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In  the area of pet rescue, we throw out a bunch of terms and words that we assume everyone knows the meaning of.   So lets see how many terms we can identify and give them a meaning.  We are always adding to this list so feel free to add your comments regarding any we missed.... We want to thank our many friends on social media with helping us with the definitions.


1. What is a Rescue dog? 
A.  A DISNEY MOVIE Pluto, is a rescue dog in the frozen north.
B.  When you buy a  dog for life.
C.  A dog that has been saved from an abusive or neglectful home.
D.  Any dog or cat can be considered a “rescue” these days. One man who bought “rescued” his purebred dog from a pet shop. He sincerely believes his dog is a “rescue.”

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A rescue dog is  a dog that is rescued from a possible euthanasia after being found as a stray, a dog that has been saved from an abusive or neglectful home by an animal rescue organization, or a dog that is simply no longer wanted or can no longer be cared for by its owner.

2. WHAT does UTD mean?   
A. University of Texas at Dallas
B. Unique Tactical Dream-team
C. Up To Date
D. Uniform Theory of Diffraction


Ardyth Berens suggests  "Up to date on shots or Unruly Terrier Dog".

Madeleine Albert Sparks suggests  "Up to date. ..on shots".

Dee McDonald Almond suggests  "Up to date".

Boo Todkill suggests  "From a furbuddy perspective it means....... UNTIE THAT DOG!"

3. What is a Purebred rescue?
A.  Purebred bred for many generations from member of a recognized breed or strain.
B.   Purebred rescue is a person (or group of people) who specializes in rescuing one breed of dog.
C.   Volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to saving their breed from shelters or helping dogs when their family can no longer keep them.


Purebred rescue is a person (or group of people) who specializes in rescuing one breed of dog.



4. Do you know what "foster failure" means?
A.  A heartless  person who did not keep a foster, but gave up a dog to a forever home.
B.  A foster home refuses to care for an owned dog, with the goal of returning the dog to its owner.
C. Not keeping dogs in foster care long enough to properly evaluate them.
D. A dog that is re-homed and then back to foster, or a foster that was supposed to be adopted but ended up staying.


Tara Murphree  "Foster failure took me a long time to figure out but now it's one of my favorite expressions!  Means someone fostered a dog, but ended up adopting, a dog that is re-homed and then back to foster or a foster that was supposed to be adopted but ended up staying."


5.  What does PTS mean in relations to rescue?
 A. Paid To Surf
 B. Pull Twist And Snip
 C. Put To Sleep, i.e. destroyed/euthanized.
 D. Positive Threshold Shift

 E. Post traumatic stress.


Sue Robbins  "Post traumatic stress?"

Claudia Lange  "PTS is put to sleep."


6.  What is a Bench dog?
A.  A peg partially inserted into a hole at an edge or end of a workbench.
B.  A dog on exhibit at a dog show before and after competition in the show ring.

C.  All of the above. 


A bench dog is a dog on exhibit at a dog show before and after competition in the show ring. (Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary) Also known is an accessory used on a woodworking workbench to allow clamping of wooden items whilst being worked.
7.  What does "UTI" mean?
A.  Under The Influence
B.  Urinary Tract Infection
C.  Unit Trust of India
D.  Universal Tech Institute


Sue Robbins  "Urinary tract infection?"



8. A Blue Boston is  a what? 

Blue Boston sounds like a song or a book title.


Ardyth B.  "I still have not figured out what a blue Boston is."

Peggy Wiggins  "blue Boston is a gray one."

Cheryl Chase-Mroczynski  "Blue Boston is gray what?"



9. What are referring to when we use "HW+"  or  "HW-"?

Sue Robbins  "Heartworm positive or negative."

Kelli Walters  "HW- & HW+ = Heartworm negative & Heartworm positive."


Here are more little items you will come across. Do you know what these are?boythinkingcap1


10. The meaning of "per os."

 Peggy Wiggins  "per os is, by mouth"

11.  The meaning of "QID."

Cheryl Chase-Mroczynski  "Qid is, 4 times a day, os is left eye."

12. The meaning of "URI."

Thomas Mitchell  "URI is, upper respiratory infection."  

13. What is a "working dog?"

A working dog is a canine working animal, i.e., a type of dog that is not merely a pet, but learns and performs tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions, or a breed of such origin.

14.  The meaning of "RV."

Kelli Walters  "RV = Rabies."


Other terms you should be aware of and familiar with, suggested by our readers and friends:


Claudia Lange  "In people terms (I am a pharmacist), PO is by mouth, NPO is NOTHING by mouth, and OS is left eye and OD is right eye."

 Kelli Walters  " SID= Once a day, BID= Twice a day, Bilateral= Both, Chronic= Ongoing, Acute= Sudden."

Kim Vaughn Evans  "TPR is temperature, pulse, rate. CTA is another term I was not familiar with at first. It stands for Commitment to Adopt."

 Martha Wurtele  "OU is both eyes."

Kelli Walters  "TNR = Trap, Neuter, Release."


Do you know what "the hair of the dog" means or references?

"Hair of the dog" is a colloquial expression in the English language predominantly used to refer to alcohol that is consumed with the aim of lessening the effects of a hangover. The expression originally referred to a method of treatment of a rabid dog bite by placing hair  from the dog in the bite wound.

What is a 501(3c) rescue?

Debbie Foltz-Jerauld  "501(3C) is a tax exempt status."

Stacey McLaughlin Faulkner  "..tax exempt group, that includes at least 3 members and is non profit."

How can you tell which is the "right" or "left" side of a dog?

Stacey McLaughlin Faulkner  "Face dog away from you to tell right from left."
What is meant when a dog "Mouths" you or is "mouthy"?

Stacey McLaughlin Faulkner  "They place their mouth on you as a show of affection."

So what is Heartworms?

Stacey McLaughlin Faulkner  "H/W's are viscous little parasites, carried by mosquitoes, that is completely preventable, and absolutely deadly."

Stacey McLaughlin Faulkner  "One I think we all need to know is DNA, it's not their genetics! It's Do Not Adopt."



That brings up another term, "Pet flippers."

Barney Naioti  "I've never heard of flipping, we live in Conway, SC and have 4 beautiful Bostons."
Stacey M. F.  "Pet flippers are people who take free pets, lost pets, or steal pets, then sell them for a profit. I have one here in East Texas that I am following. Since JULY of this year, she has taken 73 "free" animals from sales sites on Facebook, and sold them on other sites the same day."


This is delightful, thank you all for sharing and helping us to understand some of the terms and abbreviations we see all the time.  PLEASE feel free to add to this list in the comments. Thank you.