Post # 77
Totally agree with this.
I adopted my little one Jorgi from a breeder that was going to put her down. (I was going to take one of her pups but I couldn’t let her go like that) not only did I have the issues of her not being house trained 100% but I also had the medical side… Within the first year I had to have her treated for an absys, a skin condition that will be for the rest of her life & having the majority of her teeth removed as they treated her do badly they had totally decayed.
So to me rescuing an animal is not just about the emotional but also the financial and physical toll it takes on the pup after all the surgeries. People need to make sure they can handle it if need be.
Post # 78
This is an excellent thread; it’s good people go into adoption with their eyes open.
I was really fortunate. Adopted a rabbit from a shelter and, as rabbits go, he had a pretty friendly personality. Everyone who rabbit-sat him said he was such a personable and well-socialized bunny. My friend and I went to different shelters and spent time with a few rabbits before I made the final decision on him, and the main reason I got him was because of his open personality (rabbits, being prey, can be skittish). Just thought I’d throw in a story to also let people know there are other pets at the shelter in addition to dogs and cats! I had him for 9 great years.
Post # 79
I’m so happy that you now share a bond with your rescued pup. The truth is, alot of the issues you mentionned are things that occur with all dogs –rescue or not! Having a dog is alot of work and alot of responsibility, and it takes CONSTANT attention. Dog owners have to be ready to put the proper effort into training and socializing their dogs, or else they end up in rescues, and some aren’t so lucky to be adopted.
Post # 80
I agree that many of these issues can
occur with all dogs, but it takes people to make them develop through mistreatment and neglect. Animals aren’t born with these issues, people make them that way.
However, if you get a puppy brand new around 8 wks, you are far less likely to get one that already has been mistreated to the extent that it scars them for life. It is just much more likely that rescuing a dog will mean taking on the baggage of someone else mistreating the animal. Whereas if you own an animal responsibly from a young age, these issues rarely ever materialize.