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49 "My Views On Pet Adoption Storiies"

Updated on February 13, 2013

My Best Buddy

This is Harley.
This is Harley.

Adopting Pets

I have always felt strong about pet adoption. As a matter of fact I adopted my last best friend from the Humane Society. He was my best friend for over 12 years when I finally had to put him down due to cancer. I decided then that I was never going to have another dog because it was very hard on me when his time was up and had to make that decision. I missed him and it took me a long time to get used to the fact that he was no longer around, as I know most true animal lovers do.

By the way, his name was lonesome and a mix breed of Aussie and Keeshound. A great dog and best friend. I didn’t feel I would ever be able to replace him with anything close.

The point I am getting at is the fact that people are always pushing pet adoptions and like I said before, I am all for adopting. I just feel that when they say people should adopt rather than buy from a breeder or a pet shop, they shouldn’t put it in a way that is going to guilt people into adopting or make them feel guilty for not adopting. Some people are guilted into adopting and then really are not happy with the pet they adopted for some reason or other. No one should ever adopt just so they can say “I adopted”. It has to be taken into consideration that the people might want a certain breed of pet and can’t find one of that breed that is up for adoption.

I will use myself for an example. When I decided to retire I made the decision that I wanted one last best buddy that would, more than likely, be with me for the rest of our lives. He has to be my Best Buddy because my girlfriend is my Best Friend. I was living in a trailer park at the time and there was a limit to the size of dog that was allowed in the trailer park. The limit was 14 inches. I had always wanted an Australian Shepherd. The standard Aussie is 18 to 25 inches, females being smaller than males. So, that was out of the question. I had heard a few years before that they had come up with a Mini-Aussie breed. The Mini-Aussie’s maximum height was 18 inches. I talked to the management of the trailer park and they said that as long as he/she didn’t exceed the 18 inches they would allow it. So the search was on. I did search every adoption place and rescue center on the Internet and local that I could find before I even considered going to a breeder. I really didn’t have a lot of money to spend. There were no minis to be found. So I resorted to the Internet and started searching for puppies and then for breeders.

I took a trip to Colorado to pick up my sister and then we went to Missouri to visit our dad. When I took my sister back to Colorado I thought I would start searching that area. There were no breeders of minis anywhere close to where I was. I even checked for places on the way back home to California.

I was unable to find any on this first round of searching, not even in So. Calif. With reasonable prices that is. I did find one in Tennessee but I decided that was a little too far to travel. Yes, I could have had him, it was a him, shipped to me, but I don’t think that is good for the animal plus I want to be able to see him before I make the final decision. I did find one in Arizona that I was considering going and picking him up. Then I found the breeder in Susanville, north of Sacramento, in California. The breeder had a video on their web site showing the puppies running around and playing. You can see this video if you go to my hub, “It’s Me, Harley.” The one I saw and fell in love with was Harley. I was willing to drive up there to pick him up but they informed me that they were going to be in Ridgecrest for Thanksgiving, which was less than 2 weeks away, and they would be more than happy to bring Harley down with them if I would like to meet them there. If I wanted to wait until the day after Thanksgiving, they would bring him into Anaheim since they were going to Disneyland. That would only be about 35 miles for me one way. But I decided that I would drive the 127 miles each way to be able to get Harley the night before instead of the day after. I’m glad I did, it sure made for a great Thanksgiving having Harley with me. If you read the hub mentioned above you will get the story from Harley himself about the first 6 months of his life with me.

The reason I told this story, and maybe I carried on a little too much, but I wanted you to know what I went through to have the best buddy I wanted. I didn’t go down to a pet store and pick out the first cute face, and there are a lot of them. But it isn’t always easy to get exactly what you want. I did get exactly what I wanted and really needed in my life. The perfect size, 15 inches, for where I lived, an Aussie, smart as whip and has been my Best Buddy now for over a year and a half. I picked him out from the description and his actions on the web site. They said that he talked and I found out that he does. He sometimes argues with me if I tell him to do something and he doesn’t really want to do it, but the good dog he is he always does what he is told.

Heck, look at how much time and effort I put into finding Harley, and then I put him on a puppy plan at the vet for the first year I had him.

I do feel that no one should purchase from a pet shop, dealer or even a breeder without checking them out and finding that they are reputable.

It’s just that if someone is going to get a puppy or an adult dog, just take your time and find one that is going to fit your lifestyle and don’t get one just so you can say you have a pet. Don’t ever forget that a dog or puppy has feelings too and need to be shown a lot of love and affection. I know Harley does need love and affection, actually craves it, and he returns that love and affection ten fold.

I spent the time to find exactly the Best Buddy I needed. Harley has turned out to be exactly what I wanted and he will be with me until the end.

