Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping giant breed mixed breed dogs in need. Our dogs come in to rescue for many different reasons. Many were abandoned at high kill shelters. Some were turned in by owners who could not properly care for them and still others are failed livestock guardian dogs. Our goal for every dog we have is the same: a safe, happy home.
This is a public service announcement and it’s long. The world is losing its mind, kids. Let us discuss breed bans and house-buying, both of which I am qualified to opine on. It is now a thing to write in to the bylaws/master deed of subdivisions restrictions on what kinds of dogs you can own and how many. We can leave for another date the relative wisdom of limiting the numbers you can have or the size you can have, but the breed ban list is out of control.
This puppy (Cody, and sorry – he’s adopted) would be banned in several new subdivisions because he’s been labeled a dangerous breed. Cody is not dangerous to anything other than your shoes, but the developer decided huskies are dangerous and ergo, no huskies. That means if you move into a neighborhood with breed restrictions written into the master deed and/or recorded documents, it can be enforced and they can make you give up your pet. This is the trickle down from the lunacy of breed ban laws passed by many jurisdictions. Here’s the list I have seen of dangerous breeds listed in subdivision regulations:
Pit Bull Terriers
All the mastiff breeds
Swiss Mountain Dogs
Bernese Mountain Dogs
And the list goes on. Everyone on the planet has heard the (ludicrous) claim that pit bulls are dangerous, but berners? What this tells me is that someone had a bad experience with a dog and threw it on the list, labeling one dog as representative of all which is how all stupid rules and laws get started. Then they throw statistics at you to support their claim, but statistics are widely misused and manipulated and it pays to think for yourself.
Any dog, especially a large dog, is capable of inflicting damage. Dogs bite for a variety of complex reasons, and breed alone is not one of them. Dangerous dogs do not belong in homes and neighborhoods, but the determination of how a dog gets deemed “dangerous” is unfortunately not always based on reason and logic.
So, kids, step up and say something when breed bans get mentioned. The next breed they come for may well be yours and it won’t be based on science or logic.
And now the free lawyer advice: don’t ever buy a house without 1) finding out if are there any local rules or ordinances prohibiting specific dog breeds or limiting numbers; 2) reading every last page of the master deed (sometimes collectively called codes, covenants and restrictions or CCRs); and 3) reading the bylaws and rules and regulations. It never hurts to get a copy of the subdivision plat and reading it, too. Hire a construction/real estate or land use lawyer to read all of this for you if you can’t figure it out. It may be the best couple of hundred bucks you ever spend when it comes to peace of mind on what you’re buying for your family and four-legged friends (and also tells you a boat load of other things like sinkholes, injection wells (scary), easements and so on). Read before you ink.
This is Kringle, a 4 year old, 80 pound Great Pyrenees. He is part Eeyore and he is all that is slow and plodding.
Kringle has zero *ucks to give. He is unconcerned with anything and everything and he is the master of zen chill. Lebowski was high strung by comparison. Kringle is good with people, dogs and cats and his activity level could be considered slightly above comatose.
He can go anywhere we go. Interested adopters should fill out an application here then email email@example.com.
OK kids, I did promise you I would blog over on this site and that I would tell you what I really think.
Also, do not go any further if swear words and bad pics offend you because both are present in this post.
People blow big time.
I wish pain and suffering on Christmas for a lot of stupid people.
The person that did this should be locked up for life.
This is Monty, who is a 12 week old dane mix puppy. The owner of this puppy left it in the care of her boyfriend. She came home to find that he had slit the throat of this puppy. I do not know why other than he is a sick motherfucker. He basically carved the throat out down to the meat.
Boyfriend is headed to jail and we have the dog. The dog had successful surgery to close the wound to the throat, although there is damage to the larynx which may have to be addressed separately. It is a miracle and also dumb luck that the twatwaffle who did this lacked skill because he barely missed the carotid artery. Had he successfully hit that, it would have been game over.
There is a PS to this: I am informed a local rescue has been involved in getting the dog to us and I will shower them with praise for their efforts if I get their blessing to out them.
If you would like to burn down his house, I don’t have the address. Sorry.
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue WILL BE REPRESENTED IN ANIMAL PLANET’S PUPPY BOWL XIV AIRING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH
90 Adoptable Puppies Compete for Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) Title
(January 4, 2018) – Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is pawsitively thrilled to announce we have a puppy player inthis year’s PUPPY BOWL XIV. The cutest competition in sports history airs Sunday, February 4th at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT on Animal Planet.
Olympia storms the GEICO gridiron and makes the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Ruff as they compete to win the CHEWY.COM Lombarky Trophy.
Olympia was left at a gas station in rural Missouri in a plastic bin. A good samaritan rescued her, and she quickly became a Big Fluffy. Olympia was adopted by a wonderful couple who live on an Island in Maine. She is living the good life now thanks to the people who rescued her.
Olympia, along with 90 adoptable puppies from 48 shelters and rescues across the country, go paw to paw and nose to nose for the in the ultimate match up between “Team Ruff” vs. “Team Fluff.”
