|Barked: Fri Aug 16, '13 6:38am PST |
It's been awhile since I've come to hang out, but something feels "at-home" about Dogster, so back I come every now and again to pop in and join random conversations.
This one strikes a particular chord with me.
I have three rescues. Gunner is perfect in all except that he will NEVER be able to run off-lead. We found him running by a lake at around 1 year old. But he is brilliant, loving, biddable, and has only a tiny bit of DA limited to dogs inside his home that he is unfamiliar with.
Our second was Paisley, but I'll get to her in a second.
Pixie was dumped as a tiny pup on our doorstep. Having found her previous owners by accident,
("Why do you have Tinker Belle?" Said a neighbor's 4-year old...) we discovered that she had been kept in a kennel in her own urine and feces. Needless to say, it has taken many years to house-train her, consistency, tethering, and we STILL have to physically walk out with her and watch her go before bed.
Now lets talk about paisley. I adopted Paisley from a Doberman rescue with the idea that I would adopt "the dog I wanted". When I spoke with the foster, I explained what I wanted, "I want a highly trainable dog, so I can play in agility, but I also want a dog with a temperament suited to therapy work. I need a dog that I can really get hands-on with that will be great with our cat. It would be best to have a puppy."
What I was told about Paisley was that she "might be a mix, but will be perfect for everything you just mentioned."
What I was given in Paisley, was a puppy with severe SA, an inability to go to formal training (the stress caused her to have worse anxiety), a dog with a crazy prey drive (we still work on her etiquette with cats, and she singlehandedly figured out how to pry open the chicken coup, she would spend HOURS running our fence-line and barking at the cows). And not one thing I "dreamed" about her came true. I did not think I was bringing home the perfect dog, but I did not forsee her specific complications. And I was (especially until we got the SA under control) angry with the rescue worker for simply wanting to find a home for her, rather than work through her very real issues and explain them to me.
Does that mean I love her any less? Absolutely not. She is easily the most bonded of my pups, her SA means she is way in tune with our emotions, and that is so endearing that I could never hate her. I love her so very much. But the problems have worn me out. I will absolutely adopt again, but our next dog will be from a well-researched breeder. And it will be years from now.
And I have done many a rescue! Until those that have no regard for animals discover what they're actually doing, then every rescued animal will simply open space for another. It's all about education, not just rescue, rescue, rescue. And buying from a reputable breeder is part of that education.
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