A dog is an asset, not a commodity | Life
I am worried about what is happening these days with pups.
I feel sorry for the dogs that are being bred in hopes of a profit from sales, and the pups that are being abandoned or literally tossed aside because nobody wants the puppies that a year ago were in demand and selling for high prices.
I have never thought of a dog as a commodity, but as an asset, a fulfillment and a best friend forever. I just don’t understand how people can buy a pup, or breed a dame and not be prepared to take care of what they thought they wanted.
Most of the time there is nothing wrong with the pup that is being rehomed or given away. It was a rash decision which has consequences that many are really not prepared for.
There are dog breeders that will make purchasers sign contracts about taking care of a dog and being a responsible owner but no return policy is offered except to take a pup back. There is no offer of a refund or assistance to the owner to help them find a new owner.
For those pups that have not sold on the Christmas market, many breeders will leave the pups at dog rescue facilities openly or on the sly. I’m not trying to attack breeders, but there are irresponsible breeders that really consider the extra unsold dogs or returns a liability, not a fact of life.
People make mistakes, but the dog is the one who pays the price.
So that’s where the dog lovers really come to light. Watch for those postings that are asking for a new loving home for their pup that is not fitting in with the family.
Don’t be hasty, but meet the dog and the owners and see if you may be a good match for your new pup. Don’t worry that it’s not eight-weeks old, think of it as a pup for you and a new beginning.
Check the dog rescue places. Many dog owners and breeders alike will abandon the unwanted or unsold dogs as a stray that they have found.
There are a lot of beautiful dogs at the dog rescue who have been abandoned even though they are purebred. If they don’t sell or can’t be rehomed, leaving them with a dog rescue is a final solution.
Just look and keep an eye out for those dogs that nobody seems to want. I alert others that are looking for a dog and tell them to pay attention to the postings online after the holiday season. January and February are a good time to look for a dog that someone regrets they purchased.
I have hope for any person who really wants to find a dog and a dog that needs to find a new home.
We dog lovers see a dog as a working buddy, best friend and for many a guide or lifesaver.
For a true dog lover, the search is worth the work. I have seen beautiful blue heelers, labs, retrievers, kelpies all left at the door of a dog rescue, and have been matched up with good homes and caring owners. They are out there if you are genuinely looking for your next best buddy.
All of this dog searching is such a good idea. It takes work, but the reward of finding a pet that is not wanted and bringing into a home that is full of love is what it’s all about.
I am hoping that maybe I can find someone who doesn’t want their car anymore and wants to leave it at my door in hopes I will rescue it and give it a good home. Maybe?
Cheri Kolstad is a certified dog behaviourist, groomer and trainer in Penticton. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org