Should You Buy a Dog or Should You Adopt (Pros and Cons)

Adopting a dog is a subject that is very close to my heart.  Petfinder helps people find the right pet every day!

After all I work with dogs all day, and some of the best are adoptions.

So let’s discuss the pros and the cons of adopting a dog; and the pros and the cons of buying a puppy!

Puppies

We all love them!  And, to be honest I bought one puppy and adopted the other.

Puppies are a little bit less of a gamble when it comes to competition and integrating with other pets.

I  wanted a dog that I could compete in a very high level of protection sports with at that time in my life.

I did my research, her father was imported from Belgium and had earned a Schutzhund or IPO 3 (it was Schutzhund then).  He was also a known producer meaning his puppies were doing well in the competition world as well.  Her mother was a working police dog.

Ironically I grilled the police officer and tried to ensure that I would get a dog with an “off” switch.  Anyone who knows extreme working dogs like police or military dogs knows that sometimes they never shut off.  They are constantly moving and wanting to work.  Because I had kids in my life, I wanted a dog that could chill when she wasn’t working.

Thankfully, my hard work and questions paid off.  She was able to attain many titles including agility, protection, and dock diving as well as excelling in lure coursing.  We were even invited to compete together in AKC obedience.

Don’t get me wrong, I think I pretty much got the perfect dog (which isn’t always the case despite the effort) but thankfully it lessens your chances that the dog can’t do the work.

However, most people aren’t looking for a “working” dog.

My rescue was given to me because he had panosetitis and was given back to the breeder.  I also had high aspirations for him being able to compete at a high level in protection sports but he had different plans.  I later realized he was dropped from their bed bug sniffing problem (an indicator that his drive wasn’t as high as I wanted).  Or at least it is only on his terms.  I jokingly call him my flying dragon because he has no off switch!  And, that getting along with my other pets, even though I got him at 6 months he had aggression and possession issues

Instead of excelling at protection sports, we discovered he was really good at swimming and was a national champion in dock diving, fetch it, and chase it with Ultimate Air Dogs.

Long story short, if looking to compete is what you want; look into dogs that have pedigrees and high producing puppies.

If I want to compete at a high level in agility, I would be looking at Border Collies, Sheltland Sheepdogs, Labrador Retrievers or other breeds who’s mother and father have competed at that level.

If I want to compete in barn hunt, I would probably be looking for a Jack Russell or Norwich Terrier.

Sure, competing isn’t for everyone; but it can be a lot of fun and it gives you a great job to spend with your best friend.

I Don’t Want to Compete

So you don’t want to compete but you do want to know a little bit more about what you are getting.

If I want a 30 pound dog and I am adamant that I can’t have a dog that is bigger because of the apartment complex that I live in; I probably don’t want to take the risk on a puppy at a shelter.  I would want to stick with a dog that I know what size I am getting.

Also, different breeds have different personalities.  Want a couch potato get a Greyhound.  Want a dog constantly ready to move and you like hiking all weekend for hours at a time, get a Rhodesian Ridge Back.  The AKC can help you find local breeders.

Figure out what fits in your family with your lifestyle.  Everyone is different when it comes to lifestyle, and what preferences people want to look at as well as size so look up lots of options and visit lots of breeders so you find the right person and a good ethical breeder.

Good breeders should welcome your questions and concerns because it ensures the time and effort that you are putting into keeping a dog that will likely live 8-15 years.

Adoptions

As much as I love choosing the right competition dog I also love shelter dogs.  The ASPCA can also help you find the right pet!

When I owned (although you never truly own a 501 (c)(3) non-profit), I got all of my guide dogs, service dogs and assistance dogs from shelters or rescues.  Although, I adopted mine as adult dogs.

And, although I love great rescue groups, there are some rescues that exceed normalcy in their requirements.  One rescue I know won’t adopt a Boxer to anyone who hasn’t had a Boxer, me included.  And, let me tell you I could handle just about any breed.  I also provide routine medical care and would walk my dog if I didn’t have a yard.  I understand that these rescues want to provide the best homes but sometimes I think they take things a little far.

