Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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I love this thread and the two articles, if you have been on the forum for awhile you most probably know I am the one that always will say that I do not condone breeding to make cute puppies or supply puppies so there are many choices for people who what the popular dog now. Most of the public do not even know what happens to most dogs going into a shelter or pound (not talking rescue), they watch tv and think that they go to a rescue or get adopted, this is not true...must are destroyed. I now live in North Carolina we still gas our unwanted pets....our city and county council's call them "surplus animals" as if they are livestock quick solutions and out of the public eye that is the order of the day.
The fact is many people are just not able to deal with a shelter pet, many of these pets have problems, yes it maybe true that the first owner just got tired of the needy dog after the cute puppy stage,but often these dog also had no basic training. A dog who has no basic training and has developed bad habits are often just too much for a first time dog owner esp. if they have small children, busy households, and work!
Myself I have two rescues and two dogs from good breedersl, I grew up with dogs working boarder collies, sheperds, and Wolfhounds, my grandfather trained dogs for the blind. I have owned two puppy mill dogs and yes it did make me feel good to train them and watch them become awesome happy dogs. I now have Yogi he has been a challenge since day one...he was in our pound for three weeks and then in our rescue shelter for one week...he was six months old and reactive, many would have given up or returned him.
A purebred dog from a good breeder is a good bet (there will always be some failures) and so our many breed rescues, never be ashamed to make a educated choice, this pet will be a member of your family for hopefully many long years.
One of my dreams and I do no its kinda of out there, but we need dreams: Is that people adopting a pet from a shelter dog/pound be given a training voucher for 6 weeks of mandatory basic training, I really think it would make a difference in retention. Of course I have all the other stuff affordable doggy birth control clinics, out reach for same and rabies,etc for at risk population and anti cruelity laws to keep me busy.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.