For many, the idea of adopting or 'rescuing' a dog carries with it a certain image. Some people mistakenly look at dog adoption as if it's buying cheap, discounted or broken goods. But, according to an initiative between national dog adoption website DogsBlog.com and Butcher's Pet Care, a UK family company that prides itself in having fed generations of family dog, with tasty recipes that are free from any artificial colours flavours or preservatives; nothing could be further from the truth.
As more and more dogs find themselves, through no fault of their own, inside the British dog shelter system, the image of the 'rescue dog' is in need of an update. No longer are shelters the preserve of the 'problem dog', but they are packed with dogs of all types, from all manner of backgrounds. Here's the second in our ten part series guiding you through everything you need to know. Once you've started the process and found dogs you'd like to meet, your next step is to meet the dog's you and your family think would be best suited for your lifestyle. Remember, it's a dog shelter, not a cocktail party, so dress appropriately!
You're going to be getting down and at least a little bit dirty with dogs who may not know that they shouldn't jump or climb on you and so with this in mind, don't wear anything that you wouldn't be happy getting potentially a little hairy or dirty. Jeans are a good bet; they'll also keep your legs protected in case you get scratched by an over-eager puppy. You may also be able to take the dog for a walk locally and so wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk around with ease.
Going to visit potential new dogs is great fun and the reward at the end is priceless – however, there's a lot of work involved in making sure you're matched with the right dog for you. So you need to be comfortable and not worrying about your shoes getting dirty, dig deep into your wardrobe to find clothes you probably forgot you had!
Besides, it takes some of the fun out of dog ownership if you're concerned about getting mucky! In fact, one of the joys of dog ownership in our opinion is being first up on a Sunday morning, throwing on an old, scruffy jumper and heading out to the local park or woods to work up a bit of a sweat. Don't worry, your dog won't be embarrassed if you are looking a bit disheveled and other dog owners will know exactly why you're sporting that hair covered jacket. Over the years, your dog will learn that the smelly old boots you put on each Sunday morning are a sign of impending 'walkies'. There are an estimated 100k dogs in adoption centres around Britain.
Sometimes dogs arrive in rescue centres through natural causes such as owners passing away. Very often though dogs are simply abandoned for no other reason that poor decisions on behalf of hasty owners. Please, please, please take on board all of the information about what it takes to maintain a dog in a happy home. Dogs really are a lifelong commitment and they deserve the security of a stable home environment.
You CAN get a superb, lifelong companion from a rescue…but be absolutely certain you are ready for the challenge. If you are, you will enjoy a relationship like no other! National Dog Adoption Month is running this September, be part of something special – bring joy, adopt a dog. Visit www.dogsblog.com
to find the dog of your dreams.