The one nice things about really good breed rescue groups is that they intricately know the temperament of those in their care better than a shelter would.  They would better know if the dog has lived with other pets, or children and what environment may be best.  Just be careful.  I know one dog that was adopted out to a home and it takes 5 veterinary technicians and a giant muzzle to trim this dog’s nails or do anything it doesn’t like, like clean ears or bandage feet… again probably not something someone wants in a dog.

Puppies

Again, puppies are a little bit of a “crap shoot” if you will with their temperament as they age.  However most will get along with your cat easier if you teach them basic training and manners around them.

It is difficult to determine what breed of dog or dogs (let’s face it typically two pure bred dogs don’t get together and make puppies) most shelter puppies are a mixture of many things.   I think this makes them even more endearing.

A veterinarian I work with has a love affair with Mastiffs.  He has wanted a Mastiff for year and the bigger the better.  We often combine and comment about his favorite and my favorite Caucasian Ovcharka.  I suppose one day we will each have what we want.

However, his wife, who is also in law school accepted him adopting a puppy of unknown origin.  They called him a Cane Corso/Lab mix.  I joke that I see “pibble” (the nicer way to say Pitbull).  He is adorable no matter what breed he is but at 4 months old he is only about 27 pounds.  Clearly as an experienced dog owner it is still difficult to determine size.  And, btw Pitbull mixed breeds are some of my favorite puppy adoptions.

Again, he is adorable no matter what, but even his veterinary degree can’t tell him how big this puppy will get.  Another vet friend of mine adopted what she thought was a Shetland Sheepdog mix who turned out to be 70 pounds and also adorable.  Adopting a puppy can be fun but lots of work.

If in doubt and you want a small dog, try and stick with a dog that comes from a smaller and known mother.  Giant breeds are a bit bigger to accurately determine for any dog owner.

The only slightly negative thing I will say about shelter puppies is that most often their history is, of course, unknown and I am a firm believer in temperament genetics.  This is why I am so adamant about finding a dog that fits with my goals for a working dog.

I have seen puppies with EXTREME aggression at six weeks.  I know that is an unpopular opinion, but the truth is that you can see videos of it.  No one wants to think that anything is born with aggression issues but unfortunately I am more believer in nature versus nurture.  Sure, nurture is important but all the love in the world can’t change an aggressive dog into a dog with no issues.

Also puppy temperaments can change, just like going through puberty can change your temperament a bit as from who you were as a baby or young child.  The same can happen with puppies.  The puppy may have been social with other dogs at 5 months but not at one or two years.

Thankfully this is not frequent, shelter puppies most of them turn out to be canine good citizens.  And, remember as a dog trainer, I see the worst of the worst when it comes to aggression and behavior.

Adult Dog

Adopting an adult dog is probably my favorite option for most people.  I also love Greyhounds because I think they are usually great couch potatoes.  Paws on the Mountain can help you find the right one.

I know we have been through all the other pros and cons but adult shelter dogs or rescue dogs are like diamonds in the rough.  I think adopted animals also feel some gratitude when they get a forever home.

Also most of them have been to a veterinarian for a general vet exam and heartworm test.

People are soooooo worried that they are going to get someone’s problems but the truth is that it is just usually lack of training.

Don’t get me wrong, there are dogs with serious aggression issues in shelters and rescues.  But now a days it is more common for both of these kinds of organizations to temperament test prior to adoption.

Again, I am going out on a limb, and I know it is controversial.  But aggressive dog, dogs with possession issues or any dog that fails these tests should be euthanized.  Not all dogs are adoptable, it isn’t worth the risk.

So many good dogs get euthanized each day, why not euthanize the ones with aggression.

10 years ago I did a lot of temperament testing in a local humane society.  As we went through the shelter we kept passing a dog that was 8.  “Why aren’t we testing her?”   “She is 8 she will never get adopted.”

I was horrified and demanded to test her.   Not only did she pass (I could tell by her submissive behaviors in the kennel) she was also adopted out to a family that had a 4 year old.  They didn’t want a dog that needed potty trained and they didn’t want a dog that was rambunctious, would knock him down or steal his food.  She had several good years with her family.

