Tag: Dog Adoption

This story made my heart hurt

The other day I came across a post on the Facebook page of the Westside German Shepherd Rescue that started with the title:

GUNNER LOST HIS HOME YESTERDAY

A photo of the saddest German Shepherd was attached with this story. It broke my heart. And days later I still can’t shake it off. Here is why…

We adopted a teen mom – of eight puppies! #DogAdoption

For many years I have seen comfort dogs that help children and adults post- disaster work magic! I have longed to adopt a dog that could become a comfort dog to those who need to feel safe and emotionally more stable when their world is topsy – turvy. Hence the reason I started to search direct my search for breeds that would be people friendly and could deal with a little “stress”. Via PetFinder I spotted Sparky and the Gang / West Coast Animal Rescue from Long Beach, California.

DOG ADOPTIONS – When is the right time?

Yesterday, I happened upon a dog adoption day at a local pet store. (Karma) I must admit I felt a bit conflicted when I saw families with kids still in strollers making adoption requests. Was this the right time to adopt a puppy? Was this fair to the child? The dog?
I did some online research to find out what would be the best “practices” for having a new dog enter a home with a young child. Some articles were positive, yet many were cautious. I found that little humans and little doggies don’t always mix. Some experts gave suggestions such as teaching the words “gentle” to both and having them co-habitate with constant supervision. Special techniques were offered on sites that had dog rescues with the words “supervision” and “socialization” stressed. The use of a kennel to help contain the dog, if needed, was sometimes suggested, as well.

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