How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Eating Poop?

How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Eating Poop?Zoey has always had an infatuation with her own poop… and I can’t for the life of me imagine why. What we humans would consider a form of torture, our dogs seem to think is a tasty treat! Why do they do this? Should we be worried? And how can we get them to stop?

Coprophagia is the technical term for eating and ingesting feces. I was relieved to find out that Zoey’s poop fetish is completely normal. Many animal species enjoy the occasional poo-poo platter. 

A Visit To The Vet Is Necessary

In most cases, coprophagia is NOT a sign that your dog has a disease that you should be worried about, but in other cases it can be a sign of an underlying issue. Step 1 if your dog is eating poop is to take her to the vet for tests to make sure she is healthy. Medical conditions that could be causing your dog to eat poop include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Vitamin deficiency 
  • Increased appetite
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parasites
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Anemia
  • Neurological disease

Jeez… is that all? That’s a lot of medical issues to worry about all because of one disgusting habit that many of us probably assumed was just “a dog being a dog.” But don’t freak out just yet! Most of the time dogs eat poop for non life-threatening reasons.

Your veterinarian will run medical tests to determine if your dog is suffering from any of the diseases or medical conditions that cause some dogs to eat poop. You will also want to discuss your dog’s diet, appetite, nutrition, and environment with your vet. 

Lack Of Nutrients Causing It?

Some dogs have an interest in eating their poop because they aren’t getting enough nutrients in their diet. Sometimes there are food particles in the poop that didn’t get digested. Dogs smell this and think of it as fresh, uneaten food. They may be unable to digest the nutrients the first go-around and eat the partially-digested particles in the poop to meet their nutritional needs. This is the most common reason that dogs eat poop. It tastes good! Even though we can’t possibly begin to understand how… If you believe your dog is eating her poop because she needs better nutrition, consult with your vet or a pet nutritionalist about what diet is best for your dog. 

The ASPCA suggests making sure you’re feeding your dog quality food. They state that you really can’t find high-quality dog food in supermarkets and sometimes can be mislead by the brands at the big box pet stores. The ASPCA suggests finding a quality pet supply store and looks for premium brands with human-grade ingredients. Always read the labels on the dog food you consider purchasing. Choose a brand that has one or more whole meat sources and no meat-by-products. 

Dogs That Eat Other Animals’ Poop

Some dogs don’t just love to eat their own poop, but they will eat other dogs’ poop as well. Our dog Jem will follow Zoey or other dogs around the yard waiting for them to go potty so she can get her stinky snack at it’s freshest. This is also very common in many dogs, but sometimes more risky than a dog eating his own poop. 

It’s important to make sure your dog never ingests the feces of dogs that are strangers. You don’t know if these other dogs are receiving the vaccinations and preventative care that is required to prevent the spread of diseases. If your dog is exposed to other dogs’ poop that is carrying diseases that puts your dog at risk. 

A Mom’s Natural Instinct 

Moms will also eat the feces of their puppies, so puppies may copy this behavior and keep doing it out of habit and curiosity. Once it has become a habit for your dog, it can be difficult to break. But it is definitely possible with the correct training. 

A Technique To Get Attention

Some dogs will eat poop to get attention if they feel punished or neglected. For dogs, any attention is better than no attention at all. A lot of them prefer to be scolded rather than being ignored altogether. Try spending more time with your dog, go for more walks together, and take car rides to show your dog that she is loved and important. 

Your Dog Is A Neat Freak

Other dogs who like a neat and tidy environment will eat their poop to clean their area. Some dogs think they’re doing a great job of cleaning the back yard when they eat their poop. Pups that have an accident inside may also eat their poop in an effort to clean the space.

How Do I Stop This Behavior?

