Animal Rescue Profile: Alberta Bulldog Rescue

This month’s animal rescue profile is Alberta Bulldog Rescue.

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Five years ago, we adopted our squishy face French Bulldog/Boston Terrier, Max through Alberta Bulldog Rescue.

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Alberta Bulldog Rescue is a shelterless, non profit organization that was founded back in 2009.  They focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing French and English Bulldogs.   They primarily take in dogs that are personal surrenders, breeder surrenders and rescue transfers.

As of right now, they have been forced to do a freeze on intakes.  This is due to taking in dogs with multiple medical issues and not having the funds to cover all the costs.  If you are able to DONATE, please consider doing so.  Even $20 will make a difference.

Along with donating, you can help out in other ways:

Click HERE to adopt

Click HERE to volunteer

Click HERE to Like them on Facebook

Dolly’s DNA Results

One of the the many questions we were asked about Dolly (and I’m sure many mixed breed owners can relate), was “what is she?”.  The problem was, we did not know. We made guesses based on what she looked like, her temperament, and even her body size, but we still didn’t know.

As Dolly was rescued from the illegal meat trade in Thailand thanks to Soi Dog and brought over to Edmonton thanks to Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society last year.

 

She was listed as an “unknown” breed as it was extremely hard to tell what she could be. Thankfully, her former foster mom asked me if I would be interested in doing a DNA test to find out what breeds she was (as there was no chance she was even remotely purebred, especially coming from the streets of Thailand).

We decided to use a company called DNA My Dog as Dolly’s former foster mom had used them before on both of her dogs and other former foster dogs.  The great thing is that it’s super easy to do, as you swab the inside of their mouth, place the swabs in the envelope and send it off for a lab analysis. The samples can be viable for up to 3 weeks in the envelope, so even with slow postal service you can still get it analyzed without expedited services.  The results take on average two weeks to get and the company that does it is Canadian (automatic win for me).  The hardest part out of all of it was the waiting. I’m sure I bumped their online ranking a few spaces with how often I was refreshing the page to see if her sample had been progressed.

They asked us to write down our guesses as to what she might be.  We thought for sure there was some level of terrier in her (Rat Terrier was a strong guess).  Many people who saw her thought she had Lab and or possibly Border Collie.  It was just so hard to guess as purebred dogs are few and far between over in Thailand and they definatly do not end up on the back of a meat trade truck.

So what is she?

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The results came back with her listed as Akita, Brittany and Chow Chow.

She’s listed as Level 2 Akita which means it’s her predominant breed.  She’s roughly 37-74% Akita meaning one of her parents was an Akita or Akita mix.  It’s not surprising as they are a breed originally from Asian countries.  I was quite surprised at first until I looked at some photos of Akita’s and saw the resemblance.

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What I was also impressed with is that not only does DNA My Dog break down the percentage of breed, it sends you some information about them including health concerns.  Apparently Akita breeds are known to suffer from auto immune skin disorders, so that makes sense considering all of the skin issues Dolly has.  Dolly also loves to chase anything that moves and loves to carry around things in her mouth (such as socks and Freckles sweaters).

I honestly had to look up what a Brittany breed of dog was.  Apparently they are a Spaniel.

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This breed makes up about 20-36% of Dolly’s DNA.  This is listed as a Level 3.

The temperament of this breed describes Dolly perfectly.  She’s a good natured and sweet girl.  She also has a joy for life and is very enthusiastic about things she loves.  She is also a very sensitive dog and does not respond well to stern treatment.  She is very timid when she becomes scared.

The one that really surprised me had to be finding out she’s also 20-36% Chow Chow.

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That is one breed I honestly could not believe she has in her.  She does not have really any of the behavioural traits of a Chow Chow but, there was one health concern that caught my attention.  Chow Chow’s can develop an inward rolling of the eyelid and when Dolly arrived in Canada, she had to have surgery correct and inward rolling eyelid.  I suspect she’s on the lower percentage of Chow Chow, and as she was a level 3 for Chow Chow, that’s not surprising.

The results were surprising but, they do make sense after I’ve had a chance to do some researching on each breed.  If you are interested in finding out what your dog is, you can go on the DNA My Dog and order a DNA kit.  The results may surprise you.

Surrendering Your Animal

In an ideal world, all animals would have loving and caring homes that will be willing and able to take of them of their entire lives.  This is sadly not the case in the real world.  People surrender and abandon animals all the time and the reasons why vary.

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As someone who volunteers with two different animal rescue organizations, I see all kinds of reasons why we have to take animals in.

As much as I want to sit here and say that there is never a legitimate reason to every surrender your animal, that’s both incredibly short sighted and not empathetic to what people may be going through.  Surrendering an animal is not easy (nor should it be because if it is, you should never have had that animal in first place and never own another animal ever again).

When someone is surrendering their animal due to drastic changes in their life (such as fleeing domestic violence, loss of financial stability, moving to where they can not have their animal, not being able to afford medical costs of the animal and loss of home), it’s heartbreaking.  You feel for those people.  They do not want to say goodbye to their family member but have no choice.  All you want to do is let them know that their animal will be loved and cared for to whoever their new family is.  Those are the people who will at least reach out to animal rescue organizations to find a proper home for their animal.

Then there are people who get rid of their animals and just don’t care.  They no longer want their animal (the ones where the animal is 10 years or older are the most heartbreaking).  They are no longer “cute” because they didn’t stay a puppy (imagine that).  The animal became destructive because people did not want to do the responsible thing and train them.  The animal became aggressive because they were never trained.  The animal no longer served a purpose (such as puppy mill survivors who can no longer produce puppies).  Their animal became pregnant because the owners were not responsible enough to spay their female animals.  These are NEVER good reasons for abandoning your animal (and if you think otherwise feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll tell you why you are wrong).

If you are going to surrender your animal, please do NOT give them away or sell them online.  If you are actually trying to profit from giving away a member of your family, you’re gross.  No one who actually cares about their animals would ever just give them away to someone they don’t know and have done no screening on who they are.  Want to know what happens when you sell or give away your animals online?  THIS .

If you are in a situation where you actually need to surrender your animal, please contact a legitimate rescue organization.  They can help.  Know that if you drop them off at a shelter, not all shelters are created equal.

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There are shelters that will euthanize animals to help reduce overcrowding.  As sad and awful as that is, it happens.  Please be aware of that and read a shelter’s policies.  Also, a lot of animals do not thrive and will shut down completely in shelters compared to going to a foster home environment.  It’s basically like being in jail for a lot of animals.  Would you thrive and be your best self in that environment?  I think not.

If you are not sure where to turn, drop me a comment and I will help you out the best I possibly can.