If you want a dog, adopt from a shelter or rescue group. DO NOT BUY from a breeder or pet store. Over 11,000,000 dogs are killed every year in shelters because of over breeding. Do not be so selfish as to only want a particular breed. Why do you need a purebred? Are you really going to show your dog at Westminster? No, you want a companion, a family dog. There are great dogs all over in shelters and rescue groups. If you really do want a particular breed, you can find one in a local shelter or from a local rescue group near you. And you will be saving his or her life – because after 72 hours dogs brought into shelters are killed. And while they are ‘living’ at the shelter, they are sharing a small crate with two or three other dogs.
When I decided to get a dog, I went to Petfinder.com. You can put it location, breed, age and sex of the dog you want. It will pull up thousands in your area. And yes you can get a puppy, and yes you can get the breed you want. The dogs listed on Petfinder are in shelters or rescue groups or being fostered. I found my Elvis on Petfinder at Furry Friends in Pennsylvania. When I decided to get a second dog, I contacted Furry Friends again and found my Cilla.
There are several dog rescue groups in Maryland including BARCS, Maryland SPCA, Bella’s Bully Buddies and Dogs XL Rescue. You can also go to your county’s government website for your local shelter. Or you can always google it! However you do it, ADOPT don’t buy your next dog!! Don’t be selfish, improve not only your life buy the dog’s life buy rescuing him or her.
Cilla and I attended the Best Friends Animals Society Strut Your Mutt at Blob’s Park on Saturday. It was the first ever in the Baltimore/DC area. The event raised over $50,000. for homeless animals. Strut Your Mutt was basically a dog festival. There was a walk around the park, but there were also booths, food, drinks, contests, raffles, and even a visit by The (Orioles) Bird.
I was very proud of my Cilla. I wasn’t sure how she would do among all those people and dogs. She listened, stayed right next to me and didn’t pull when we walked. Cilla has always been scared of people, but by the end of the day, she was going up to people asking for snacks and pets. Cilla did not like when dogs sniffed her butt, and she let them know it by giving her meanest growl.
Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend. Would you take your best friend to a homeless shelter and leave him there not knowing whether he will live or die? I don’t understand how anyone can care for and love a dog for 8 months or 8 years and then just abandon him because he is no longer convenient for them. Would these same people trade in their children at age 13 for a baby? As insane as that sounds to you, that is how unthinkable it is to me that anyone would get rid of their dog. The message here is simple, think long and hard before you adopt (not buy from a breeder) a dog. Don’t be selfish and get a dog just because you think it will be neat to have a dog. Consider the dog and if his life will be better if he’s with you. If you like dogs and want to be around them but know that your lifestyle will not accommodate a dog, then please do not adopt a dog, volunteer to walk and/or play with dogs at a shelter or rescue group.
A favorite of mine that begins with D is Dogs. I have always loved dogs. I love dogs more than people. Dogs are all about love. They are pure and innocent. I always cry when dogs get hurt in movies. It was heart wrenching for me watching Lassie movies, let alone Old Yeller. I had dogs growing up, first Samson and then Alf. But it wasn’t until I adopted my Elvis seven years ago that dogs truly became a passion of mine. Elvis became my best friend. I love him more than I can write. And two years after I got Elvis, I adopted Cilla – short for Priscilla. Together we’re a family. While in Memphis, I took in a few strays and found them homes and fed other strays. If I had all the money in the world, I would take in all the strays and find them homes. But I need money, so I was lucky enough to get a job at Dogtopia, a dog daycare and boarding facility. I love getting paid to be with dogs all day.
What is your favorite animal?
Seven years ago today, I gave myself the best Valentine’s Day present ever – a new best friend. I adopted Elvis on February 11, 2005 – he was just 3 months old. A few weeks before, I started my search for a dog. I had recently bought a house with a fenced in yard, and I wanted a dog. I thought about a bulldog or a corgi and then decided on a mutt from a shelter. I went on petfinder.com and found this dog already named Elvis, but there was no picture – it was fate. He was rescued from a kill shelter in West Virginia and was currently with a foster family with Furry Friends in York, PA. I drove up to meet Elvis on February 5th. He was 15 pounds at 11 weeks old. Six days later Elvis was mine. He came for a home visit and never left. Within a couple of days, he was potty trained and crate trained. I thought he was a genius! We bonded VERY quickly. We have been best friends ever since. Elvis has been by my side through a few boyfriends, friends come and gone, three houses, a few foster dogs, one permanent dog (he’s still not crazy about his sister Cilla), parties, outings, a great three month road trip on the U2 360 tour, and my everyday highs and lows. Through it all, Elvis is always there for me.