Wanted: Pet Friendly Housing

For most of us, moving without furry family members is unthinkable. Pet-friendly housing can be difficult to find, so we have some great tips for your housing search!

Write Your Pet’s Resume

One of the most effective tools in finding a home that will allow your dog can be a resume for your pooch! Here are some tips on what to include in your pet’s resume:

  • Training information, including obedience classes, crate and house training status and any special accomplishments;

  • Photo and description of your dog;

  • Copies of veterinary records to show you keep a healthy animal;

  • References from previous landlords, neighbours and your vet.

Contact Smaller Rental Companies

Smaller rental companies may be more flexible with their pet policies and willing to discuss your situation. Make sure that you are respectful, aware of the problems they may face renting to irresponsible pet owners, and willing to prove that you are different. Stress the pride you take in caring for your dog, and explain that the same trait carries over into your pride in taking care of your home.

Consider a Rental Home

Some homeowners may be willing to rent to dog owners, and you may be able to share the space with another responsible pet owner. Try posting a detailed wanted ad, including your pet resume and photos of your current lodgings (clean and tidy!)

Be Willing to Put a Little Extra on the Line

Being a pet owner, you can understand how a dog might damage a home. Be willing to pay extra for a damage deposit! Stating that you are willing to do so up front may help you find a place to stay.

Honesty is the Best Policy

It’s easy to lose faith and feel desperate while looking for housing. Do NOT lie to a landlord and try to hide your dog. It can result in legal action being taken against you, or even eviction for you and your dog, leaving you with fewer options than the last time you searched.

Once you succeed in finding housing for you and your furry friend, make sure that you have it in writing that your pet is welcome. Neglecting this key step can lead to eviction as quickly as trying to hide your buddy.

Here are further reading and resources about pet-friendly housing:


Dog-Friendly Summer Events

Summer is finally here and you’ll probably be spending a lot more time outside and away from home. But that doesn’t mean the dogs need to be left at home!

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival – July 17 to 28

Dogs aren’t welcome to indoor venues (yet!) but no one’s telling you your pooch can’t march around Old Market Square. Street performers and musicians put on free shows all day and into the evening. With food vendors surrounding the grassy seating area and port-a-potties in behind your dog won’t have to be left alone at all.


Assiniboine Park – June 1 to August 26

A lot goes on at Assiniboine Park and the pups are free to join!  The 2013 Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series at Assiniboine Park is already underway with music and ballet performances at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and Lyric Theatre. On Friday evening cuddle up with your dog and take in a movie at the Lyric Theatre. Pack yourself some popcorn and her a few treats and chew toys to keep everyone happy.


Manyfest – September 6 to 8

Manyfest takes place on Broadway and is Winnipeg’s largest downtown festival. This year’s events haven’t been announced, but last year there was a movie night, farmer’s and artisan’s market and a parade down the street where people held candles, glow sticks and other bright items called Lights on Broadway. Your pup is welcome to join in this outdoor festival and would look spectacular with a glow stick collar!


There are many dog-friendly events and spaces in summer. Where will you be heading with your dogs?

Living with a 4-Pack


We have four dogs of our own now … not entirely sure how that happened, but we love ‘em all! Mia, our 8 year old from Pembina Valley Humane Society, Shodan, 4 years, Funds for Furry Friends, Lexxie, 3 years, Winnipeg Animals Services and Paisley, 7 months, Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue.

Living with multiple dogs can be rewarding and a lot of fun. It does come with it’s fair share of training and cooperation amongst the family. Three tips to live harmoniously with multiple dogs:

  1. Be sure to spend individual time with each dog to maintain a strong bond with them. It is important to give each dog the opportunity to connect individually with you and your family to improve their listening skills and overall behaviour while with the full pack.

  2. Provide plenty of resources for your dogs – bones, food bowls, beds, etc – to avoid the need to take turns or fight over things.

  3. Teach your dogs respect and manners for one another. Do not give your dogs attention for barking at, jumping on or nudging you. While giving attention to one dog, if another dog intrudes, ignore it by turning your back, looking away and standing up with your arms crossed. Once the dog realizes its behaviour did not work or loses interest, return to the dog who you were giving your attention to.

