Buy or Adopt

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Why you should adopt a dog

Naturally the choice is yours, and I’m far from condemning those potential dog owners that prefer to purchase their canine friends. Provided you are sure you are dealing with registered breeders from The Kennel Club UK, by purchasing a dog you will retain dog breed choice, hence you will be able to go for that dog with those specific personality traits.

So what are the benefits of adopting a dog?  Firstly, you give a homeless dog a family and a stable home.  From expense point of view, adopting if far cheaper, as the rescue centre will only ask for a donation and will have taken care of all the initial vet expenses.  And yes, not always you may be able to get the breed of your choice, or a puppy – but if the dog is adult, the rescue centre would have ensured he/she will be fully trained and mostly they will be suitable for your home environment, i.e. with children, older household, can be left on his/her own for a few hours due to work commitments.

May I spend my last few words in this post for the Border Terrier Welfare UK, who do a magnificent job of rehoming homeless Borders to their best environment. We tried to adopt Olive from them just before Christmas, but it turned out that our Indy is far too grumpy to bear the thought of sharing his toys with any other dogs, and the adoption could not go ahead in the end. But Borter Terrier UK were brilliant in finding the bitch so promptly ( heart breaking to know there are so many homeless dogs!) and in taking her back from us equally fast in order not to create the unbalance.


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    Thank you for encouraging adoption. I don’t think people realize how many wonderful animals are available in municipal shelters, even purebreds! I foster for a local animal shelter, and I have purebred pug, Pomeranian, and chihuahua puppies within the last year! In fact, I just adopted a little “foster failure” chihuahua from our last litter.

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      Oh I do envy you Laya, for being able to foster and in fact to adopt. I would love to adopt a ‘fursis’ for our Indy, as we tried before Christmas. The problem there and now is that we are not in the house enough to ensure, at least initially, they get to know each other properly to avoid future fuelling situations. Likewise, with more time in hand, by all means we would all be ready for fostering. I couldn’t agree with you more: there are so many dogs in need of a family, and amazingly so many purebreds! And yes, some may be problem dogs, but the majority, I believe, are already house trained hence suitable to first time owners.
      I will never tire, Laya, to promote adoption vs purchase!!
      Much love to you and to your lovely chihuahua. Giulia 🙂

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