I don’t fear feeble minded people with an agenda, and no facts to back them up.

I have been working with dogs for over twenty years. I retrain and rehabilitate difficult rescues of all breeds. A while back I wrote a couple of posts concerning who is really responsible when dog’s bite. You are probably all aware (if you read me at all) that I firmly believe the responsibility for bite incidents is equally shared between the dog owner, and the bite victim. Yes that’s right, I said the bite victim.

Well one of Barbara Kay’s (or perhaps it’s Colleen Lynn’s) trolls apparently doesn’t like my theories on dog bites and who is responsible, and in the true fashion of a “pit bull” haters everywhere decided to attempt to attack me personally in my own blog! Here is what he had to say:

 

I am disgusting because I expect people to take responsibility for their actions? I find that highly amusing, but it also shows us the mettle of BSL supporters. They must resort to personally attacking anti-BSL bloggers and “pit bull” supporters, because they can not back up their theories any other way. There are no stats to back up their claims. They know this, and because of it will troll Facebook and the net looking for “pit bull” supporters to send hate mail to.

In my experience BSL supporters are the worst kind of people. The type that disregard the opinions of experts because they don’t support their murderous theories. The type who will lie and manufacture evidence to prove their point. They are lead by the likes of Barbara Kay and Colleen Lynn, people famous for fabricating evidence to bolster their claims that all “pit bull” type dogs are vicious killers. People famous for making up the facts as they go along.

Why have I brought this to your attention? Simply because I want you all to realize that there are people out there who will say and do anything to prove their point. Most of them are in a position to act like authorities on the subject. They are reporters, or so called activists who have a forum for their falsified information. Some will even manufacture their own forum if they have no other way to spread their toxic message of hatred, as in the case of Colleen Lynn, and dogsbite.org. The problem with this is people fall for it. They think the likes of Colleen Lynn and Barbara Kay only want to bring them the facts, and they blindly follow their lead.

To my way of thinking, Colleen Lynn’s vendetta against “pit bull” type dogs is based on her own hatred which was sparked by a bite incident she herself is responsible for! (An analysis of the Colleen Lynn bite incident can be found here.) We are not sure what exactly turned Barbara Kay into a wing nut, but I am sure it will become evident with time. Although Barbara Kay falsifies facts in a lot of her “reporting” so with her it could be just a cry for attention. My point here is this, both of these women have personal reasons for attacking “pit bulls” in the media, I didn’t say they were good reasons but they feel justified nonetheless.

Barbara Kay freely admits that dogsbite.org is one of the only sites she uses to gather “information” for her ridiculous opinion pieces, and Colleen Lynn IS dogsbite.org, how convenient! These clowns really stick together don’t they?

Then there is the supporter above, Mark if that is even his/her/it’s name. He/she/it can’t quote fact on how dogs are solely responsible for bite incidents to back up his/her/it’s hairbrained theories so I am disgusting for expecting people to be responsible for their actions. Nice try Mark but that still won’t get me to change my mind about what twenty years of work with dogs has taught me. I’ve done my homework and can back up my theories with fact, can you? Not likely! You are too busy swallowing the bullshit fed to you by the likes of Barbara Kay and Colleen Lynn to have an original thought.

For the Mark’s of the world, know this…I will continue to spread the truth of the matter where dogs are concerned, and no amount of personal attacks will change that. I have been attacked before as a blogger by some of the best trolls in the world, and yet here I am still spreading the truthful message about “pit bulls”. I will continue to do so until BSL is abolished no matter what nastiness you attempt to throw my way. You want to attack me bring it on! I have a thick skin and can endure anything it takes to save my dog, personal attacks won’t make me go away, they will just strengthen my resolve to get the truth out!

So go ahead, attack me…but I warn you, the gloves are off, and I fight for what I believe in! You want to declare war on me and my dog? So be it! Do your worst! I don’t back down when I know I am in the right, and I don’t fear feeble minded people with an agenda, and no facts to back them up.

Until Next Time Remember

PIT BULLS ROCK!