The surest way to avoid your dog eating poop is the watch your dog when she is outside and clean up after her every time she goes #2. This isn’t always realistic for everyone to find the time and means to clean up after your dog every time. Many people don’t pick up their dog’s poop because they don’t want to dispose of it in the trash can and deal with the nasty smell and contamination. You can get a Doggy Dooley for your yard to make clean up sterile and convenient. The Doggy Dooley gets buried in your yard and chemically breaks down poo so you never have to deal with the smell in your trash can when you scoop the poop from the yard. 

Natural Food Additives To Stop Poo-Eating

Many experts believe that the products on the market that claim to discourage your dog from eating poop don’t actually work. There are liquids and powders to add to your dog’s food that claim to make the poop taste bad to the dog and keep him from eating it. Popular opinion is that these are not healthy to use long-term and don’t actually work. Some people have successfully discouraged their dog from eating poop by adding certain human foods to the dog’s food. Pineapple or foods with sulfur such as brussels sprouts or cabbage will discourage the dog from eating his poop. I’m going to try this in Zoey’s food and see if it works!

Correct The Behavior With A Training Collar

You can also use the aid of a training collar to associate the bad behavior with a correction. Consistency is key with this type of training. You’ll have to give your dog a correction every time he tries to eat the poop consistently for a few weeks until he avoids the poop completely. Your dog may regress and go back to his old ways, so you’ll have to reinforce the training later on down the road if/when this happens. 

What Not To Do:

Most importantly, you should always remember what not to do. We want to correct our dogs’ bad behavior, never punish them in a nonconstructive way. Punishment for an act like eating poop will only make your dog more likely to eat the poop next time as a way of “covering up the evidence” to avoid getting punished again. 

There’s been a belief by many people for years that you should rub your dog’s face in urine and feces when you’re potty training. This should never be used as a form of training, according to the ASPCA. If your dog is eating poop, never resort to rubbing her face in it to get her to stop. It won’t work to put an end to the behavior and can only lead to more problems.

Most importantly, never physically hit or harm your dog as a form of punishment for eating poop or any other behavior that you don’t approve of. Dogs are very loyal being by nature, and they want to please their “masters” if they are given the chance. Communicate with your dog in a way that she will understand the cause and effect of her behavior. Physical punishment is not understood by your dog and will only lead to aggression, fear, and acting out.

Do you have any techniques that worked to get your dog to stop eating his/her poop? 

Homemade Dog Treats – Only Two Ingredients! Homemade Dog TreatsBaby food and flour. That’s all you need to make an easy, yummy, and healthy treat that your dogs will love! What could be easier? 

Dog treats are expensive! And it’s close to impossible to find ones that don’t have chemicals and hormones that can harm our dogs. These treats are organic, take just a few minutes to prepare, and only cost $3.38 for 120 treats! Who said eating organic is more expensive? 

Baby Food Dog Treats - So Easy!
Yields 120
Only 2 ingredients and less than $4.00 to make 120 treats in just minutes!
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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  1. 2 4oz jars of baby food
  2. 2 C whole wheat flour
  1. Combine the two jars of baby food and two cups of flour into a mixing bowl and mix until dough it formed
  2. Roll dough out into desired thickness - I rolled it out to about 1/4" thickness
  3. Use a cookie cutter to create treats, or tear quarter sized pieces from the dough for quicker, misshapen treats
  4. Place treats on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  1. Make sure you are aware of what human foods are toxic to dogs and read the baby food label to make sure it doesn't contain any toxic ingredients
  2. I used organic baby good and organic whole wheat flour for 100% organic treats
  3. You can use regular flour, coconut flour, brown rice flour, etc - just make sure you read the instructions on the flour label to see if you need to adjust the measurements
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Step 1: Choose Your Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 2  4oz jars of baby food
  • 2 cups of flour (your choice of type)

This step of choosing your ingredients is actually very important. As you’ve read in my previous posts, there are many human foods that are poisonous to dogs, and it’s very important that we watch what they eat so they don’t ingest any of them. When you buy your baby food check the label for the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain any that could harm your dog. Homemade Dog Treats - Only 2 Ingredients!We buy all organic food, so I chose organic chicken and brown rice baby food plus a jar of organic sweet potato baby food. The type of flour you’d like to use can be your choice. I usually bake gluten free for the dogs by using coconut flour, but I chose to use whole wheat this time. You can use regular flour, rice flour, coconut flour, etc. Just follow the guidelines on the bag for converting from regular flour to whatever kind you use if it applies. 

