You Can Never Have Too Much of a Good Thing

1. Rescue puppies are super cute.

Rescue puppies are so cute. I mean, all puppies are really cute, but it makes them even cuter when they’re rescue puppies. You see a rescue puppy and you think “wow, this is the best.” Rescue puppies are just so great!

2. Rescue puppies are friendly and sociable.

Rescue puppies are friendly, sociable creatures by nature. They like to make new friends–of the human and animal variety alike–and they’re almost always eager to initiate playtime. A rescue puppy will probably love chasing a ball or wrestling with a canine buddy, and he’ll be open to snuggling up on the couch with his humans. In fact, rescue puppy companionship is preferable over being left alone for hours at a time.

3. Rescue puppies have been through a lot, so they’re grateful for the second chance.

Despite their unfortunate circumstances, when you adopt a rescue puppy, you are getting a very special dog. They’re great for anyone who wants an easy-to-train dog trained that doesn’t take up much space. Plus—and this is probably the most important part—they’re just so darn cute!

And because they’ve been through so much and are usually very grateful for the second chance at life, they tend to be more social and friendly than dogs from other backgrounds. This makes them great for people who love having guests over or hanging out at the park.

4. Rescue puppies are in desperate need of homes.

Rescue puppies are in shelters because someone thought they were too much of a good thing. This is not your fault, but it does mean that if you don’t provide a home for one or more of these adorable little furballs, other adopters might. It’s heartbreaking to think about the consequences to the fluffy lives and the long puppy snouts that will go unloved if you don’t rescue them. That’s why, at You Can Never Have Too Much of a Good Thing: A blog about rescue puppies, we ask our readers to consider fostering or adopting as many puppies as they can handle.

There are thousands upon thousands of pups who need homes right this very second. Visit your local shelter or search online for “puppies in need of fostering near me” and get started today on filling your heart and home with all the extra good things in life: more rescue puppies!

5. Rescue puppies are healthy, if sometimes a bit underfed.

Rescue puppies are often malnourished to the point of being underfed, and it’s important for you to be able to recognize the signs of this. Some signs an animal has been underfed include:

  • thinness
  • protruding ribs
  • a sunken stomach (a condition known in veterinary circles as “washboard abs”)

If you see any of these signs, it’s imperative that you help your puppy get fed and start gaining weight before they become even more malnourished. One way to get them eating more is by adding some high-calorie human food in addition to their regular dog food. Your puppy will appreciate treats like scrambled eggs, meat with gravy, or cheese on top of their usual kibble.

6. Rescue puppies love their owners no matter what.

Rescue dogs are extremely loyal to their owners, and they want nothing more than to show that loyalty and love. In fact, if you ignore them for a couple of hours, they’ll act like they haven’t seen you in years. Because they were a stray before they got rescued, they are very loving and grateful when someone finally adopts them. Rescue dogs understand that their owners don’t have much money, but also know that it’s emotion which drives us humans to adopt them. Dogs are so appreciative that it’s almost embarrassing—but you needn’t worry about whether or not your rescue dog loves you unconditionally; all he wants is to be with his owner forever.

7. Rescue puppies make for great Halloween costumes, if you’re into that kind of thing (I am).

Costumes can be made of whatever you have lying around the house: old clothes, felt, cardboard, paper, recycled materials.. whatever. The point is that rescuing a puppy and creating a costume for him or her costs far less than any one of those overpriced pet costumes you see at pet stores or online.

That’s just a little something to think about.

8. Rescue Puppies make for great Instagram accounts (seriously, look at my friend’s dog @rescuepupnugget).

Instagram is a great place to not only show off your rescue puppy, but also share their story and show the world how happy you are together. Plus, it’s free advertising for your adorable new companion as they help you make friends. Here’s how:

  • Use relevant hashtags (e.g., #rescuepuppy, #rescueddog, #rescueadventure).
  • Post often (at least twice a week) and consistently (same time of day so that followers can anticipate your content).
  • Write captions that tell a story about your rescue puppy.
  • If you don’t use Instagram Stories already, start! You can post cute photos or videos of your rescue puppy on Stories in between regular Instagram posts.

Let’s adopt all the rescue pups!

Adopting a rescue dog is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s important not to let the excitement of adopting a pup overshadow the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. Before you adopt, make sure you have some downtime in your schedule and can offer your pet what they need. There are thousands of pets all over the US who end up back in shelters because their owners decided to get a puppy or kitten and realized later that they didn’t have time for them.

Spaying and neutering pets is also immensely important, not only for those of us who don’t want another dog but also for those who would like to adopt more dogs. Many shelters get full, euthanize animals, or cannot take in any new ones while they are at capacity. By spaying/neutering our pets we keep the homeless animal population from growing beyond our ability to house them all. Additionally, there are many health benefits associated with fixing your pet that should be considered when making this decision (ask your vet!).

If you do decide to adopt another pup remember that before buying from breeders or stores, check out local shelters first! Most towns will have their own shelter where rescue dogs are kept until they find a good home. If you feel like the selection just isn’t there it may be tempting to buy from a breeder or store but – here’s my pitch – please do not buy from puppy mills! Puppy mills operate illegally and often keep dogs in horrible conditions just so that they can make money off of them (they are sold as purebreds). Dogs used as breeding stock by puppy mill operators often become sickly, suffer traumas during transportation due to rough handling/cramped crates/long periods without food/water etc., die young due to neglectful care; and suffer other traumas such as bite wounds sustained during fights among caged animals (usually because of improper space requirements). Puppy mill operators often

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