I don’t understand all this time spent on “rehabilitation” when non-aggressive dogs get killed each day.

I have a friend that is known for this.  Her current “rehab” dog has to wear a muzzle in the house and out of the house.  That makes no sense for me.  This is a dog I would never trust and would never adopt out around kids.  But even those of us who don’t have kids of our own, we have kids in our life or that walk down the street or peer in your yard.

It has been proven that the majority of people who adopt from shelters are brand new pet owners.  Why add aggression to their already overwhelming plate!

So if you are looking to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter look for those that have a 0 tolerance and also temperament test.  Ask to see the test.  Possession aggression can run rampant in adult shelter dogs.  But what happens if your child wanders near your new dog’s bowl?  Also what happens if your new dog steals “Barbie” and chases the dog down to take it away.  You want a dog that has NO possession issues at all!

NEVER, EVER, EVER take your children.  Yes, whether it is a puppy or adult  dog it will need to love your kids… but kids can’t leave a dog they fall in love which, which is basically all dogs.

When I was temperament testing for guide dog and service dogs there were several days if not weeks where I never took a dog home.  Trust your instincts.  You will find the right dog, there is no time limit on it and there should not be!

Look for temperament first in an older dog.  If you want an active dog, look for that active happy dog.  If you want a couch potato, look for a dog that is relaxed and happy.

You May Choose the Wrong Dog

It is OKAY to admit you chose the wrong dog, especially an adult dog.  It took about 3-4 weeks for an adult dog to begin to fit in well enough to show his real temperament.

I remember taking home a Golden Retriever that did great at my house but we liked to switch them up among us professional trainers.  He went to snack out of the cat box and my trainer friend’s 9 year old went to take him out and he snarled and lunged.

Tests are good and they weed out a lot but they aren’t perfect.

It is find to admit that the dog you chose isn’t a good fit.  People want to make you feel bad but this is a commitment that you are making for possibly 12 years or more.  You have no desire to live in an abusive relationship or have your child mauled.

Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t work out.

Ironically we had a Doberman in our clinic on Friday of last week.  She was there for possible bloat and was 7 months old.  She was TERRIBLE.  She screamed she paced and was basically a terror.  I think she had lived with the breeder for all 7 months and had never been alone.  The owners had only had her for a week but were going to give her back because she wasn’t the right dog.

She had kids and the kids scared the dog and the dog undoubtedly screamed all day and night.  I fell in love with this mess and would have certainly fostered her!  This wasn’t the right home for her but with some serious work she could find the right home.

Remember adopting a dog, whether it be puppy or adult is a big deal and a commitment for the lifetime of the dog.  Do your research but don’t punish yourself with the wrong dog!  The right dog is out there for you and your family.

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Comments

  1. Brandi says:

    I’m an advocate for both adoption and RESPONSIBLE breeders. Breeders that health and temperament test their dogs and have “forever come home” policies. I own 2 from responsible breeders and 1 rescue. I also volunteer with my local rescue. My rescue came when I just needed a companion…the other 2 when I decided to get into competing and needed specific traits and qualities.

    However theres a strong need to abolish backyard breeders and by doing so we will reduce the number of dogs in shelters but in order to do so we have to educate the public that not all breeders are bad and how to identify a responsible breeder from a back yard breeder!!!

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  2. Steve Giroux says:

    I had bought my dog as a puppy from a lady idk if she was a breeder or just needed to get rid of the mother’s litter of puppies. If I had a choice to do it again I believe I would adopt from a decent dog shelter.

