From what I have seen, a lot of people think for some reason that if you rescue a dog, you are going have a problem. They think all rescue dogs are there because they are bad, and don't deserve a chance. This has kinda been getting on my nerves, so I thought maybe I could ask everyone, what they have adopted, why did it need rescuing (was it a stray, surrender, abandoned, confiscatd, etc) and if it was a surrender, what was the reason? How is this dog now, is it a monster that people seem to think rescues are, or is it a dog that is a good example of why people should at least look?
Bowen was adopted from the humane society. We think he was just a puppy dropoff, but are not sure. We weren't told. He's a good dog, great with kids. He did have coccidia and demodectic mange as a puppy, but they were cleared up by the time he was 4 or 5 months old. We also had a heck of a time housetraining him because of the time he spent closed up in the crate at the HS. One of the downsides of getting a puppy from there.
He is spastic at times, and thinks any visitor to our house is here to see HIM thank you very much. He's annoying to drive in the car wtih because he whines excitedly non-stop, but over all, he's a great dog and we're glad we got him. He was one year old when I got pregnant, and 2 when caitlin was born, but he's wonderfully patient with her.
Can't help you there, luvapit. So far, I've only adopted cats from rescue (but they have both been great cats!) I would actually prefer to rescue an adult dog, but my husband insists on a puppy, which is why we are going the purebred route. Almost makes me feel guilty, though, when I think that with the money we will pay for one puppy, we could probably rescue at least 4 dogs!
Oh, let me tell those people that think all rescues are bad-They are just as good as any other dog out there. Just because it's in rescue does not mean it's bad. Most of the time it's the owners who are bad and didn't do the proper research for the specific breed of dog and didn't know what to expect and therefore, didn't want to take the time to fix the problem, so the animal, through no fault of its own, ends up at rescue. Which, to me, is far better than confining it to a cage all its life or to the backyard so it can be a lawn ornament. I got Mollie from a shelter in Oroville, CA. I wanted a shelter dog because I thought if I could just save one, that would be better than not saving any. She has been the best dog I've had since Hank. We got Eli from Doberman Rescue of Nebraska in Omaha and he had some quirks of just getting used to having to live with smaller dogs, but after a month, he was perfect. They found him as a stray in Garden City, KS. I'm sure it was just another nitwit who got a doberman thinking "Oh, what a pretty dog." and didn't do the research, like I said before. All dogs have their faults, but it's just taking time to try and correct those faults is what makes a dog and person work well together.
I adopted my Shilo from the shelter. I think she was an owner drop off. Not good indoors, not good with children, not good off leash, not good with many other dogs, not good with other animals, unsocialised, food/posession aggressive, and not good in a vehicle.
I adopted my girl from an all-breed rescue group- at 2.5 years. After raising two puppies- I expected some challenges... but they really and truly, NEVER surfaced.
She moved RIGHT in to the family- never had an accident in the house (awfully un-dachsie like ;0), is great with people and other dogs, is absolutely ADORABLE (don't believe me?: http://dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=1039 ), and couldn't be a more perfect fit.
Sure- she's impossible to keep weight off of. She chewed up the baseboards and ripped up some carpet within the first week she was here (all easy repairs- and TOTALLY my fault for not having an eye on her). She has a funky high maintenance coat (which doesn't mix with dirty dachsie roll-in-the-mud attitude)- and I have to explain that she's a real weiner dog to most of the people I meet (who have usually never seen a dappled dachsie- let alone a wire- and certainly not a wire/long mix). But compared to my puppies- she's just a breeze. :)
I also foster when I can- and the one who truly stole my heart was a simply beautiful mutt, rescued in her last hours at a high kill shelter. She lives in the lap of luxury now- I recently heard that she LOVES to do laps in her family's pool, and has attached herself permanently to everyone who's met her. She certainly didn't deserve to die- just years into her life- because some @ss wasn't intelligent enough to see the gem that they had in her. Dumping her ended up being the BEST thing they could've done. :)
I have had many rescues over the years. Pinky, Punkin and Fancy are all three rescues and they are awesome dogs! Pinky does however have a lot of health problems which Im sure result from coming from a byb. I also foster and have had many wonderful healthy foster babies as well as some that had their fair share of health and behavior problems.
i have a shelter dog, a border collie mix. she was found as a stray. typical border collie personality. she really is a gem. no health or temperament problems. very friendly and gentle, loving, very easy to train. no housetraining problems. no aggression.
Buster, Heidi, Diamond, Diesel, Abby, Gizmo, Eggroll, and Sushi all came from rescue and or a shelter. The only animals I have that didn't are my rabbit, lizard, and Bison and Donata. I love shelter dogs. I think they know that they have been saved and are even more devoted than others. That is just my opinion. Diesel is the only one we had heath problems with. He was a walking parasite. You name it he had it and it took for ever to get rid of all of them.
Both of my current Boxers were adopted from Florida Boxer Rescue.
Loki was picked up as a stray by A/C and turned over to boxer rescue. He was approximately 15 months old when we adopted him....in perfect health (so far...we have had him for 2 and a half yrs). Temperament wise you couldn't ask for a better dog. He LOVES everyone, is great with other dogs, is affectionate, smart and is sooo gentle with children. The only issue we have had with him is a bit of separation anxiety , and the crate seems to be working for that. He was skittish when we first got him...we have no idea how long he'd been on the street before A/C picked him up, but he settled in almost immediately and became part of the family. I can't say enough great things about him.
