Posts Tagged ‘dog rescue’

Happy National Dog Day!

Today, August 26, is National Dog Day.

I am re-posting from 2010 when we adopted our perfect rescued companion, Cooper, from a shelter we love in Connecticut. Since then, we also adopted Finn, the big blond bruiser whose picture follows (also from the same Connecticut shelter–links below). They are the best wrestling-tumbling-chasing-did-I-mention-wrestling-love-buckets on the planet.

Shelter Dog

This weekend, we went and adopted our own magnificent Black Dog from the amazing volunteers at the Danbury Animal Welfare Society. DAWS is a non-profit (they could sure use your support/donations–easy to do at the link here), no kill shelter, and is truly run by the most loving, caring volunteers. They made every individual and family member who came over the weekend (and it was super busy–the first spring-like weekend of the year with warm weather and sunshine) feel that among the busy buzz, they were important and maybe the perfect home for one of their adult dogs or puppies.

Our boy, Cooper, is a 2-year-old lab/shepherd…and Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Scooby Doo, and Snoopy combined ain’t got nothing on him. He is brilliant, and has found his last, forever home…and has truly honored us by being part of our pack.

I promise you there is a shelter near you that needs volunteer help. It is unheard of to have too many volunteers and regulars tend to be spread awfully thin. Wouldn’t it be a brilliant way to spend a morning or afternoon, bringing families together?

Finnyardcrop

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Ginny, one of the beautiful dogs available for adoption from Muttville.org

I know there are lots of families that think the cutest gift to put under a tree would be a roly poly puppy with a bow around its neck. The adorable factor cannot be denied, but what happens too often is that thoughts of the future and a canine lifetime of responsibility and commitment go out the frosty window when they get caught up in the season. Shelters report that dogs get brought in to the pound and shelters in record numbers a few weeks to a few months after the holidays (and dogs being abandoned peak at the same time) because people discover they made a rash decision and bit of more than they could chew.

Number One–please don’t even consider buying a puppy from a store. Adopt Adopt Adopt, (you can find adoption organizations for just about every breed) and if not, only go through a reputable breeder. Too many pet stores tend to be full of dogs from truly rough puppy mills with conditions bordering on criminal. Adopt Adopt Adopt. Did I mention adoption?

Number Two–never make this decision lightly. This is adding a family member, and deserves the same open-eyed forward thinking as adding any new members to your family. Ten years, twelve, fifteen, more–do you have that to give? (and the attending food, toys, medical care and vet bills, boarding for when you go away, training, immunizations, spay/neuter fees, license fees in your city, flea and tick prevention, crates and beds, and so many more things that come up as surprises). This is a forever choice–dogs are NOT returnable, and they are NOT inexpensive.

Muttville is a fantastic organization that places discarded and hard-to-adopt older dogs in loving forever homes (from those cases of people who are not as wise and caring as YOU). Older dogs are euthanized every day because people come in looking exclusively for young pups. Older dogs ROCK by the way! Muttville creates better lives for older dogs through rescue, adoption, foster care, and hospice. Not every dog is a discard–some get removed from their homes because their owners pass away or are hospitalized or they move (and again, with re-locations, didn’t have the forever commitment). Muttville is changing the way the world thinks about mature dogs, and if you’ve ever spent quality time with an older dog–you know how lucky you are. Won’t you consider supporting Muttville with a generous (tax deductible) donation here or consider adopting? Want to volunteer? Get in there! You’ll never be the same after spending time with these noble mutts!