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  3. Marion says:

    We adopted a 9 month old Romanian lab x having had dogs for 40 years or so. She is lovely in the home, bomb proof with children and loves people BUT I think that running in a pack in a shelter has made her find other dogs difficult. She copes in training classes but out in parks and fields will rush over and dominate other dogs (lots of noise and stuff but no biting). We now have to take her on the lead, she’s aggressive when passing other dogs so I now take her out early and we can take her on holidays etc. I think a lot of rescue dogs have this problem – she is definitely not the first I’ve heard of but we cant seem to break the habits

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  4. I’ve had over 30 rescued, found dogs and 3 from Great Dane breeders. NEVER buy from a breeder. Have sense and compassion and a rescue dog is just a smarter and good-natured as most pure breeds. There is never a guarantee.
    With hundreds of stories of rescue dogs winning various competitions, saving lives, being life-long loving companions,
    You want a particular breed? There are countless rescue organizations that can deliver.
    Also, don’t buy any so-called designer breeds. We don’t need more dogs in this world. We can”t take care of many of those already here. Always Adope!

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  5. EBK says:

    Thanks – this was a terrific and thorough article that hits on a whole lot of important considerations for selecting a puppy or dog for your family. I’m going to pass it along to some of my dog-loving and dog-owning friends who will appreciate your perspectives. Also to my sister. She recently retired and might possibly be considering having a dog of her own.

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  6. A breeder gave me a female dog to raise and turn her puppies over to her to sell the first year and then she was mine. Since then I have recused 5 dogs and 3 are still with me. I chose recuse dogs now because there are so many and they add so much to my life.

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  7. Stephen Grouse says:

    Lots of pluses & minus with all your comments. I got my 2 GSD from a breeder. We got the 1st @9 weeks. I “ordered” male. He was just a little ball of fur when we 1st saw him. He is now long hair 150 lbs of the most loving dog you could want. My little girl came abt 2.5 years later. They are brother & sister. But as different as night & day. The 2 previous owners didn’t know that they had a GSD lots of issues. It’s taken my over 2 yrs to correct a lot. She has made me work for every inch i gained. I would do it all over again. I still keep in touch with my breeder. The biggest problem with shelter pups is correcting errors of previous owners. I feel i have the best to friends here with me in my 2 GSD. Oh yea i am 72 yr old

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  8. Connie says:

    Great article. I bought my GSD female 8 years ago fro a reputable local breeder, her dogs are known for their temperament, trainability & good looks. This was the right choice for me as I wanted to breed. I bred her back to an outstanding male at the kennel 3 times and they produced the most beautiful pups. I kept a female from her second litter and bred her once before spaying. Though she produced beautiful pups as well and was a good mama like her own, she had fetal resorption, we lost 3 of the six she was carrying and in the expensive world of proper breeding and care, felt I didn’t want to put either of us through that again. Both my girls have CGC titles and I love them to the moon and back. The GSD/Great Dane mix we got from rescue was helped over Rainbow bridge this spring, 5 days short of his 14th birthday, he was an excellent dog.

    I don’t know what I will do when it comes time for another dog….I hope to be in my 70s then, perhaps a Greyhound couch potato (;

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  9. Linda DIGUGLIELMO says:

    I adopted about a year old dog four years ago. I have used your teaching methods which have worked beautifully. Cheyenne is the sweetest dog I have ever had. You have taught me how to train him in a positive way. I definitely would adopt again

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  10. Nina says:

    Thanks for having this discussion. Buy or rescue – it’s a personal decision determined by so many factors! We need more professional trainers being open and honest about this. Great read. 🙂
    ~ Nina

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  11. Robert Malesich says:

    I lost my dog to diabetes so I tried to adopt a dog tried online to find the same breed I of dog that I had before. the hoops had to jump thru was unacceptable I believe I could have adopted a child easier than a pet. I finally went to a reputable breeder and purchased a dog of my preference and is what I was looking for. The dog was perfect and is probably my best friend and constant companion.

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  12. One suggestion NOT based upon this articles content, do NOT use black font printed over dark brown areas, choose a color that can be seen and read over the background you or your editors have used, honestly, has anyone tried reading this!?

