Eeny Meeny Miney Moe

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.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. debd
    Jan 02, 2010 @ 20:58:19

    for some reason this just showed up in my RSS feeder. How fun to be looking for a new pet. We’re a no-dog family at this time mainly because we dont’ have the time a doggy needs for proper care. Perhaps someday this will change just like it has for you guys.

    I hope you get Hazel- what a fun doggy name!

  2. Philippa
    Jan 02, 2010 @ 20:37:09

    Thanks everyone for all the great comments and suggestions.

    Suzanna, most of the dogs we’ve looked at have photos on the shelter’s websites and many are linked to PetFinders. Thanks!

    s-p, we really steered clear of pit mixes until we met Hazel. I was very reluctant to even meet her but am glad I did. She is amazingly calm.

  3. Dominica
    Jan 02, 2010 @ 16:13:12

    Since you have children, I would recommend doing a little research on what breed of dog you would like. Different breeds have VERY different qualities, strengths, and weaknesses. Some breeds are better with children, some are docile, some are nurturing, some are chewers, etc. If you find a breed that you would prefer, you may contact a rescue organization for that breed. Dogs in rescue homes have usually been cared for and worked with more carefully than pound dogs. Additionally a rescue dog’s needs and personality is generally more well known by the caretaker. I hope you find the perfect eternal two-year old toddler….ooops…dog for your family! It’s work, but it’s fun.

  4. s-p
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 17:11:33

    We’ve gotten all of our dogs from the Pound. Duke, who as a Lab/Chow mix and we had to put to sleep seemed good when we played with him there, but ended up being pretty damaged. We’ve had good luck with Shepherd mixes, our best dog was a Shepherd/Retreiver mix. Very mellow. Lab mixes will be a bit hyper until they get old. We now have an Akita Lab mix who is 7 and he’s a great dog but the “Lab-hyper” is definitely there. Steer clear of the Rotts and Pitbull mixes, especially if you have kids or a lot of company. Take your time playing with a dog if you pick one, spend an hour or more if you can and perhaps even see how it does with other dogs (we always got two dogs and got them together at the Pound to see how they would do.) Good luck!

  5. jamesthethickheaded
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 03:46:56

    If you have a favorite breed, the folks in the breed can put you in touch with a rescue. Some are tough (need retraining) and some are easy (just need a stateside owner). Worth a thought. Good luck!

  6. A Love for Horses - Joni
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 21:33:13

    Petfinder.com is a great please to start a search for a new dog. You can also check out all the local rescue groups there too. If you never owned a dog before make sure to tell the rescue people that info and give them a lot of info about your family/home and how you would like a pet to fit in. You must be up north, because in Louisiana the animal shelters have every kind of dog you can think of — from huge to tiny, babies to older dogs.

    Wishing you the best and know that if you keep looking the right dog for you will show up. Try to adopt one that is in a foster home — they can give you more info on the dog before you adopt.

  7. John Taylor
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 18:12:01

    Check with Chuck and Bea. They know a lot about dogs.

  8. elizabeth
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 15:35:34

    some of my relatives, believe it or not, used craigslist to get their dogs!

    wishing you all the best in this!

  9. Suzanna
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 12:55:15

    I find pet shelters to be the saddest places. My heart just breaks for the poor dogs and cats (and puppies and kittens) who have been abandoned and/or abused. You may try Petfinder to find a pet. Their website is http://www.petfinder.com/index.html and you can put in your local area, the age and breed of dog, and the gender of you are looking for. They are very particular about which dog they “allow” which person to adopt, which is a good thing IMO. Good luck in your search. You are right, since you’ve never owned a dog before, to find one that is sociable and easy to get along with. Talk with the people at Petfinder; I’m sure they will be able to help you choose.

  10. Laura
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 12:45:26

    Wow…what a big decision. I hope you find the right pooch…I miss our doggie!

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