Saturday, April 18, 2015

How to Pick the Best Rescue or Shelter Puppy

           Every weekend during adoptions here at Lifeline Puppy Rescue we get very good questions from people just like you who are looking for a potential furry addition to their family. Here is a guide for you and your friends and family on how to pick the best rescue puppy or shelter puppy for your family!

What is your daily lifestyle?
               Here at Lifeline Puppy Rescue  we adopt puppies from ages 8 weeks to a year old. Adopting a dog in this age range comes with a large and varying time commitment compared to a dog that’s over 1 year old. The rule of thumb for the time a puppy can hold their bladder is 1 hour for every month old, plus one. For example if you adopt a 2 month old puppy, they need to be allowed to relieve their bladders every 3 hours. As the puppy gets older this time commitment will lessen. Keep in mind this varies by puppy but most puppies will be able to sleep through an 8 hour night by 5 or 6 months of age.

What is your activity level?

                If you are a runner, you will want to rescue a high energy breed or mix. Cattle dogs, australian shepherds, labs are all very good breeds. If you stay home more often than not, and can’t see yourself walking your dog twice a day then an older dog would be better for you than a puppy. This brings us to an important topic.

Puppy versus older dog

                All of the dogs available for adoption here at Lifeline Puppy Rescue  are puppies which came from kill shelters. There are other local shelters which have primarily older dogs. Older dogs should be adopted if you do not have the time for raising a puppy, or have a lifestyle where you cannot see yourself walking your dog twice a day.

What if you have a big backyard do you still need to walk your dog?

                When dogs stay in the same environment everyday just like you and me they will get bored. Boredom will lead your good dog to be a bad dog. Taking a walk will allow your dog to exercise their instincts of marking their environments and exploring their “territory”, and lead to a tired puppy at the end of the day. Dogs who are not stimulated will build bad or destructive habits in order to relieve their pent up energy such as chewing on your furniture, tearing up your house, or barking at things or people for no reason.

Designer breed versus mixed mutt

                Designer dogs are usually pure bred for certain qualities. It is not their fault they are bred in this way and I truly feel sadness when I see these pups in little glass cases at pet stores. If there is a type or breed of dog in particular that you are looking for then I won’t dog on you (pun intended), but it is my experience and we hear these stories everyday about irresponsible breeding practices resulting in dogs that are fear aggressive because they have never been handled, dogs that have a hip dysplasia, eye problems, breathing issues, heart murmurs, etc. The only thing I can recommend to you if you are searching for a  purposely bred dog is to see the parents of the dog, get to know your breeders before you purchase an animal from them.
                For obvious reasons we feel that mixed mutts are the best. You are taking a leap of faith on size, breed, and background but mixed mutts are not bred on purpose and they need willing families which can accept them the way they are.

What kind of family do you have? Do you have kids? What ages?

                We would ask you in this section to consider your family and the best dog for you. If you have kids under the age of 12 your furry family member is going to consider them as siblings. This means they will try to play with your kids just as if they are playing with other puppies. It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone. If you do not plan to consistently train your puppy in the appropriate way to treat your kids, expect that there will be some instances where your puppy, especially as they are growing, will nip your children. This is one of the many reasons your dog should be formally trained when they are puppies as this is a bigger issue with a 60-90 pound dog that has never been consistently and properly corrected. We stress to families of puppies and bigger dogs that these interactions should be supervised at all times.

                Do you have elderly family members?

                If you live with elderly family members this is an important consideration because bigger dogs can get excited and pull, push, scratch, or jump on your elderly family members. Smaller breeds are good for families with aging parents. If adopting from a puppy rescue, you can determine which dogs will be smaller by adopting a dog that is already 4-6 months old, rather than trying to guess if an 8 week old puppy will become a Saint Bernard.  

Solutions to your problems, before they are problems

                Consistent and early training is critical to the life and harmony of your family. There are many different types of training which will successfully train your puppy to be the best dog possible. With early training you will head off a lot bad habits and develop a relationship with a trainer in the case your puppy develops any other unwanted habits. I will say again that properly exercised dogs are good dogs, and that should be something you strive maintain is a regular level of exercise that will keep your puppy healthy and happy.