Everydogsmom

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“Happy Tails” The Dog Swap

By now many of you have come to know my dog Niki. You know her because she is the “Seniors for Seniors” spokesdog for “pit bulls.”  You might also know that Niki is not a “pit bull” but a Husky/Lab cross. For those of you who have not heard the story of how Niki became a “significantly similar” dog and subject to BSL restrictions, it can be found here: Still Think your Labrador Retriever is safe? Think Again!

Today we are going to go back further into Niki’s life. Back to how it all began. THIS is Niki’s “Happy Tail.”

Niki at 10 weeks two weeks after we brought her home.

I was perusing the “free to good home” ads on kijiji. Free to good home ads always disturb me. It is dangerous to offer an animal for free on the internet, you never know who might answer your ad or where your animals might end up! When I see them I usually call and offer to help the person place their pet properly. I explain why it is not a good idea to give your pet away to the first person who comes along, and try to encourage the pet owner to be more responsible in their rehoming efforts. Sometimes I get told to mind my own business, but mostly people appreciate the help I offer.

It was a cold day in October, a couple of days before the thanksgiving weekend when I found the ad. It said “8 week old Lab/Husky pup, FREE TO GOOD HOME. I had just lost my Husky/Lab cross Gabrielle a couple of months before, and I was missing her greatly. I had not even begun to think about getting another dog, the pain of Gabrielle’s passing was still fresh in my mind. Something about the ad made me pick up the phone and call.

I asked the person who answered the phone why they were giving the puppy away. “I rescued her, I got her two weeks ago, and she was so cute I couldn’t resist taking her home.” came the answer. “But I have a medical condition, and I have realized that this dog is going to be too much for me to handle. What I really want is an older small breed dog. I made a very big mistake taking on this puppy.” said the voice on the other end of the phone.

The seed of an idea began to take root in my brain. I had recently taken in a five year old Jack Russell named Brody. Brody was a mild mannered intelligent little dog who just needed a dedicated owner to spend her days with. This woman had a dog that was too much for her to handle, but she was a dog lover and really wanted a dog in her life. She wasn’t throwing the puppy away, she had made a mistake, and wanted to correct it by finding the pup a good home while she was still young enough to bond with her new family. She was human, we all make mistakes.

“What if I could give you the little dog you are wishing for?” I asked her.

“Why would you give me your dog,” she asked. I explained what I do, and that Brody was in fact looking for a home of her own. I explained that I was interested in Niki because of her breed mix, and told her all about the dog I had lost a couple of months before. We arranged to meet with her that evening at her home, and would bring Brody along to see how things went. I would do my home assessment during the meeting, and I had already checked references. It was decided that Brody could stay with this woman IF she passed the housing assessment and Brody took to her.

All afternoon I waited on pins and needles. Evening came and it was time to meet Niki. We packed Brody and her belongings (just in case) into the car and headed for Elmvale, about a twenty minute drive outside of Barrie.

The apartment was tiny, and the little black puppy was full of energy. When we entered the apartment she stopped in her tracks peeking out at us from under a piece of newspaper that was covering the floor in case of accidents. She bounded across the floor and jumped on my legs. I put Brody on the floor and picked up the puppy. As soon as I held her I knew that I was going to take her home, I knew that I would keep her for my own.

In the meantime while I cuddled with the puppy, Brody had found her way into the woman’s lap and was happily enduring a belly rub. I looked around. The apartment was clean, it was more than adequate for Brody, and with references checked and paperwork signed Brody had found a forever home.

It came time to leave and the woman put a homemade harness on Niki, and clipped on a small leash. Off we went headed for home. We had parked two or three blocks away from the woman’s apartment, and had a bit of a walk to the car Niki trotted along beside me on her leash. When we reached the car and I bent down to pick up the puppy I realized that her harness had actually broken sometime during the walk to the car. She could have gotten loose and run off, but she had stayed right beside me all the way to the car. I took it as a sign that she was meant to be my dog.

Niki now.

