May 2nd 2011 5:52 am
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Our first Miniture Schnauzer, Tweeker, passed away after 6 wonderful years with him. He was adopted so I knew when were ready for another dog, we would adopt again. For us there was no better way to honor Tweeker's memory then to save another life, just as we did his.
It took us almost a year to find a miniture schnazuer to adopt (including a grieving period). I searched local shelters regularly, and rescues within my own state and surronding states as well. Our problem was we had a 2 year old daughter and most breed specific rescues would not adopt to a family with small children. Those that would consider adopting to a family with children turned us down because we didn't have a fenced in yard. Now it was frustrating at times because we had breed experance, wonderful vet and groomer refrences as well, plus we own our home. But above all else, we are responsible parents and pet owners. I knew all this, but I had to be understanding that the rescues had these rules in place for a reason and were only looking out for thier dogs.
Petfinder.com again came to the rescue. I found an out of state rescue that had a very handsome schnauzer which they pulled from a kill shelter, I contacted them, gave them our story and our refrences and they said they would adopt to us. I was so excited.
I would not recommend adopting a dog you have never met before, especially if you have kids, but for us, and our breed experance, I was willing to work with any issues he may have had. Plus I kept in close contact with his foster mom and she assured me he was a very easy going dog.
My husband drove the 2 hours to get him and brought him home. He made himself right at home to. When I came home from work(I had yet to meet him), he ran to the door and greeted me as if he'd known me his whole life and missed me so.
Max was 11 months old when he became a part of our family. He is such a wonderful dog, great with the kids, and we have only had minor issues to work on, normal puppy things he just needed to be taught.
I can't express in words how important adoption is, but Max, he is a wonderful example of what great dogs are out there just waiting to be loved.
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