Or as we are calling it..... B.O.W. Wow!
We absolutely adore dogs. Big or small, we love them all. There are some amazing breeds of dogs out there and no matter what your preference you can most likely find a dog to fill the space - tall, short, shaggy, hairless, feisty or friendly. Now don't get us wrong, we are serious about adopting and fostering, but no matter how much of a mutt your mutt is, it has a gene pool and knowing what end of the pool your pal has been swimming in can be the difference between a happy life or a lot of frustration for you and your dog. Knowing what the strengths (and weaknesses) of a breed are can help you make a decision on the perfect pet for you.
We all love puppies. They are ridiculously cute and there is nothing better to me in the world than puppy breath. But just because they are tiny and cute now doesn't mean that they are a good fit for your family or living conditions. Before you scoop up that little bundle of fluffy love and head home, ask yourself some questions. Will I have the time to train and housebreak the pup? Will I have a safe area for the dog when I can't be there? Is this breed more independent or will it require lots of attention? Are my children at an age that they can safely interact with the dog? How much grooming is involved, and can I afford it? So much is hanging on making the right decision. Rescues see cases every day of dogs that didn't work out with their families for a myriad of reasons. It is heartbreaking to see a dog that has never had a haircut, covered in dirty mats and barely able to move. Or a dog that is just too energetic to be an apartment dog that gets abandoned because it barks too much or causes damage due to separation anxiety. Before you go shopping for a new family member (and that is what they are), do some research. We want to help with that! Our blog will give you some insights into different breeds and their needs, and as an added bonus, you get to learn about some really neat dogs!
Unless you are planning on making your dog into an AKC champion, we highly suggest looking at rescue for your new fur friend. Thousands of adorable, adoptable dogs are in shelters around the country or in rescue, and all are waiting for their forever homes. Some have a ticking clock on their chances to find one. Despite what many people think, you can find purebred dogs in rescue all the time! Three of our four dogs came from rescue and two are purebreds. We don't have registration papers for them and they are not "show quality" but we didn't care. We love them like crazy and they are so happy to have a quality of life that they didn't have in their past situations. There are lots of great resources to find these dogs, one of them is petfinder.com. You can specify what breed you are looking for and even the sex and age. Then you enter your zip code and you will see all the dogs that are looking for forever homes in your area.
If you are wondering why the adoption fees seem so high for rescue dogs, consider that the rescues take in all sorts of dogs, from those who are perfectly healthy but just need to find a new home, to those who have medical needs and will have crazy vet bills. All dogs that are taken into a reputable rescue go to the vet to have a basic exam, shots, spay or neuter, and most likely a dental before they are even put up for adoption. All of these medical things are necessary and expensive, and the rescues are always having fundraisers to try to keep the bills paid. So the adoption fees of $300 to $400 help to keep the doors open and the lights on for the next poor dog that needs help aren't that excessive. It also insures that the adopter isn't just in it for the cute dog, but for the long haul.
So, now that that is out of the way, I am excited to start this journey of learning more about the specific breeds that are a part of this crazy planet. Follow along and learn with me as we delve into the Wonderful World of Dogs!
Next week we start with Dachshunds!