Step 2: Mix Your Ingredients In No Time Homemade Baby Food Dog TreatsMeasurements:

  • 2  4oz cans of baby food
  • 2 C flour

It’s that easy! Just dump the two cans of baby food out into the bowl, measure your two cups of flour, and add that to the mixture. I stirred my ingredients with a spoon until they were properly mixed and ended up with a slightly sticky dough that held together beautifully. My terrible baking curse may be over! 

Step 3: Roll The Dough Homemade Dog Treats Using Baby Food

I loved how easy the dough was to roll – with other recipes I had to flatten the dough by hand because it was the wrong consistency. homemade dog treatsHowever thin you want to roll your dough is up to you. The thinner the dough, the crispier the treat. I rolled mine out to be about 1/4″ or thinner.

Step 4: Make Your Shapes homemade treatsIf you’re feeling creative you can use a cookie cutter to make your treats into shapes. It’s the only time consuming part of this recipe, so if you want to keep it short and sweet from beginning to end you can speed up the process by just tearing pieces off into quarter-sized portions. homemade dog treatsYou can see that I started out ambitious and cut most of my dough into stars, but at the end when I only had a little bit of dough left I just tore off misshapen pieces. They all are going to taste the same, and the dogs will eat them so quickly they won’t pay attention to the pretty shape anyway. 

Step 5: Bake! homemade dog treatsThis is another part of the recipe that can changed depending on your dog’s preference. I baked mine at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and had a semi-crunchy treat with a softer center. If you’d like them to be crunchier, bake longer. And if you’d like them to be softer, bake for a shorter time. I was pleasantly surprised to count 120 treats that all fit on just two baking sheets! I can’t think of any recipe I’ve tried where I made that many treats so quickly with only two pans in the oven. 

Final Step: Enjoy!

Zoey from Homemade Dog TreatsZoey was the first to approve the new treats. She loved them! Homemade Dog Treats Laci Getting A TasteLaci was quick to jump in front of Zoey to snag a taste. She went nuts over the treats! Pet Products JemJem’s hound dog nose told her these treats were worth a try, and she couldn’t get enough! Pet Products Jem and Laci Homemade Dog TreatsThere’s nothing more satisfying than making a treat for my dogs in my own kitchen with ingredients I can trust at a price that can’t be matched by store-bought treats. What a great day!

Other Amazing Homemade Dog Treats:

Easter Dangers That Can Poison Your Dog Easter Dangers That Could Poison Your DogEaster is a great time of year full of egg hunts, bright spring flowers, yummy chocolate bunnies, baskets full of goodies, and fun family dinners. But for your dog, there are many things we enjoy that can really harm him from the food you prepare to the flowers you decorate with. Yes, there really are spring flowers that are poisonous to dogs! And they’re some of the most popular ones you see this time of year. 

Jem from smelling the spring flowersPoisonous Spring Flowers 

I was so surprised to learn that some of the most common spring flowers are actually poisonous to dogs! Laci seems to eat anything she can get ahold of when she explores outside, and the other dogs are just as curious. I’m so glad I know now that I need to watch out for these flowers in the spring time and make sure they don’t ingest them!

