|Natasha - 美花- ~Beautiful- Flower~|
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|Barked: Fri Feb 8, '13 2:00am PST |
|I'm not an expert and can't lend any advice, but I can relate, as an "average dog owner". I have rescued dogs and puppies off the side of the street and brought them into my home because I didn't want to take them to our local shelter. I have had many different experiences. All but two of the dogs I have rescued(from the streets or shelters) in the past have never really "clicked" with me. I'll give a few examples.
Echo - She's a 20lb Italian Greyhound/Pekingese/Cocker Spaniel/German Shepherd/Mystery Mutt mix that I rescued when she was a puppy. At first, she was great, and even though I don't really like brindle coloring, I liked *her*. But, after about only a week or so, I realized I should probably re-home her, she just didn't jive with me, mostly small, inconsequential things, but they all added up. However, my oldest sister loved her and wanted to keep her. We lived in the same house and I continued to care for her, walk her, vet her, etc.., but she wasn't *mine* anymore. Even now, I know 100% sure that if my oldest sister hadn't claimed her, I would have re-homed her and it would have been the right decision for both of us. Echo was and is scared of me at times, my mannerisms, voice, etc...are just too much for her. But she loves my sister. I'm glad they have each other.
Twister - Not really sure what he is, I'm guessing Border Collie/Mystery Mix. I rescued him as a puppy when he was more than likely dumped at my dad's place in the country. He was wonderful and great, but ended up with SA whenever he was left alone. He destroyed a Queen size mattress, two window blinds, shredded carpet, and more that I can't think of right now. Apparently from what I read up on about SA, his was a mild case, it didn't take too horribly long to train him out of it. Our dog, Budro, probably helped a great deal. I know *I* don't really want to deal with SA again and from now on if I find out a dog I have from a shelter has SA, depending on the level, I would probably return the dog. I know my limits, what I can handle and what I can't. As Twister got older, I realized more and more that we didn't jive either. Twister loved me and I was able to work with him, but he really "clicked" with my youngest sister. He absolutely adores her and she can work with him and get him to do things that I never could. So I'm glad she laid claim to him, they are great together.
I have other examples, but this post is already getting too long and I'm not sure how helpful I'm being. I guess what I'm trying to say, is be honest with yourself, about your limits, about what you desire in a dog, about what you can and are *willing* to handle, etc...
It's funny, but Natasha is the only dog I've rescued that I didn't really want at first, I had never wanted a Collie. I agreed to bring her home only because I felt sorry for her, but after a few days, I *knew* that she was *mine*. I don't know if it's her or the breed, but I love her temperament(aside from a few understandable issues), looks, play style, sense of humor, etc... With her, I know she has issues, but I know I'm capable and willing to work through them, so they don't bother me. The issues with the other dogs did bother me, even though some of them are the same as Natasha's(scared of men, overly submissive), the only difference is I "clicked" with Natasha and I don't view working on her issues as a burden or chore.
I hope you're able to make the right decision for both you and your dog.
Edited by author Fri Feb 8, '13 2:03am PST
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