We have always had at least one dog, usually two and once we had three at the same time. Nearly 20 years ago we adopted two Australian Shepherds, Carrie and Rudy, through rescue programs. Many years later we adopted an Newfoundland named Marley through a rescue. Our most recent boy was Grant whom you may remember. We lost him back in August while we were in Minnesota.
|Grant on the left and Carrie on the Right|
|Carrie on the left and Marley on the Right |
with my bestie Judi way back in 2005
We did a lot of searching online and found a darling little dog at the pound and went to see her. We did end up taking her home but we had to return her the following day. She was completely covered with dozens of ticks, she bit me that evening and the next day we took her to the vet to help get the ticks off and evaluate her. She tried to bite the vet as well. We decided we couldn't risk a biter with 6 grandchildren and a seventh on the way.
|Me with Marley back in 2006|
A few days later we found a dog named Romeo who seemed perfect for us but he had valley fever and would need a few more weeks of treatment before he could be neutered so we couldn't adopt him because we were leaving the area.
Along the way home we searched and have discovered dog adoption has become a big business. It seems many shelters give preference to rescue organizations for specific breeds and mixes. If you aren't the rescue organization, you can't adopt the dog. It seem that most pets in need of homes are listed on Petfinder.com. You can read about available pets on their site then you have to fill out an application before you can even talk to someone about a dog. We have filled out several applications. We have gotten a couple of responses, one saying we are out of their service area and another saying they have many applicants for a specific dog so if we happen to make the cut they'll let us know. Sometimes we don't even get a response.
If you are fortunate enough to have your application approved and actually hear back from the rescue, you are in for a long process of vetting. They schedule a home visit, check your references, get approval from the "board" at the rescue. Most state up front you must have a fenced yard. (We don't even have a yard.) If you pass all of their tests and phone calls and home visits, etc. they generally charge about $500 dollars for the adoption fee. How on earth did this happen?
We have considered purchasing a dog but Grant was purchased from a reputable breeder and was the most challenging dog we have ever had in terms of medical issues and separation anxiety. Additionally dogs from a breeder run between $1000 and $3000 dollars.
Now if we wanted a Pit Bull or a Chihuahua we could pick 10 up at the pound tomorrow. Unfortunately Pit Bulls are not generally welcomed in RV parks and Chihuahuas are not for us. We are big, hairy, happy dog people. How sad that there are so many dogs out there who need good home and we have a great home and lots of love to offer and we can't seem to measure up to dog rescue organization standards. Something has gone terribly wrong and it makes me very sad. I'll stop now.