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Tri-County Animal Rescue Pet Of The Week
(Photo Courtesy Tri-County Animal Rescue)


(Photo Courtesy Tri-County Animal Rescue)

Joann M. Hager
Tri-County Animal Rescue

ALEXIS, N.C. – Tri-County Animal Rescue Pet of the Week is this beautiful Standard Poodle/Airedale mix named Ginger.  Ginger is 8-months-old and weighs 40-pounds.  Ginger is a lovely girl that plays beautifully with other dogs.  She has wiry blonde hair and is a non-shedder.  Ginger loves people and gets along well with everyone.  She has a “gentle” nature.

Ginger is working on the “house-training” thing.  She is spayed, current on vaccines, microchipped and de-wormed.  She will be looking for you this weekend!

Poodles are highly trainable dogs. They catch on very quickly to patterns and don't require much motivation beyond praise and a couple of treats. Poodles should never be treated harshly as they will simply stop listening to you. They are natural learners.

The biggest mistake of Standard Poodle owners is not exercising them enough. The breed's reputation for being dainty leads novice owners to believe these dogs don't require vigorous activity, but they need to run daily. Poodles that don't get enough exercise can be anxious or destructive.

Poodles are sensitive dogs who like to live in peaceful environments. If your house is full of chaos, it can cause your Poodle unnecessary stress. Though they are good with kids, they often don't do well in homes with lots of children where there may be a great deal of yelling and tension.

Standard Poodles have a dense coat of curly, wiry-textured hair. They do not shed, which makes the breed an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies.

Please come out to our adoption event this weekend.  If you are looking for an addition to your family, please come out and meet our pets.  We will be at the Gastonia PetSmart located at 3698 East Franklin Boulevard this Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday noon to 6 p.m.

About Tri-County Animal Rescue

Tri-County Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization serving Lincoln, Gaston and other surrounding counties. We are committed to ending pet homelessness in this area and we need your continued support.  If you cannot adopt a pet, then support Tri-County in other ways. We need volunteers and donations to continue our mission of finding homes for these unwanted animals. Please help Tri-County Animal Rescue continue to save pets by adopting your next pet this weekend?  Our “needs” list includes:  towels, Clorox, laundry detergent, paper towels, dry dog food and dry cat food. For more information, call 704.263.2444, send an email to, visit us on the web at or on FaceBook at Tri-County Animal Rescue.  Donations can be sent to Tri-County Animal Rescue, PO Box 483, Alexis, NC  28006.

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Pet Advice:  
Thinking About Adoption???

Bringing a new pet into your household requires a lot of thought and preparation. The decision to adopt a dog should not be taken lightly. Although it is easy to become enchanted with the idea of being a dog owner, and there are many dogs currently in need of new homes, it is essential that you take the time to consider the needs of the animal as well as the needs of your household before signing the paperwork.  You may think a puppy is a great idea but cleaning up after and caring for a new baby for a week may change your mind…maybe that older dog is more your style.

Here is your homework if you are thinking about getting a new pet:

Research --- Research what breeds would be the best fit for you and your family. The Internet is full of information that may be helpful. Although most shelter dogs are mixed-breeds, you will be able to get some idea of what breeds and/or mixes may be a definite "no" for you. For example, if anyone in your household is allergic to dog dander, you want to look for a dog that does not shed or is considered to be "hypoallergenic." Consider other factors such as size, age, temperament and grooming needs.

Financial Considerations --- In addition to the initial costs of adoption, which can reach into the hundreds of dollars from a reputable dog shelter, there are ongoing costs associated with owning a dog. These include supplies (food, toys, bowls, brushes, leash and collar), veterinary bills (regular checkups/vaccinations along with unexpected health issues), boarding costs when you leave town, licensing and grooming. Examine your household budget to decide if you can commit to providing financially for your new family member.

Other Pets and Household Members --- If you have other pets, you will need to determine if adding a dog to your "pack" will upset the current balance. It is a wise idea to introduce your current pet to the new dog before making the final decision to adopt. Many shelters allow, and often encourage, you to bring your current pet to meet the new dog before the adoption takes place. You will want to gauge how they interact together and whether or not they will get along. Also consider your other family members. Some shelters will suggest that you do not bring a dog into the house if you have young children. It is always wise to have children meet the dog before you bring him home. Shelters will typically provide any information they have available regarding the dog's previous home and whether or not he has lived with children. However, sometimes this information is not available and you will need to carefully examine how he interacts with your children.

Time Commitment --- Owning a dog involves making time commitments, both daily and over the life of the animal. If you adopt a younger dog, there may be more initial time needed for training and socialization. Many dogs available for adoption are going through a rough transition and may need additional time. Any dog will need your time for feeding, letting her outside and regular exercise. If you are away from home a lot during the day due to work, you may want to consider if you have the time that she needs. Additionally, you will be making a commitment to love and care for your dog during the span of her lifetime. If this concerns you, you may want to reconsider the decision to adopt.

Housing --- If you are a renter, check with your landlord to be sure that they allow dogs. Many shelters will call your landlord themselves to verify that the dog will be allowed on the premises. Do not risk adopting a dog that is not approved by your landlord as it will only cause you heartbreak and will further the length of time until he can find a permanent home.

Prepare for the Homecoming --- It is wise to purchase all of the supplies your dog needs before you bring her home as this will smooth the transition. 



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