Just, please people, if you are going to push for people to adopt, don’t lay the guilt trip on people that don’t adopt. It breaks my heart every time I see the SPCA adds on TV and they show the pets that need homes and especially the ones that have been mistreated. The ones that abuse their pets should be the ones you push the guilt on. Also, if you have a pet don’t abuse it. Love it as though it were your child and see how much you get in return.

Please, feel free to adopt, just be sure you adopt what will make you happy and that pet will make you happy in return.



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      Grey Temples 3 years ago

      Great post! However, if the truth be told all pet shop puppies do come from puppy mills and this is fact and not fiction. This is why there is such a big push to stop pet shops to stop selling puppies.

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      Greg Schweizer 3 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Mona, Thank you for the visit and the comment. As for Harley being lucky, I believe it is the other way around, I am the lucky one. I couldn't have asked for a better companion. Greg.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      You are absolutely right. Adopting a dog, just like adopting a child, is a commitment and should not be a means for getting rid of guilt. It must be a conscious choice with the long term in mind. Your story is wonderful, and your dog is very lucky.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Grey T., thank you for the visit and comment. Harley, who's picture is above, is my best friend. I have always wanted an Aussie and where I lived at the time didn't allow that large of a dog. I found Harley on line and if I could have made a list of everything I wanted in a dog I got it all in Harley. I have to say, I was very lucky. Greg

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      Grey Temples 4 years ago

      Voted up. Great hub and no one should be made to feel guilty into getting any type of pet or adopting for the sake of adopting. It is unfortunate that people do not do their home work on specific breeds before they do adopt and then have to return the dog that is the person's problem not the dogs. You just can't fix stupid. But you can fix a dog to stop unwanted puppies.

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      Susan McLeish 5 years ago from Rindge, NH

      Great point made. Each person needs to find the companion that will work for their situation. I have rescued dogs and cats that have not worked in other families. Part of the reason they did not work is they did not think of the care, love and money in some cases that it would take to have a companion. Great hub!

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      Markie W 5 years ago

      Hey, I just wanted to say that I love your hub. Thanks for writing such a beautiful piece, I love to hear other animal lovers talk about their pets.

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      Sarra Garrett 5 years ago

      voted up and awsome. I myself do rescues of older dogs that still have a lot of life and love in them but were on death row. They either have one eye, are bline or have 3 legs. I have no problems with people purchasing from breeders, it's the puppy mills that sell to the pet stores that really gets me.

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Moonlake, Thank you. Some people do get carried away with their feelings. There are times when the shelters don't have what a person wants or what is "right" for thet person. Then you buy, and no, you should never have to explain your choice. And thank you for the vote. Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Lynne, Thank you. I hope you do choose to have a pet and not feel guilty. If you choose to go through a breeder, please be sure it is a reputable one. There are some out there that are nothing but "puppy mills", that aren't good places to purchase your lifelong friend. If you choose to adopt, please make sure you choose well and be sure of what you are getting. The right choice will love you to death. Greg

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      We have bought dogs and adopted dogs. We have also bred dogs not to sell. We once had a small poodle and my friend had a small poodle. We bred them, we had homes for all the puppies and we each wanted to keep a pup.

      I took them to the vet one day, a basket full of puppies and the vet's office was being remodeled so I couldn't get close to the place with the pups. I had to park across the highway and run across a busy highway carrying the basket full of pups, not a happy camper doing that. Once I got in the place and sat down the woman next to me started to asking questions about the pups. I told her the story. What a mistake! You wouldn't believe how this woman started telling me off, in front of everyone, how I should never breed my dog and I should adopt. I was getting a little worried she was going to attack me. The girl at the desk didn't know what to do. I was so mad if I hadn't went to jail for it, I was ready to knock that woman out and I'm not a violent person.

      At that time many years ago our pound only had big dogs. We wanted smaller dogs. We couldn't adopt. What we wanted wasn't at the pound.

      No one should have to explain why they buy dogs. That's up to them. That woman was out of line, I can't even call her a lady that was something she wasn't.

      Sorry this is so long. I voted up on your hub.

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      Patriette 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great story, Greg!

      I am not a pet owner, Greg, nor have I ever owned a dog in my adult life. But it is something that I am seriously considering doing. Most things that I read and people I talk to seem to be partial towards adoption/rescue. Good to know that I don't have to feel guilty should I decide to buy from a breeder vs. adoption/rescue. All animals should be wanted and loved regardless of how the animal comes to be with you. Sounds like your first Best Buddy had a very good life with you, Greg. Thanks for sharing your experience and bringing clarity on this issue.