Vets Now warns us to look out for poisonous Spring plants and flowers. These include:

  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Spring bulbs
  • Azaleas

RadioFence dogs avoid spring flowers because they're poisonous!I went to our local grocery store, Publix, to buy my Easter goodies and easily found all of these flowers, so they’re definitely popular this time of year! That means we have to be extra careful to keep these plants out of reach for our dogs if we buy them, or avoid bringing them home altogether. If you’re out for a walk with your dog or visiting a friend’s house and spot these plants, make sure to keep your dog away from them.  Jem from curious about the Spring flowersSigns that your dog may have ingested a poisonous plant include:

  • Excessive salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • “Drunk” symptoms

If your dog isn’t acting normal or has any of these symptoms, you need to take her to the vet as soon as possible. 

Poisonous Easter Candy

Easter baskets almost always have some kind of candy in them whether it’s chocolate, jelly beans, or sugary sweets. dogs exploring their Easter BasketAs dog parents, it’s vitally important that we familiarize ourselves with the foods that are poisonous to dogs. During the Easter holiday, the most common ones to worry about are:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins in your fruit bowls and baked goods
  • Macadamia nuts when you’re making cookies
  • Yeast dough for baking
  • Xylitol in candy

Jem and Zoey from love Easter!I would say that Xylitol is probably the poisonous ingredient that dog parents overlook the most or are unaware of. It’s an artificial sweetener that can hide in many foods that you may not think could hurt your dog. Be extra careful leaving any sugar candies or chocolates within your dog’s reach and teach children that these sweets are for humans only and not to share with a begging dog. And never underestimate a dog’s will to climb on the furniture to reach a sweet treat that she isn’t allowed to have! 

Dog-Proof Your Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt is the perfect opportunity for a dog to sneak and indulge in sweets and candies that are poisonous to him.

Buddy and Laci from love Easter egg hunts!Unless you’re compulsive about counting how many eggs you hide and making sure all of them were found, chances are a few are going to be forgotten and left behind.

Jem from on an Easter egg huntYour dog is sure to find these, and from my personal experience the dogs had no problem opening the eggs and getting the treat that’s inside. It’s scary to think that your dog could eat candy that’s poisonous to him so easily and you wouldn’t know it until he becomes ill and shows symptoms. 

Buddy and Laci from on an Easter egg huntIf you’re having an Easter egg hunt with dogs around, the easiest and safest way to avoid any complications is just to fill the eggs with items that are safe for them to ingest. Rather than filling the eggs with chocolate that could make your dog sick and melt in the sun or candy that can spoil and poison your dog, fill them with cute little trinkets that kids will enjoy finding just as much as candy. Then you can reward the kids with candy later if you wish. The fun part of an Easter egg hunt is searching for the eggs anyways, so what you fill them with won’t change that!

Buddy from's first Easter with us!We put our homemade dog treats in our Easter eggs and set them up specifically for the dogs to have their very own Easter egg hunt, and they loved it! Definitely a fun Easter activity for the whole family to do as a tradition from year to year. 

Our new rescue dog Buddy that you see in the picture above is spending his first Easter with our family, and he acted like he couldn’t be happier! He was such a ham for the camera and acted like he was a famous model – it was so funny that I wish I had it on video! I’m so happy he loves participating in the blog just as much as Zoey, Jem, and Laci!



Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Our dogs love the store bought sweet potato dog treats. But I can’t ignore my realization that we could save a ton of money by making our own homemade dehydrated sweet potatoes for them. Plus, homemade means I can control where the sweet potatoes come from. I can get organic ones from our local farm for less than I spend on the store bought bag of treats!

Organic sweet potatoes make the best dog treats!With all of the controversy recently over treats making dogs sick, I love the fact that homemade treats are free of preservatives, fillers, chemicals, and any other unnecessary additives. I know my dogs will benefit most from the treats that come out of my own kitchen, and these treats are so easy to make with only one ingredient – organic sweet potatoes!

Our dogs love homemade dog treats!Our dogs are intrigued by anything that they think is “human food.” When I brought the sweet potatoes out, they were immediately zoned in on getting a taste before they even knew what it was.