For the last 13 years, Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL has owned the world’s cutest sporting event on television. Every Super Bowl Sunday, two teams of the fluffiest and cuddliest line barkers and wide retrievers take to the gridiron for a playful game of terrier touchdown, puppy penalties and furry fumbles. Representing rescues and shelters from across the country, these adoptable four-legged players that make up #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and more importantly…their furever homes
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This was not the way to start out this day. We got a call begging for help for a dog with a severely prolapsed uterus. We see this a couple of times a year and it looks gross, but it doesn’t typically scare us. In this particular case, the situation was much worse than expected.
This is Pandora, who is probably not even a year old. She was found by the police at an abandoned trailer on a chain with her uterus and bladder laying on the ground:
Unfortunately, she is also pregnant and the puppies died in utero before she got to us. This case is about saving the dog’s life and we will be fortunate to do that. What you see here is the uterus and her bladder which was also prolapsed out of her body. The police are pursuing this case.
The vets tell us this is a very unusual case because the uterus turned inside out through a hole in the uterine wall and then the bladder was pulled through. This is taking some very tricky surgery to repair, but the vets believe they can save her. Still, this is what they are dealing with:
This poor girl is also emaciated, needs teeth pulled (her baby teeth are still there) and when she is better, we will repair the cherry eye she has. Despite all of this and the incredible pain she was in, she never once offered to so much as curl a lip.
This is a long recovery with weeks of daily therapy for wound care. It is also expensive. If you would like to donate to her care, you can do so here:
So, today 30 plus dogs from the Big Fluffy Kennel went for a 5.5 mile float down the Duck River. These 30 dogs were mainly dogs at the kennel waiting on foster homes plus a handful of foster dogs. All of them got to go for a paddle on the river (with the exception of Patrick, who nixed the idea and decided to stay with the help and eat pup ice cream) and all got to swim, hang out, get petted and eat dog ice cream. Seeing 30+ dogs in their life jackets in canoes and kayaks is a sight to behold. Thanks to everyone who made this happen, and a shout out to Higher Pursuits for making pickups for 30 dogs and people such a breeze.
All of these dogs are adoptable of course so we remind you to adopt your next best friend.
Up next: BFDR Run to the Hills: Hike with a Fluffy coming soon.
Getting ready to float
Judd ready to go
Janine ready to roll
Dave and Odette
Madge is a touch relaxed
Bellomy is pretty tired
Marion is cashed out
Big Jack swims
Sheldon I think
swimming at the end
Archer coming in for a landing
Archer and that ear
Bellomy gets ice cream
Dave and BFF Odette
Dave crushes Jenny
Ellie on the river
Ellie gets ice cream
Floating down the Duck River
Gavin on the boat
Gavin under the table
Jack gets some ice cream
Judd contemplates the river
Madge and friends, very relaxed
Madge and Nicole
Madge and Reba
Marion and Ziggy
More of the flotilla
Patrick and Michael
Ryker gets ice cream
Jan and Sheldon
The whole crew
Studebaker is too tired to paddle
Triton gets ice cream
Walter gets a hug from Janine
Walter has left the canoe
Ziggy gets ice cream
Studebaker and the flotilla
Studebaker and friends
On the way back
Just an update for you all, but Heron the Great Pyrenees is on the mend.
Heron does not seem to realize she nearly died. This dog was found dumped on the side of the road, having seizures from the fever caused by septicemia from infected skin loaded with maggots. She lost most of the skin on her back and has been undergoing daily wound therapy (see video below if you can handle a little bit of an ick factor) but she is healing and she is super silly. This is going to be an amazing pet for someone. We do have to keep a tshirt on her to prevent sunburn.
This video is just 10 days old so you can see just how extensive the wound care is:
Some of you may remember Heather, the pregnant dog we rescued the other day. Things did not go well, and she ended up with an emergency c-section. Sadly, after 24 hours, all the puppies died. Heather was despondent. We tried giving her stuffed animals, but that did not make her happier. So we found her some surrogate puppies. I think it will make you smile.
If you would like to donate to help us with her costs which were surprisingly high, you can do so here.
OK fans, I need some help. We got called about some puppies in a small rural government-run shelter in appalling condition. To be clear, the shelter did not put these puppies in this condition. Then we got other pictures of other dogs in the shelter and we were horrified. The shelter did not put these dogs in that condition either, but the conditions they are held in are far from OK.
The problem in poor rural areas is there is no money. The government can’t afford basics for people, like housing and health care, let alone dogs. What you end up with is an endless circle of misery. We are committed to trying to fix this, but it will take more clout than we possess along with cash to make a meaningful dent. For now, we are focused on the dogs.
The emaciated pit bull did not make it. She was riddled with tumors and was incredibly ill, but I am sad her last days were in a run like she was kept in. The scruffy is out with another rescue and now we have all the puppies, another Mom + 2 and a terrified, incredibly sweet, hairless pit bull bull lab mix that someone took to the shelter after it was found starved and chained under a house. We just added 10 more sad cases.