When Shelter Dogs First See Blankets They Immediately Know What To Do


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Every time a new litter of puppies arrives, National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has a special custom. Melody Kahtava, NMDR’s social media manager, told The Dodo that “they all got their first blankets.”

The canines, all of which were surrendered to NMDR as adults by industrial breeding operations, are experiencing a memorable time. Many people have never even seen a blanket, much less lay down on one.

Credit: MELODY KAHTAVA

“Most of them have lived in cages lined with wire bottoms,” Kahtava said. “So when they encounter these blankets, they really don’t know quite what to do.”

A recent video shared by NMDR on Facebook shows a group of 16 new dogs checking out their new blankets for the first time.

You can watch the video here:

When compared to other immigrants, this specific group, who arrived at NMDR on July 3, needed additional medical attention. While some, like the brown cocker spaniel at the beginning of the movie, had skin conditions, others were blind when they arrived.

Every dog in the group responded the same way at first to their welcoming presents, despite their differences. They placed their new blankets in front of their noses and took a cautious sniff.

Credit: MELODY KAHTAVA

According to Kahtava, their hesitant reactions are pretty typical.

“Many do a lot of cautious sniffing,” Kahtava said. “And some just bound onto them like it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen … because it pretty much is.”

Credit: MELODY KAHTAVA

Even the most hesitant puppies eventually find themselves sprawled out on their new bedding. The dogs are allowed to keep their blankets for the rest of their stay at NMDR as long as they don’t consume them.

They definitely pick up on cherishing them very soon, according to Kahtava. “Most are frequently seen cuddling with them.”

Credit: MELODY KAHTAVA

Each dog is given a brand-new blanket to take home with them when they are ready to be adopted. In our adoption process, it’s a really unique phase, according to Kahtava.

The blankets that NMDR distributes to the rescue came from their kind social media fans.

Every lovely pooch who visits NMDR receives their very first blanket because to their generosity. They will ultimately be permitted to keep one forever.


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