The ‘Saddest Dog in the World’ Returned to Shelter Again (Video)

(N.Morgan) Not very long ago literally thousands of people from all over the world were applying to adopt Lana, a shelter dog who had become known as the “saddest dog in the world.”

In October 2015, a photo showing Lana dejected in her kennel went viral.

The family who had adopted her returned her to the shelter and Lana was too sad to go on walks.

Lana was born in Mexico, the runt of the litter. She often had to compete with her siblings for food.

Then she was brought to Toronto, Canada, so she could have a chance at having a real, loving home.

Lana was bounced around from foster home to foster home.

When she was 5 months old, it seemed like she finally found her forever family. Lana seemed to be an enthusiastic and loving addition to the home.

But one day, when she was being fed, Lana snapped at the mom. Her memories of being the runt of the litter may have made her protective of her food. The family, with young kids, grew nervous — and they brought Lana back to the shelter. And that’s when the photo of total dejection was taken. It was like her world shut down.

When The Dodo first told Lana’s story, people from all over the world wanted to help her. Rescue Dogs Match received 4,000 applications to adopt her and over $15,000 in donations.

After getting a foster home, Lana, who had been so sad she refused to eat or go on walks, finally got another forever home. This was in January 2016 and the future seemed bright. We thought Lana’s story was over, with the happiest imaginable ending — until now.

Last week came the appeal no one thought possible: “May 14 is Lana’s birthday (she will be 3),” Rescue Dogs Match wrote in a Facebook post. “Please help find her a foster or forever home. Lana only has until May 20th.”

When commenters asked what would happen to her after May 20, the rescue group replied that she may be put to sleep, since she hasn’t been able to find a permanent home for three years.

Sadly, Lana was returned to the shelter in July 2016. Lana went to a boarding shelter until October 2016. Then she went to a foster home for a week. Then she went to another boarding facility in November 2016.

The boarding facility is getting over crowded, they have no room for Lana anymore. But she still needs to find the person patient and caring enough to help her learn to trust.

“Lana’s adoption did not work out because people want a dog they can pet and play with,” Brenda Dobranski, founder of Rescue Dogs Match, told The Dodo. “Lana is a silly fun girl but she is not the type of dog that will let you give belly rubs to and sleep in bed with. She loves to have a job.”

The best environment for Lana would be a farm where she can be outside most of the time. “She LOVES to be outside no matter what the weather,” Rescue Dogs Match wrote on Facebook. “Lana loves to be part of whatever is going on but not in ‘tight’ quarters.”

The rural in-home boarding facility where Lana has been living needs her out by May 20.

“We need to keep Lana’s happiness and well being at the forefront,” Dobranski said. “It is not fair for her to have to keep moving around. She just settles and becomes accepting [only] to be up rooted again. Every time she moves her progress is set back.”

“The best family for her would be a mature couple or person that has the time, patience, determination and commitment to help her become more confident,” the rescue wrote. “She is sweet and silly, that is hard-wired into her character. She is timid, wary of strangers only at first. When she is not around the people she trusts, she has the tendency to shut down or become very hesitant.”

Lana also loves to be around other dogs, so someone willing to arrange playdates with canine neighbors would be ideal.

“I am not sure what will happen to Lana on [May 20],” Dobranski added. “Unfortunately, euthanasia is an option, but with all the time and support and money that has been offered to Lana I don’t even want to think about it.”

If you think you’re the person Lana so desperately needs, you can email to foster or adopt her. The rescue is considering applications from Canada and the U.S. If you’re not that person, you can still help Lana by sharing — yet again — her story. 

Update: Lana has found a foster home and new training program, according to Rescue Dogs Match. The Dodo will continue to follow her story.



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Dog Chained in the Rain Lights Up When He Sees Someone Approaching to Help (Video)

(N.Morgan) One of the saddest things to see is a dog, left outside to endure the brutal elements, chained or tethered and obviously forgotten, neglected, and ignored.

Belinda discovered two dogs living abandoned in her neighborhood, and she took them in. Giving them food and a home was easy, but her landlord did not allow dogs in the house she was renting, so she had to keep them outside. And without a fenced yard, that meant Mama and Oreo had to be chained.