That was seven years ago, and Niki is still with me. She has become the dog who trains other dogs, but more than that she has become my constant companion, and life without her just wouldn’t be the same! I will never forget that rescue, it was the one that saved not one, but TWO dogs and gave them their forever homes.

Until Next Time Remember,

ADOPT DON’T SHOP!

Everydogsmom

Why Every “Single” Woman Should Have a Dog

Gabrielle shortly before her death in the summer of 2008

Are you a single woman living alone in a big city? Have trouble with relationships? Keep dating the wrong guy? You need a rescue dog! Yes that’s right, I said you need a rescue dog, and I’ll tell you why.

In 1989 I was a newly separated woman of 24. I was single and living alone in the big city. After leaving an abusive relationship I was leery of men, as you can well imagine. I got a dog, and felt a little safer about living alone. For the next eighteen years I would dabble in dating, not really trusting men and getting into no really serious relationships. The only one I truly trusted was my rescued Husky/Lab cross dog Gabrielle.

Gabrielle was the first dog I ever fostered. Like most first fosters when the time came to rehome her I could not give her up. I adopted her, and began one of the most rewarding relationships with an animal I have ever had. Gabrielle was my right hand, she worked through life by my side always there to comfort in hard times and to play with in good times. She was my best friend.

As the years went by I began to trust her instincts about people. If she did not like someone or was suspicious of them she always let me know. At first I brushed off her attitude towards some of the men I dated, figuring her for a jealous dog that didn’t want to share her master. Slowly, however I began to see a pattern in Gabrielle’s behavior. The men she didn’t like were controlling and overbearing, just like my ex-husband. They were not nice people and Gabrielle knew it, she was trying to let me know. I began to pay more attention to her response to the men I dated. It became astanding joke amongst friends that the way to my heart was through my dog. It may have been a joke, but it was true, I did not date a man my dog didn’t like!

Dogs have a sixth sense, a way of figuring out who you really are no matter what mask you wear on the outside. Gabrielle was extremely good at it, she could spot a dangerous relationship before it ever started. I remember going out to dinner with one man, when he brought me home he came in for coffee. (get your mind out of the gutter, he really did come in for coffee, at least that was my understanding, and my dog’s) Actually, if I were being honest I would have to say he TRIED to come in for coffee, Gabrielle refused to let him into the house. She stood by the door baring her teeth and growling. If she didn’t want this guy in my home she had a good reason. She had sensed something about him that his outward mask could not hide from her. I said goodnight at the door and never saw him again. Two weeks later a girlfriend of mine dated the same man, and was date raped when he “came in for coffee.” Had I not listened to my dog’s instincts two weeks earlier the same thing could of happened to me.

It was from that point on that Gabrielle became my romantic adviser. If you couldn’t convince her you were a decent human being, you didn’t date me. She was a tough nut to crack, you couldn’t pull the wool over Gabrielle’s eyes, if you had a black heart she knew in an instant. When I met my husband, I knew in an instant he was a man I could trust. Not only did Gabrielle like him, but she’d follow him everywhere he went, and wait outside the bathroom door for him. THIS guy was a keeper as far as she was concerned.

So now all you single women know why I say you need to get a dog. Grab your purse and car keys and head for the local animal shelter, or check with local rescue groups for adoptable dogs. Somewhere out there is a furry four legged creature who is just waiting to be your body guard and best friend. You owe it to yourself to find him or her! You will never regret it, and on those long lonely nights when your life is in a dating spiral, you will have the companionship of a very good friend.

Until Next Remember

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!

Everydogsmom

 

The Weekly Dachshund: Old dogs CAN learn new tricks…

Sorry this week’s installment of the weekly Dachshund was delayed, sometimes regular columns get bumped for current issues. Here is the second week’s “The Weekly Dachshund” which normally runs on Wednesday’s

Good morning, or good afternoon, or perhaps it should be good evening where you are, whatever time of day it is for you I hope your day was or will be a good one.

Ambassador Yoda is not sure he likes his new “pants.”

