To rescue or to buy? – Part 2

The controversy

To continue from Part 1.

One comment I have made frequently and never had remotely satisfactorily answered is this:

If you buy a pedigree puppy from a breeder you are denying a rescue dog a home. In some cases rescue dogs are killed because there is no more room at a shelter.

Because the day someone can prove the opposite to me I *MAY* change my opinion. Unlikely, but I like to be open-minded.

Lots of well-meaning people tell me they support rescue shelters financially. And then go out and buy pedigree puppies. Do you know what those rescue shelters really need? For you to stop chucking a few pence their way and take some dogs off their hands.

It strikes me as total snobbery. ‘I pay lots of money and I will get a better prettier more handsome dog.’ In fact, snobby pedigree buyers, you could find out the price of the breeder’s dog you want, give that money to a shelter AND take a dog from the shelter. But no, those cast-off shoddy second-hand dogs just aren’t good enough, are they? Or they are full of problems – or why else would they be there? A few reasons – couples splitting up (one of the reasons Prince was on the streets), couples having children (Paddy), pregnant bitches thrown out (Ben), big dogs cost too much to feed (Pippa? maybe) and too difficult to exercise, dogs chew or bark due to poor/inadequate training/settling-in from people, they pass their sell-by date.

Ironically out of our five rescues, three have been pure-bred. Black Lab, GSD, and now the Podenco Andaluz. We were even offered the papers for the Lab from the shelter. None of them came from a breed-specific shelter, they were luck of the draw. And the one who gets the most compliments? Street dog cross husky/GSD Pippa. Although Snowy seems to be catching up in Spain. We can’t go for a walk in our local town without someone saying how cute he is. But Pippa still wins hands down in Gib, someone stopped a car last night to say how gorgeous he was.

I wouldn’t mind so much if pedigree puppy buyers admitted that they wanted to buy a specific dog and they really don’t give a shit about unwanted ones. It’s the ‘we love dogs but we just happen to want to pay for this one’ that pisses me off. Right off. ‘And we are doing our bit by donating to shelters for low lifes like you to rehome those rejects.’

Yeah. I so believe you.

One friend, referring to Snowy, told me it took a special kind of person to just take in any dog. I don’t think so. I’m not remotely special. He asked if I would take in a Great Dane. Yes, why not? Nice dogs. Wrong question actually. He should have asked if I would take in a Bichon whatsit or a similar trendy toy dog. No need as they are in demand anyway.

But this is the difference that doesn’t compute. I am looking to give a dog a home. Not to buy an iPhone, a large screen TV, whatever other toy. In return for minimal financial investment but a lot of time and patience, I will get love, company, fun, exercise, a guardian, no badness and no arguments. And an unwanted abandoned dog suddenly becomes part of a family.

Dog transports

I have to mention these. What is it with flying dogs out of Spain to elsewhere in Europe, and the endless miles Americans drive to rehome dogs? Are there not enough unwanted dogs locally? Bet there are. Even worse, reading about pedigree puppies being flown around Australia because the only one we can possibly buy dahling (do Aussies say dahling? maybe not) is at the other end of the country. But it’s ok, because I give my five bob to the local shelter and help out from time to time. It goes without saying I fell out with someone on FB for this because it reeks to me of total hypocrisy.

My heart bleeds to read about dogs abandoned, or being rounded up to be killed in say, Rumania for example, but the truth is, there are plenty of unwanted dogs close to home. We can’t solve the problems locally never mind far away, so I don’t see the added value of transportation. Plus it’s not exactly environmentally sound.

I am surprised to see that Podencos seem to have arrived in the UK via special charity services. I am starting to wonder if there is breed elitism among dog rescuers. ‘I have a pure bred Podenco Andaluz flown in from Spain’ ….. Instead of I took Heinz 57 in from the local shelter.

One American friend had an allergy to dog fur so was considering a greyhound but decided on a labradoodle in the end (stupid name). None available, she said, so she put down a deposit for a puppy from a breeder. Lying cow. I looked up her state for rescues (Colorado) and there was one available in a rescue right next to where she lived.

Comparisons

Some case histories to look at the differences between bought pedigrees v rescues. Or rather, to ask if there are any differences.