One day, Mama broke free of her chain, and wandered away. But Mama and Belinda were lucky, because the County animal control officers brought Mama back home and shared with Belinda, now Mama’s human ‘Mama’, some very special contact information which would change their lives.

In the last several years, organizations have been popping up all over the world to help rescue these precious souls and give them the loving, happy, free lives they deserve, one such group is Coalition to Unchain Dogs.

The Coalition to Unchain Dogs is an organization that “improves the welfare of dogs living in under-served communities as well as dogs continuously chained outdoors by offering information and free services including wellness care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and fences. By providing nonjudgmental assistance and building relationships within the community, the Coalition to Unchain Dogs bolsters connections between dogs and their human companions.:

In the video below, see how rescued dogs Mama and Oreo react when the rescuers let them off of their leashes and they get their first real taste of freedom.

The compassion demonstrated by the rescuers for these precious beings is awe inspiring.

Please visit Coalition to Unchain Dogs’ website for more information and learn ways you can help.






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SHTF Dog Food, Cheap And Easy (Videos)

(N.Morgan) When preparing for unexpected events, such as disasters or in climate weather and power loss, food loss, one must consider how their pets will fair during such trying and scary times.

One way to ensure your pet will be taken care of at a minimum cost is to make their dog food and treats homemade.

For what it’s worth, dog food is an easy and cheap thing to make… Keep rice, and dehydrated vegetables like peas and carrots. Just boil scrap meats and bones with the rice and vegetables mix. Leave or remove bones and feed.

Making your own pet food is not only cost effective, it is also an excellent way to ensure the health and longevity of your pets. You will know they are getting all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to stay active and healthy.

There are tons of different recipes on the internet that offer the maximum health benefits for your dogs and save you money as an added bonus.

Let’s review some of the do and don’t of what foods our dogs can consume.

Foods To Avoid

There are some ingredients which have been shown to cause illness (or death) in some dogs. Included in that list are: 

Artificial sweeteners or artificial fats
Raw meat

Nutritious Foods For Your Dog

These are a list of some basic healthful foods to include in your pets diet. Please consult with your veterinarian prior to making significant changes to your pets diet.

Organ meats, liver (don’t overuse)
Cultured dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, cheese
Complex carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, beans, legumes
Fiber sources such as bran, fresh vegetables, whole-grains.

Some of these foods may be fine in small “seasoning” quantities but to be sure, always consult with your pet’s veterinarian and follow his/her advise.

*Raw Meat – Raw meats and poultry can contain bacteria, salmonella, or parasites or viruses. Your dog can suffer from food poisoning just as humans can. Only cooking will make these foods safe for consumption.

(Sasha Morgan: Treat/Food Tester and Resident Chow Hound)

In an article by Angela Colley, 10 Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes and Organic Treats, Angela gives some great recipes to fill your dog’s organic diet menu.

Chicken Jerky:


2 to 4 chicken breasts


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.
Check the chicken before removing from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.
Store the jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Pro Tip: You can substitute sweet potatoes for the chicken in this recipe. Sweet potatoes make a healthy, vegetarian alternative.

Frozen Yogurt Pops for Dogs

If your dog loves to chase ice cubes around the kitchen, then he’ll love these frozen treats. They’re made from human grade ingredients and include fruit juice and carrots, which give your pup an added vitamin boost. Yogurt has calcium and protein, and can help your dog digest food.

Note that this recipe calls for non-fat yogurt, which is a much healthier alternative to other types of yogurt, especially if your dog is overweight.


6 oz. container of plain, non-fat frozen yogurt
1 cup of no-sugar added fruit juice
1/2 cup of carrots, minced


Add the yogurt, fruit juice, and carrots into a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the ingredients are smooth and well-blended.
Drop the mixture into the ice cube trays by spoonful.
Freeze until the ingredients are solid.

Pro Tip: Use hard plastic trays instead of the softer rubber ones to make the treats. The treats are easier to remove from a hard tray.

The videos below are more recipes and tips for making quality homemade dog food.

The Do’s and Don’t of Homemade Dog Food

Homemade Dog Treats

Easy Homemade Dog Food


How To Make Homemade Raw Pet Food

Homemade Dog Food – So Easy And So Good For Your Dogs



When You See Your Dog Doing This He’s Trying To Tell You Something (Video)

(N.Morgan) As dog owners we love having our best buddies around but sometimes we miss some of their cues or body language and totally miss the messages they are trying to send to us.