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  13. Lyn Kavanagh says:

    After we lost our 15 and half year old Border collie we were devastated. However, after just a few months we missed having a dog in our life. Many people told us to ‘rescue’ a dog from the shelter because of our age ( we were in our 70s) and we duly checked out our local shelter, none of the dogs appealed. We had a good talk with one of our sons who assured us he would ‘take’ any dog we left behind. We then went to a breeder of Border Collies and went through a long test list before we were able to buy a puppy. Bailey is now a 2 yr old and while nothing like our first BC, he has his own personality and has brought love, laughter and is wonderful company. I would choose a puppy over a shelter dog especially if there a young kids around.

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  14. Patti says:

    Hi.
    2 yrs ago I adopted a 2 to 3 yr old mixed (part bull) that they say came from down south. It took about a month of patience before I decided that he will stay, he is mine for the rest of his life. We love camping and traveling, luckily Danny Boy loves it too.
    The problem is I can not get him to stop pulling me on walks ( I have come to hate walking him)
    I have taken him to training classes. His aggression towards other dogs while we are out, has become a hugh problem. He plays well with some dogs, but goes berserk with dogs he doesn’t know. That makes it extremely difficult to take him along to places. I have tried the clicker training, he doesn’t even hear it. I would love a professional trainer, not only hard to find but last month we went full time RVing. I have watched films and ordered CD’s and even joined in on line classes, but to no avail. I just can’t seem to break Danny Boy of those bad habits of his. I really want to take him where ever I go but can not, until he learns to listen and obey.
    Not sure if you can help.
    Thanks for listening
    Patti

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    Minette Reply:

    Search my articles for “leash manners”. There is a search bar at the top of the page and read the articles that are highlighted within… leash manners are clearly not something they are born with!

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  15. Arturo says:

    This is going to be a treatise but I bought my first dog, a Shih Tzu, from a breeder for an ex-girlfriend’s birthday. When I met the breeder, in SC, I was surprised, no, shocked to see the number of puppies in that home and the odor. After my ex checked ALL the puppies , Poodles, Yorkies, German Shephard’s, Mastiffs and 5-6 other breeds, she didn’t see one she connected with. I told the breeder thanks and started out the door when his wife said, we have a 3 month old Shih Tzu, I was like, a what!? Then, on a shelf, honestly, was a small cage and she took it down and inside was a gorgeous little mostly white, with grey, brown and black areas fluff. I was immediately taken, I WANTED HIM. His tail was swinging spastically left right and all over. All of this to say, I bought him but it was a two week ordeal as they wanted $1200 as he came from supposed championship lines. This was 1992 and I thought that price was ridiculous PLUS they’d kept that little guy in a cage for 3 months, which peeved me to no end. I told them I needed to give that pup the life he deserved but they would not accept my offer, $600. I came over every other day for 2 weeks and each time I came over I took off $50 from my original offer. At the two week mark, I’d made up my mind if they would accept my final offer, now $200, I was not getting him which really bothered me. I knocked on the door and the wife met and said, just get out of here, this dog is NOT for you. I asked why, she said because I wouldn’t pay what he was worth and I told her that he’d been in a cage for 14 weeks and he wasn’t for them, at least with me, he’d have a loving life and she said NO, leave! And, I turned back to my car when her husband, who was outside, came up to me and asked what I wanted to pay and I pulled out 2 $100 dollar bills, the breeder told me to wait. I waited for 5 minutes and then, I saw the wife coming out with the cage and my dog, I was elated and so was my new pup, Chooch Shogun Wu Chizi, yep! He was the greatest and because my ex-girlfriend was not allowed to have a dog per her father, I ended having him for 16.5 years.

    My next dog, was a rescue that I got from a Shelter, a Chihuahua, while I was filling out the paper work for him, a girl came in with a Chow Chow puppy and placed it on the counter and told the Tech, hey, yo, I just moved to an apartment that don’t allow no pets. He said, I’ll be right with you but she left him on the counter and ran out the Shelter door. he jumped off and splatted on the floor, ran to the door and was literally screaming. I ran over and picked him up, he bit my hands with his needle puppy teeth leaving me bleeding and I said okay buddy, you’ve just put 20-25 holes in my hands, so, you’re coming home with me. The tech asked if I was serious and I told him heck yes! He said, well, have him checked by your vet, I told him of course, and the Chihuahua, two years old, I named Guido, and the Chow, 6 weeks old, I named Bruno Amun Ra. Both have been wonder pets but when my parents came to visit me, THEY pleaded to take Guido, at the time, they had just lost a Yorkie to a water moccasin bite so, to help them, I gave them Guido. He was 4.5 pounds when I gave him to my parents and now, sadly, he’s 10 pounds but he’s loved and carried, yes, carried, everywhere.

