ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Animal Care & Safety»
  • Animal Rescue

Rescue a dog and gain a friend for life.

Updated on August 27, 2013

Walker- a real loyal rescue dog

About our rescue dogs.

In our time as dog owners we have only had two dogs and both were rescued. Our first dog was Walker. He was a collie cross Labrador. he became very loyal and had a easy going temperament and was very protective of our two young sons. He was with us thirteen years and sadly we had to have him put down last year due to ill health.

We have had Marley for nine months, he is a three year old yellow Labrador and is full of life and is now very sociable with all dogs. He makes friends very easily and is a crowd puller when out in town.

Walker a great friend!

Why a rescue dog

Statistics show that only five in every one hundred dogs born actually find happiness from birth or when rehomed, the other ninety five sadly are destroyed. Yet there are several good reasons why if you are considering buying a dog you should look at rescuing a stray.There are many dog homes up and down the country with a vast array of breeds who will for a fee (usually about £100) will supply a rescued dog to your needs.This fee usually includes I.D. chipping, neutering and vet expenses.

Although they are quite knowledgeable, they may not be able to tell you about any dogs past but, experience shows the likely background of the dogs they have. Some rescue centres even insist that a home visit by one of their staff is required and at least two visits are required by any prospective owner (usually to walk the dog) before a decision is made. Such is the importance of ensuring the dog and owner are well matched - let's face it the dog could have had cruel and terrible experiences in his previous home.

.


Marley

Th challenge of a rescue dog.

There are many reasons for owning a dog- security, companionship and also for health reasons (It is claimed that stroking and petting a dog is very therapeutic for young and old alike who are suffering from any type of illness.)

Some dogs have had very bad experiences before arriving at the rescue centre and sometimes have special needs and require owners who are up for a challenge and who get a great deal satisfaction out of helping a dog back to normal life as some may have experienced extreme cruelty, involved in dog fighting or who have never been allowed to interact with other dogs or humans.

Like my Harness?

Tell tale signs.

We have been very lucky with our dogs as we have been able to identify any problems they had very easily and with the information the rescue centre gave us it was easy to settle them down in their new home. Walker was estimated at nine months old, was found walking the streets early in the morning and was quite approachable. Marley was handed in to the rescue centre by a couple who had just had a baby and could not cope with a three year old, full of life jack the lad.

some of the signs we experienced with them included;

1. Not wanting their head touched or stroked. - This could have been because he had been hit about the head or had his ears pulled.

2. Hiding when they think they have done something wrong. - Probably because they were hit when they did something wrong.

3. Random barking - this could be because they never got any attention.

4. excessive turning around in circles before lying down - could be because they spent long spells in a cage.

The list is not exhaustive and I would like to hear of more but. these were typical of our two rescue dogs.

Like the hat?

What does a rescue dog bring you.

All dogs bring you love they always offer more loyalty than breeder bought dogs because if treated properly rescue dogs will be more contented.Some made need retraining but, rescue dogs have at some stage been trained in all aspects life and might need reminding. They will broaden your circle of friends ( we walk Marley on the beach and on average speak to four different dog owners every time - a lot of them also own rescue dogs of various breeds.)

Please note!

Dogs are a long term commitment and when considering whether you are going to spend up to £1000 pounds for a breeder supplied dog or just £100 for a rescue dog they will still need to be fed, watered and exorcised. Vets bills will need to be payed so, despite the costs you are sure to be happy with your new found friend.

If you are considering buying a dog, which are you more likely to get?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • badgeroo profile image
      Author

      paul badger 5 years ago from Worcester, England

      Thanks for that.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How true and a great article in favor of rescue dogs! These poor guys wind up in rescue usually through no fault of their own. Turning around in circles before lying down is a dog trait...supposedly it goes back to when dogs were in the wilderness and they went around in circles to make sure there was no danger around before they laid down to sleep. Both of your dogs were/are beautiful. Best of luck with Marley!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)