What kind of income do you have?

                Here at Lifeline Puppy Rescue  we don’t believe you should have to be a millionaire to responsibly own a pet. It is however important to keep in mind that puppies do not have fully functioning immune systems and do not get their full immune systems until they are 4-6 months old. With spay and neuter, a complete vaccine regimen, and checkups, the healthcare costs of purchasing a puppy can be high. To avoid expensive veterinary costs adopt a  puppy over 4 months old who is already spay or neutered and you will eliminate the potential of paying costly overnight hospitalizations for common puppy illnesses like parvo, parasites, or respiratory illnesses.  
                Start a relationship with a low cost veterinary clinic in your area. There are a few around Denver and we recommend Animal Health Care Specialists in North Denver. We recommend checking out any low cost spay or neuter clinics for reputation and credibility before booking a surgery, or checking with your local rescue or shelter for low cost vaccines or vaccination clinics.

Jenna Lopez

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Busters Medical Fund

Buster needs our help! He was born with a rare birth defect. Buster is a wonderful 10 week old Pit bull Mix. He is full of joy and is such a cuddle bug. Buster will need surgery and it's required to give him a good quality of life. The surgical procedure will remove the rest of his leg. 
It’s a very expensive surgery, but needed in order to give him a second chance at life. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help offset the cost of his procedure. Please donate today and help save his life.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Help Save A Life!

Hello everyone!  Meet Jase.  A very cute, sweet, loving pup. Jase is a Lifeline Puppy Rescue alumni who needs our help! He has a severe heart murmur. The murmur, a result of turbulent blood flow in the heart valve. The only way to correct his illness, Jase will need surgery soon. The surgical procedure will insert a balloon into the valve and is required to save his life. 

It’s a very expensive surgery, but needed in order to save his life. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help offset the cost of his procedure. Please donate today and help save his life.


Thursday, December 6, 2012


Don't miss out on the 2013 Mr. Lifeline Calendar featuring adorable alumni puppies and shirtless men. Order your calendar today! This high-quality professional calendar makes a perfect gift for all the animal lovers in your life and is the ideal addition to your home or office. Calendars are only $15 including flat rate shipping and benefits the puppies of Lifeline Puppy Rescue! Purchase yours today - we only have a limited amount available! 

100% of the purchase price will go towards our large expenses to vaccinate, medicate, provide lifesaving care to our puppies, and help update our shelter. 


Special Thanks to J. Gisele Events LLC and Contemporary Expressions Photography. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Puppy Fix!

Every Friday we will update the blog with pictures of the puppies that will be available that weekend at our adoption event.  Here is your Puppy Fix for this week!

For more information about these puppies, please visit our website: 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Survive Puppy Teething

Is your puppy chewing on everything? Are they ripping apart those new shoes and chewing anything they come into contact with? 

Your puppy could be teething. As the baby teeth fall out, adult teeth begin to appear through the gums. From 4 to 6 months of age, puppies will go through an intense time of teething. 

It’s as painful for puppies as it is for humans who are teething. Puppies chew on just about everything to massage their gums and ease the pain. Other symptoms include bleeding of the gums. You may even notice your puppy's gums bleeding and blood on their toys. 

So what can you do to ease the pain? Place a chew-proof toy in the freezer. Once it's frozen, take it out, thaw for an hour, and then give to the puppy to chew. The cool toy will feel good on your dog's gums and keep him occupied for a long time! 

You can also Soften your puppy's dry dog food with water or chicken broth. This will make it easier to chew and make for a happy puppy!

The teething process should be completed once the puppy is 8 months old. Your puppy will have 42 teeth, 21 on its upper jaw and 21 on its lower jaw. Make sure to take good care of your dogs teeth! 

Monday, November 26, 2012


We just passed a huge milestone! In the past 19 years we have adopted out 26,000 puppies into happy forever homes!