    When Bruno was 7, my sister called and said, hey, you always said you wanted a Staffordshire Terrier, I found one that the owner can no longer take care of because he’s travelling so much, he’s 3 months old, he’s house broken, and black with white paws and white stripe on his nose to his forehead, he’s beautiful. SO, I flew down to FL to get him and drove back with him, he was a fantastic co-pilot and wonderful traveler. Not really a rescue but the owner was going to have him euthanized if he couldn’t find someone to keep him and why I got him.

    Four dogs, one from a breeder, one real rescue and two semi-rescues but EVERYONE has been a blessing and epic parts of my life, fantastic buddies, and I fully expect and hope they’ll live for 30-35 years. The end.

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  16. Beth says:

    After 29 years as an Animal Control Officer, I too have seen most of it. Clueless owners, ill fitted dogs, puppies born with the aggression, or the ability of, that gets encouraged because the “puppy is so cute thinking it is so tough”. Fear aggression is so unpredictable and not understood, and of course usually learned. People with too much dog without the know how, and don’t seek appropriate help until it’s too late, often due to either lack of funds or afraid to appear un-knowledgeable. Too many people acquire dogs for all the wrong reasons and the poor dog never really fits in, and gets bounced around 4 or 5 times by the time it is 1 year old. The poor thing doesn’t know if it is coming or going. Each home gives less and less training.
    It all boils down to people not knowing body language or understanding how a dog thinks. Yes, a puppy CAN be born with aggression. I too saw it many times. NO puppy should show aggression, but you have to be honest with yourself when you see that aggression…and no, it is not “cute puppy” to be laughed off. I agree also that far too many dogs are passed over for no reason and end up euthanized while an aggressive one gets attention and someone wants to prove they can save it – that dog may never be trustworthy in our society and may never have any ‘freedom’. A lot of dogs end up in shelters for no fault of their own. The endearing dog that was doted on and received training classes and socializing, but now we have to move, or a new baby is coming, or he got too big, or he sheds too much, or his elderly owner/companion has passed and everyone’s too busy to take him in. Dogs can be tragic, sad, horrifying, expensive, hairy, quirky…but they can also be a dream come true, pure love and admiration, a joy and pleasure for owner and others to enjoy. They can be the world and make it whole. It is so dependent on the people.

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  17. Moira says:

    I have stuck with purebred dogs – more predictability as to size, temperament and traits that are hard-wired in to a breed.

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  18. Kay Stone says:

    Adopt! All the way. I have adopted 8 dogs (not at once). They are the most loyal dogs, they seem to thank you for adopting them by the way they communicate. They have all lived to be 15 years + so I am so happy every one of them worked out great!

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  19. Janet says:

    I have been in the training business for a very long time, and worked with breed specific and mixed. Those that have been bred for years to get the “right” genetic makeup and those that no one has a clue what genes they come from. When speaking on the subject of purchasing an animal from a breeder or adopting one, has always been a heated discussion. There are great breeders out there that take excellent care of their animals and are forthright to their clients, but just as in all aspects, their are horrible breeders that do not. They intentionally cover up illnesses, lie about histories and do not provide medical care. Thus driving up the cost for those that actually do. Then you have the rescues that tend to over exaggerate the quality of said dogs. They provide minimum or basic health care and the client is charged hundreds if not thousands for said dog that has not been proven to actually be safe in their home. I can state this, for I have worked with numerous national rescue agenies and stopped when they were only concerned about the number of animals they adopted out and not if said animal was actually safe to be adopted. There in absolutely no proven data that a “pure” bred animal is any better than an adopted animal, but in my book, I would adopt from a shelter in a heartbeat. Most importantly though, do you research and know what fits your lifestyle beforehand. An animal is for life!

