|Barked: Fri Feb 17, '12 1:29pm PST |
|I am entitled to my opinion that advice you've given in the past was dangerous.
I represented you correctly as a dog trainer who was not certified. Why are you taking offense to that? I'm not a certified trainer either. That's not a bash, just fact.
Rescue dogs don't need pity. Its not a matter of who's merely willing to take them but moreso about what sort of home will best meet their needs. It's admirable you want to take on a blind dog, I wouldn't mind doing the same someday. That said it's not about what I want. Its about what would be best for that hypothetical blind pup. My kids are older than yours, phenomenal with rescue animals of many species, and I still wouldnt bring a dog compromised in both hearing and sight. Sure a pup may be tolerant but that doesn't mean a full grown dog will be. It doesn't mean when your kids have friends over they'll understand, or your family and friends, or other dogs or whoever.
You specified the dog would have been designated for your young daughter so it's not like the intent would have been to give it a peaceful and predictable life. Sure some dogs adapt, but what would have come of the dog if he couldn't have adapted to the unpredictability of a toddler? Sure management could keep everyone safe if you were really diligent but at what expense to the dog, and to your family.
Placing such high expectations on any rescue can be a stretch but on a rescue with such severe special needs?
I just can't wrap my head around the idea. That's not a bash on you, I'd say the same to all families with young children. I'll never agree that intentionally setting that scenario up would be a good idea. And yes, it would be dangerous no matter how well educated our is in regards to canines. To refuse to acknowledge the potential for disaster is very concerning to me.
Edited by author Fri Feb 17, '12 1:34pm PST
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