After losing our beloved golden retriever of 15 years, we are considering adding another dog to our family. However, this time we won’t be spending hundreds of dollars on a dog with papers. I grew up with dogs that we rescued from the shelters and they all made wonderful, loving pets.
On my 5th Birthday, my Mother and Aunt gave me a puppy that they rescued from the pound. As the story goes, they chose the smallest, most pitiful puppy. My Aunt said that the ticks on her were bigger than she was. They left the pound and took her immediately to the vet for shots, a tick dip and a bath. Pixie (a wired haired terrier mix) became a huge part of our family. She was loving, protective and made a wonderful pet for many years.
When choosing a pet for your family, consider the following:
- Dogs end up in the shelter for many reasons such as death, divorce and relocation. Just as my story suggests, they can make wonderful pets.
- Older dogs can make a wonderful addition to your family. Spend some time with an older dog in the shelter. Usually what you see is what you get.
- Do you have the time to dedicate to a puppy with all the potty training, crying, chewing and training?
- Allow the shelter to help you with your decision. Let them know what you are looking for. Are there children in the home, do you want a large or small dog, do you want long or short hair?
- Are there other pets in your home to consider?
Once you have answered these questions and are ready, there are many deserving dogs waiting for a good, loving home. Good luck in your search.