Our dogs love homemade sweet potato treats!Before I make any new homemade dog treat recipes for them, I place the ingredients in front of them to see if they approve to spark their curiosity. I barely got the sweet potatoes on the floor before they snatched them up and ran off to devour them!

Jem from loves sweet potatoes!Sweet potatoes are so sweet on their own that they don’t need anything else added for dogs to approve of them as a favorite treat. Our dogs didn’t even require them dehydrated before they were obsessed!

Laci from loves sweet potatoes!Imagine how much they’ll love them once they are cooked!

Step 1: Tools You’ll Need

We have a food dehydrator, but if you don’t own one you can easily dehydrate the sweet potatoes in your oven. I’ll demonstrate how to dehydrate the treats using an oven today so everyone can try these wonderful treats. 

Step 2: Choose The “Perfect Potatoes”

Choose the best sweet potatoes: choose ones that are similar in size so they will cook at the same rate.

Step 3: Wash, Dry, and Cut The Sweet Potatoes

My pups were trying to be thoughtful and figured that “washing” the potatoes meant using their tongues and teeth to scrape the bad parts off the potatoes. Thanks for the help guys! Aren’t they the sweetest?

Jem cleaning the potatoes with her tongue!If you’re going to cut the potatoes into strips by hand, the first step is to cut the top of the potato to create a flat surface to rest on the counter to stabilize it for cutting the strips. cut the top off the potatoCut the rest of the potatoes into 1/3″-1/4″ thick slices. You can use a mandolin for easier, more precise cuts and set the measurement to exactly 1/4″ if you’re a perfectionist! 

Cut the potatoes with a mandolin or knifeYou can also use a food processor to cut your strips if you don’t have a mandolin. I decided to make my treats 1.4″ thick using the mandolin so they would be crunchy. - Cut the sweet potatoes into strips

Step 4: Bake For 3 Hours

Baking instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Place treats on a cookie sheet
  • Bake for 1.5 hours
  • Flip the treats
  • Bake for another 1.5 hours for a total of 3 hours. Bake the sweet potatoes for three hoursBaking the sweet potatoes for 3 hours will create a nice and crunchy treat. If you think your dog would rather have a chewier, softer snack then bake them for less time.

Yummy sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comThey may be slightly soft when they first come out of the oven, so let them cool completely before you serve them to your doggies.

Zoey and Jem from patiently waiting for their sweet potato treat

Step 5: Enjoy!

Our dogs went crazy for the sweet potatoes before they were dehydrated into a yummy crunchy snack… so I expected them to freak out when they finally came out of the oven.

Our dogs from couldn't wait for the sweet potatoes to be done!Zoey is usually the most reserved of the bunch and patiently waits her turn while the others act frantic, but I was shocked to see her react the craziest over these treats! 

Zoey from freaks out for sweet potato treats!Jem was patient and let Laci and Zoey get most of the treats, but she wasn’t shy for long and jumped at the chance to try the treats. She was so crazy over them that I couldn’t catch her picture!

Jem from loves sweet potatoes!The dogs would be so polite and patient for a second as I reached for another treat…

RadioFence dogs patiently waiting for their treatsBut the anticipation was killing them and they couldn’t resist any longer…

Laci and Zoey love sweet potato dog treats!They went NUTS over these treats and couldn’t keep their composure!

Zoey and Laci going crazy for sweet potato treats!Zoey has never been this excited over a treat in her entire life!

Zoey from loves sweet potatoes!Jem couldn’t even enjoy her treat in peace without Zoey hot on her tail trying to snag it…

Zoey trying to steal Jem's treat!After seeing how much the dogs loved these treats, they will now be a regular staple in our household for years to come! They’re simple, inexpensive, easy to make, and the dogs couldn’t be happier. Plus they’re so healthy! 

The clan loves sweet potato treats!Store the dehydrated treats in the refrigerator and discard them after 3 weeks – although there’s no way these yummy treats will last sitting in our refrigerator that long with these hungry hounds! If you want to store them for longer, you can freeze them for up to 4 months.

