This video was adorable and had adoptees of all ages and breeds, but I would just like to put a plug in for older rescue dogs. So many people want puppies. Most shelters are packed with older dogs.
An older dog oftentimes has some training in their past already, they are over the “teenage” years or getting over them, and they are so, SO grateful. They are not in shelters because they’re bad dogs. They were put in shelters because people got them as puppies and then realized the work it takes to have a puppy. Puppies are cute and small, but then they grow and go through their “teen” years (around 9 months to 2 years), and as many know from raising human teens, it isn’t the easiest stage. If you are considering a dog, please don’t discriminate against the older ones. The adoption fee for adult and senior dogs is often much less, and even though you won’t have them for as long as you’d like, the love will last a lifetime.
This is completely true. We adopted a dog thought to be about 2 years old. She had gone from a kill shelter (where she had been taken as a stray) to the no-kill shelter where we adopted her. Before she came to our home, she had been adopted from there, then returned because she was “untrainable.” I can’t tell you how crazy I was about that dog. She wasn’t very loving at first, but by the time she passed away (has it already been two years???) she was very affectionate and I loved her so much. Dang, I get weepy when I think about her. What a good girl! If only I could rub those soft ears again and pet that smoo smoo fur and kiss those whiskers that were so much like long cactus spines (I used to tell her that all the time)
Going off that, I would also encourage people to give some attention to the ones who don’t immediately run up to greet you. Animals that are timid at first meeting can be excellent pets once they come to trust you, but they’re often overlooked for adoption because they don’t immediately ingratiate themselves to potential new owners. These moments are special and adorable, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it’s worth taking a chance on a more timid animal, even if it means you don’t get that moment right away. (If my cat is any indication, you’ll get plenty to make up for it later!)
Yes! Our dog GROWLED at me when I passed her kennel at the shelter. What on Earth possessed me to ask them to take her out so I could meet her, I to this day have no idea. The volunteer told me she tried to nip at her when she got her out to put the leash on. Still! I took her around the grounds and took a couple of pictures of her, but none of her face because she was just focused on moving. Then we went back to the building and she cuddled by my feet. After a few minutes, she walked back to the door and looked at me like, “We’re going, right?” I snapped a picture and sent it to my family. She was our dog. Hilariously, about a year later, she gave me the same look when we were approached our house door after a nighttime walk and I snapped a picture. I compared the two and oh my goodness, she had gotten chubby. It was time for a diet. She is the most loyal dog in the world. She knows she was rescued.
If/when we get a dog, I really would like to get an older dog, so we can skip over the puppy stage and hopefully adopt a dog that’s trained at least a little bit. Puppies are SO adorable of course, but also a lot of work, and far more easily adopted out, and I’d love to give an older pup another chance at a family!
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