Very shortly I will be heading out with the Ambassador and his aide for a walk on the beach. Now for most people this would just be a leisure activity, but for Yoda life is always a training session. I already know how our walk will go. We will head towards the beach by going through the downtown business area. Yoda will greet every human we pass with a wag of his tail. Chester will bark his ass off at humans. So our trip through downtown will consist of me correcting Chester’s barking, so that Yoda can greet and be fussed over by every human he meets.

By the time we get to the beachfront Chester will have calmed down and will now ignore everything that passes him by and enjoy the weather. Yoda will now bark at every dog he sees. This portion of the walk will consist of my correcting Yoda’s bad behavior so that Chester can meet and greet new canine pals.

Chester is captured sneaking onto Dad’s shoulder.

That’s right, the Ambassador and his aide have opposite problems! Chester has a fear of strange humans, and Yoda has a fear of strange dogs. This is why walking them together makes so much sense! Chester is slowly teaching Yoda that other dogs can be his friends, and Yoda is slowly teaching Chester that most people aren’t so bad. Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?

Yes I said old dogs, Ambassador Yoda is nine, and his Ambassadorial Aide Chester is fourteen. They are both seniors. Together they are Seniors 4 Seniors! Both came to me as seniors, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure they have their issues, but those issues were created by us humans, it is not their fault. Nor is it Chester’s fault that sometimes he pees in his sleep, he’s old, body parts don’t always work right when you get old, old happens to us all. There are ways to deal with old.

As I said they both came to me as seniors, but boy what seniors they are! Yoda is full of energy and loves to play, especially in the mornings. Chester, older than Yoda is not so active in the boisterous play department, but he loves to curl up beside you and have his belly rubbed! Both are special needs dogs, but that doesn’t really make their care any more difficult than a dog without special needs. Their special need is belly bands. Chester needs one because he is losing bladder control, Yoda needs one because he was never taught the difference between indoors and out. While the use of belly bands means they get more baths than the average dog, there really isn’t much more difference than that.

I know that many people overlook senior dogs, they think they won’t live long enough, or that they can’t be taught to change their ways. Old dogs can learn new tricks, it just takes a little patience and persistence. As for a senior dog not living long enough, look at it this way, even if they don’t have much time left, there is a lot of love left to give in the time they do have. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that YOU gave them love in their last days, and they did not leave us without ever knowing it!

I love my seniors, and when they go I will miss them deeply, but we don’t think about that! We make the most of every day we have together, and when their time does come, we will have the peace of knowing that they knew that they were deeply loved!

So the next time you consider adopting a dog, or a pestery cat, consider a senior. They need love too!

Until Next Time Remember,

SENIOR RESCUES ROCK!

Everydogsmom

October: Adopt a Shelter Pet Month!

Good morning everybody! Thursday is here! Only one more day and we are into the weekend!

For those of you who are unaware October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month! We would like to introduce you to a little cat who is looking for a home of his own. He is currently fostered in the Midland, Ontario area. This is what his /rescuer/foster Mom has to say about “DOOGIE”

This is my newest rescue “Doogie”

He is a silver tabby and is approximately 1 year old. He will be neutered on Monday October 29th and will be able to go to a new home hopefully by the end of the week if all goes well.

He was a stray who made his way to my front porch and was slinking up at night to eat, too afraid to be seen in the daylight hours. He was obviously starving by the way he was devouring everything I would put down for him. After a few nights I decided to get to know him a little better to determine his status, feral or stray, and in only 1 evening I had him coming up to me wanting affection, so obviously a very domestic cat.

I brought him inside and in a week took him to the vet. He has had both doses of deworming medicine and advantage for fleas. As stated he will be neutered before adoption, but will not have any of the immunizations yet.

He is extremely affectionate with humans and a beautiful, intelligent little guy, but does have some issues with other cats, which may or may not be resolved with the altering. He is able to play with one of my male cats and basically ignores the older females who simply hiss at him and he walks away. I have no way of telling how he will react to dogs.

He is quite content to be inside and has never tried to escape.

Anyone interested in adopting Doogie can apply by contacting Gloria Simpson on Facebook or writing to the blog at everythingworthknowing@gmx.com . We will pass your message on to Gloria and have her contact you!

