The Right Dog

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

Tags: dog breeds, pet adoption, pet selection, Renee Benoit, California,

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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.

12/8/2017 4:58:16 PM

Thanks Nebraska Dave! I am SO glad that they enabled comments again. I really enjoy making and reading comments. We are part of a large community and it's important for human beings to be part of a group. Comments help us stay in touch. You are so right about vacations. Here on our farm-ette we can't take more than day-cations because the critters can't go without and we haven't found anyone we trust to take care of them if we go. It's big consideration! You be good out there in Nee-bras-ka! - Renee

12/3/2017 6:24:03 AM

Renee-Lucie, You have so many good points in your post. People pick dogs and cats from a fantasy first emotion about what they think life will be like with that poor dog that looks so sad and hopeless. Most times shelter animals have been abused and neglected. My neighbor has a dog that came from the shelter and will not let men pet him. The suspicion is that some where in the past he was abused by a man. Animals may not be self aware but they do have memories of things that happened in the past. ***** I don't have pets any more. I was never a pet person but with an animal loving wife and kids that love pets, it's a given that pets would be a part of the family. One other consideration is vacations. It's limiting when the vacation has to be planned around dog or having to find someone to care for the dog while you are gone. ***** Have a great Teddy watching day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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