About Rebekah

Hi! My name is Rebekah Olsen and I’m a freelance writer and dog enthusiast.

I volunteered to write this blog as a way to help raise awareness for rescuing pets through Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue, but even in the first few weeks of our launch, other rescues have found solace and advice in the words on this site, and so we welcome all rescues, volunteers and pet lovers to follow along and contribute.

If you’d like to read more about how I was inspired to create this blog, click here.

In this blog you’ll find four main topics: Foster, Adopt, Training, and Happy Tails. My goal is to make the transition for those adopting or fostering rescues an easy one. This site is also for those who are involved in pet rescue efforts. We all need a place where we can vent, cry, laugh and feel connected with others who share the same passion and love for dogs that we do.

I am not an expert on dog training or care, but I do extensive research as a contributing writer for Nashville Paw magazine in Nashville, Tenn. and other publications around the Mid-South. My suggestions on training, are simply that, suggestions, and they are usually a positive reinforcement method that has worked for me. I hope you will be able to find guidance or even just a little bit of happiness in these words. If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to e-mail me at rsolsen29@gmail.com.


With smiles,

Rebekah Olsen



About this Blog

Welcome to Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue Blog!

I would greet you in the normal fashion that our furry friends do, but since a computer is separating us, I’ll have to settle with a simple hello.

Dogs 2nd Chance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group that was founded in 2007 with the purpose of finding permanent, loving homes for medium and large mixed breed dogs; however, our group of volunteers are so loving that they can’t resist a dog in need, so now we accept dogs of any size!

Each rescued castaway becomes a part of our home so we can (re)introduce them to what a loving and caring household is like. They become a temporary member of our family, and the socialization and training they receive prepare them for their forever home.

Most of our dogs were abandoned, dumped, or found running stray. Each one has a different beginning, but that’s what makes them both unique and lovable.

The purpose of this blog is to provide tips on fostering, adopting, and training so that your experience with Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue group is a seamless one. We want to provide a lifetime support for all of our pups’ forever families.

We also love to share inspiring and successful adoption stories! In our Happy Tails, you can read about the adventures of our castaways and see for yourself how rewarding rescuing a dog can be.

Finally, we hope to raise awareness and support for our cause. We depend on our adoption fees and donations to provide for the castaways during their transition.

Volunteers are what holds us together, but funding keeps us moving forward.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if there is something you’d like to see here on our blog that I haven’t provided. Feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.

Donate to The Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue Fund

Donate once or monthly. Even a small donation helps.

With smiles,

Rebekah Olsen

Ashton is Dog of the Month

AshtonAshtonTerrier / Mixed (short coat)Medium Young MaleAvailable for AdoptionPet ID # D170003Munford, TN 1109 miles awayOrganization Contact Info:Dogs 2nd ChanceMunford, TN 38058dogs2ndchance@gmail.comhttp://dogs2ndchance.orgTo adopt click theNo Obligation Adoption Form

such a sweet, sweet boy  Ashton is a sweet boy who was found with his possible sister at a known dumping site in Memphis. The rescue has helped transform many starved and emaciated dogs, but Ashton was a special  baby. His transformation has been amazing to experience. We believe he was tied out with a cable causing a deep cut all the way around his neck. He couldn’t bark or hold food down. For months he was fed a special liquid diet, standing up and was on several medications. Now, Ashton is eating regular dry dog food, his bark has returned and he only takes an occasional antacid.
One of the best parts of Ashton’s personality is he’s very affectionate and well behaved in public. He loves to play with humans and other dogs. Ashton could easily be your toddler’s babysitter, although never recommend leaving any dog alone with young ones.
Even though Ashton had a very rough start in life, he has never met a stranger. He is full of love and wants to share that love with everyone he meets. If you want a devoted, fun, loving medium size companion , Ashton is your guy! Ashton would like a canine brother or sister to complete his new family.


Thank you for considering adopting a new family member. Most of our adoptable dogs live inside foster homes.  Fostering teaches house manners, helps to potty/crate train and accustoms the dogs become familiar with the sights, sounds of living in a home environment.
* Memphis area adoption fee is $200 .
** Out of State adoption fee is $425 and includes a $150.00 the non refundable transportation fee paid to an approved animal transportation company.
Several states require the dog to be quarantined 48 hours before pickup. The adopter pays the quarantine fee at time of pick up. Unless otherwise indicated
Your Adoption Fee Includes
All Necessary VaccinationsSpay or NeuterMicrochipAdopter’s first Month’s HeartwormAdopter’s first Month’s Flea and Tick PreventionFive Days of Food for Transition from Foster to Your HomeKnown Medical Issues are addressed before Adoption; Any Other Issues are Always Disclosed** Health Certificate that states  Dog Does Not Have a Contagious Disease or Internal Parasites T o adopt click theNo Obligation Adoption Form



More about AshtonUp-to-date with vaccinationsGood with catsGood with dogsGood with kidsGood with adults: AllReaction to new people: FriendlyHouse trainedColor: White with Tan, Yellow or FawnMarks: scar arounf his neckActivity level: Not ActiveModerate energy levelExercise needed: ModerateHas Basic TrainingGrooming: Not RequiredPets you recently viewedReturn to Search PageCheck out our area map here. Adopt a dog in Tennessee, the Mid South, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Loralee is May’s Dog of the Month

adopt loralee plott hound


Plott Hound / Whippet / Mixed (short coat)
Medium Young Female
Loralee is a special name for a very special girl – ME!  I’m a striking strawberry blonde, and with my unusual coloring, elegant figure and alert expression, I get noticed wherever I go!  I’m a healthy young lady weighing about 35#s and shouldn’t grow much more

I was dumped at a convenience store at Hwy 51 & Simmons Road.  But I’m not about to let that get me down!  I’m happy and

outgoing and though I tend to get nervous when cars drive by (the result of being dumped on a busy road?) just let me INTO a car and I’ll happily ride, ride, ride into the sunset or any vista you desire!  Because I’m just a youngster, I need guidance on walking etiquette, but I LOVE walks and will sit very nicely when you hook on my leash!

My energy level is high, so I need active companionship – adventurous adults, older kids, and active doggie companions are my cup of tea!  I can get along with cats, too – sort of – we won’t be best buds, but I can live and let live.

If you appreciate an exotic beauty who wants to live the active life, I’m the perfect companion for you!

Thank you for considering adopting a new family member. Most of our adoptable dogs live inside foster homes.  Fostering teaches house manners, helps to potty/crate train and accustoms the dogs become familiar with the sights, sounds of living in a home environment. 

Available for Adoption
Pet ID # D160016
Munford, TN
Organization Contact Info:
Dogs 2nd Chance
Munford, TN 38058

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How should I play with my dog?

How to Play with my Dog

Purposeful Playtime For Your Dog

Play is a natural and fun way to interact with your dog. Constructive playtime can be an important part of how your dog learns to relate with other dogs and people.

Enriching Your Dog’s Life

A session of purposeful play can introduce your dog to novelty and enrichment, like new smells, a variety of new textures, or new toys that can offer him unique and beneficial challenges when they’re not presented in an overwhelming manner.

Positive Stimulation

In addition, providing safe access to the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors may stimulate a dog in a positive way.

Avoiding Overstimulation

Usually play is beneficial although play that’s too aggressive or that lasts for too long can lead to overstimulation. A good tip is to end a play session while your dog is still having a great time. This leaves him excited for his next session, rather than exhausted.

Finding fun and constructive ways to play with your dog is one of the best parts of being a dog owner.

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