Breed of the Week – Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me

Breed of the Week – Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.

This month is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.

Breed of the Week - Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.

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”.

The Stigmatism

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.

The Loneliness

Breed of the Week - Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.

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

Breed of the Week - Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.

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.

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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.

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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

Breed of the Week - Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.

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.

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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.

Breed of the Week - Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me.

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

ABC Certified Dog Trainer

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11 thoughts on “Breed of the Week – Shelter Dog – Best Dog Breed for Me”

  1. There are so many reasons why animals end up in the shelter. My dog Theo was 4 or 5 when we adopted him and I don’t know if I’ll ever get another puppy. He’s cuddly, lovable and was already house trained. I’ll be honest, he has a few quirks I could do without, but so do my other dogs that we have had since they were puppies. I think it is a reflection of my training as well as their individual personalities I’m not sure why Theo’s first person gave him up, but I know she loved him. I think her circumstances changed and she couldn’t have a dog in her life anymore.
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    1. Hi Beth,

      There are so many reasons people give up their pets; some heart breaking, some senseless. It’s so good to know that people like you are out there looking at the older dogs and adopting them. They are at such a high risk of spending the remainder of their days in the shelter. Thanks for your kind heart. Even we humans have some quirks that others who know us could do without too BOL, I know I do.

      Thanks for visiting
      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary

    1. Hi Paula,

      Those fur-ever homes are few and far between, but I truly believe that sites like yours and many of the Blog Paws community working together we can make more of those happy events happen.

      Thanks for stop by,
      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary.

  2. Wonderful post & do true. I volunteer at both a county shelter that isn’t no kill and another shelter that is no kill. The animals in both shelters desperately need & deserve homes. There are so many fabulous pets in shelters, like you say they often just need an owner willing to provide a little training & guidance. I’m so glad you gave Daisy a beautiful life, saving her from ending up in a shelter!
    Love & biscuits,
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    1. Hi Cathy,

      I know that you are a big volunteer and huge advocate for animals. It’s hard being a volunteer, you just want to take them all home, knowing that you can’t you do everything you can to find them good caring homes. Daisy was a wonderful part of our lives, she was part beagle and I really enjoyed that part of her. She would have her nose to the ground all the time. I swear she could sniff out anything BOL.

      Thanks for visiting
      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne and Mary

  3. One of my dog was at Washington Co. shelter for a bite history – I cannot imagine my life with him. He’s totally rehabbed and while I have to watch him in circumstances like children — he’s a great member of our pack!

    1. Hi Christine,

      It so refreshing to know there are people like you that are willing to take on the task and rehabilitate such a dog. These dogs can be rehabilitated with the right person, who cares and understands what needs to be done. I am thankful for people like you and wish there were so many more.

      Thanks for visiting,
      Paws & Wags
      Suzanne & Mary

    1. Hi Dogvills,

      Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by to visit. Many pet owners are inexperienced and I know your website is also very helpful in helping soon to be pet parents information so they understand just what pet-parenthood really is all about.

      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary

  4. I can tell you from experience that rescue dogs can be(and usually are) the most amazing breed! When I hear the stories of some of our fosters I can’t help but think about how angry at the world they should be, then I meet them. They turn out to be the most loving, attentive, affectionate dogs.

    It reminds me of the old adage “You don’t know what you have until its gone”. These dogs have learned the hard way what life is like without someone to love you. Once they find out what it feels like to have that love it’s like they never, ever, EVER want to let it go.

    Thanks for this post, will be sharing and reading in the future crew

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