Axel The Playful Pup – Ready and Waiting For His Forever Home


Meet Axel, a 6 month old Shepherd Mix, who radiates happiness. Just look at that face! Rescued from a kill shelter, Axel is at Island Bark Rescue ready and waiting for his forever home.

Axel loves long walks, playtime, and lots of belly rubs. He has a playful, loving personality and is eager to give kisses and hugs. Smart and attentive, he takes direction well and is quick to learn. Could Axel be the furry friend you are searching for?

This wonderful pup gets along well with kids and other dogs. He is crate trained, walks well on a leash, has been neutered and is up-to-date on his vaccines.


Axel is currently with Island Bark Rescue in Island Park, NY. For more information, or to meet Axel, please contact:
Lori (516-510-8569) or Nancy (516-410-6519)
By email at islandbarkrescue@gmail.com
Or Click Here to visit their website.

Island Bark, located in Island Park, Long Island, NY, is  “an approved not for profit, 501c3 whose mission is to save surrendered dogs, senior dogs, and shelter dogs”. Please share and help spread the word to help Axel and many other amazing shelter dogs to help them find their forever homes.

Interested in fostering a dog? Please contact Island Bark for information.

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Tommy, The Jack Russell Terrier, Is Searching For His Forever Home

Tommy, a wonderful Jack Russel Terrier, is searching for his forever home. Are you looking for that special pup who will play endless games of fetch and enjoy long walks? Tommy could be the one!

Look at that handsome guy ❤️ Tommy, a 1 1/2 year old pure bred Jack Russel Terrier loves to play and takes direction well. Smart, playful, and strong whilled, Tommy needs lots of activity and daily walks. He would do best with an active person or family with older children. He gets along well with other dogs but would do best in a single dog household without cats.

Tommy is currently with Island Bark Rescue in Island Par, NY. For more information, or to meet Tommy, please contact Lori at islandbarkrescue@gmail.com or click here to visit their website.

Island Bark, located in Island Park, Long Island, NY, is “an approved not for profit, 501c3 whose mission is to save surrendered dogs, senior dogs and shelter dogs”. Please share and help spread the word to help Bella and many other amazing shelter dogs to help them find their forever homes.

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Find-A-Friend Friday, Sweet and Playful Maggie – Searching For Her Forever Home

Meet Maggie!


She just wants to play and have fun. This 6 month old Rottie mix is sure to bring a smile to your face. Wonderful with childeren and other dogs – she woud be perfect for an active family. Continue reading

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It’s Find-A-Friend Friday! Could Bella Be The Special Pup You Are Waiting For?

Welcoming, warm, and friendly is how I would describe this wonderful pup. This is Bella, a 2 year-old Shar-Pei/Pit mix waiting for a forever home to call her own. Continue reading

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Unleashed – Should You Walk Your Dog Off Leash?

Many feel it’s best to walk a dog off leash. Without a tether they are free to run, sniff, and explore their surroundings on their own terms. While this may be what makes your pup happiest it may not always be the safest. What are some ways to ensure success with an off leash walks?

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Checking the Safety Of Your Dog’s Toys

Dogs love their toys! Whether your dog has one special toy or a large assortment of favorites it’s important to make sure everything your dog plays with is safe. This includes knowing what to provide and when they are no longer safe for your pup.

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The Difficuly Of Dog Rescue

With all the dogs in need of adoption it always saddens me to hear of how reluctant shelters and rescues are to place dogs with families. Constantly I hear of families being denied adopting a dog for ridiculous reasons. I agree that a certain amount of screening is needed to be sure an animal is placed in a safe home. However, when I hear of denials for reasons such as “living too close to a busy street”, “no yard for the dog”, or “a yard with a fence that is too low” I can’t believe that the needs of the animal is really what’s in the forefront. Focus should be on the ability of the adopter to take care of the animal not of the unimportant details that in reality are not an issue.

This is what turns people away from rescues and towards pet stores or breeders. For more on this topic please visit my post “Dog Adoptions – Why I Don’t Rescue” (http://www.thepawprintisland.com/?p=527)

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Quiet! How To Prevent Nuisance Barking

Dogs bark for many different reasons but endless barking is not a sign of a happy dog. Different dogs will bark for different reasons and sometimes it is due to their breed. Herding dogs will bark at just about anything that moves, Hunting dogs will bark at small animals.  For all dogs there are ways to prevent nuisance barking.

Dogs will bark out of boredom: If a dog is left out in a fenced yard for hours on end they will feel isolated. When hidden behind a wooden fence dogs will bark when they can’t see what they know is on the other side.   They may bark at movement of small animals that go into the yard or people who walk by their yard. They do this out of boredom or in their attempt to protect their yard.

Socialize your dog: Unsocialized dogs will bark at people and other dogs. Socializing  your dog starting at a young age will make it less likely that they will bark at dogs and people they encounter.

Teach Your Dog: Some dogs will bark just because they can. Teach your dog that unnecessary or prolonged barking is unacceptable. For example, if your pup barks at dogs they pass while on a walk, say “no” or “quiet’ and have them sit without barking. They give them praise for good behavior.

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Indoor Plants and Flowers That Are Toxic To Dogs

imageIf you like to grow houseplants or display fresh cut flowers in your home is important to know if they may be harmful to your dog. Many dogs will eat anything that smells good to them and at times this may include the indoor foliage. Do you know what plants and flowers are toxic to your pup?
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Ouch! What To Do If Your Dog Gets Hurt On A Walk

Dogs love to sniff and explore and there will be times when this gets them  into a bit of trouble. Often it’s nothing serious – possibly an injured paw from broken glass hidden in tall grass, and cuts from sharp objects, or debris caught in their eye. However, it’s important to know how to help your pup with these minor injuries.

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Minor cuts and abrasions: If your pup gets a minor cut or laceration wash the wound with water or flush with sterile saline solution then coat with an antibiotic ointment. Any redness or swelling in the area may be a sign of infection and a trip to the veterinarian is advised.

Embedded Object: Along the way of your walk it is possible your pup may step on something that could get embedded between the paw pads. You may notice your dog limping which would alert you to this. Remove the object by gently spreading the toes and using tweezers if needed. Treat as above for a minor cut or irritation.

Foreign Objects In The Eye: If your pup starts pawing at their face during a walk they may be irritated by a foreign object in their eye. Flushing their eye with a stream of water or sterile saline solution should be all that is needed to remove the irritant. A call to their veterinarian is advised to ensure there was no secondary damage.

Bee stings: Most of the dogs I walk love to sniff the flowers and foliage making bee stings a good possibility. If your pup is stung by a bee and the stinger is still intact scrape it out with your fingernail or credit card. Never attempt to pull it out since this may make the sting worse. Apply cold compress to the area and call your veterinarian for further assistance.

Visit Pet First Aid – Be Prepared While On The Road to learn ways to be prepared for emergencies while out with  your dog.

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