|Barked: Wed Aug 8, '12 9:12pm PST |
|We started looking for a rescue this spring, but we got shot down every single time because we don't have a fenced yard. We live on 30 acres of private land!
When we moved here, I was very nervous about Chloe, but we supervised her time outdoors for almost a year and made sure her recall was rock-solid. She developed a very good sense of her boundaries, and now she stays by the house -- she's never once gotten lost or run away. She is always within calling distance of the house. I'm at home all day every day, she goes out to do her "patrol" for about an hour in the morning and then keeps me company indoors during the day. In the evening we go for a couple short walks together around the property.
I would still love to have a fenced in area, there are definitely times it would come in handy, but we're renting so that's not going to happen. Imo this is a very happy and workable situation even without a fence, but the rescues treat me like some horrible irresponsible person when I apply. :/ It's very discouraging and upsetting.
I can definitely see how plenty of situations without a fenced yard would be totally undesirable for a dog, especially if the dog in question is a hound or some other breed notorious for not being reliable off-leash, but it really ought to be on a case-by-case basis. Rescues always do home visits anyway, they could easily use that opportunity to evaluate the fence/no-fence situation.
So, since the rescues won't touch us with a 10ft pole, and the local shelters only ever seem to have chihuahuas and pits (we're not chi people, and our landlord's one stipulation was that we don't get a pit), now we are looking into breeders instead.
eta: Seela on every application I filled out, I always detailed our situation and solutions, and every single time I was shot down, sometimes quite snottily. There were 3 or 4 separate rescues I tried, and none of them would have anything to do with us based on the fenced yard alone.
Edited by author Wed Aug 8, '12 9:20pm PST
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