For the LOVE of DOGS ... the Barn Dog Rescue
We are so incredibly heartbroken to share the news of Jeni’s sudden passing from a heart attack on Sunday 10/31.
For those that don’t know, Jeni was a remarkable German shepherd rescued from a horrible life on a chain. After we pulled her, we quickly figured out she had multiple abnormalities with her heart, all of which could cause a heart attack on their own.. let alone all of the issues combined. We knew this could happen.. but who could prepare for such a thing?
Jeni was the most goofy, silly and uncoordinated shep you’d ever meet. She routinely fell off the couch and ALWAYS greeted us with joyful leaps with toys in her mouth. She had no problem plopping her giant body in your lap and drooling on you with affection… and we loved every second of it! You would think a dog that came from such a rough life wouldn’t be so trusting of people but she was! She adored everyone she met instantly.
We loved this sweet girl with all of our hearts. She had such a massive presence here at Love Dogs. We will be feeling this loss for some time, that’s for sure, but we are so grateful for having the opportunity to give Jeni such an incredible final chapter of her life.
On the way back from bringing Jeni to Rainbow Bridge Pet Crematory in Yorktown we saw the most vibrant double rainbow. We have never seen anything like it before.. and we just our Jeni was riding that rainbow to the other side.
Rest In Peace sweet girl.
How to Greet a Dog..
Dogs have a wonderful way of making people smile. They are quirky, adorable and loyal beyond comprehension. One of our missions here at Love Dogs is to continue to infuse doggie education everywhere we can! Something almost everyone of us experience ourselves and see often is the snapshot of someone walking up a dog to say hello. Sometimes the dog really loves it.. other times they're conflicted.. and other times they are down right terrified. Let's work together to make our beloved dogs more comfortable during greetings!
Click on the info graphic to learn more about Greeting a Dog Their Way!
In order to live in HARMONY
WE ALL NEED sufficient SPACE & OPTIONS
The Flower Girls!
The four Flower Aussie girls have arrived and are settling in nicely so far! Stayed tuned for more info and if you are interested in meeting any of them, please fill out our application and email us!
Beautiful play between Brady & Kipper
Brady and Kipper have similar play styles which as a result gives us a wonderful display of play bows and sprint circles!
Jeff's awesome leash walking skillz!
Jeff is an incredibly happy ad energetic boy. You would think he would be a maniac on the leash.. nope! Not Jeff! He is incredibly polite and hardly ever pulls!
Delilah aces "leave it" Training!
Delilah and our trainer Jamie spend a lot of time together. Reason 1 is because they are best friends. Reason 2 is to keep Delilah's training on track. I'd say she's doing a pretty awesome job, wouldn't you?!
Handlers take on their favorite dogs!
"Time spent with Sundae is like time spent in cartoon world. This world is drawn with simple lines: a bright sun in the bluest sky, smiley faces on all who pass by, joy in the eyes of your canine companion.
You get to use your imagination as you paint the happiest dog w a pink nose and beautiful grey coat, and share animated walks with actual conversation (not actual words of course, but endearing whines and snorts). Sundae has a permanently infectious grin, easygoing personality, and jaunty style.
When a treat is offered, she's yours to command . She attentively sits for leashing, races to her crate when it's time to sleep, appreciates every minute you're with her. Apart from her excitement about passing cars and unfamiliar dogs- both easily addressed w treats as mentioned- she is a perfectly behaved companion with a love of life that is undeniable. It's almost impossible to explain the inviting world she inhabits. Look at her face! How can you resist the adventure?"
Dog body language and the inner workings of the dog psyche is absolutely fascinating. Many of us spend a lot of time with dogs.. whether it be your own dogs or perhaps friends dogs. If you don't spend a lot of time with dogs then you've certainly encountered at least a few throughout your life. Being able to interpret a dogs body language correctly is an incredibly useful tool and will help you understand your dogs behavior on a deeper level. We have an entire page dedicated to body language signals: how to read them and their meaning!
WANTED!!! Love Dogs Fosters
Fostering is a wonderful way to support rescue! Very often these sweet dogs ask for very little & offer all their love and gratitude!
We specialize in saving older dogs, dogs with medical issues and dogs who need a little extra time and attention. The need can be overwhelming at times. Not many rescues are able to take in these forgotten pups! We are hoping to develop a network of LOVE DOGS fosters who wish to provide loving homes for these darling doggies while they see our specialists and get their broken bits and pieces tended to!
Children and Dogs..
a VERY important Topic
We love children.. and of course we love dogs too! So it would only make sense that children and dogs should naturally live in harmony, right?
Unfortunately, no. Children do a ton of things that are really scary to dogs.. unpredictable movements, loud noises, running quickly, grabbing, tugging and throwing toys.. All of these things diminish trust over time. Trust is not something that is permanent.
It is important that parents learn the Do's and Don'ts of living with kids and dogs. We LOVE educating the public on the ways to make living with kids and dogs joyful and simple for all.
Dog Trainer Jamie's corner!
Mama Jamie & son Keaton
Join trainer Jamie on some
confidence building exercises with Jeff!
Jeff is a sweet, eager and mildly insecure growing pup. We are working on a lot of different aspects of training with Jeff including obedience, impulse control, confidence building and socialization. This is a super successful session where he goes from being terrified on the training apparatus to actually standing on it with two feet! Yay Jeff! Dogs are SO capable.. way more capable then we think they are. It is wonderful when we can teach them things that give them a purpose. It feeds the mind and soul!
Check out an updated video on how Jeff is doing! Below, we are practicing "down" with some chase breaks in between. Jeff is a super active boy and too much stationary obedience bores him. I like to take treat chasing breaks in between down's to keep his energy flowing and in control as to not disrupt our practice. He's a super star!!
For the LOVE of HORSES
Part of the magic here has to do with the integrity of our mission. Our combined efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals stem from a foundation of respect, kindness, clear intention and a humble desire to learn from every animal in our care.
Our rescue is located on the grounds of a serene and magnificent, private horse farm in Westchester County NY. Not only does the farm provide a sanctuary for homeless dogs it also provides sanctuary for special equines in need. As with our dogs the ponies and horses are given all they need to go to live happy and fulfilling lives. Some become "homies" at the farm.. many others are adopted to loving homes!