I’ll start with mine. My parents had four dogs, three out of four were bought. Brutus, a pedigree boxer, died young when my father reversed over him. I was months old so I don’t remember him.

Brutus, pedigree boxer puppy

Good point: loved me to bits apparently

Bad point: didn’t keep out of the way of the car.

Tarquin, Wizard of Skelder (to give full name), pedigree boxer puppy

Good points: also loved me to bits, good guard dog, loved the rest of my family

Bad points: hated other dogs, dubious about some people (aren’t we all?)

Tarquin with little Roughseas
Tarquin with little Roughseas

Pompey, pedigree Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy from Kinza kennels

Good points: loved me, my mum, most of my friends – if he didn’t like someone, I didn’t either, super intelligent

Bad points: Not keen on other dogs. Or some people – but is that a bad point?
Bit the next door neighbour’s child when my father wasn’t watching so he drove to the vet to have him killed. For which I blame my father not the dog. The parents of the child were horrified that my father had the dog put down. So were we, had they rung us, we would have driven up and collected him that day.

Pompey, I still grieve for him
Pompey, I still grieve for him

Bruno, Staffy cross, rescue from York RSPCA

Can’t say I was pleased my parents got another dog after killing Pompey but at least they bit the rescue bullet.

Good point: beautiful temperament

Bad points: none that I know of.

With which you can see that origin has little to do with dog behaviour, and far more to do with the people providing the home to the dog. Socialisation is very important for dogs, and it’s a fine balance between having a loyal housedog who guards the family and one who can be aggressive with other animals and people.

Onto my dogs.

Ben, Labrador puppy, pure bred, rescue from Blue Cross.

Had kennel papers that we refused. We wanted a dog not papers. His pregnant mother had ended up in the rescue and gave birth there to Ben and his sister. So sad.

Good points: wonderful temperament, happy sunny nature, nice with people and dogs

Bad points: none – well unless you count running off whenever he scented water. He was a Labrador after all.

Ben (left) and Paddy (right)
Ben (left) and Paddy (right) – and for information, we stopped using haltis years ago

Paddy, cross setter/spaniel/Lab cross from RSPCA, about six months old.

Apparently no problems with kids. Did we care about that? No. But – what didn’t he like? Yup. Kids.

Good points: obedient (to me), total darling, ok with other animals and adults

Bad points: chased birds (minor in the scheme of things), snarled at kids (maybe that is a good point). Never went for any, just didn’t like them.

Prince, GSD, pure bred. From rescue aged 3 or 4?

The most deprived and abused dog we have ever had. He was frightened of hands because he thought they were going to hit him.

Chucked out on the streets of Cramlington (north of Newcastle). I wouldn’t live in Cramlington if you paid me. He must have lived on cast-off take-aways for months. He was quiet and timid and frightened. To start with.

Good points: super loyal, super intelligent, obedient, guard dog par excellence, fitted in well with the other two dogs and later with Pippa.

Bad points: as above in a way, managing a clever dog isn’t easy. He became very discriminating about people he didn’t like and took on Alpha male resp when Ben died.

Pippa at his gate, Partner and Prince doing furly lips together
Pippa at his gate, Partner and Prince doing furly lips together

Pippa, cross husky/GSD, off the street in Spain

Good points: totally tranquil, beautiful temperament, loves everyone and everydog unless they are aggressive, great with children, undemanding, kills rats and mice, good with other animals eg horses, donkeys, draught cattle, but see below

Bad points: chases cats, every single one he can find, vain – looks most disappointed when people don’t stop to stroke or hug him

The only dog we have ever been offered money for!

Snowy, Podenco Andaluz Albino. Pure bred according to our vet. Chucked in/at rubbish bin at a few days old

Good points: another smart dog, adaptable, self-sufficient, tough, already guards the gate and barks, good on house training, good off the lead, affectionate

Bad points: bites my toes? a little too enthusiastic in digging up the garden.

So Pippa and Snowy were both chucked out on the street. Put a lead around them, feed them up, and people start to admire them. And yet, the same people wouldn’t give them the time of day as stray street dogs.

Some other examples of rescue dogs and their good and bad points.

Vicky’s dogs:

Ben, Advertised in local paper at 10 weeks old, was in a stable with his litter mates.

Good points: Highly intelligent, knew hundreds of words.

