Dog Toy Safety

Dogs generally love to play and playing with toys with their family can provide excellent bonding time. Whether it’s chasing a ball around the yard or laying down for a good chew on a chew toy, playing with toys enriches your pet’s life. However, it’s extremely important to ensure that your pet is safe when it’s play time. Toys should always be appropriate for your dog’s size, chewing abilities, and activity level. Here are some tips to make sure play time is safe time:

  • golden-tennis-ball-blogTug Toys: Some dogs love nothing more than a good game of tug of war. If your dog has any neck or back problems, however, it’s important to use caution when playing with this type of toy. You also may want to take into account your dog’s temperament because overly aggressive dogs may not be good candidates for tug of war games.
  • Squeaky Toys: For some dogs, removing the squeaker from a toy is the ultimate victory. If this is the case with your pet, only allow these toys under close supervision and take away the toy as soon as it’s dissected to avoid a choking hazard.
  • Balls: Make sure the ball isn’t small enough for your dog to swallow. Also, the fuzz on a tennis ball can be overly abrasive on a the teeth if your dog is an obsessive tennis ball chewer.
  • Rawhide Chews: This type of chew may be good for keeping some dogs busy, but others tend to swallow huge chunks at a time. This makes them unsafe in some situations. If they are flat chews they can also get stuck on the roof of the mouth. Supervision is key.
  • Stuffed Toys: Be sure to give your dog only stuffed toys meant for dogs as children’s toys may pose choking hazards. Also, if your dog starts pulling the stuffing out, remove the rest of the stuffing and give the empty casing back to the dog to play with.

Don’t just grab a toy because it’s cute. Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you’re toy shopping for your beloved pet.

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Dog of the Week: Cisco

Cisco is a Chihuahua mix and he’s looking for a quiet forever home. Could that be yours?


Hello, my name is Cisco and I can be a shy dog. I’m looking for a home I can call my own with people I can trust. I am very shy around new people until I get to know them. When I am unsure, I hide under the bed or in my kennel. I am getting better at coming out of hiding when my foster mom calls my name. When my foster mom sits on the couch I like to sit on her lap and take a nap.

Cisco 2I get along with other dogs and children just fine. I like the warmer weather because we get to go on walks and I am good at walking on
a leash. Sometimes my foster mom lets me sleep in her bed at night, now that I’m better with my house training. I sometimes slip up, but I am trying. I would like to be in a home in which I don’t have to be in a kennel all day long. I am a fun-loving dog after I get to know you and I am looking for my forever home. If you think we would be a good match, please come and meet me.

Cisco is neutered and up to date on his shots.

For more information about Cisco, please contact Correy at or call her at 319-310-5448. You can complete an application HERE.

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Happy Tails: Daisy



Helen and her family adopted Daisy (formerly Zuzu) and this is their happy tails story in their own words…


“We love her lots! As I write this, she is fast asleep on the ottoman after another exciting trip to the dog park.

We have wanted a dog for a few years, but we had a small house and did not think it was fair to a dog. We have a great cat, Tinkerbell, and were concerned with her feeling the dog took over. We moved in March to a great big house with a great yard. We were ready for a dog! We had to wait until baseball and softball slowed down so we’d be home.

We chose Last Hope because we wanted an older dog that needed our help. Our cats have always been adopted or strays that found us, and it’s important to us to help animals that need homes. We also liked that Daisy had been in a foster home with cats!

Daisy had us at “hello”! She was so soft and cute. She looks like she is smiling and we love her freckles!

She has done great settling in, and every day we grow to love her more! She is great with our kids and loves all the attention she gets from them. Probably my favorite thing about her is when she asks to be petted … she walks up and nudges your hand up to her head! It’s also pretty darn cute to watch her when she’s really tired … she almost falls asleep standing up. Her eyes start to close before she realizes she should probably lay down!

We are working with her on “heel” and “leave it,” and she is already getting better.

It has been a great experience! Carol and Jennifer from Last Hope were super helpful and did an amazing job helping us make Daisy comfortable and safe her first few days. We could see what a difference it made being in a foster home, too. Daisy was extremely well-adjusted and happy which made all the difference to us. We can’t thank you guys enough for letting us adopt our sweet girl!!”

Thank you, Helen and family, for sharing your story and giving one of our dogs her forever home.

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Dog of the Week: Amber Rose

This week we introduce you to Amber Rose. Okay, she may have a nearly toothless grin, but she’s all heart and a great little dog!

Amber Rose

Hello there! My name is Amber Rose and I’m a 12 year old terrier mix. My foster mom says I’m the sweetest thing ever. I love to snuggle on the couch with people, but I’m also content to sleep in my little dog bed. I’m very good about letting her people know when I have to go outside.

Amber Rose 2My only flaw, and honestly, my foster mom thinks it’s cute, is that I don’t have a lot of teeth, so I need my dog food soaked before I eat it. I am disinterested in cats, and I like other dogs. After I get over my initial shyness, I am warm and loving. I am easy to live with, too. I’m not much of a barker and I don’t need a lot of exercise, although I’m always up for a walk.

Amber Rose is up to date on her shots and house trained. If you would like to meet Amber Rose please email Sonia at You can also fill out an adoption application HERE.

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Volunteer of the Month – August 2014


Melissa Glasser is our wonderful volunteer of the month for August 2014. She has been an invaluable asset to the Last Hope team! She began volunteering for LHAR in March. She started by taking care of Landon, who had two broken legs. Melissa has helped by taking in Pit Puppiessome of our most needy dogs. She used to have a veterinary practice so she’s perfect in the role of caring for our special needs dogs. She has fostered a Pitbull puppy (originally Prince but now Magnus in his forever home), two diabetic dogs, and currently is also fostering the ten Pitbull puppies LHAR recently picked up.

In addition to fostering, Melissa also helps out at microchip clinics and she will be helping with the puppies’ vaccinations and deworming.

Melissa is a great asset to LHAR and we hope she continues to be a member of the team!

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Dog of the Week: Ziva

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time to meet another great Last Hope dog of the week. This week we are featuring lovely Ziva. 


Hi. My name is Ziva and I’m around seven years old. I’m a little timid and cautious, especially around men, but once I trust you I’ll be your best friend. I currently live with my foster family and I have a doggy best friend I grew up with named Mr. Brooks. My foster family has another dog and cats, whom I don’t mind living with.

Ziva 2I’m pretty mellow but I can be playful when the mood strikes me. I like to eat. I like to eat A LOT. My foster family has to feed me separately from my other furry family so I don’t eat their food, too. I like car rides, especially if I get to put my head out the window. I like to have some peace and quiet for my naps. A quiet home would really suit me well. I’m not sure how I’d do with children.

Recently, I found out I have something called Diabetes. It’s not too bad but I have to have insulin twice a day. I’ve been spayed and am up to date on my shot. I really hope to find my forever home!

If you’re interested in getting to know me, contact You can fill out an adoption application HERE.

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Ellie and Savannah Rock!

Ellie Savannah and Sonia

Both Ellie and Savannah celebrated their 9th birthdays in July and instead of presents, they asked for donations to Last Hope! They raised monetary donations and lots of food, toys, and chew bones for the foster dogs and cats.  They got to present their “birthday presents” to Sonia…and even stayed to play with the animals!

We could all learn something from Ellie and Savannah about generosity and giving back. Happy belated birthday, girls. You guys ROCK!

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