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I have questions and thoughts about rescueing
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:41pm

One of the things I've noticed is that more than half the dogs I've looked at to rescue have organizations that are requiring them to be adopted out to a family that already has a dog to "mentor" the dog I'm looking at. That is especially true of the dogs that have come from Puerto Rico. Is that because they think the dog will learn how to live in a house more successfully from another dog? Did I put that clearly? But it's also true of the puppies in IDOG right now. Why?
In any case, much as I think I would like a grown dog, I may end up with a puppy because I'm just not seeing anything that looks likely.
For one thing, I'm realizing that I have no way to evaluate a dog I meet at a kennel. They all seem to be wired, and not able to actually MEET a person. They're just around you, and not relating to you at all. I've encountered that at four rescue kennels now, all excellently run, clean places with lots of volunteers and lots of dogs. One woman taking a dog home told me, "Oh we'll get her home and then she'll calm down and she'll be fine." How can she know that?
I realized that both Trav and Mags came from rescues that placed their dogs with foster homes, and it totally changed their demeanor. I'm just at a loss.
One thing I'm sure of. If every bull terrier type dog and pit mix were miraculously placed in a home tomorrow, the rescues and kennels would be nearly empty. There are just SO many it's overwhelming. And I do not find them in the least appealing.
Well the search goes on.... What I'd really like is a nice F1 golden or labradoodle like Trav or Zeus, you know? They hardly exist. Even with breeders. Not that many reputable breeders do F1s anymore. The output isn't reliable, according to Barb. Which I understand and makes sense. But still...
Next I'll end up evaluating the few breeders who do F1s, which is even more intimidating!
Do I seem to be turning in circles? No wonder!

Thanks for listening.

    • Thank you FriendsKit, Thu Feb 22 2:32pm
      Well, the search goes on, but I am less confused, thanks to so many of you. I appreciate your counsel. Thanks for all your kind words.
    • I have often heardSD&B, Mon Feb 19 11:56pm
      that an older dog in the house will teach the younger one the ropes. Given dogs' general and social intelligence, I would bet that is true. I would also wonder what the true demeanor of the dog is in ... more
    • I have a lot of rescue experienceFranny (RIP Spencer & Lacey), Sun Feb 18 7:57pm
      I have volunteered for a no-kill rescue for the last 9 or 10 years. You are right, the reason some dogs need to go to a home with another dog is so they can learn to be a "dog" and have the other dog ... more
    • Just saw Shiloh in NY on petfinder. 3 yr old male.jackie&duke&delilah, Sun Feb 18 12:10pm
      He looks so much like Travis.
      • I asked about himKit, Mon Feb 19 10:17pm
        I got no response from the rescue. I’ll call them again. I thought he did too, a bit.
    • You can do a personality test in the shelter.Swarl, Sun Feb 18 10:51am
      That’s what we did. We took the dog to a room alone, and another time, the dog came outside on a lead , and we did a puppy personality test. It wasn’t hard, or long, and showed us an enormous amount. ... more
    • Birds and DogsMaya, Wy, Woo, Wei and Wyn, Sun Feb 18 10:20am
      Sorry, Kit, I forgot that you live with two parrots. I have lived happily with parrots and dogs for many years also (various species including an African Grey, an Amazon, Macaws and Cockatoos). In my ... more
    • Some thoughtsMaya, Wy, Woo, Wei and Wyn, Sun Feb 18 9:50am
      There are a couple of books I can heartily recommend that may help you in your thinking. “Love has no age Limit” by Patricia McConnell and “Do Over Dogs: Give your dog a second chance at a first... more
    • I have very limited experience with rescues asLori & The Two Hound Train, Sun Feb 18 7:49am
      Woody is my only rescue. But I do believe that dogs act differently in a shelter than they do in a nurturing environment. They simply don't get the stimulation, interaction, exercise, etc. in a... more
    • Kit all I can say is go with your gut!!!! You'llPeggy(Rocky), Sun Feb 18 6:37am
      have to see what works in your home.
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