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Spring Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

Yes, it’s that time of year. But cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore if you follow our quick and easy tips. You and your pup will both be happier and healthier if you do!

Air Filter
Trap airborne dust and dander with a filter to reduce lingering pet odors in your home. Look for filters made especially for pet owners; they come with built-in ionizers that minimize allergens and help deliver a boost of air freshening.

Beds and Bedding
Your dog’s bedding tends to attract a buildup of dirt and grime. Follow these four steps to ensure a clean, comfortable sleep for Fido.

  • Choose a bed with a removable fabric cover.
  • Vacuum the bed regularly to remove hair, dirt, and other debris. Follow up with a lint roller to pull away any hair the vacuum may have left behind.
  • Wash the cover and the bed base (if it’s machine washable) in cold water. Use a mild laundry detergent—no dyes or fragrance. Add a cup of baking soda to help neutralize odor.
  • Dry (in the clothes dryer) for about 20 minutes. Use at least one pet-safe dryer sheet (; this will reduce static electricity and remove more pet hair. To avoid shrinkage, finish by line drying.
  • Collar Cleaning
    A stinky collar can ruin the pleasures of a freshly groomed dog. But how do you clean a dog collar without damaging the webbing material or hardware? Put a couple of squirts of dog shampoo (which will help prevent skin irritation) in a bowl and fill the bowl with hot water. Let your dog’s collar soak for about 15 minutes. Rub the collar against itself to extract any ground-in dirt. If necessary, apply extra shampoo directly to the collar. Avoid using a brush, which could damage the material. Rinse the collar under running water and hang to dry. If you need to speed up the drying, use a towel to remove excess water before hanging.

    We're here to help!  Please fill out our Dog House Request Form & we'll get shelter, straw & anything else you may need for your pet, don't hesitate to ask!
    Dog Hair

    To remove pet hair from furniture, drapes, or other fabric-covered items, use rubber gloves. Slightly dampen a glove on your hand and sweep the fabric with it. Hair will ball up and be easy to pick up. Wash and dry gloves between uses.

    Lavender Oil
    Not only is lavender essential oil soothing to the central nervous system, but when applied regularly between your dog’s shoulder blades, it can keep fleas and ticks at bay. Try a lavender room mist in your car to keep your dog calm and your automobile smelling fresh after a day at the beach or park with your pooch.

    Muddy Paws
    The rain in spring means muddy paws, but a little prevention can keep your dog from tracking dirt inside the house. First, trim the hair around your pup’s paws regularly — mud won’t clump to his feet when the hair is kept short. On days that you can’t avoid a little mud, keep a bucket of warm water and a towel near the door. Before you come inside, remove dirt by dipping each paw in the water and gently wiping it with the towel.

    Quick Bath
    Over-bathing your dog can cause dry skin, which results in itching and flaking.  Avoid these issues—but keep your pup smelling fresh—by giving him a quick dry bath. Brush out his coat first to loosen dead hair, dirt, and debris. Wipe him down with a towel spritzed with a solution of half apple cider vinegar and half water. Follow up by sprinkling baking soda on him and rubbing it in, which will neutralize the smell of the vinegar. Let it sit for a minute or two, then brush it off. Tip: Give your dog his dry bath outdoors, or another place where a little mess won’t matter!

    Wash dog toys to keep them germ-free and in good shape for years of enjoyment. For soft toys, pop them in the washing machine, ideally in a garment bag. (Be sure to use dog-safe detergent.) Line dry or put them in the dryer inside a pillowcase. Hard toys can be cleaned in the sink with a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar and a brush or sponge. An easy alternative: Put your pal’s toys in the dishwasher with her bowls.

    Dog House
    Request Form

    If you need shelter for your dog, please fill out and submit form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

    First Name:
    Last Name:
    Address Street 1:
    Address Street 2:
    Zip Code: (5 digits)
    Daytime Phone:
    Evening Phone:
    What Breed of Dog do you have?:
    What size and weight is your dog?:
    Does he/she have shelter now?:


    Maintaining your yard can help cut down on messes inside the home.

  • If your yard is mostly dirt, consider putting sod down in one area. By providing a grassy area for your dog to play, you can minimize the amount of dirt and mud she’ll track indoors.
  • Keep your dog’s boredom at bay by providing toys exclusively for outdoor play. If she has something to play with, she will be less likely to paw at dirt, so her paws will stay cleaner. And keep her outdoor toys outside.
  • Some dogs are sensitive to citrus smells. Scatter the peels of a few oranges in places where you don’t want your dog to dig—like flower beds or vegetable gardens.

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  • It’s important to keep certain garden items cleaned up and away from your pets:

  • Bait traps for rodents, snails, and slugs
  • Insecticides
  • Blood meal
  • Fertilizers
  • Some common plants that are toxic for dogs (you can find a complete list at the ASPCA website):

  •  azaleas
  • daffodils
  • hyacinths
  • tulips
  • lilies
  • oleander
  • sago palm
  • foxglove
  • mushrooms

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    All of our cats are Spayed/Neutered, Microchipped, FIV/Leuk/Htwm tested, & current on shots

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    Check out our Adoptable Pets!


    Adopt a Puppy

    If you'd like to adopt a friend from Dog Gone Rescue, please contact us to arrange a time to meet the animal you are interested in and fill out our application. 
    Our adoption Fee is:
    Dogs: $75
    Cat: $50
    We look forward to meeting you!

    All of our adoptable animals are heartworm tested, up-to-date on all vaccinations, including FIV & FeLk for cats.  State law also requires any animal adopted from Dog Gone Rescue be spayed or neutered within 90 days of adoption; however we strive to help control the pet population by trying to neuter and spay all of our animals before putting them up for adoption.  All our animals are also microchipped to help protect them should they get lost.

    We've just recently started microchipping all of our pets as well to prevent them from ending up back in the shelters/pounds. 

    We are a registered non-profit and rely solely on private donations.  The Adoption Fee will help us pay for many things: Vet expenses, food, kennels, dog houses, pet beds, leashes/collars, etc., basically items to keep them happy, healthy and comfortable until adopted.   

    To apply to adopt an animal from Dog Gone Rescue, please print out our application, complete & email, fax or mail back, thanks!



    I'd like to thank everyone that has been putting money in our donation jars, mailing in personal donations, as well as donating food & wonderful pet items, such as toys, collar, leashes, pet beds, treats, even costumes!

    It's absolutely wonderful to know I have such heartwarming and generous support to keep helping these really does make a difference, thank you so much!!!

    If you'd like to help and would like to make a donation, please click the Donate button, or you can drop off or mail your donation to:

    Dog Gone Rescue
    c/o Janel McLain
    205 S. Sumner Ave.
    Creston, IA 50801

    Items we need are: cash donations to help pay for vet expenses; donations of food, kennels, pet bedding, bowls, cat litter, cat boxes, toys, leashes, collars are always needed and appreciated. Anything we can use to meet the needs of the animals in our care, no matter how small, every lit bit helps!
    THANK YOU!! :)

    We also build dog houses for animals in need of shelter!
    They are hand built out of wood, shingled, painted & straw provided if needed in the winter months.

    These Dog Houses are FREE,
    however any donation is welcome to help compensate for the expense of some of the supplies.

    Don't hesitate to contact us if you are someone you know has a dog in need!
    Donators: Akin Building Center, Mike Wolfe, Tony Allen,
    Cindy Allen & Sterling Johns.

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