This topic is near and dear to my heart. I believe all dogs should experience love in their lives. The simplicity of a dog creates a beautiful mixture of loyalty and purely unconditional love. It is a beautiful bond.
A dog is a dog
it makes no difference big or small.
Young and old, fast or slow,
It makes no difference big or small.
A dog is a dog.
I am clearly a dog person. As you may have already noticed, haha.
I wrote this poem to describe how I feel about breed discrimanation and/or age discrimination in dogs. I know there are a lot of dogs in shelters who would be the perfect companion for a variety of different lifestyles! Older dogs are lower energy, usually already completely trained, and great couch potatoes! Young dogs require a lot of training, but a one year old might come completely potty trained, and with basic commands already instilled. And I simply won’t hear about any old dog who can’t learn a new trick. Dogs love attention, and a quick training game not only stimulates their mind it also tires them out. Always remember, “A tired dog is a good dog”. And please don’t rant and rave to me about breed discrimination. I believe a dog is made of a lot more than just genetics (although some medical reasoning definitely explains something like a rabid dog, or a dog defending itself versus a dog attack). Environment counts for a lot in a dog’s life too. But more on that in new posts coming soon.
The point here is that when I was young I wanted to be a dog breeder, but I realized before I even had my own dog that too many of our nation’s pets are being euthanized for me to ever promote any idea other than ADOPT A PET! The only way to stop reckless breeding (which creates a mixture of overpopulation and genetic disorders) is to stop buying puppies and dogs from backyard breeders, and/or a pet stores, which are likely supplied by the infamous puppy mill. I promise to post very soon about the steps I recommend you take when considering adding a new pet to your home. (Check back soon.)
When you and your family are ready, of course. You should always do your research on reputable local shelters. Those are the dogs most in need. If you cannot adopt, maybe get involved volunteering. Awareness is the key, and if the dog lovers in the world are aware, then we can make a difference. Every dog matters.