Today we visiting a local no-kill shelter to see if there was a dog there for us. Oh.my.goodness. I never saw so many pit bulls in all my life. All barking at the same time. Some jumping up and down like they had springs in their hind legs. Brindle coats. Blonde coats. Black coats. Females who has clearly been bred multiple times. Males who had clearly been abused and used for fighting. One little guy could hardly open his left eye. Another was ripping a towel into tiny pieces. They all made my heart race out of fear and blood boil from outrage.
We visited with a couple cute dogs. One was a hound/terrier mix. Right size. Very interested in every little smell he came across. Interesting mix of black and brown and reddish spotted fur. Pulled on the lease too much for my strength and had absolutely no interest in visiting with people. Not something we want. We would prefer a dog who is social and will do well with kids and other dogs (there are many in the neighborhood).
Another dog we looked at was a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix. He was HUGE though he did not look that way in the photo we glanced at. He had no training at all. Was not neutered. The shelter helper got growled at and when the dog tried to bite him, I said, “No thanks!”
There was a female lab mix who had been in the shelter since March. She was unenthusiastic. Not interested in smelling our hand or saying hi. She seemed to just be depressed – if a dog can be that. I felt sorry for her.
I’ve never owned a dog before so whatever we come home with needs to be something that will not be challenging (like a pit bull) or need expert training.
I doubt we’ll go back to that shelter. I am sure the helpers and employees were doing the best that they could to care for the dogs but there were so many of them, it was impossible to give each dog the time they needed.
I told the hubster that I think I want to try and find a place to adopt a dog that has a calmer atmosphere in which to visit with whatever dog draws our attention. Or perhaps find a rescue center.