Thank you USA for providing the greater percentage of my Blog Followers and, probably not surprisingly therefore, the greater percentage of my book sales. I thought it would be an appropriate reciprocal gesture to promote your (ASPCA) Adopt-a Shelter-Dog month!
The ASPCA have designated October as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month which compliments the “Adopt don’t shop” movement very nicely, and no doubt explains the increase in dog adoption related Posts here in the Blogiverse.
Whereas many will argue in favor of buying a dog from a breeder, there are so many benefits to at least checking out your local shelter before making any decision. One must always consider that a dog in a shelter is not there by choice, and would no doubt really love all the comforts of a real home just as you and I do.
Adopting from a shelter serves a double benefit because it is not only giving a dog a second chance at life, but you will also free up space for another unfortunate dog.
Below is a pic of Ray, proudly promoting the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. They were the ones that rescued him from a life of scavenging (as a stray) and put a lot of time and effort into making him suitable for adoption. Ray came to live with us in March 2013.
Shelter dogs are often considered “less than ideal” simply because they will need training. All dogs, regardless of their age, or their background, will need training if you want an enjoyable and rewarding relationship with them. Training, which is essentially teaching you and your dog how to successfully interact with each other, not only provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding, but can make life in general so much easier in the future.
Below is a 2016 pic of Ray and I reviewing the first copy of the book about the first 18 months of us living together. (“Who Said I was up for Adoption?” – click book cover over to right for more info)
If you have any thoughts whatsoever towards giving an unfortunate dog a second chance at a warm and loving life, then go and introduce yourself to your local shelter. You can tell them that Ray sent you and, if they ask who Ray is… he is 80lbs of rescued German Shepherd/Rottweiler who has lived here for 4-1/2 years now. While he has presented his challenges (All dogs will. They are no different from children), he is a very special and a precious addition to our family.
Remember that October is the ASPCA’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month and, of course, “Adopt-don’t-Shop.”