Rescuing A Dog Can Be The Most Rewarding Thing You Ever Do

Rescuing a dog as we reach our senior years is something that can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you have ever done.

If you have been a dog owner for several years or if this is the first time you have ever owned a dog, this is something that you have to do.

As we all reach these senior years, there is nothing we respect more than life itself and the fact that we are still here.

Rescuing A Dog

We have all lost loved ones in our family, seen friends pass way too early, and know that tomorrow is not a certainty.

But stop and think for a minute about a dog and then when you are ready, please think again about rescuing a dog.

We have been married for 41 years and until 5 months ago never even though about rescuing a dog.

We have taken in a stray that lived with us for 12 years and was one of the best dogs we have ever had.

After he passed, however, we made this move and it has been wonderful on all counts.

We have always had purebred Dalmatians and they are a majestic breed and make absolutely great pets.

However, they also have a lot of health issues.

We had a real bad experience with our third Dalmatian about 2-3 years after 101 Dalmatians was released.

We found out while we were in Michigan that because of the popularity of the movie there was a huge breeding rush to keep up with demand.

Because of this, there was a lot if breeding issues.

Our 3rd Dalmatian had to be put down as her internal organs were literally imploding because of breeding issues.

Right after that we found a very good and reputable breeder and paid a hefty price for him.

We have never had any issues since and he lived to be 15 years old.

However, as we age sometimes we become a bit tight with money and after our stray passed, we decided that rescuing a dog was worth a try.

Facts to Consider

So we did some research and here are some facts to consider about rescuing a dog.

  • 6-8 million dogs  end up in shelters every year
  • 50% of them will never be adopted and will be put down
  • 25% of the dogs in shelters are purebreds
  • 80%  of these dogs end up in shelter through no fault on their own

Now take a step back and think about that for a minute. I understand that they are animals but what if that happened to us especially as we age.

What if no one wanted us as we enter into our final years?

The fact that 50% of them will be put down caught my full attention and we decided that rescuing a dog was the way to go this time.

In my page about dogs for seniors I mentioned letting your dog choose you. Lucy, the dog we saved, turns out to be a American Fox Hound. 

There is no way we would have chosen this breed after years of owing Dalmatians.

However, here is exactly what happened.

We went to the shelter and walked up and down several times locking at all of the dogs.

If you have never done this, especially at our age, try it. It will give you even a stronger appreciation for life knowing that a lot of them will not live much longer.

All of the dogs were barking, except her. Every time I walked down the aisles and came back, there she was.

Her beautiful green eyes were staring straight at me and so never made a sound.

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More Facts

Here are some more facts about rescuing a dog.

  • Dogs from shelter cost a lot less
  • They, in most case as with Lucy, have microchips
  • They have most all of their shots
  • You get several discounts from your Vet for new care
  • You get several discounts from store like Pet smart for a rescue dog

After walking several dogs and the majority of them “jumping up on us” which to us is a definite no-no for dogs, this little lady walked perfectly.

Once we were though walking she came and laid next to me on her own.  The decision was made.

Still Some Challenges

However, even after that rescuing a dog still has some challenges. We had no idea how she would act. We had her spayed within 2 days and naturally she was very lethargic.

After that wore off we were shocked. We have a cage we keep our dogs in until we are 100% sure they are housebroken, and she was in there for only one day.

She would set, she would mind 90% of what we asked her to do, and she was very, very easy to train.

What we did notice is that every time we put our hands in the air to touch her, she cowered. To me this was the telling sign she had been beaten several times and most likely ran way.

She is finally getting over this but someone lost, because of their cruelty, a very, very good dog.

If you are seriously considering getting new pet, rescuing a dog will be one of the most enjoyable experiences you will ever have.

As we walk through our senior years it is very gratifying to know that you saved a life that may have been one of the 50% of those that never made it.

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