Thanks for Taking a Moment to Consider a Shelter Pet!

Until Next Time

RESCUES ROCK!

Everydogsmom

An Open Letter To the Editor in Chief: National Post

Dear Mr. Stephen Meurice,

As a resident of Ontario who owns a dog significantly similar in the eyes of the law to a “pit bull” I have a bone to pick with your newspaper. According to your staffer Barbara Kay being a “pit bull” owner makes me a criminal and a liar. I am made out to be an immoral and untrustworthy person because Ms. Kay does not like my choice of dog? I take exception to the implication, and find it somewhat slanderous.

We have already established that I am a “pit bull” owner in the eyes of the law. Does not seem to matter that my dog’s lineage is actually Lab/Husky, or that she weighs twice as much as the average “pit bull” but there you have it. I am a “pit bull” owner according to Bill 132. I am also active in the fight to overturn the “Pit Bull” Ban in Ontario, and have been for many years. Your Barbara Kay would have everyone believe that I am a monster because I am willing to fight for the rights of my dog. A person who’s every word is a lie designed to protect my “dangerous dog.” She says it every chance she gets even in articles that have nothing to do with “pit bulls” or “pit bull” owners. Such as her recent opinion piece on a Chihuahua in Windsor that was designated a “dangerous dog.” quoted here below:

“There is a reason that the Windsor bylaw is so lacking in the kind of specific that would actually target and diminish the depredations of truly dangerous dogs. Advocates for fighting breeds like pit bulls campaign fiercely to persuade city commissioners that “all dogs bite” and one should “blame the deed, not the breed.” They use the language of human rights (which can only apply to individuals, not to line-bred dogs), saying it is “discrimination” to single out one breed over others. They can be quite relentless in their organized campaigns, and often wear down city commissioners, who buy into their myth that there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a “bad owner.”}”

What praytell did “pit bulls” or their owners have to do with an opinion piece on the dangerous dog desgination being bestowed upon a Chihuahua that had a bite history and bit again? To the best of my knowledge is it not in the best interest of the public to muzzle and restrict a dog that has bitten repeatedly regardless of it’s breed? The above was printed on your web-page on October 18, 2012. Yet another attempt by Ms. Kay to take a shot at “pit bull” owners and supporters.

Yes, I am a “pit bull” owner, however, I am more than qualified to be one! In my day to day life, while your Barbara Kay is off writing off the cuff, uncorroborated, opinion pieces about everything her little heart desires, I am a very busy woman. I rescue and rehabilitate all breeds of dogs. I specialize in training difficult rescue dogs, and dogs with bite records. I am a student of dog behavior with twenty years of research study behind me. I am by no means an expert yet, but I do know far more about dogs than the average person, so I am qualified to comment on dog behavior.

I am a freelance photo-journalist, run my own media company, and am well known in my local arts community. I work on charity projects, mentor young people, and help out on as many community events as I can. I am neither criminal, nor liar, and I resent the implication that I am either. The fact that Ms. Kay constantly dismisses “pit bull” owners as questionable people prone to lying for their own ends in every article she writes on the subject is intolerable. She is also prone to attacking “pit bull” supporters via twitter.

Statement made on twitter Oct. 23, 2012 in response to a story of a Bulldog stabbed…

Are you aware Mr…. Editor, that the average “pit bull” owner is female? Or that the majority of female “pit bull” owners are middle-aged professional women? Doctors, lawyers, nurses, politicians, business owners? That they are upstanding members of their community, who do their best to give time to charity work and give back to their community?

In the above twitter comment made by Ms. Kay we see her slander the owner of the slain Bulldog by alluding to a sexually deviant condition known as Hybristophilia (a deviant sexual behavior in which sexual arousal, and attainment of orgasm are  contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed an outrage, or crime, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.) I am not quite sure how the reference applies, but I do know that it is quite derogatory and has no place being said to anyone by Barbara Kay.