Bad points: Hated male dogs.

Harry, Vicky visited the border collie trust, asked to see the longest resident (6 months)

Good points: always happy, loved everyone, never showed any aggression.

Bad points: a car chaser.

top L to R - Harry and Ben bottom L to R Jasp and Little Sal
top L to R – Harry and Ben
bottom L to R Jasp and Little Sal

Sally, Vicky read a description (no photo) on border collie trust website, sounded ideal friend for H.

Good points: Miss Perfect, always eager to please.

Bad points: eats cat shit.

Jasper, Seen advertised on Dogs Trust website, blank and institutionalised after being there 16 months. Thought to be collie/Pyrenean cross.

Good points: gentle giant, loved cuddles, very loyal.

Bad points: unsure around toddlers.

I’ll end with Ina’s dog –

Benny, who was rescued from a travellers’ site aged 4 weeks, hairless, covered in fleas and mange.

Benny as a pup
Benny as a pup

He was rescued by a woman who lives in Wales and rescues dogs.

The story goes that the “travellers” had seven puppies who at four weeks old they were “going to knock on the head”. [Remember my earlier comment in Part 1 about different ways of getting rid of puppies?]

This woman heard about them from a gypsy friend, who went to the camp and rescued the puppies.

From then on, some were passed to the EGLR (Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue) to a foster home in Heathrow and some went to a foster home in Hereford. The puppies at four weeks old were completely bald with mange, in a very poor state and almost certainly riddled with worms.

At four weeks old they couldn’t be treated with any mange treatments as they were too young. So from four weeks until they were about eight weeks old they were rubbed with different types of baby creams every two hours or so to keep the skin soft and supple and take away the irritation.

In order for the puppies to stop scratching themselves with those needle-like claws and to keep warm they had to wear baby vests. Then at around the eight week mark they could then be treated with Advocate. [A mange treatment from Bayer]. Once they started on the treatment they came on in leaps and bounds. Ina was told that apparently it had been touch and go if they survived at all. She homed Benny when he was about 11 weeks old from the foster home in Hereford, who, at that time had all the puppies.

Ina went to see them and walked in to find seven adorable healthy puppies. Decision time, which puppy to have? so she picked the biggest handsomest, cutest (in her eyes) that was there… Benjamin, he was called, so she stuck with the name.

She had to leave him and go back a week later to fetch him. Ina found out after a few months that the whole litter was the set of most agile and athletic pups they had ever had through the rescue home.

Benny now is ball mad and would play all day long. He took up bottle carrying and would ask anyone to play with him.

Benny - from a sad pup to a handsome young dog
Benny – from a sad pup to a handsome young dog

In Ina’s words:
“He is such a happy little chap and so friendly to everyone. After such a terrible start in life he turned into my little star.”

Oh and his bad points are:
a cat hater, eats cat and horse shit.

Pretty minor in the scheme of things for a dog who had such a poor start. And that’s the same for all rescues, at some point they get a bad deal in life – courtesy of people. All they need is a home. Is it really so difficult to take in an unwanted animal?

Thank you to everyone for your thoughtul comments on Part 1. It was surprising and heart-warming to hear how many people have taken in stray/bandoned/unwanted/street dogs.

It would be even more heart-warming if just one person read this post and thought hmm, I will take an unwanted dog instead of buying one.

I can live in hopes.

Thank you also to Vicky and Ina for providing me with text and photos to add some different examples to my personal ones.

And here is a poll, although judging by comments on the first post I could probably fill in the answers myself …
Please note you can answer as many questions as you want. Or you should be able to! It’s a yes/no poll so if your answer is yes, click on the box. If your answer is no, leave it alone. I’m sure there’s a clearer way of doing it but that will do for now.

Street dogs on their sofa
Street dogs on their sofa
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30 comments on “To rescue or to buy? – Part 2

    • I did say it was applicable to any animal, just my experience is more on the dog side. And chickens.

      A friend of mine bought two Russian blues because they matched the leather sofas. Mostly they seemed to vomit over the same sofas. But at some point when they got the kids, one of the cats had to be rehomed – qv my comment above about one of the many reasons for getting rid of animals. I think they were called Voyna and Mishka or whatever the Russian is for War and Peace.

