|Barked: Fri May 3, '13 3:02am PST |
|I applied to a Sheltie rescue in Texas, but they rejected my attempts to adopt one of their older puppies because I didn't have another dog and he would "miss his sisters" and wouldn't take to being the only dog in a home. Now, to me, that sounds like just encouraging litter mate syndrome, but whatever.
I moved on, got rejected by other rescues for the same thing. So, I ended up going the breeder route (yes, yes, I know). I actually found him on Petfinder as an adoption, but further research shows he's coming from an AKC Breeder of Merit. As a puppy she wanted $990 for him, but because he ended up being a half inch too tall for the show circuit she had to sell him as pet quality for $150 (which is way less than the shelters wanted, I might add).
I don't know what to do. This pup has NO training, he's shy, and she says too much attention/commotion overwhelms him, BUT he's hardly HAD any attention since 3 months old (he's 1 1/2 now). And he's had almost no socialization other than his family and going to shows when he was little with his family. Which, she says, is why she's selling him for so little. I feel like I WOULD be rescuing him from her. I'm not one to judge how someone raises their dogs, I just don't get HOW he's that old and never been trained or given attention. It breaks my heart. I'd love to get him out of there and give him the love he deserves.
Now, my problem is, I don't know if that will change once he gets 24/7 attention, love, and training and he'll come out of his shell and be the best dog I ever had (he still could be even without that!) OR if I'll have a timid, easily-overwhelmed, unfriendly dog for 15 years.
Am I being selfish and I should rescue him anyway, or are my concerns valid?
Edited by author Fri May 3, '13 3:56am PST
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