Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Blue Bombers Mutts!


Did you know that Mutts loves the Winnipeg Blue Bombers? This amazing group of men does so much for our organization that we even named a family of dogs (Blu and her babies) after them! We would have loved to name a pup for every Bomber... but Blu only had 6 baby boys. 

About the Blue Bombers Litter:

Blu is a very young German Shepherd x Shelti cross. She’s only about a year old, and is a very sweet, playful girl. Blu loves other dogs, cats, and people of all shapes and sizes! She’s great with kids. Blu has good leash manners and great recall in off-leash situations. She would do best in a home with a secure fenced yard so that she can play outside a lot, another dog for company and a family who is home a lot of the time as she is very sociable, and has some minor separation anxiety to work through. We feel that she will recover from this very well with time and patience in a loving home where she feels cherished (as she should be!)

Her babies appear to also have some Great Pyrenees in them, which means that they will be big, and also fluffy! Her boys are just as handsome as their namesakes. They were born on October 9th, and are ready to go to their new homes December 4th. Apply to meet them today!

About Manitoba Mutts’ and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers:

Some of the Bombers at our Mutts Love Moms event.

MMDR has received wonderful help from the Bombers through Chris Cvetkovic’s organization, Cvet’s Pets! Cvet's Pets is a 100% volunteer run, not-for-profit organization that helps local Winnipeg No Kill Animal Rescue Programs. This amazing group organizes fundraisers in support of Winnipeg rescues that operate on a no-kill basis, like MMDR! For more information, visit

Meet the Team!

Manitoba Mutts and the Blue Bombers team up often!

Mother to our Blue Bombers litter, Blu is a lovely little girl!

Monday, 26 November 2012

A Day in the Life of a Rescue Mutt!

By: Dribble (Haru)

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of one of our adopted Mutts is like? MMDR Alumnus, Dribble (Haru when he was in our care as a little baby) wrote this just for you (with some help from his mom... those keyboards just aren't made for doggy paws)! 

A day in the Life of Dribble
So my day starts with a gradual wake-up call at 6:45am from my hair-less brother.  Usually he is trying to reach over top of me to hit the snooze button; and that is when I get my chance to give him a good face washing and wake him up.  Then it is time for my morning constitutional and yard check just to make sure there are no new scents in my yard plus, someone needs to make sure the squirrels know this is my turf!

Dribble (Haru) and his siblings (Julia's babies)
Once we come back inside I have to go wake up my hair-less sister – even though she has pretty blond hair like me she is not a morning person.  I usually just nudge her under the covers and quickly bolt back out of her room; once she is up for the day she is much cuddlier.  At this point I have accomplished lots in my opinion and it is time for me to relax on the couch until someone needs their toast crusts eaten.

Dad is usually in a rush in the morning but he always has time to rub my ears and tell me I am a good boy.  Mom lets me supervise loading the dishwasher, in case someone has left peanut butter on a utensil – cause all dogs know that it has to be “pre-washed” you can’t expect a dishwasher to do everything!

Mom is the first to leave in the morning; and she gives me the same instructions every day.  Look after the house and Papa, and be a good boy.  “Piece of cake” I say – and yet she never gives me one?  That’s OK Papa spoils me and we are good company for each other.

After Dad and my brother have left for the day I usually get some cuddle time on the couch with my sister before she has to leave for school.  I love this time; we sit there and watch cartoons and she rubs my ears and I almost fall asleep again.  Unfortunately she has to leave for school and then I lie on my mat at the front window and wait for my buddy Papa.

Papa and I have a very special relationship, he understands all my non-verbal cues and I just love being around him.  When Papa arrives he makes himself coffee to have on the back deck, and I get to lie in the sun next to his chair or play a game of fetch with him.  In the summer we look after the garden; and the rest of the year he helps me keep the squirrels in line!

Dribble (Haru) now, in his furever home!
When Papa and I are not outside enjoying the fresh air, we putter around the house or just watch television and enjoy each other’s company.   I think I do a very good job of looking after the house and Papa everyday so I think I am earning my keep; and maybe one day I will get that “piece of cake”.

I knew from my first day with my new family that I was a perfect addition.  I love them all from the tip of my wet and sometimes muddy nose to the end of my coffee table clearing tail; and they love me back.  My family loves me enough to just let me be a dog and play in mud puddles, or play tag with my friends, or sniff every clump of grass, rock or tree root when out for a walk.  If I got one wish it would be that every dog could have a life like mine – because we all deserve it.

If it were not for the very special people at Manitoba Mutts I would not be living this fabulous life today,  it is because of their dedication to giving us all a chance that everyone who meets me cannot help but return my big goofy smile; and see that I love my life. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Black Dog Friday


Did you know that around half of the animals we have up for adoption currently are black or have large black markings? Of all of the colours of Mutts (and Muttins, our adoptable cats), black is the hardest to photograph well and the hardest to find homes for. 

Although our Black Dog Week ends today, on Black Dog Friday, we encourage you to consider a black dog for your next furry family member all of the time! 

In case you need some extra reasons to adopt a black animal, here are a few fun ones:
  1. Black animals are fashionable: black goes with everything!
  2. Holding a black animal will make you look thinner, because black is slimming.
  3. Black animals show up well on snow – you’ll never have trouble finding your pet outside in the winter!
All of the black Mutts and Muttins below are currently available for adoption. Visit our website or Facebook for more information about them! 