      My neighbour over the road is a cat woman of the first order. Loves feeding the street cats. Pippa loves that too as they all congregate outside our block for him to chase :( She takes them in as well of course. There was a beautiful dark brown one started feeding at her soup kitchen, quite gorgeous. She took him in but asked if we wanted him. Partner nearly had an MI, he had visions of WW3 in a small flat if we had Pippa and a cat together.I thought it was Burmese but she said Siamese. If I don’t have a dog with me, and there is no-one around I will usually make sillly meeow sounds and stroke nice purring cats :D

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        • Last thing I heard they had moved onto British tortoiseshells or whatever they are. But then the cats seemed to take second place when they decided to buy a ‘working’ dogs for their country estate. ie to go hunting. You can imagine how that went down with me. I shall be sending a pic of Little Snowy to her at Christmas I think, pointing out that I have the hunting dog to beat all hunting dogs (Podencos are multi-sensory rather than either sight, smell or hearing hunting dogs).

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  1. There’s a galgo and podenco ‘rescue’ group in my old area of France bringing the animals up from Spain…but at least it’s something if they can persuade some of the Brits there to think that rescue work is trendy.
    To be fair there are also some super organisations in the same area homing dogs, cats ponies and donkeys – all run by volunteers and doing their best in hard times, but the ‘pedigree puppy for Christmas’ business is still doing all too well, as is the phenomenon you describe of having to have the trendy breed of the moment.

    Here, my friend the postman, together with his colleagues, seems to act as a dog collector and rehomer – though there are formal organisations they can be off putting for people on normal incomes with their vetting procedures, adoption fees – and, would you believe, charging to accept a homeless animal!
    I have my suspicions at times, as iIdid with some of the horse rescue organisations in England – who seemed to be supplying their friends’ riding schools with good horses at nil recompense to the charity.
    Money, in both cases, seems to take priority over need.

    Spay and neuter climics are on the up – the local one is run by the woman who runs a pet food shop as opposed to a pet shop, and she adapts her prices for treatment to her customers while the vet and nurse give their time and only charge out materials.

    There’s still a problem…people with money think having a street dog lowers their street cred…but at least there is an education programme in schools about the care an animal needs, and ordinary people far outweigh the numbers of those with more money than conscience.

    And I notice how many shops in the local town put out water bowls for street dogs – who don’t congregate outside butchers’ shops for nothing…

    I’ve had any number of dogs over the years – all had their quirks, but what animal doesn’t – and I’ve always been amazed how the resident dogs accepted newcomers – and how some of the most badly treated newcomers blossomed in the company of other dogs.

    It would be nice to be able to use my own sofa from time to time though…

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    • Yes, Galgos and Podencos suffer the same fate when they have passed their hunting sell-by date. I did read a galgo blog at some point, but I’ve lost track of it. I agree there is some excellent work done by people who volunteer to help rescue animals. I have to say that I couldn’t do it, mainly because I would want to home all of them, and I would be an emotional wreck. My contribution is taking in what I can when I can.

      I’d forgotten about the Christmas syndrome when I wrote this post. The thought of giving puppies as toys to kids is nauseating.

      Back when we adopted from shelters in the UK it was much easier. Fill out form, hand over money (no set fee), take dog home. Simple. I accept that the shelters need to get money from somewhere, so a fee isn’t a problem until it starts to go into hundreds. I was reading something about a vet working with a shelter in Spain and they were offering dirt cheap jabs for a couple of weeks to encourage people to get their dogs jabbed and chipped. It would be good if more vets worked like that with shelters. Your local spay and neuter shop sounds ideal.

      I think Snowy’s total cost was around €135. We did offer Rocío money for the dog biscuits she had spent on Snowy over the four weeks she had kept him until we took him in, but she refused. Like your postie, it’s a much easier way to home unwanted dogs.

      Attitudes to street dogs vary so much. Our Spanish neighbours wondered why we had taken in Pippa, but that may partly be about size as they have little dogs, hence they think Snowy is cute. Now though, they have accepted Pippa as part of the scenery. Mostly when we tell people our dogs came off the street, they tend to look horrified. It’s a slow process to get people to realise there is nothing wrong with taking a street dog (or any unwanted dog) and luckily both our dogs are good ambassadors, so when people ask about them, we give them the history.

