Rescue... or not?
You know me. I'm all in for rescuing dogs and help them find a forever home. I can't stand seeing dogs in shelters, having nobody to love them and cuddle with them and show them that life can be wonderful with a good human by your side.
I'm such an advocate for the cause that i insisted when it came to Bree's adoption.
Which raised an interesting question. Are we being fooled when adopting a doggie? Do previous owners or shelters workers tell us the truth about the dog or are they so eager to find a home that they omit to tell important facts about that particular dog?
Don't throw rocks at me yet. Bree is our first adopted anipal and we may have been the unfortunate ones. We did not adopt via a shelter but via owners. And they might have "forgotten" to tell us that Bree was a biter, in order to get rid of her as soon as possible AND without having to deal with the dreadful decision, put her down or not... Better leave that decision to someone else, right?
Bree is my humans' 10th or 11th dog. They are very good at training and never had any problems with their dogs, big or small. But Bree is in a class of her own...
She is beautiful, no doubt about it. She already shares a bond with mum and listens to her most of the time. She is playful, funny, potty trained, she sleeps in her crate. 80% of the time, she is a great dog. The only problem is that she bites. A lot.
Of course, the owners didn't tell us about it. Just said that she "tried" once or twice to bite the human baby... We suspect that she did, and more often than once or twice... Her behavior shows that she cannot deal with discipline, with dominant dog or human, except mum. It's not a breed characteristic, it's a behavior problem.
The point is, when you adopt, are you being told the truth?
I know, there are no bad dogs, just bad humans, i'm the first one to say it loud and clear. I believe that you can rehabilitate almost any doggie with love and patience. But if we were told the truth about those dogs we want to rescue, maybe it would be a lot easier on them and on the new owners.
We won't get rid of Bree. Not yet. We will try our best to show her that biting is not an option and that she needs to behave in order to have fun and live a wonderful life with us. She is a lucky girl and we hope that she'll understand that we kind of saved her life. But what if she bites someone while on the road? What if the relation between us two gets worst? What if i hurt her, or worse...? What if we can't help her?
I always loved meeting new friends and i never had any problem interacting with other dogs but what if i change my mind and see other dogs as threats because of Bree?
Rescuing is a big decision. It changes the family dynamics and we have to be prepared for that. I know that finding new homes for these anipals is very important but please, please, tell us the truth! Like it or not, some dogs cannot be rescued... Sad but true.
What's your opinion? I would really like to know. Did you have a bad experience rescuing a dog or know someone who did? Do you feel you had all the informations needed? Do you agree that all dogs can't be saved or do you believe that we can save them all, no matter what? And what would you do if your rescued was not the dog you thought it was?
Rescuing, besides being a gesture of love, is also a moral question. We may be facing a behavior that will shake our values and beliefs. Are you prepared for that?
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