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.

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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.

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Dream Dog Friday: Mabel’s puppies

In Manitoba there are many dog rescue groups that help save the lives of many dogs. Mabel’s puppies are very lucky that Manitoba Underdogs Rescue took their mom, heartworm positive, underweight and pregnant, into care.

On March 20 Mabel naturally gave birth to Noah before having a c-section to remove her other nine pups, including two stillborns. After giving birth, Mabel was only 35 lbs, though she should have been about 50 lbs.

Mabel’s pups Archer, Winston, Dennis, Albert, Harold, Henry, Noah and Beauregard were given to a surrogate mother, a dog named Ruby whose litter had recently been adopted out.

Erin Dyck (D.R.E.A.M.’s Director of Finance and Administration) looked after the group. She said Ruby couldn’t feed the boys long because she soon stopped producing milk.  The puppies had to be bottle fed every two hours, even through the night.

When Archer was 10 days old, Erin noticed he was lethargic early in the day. By the afternoon the poor guy could hardly breath. The vet determined he had pneumonia and he was euthanized.

A few days later Winston was taken to the vet for antibiotics. He spent a week in bed under the covers to keep warm and needed to have fluids injected under his skin. Thankfully, he recovered.

The seven puppies are now healthy, thriving, and dreaming of their furever homes… Maybe you can help them get there?