If you’re looking to add a second (or third or fourth!) dog to your family, be patient, choose wisely and put in the time training each of your dogs. Your dogs reap the benefits of extra socialization and mental stimulation!

DREAM in the City: Neil Sedlacek, Pawstruck Pet Nutrition

Neil Sedlacek, owner of Pawstruck Pet Nutrition will be joining DREAM in the City both as a vendor and as a keynote speaker. Neil will be sharing his knowledge on pet nutrition, exploring the connection between what we feed our dogs and their health. He will be discussing the different types of diets available (home cooked, raw, kibble, canned) and their respective merits and drawbacks, as well as what to look for in a commercially prepared diet. Join us for this informative session, and have the opportunity for one on one time with Neil during the day!


Growing up with three cats and two dogs, Neil has spent his life surrounded by animals. His first four-legged sidekick was a little grey and white kittenfrom The Winnipeg Humane Society. Who would’ve known that little kitten would cause a major change in direction for Neil.

When Neil took his new kitty to the vet for a checkup, he asked “what is the best food I can feed my cat?” Armed with a list of vet-recommended foods, he selected the most expensive brand assuming that cost would equate to quality. Shortly thereafter the pet industry was rocked by a massive recall which affected over 100 brands of cat and dog food. Thousands of pets across North America died from tainted ingredients. What hit home hardest was that every single item on the vet’s list was also on the recall list. Luckily Neil’s kitten wasn’t affected, but from there on out, he decided that he had to educate himself. The more informed he became about the pet food industry, the more he realized that the odds are stacked against the consumer. Conflicting information, misinformation, and massive marketing campaigns all work to undo even the best intentions.


Nuno, Neil’s White German Shepherd

After four years of research and countless consultations with industry insiders, Neil now owns and operates Pawstruck Pet Nutrition, a business committed entirely to providing pet parents with a selection of the best food available for their cats and dogs. Everything we do is focused towards the well being of cats and dogs. Every line of food stocked at Pawstruck is researched to determine if the diet is species appropriate, the nature of the preservatives used, the source of the ingredients, and the company’s history of recalls. “If there is anything we don’t like about a food, we simply will not sell it,” Neil states proudly. Of his many rules set when selecting what lines to carry, the most important is that he will only sell food that he is willing to feed to his four-legged family.

Visit DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm, located at Four Points Sheraton South (2935 Pembina Hwy), where Neil will be among five keynote speakers, including Asmara Polcyn! More information at www.dreamrescue.ca.

Dream in the City: Asmara Polcyn, The Winnipeg Woof Pack

Asmara Polcyn of The Winnipeg Wolf Pack will be presenting at DREAM’s Manitoba Canine Expo on setting up your foster dog for success at adoption events. We all know how important the first impression can be; Asmara will demonstrate how you can help your foster dog shine.


Asmara is a student at the Jean Donaldson Academy of Dog Trainers, traveling internationally to keep up with the latest in positive dog training and animal learning. Asmara also teaches a drop-in Dog Cognition class for all dogs at Ruffhouse Boarding Kennels. Her true joy: Dog Language!

Asmara owns four of her own dogs: Becca, Gallahan, Cody and Tia, and fosters occasionally for local rescues and shelters. Four years back, she dog sat a couple of Schutzhund trained dogs, and since then, positive dog training and dog language has been her passion.

Follow The Winnipeg Woof Pack on Facebook for regular positive dog training tips/videos and great dog-related news! Also check out Asmara’s YouTube Channel for great videos.

Visit DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm, located at Four Points Sheraton South (2935 Pembina Hwy), where Asmara will be among four keynote speakers! More information at www.dreamrescue.ca.

Screen shot 2013-06-10 at 4.10.07 PM

DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo


Our big kickoff event is almost here! On Saturday, June 22nd, D.R.E.A.M. will be hosting DREAM in the City: Manitoba Canine Expo at the Four Points Sheraton South located at 2935 Pembina Hwy. The event features 15 vendors and four keynote speakers from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Featuring the following keynote speakers:

11:45am: Asmara Polcyn, The Winnipeg Woof Pack
12:30pm: Dr. Tony Singh, Henderson Group Vet Clinics
1:00pm: DREAM Presentation
1:30pm: Ainsley McSorley, Revive Fitness
2:15pm: Neil Sedlacek, Pawstruck Pet Nutrition
2:45pm: Kilcona, Maple Grove & Little Mountain Dog Parks
3:30pm: Silent auction winners will be announced!

