I know there are good reasons for getting a purebred dog from a reputable breeder, and I know from firsthand experiences that some rescue groups/shelters STINK. Yes, some of them do have crazy hoop jumping and rules that make even me- the die hard “rescue!” dog girl irritated.
That said, if you’re looking for a pet for heavens sake go down to the shelter, contact local groups, and try your hardest to give a home to a dog in need.
Our dog Jake (may he rest in peace) was a dog nobody was adopting until I fell in love with him and convinced my fiancee to let him come home. I can promise you no dog could have been better or more of a champion than him. In fact, I’ve had a really awful six months since he died. I still get teary eyed just thinking about and missing Jake and while I know nobody will ever be him, I also know that somewhere a dog needs us as much as we need a dog. My friends it is that thought that has me hopeful for a new furry friend at last.
Yes, it is important to do your homework and know what you’re getting into. You need to figure out what will and won’t work for you. Excessive shedding? bad with kids? loads of slobber? A dog like that wouldn’t be happy with us. But there are breeds that would, and the search has been narrowed. Oh- there was the day I was begging for this bulldog mix puppy, and another for this Bernese mountain dog mix… neither of which could have worked. Since I have done my homework in addition to a lifetime of having dogs I didn’t let my fantasy get past ‘oooh she’s so cute!’ and we all were saved from a bad match.
But there are dogs just right for us. In fact, I’ve been working with a breed rescue group and waiting for the right dog for us. A purebred rescue is a new thing for me- and while some of them aren’t very open to actually adopting their dogs (it sounds crazy- but I swear some groups would rather leave all dogs in foster homes!) I’ve been very blessed to find one that is FABULOUS, and in fact tomorrow we might just be meeting with a dog just right for us.
Wish us luck…