      In olden days before Spain got short of money, all the local bars would throw out the jamón bones still with plenty of meat on them, for the street dogs to carry off and happily fight over. Not any more, sadly.

      Never mind, the sofa, we are now fighting for bed space, sheets, blankets etc. How a small Podenco can dominate a bed is beyond me.

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  2. A friend was irked by being asked “What breed is it?” of her dog as, she thought, a put-down, as Jess was obviously a mongrel (once when I was walking her a little girl called out “Look Mummy, a sheep”). She crafted stories round Jess being an Australian Roo-hound, or Cwn Morgannwg (Glamorgan dog).

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    • There are so many different breeds around these days that I’d never think of it as being a put-down just genuine curiosity. There is a real blur between crossing breeds deliberately eg a labradoodle and a random mix. I mean, who would mix a labrador and a poodle? Not me, but people pay good money for what would have been regarded as a mongrel a few years ago. We met an American here in Gib on holiday and he knew exactly what Pippa was because they were specifically bred in his state (PA) ie crossing GSDs and huskies, for the good temperament. I’ve been asked in Spain what Snowy is, I think people are just interested. Although Vicky – below – did sometimes tell people Jasper was a Pyrollie, a bit like your friend’s description of her dog.

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  3. Aww, thanks for the mention and posting the photo of my rescues.

    I will hold my hands up and admit to being very tempted by the rescues from Rumania, not because I would want to brag that ‘I adopted a Rumanian dog’ it’s their stories pull at my heart strings, but then every stray does and given the chance – with money and space – I’d probably end up with my own rescue centre.

    Paying £100s for a pedigree pup has never crossed my mind. I’d rather my money be put to good use by the rescue than line a greedy breeder’s pocket.

    Just a small comparison for anyone trying to decide breeder v rescue:
    Jasp – who I think was a Pyrenean/Collie cost me £75 from the Dogs Trust in 2008, he was micro-chipped, fully vaccinated, castrated (a guarantee of no unwanted little Jaspers), six weeks free insurance, a sack of food and a collar and lead.
    Compare this to a Pyrenean puppy costing around £800 – £1000 – No contest.

    Like Pippa, he got hundreds of admiring glances, I was even stopped once by someone saying “What a beautiful dog, can I take his photograph”

    Snowy reminds me very much of Ina’s Benny, and they both had such a bad start in life, both landed on their paws now though :-)

    A little bit of love and a rescue will blossom into a dog just as good as any expensive pedigree….and often better because they appreciate being given that second chance.

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    • I love that collage of your four. Thank you for giving me the info so I could widen the examples out from my own dogs. I think it’s important to get the message across that people don’t just home one rescue, they will have more than one at once, and continue to give rescues/unwanted dogs a home – because there is nothing wrong with them. They are no different from an expensive dog.

      I have to say one of the things we have thought of doing is leaving any money when we die in trust for a rescue shelter – trouble is there wouldn’t be enough to set one up. So I’m stuck with looking after the odd one or five while I’m alive. The trouble with Rumanian dogs is that they have some beauties don’t they? Poor sweethearts.

      I’m with you on spending the money on rescue shelters and not on a breeder. if they can afford to breed dogs, they don’t need my money. Aren’t a lot of the charities calling for a temporary ban on breeding to cut down the numbers of pedigree pups? Not sure whether it is an American-based initiative. I’ve certainly read about it somewhere, but it is just to get down the horrific numbers of dogs that dumped every year. I don’t think the breeders are too happy about it :D

      That’s a really good deal for Jasper! Well, for you actually. Of course, the idea of lots of little Jaspers would be wonderful, and that’s exactly the mentality we all need to avoid. There are plenty of other lovely dogs out there without bringing more into the world. I think we paid £40 for Prince back in 1997 or 8. They wanted more (we were wearing expensive Goretexes) but A beat them down. He wasn’t chipped, not sure about jabs, but he was castrated – they had started doing it at most kennels by then. Certainly no insurance, food, collar or lead. Looking at a couple of websites you can get one for less than a hundred quid (family break ups etc) or pay thousands for a wonderful bloodline blah blah.

      I think someone has taken Pippa’s piccy too :D Snowy does look like Benny, he even does that same stance as Benny in the bottom photo when it is playtime.