And the following vendors:
Planet Pup
– Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp
– The Noble Hound, Dog Training and Obedience
– Happy Tails Pet Photography
Pawstruck Pet Nutrition
Kilcona & Maple Grove Dog Park Clubs
Winnipeg Pet Sitting
Blueberry Hill Books
Waldenway Kennels
– Manitoba Underdogs Rescue
– Sagkeeng Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (SSNIP)
– Earthdog Terrier Rescue of Manitoba
– Henderson Group Vet Clinics

We are planning an action packed day including an amazing assortment of silent auction prizes, education on dog care and products and some great presentations from our vendors.  Our goal is to create awareness around D.R.E.A.M, promote our education and advocacy programs, promote adoptable dogs and raise money for our spay and neuter program.

Visit our event on Facebook for up to date information on this great event!

Car Safety

It may be convenient to just toss your dog in the car and go, but is it safe?

Unrestrained pets in cars can cause accidents and, like people, are more susceptible to serious injury than those safely restrained.

A small kennel with blankets can make a comfy and safe place for your dog to cozy up while on the road. This might not be a realistic option for some people with small cars and large dogs, but special harnesses are available for dogs of all sizes.

Unrestrained dogs can also distract drivers, causing accidents. The driver of the van that hit Stephen King in 1999, causing him serious injury and hospitalization, was caused when the driver was distracted by his dog. Our canine friends can be particularly distracting from the front seat. The front seat is never an appropriate place for a dog, not only because she can better pester you from there but also because, like children, the force of a deploying airbag can be fatal.


Unrestrained dogs can also stick their heads out the window, which poses threats to your animals health. Humans aren’t even allowed to stick their arm out of moving buses, so why would you let your furry friend stick out their head? Debris could fly in their ear or a branch could poke their eye. They may have fun, but your kid would probably also have fun hanging unbelted out the window. Would you allow that?

If you’re going on a longer road trip, feed your dog a smaller meal before heading out then give them snacks along the way, although don’t feed them in a moving vehicle. Bring water from home or buy bottled water so your little guy’s tummy doesn’t get upset. Bring bedding and toys from home to help comfort them. A comfortable dog will be quiet and more pleasant to drive with.

A dog’s life isn’t only in danger when the car is moving–leaving a dog alone in a car can be risky too.

On a hot summer day would you leave your child unattended in the car? No? Then why would you leave your furry buddy? That lovely fur coat makes staying cool in a stuffy car impossible and many dogs die when their family leaves them alone. Even if the weather was cool, you probably wouldn’t leave a child alone in a car–what if someone stole the car with that child inside? If you’re going in somewhere your pooch isn’t allowed, drop him or her off at home first.

Car safety may not be convenient when it comes to dogs, but it’s important in keeping your pet, yourself, and other drivers on the road safe.

The Puppy Mill Problem

The goal of a puppy mill is to produce as many puppies as possible in order to make money. Dogs are kept in small cages they don’t leave until they are no longer able to reproduce and then are euthanized. They and their puppies go without human interaction or medical attention in small over-crowded cages.


Why should you care? 

Other than the fact that it’s inhumane, the puppies that come out of puppy mills are not properly socialized and often have health problems.

Often by 5 weeks a puppy’s behaviours and tendencies have been set. If they spend this time in over-crowded, filthy cages they may grow up to be fearful, anxious, and aggressive. Even if this pup gets a good, safe home it will carry these tendencies through it’s entire life.

Dogs in puppy mills are not given medical care and are used to breed until it is no longer possible, even if they are ill. Sick dogs will produce sick puppies. Even puppies born to healthy parents may end up ill from the poor, cramped conditions. The illnesses will not always be apparent immediately and you could end up with pricey vet bills even a year later.

What can I do?