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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Wwolfs, Thank you for the visit and comment. Harley is the best buddy and travel companion anyone could ever ask for. As for adopting, my girlfriend and I would both adopt every dog and/or cat that we see that needs a ome if we could. It breaks my heart when I see any mistreated animal. Greg

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      wwolfs 6 years ago

      It is great you have found the perfect pet for yourself. He is beautiful and looks like he would be great company. I do feel that finding the right pet is important. You have searched for what you wanted and there isn't anything wrong with that. I too feel bad for animals that need to be adopted as many are abused, abandoned, or unwanted. I have always felt there are certain people for these animals. Many times they do make good pets with the right person. I agree adoption is not for everyone and one shouldn't be made to feel guilty whether they get their pet from adoption, pet store or breeder. Good luck with your new buddy.

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Rosemay, Thank you for the visit and the comment. The searching for Harley is one of the things in my life I will never regret. Greg

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Greg What a wonderful hub and I admire the way you searched for just the right friend. People should never be made to feel guilty for not adopting, if they are going to keep that pet for life then it needs to be the right one.

      I'll be sure to read 'Its me Harley.

      Thmbs up

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Shea, Thank you for the visit and comment. Yes please, limit yourself to your pets to what you can handle. My girlfriend is like you in a way. She would have every dog, cat or any kind of animal she could if she had a place for it. Harley says hi back to Zoro. Have you read the story Harley wrote on hubs? "It's Me Harley" and he tells about the first 6 months of his life with me. Thank you again. Greg

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      greg, i never thought of it that way.

      i have 5 cats and 2 dogs, and right now nj is flooded with kittens. i'd love to adopt one because i know they all need homes... but my husband would never forgive me. so in this way, you and he are like minds... we should bring animal;s into our lives if we can offer them the good lives they deserve also. Say hi to Harley from my dog zozo.

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Carolp, Thank you for the visit and comment. Harley and I travel together and he makes the best traveling companion. He isn't always asking, "are we there yet?" Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Gypsy, Thank you for the visit and comment. I think you would enjoy his story on the hub, "It's Me Harley" - a puppies tail. Greg

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      I am glad you are having great time with Harley. You are lucky to have him with you as your best buddy. Harley is lucky too. We have a dog named Benda, we are very happy to have her and enjoy the times with her. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Harley is beautiful, I hope you get to spend many more years together

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Teaching is the best "job" in the world!Thanks for the kind comments! :)

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Teacher, Thank you for the visit, the comment and the vote up. First of all, none of you are just teachers. You do incredible jobs with the students. Second of all, I'm happy that you get your pets wherever you can that makes you happy with the resulting friendship. They make great friends if you show them love and respect. I know Harley does for me. Again, thank you. Greg

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I have had many pets in my life and they have all come to me in different ways. I have adopted puppies from the humane society and bought them from breeders. I have answered ads for free puppies and once even (unintentionally) bought one from a puppy mill. I always want to choose adoption first, but if I can not find the pet I want at a shelter, I will get it somewhere else. The dog I have now was a rescued dog, and he turned out to be one of the best friends I have ever had...

      Great up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You are absolutely right about adoption. We were lucky the first time we got a kitten she was found in my friend's garden. Cha-Cha was a wonderful cat that we had for 12 too short years. Then we adopted a boy whose name is Sid. He is a mixture of dark gray, brownish and white long-hair and big fluffy tail. He came with all of his papers and is now happily living with us. A very sweet, handsome and intelligent cat whose first three years were filled with abuse until the animal protection services took him off the streets. We're so happy to have adopted him.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Greg,

      An awesome and beautiful hub. Voted up, up and away.

      I agree it is so important not to be guilted into adopting a pet.

      Pets are a big responsibility and are members of the family.

      I think is not right when someone buys a puppy for their child as a Christmas present.

      The pet is treated like a toy. The novelty of having a cute pup wears off and no one in the family wants the actual responsibility of taking care of the dog.

      Wishing all the best to you and your best buddy, Harley

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Eidwen, Thank you for the visit and the vote up. Greg

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub which I am voting up without a doubt.

      Take care


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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Marellen, Thank you for the visit and the comment. It's sad to to tell people to be picky about choosing a pet because there are so many out there that need homes and love, but you have to choose one so that you will both be happy together. They just need to take their time. Unfortunatly, there are a lot to choose from. If you have the oppertunity, let the pet choose you. Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 6 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi JLSB, Thank you for the visit and comment. Yes, that puppy was one of the lucky ones that found someone that will love him. GREG

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      marellen 6 years ago

      You did it right and loved and enjoyed your best buddy. Nothing like having a good companion. There are so many bad breeders out there and looking at the pound is not always the best solution. It helps to be informed and comfortable with your choice.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      JLSB 6 years ago

      It's true that a lot of people adopt a pet and then find out it just doesn't work for them. I have a friend that took such a pet in. The people who adopted it just counld not handle the fact that he was very energetic and chew up almost everything. The friend that took it just said someone has to love him after all he is just a puppy. Well as he got older, he still chew on things, but they made a place for him when they weren't home that had nothing but his things to chew on and they get along fine with him. They take him to the mountains every few days and let him run and run. They are very good with him. He was lucky to get someone to love him.


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