      To me, dogs are just dogs. I think pedigrees are lovely too, but as there are so many dogs needing a home – why buy one from a breeder?

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  4. The two dogs we purchased were considered flawed and could not be shown in dog shows or sold for full price…we purchased them at a low price to give them a good home. They both were purchased a whole lot of years ago. All our dogs, cats and other animals since then were all rescues. I really enjoyed this post and the first part. Hugs

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    • Yes, I’ve read that the runts, or imperfect pups in a litter go for less money – the unwanted pedigrees eh? It’s a shame that people buy dogs for showing and not for what they are. Thanks for your comments and pleased you enjoyed the read.

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  5. All the dogs you showcased are gorgeous :)
    It’s not a perfect answer but it makes me happy-ish to hear that rescue dogs have become quite trendy, in Sydney anyway, possibly even only in certain areas – definitely popular in the Inner West (I’m limited in exposure to elsewhere). When I’m walking I see lots more mutts than I do recognisable purebreds. A lot of them are small dogs, and given the proliferation of apartment dwellers that may be why. I’ve overheard several conversations where one persons says, proudly, their dog is a rescue dog. I don’t want to see any animal commodified but if popular puts them in forever homes, then it’s fine by me. I’d like to see pet shops & puppy mills banned, and breeders severely restricted… I know people WANT a certain type of dog because X had one yada yada but until there are no rescue dogs it just isn’t right.

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    • What I was really trying to do was provide a variety of dogs, breeds, pedigrees, mongrels, puppies, older dogs, small dogs, big dogs, long-haired, short-haired rescues, street dogs, – and say basically they are all pretty much the same. Any behavioural problems are almost certainly down to the people who home them.

      I do agree with you (surprise?) anything that gets dogs into home and out of shelters is good. I suspect the ‘trendy’ aspect of having a rescue, is a certain amount of self-glorification – ‘Look at me, I am a good person, I have homed a rescue dog.’ And as you say, if they give it a good home, who’s to knock them?

      Your last comment hits the nail on the head. While ever there are rescue dogs, and rescue dogs being killed regularly, because their time is up – I will continue to have an issue with breeding, selling puppies for extortionate prices, and the so-called justification of that system. Some of the prices I looked at for blue-blooded dogs (well, they might as well have been) were unbelievable. And breeders aren’t in it for the money?

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  6. Thank you for including Benny’s story, even though I know his story ( and in fact love him to bits) I still had a tear in my eye. My little man has since been joined by two more rescues from EGLR. Both have their stories but nothing like Benny’s. I would say rescue every time.

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    • Thanks for letting me post about Benny, as with Vicky’s dogs, it’s good to be able to include a wider selection than just mine, and Benny’s story epitomises why those of us who home rescues choose to do so. He is so handsome now Ina, and of course in his stance and with his slim muscular body shape, he looks like an older bigger Snowy (who at the moment, is lying on my sleeping bag, on his back with his front paws in the air :D).

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  7. To start I have to say that I love your choice of pictures. The emotions they convey feel just right this very frosty (-12) morning.
    Two little points: 1-I recently came across a blog post (perhaps from you??? I forget) showing how popular breeds have changed over the past century. To say the least it’s been “form over function” with animals being “shaped” more and more into someone’s idea of an ideal that makes for poor basic body design as far as creature comfort and longevity is concerned. That is, fundamentally, cruel. Here’s the link: http://dogbehaviorscience.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/100-years-of-breed-improvement/
    2-You’ll have to give me a bit of license as I’m mostly a “cat” person but I will say this: ALL of my pets have been adopted strays and that’s the way it will always be.
    In the end, people have pets for one of three reasons:
    1-because they love the wee beasties.
    2-because they need to impress someone else
    3-because they want to please someone else–kids or spouse mainly.
    As long as #2 and #3 exist there’ll be no end of weird expensive breeds and, sadly, abandoned creatures.

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    • As for the pix, I just wanted to show a range of happy and totally different breed/mongrel pix. At the end of the day, they are all dogs, with similar characteristics.

      I am not a fan of breed standards. It doesn’t seem a million miles from eugenics to me. The link you posted is great. Those comparison photos are well chosen, and make the point that so many of us are unhappy about, that dogs are no longer bred for their original purpose but for someone’s crazy idea of what it should look like. I gave a link to a long report in my Part 1 that also highlighted the serious health problems caused by crazy breed standards.