Don’t support puppy mills!

Some puppy mills create websites where they claim to be small scale professional breeders. They post photos making it seem like a small family operation where the dogs are cared for. To avoid falling for this trap, don’t purchase a dog from anyone unless you can go right to their facilities and check it out. Some professional breeders don’t take care of their dogs properly either, so even when you know it’s not a puppy mill it’s a good idea to check out living conditions of any dog you’re thinking of purchasing.

Don’t always trust pet stores when they say their dogs are not from puppy mills. Some pet stores claim that their dogs are from breeders, but according to the Humane Society of the United States 99 per cent of dogs in pet stores are from puppy mills.

Consider adopting a dog instead. Approach a dog rescue organization and let them know what type of puppy you are looking for. Maybe a puppy isn’t right for you and you need an adult dog who’s a little lower on energy? Maybe you need a pup high in energy to help keep you active? Perhaps a small dog the children can walk would be better for you? If you want a specific breed look for a rescue that deals with that specific breed. Rescues can work with you to help you find the dog that will be perfect for your home and family.

Puppy Mills

Niverville Dog Adoption Fair

The second annual Niverville Dog Adoption Fair (NDAF) is taking place this Saturday!

The adoption fair was started last year by Barry Piasta, who is passionate about dog welfare and wants to see dog rescue and advocacy groups join together. NDAF will bring together different dog rescues at the Niverville Arena & Grounds from noon to 4:00  to help find some lucky pups their furever homes.

There will be trainers and vets available to answer questions, and booths with pet related products, including toys and treats, so even dog lovers not looking for a new friend should stop by.

Last year, thanks to Piasta, 24 dogs found homes. Help make this year an even greater success by showing up or spreading word about the event.

It’s a DREAM Come True

A warm, waggling welcome from The DREAM Team!

We are absolutely thrilled to be launching Dog Rescue, Education & Advocacy of Manitoba. A bit about us: with a focus on education and awareness, our goal is to help control the dog population in Manitoba by providing tools and resources necessary to practice proper pet guardianship. Our vision is to support, education and advocate change within Manitoba to help alleviate the overpopulation of dogs and treat them wtih value and respect. Because every dog deserves to live the DREAM. 

What we’re DREAMing of …

“Seeing the rescue community strong, cooperative and dedicated to beating animal overpopulation together.” – Deanne P, Executive Director

“To instil in Manitoban pet owners the same love, care and dedication for their dogs as I feel towards mine.” – Trista L, Assistant Executive Director

“Erasing the suffering of dogs through education, population reduction, and rescue, so that every single dog in Manitoba can live the DREAM!” – Erin D, Finance & Administration Director

“Educating the general population on the importance of spay and neuter. Also, to ensure when a dog is brought home, it’s a forever dog.” – Jill H, Marketing & Communications Director 

“To create a positive movement in Manitoba where we focus on controlling the dog population through education, proper pet guardianship and most importantly teamwork. I dream of change!” – Stacey M, Productions Director

“Educating children about issues facing dogs in Manitoba, and to foster a love and respect for the dogs at an early age. I’d love to show Manitoba what a positive impact dogs can have on a child’s learning!” – Victoria R, Community Outreach Director

“Collaborating with rescues and organizations to address the dog overpopulation issue in Manitoba. As a united group we can educate the public to eliminate the unnecessary suffering and abuse our province’s dogs face.” – Desiree M, Fix It Manitoba! Program Manager

“Ending the need for shelters and rescues in our communities.” – Robin S, Public Donations Manager

“To positively impact the existing dog population in Manitoba by addressing the root issues behind overpopulation and providing the education needed to make a change. I hope to help all dogs currently living without a home to find their forever families.” – Chelsea T, Corporate Relations Manager

“Educating people about issues related to dogs so well that all dogs in Manitoba have safe, loving homes and dog rescue and education groups like DREAM are no longer needed.” – Meg C, Creative Manager

“Working to fix the root problems that exist in the dog population in Manitoba through education, partnerships, community involvement, and fun.” – Kailey B, Communications Manager

So stick around and be a part of our dream! We have lots of exciting and fun initiatives to come!

Upcoming Events: