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Pet Adoption Saves Lives

Updated on October 1, 2014
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I love all animals, domestic & wild. I have studied many species and find each & every one fascinating. We support shelters & pet adoption

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Bringing Home a New Pet

Last fall our oldest dog died and our family was devastated by the loss. To some, I suppose that seems odd that we would grieve so much over a dog, but we consider our animals to be family members.

Just like every other member of our household, our dogs have responsibilities and they are deeply loved. Our beautiful black lab was our "first alert" security system. Trust me when I tell you, his bark alone could scare away any would be intruder, but if they were insistent enough to proceed, his bared teeth did the trick. He never actually had to bite anyone for them to get the message to "get away." He fiercely protected our children who were 6 and 11 years old when he joined our family. He also helped train new dogs. He would simply show them where to go and what to do there. He was a wonderful instructor who taught by example. His expressive face and demeanor would let them know if he was displeased with their performance.

Because our "big dog" was such a tremendous asset to our household, we wanted to adopt another Labrador Retriever in the hopes that he might carry on the same noble traditions.

Just look at him. Don't you think he looks eager to get started?

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The Selection Process ~ Our Story

There was clearly a higher power at work on the day of our selection. I woke up that Saturday morning with an urgency to adopt a new dog. We were simply not ready to bring home a new baby before that day. I told my husband we should go to the shelter and choose a new family member. It took less than 5 minutes for him to fire up his computer and access our local animal services website. Much to everyone's surprise there was a black lab on the site and would you believe the pup's name was the same as our beloved dog. Talk about a sign!

My husband called the shelter to ask if they still had the lab. They informed him that the lab was being prepared to send to the prison mission program. He asked if they could wait for 10 minutes and let the puppy meet us before they sent him away. They agreed and everyone at the house jumped in the car to go see the little dog.

Of course, it was love at first sight. My husband ran back home to pick up our Golden Retriever and bring her back so the two could meet and make sure they would get along. No one likes a forced union. After a lot of sniffing, a little growling and even a bit of licking, our new family member was officially accepted.

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One Week Later

After a name change, a diet change and a domicile change, the 1 year old, 62 lb. black lab is home.

Even though he believes he should bathe with me when I bathe, he does help clean up by dragging the towels from the bathroom to the washing machine. He also enjoys giving everything in his path a shower, including the bathroom tile floor, the cabinets and anyone in the general vicinity.

He runs the backyard in circles so fast that the grass smokes under his feet. That is an exaggeration, of course, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine since he really is faster than a speeding bullet.

At first, we were concerned about his voice. He didn't bark for several days and we were afraid that his throat might be damaged by some unknown mistreatment. However, yesterday he barked and let me tell you, that dog can bark! I guess that is what we get for trying to sleep past daybreak.

There is also no need to make the bed. He will remove those pesky covers for me and shake them into submission. Alas. he has now made his bed.

He is a tremendous help in the kitchen. At his height, he can easily rests his paws on the kitchen counter and "lick the platter clean," even before we eat.

You may wonder about his continued relationship with our Goldie. Fear not, they are inseparable. They eat together, play together, take long walks together and fuss at one another. The perfect couple!

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Why Adopt from an Animal Shelter

A Great Way to Spread Sunshine in the Lives of Others

There are many good reasons to adopt from a shelter, none more important than giving a home to an animal in need, but lets examine the other benefits too.

There is a tremendous savings on initial vet bills. Our local Animal Service had already administered the needed vaccinations. They had also neutered the lad before he joined our family.

Often times, as in the case of our lab, the animals are older, thus they are past the "chewing everything in sight" stage. Yes, I hear you, they are past the adorable puppy stage. Let me assure you, they are much cuter when they are not turning your chair legs into toothpicks.

They also often have some home training. This, of course, will vary, but a lab is extremely easy to house break. It took us only a few days instead of months, to teach our new dog to "go" outside.

Let's not forget about the wonderful benefit of having a loving, protective companion.

Why Adopt in the Summer

Summer is the best time to adopt a new dog simply because the weather is nice and warm. This makes training or house breaking your new family member much easier. By the time winter roars back around and everyone is indoors most of the time, a puppy will be potty trained and understand a few house rules.

For those of us who have school age children, summer is a perfect time for your children to interact with the new family member and to learn the basic responsibilities of owning, caring and loving a dog. Developing a close bond between your children and your new pet is essential to having a harmonious environment in which to live.

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Have You Ever Wondered Who Steps In To Help The Animals

during natural disasters that can devastate an area and leave people homeless or during domestic violence when victims must flee for their own safety leaving behind a beloved pet?

A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Love you little baby, who isn't so little :) It's hard getting a new pet after a member has left earth. I'm glad you chose to get one from the shelter. Very good tip for when to get a dog as well. Summer months could really make the difference in whether a person keeps the pet. In the past, we've had one up for adoption and the owners backed out because of the potty thing, not giving the pet enough time to adjust even though they were house broken.

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      From a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, fabulous lens!! I wish we could still bless lenses, because I would for sure sprinkle Squid Angel sparkles all over this lens!

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      I've adopted all my cats. Love them all.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I laughed at your description of your new dog's behaviour as I've been there myself. I guess all will be well by now. So glad you chose to adopt.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Less than two weeks ago we adopted a male 15 lb tabby cat from our local SPCA. It took us about 2 months to pick out the right family member. We'd spend a good hour or two with all of the kittens and cats, playing with them and seeing what their personalities were. We finally found the perfect one, his name is Sheldon and he's beautiful :)


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