Rescue in North Carolina and Astasia’s Angels in Texas.

The Future of the Dog Rescue Shirt Club

Thanks to its supporters, the Dog Rescue Shirt Club has been able to raise and donate close to $5,000 in the past 12 months to rescues across the country. Jim’s love for dogs and his desire to help those in need are the club’s driving force.

“Although I’m not involved in rescue dogs on a professional level, I have raised dogs all my life. Several of those were from rescues,” he says. “I’ve also fostered dogs until they were placed in their forever homes.” Jim believes the Dog Rescue Shirt Club could easily get to the point where the group is raising and donating thousands of dollars each month to featured rescues.

“Our subscribers love what we do and the high-quality T-shirts they receive,” he says. “They enjoy knowing that a portion of their membership goes back directly to the featured rescue.”

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you! 

Award-winning writer and editor Audrey Pavia is a former managing editor of Dog Fancy magazine and editor of the AKC Gazette. She is the author of The Labrador Retriever Handbook (Barrons) and has written extensively on horses as well as other pets. She shares her home with two rescue dogs, Candy and Mookie.

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Harry Connick, Jr. Adopts Rescue Dog From Puerto Rico

Just like the classic tune he crooned on the soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally, when Harry Connick, Jr. met rescue dog Tuka the entertainer knew “It Had to Be You”!

Lapping up attention while filming a promotional segment for Puppy Bowl XIV on the set of the jazz singer’s talk show Harry, little did the tiny dog who had been evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria know that her 15 minutes of fame would lead to a lifetime of love with a famous forever pet parent.

At first fostered by the Grammy and Emmy Award winner’s family, today the cuddly canine is officially a part of Connick, Jr.’s clan, and fans can witness the singer sign Tuka’s adoption papers on an upcoming episode of Harry!

Tuka received her new lease on life thanks to The Sato Project, a non-profit which rescues dogs who have been abandoned in one of Puerto Rico’s most financial distressed municipalities, which includes an area referred to as Dead Dog Beach.

Be sure to cheer on the line up of rescue pups (saved from areas of natural disasters in 2017) who will play ball in Puppy Bowl XIV on Animal Planet February 4th, and tune in to Harry on February 5th to see the start of Tuka’s happily ever after!

Photo Credit: NBCUniversal “Harry”/Bryan Bedder