The Right Dog

| 12/1/2017 8:49:00 AM

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samby thecreek
Sam relaxes in the sun by the creek.

I volunteer at a local animal shelter. We have dogs and cats, pigs and chickens, horses and sheep. I think we even had an emu once! Every day people come in to look for their next pet, which is a wonderful thing. Unless you have a specific need for a special kind of working dog or show dog, there really is no need to get a purebred dog. There are very nice dogs literally crying out for good homes at every shelter across the nation in every county.

So you've decided to go to the shelter and adopt a dog. How do you know which dog to adopt? The quick answer is "it depends."

It depends on your lifestyle, your home environment, and your personality. For example, if you live in an apartment you have to know that not all apartments will let dogs in. If you are a person who moves a lot, you must take into consideration that while your current place might allow a dog, it's not 100 percent that your next apartment will allow a dog. My daughter wanted a dog so badly for years but I told her that she shouldn't because #1 they are an expense and she didn't have much money, and #2 she moved around a lot.

At the shelter yesterday we had a really nice young dog surrendered to the shelter because the family had to leave their home to move to another town and an apartment because the dad got another job there. Having to surrender the dog broke everybody's heart. It might be better to just say no until you have a solid situation and know that you can always accommodate your pet.