Rescuing Dog #51
Rescuing Dog #51
The love of my life is a Jack Russell Terrier called Milo. He is a big part of my life now, but as he was rescued, it has not always been easy. I remember when I first went to Manchester dogs home just to 'have a look' - of course, there is no such thing! There was the Jack Russell recorded as 'dog #51' in a kennell with 4 other big dogs. Surely that should have been a tell-tale sign!
The first few months were a big challenge. He bit me and attacked another dog. He got on the dining room table and ate a lasagne for 6 people and a banoffee pie for 8 people. He pooed on the double bed and weed all of the new carpets. He even opened the bathroom door and jumped in the bath with me!
I was so upset because I didn't want to take him back. My mom came to visit and said - 'don't take him back then!' She said that if I loved him that much and wanted to keep him then I should. I had owned other dogs before, and had some training experience. I believed that if I took him back, he might really struggle to get a home. So, I stuck with it, and I'm so glad I did.
8 years on and we have a lovely life together in the beautiful city of York. Although we still have some problems with Milo, I am very happy with him, and I wouldn't change it for the world! I wanted to share with you the challenges of taking on a rescue dog if you are thinking about taking one on, I hope that you will enjoy my stories and advice on this lens.
Recommended Read on Rescuing a Dog
If you are thinking of getting a new dog, and conerned about the challenges you will face, I really recommend that you read Marley and Me. It will make you laugh and make you cry - a must for any dog owner, or anyone thinking of owning a dog.
Milo the Jack Russell AKA Dog #51 Playing with his Toys!
When you rescue your pooch, remember that they need a lot of time and energy, so think about it carefully. I found that Milo was badly behaved in the beginning because he just needed time to settle and ways to expel his energy. We walk him and play with him to keep him entertained. We also play dog intelligence games with him such as 'find it' which lets him sniff out his biscuit to find out where it is hidden in the room! Many intelligent breeds can turn to bad behaviour out of bordom, and a Jack Russell is definitely one of those breeds!
Now that he is happily settled, we can leave him on his own for longer periods when we go shopping or to the office. Because he knows his routine now, he just sleeps while we are out! But you can see that he needs a lot of entertainment!
To Rescue or to buy a Pedigree?
Remember, you still have a good choice of breed if you go to a rescue centre. There are dogs of all sizes and temperaments, and most centres will advise whether they are suitable to live with other pets. There are also breed specific rescue centres. So if you know that you want a Greyhound, you could get a retired racer. If you know that you want a terrier or a Spaniel, you could search for rescue centres speciallising in Terriers or Spaniels.
Would you prefer to rescue a dog or buy a pedigree from a breeder?