Monday, December 18, 2017

Alumni Pupdate - Daisy

Fun fact - Daisy is actually a sibling to last month’s featured Alumni Pupdate, Blaze!  She came into UDR from New Mexico, and was placed into our foster program.  Like Blaze, she had a tough time at first being separated from her siblings for the first time in her life.  Luckily she didn’t have to wait long for her amazing Furever Family to find her!

Always surrounded by friends and love

Adopter Dad Dennis is a rescuer’s dream!!  He has an absolutely incredible house on spacious grounds that leaves room to spare for 8 dogs and 6 cats.  WOW!!  To say their pets are spoiled is an understatement….Their lucky pets were even included in his wedding!  Dennis reached out to UDR looking for a kind girl that would get along with their current pets, and UDR carefully selected Daisy to meet his family's needs.

Daisy is so lucky to have an incredible family and room to play

Lucky for Daisy, she fit the bill perfectly for this large and loving family.  She has fit seamlessly into the pack and is described as being a bit sassy and having a very regal demeanor (though who could blame a girl when she is living the dream?!).  Baby gates can’t hold this athletic girl down from wherever she wants to go in the house, and she loves to play and wrestle with her fur siblings.  This smart girl has even learned to do a balancing act on the back of the sofa if she's in a hurry to get to the other side of the room, and doesn't want to bump into her siblings!   ….but her favorite part of the week is Sunday brunch with her Dad and special cheese popcorn treats!


Many thanks to Dennis for such a wonderful pupdate on sweet Daisy!

Congratulations Daisy!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Meet & Greet DOs and DONTs

Meet & greets can be an exciting day for people and dogs alike.  It could be the initial meeting with your new family member!  Here are some DO’s and DON’T’s to be aware of:

DON’T pass up a dog you’re interested in because it doesn’t look its happiest or is a bit scared at the event.  The dogs do not understand the purpose of a meet & greet, and may react differently in a busy, public place than in the comfort of their foster home.  
-DO ask questions of the dog’s handler at the event!  They will be able to tell you about the dog’s typical demeanor.

DON’T forget your manners!  Try not to get too excited or physical (hugging or in a dog’s face) when meeting the dogs.  Your heightened state may cause the dogs to react negatively: getting afraid, confused, hyperactive, or simply not want to interact with you.  Animals tend to gravitate towards calm, positive, happy people.
-DO ask how the dog likes to be pet, and we’ll be happy to tell you their favorite places for scratches!  Practice good habits of asking if your own dog or your child can approach the rescue dog.

DON’T be afraid to ask questions!  We really care about our foster dogs, and appreciate that you are asking questions and scrutinizing whether the dog will be a good fit for your lifestyle and family.
-DO be courteous to our volunteers, who have given up their day to travel to the event and answer your (and countless others’) questions the best they can - sometimes volunteers who are not the foster family attend with the adoptable dogs.

DON’T expect to go home with Fido from the meet & greet.
-DO take notes and handouts on our adoption process, which consists of filling out an application, having a home visit done, references check, and THEN meeting with our program dog again in their foster home.  Let our volunteers know where you are at in the process to get the best information!

We hope to meet YOU at our next meet & greet on Saturday, December 9th at the Chuck & Don's in Elk River, Minnesota:  Facebook Event & Details