Why Are Sweet Potatoes So Healthy For Pups?

Sweet Potatoes have the highest amino acid content of any starch which are essential to your dog for maintaining healthy, strong, lean muscles. The high fiber content is great for the digestive system. They also have increase antioxidant activity in your dog’s body which are needed to get rid of free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases. Sweet potatoes also get rid of fatty cells in the liver and help keep other vital organs healthy. Wow! I feel great knowing that this simple homemade treat will have such great lasting health effects on my dogs!

Easy Dehydrated Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats
One of the purest, healthiest treats you can give your dog - and so easy to make that you'll never buy them from the store again!
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  1. Organic Sweet Potatoes: choose potatoes that are all similar in size so they will cook at the same rate, and buy as many as you think your dogs can eat!
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. If you cut the potatoes by hand: Cut off one piece of the potato to create a flat surface to rest on the counter and stabilize it for cutting the slices. Cut the pieces into 1/3"-1/4" thick slices.
  3. If you're using a mandolin: You can use a mandolin for easier, more precise cuts and set the measurement to exactly 1/4"
  4. Place the strips on one or more baking sheets
  5. Place in the oven, bake for 1.5 hours
  6. Flip the sweet potatoes and bake for another 1.5 hours for a total of three hours
  7. If you think your dog would rather have a crunchier treat, bake for longer.
  8. Let cool, and enjoy!
  1. The lower the temperature of your oven, the longer they will need to bake. If you bake them at 175 degrees, they can bake for up to 8 hours.
  2. Store treats in the refrigerator - discard them after 3 weeks
  3. You can freeze them for up to 4 months
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The Shelter Dog That Changed Our Lives Forever- Who Rescued Who?

Buddy from They say things in life come full circle. Everything happens for a reason. You don’t choose your fate, it chooses you. And most importantly, never say “never.”

There are times in our lives when surprises, big or small, come our way unannounced with no warning. We make plans and imagine our future only to find it can all change in an instant, and our lives take a different course that we never saw coming. Things we “never” imagined for ourselves turn out to be the blessings in our lives that we’re most thankful for and never knew we needed. 

The surprising “never” of our family’s fate walked into our lives on four legs, covered in fleas and ticks, malnourished, battered and bruised, with a heart of gold and a tail that has never stopped wagging since the moment we met him. 

Buddy from Pet ProductsI was driving to a doctors appointment one Wednesday afternoon when a dog that reminded me of Jem walked across the road right in front of my car. I quickly pulled over to check if he had an ID tag for me to call his home. When I jumped out to look for him, I couldn’t find him anywhere! I was so worried that I missed my opportunity to reunite him with his family. After no luck finding him, I got back into my car and shut the door. In my rear-view mirror I saw big brown eyes staring back and me and heard the sound of a tail thumping against the seat. I had left my car door open when I was looking for him, and he jumped in!

Buddy from Pet ProductsHe chose me. I couldn’t believe how fateful it felt that he walked in front of my car and then made his choice to jump on in to join me on whatever road was ahead of us both.

Buddy from looking forward to a new futureMy first impression of him was “wag more, bark less.” He was such a sweet, quiet, gentle, obedient, and overly happy boy who never stopped wagging his tail. His unwavering positivity was so inspiring because I would expect a dog in his condition to be as emotionally damaged on the inside as he appeared to be on the outside, but he acted like he was the luckiest and most grateful boy in the world just to be alive and in the care of someone who could potentially give him a future. 

He didn’t have a collar or ID tag, the vet didn’t find a micro chip, and Animal Control and the shelters had no reports of a missing dog that matched his description. He was officially a stray without immediate hope of a family.

Buddy from on a walkI have seen lots of success stories on Facebook of pets being reunited, so I posted his picture with a description of where I found him and his traits such as gender, size, condition, and the fact that he had not been neutered.

