Originally Posted by Renebean
This doesn't mean I don't believe there are truly well-meaning and responsible breeders out there who are trying to improve the breed, but just looking at the unwanted pet ads on Craiglist makes me sad. I'll never say never (I've had to eat my words too many times lol
) but right now my heart is set on rescue!
Irene, it's wonderful that you're considering rescue! So many people have the misconception that rescue dogs are somehow broken and less than perfect. A lot of times they're great dogs that just had a run of bad luck.
Max's owner had to go out of town for work and left Max with his sister. Her dog didn't get on with him, so Max got dumped. Max is a gentle soul but our fiercest protector, especially of our daughter.
Sam liked to jump fences and was bailed out of the shelter numerous times by his owner until one day his owner got tired of coming for him. Now Sam is our peacemaker and keeps things calm between the other dogs. I'd love to make him a therapy dog because of his calm nature.
Barkley had a really hard life in Kentucky. He was covered with awful scars and had ehrlichia when we brought him home, but he is my heart and soul. He always seems in awe that we picked him, and he sticks like glue to my side when I'm home.
Cinnamon was abandoned by her owner in Chicago at the age of 12. The shelter had written her off due to her age and the condition in which she was surrendered. Her owners stated she was blind. Here's her shelter intake picture:
She wasn't blind. Her eyes were just full of infection. That was a year ago, and now, she's a force to be reckoned with. Here Cinnamon is today:
None of our rescues have ever been "broken." Maybe tarnished or a little dinged up, but with a little TLC they've all turned out to be precious gems.