As if Ms. Kay’s maligning of “pit bull” owners weren’t enough of a complaint, she adds insult to injury by making completely inaccurate statements as fact. For example a comment taken from an article published on your web-page August 1, 2012 and written by Barbara Kay:

“Each year, about one PB in 100,000 kills someone, compared with one non-PB in about 10 million.”

Truth is, there has not been a fatal bite by a “pit bull” type dog in Canada since 1995, (source: National Canine Research Council) but if we tell her this, we are accused of lying to protect our “dangerous dogs.” Yet, what government bite stats that do exist support our claims, and refute Ms. Kay’s.

The following quote is from the same article published on your web-page August 1, 2012 and written by Ms. Kay:

“These are all myths. Dog-sales statistics show that PBs were never that popular in America; and they were never bred for anything but fighting.”

Truth is, “pit bull” type dogs were originally bred as working dogs, specifically for bull baiting in order to draw a bull’s attention away from the farm hand attempting to castrate it. (source: History of Pit Bulls) Ms. Kay ignores this well known fact and instead uses her “bred for fighting” statement, the one she tends to trot out several times an article when writing about the “pit bull” issue. I might also ask what American dog sale stats have to do with the province of Ontario? “Pit bull” type dogs were quite a popular choice before the ban in 2005. Sales stats couldn’t possibly show them as any more or less popular in Ontario since that date as it is illegal to breed a “pit bull” type dog within the province of Ontario. It is also illegal to sell them, so there is no trade to base stats on.

What Ms. Kay always fails to mention in her clearly biased and easily refuted inflammatory attempts at reporting on the “pit bull” issue is that “pit bull” supporters (owners) want owner responsibility for ALL breeds. We want PEOPLE to take responsibility for controlling the dogs they choose to bring into their homes, no matter what breed they may be. We want education in our schools that teaches the public what their part in preventing dog bites is(regardless of breed.)

We feel that the law should be the same for all breeds, and focus more on the responsibility of dog owners. We feel that restricting good dogs who have done nothing wrong based on what they look like is not the answer. No breed should be banned,or restricted, and the opinion of the experts is that breed bans don’t work. Ms. Kay dismisses those expert opinions by saying that veterinarian’s, behaviorist’s, trainer’s, and the like will side with dog owners because their bias is towards the clients not the truth. She has a clear bias against “pit bulls” and that is her personal right. However, it is not her right to shove her personal beliefs into the minds of others by using her position with the media to spread outright lies and a slanderous image of dog owners as untrustworthy, and undesirable members of society via the pages of your publication.

We are all for both camps having their say. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but the last time I checked the role of the media in society was not to assist a journalist in a hate campaign against Canadian citizens that happen to be “pit bull” owners. The last time I checked it was the job of the media to present the facts in an objective manner, and allow their READERS to draw their own conclusions from the facts presented.

Okay so Ms. Kay writes an opinion column. I can see why you would give her a little more freedom than other mainstream journalists, but her use of that freedom is disrespectful and slanderous to those of us who own “pit bull” type dogs and needs to be addressed.

Barbara Kay has thrown the rule book out the window and has decided to use your newspaper to spew hate and slanderous information about a select group of people and their dogs, I urge you to rein in your reporter before she says something your paper comes to regret. Until such a time as you see fit to do so, there are many Ontarian’s that just simply won’t read the National Post. All of them are “pit bull” owners, most of them are women, most of those women are professional people, and we ask that either your paper report on the “pit bull” issue with a modicum of journalistic integrity or not at all.

(Please understand that I use the collective “we” because “pit bull” owners and supporters all strive for an end to BSL, and do not appreciate being slandered in the media, but not necessarily because I speak for any group or faction as a whole. My views are solely my own, but you will notice, they are backed by links to the required corroborating information.)

Quite frankly I for one think your paper owes we “pit bull” owners an apology, no one deserves to be bullied by the media, and as far as “pit bull” owners are concerned Barbara Kay’s hate campaign against us qualifies as such bullying!

Sincerely,

Janette T Hamilton
Ontario “Pit Bull” Owner
Mom, Wife, Business Owner
Upstanding Citizen
Barrie, Ontario

Seniors 4 Seniors: Top Ten Reasons Why A Senior Rescue Might Be Right for YOU!