Introducing Buddy To The Pack

I brought him home and hesitantly introduced him to Zoey, Jem, and Laci. They can be cliquey at times and unfriendly to new guests that threaten their pack, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how welcoming they were to him. Laci jumped all over him like they’ve been best friends for years, Zoey wagged her tail as she sniffed him, and Jem only gave a few curious howls. Our dogs welcomed him so easily and accepted him in a way that felt like they knew him all their lives. I had a fateful feeling that was their way of telling us this new dog was always meant to be here with us. 

Buddy Meets The OthersI was also worried how he might react to them since I had no idea what kind of trauma he had been through in the past or if he had dog aggression. I was so impressed with how gentle and kind he was with our little dogs as he towered over them sniffing them curiously and wagging his tail.

Buddy from sharing dinner with LaciHis tail has never missed a beat since we met him. He could be standing outside all alone and he would be wagging as if to say he was happy and content no matter what he was doing or what the circumstances were.

I was sad for him when I noticed he didn’t seem to know how to interact or play with our dogs or their toys. It was like he had never learned how to be a dog, and maybe he was never given that chance. We would try to play ball, fetch, or tug of war with him and he seemed confused like a new puppy being introduced to a toy for the first time.

Buddy from didn't know how to play with toysHe was cautious, looked for approval, and aimed to please us. He would look up at us for permission before going inside the house wondering if he was welcome. He was extremely smart and attentive from the start. He even knew the general commands like “sit, stay, come, no, etc.”

Buddy from Knows "Sit"He loved being in the car more than any other dog I’ve met. We’d take him on as many car rides as we could, and when we got home he didn’t want to get out. He wanted to stay in there for hours by himself just parked in the garage. It was his comfort zone. He could only be coaxed out with a treat, and even then he needed a lot of encouragement before he would give in. We wondered if he felt most comfortable there because he associated it with being rescued. Maybe he figured if he stayed in the car we would have to take him with us if we ever left, and he wouldn’t be abandoned again. 

Buddy from wouldn't get out of the carHe had such a selfless spirit and gentle soul from the second he walked into our lives. We didn’t know what to call him or if we should name him. Naturally we would say, “come here Bud,” or “hey Buddy, good boy!” His friendly spirit led us to instinctually call him Buddy as a term of endearment, and after a few days the name stuck. 

Buddy’s Past In The Kill Shelter Is Revealed

 The day after finding him, two women came forward on Facebook saying he was their dog and his name was Elvis, but he may not know his name because they had only had him for less than a week. They said he dug out from under their fence while they weren’t home. They had just started a non-profit out of their house with a mission to rescue dogs from kill shelters. They arrived at the kill shelter 30 minutes before the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized and rescued them from that fate.
Buddy's rescue from the kill shelter

Minutes Away From Being Euthanized 

We called the kill shelter that “Elvis” came from, and the woman on the phone couldn’t speak more highly of him. She said he was such an amazing dog that they actually gave him two weeks longer than protocol before they are euthanized hoping that he would be rescued.

Every Creatures Salvation saved him only minutes before he was scheduled to be euthanized. I was speechless and numbed at the thought of how close this remarkable dog was to never walking out of that kill shelter.

Buddy from RadioFence.comBecoming His Foster Family 

The women who rescued him had saved multiple dogs at once and were tight on resources. We asked them if we could foster Buddy at our home. We were attached and didn’t want to see him leave, but mainly we knew it was in his best interest if we funded his journey to adoption. There was a PetSmart adoption event in one week that they originally planned for him to attend, and he needed to be neutered by then to be eligible.

Surprise Of A Lifetime On The Operating Table

 We scheduled Buddy to be neutered with a wonderful veterinarian in town, and we joked that we should get the operation at half price because he only had one testicle. The veterinarian laughed and warned us that it would actually be more expensive because they have to make an incision in his abdomen to go looking for the other testicle that hadn’t dropped.

