- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
I’m just on a roll this morning asking you ladies for advice!
I have been wanting to get a dog for a couple of years now, while my hubby lost his little family dog a little over 2 years ago and could go either way. I seriously looked into getting a dog last summer and was checking the Humane Society’s website regularly. Long story short, I ended up at an annual adoption event hosted by the Humance Society and there were not many dogs left (which is awesome because they’ve been adopted!) and I ended up getting a kitten instead. I’ve been feeling a lot of guilt over getting a kitten instead of an older cat but that’s another story.
I kept looking for dogs but wanted to give our kitten some time to adjust before bringing in another pet to join our family, and now that I’m looking into it again, I want to ask the questions I was too scared to ask my fellow Bees last year. Every time we have gone to the shelters and asked about the dogs who are available, we were always told that there is some kind of behavioural issue which is how they ended up in there in the first place. The most common ones I heard was that either the dog has terrible anxiety when left alone and is protective of their food and gets aggressive because of that, or the dog is a biter for no apparent reason (I feel that there is always a reason as to why they’re a biter AKA how they were raised, but anyway…). The ones that don’t have issues for the most part are much older.
I will be honest with you and myself and say that I’m a little bit terrified. I’m terrified that I won’t be able to bring the dog around to where they’re not aggressive anymore and I’m terrified that if I get an older dog, they will get a terrible illness (I know that’s a possibility at any age with any dog but I feel it’s more likely to happen with older ones). I’m the kind of person that is willing to take the challenge on because I know how much these dogs need it, but I’m scared I will fail. I’m the type that will do anything in my power to better the dog’s life because once I adopt him/her, I will NOT be okay with just giving them back to the shelter as they will be a part of our family and I don’t take that responsibility lightly. I will be the main person taking care of the dog and training him/her because my husband works long hours, whereas I have flexibility and the amount of work I do now is only based on the fact that I want to do that much so I wouldn’t have to if I didn’t want to.
Please share your adoption stories. If you had a dog with behavioural issues, how did you deal with that? Were you successful? If you adopted an older dog, how was your experience with them? I would really like to hear the good stories as well as the bad ones because I want to really prepare myself for this. I don’t feel that buying a puppy is an option when there are that many dogs in shelters. I can’t visit a shelter without bawling my eyes out so please don’t suggest that I would be better off buying a puppy rather than adopting. 🙂
I’m looking at websites of different shelters in my area as well as Kijiji, if that matters. I only look at Kijiji for the ads where people are looking to give their dogs away/sell them because they can’t keep them for whatever reason because I’m afraid where those dogs will end up if someone doesn’t take them.
Thanks so much!