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  20. Cecilia MunozC says:

    Good article, Minette. I have always been an adopter mostly through the local Humane Society or Animal Control. My dogs have always been an important part of our family and our kids learned a lot about respect, love, caring and compassion. I was the trainer and I did a decent job based on pure instinct. The reason I can say this is based on your website and your philosophy toward training. I am by no means a trainer such as yourself or Minette, but somehow I connect with my dogs and they recognize me as Alpha female. I continue to learn what I can about training dogs and I appreciate that you share your knowledge.

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    Minette Reply:

    Thank you for your kind words!! 🙂

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  21. Chris says:

    I have adopted most all of my dogs from a shelter. I have no patience for puppies and I also live alone so puppies are not a good mix for me. I appreciated the article above as it helped me understand from someone else’s point of view some of the challenges of adopting a shelter dog. I will always adopt from a shelter, even if I have to go back 2,3 or more times. Don’t want to but I have and will.
    The one thing I firmly believe that I did not see talked about is just how grateful all the dog’s that I’ve adopted were from the shelter. They know what life is like on both sides of that fence, that gate. They are truly grateful and happy to get that next chance. For the reason alone, well almost, I will always get a shelter dog. Adopt from a shelter, you will be glad you did, but it is going to take work, like anything else. Understand you have just saved a wonderful animal a second chance. They get it.
    Good Luck

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  22. JoAnne D Howard says:

    Did you adopt your dog? Buy from a breeder? As an adult or puppy? Would you do it again?
    I have never bought, or adopted from shelter or rescue or breeder. But, I have had many dogs over the years. Foundlings, given by friends or family, or left on my doorstep. One was at a kennel for free, her owners never came back for her so the kennel was trying to give her to anyone that would take her.
    We’ve had 4 puppies and over the cores of 30 years we’ve had many different breeds.
    Sheltie X, 3 Siberian Husky, 3 American Staffordshire X, Amarician Bull, German Shepherd, chugg, and some kind of Corgi X.

    I can’t say I wouldn’t have any specific breed as I find that foundlings are very appreciative. Though some have very big emotional issues, but with time and love they usual work out ok.

    Puppies are easy to mold and if they have bad behavior it your own falt. When I get them from other people they just didn’t know what to do with them after 3 months or so, and then their time becomes the excuse. I never turn away someone in need. and if they don’t work out here, after a year or so. I find them a new home.

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  23. Lydie Roukine says:

    This was a great article and I enjoyed all of the comments. I think just about every issue concerning adopting dogs was touched on. Now, I would like to challenge you on one more issue. We have all heard about animal hoarders who get turned into the authorities because they have too many animals. A lot of these people have serious problems. Too many, are fined and told to quit taking in animals. I’ve heard they usually end up doing it again. What if some of these people were given a chance to take in fixed animals knowing that it was temporary until a home was found for them. At least, maybe this might be a solution worth striving for. The people need help but so do the homeless animals. Just wondering why we couldn’t at least try.

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  24. Susan Benz-Sekelsky says:

    The article was fine but I think more of us just want a loyal companion. My last two dogs one was bought the other was rescue. He is the one I am writing about. Got him two years ago small dog we put down on our application that we were looking for a house broke dog and one that would bark off strangers when my husband was on the road. He diffinitely is that. We are quite sure he was never really socialize with dogs or children very well. It has been a long road from biting us to wanting to attack every dog on our route. The one good thing is he is now biting us anymore. If we could just help him with not wanting to eat other dogs he would be a close to a perfect dog. But, of course know one is perfect. But, we love him so much anyway. Just the way he is.

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    Minette Reply:

    I have gone both ways. I will always have a special place in my home for rescues

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  25. Linda ljfulbt says:

    I have adopted every animal I have had Only one puppy the rest were adult dogs. I took them to be trained and they did great l. I will never buy a pet I have wonderful dogs and cats through adoption. To many animals need homes that are living in shelters

    Linda Fulbright

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