Here are some common dog behaviors and the meaning behind them.

When You See Your Dog Doing This He’s Trying To Tell You Something

1. Bringing things to you.

You may take this as a cue that your dog wants to play fetch when he/she brings you their favorite toy, however your precious pooch is trying to give you a gift. It’s a vestigial instinct from their time as wild wolves. They’re trying to give you something they think will help you survive, which is even cuter when you consider that it’s a toy. Imagine how baffling it must be when you throw it.

2. Making eye contact.

When dogs make eye contact with you, it’s a powerful way of showing affection- as long as it’s in conjunction with more submissive behavior, like rolling over.

3. Raising one leg.

When you see your dog raising one leg and looking straight ahead, you’d better get out of their way. He’s/She’s on the hunt. Probably for a squirrel.

4. Hunching to make himself look small.

This a sign the dog is afraid. If there’s nothing to be scared of, it means he’s probably been abused or mistreated somewhere along the way.

5. Chewing on your belongings.

This could be a sign your dog is bored or has a case of separation anxiety. Give her more exercise and some puzzle toys to play with.

6. Sitting on your feet.

Dogs sit on your feet and get under you for a number of reasons. It could be that she’s trying to be dominant over you or is comforting herself by being close to you. It could be a possessive move too, as if to say “this human is mine.”


Vicious Dog Spent His Whole Life Chained. See What Happens When A Stranger Sets Him Free (Video)

(N.Morgan) Pets add some much love and laughter to our lives.

They are so loyal to us, ever loving us, even when others don’t or won’t love us.

This story is about Rusty Diamond, who was kept by his owners outside, chained and never loved or given attention.

Since Rusty was ignored all of the time, when people did approach him, he seemed mean and scary.

He would bark, growl, snap, and retreat.

The first time Jared Piper met Rusty, the dog certainly didn’t seem playful or sweet.

Poor Rusty was chained up to a wall in Phoenix Arizona, where he spent his days barking non-stop at passerbys.

It wasn’t that Rusty was mean, he was just scared and lonely and desperately craving affection.

Jared began to visit Rusty each every day, winning the dog’s trust and Rusty began to warm up to Jared, wagging his tail for treats and laying his head along the fence to be scratched.

Rusty’s living conditions were deplorable: Jared had never seen the poor dog off the chain, he was riddled with flies and had what appeared to be a tumor on his belly.

Jared knew he had to get Rusty out of those conditions, into safety.

One day as Jared was visiting Rusty, his owner came out of the house.

She casually mentioned to Jared that Rusty had been chained up for 10-15 years …

It was his life and all he knew.

Jared firmly told her he wasn’t leaving without Rusty.

At first she resisted, telling Jared that Rusty would bite or attack him, but Jared refused to give in.

Reluctantly, she handed his chain over to Jared and off the 2 went.

Rusty didn’t bite, he wasn’t even scared — he just walked gratefully alongside his rescuer.

At the vet’s office they had to cut Rusty’s collar off his neck since it hadn’t been unhooked for so many years.

Rusty was seeing and smelling new places and people, he wasn’t defensive or aggressive.

He took everything in and letting Jared know he was completely ready for a new life.

Rusty was treated to his very first bath.

It took a lot of time and elbow grease to scrub off the dirt and motor oil that was caked into his coat for so many years.

Unfortunately Jared couldn’t adopt Rusty himself, but he gave him a place to stay while they looked for a forever home.

Meanwhile Rusty got all the medical care he needed and became a healthy, happy dog.

One day Jared found the perfect family for Rusty.

A big house with a huge yard to run and play in, loving humans and lots of doggie brothers and sisters for Rusty to love and play with.

It was pure paradise for Rusty.

Rusty may not have understood what he was missing out on for the 10 or so years he lived chained up in a dirty yard, but as soon as he got a taste of the good life, he was hooked.

Now he has what every dog deserves — a loving, happy home.

Rusty’s life was made better by the simple act of someone caring enough to check on an unfriendly-looking dog chained up in a stranger’s yard.