We adopted Lyra (also 15 months old) this past June. She was an owner surrender because they said she was 'too much hassle" At some point in her short life she was severely beaten (and has the physical scars to prove it....of course her previous owner's deny it...they have 'no clue' how she got the huge scars on her head...whatever). She has come such a long way in the past 5 months. She was underweight, had ringworm (which the rescue paid to treat), was skittish around people, very dog aggressive (she seemed not to be socialized at all...except at her foster home). Now she is my little velcro dog...she loves people. It took her almost a whole month before we ever saw her wag her 'nub' or make eye contact (not normal at ALL for a Boxer) . Now it never STOPS wagging. She has come completely out of her shell, gained weight...learned to play with toys...and is just a dream live with and to train.
My experience with rescue has been very positive.I would definately adopt again. Her are my kids:
My Rusty is a Golden and we got him at 7 months old at the shelter. He is now 14 years old.
The owners turned him in because he wouldn't stay down. They tied his legs so he wouldn't jump up. He had marks on his legs when we got him.
He has been the best dog I ever had. I will miss him a lot when he goes to doggy heaven. Which might not be very much longer.
Most of all my dogs came from the shelter or off the streets. We love them all. Shelter dogs are the best kind of dog. At the shelter you can find all kinds. Even purebreeds. Just keep looking and you will find the right dog for you.
I adopted Duncan from the local animal shelter almost a year ago after I lost my Sheltie of 11 years. Right after Bart (the Sheltie) died I thought I would not get another dog. Well, that lasted about two weeks before I started to go and look for another dog. I thought I would look for a breeder of a miniature/toy poodle or maltese, or even looked for a cavalier spaniel. I looked at the ads in the local paper and called the breed clubs for breeders in my local area. I went to see a few litters that were mostly from BYBs and was not happy with what I saw.
At the same time I visited my local shelter and talked about what I was looking for with the staff. They were wonderful about keeping a look out for the right dog for me. A few weeks later they called me and told me they thought they had a match for me. In fact, I had two dogs to look at. Well, when that little apricot poodle mix came bounding in, in all his puppy energy, I knew I found my new little boy. The shelter could tell me very little of his background as he was found as a stray.
I can't say my experience with him has been any different than with any other puppy I have had growing up. He was quick to housetrain and shortly after bringing him home I noticed he had a very strong drive for retrieving.
After about two months at my house I had him evaluated by a trainer to see if he could learn to assist me (I am in a wheelchair) with picking up things I drop. I can happily say he is now well on his way to becoming a full service dog. He has great public manners and is wonderful and retrieving whatever I drop.
So as you can see, there are many gems at your local shelter.
The majority of all my dogs came from shelters and rescues. All of them have been pretty much super dogs. One dog, a chow chow, was beaten and injured so bad that she never recovered mentally and had to be put down.
The best dog and friend I ever had was a feral half starved puppy that I found wandering the streets in Mexico. He was so sick and little that I couldn't leave him there. So we planned on trying to sneak him across the border through the port of entry into the U.S. We wrapped in in a big towel and hope he didn't make any sound or that border patrol wouldn't randomally search our vehicle. If they found him, I'm sure they would have killed him on the spot.
We got across the port of entry. None of us dared breath until we were across. Once across we all whooped and hollered. I brought him home and he became my friend and a much talked about dog. I had the pleasure of having him for 13 yrs. His name was Cedo. ( Pronounced See- Doe)
I guess my new dog Max would be classified as a "surrendered" dog. Don't ask me now, it's not the best time. Give us a few weeks and I'll get back to you on this subject. (If I can't say something nice.........don't say anything at all) He's really not bad, we just have to all get adjusted. To answer your question of why he was surrendered? I don't know. Maybe because of the same troubles WE are having. His previous owners will NOT return my calls. Not to knock rescue dogs, I know there are many, many wonderful dogs that have come from shelters.
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 12/1/2004 4:22:16 PM*** Reason: typo
Didn't read the whole post, but Rusty, my golden was adopted from the Humane Society and he has been a wonderful dog. He is eager to please and was very very easy to train. I think he had just been in someone's back yard alone all his life and is very greatful to have a real home.
I also adopted Lady from the greyhound track, but that is different from what you are addressing I believe. In any case she has been a wonderful dog too and I have not had one tiny bit of trouble from her.
I also have a pug and chi who were purchased from breeders, while I love them both and wouldn't give them up for anything, they have certainly posed more challenges over the years. Of course part of that is just puppyhood, where the dogs I adopted were older.
People drop off dogs, as well as other animals, at shelters for the most rediculous reasons and in no way does that mean that there is anything wrong with the animals.
What a good thread idea! Shelter dogs/cats are sooooooooo grateful. I have one pit/mix that was abandoned at a local park. She is awsome. All of my other pitbulls are also from rescue. None of them have any major problems. All of my cats are from shelters too. Two of my pitbulls are now pet therapy dogs and have their CGC (Canine Good Citizen Certificate). None had any prior obedience training. It did take a little amount of effort on my part but nothing that was not truly worth it!! I would never go to a pet store, or BYB for a dog. Espeically when there are sooooooooo many animals needing decent homes.
Well, I think, maybe since I started this topic in the first place, maybe I should put my rescue dogs' stories up. Instead of writeing all 3 of them out, I'll just post their dogster pages, because their stories are all already on those, that and I have written this all out a lot, lol: Coco, pit bull mix: http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=38315
I rescued Hunter from a shelter when he was 8 weeks old. They didn't know anything about his past. Him and his littermates were just dropped off at the shelter because the owner 'Couldn't find homes for them'.