Breed of the Week – Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.
This month is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.I would like to dedicate my “Best Dog Breed for Me” series this month to shelter dogs… Click To Tweet
I hope that I can provide a little insight about why adopting a shelter dog may be the “Best Dog Breed for Me”.
Many time shelter dogs come with a stigmatism to them. The stigmatism being that they are unwanted for misbehavior or some other unacceptable behavior.
I must tell you, that I have worked at a shelter as an adoption counselor. The worst part was it was a kill shelter. I have also volunteered at another shelter that was a no kill shelter. The experiences in some aspects are still the same.
You see these dogs and cats, that don’t have someone to love them, that you know when everyone has left for the day they are alone. Some are scared, some will bark out of loneliness, and yet some will just go in a corner in whimper. Not all of them, but you know how these animals are feeling as you head home.
You do what you can while you are there, to comfort, to show love and respect. These dogs need respect. That brings me back to my original point, that Click To Tweet
My Story of an Adopted Dog
Will you let me tell you a story about a dog that almost ended up at the shelter and why. I’ll try to keep it short, but no guarantees.
I’m telling you this story because this dog, actually a puppy about 5 or 6 months old almost ended up at a shelter.
The owners were going to bring her to the shelter because she peed on the carpet, chewed up the rug and many other things, and after having her since she was 8 weeks old, they could not take the damage any longer.
How do I know this story so intimately? These people where my neighbors. I told them I would take her. Yes I already had a dog so what’s one more. How exciting now I would have two dogs. My dog would have a companion.
I knew what was happening; none of this was her fault, the owners of this dog were barely old enough to take care of themselves, let alone a puppy. They were still teenagers, and one in their young twenties. It was more important for them to be out with their friends, than understand that a puppy needs training and a schedule.
I hardly saw them home, and knew this puppy did not get much attention. When puppies don’t get the care and attention they need, they can be very destructive.
I had already loved her because when they were home and let her out, I would go outside and she would run over to my yard to visit.
These were not bad people; they just didn’t understand the being a pet-parent is much like being a human parent. You need to be there, you need to take the time to train them, and they have to go out to pee often when they’re young.
So, Dukers, who’s name was quickly changed to Daisy, would not go to the shelter. She became our dog. In a way, I guess I adopted her.
There was nothing wrong with her behaviorally. She learned very quickly to potty outside. She had toys to chew on, and for the exceptional mistake, that all puppies have when they are not supervised, my fault totally. She was a sweet loving puppy, who quickly took to our other dog Freckles, and very much became my husbands dog. She loved being with him, and followed him everywhere.
Moral to the Story
Moral to this story: This puppy would have ended up in a shelter for behavioral problems. Now I’m sure the shelter people would have figured that it was not the puppy’s issues, it was the owner’s lack of experience, but never the less. What could have happened to her, thank goodness we will never know.
If she had gone to the shelter, she may or may not have been adopted. At the shelter she would have that label of something is wrong with this dog, why is it at the shelter. She was already 6 months old, so people begin to wonder.
The Litter Of Puppies
Now many of the puppies get adopted, you walk into the shelter and see this kennel full of puppies that are all littermates; well you know exactly what happened there. Someone allowed their female to get pregnant and the easiest way to rid themselves of the puppies is to drop them off at the shelter.
Adopt Your Next Dog
So, how about this month we think about those older puppies and older dogs that are in the shelters, that are scared, lonely, and just want someone to love.
They just need a caring hand, and a kind heart, and for you to help them understand the rules. Someone that will give them food, walks, training, and regular potty breaks.
There are shelters everywhere, if you are looking for a dog, adopt don’t shop. Yes, more than likely you will find a lot of mixed breed dogs. Many of them will take a dominant breed trait, possibly the one you’re looking for.
There is more love in a shelter, than you will ever find anywhere. When you give a shelter dog a home, you will have one of the happiest dogs, which will provide you unconditional love forever.
A Shelter Dog just might be “The Right Dog Breed For Me”!
As for Daisy, we had many years of love, and enjoyment with her. She has since moved on to the Rainbow Bridge. She will always remain in my heart, and forever be a part of my life.
Pass it on, this is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month – If you’re ready for a puppy or dog, or even a cat or kitten in your life – ADOPT A SHELTER… Click To Tweet
Until Next Time,
Paws & Wags
Suzanne Dean, ABCDT and Mary Dog