Buddy from after surgeryWhen we picked Buddy up, the veterinarian said it was a miracle that he happened to make the incision in the location that he did, because as soon as he opened Buddy up he saw a large bubble on his bladder that was moments away from bursting. The vet said his bladder could have ruptured just from playing or rough housing with him and couldn’t believe it was still in tact. He said an injury like that is only consistent with being kicked in the stomach or hit by a car. Both scenarios were tough to stomach thinking about him in either of those dreadful situations. We began to feel like we should be calling him Lucky rather than Buddy!

Is Buddy A Boy Or A Girl?

The surprises didn’t stop there, when looking for his other testicle, the vet instead found a uterus and an ovary. Buddy was a boy on the outside but a girl on the inside! The poor thing went in for a routine neutering surgery and came out with a bladder repair, full hysterectomy, and neutering. We slept with him on the living room floor throughout the night to care for him after this extensive operation. 

Buddy from recovering from surgeryAdoption Event Cancelled

Buddy’s recovery time doubled once these surprises showed up in the operating room, and the plan to have him ready for the adoption event that weekend was no longer an option. We were going to be caring for him through his recovery for another week or two.

Buddy from recovering after surgeryWe had all been getting more attached and emotionally invested in him at this point, and on Valentine’s Day Buddy suffered from a seizure in the front yard which scared us half to death. We rushed him to the vet, and once we got there he acted like nothing had happened. The vet said he could just be epileptic, and this may not be the last time he has one. He took a long nap that day because he was so tired from the seizure.  Buddy from taking a nap

A Change of Heart – Or Was It?

It’s hard to pin point the exact moment when we realized we could never give Buddy up for adoption to another family, or if we somehow knew it all along. But after everything he went through at the kill shelter, getting rescued moments before being euthanized only to find himself on the streets again within days, his surgery, seizure, and how positive he still remained, my dad was the first person to utter the words that we were all thinking -“maybe we should just keep him.”

He had already been through so much and reshaped our family’s structure to include his resilient spirit. I don’t think we could have felt whole again with his absence, and we couldn’t imagine putting him through another huge life change of being re-homed. He is finally home, he has a forever family, and he isn’t going anywhere unless it’s in the backseat with us. 

Buddy and Laci going for a car rideBuddy’s Transformation 

There was a noticeable change in Buddy once we established that he was a permanent member of our family. When we were fostering him, it felt like he didn’t want to play with the toys and join in with the other dogs because maybe he was worried it was just temporary and didn’t want to get his hopes up or get too used to it. After we adopted him, we could notice him letting his guard down. I will never forget the night he opened himself up and learned to play with Laci and the toys in the living room.

Buddy and Laci PlayingHe and Laci have been inseparable and obsessed with each other ever since.

They sleep together…

Buddy and Laci from Sleep Together Cuddle…

Buddy and Laci from CuddleWatch TV…

Buddy and Laci watching TV!Laugh together…

Buddy and Laci from Swapping JokesNap…

napKeep each other company…

Buddy and Laci from Hanging OutAnd comfort each other

Buddy and Laci from Have A Strong BondThey have such a great bond and fun adventures. 

He has finally been given the chance to learn how to be a dog, and he’s probably the purest-hearted one we’ve ever known. He still loves going for car rides, but he trusts that he can go inside with us afterwards until the next ride without worrying he that will get left behind.

Buddy from Loves The CarWith all of the improvements he has made, our favorite thing about Buddy hasn’t changed since the moment he came into our lives – he still wags his tail constantly without fail. And now he goes to bed every night with a smile on his face.

smileThere are few people or animals in this life that are so wonderful they make you feel indebted to them. It’s like they have done you a favor just by giving you the honor of knowing them. That is how Buddy has made our family feel – blessed, gifted, indebted, uplifted, inspired, thankful. We didn’t choose our fate, he chose us.

Buddy from's Cheesy Smile