For the LOVE of DOGS ... the Barn Dog Rescue
May's DOG of the Month
Poe is as you see in these photos... a dog with a history! We don't exactly know what that history is but he did have a less than perfect surgical repair performed on his hind legs and now he gets around essentially as a 3 legged doggie. At one point we tried to fit him with cart, thinking it'd make getting around easier for Poe sandpit less wear and tear on his mighty front end.. NOPE! Poe wanted none of it! He is perfectly content to trundle about just as he is!
Poe gets out & joyfully plays with his pals, eagerly goes on walks around the farm and into the woods ..oh..& he does a full on handstand when he pees and poops!
Poe is a roll around in the grass, snuggle bug who does LOVE GAZE better than anyone we've known! He's a very special doggie!
What do Dogs Dig?
Well.. yah, they do like to DIG! Some more than others.. but we think they should all have a dig zone. Some dogs also like to bury their treasures.. sometimes over and over... let them dig.. in the "Dig Zone" you make for them.
They also really enjoy working for their food! YUP!!!!! In fact far more than being served up a bowl at the same time everyday! Dogs dig FORAGING.. they are in their element when they use their nose to explore & man, when there's tasty morsels involved! Its HEAVEN on earth!!!
We try our best to create that opportunity as much as possible, especially for the dogs who tend to anticipate feed time and develop an often annoying to humans behavioral issues! FYI Its not a fun time for dogs either!
Think of that say, 20 mins feeding time.. your dogs are amped, they know it's coming.. they hear all the little cues that indicate a bowl of nourishment will be delivered before them.. its all they can focus on.. every second feels like an eternity.. you rush a bit to get it to them ever sooner.. by the time the bowl hits the ground the dogs are in "lizard brain" barely uses their senses to enjoy their food...they just hoover it all in ASAP &... then its done..NOW WHAT?
Or you can fulfill important DOG dig... stuff by creating ways for your pals to seriously enjoy an activity they desire!! Its so fun.. plus sharing fun with your dog deepens your bond immensely!
Dogs also like feeling they serve a purpose!! Case in point.. everyone is familiar with the doorbell ringing scenario.. again a somewhat annoying experience for humans.. but dogs are watch dogs.. What if you thanked your dog for alerting you that an outsider had approached your dwelling.. then let your dog know you got the message, all is well.. thank FIDO and then add a reward of sorts.. something fun, or tasty to change channels & celebrate the whole WONDERFUL experience??!!!
Dog Etiquette for Humans
Our Talented and Dedicated Dog Handlers!
Check out our awesome Dog/Handler leash walking skills!
Two occasionally reactive dogs happily sharing space while staying focused on their handlers. What a lovely sight to see!👏🏼
Scout with Handler Beck & Kayley with Handler Nick
A Story of Rescue
14 Dogs were delivered to DAWG PATCH, the boarding facility where all our lucky dogs spend some time getting loads of TLC before they come to us to find their forever homes!
Click on photos to go to new page ( still a work in progress ) for more info on these darling doggies!
A couple of friends coming to us on our June transport!!
If your heart is aching to provide love as a foster or adopter to anyone of our dogs waiting for transport, please email us at
Dog Trainer Jamie's corner!
Hello! Welcome to my corner! Here, we will discuss various current training, behavior and enrichment topics that include our dogs at the rescue, my personal dogs and useful learning situations we find ourselves in!
First up... Top 3 reasons NOT to
use a retractable leash!
1. There is very little to no control when using the retractable leash and it sends mixed messages.. the length of the leash comes is constantly changing and provides no continuity for the dog.
2. Losing a dog while using this leash is a very common and preventable occurrence. The long length of feed of leash allows a dog to sprint forward with ample space before the lock catches. When they hit the end or when the owner locks it to to stop the dog, often so much speed and strength has built up it'll rip the handle mechanism right out of your hand. Not only does this cause the dog to get loose, but the heavy handle slams down behind the dog often freighting him thus making him run away faster.
3. This type of leash is notorious for causing amputations and burns. Quick, sometimes unpredictable movements of a dog at the end go the long, fast moving, thin feed of leash often gets tangled around legs, arms, waists, necks and fingers of all people in its path.
Much better alternatives are a fixed four or six foot leash for regular walks and a long leash designed for dogs for hikes or field play!
Spotlight on Adoptable LOVE DOGS dogs!
WANTED!!! Love Dogs Fosters
We specialize in saving older dogs, dogs with medical issues and dogs who need a little extra time and attention. The need at times is overwhelming. 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!
Fostering is a wonderful way to support rescue! Very often these sweet dogs ask for very little & offer all their love and gratitude!
Maybe while at you are at home.. in quarantine.. you'd consider devoting some of your time and attention to a needy rescue dog Enjoy the incredibly rewarding experience of building a special relationship with one of our needy dogs.. their lives would be forever changed by the love and attention only a home and the love & focused attention of a trusted friend can provide!!
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!