Manitoba Mutts' Website                
Manitoba Mutts on Facebook

Babe, Care, Cash
Cato, Chardonnay, Goldie
Gummy, Poet, Kate

Black dogs! They never get dirty,
The longer you walk them, the blacker they get.
Sometimes, I think I should wash mine,
But then they say, “Mama, oh no! Not yet!”

(Adapted from "Black Socks") 

Manhattan, Murphy, Phoebe
Harmony, Rookie, Scorpio
Sprockett, Thelma, Jellybean

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Meet Billy!

By: MMDR and Breanna C

Billy is ready for a walk any time!
Our Black Dog of the Day today is our sweet little guy, Billy! Billy is an 8 month old sable (light tan with black) Shepherd cross, and he is a "Busy Bee", which means he's a fun loving, very spunky guy! Billy is very clever and is already mostly crate and house trained, but he will require a family who wants to stay active with him and keep him entertained so that he can be a well behaved boy. Billy won't be a huge dog, and we imagine he will be around 50-60 pounds fully grown. 

Here is what his foster mom has to say about him:

Billy is a very active and playful dog. He loves to be around people, especially when they give him belly rubs. He is very cuddly and loves giving kisses. It still surprises us how smart his is and how quickly he picks up new training/tricks. He is also very talkative, and if he wants something he will be sure to let you know.  He is a huge sweet heart and just wants to be loved/love someone.

Billy will be happy to give you a
good cuddle at the end of the day!
While he has come a long way since we first got him, he could still benefit from some further manners. He has a tendency to come on strong and sometimes misplaces his manners when around new people or animals. This tendency has been a slight challenge when it comes to introducing him to older dogs and new people. However, once he calms down, everyone loves him!

We always have people telling us how cute he is when we take him on walks, which is nothing short of the truth cause he really is a beautiful dog.

Consider applying for Billy today and we promise that he will keep you active and well loved for all of his days!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Meet Kate!


Black dog syndrome makes us crazy! We look at beautiful, fun, amazingly smart dogs and see them as very adoptable. Whether black dog syndrome is caused by superstition or simply because black dogs don't photograph quite as well, it's quite silly. So if you're looking for a new companion or family member, apply to meet some of our black beauties today. They are amazing dogs!

Wouldn't you love to meet our gorgeous girl Kate today, and start a fun filled life together?

On Monday, you met Goldie, our stunning black German Shepherd. Well, today we are happy to introduce you to her 6-month-old daughter Kate! This lovely girl was assessed with our Meet Your Match program and is a "Busy Bee"! This means that she is an active girl that is curious, friendly and trusting. Kate would do best in a home that likes to take lots of long walks, and maybe even take her on bike rides or learn some doggy sports. She is just a fun-loving gal who will make her furever family very happy! 

To learn more about Black Dog Syndrome and the problems shelters and rescues face in adopting out black dogs, read this article! 

Black pups face doggie discrimination

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fit with Fido


Did you know that your dog can be a great motivator when trying to stay fit? Most dogs love to stay active, so they are fantastic workout partners. 
Kate knows that it's important to stay fit
(even though black coats are slimming!)

This week's Fit with Fido activity is brought to you by our Pounds for Parvo Fitness Challenge: sponsored by Revive Fitness! 


Skijoring is, basically, cross country skiing behind a harnessed dog that pulls you along. This activity is fantastic exercise for your dog, and not bad for you either, especially while you train your dog to do so! For more information on skijoring in Winnipeg, visit

MMDR Alumnus Stella learning how fun it is to skijor!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Meet Goldie!


Goldie may have a black
coat, but she has a heart
of gold!
Meet Goldie, one of our beautiful adoptables featured for this weeks focus on black dogs. Goldie is a one-year-old black, long haired German Shepherd who has lots of love to share. She is a typical German Shepherd- smart, aware of everything around her, quiet, well mannered and above all loyal and confident. Her striking good looks are easily captured in her professional photos- she is a stunning example of her breed. She came in to care with her daughter Kate (named for the famous mother and daughter duo, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson) a few months ago. 

Her foster mom Alisha has been taking Goldie for some special training at Oakwood Stables. Each and every Friday she participates in an agility class that challenges her physically but more importantly mentally. Many times active dogs can receive the exercise they need through mental stimulation such as a puzzle or game.

Goldie's ideal home is one without cats or small animals. 
Is it with you?
The stable is the perfect environment for new foster dogs to be introduced to new people and animals, build confidence and to learn to pay attention around distractions. Goldie loves her agility classes- she soars over the A-Frame with ease and races through the tunnel without a second glance.

Goldie would like a home that
challenges her with lots of
exercise and entertainment!
Goldie’s ideal home would be somewhere that she will get a calm but firm leadership approach. German Shepherds are a highly intelligent breed- once they bond to their family they are very people oriented and aim to please. She enjoys long walks with her foster mom, and when no one is around she finds ways to amuse herself by dropping her toys on the floor and chasing them around. She is a curious dog who loves learning new tricks and exploring new places.

Don’t overlook Goldie just because of the colour of her fur! She would make a wonderful addition to any family. If you are looking for a loyal and caring companion who will be your best friend for the rest of her life, look no further than Goldie. Apply to meet her today!