 Seniors 4 Seniors was started to give rescues a network for placing their senior adoptable rescues with senior humans seeking companion animals. As a concept the program works well, but we would also like to see people like you adopt senior pets from shelters.

Sadly, when most people think of bringing a companion animal into their home they overlook the seniors available, and focus on the younger dogs. “Oh wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring home a puppy?” they think. No one ever thinks about the work that has to go into raising a puppy or the mess one cute little furball can make of your home (which is okay if you can handle that sort of thing.)

People considering getting their first dog will sometimes ask me whether I think they should get a puppy or adopt an older dog. I usually tell them to adopt an older dog the first time, many people just aren’t cut out for puppies and we don’t want to discourage any would be dog lovers out there by overwhelming them with their first experience. This works well because it gives an older dog a second leash on life, and it eases the new dog owner into the dog owning process.

With that in mind we  thought that today we would take a look at the:

Top Ten Reasons Why Adopting a Senior Dog Might Be the Better Choice for YOU!

1.) What you see is what you get!

When you adopt an adult dog, you know exactly what you are getting. You don’t have to go through adolescence or other markers that can adjust the temperament of your dog. You also know about grooming requirements; puppies coats can change during adolescence. You will know about their energy level, their temperament and their full grown size.

2.) Already house trained!

When you adopt an adult, you know that you don’t have to go through the house training process. Don’t panic if your new senior rescue pees on your floor, this usually happens at least once with every rescue I have brought into my home. It usually never re-occurs after the first incident, and usually does not happen when bring a senior rescue into a home with no other animals.

3.) Already fully vetted.

When you adopt an older dog, you will be adopting a dog that is already fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, heartworm tested. You will know if there are any allergies or medical conditions that you need to be aware of. A lot of puppies develop their allergies or other medical needs after adolescence.

4.) Adult dogs mesh with the pack easier.

When you adopt an adult dog, you know their full temperament so you know how the dog will interact with your established pack or family. Caution is still warranted when introducing a new dog to the rest of the pack, and initial introductions are best made outside in the yard.

5.) Enjoy a couch potato!

A lot of adult dogs do not have the same energy level as puppies or young dogs. The risk of shoes being chewed, getting into the garbage and other naughty behaviors are diminished with age. They still need to be walked and exercised, but are content to lounge around and rest for long periods of time.

6.) Easy to train.

Adult rescue dogs are so grateful to be living the good life that they will do just about anything to please you. This makes training a piece of cake! Just remember it might take them a little longer to grasp the concept but once they do they pick it up in no time!

7.) Senior dogs are nothing but love bugs.

A senior dog has seen it all. They know a good thing when they see it and are so grateful they shower you with love, kisses and affection. A senior dog wants nothing more than to be treated with love and cared for.

8.) Time for yourself.

Puppies require 24/7 care. Potty training a puppy can be tiring work with the 3am bathroom breaks. Adult dogs already know human routines. They are glad to sleep in in the morning, they are glad to see you when you come home, but you don’t need to spend 3 hours tossing the ball in the yard. Just some love, dinner, a walk and some quality couch time.

9.) Stress Reliever!

It has been documented that having an animal in your home leads to fewer health issues for humans! Adopting an adult dog you don’t have the same headache potential with a puppy. Health benefits for humans can include, stress management, lower blood pressure, and even help you lose a few pounds! A stress free walk with your dog will get you out doors and active. You may even meet some new people!

10.) Adopt a DOG, Save a LIFE! (This is OUR No. 1 Reason!)

When you adopt an adult dog from a rescue, you are saving more than just that dog. You help free up a foster home that can take in another shelter dog or another abandoned dog. It is like a two for one bonus!

So, are you considering dog adoption? Maybe a senior is right for you! Grab those keys and go check out the available seniors at your local rescue shelters! You might just find your best friend… and give an old dog a great place to retire!

Until Next Time Remember,

SENIOR RESCUES ROCK!

Everydogsmom