What a handsome puppy. Would you guess he’s adopted?
A writer friend brought her puppy by our poetry writers’ group this week. Of course, we all went gaga. Puppy love. Puppy adoration. Puppy envy. Luckily, Chester happens to be one calm dog. Already at a few months old, this pup displays the calm demeanor of his mother. Yes, Nancy had met her puppy’s dog mom. Which can never be overrated in getting to know a dog, right? If you want a puppy to grow to become a member of your family, meet his mother.
Always meet your pup’s parents.
If you can’t meet your puppy’s parents, do spend as much time as possible getting to know your pup before you buy, adopt or take him home.
Do you know 25% of all dogs in animal shelters are purebred?
Surprisingly, this fact proves true for the last twenty years. I know because we adopted two purebred dogs, each under one-year-old.
Too often, pregnant dogs end up in animal shelters or dog rescues. Also, ethical dog breeders require their puppy buyers to sign a buyback contract for the life of the dog. I learned about that and had to sign agreements for our keeshond dogs. Each dog had been returned to their breeder not once, not twice but THREE TIMES. We paid a small amount for our first keeshond, a fixed female named Dawn. Then a few years later, we dog sat for a breeder for a week. Loved that young male dog, and ended up taking him on as a co-owned potential breeder male. Shannon gave us a wonderful, handsome and healthy dog, named Nabisco, which was short for Somethin’ Like A Cracker. His dog dad or shire had the word cracker in his name, thus this legal registered title. After all, if a puppy is born as the son of a champion, plus that puppy wins a dog show award as the best puppy, you should have a name worthy of attention. Please read our story of our healthy adopted keeshond, pups, Nabisco and Dawn, and our daughter, Alex. Adopt, save a life of a dog or a child
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Perhaps you want to read one of my reader’s ideas on how to tell if your dog is ready for another dog? Ashley Turner‘s site, Puppy Wire, Is Your Home Ready for a New Rescue Dog?