|Barked: Mon Feb 18, '13 6:20pm PST |
|A while back with the rescue I run, this nice woman wanted a Berner mix. I happened to find her one in a high kill....named him Bently. Had him pulled by the HS local to him. He was eight weeks or so. They were to hold for an upcoming transport in a week's time. Fine. But in for his health cert, he came up with a positive for coccidia. He was put in iso and the transport couldn't take him. It took him a while...too long of a while....to come up with a neg, and in iso he stayed. Then one transport after another got delayed. It took two months with him stuck there. What a disaster. Unsocialized and stuck in a kennel all that time.
The puppy, by now far bigger and pressing five months, born, weaned, dumped off then locked in iso for two months, was the most normal, easygoing, imperturbable fellow you could imagine.
And what did I say to his adopters? "You really lucked out....this is a sensational puppy." And he was.
I assess a lot of litters. Some impress me and some don't. Some individuals, even accidental, Pit mix with idon'tknowwhat, are absolutely remarkable and will be perfect dogs. Some fantastically bred, perfectly started puppies I know will be nothing but a challenge.
It comes down to the individual. And when you are planning, either planning a puppy or taking on a breed, you START with worst case scenarios. If you are not ok with that scenario, then you are not ok with that puppy, or that breed.
I have raised two Giant Schnauzers. Very on my guard to raise my first meticulously, and at the end of the day it was probably a pointless effort (give or take), because Onion was pretty sensational and for a Giant, VERY easy. Tiller, from the same breeder and similar lines.....heck knows how it would have turned had I not gained my Giant chops on Onion. Tiller was *extremely* difficult to raise. I would have been incredibly overwhelmed and done incredibly stupid things. But having been there and done that, I could take what was everything Onion times ten, know these were stages, rode them out, handled him the right way, and it has been fine.
So no. We are not exaggerating. It is not that these standards apply to every dog, but that the ensure that you are up to ANY dog, you had better take them seriously.
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