      I have no doubt that fortunately Little Snowy would be good at his original purpose in life, ie hunting, he is fast, intelligent, uses all his senses and is very muscular. But the Podenco Andaluz has only been registered in Spain in the latter part of the 20th century so they haven’t had time to start mucking about with them, although there are signs about hunting dogs not being allowed to be showed …..

      I don’t think it matters what animal person you are, as I said in the last post, it applies equally to cats as it does to dogs, and you can add in whatever other animals you choose to the list, for example, we’ve taken chickens and a cockerel and would have taken a cat had it not been for Pippa’s preference for cats at mealtimes.

      It’s a shame your final comment is so true.

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  8. Love your dog stories! My dad and I took in a stay at the farm who had mange. poor thing. A little dosing and turned out to be a fine dog. Dumped. The tossed out a real sweetie – she was better where she landed.
    Wrote a much too long comment on the last post. which covered some of this, too.
    Wish they would ban animals in stores – unhealthy development there for puppies/kittens. Breaks my heart.
    Word of mouth is a pretty good way to find a dog – usually free and often from owners who for some reason just aren’t able to keep the dog but are responsible enough to try and find it a good home instead of dumping it.
    Paws up for the pup series

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    • I thought a few case histories would balance out the theory and the self-opinionated views. After all, this is a post about animals (dogs) not about me. Even though there are two pix of me on here :D

      So many strays come with health problems. Doesn’t mean they can’t be sorted though.

      Enjoyed the long comment, it was thoughtful, informative and addressing a serious problem – ie too many unwanted dogs.

      Puppies/kittens in a cage all day? :( No play time. No toys. No walks around in a safe environment? No nothing.

      Word of mouth is good. Or adverts offering free pups/dogs. Sometimes, people really do have a genuine reason for not being able to keep an animal – hope I’m never in that position.

      Thank you. The pups would wave a paw at you if they weren’t still asnoozing.

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  9. hear, hear! i say it quietly though, so Timmy can’t hear me. i don’t know if he has ever met a dog, but i am quite sure he would not approve of cat chasing :)
     
    always good to hear stories of animals who are allowed to adopt a forever family! thanks for sharing.

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    • Haha you commented on this before Part 1! Cat chasing is odd, some dogs do it and others don’t. Hoping Little Snowy won’t. His main interest right now is leaves – especially if they blow away in the wind.

      I wanted some examples of other people who have homed rescues who have been good animals and to point out I’m not the only advocate. But I guess for the most part on here, I’m speaking to the converted as you can read by most of the comments.

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  10. These posts are wonderful…good for you! Most all of the animals I have lived with were rescues. I did buy a three that didn’t measure up to the breeders expectations. One was born to be a show dog, but had the wrong markings, another needed surgery the breeder didn’t want to have done and another one was too large for his breed and couldn’t be sold for top dollar. None of them would give me the puppies so I bought them from them. I was given and English Setter that was also raised to be a show dog but his markings were off.

    If everyone would take in rescues and stop buying there would not be so many dogs on the streets or in shelters. I am very much for strict breeding laws and for them to be enforced so there would not be so many unwanted animals. Rescued animals are forever grateful to their rescue and never forget what they did for them. These two post were very well written…great job my sweet friend. Hugs

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  11. Excellent article and Jean, my wife, and I agree with you one hundred percent. Of the nine dogs that we have hear at home, seven are ex-rescues. Not so many years ago, we had twelve ex-rescue dogs. All of them, without exception, are the most gorgeous, loving animals.

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    • Thanks Paul, and Jean. If we had ever had enough space or money I would love to have homed more dogs/animals. After Pippa’s death at the end of June we are back to one dog again, I really like to have more, but circumstances are what they are. Maybe we’ll get another one later, Pippa hit us both hard, he was such a lovely dog.

      All dogs are lovely to me, whether pedigree or rescue, but while there are so many unwanted, neglected and abused animals, I couldn’t in all conscience ever buy one. I’ve made the mistake of looking at Podenco groups on Facebook, there are so many of these abused intelligent dogs cast out. And they are the lucky ones.

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