Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I was having Mother’s Day brunch with my in-laws when cousin Joe began talking of his quest to find a new puppy in a local pet store. Being a person that has dedicated tireless amounts of energy into dog rescue, I had to ask Joe if he would consider a rescue dog. His response, “But, I don’t want a dog with issues”. Boy, do I have something to tell you…
Contrary to what many believe, you are actually no more likely to get a dog with “issues” from a rescue then you are from a pet store. In most cases, the puppies sold at pet stores come from puppy mills or large breeding organizations where the health of the puppy is indeterminable, until you have him checked by a veterinarian. Even then, there are often times underlying issues with a puppy mill puppy that do not appear until later. In rescues, dogs often times live with foster families who understand their temperaments, likes and dislikes, and are often fully evaluated by a veterinarian before they are even put up for adoption. You are able to speak with the foster families and understand how the rescue dog acts around dogs, children, cats. If there are any issues with the rescue dog, you will most likely find out before you commit to him.
And if that does not convince you, I have one more little secret. Rescues have puppies, too. - lots of them. They have purebreds, mixed breeds, males and females. So, if you are set on a puppy, why not adopt and save a life?