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My dog is not a rescue dog

My mutt Ace is not a rescue dog.

That is not his story.

Ace has a great life. I am his world. He is mine.

I love him. I train him.

He teaches me about patience, acceptance, peacefulness.

I do not need to see him as a “rescued” animal in order to love him.

I don’t have to “rescue” a dog in order to be a good dog owner or the right kind of dog owner.

Ace does not think about his past life, and his past life was not a bad place. I am grateful for his previous owner. She provided my future dog with a safe place, consistency, security. He came to me with, literally, zero issues.

I have opened Ace’s world, yes. Given him my very best. He does the same for me.

We laugh together. We sing. We dance and run. We joke around a lot, Ace and I.

Our story is a good one. Always has been.

Some people, it seems, need to believe they “rescued” a dog in order to love that dog.

That is not how I choose to view my pets.

They do not want my pity. If anything, they feel sorry for me.

There is no “rescue” story in Ace’s story. There’s no room for that. I am no hero.

My dog is a mixed-breed dog.

A big, black dog.

A “hand me down” dog.

Not a rescue dog.

He is a dog.

I love him because he is mine.

Black lab mix walks in the fall leaves


Christine Fisher

Thursday 15th of September 2016

My boy is a foster fail. I fell in love with him and failed to give him up to Bre adopted by someone else. He chose me as much as I chose him. He now helps me with my other foster dogs. Love him to bits and he is a mix of all sorts. I wouldn't have him any other way than the big loving doof head that he is.


Wednesday 30th of January 2013

My dog is from a shelter, but I've been most surprised by the people who ask if he's a wolf hybrid! No no no no no, nothing exotic or scary or illegal here, folks!

Adrian Meli

Thursday 24th of January 2013

Well, rescue or not, glad you and Ace found each other. He is lucky to have you!

Lindsay Stordahl

Friday 25th of January 2013

Thank you!


Thursday 24th of January 2013

Very nicely put! We have two GSDs, and both girls are from a breeder (now a good friend). One we got as a 13-week puppy (she was his first pick but apparently her croup was too short at the time. I say "at the time" as this corrected itself when she matured. However, M. did not want to include her in his breeding program at the time, and now it's too late ;).

Our second girl also came from him when she was 18-months old. She was an import he brought in from Italy when she was tiny puppy, to be bred to my first girl's sire when she was old enough, but x-rays showed that her hips aren't perfect. Not displasia, but she will have arthritis when she is a senior. Again, M. chose not to breed her and, knowing we were ready to add a second dog, he asked if we would take her.

At first I was always including the above information when I was asked where we got her from, as if I had to justify that I did not get a rescue dog, but now I just say that "we wanted her and she was available".

Lindsay Stordahl

Friday 25th of January 2013

Yes, that is a good way to put it. Ace was also available and I wanted him. Seemed to work out!

Nancy's Point

Thursday 24th of January 2013

Nice post. It's almost poetic. I'm glad you and Ace "found" each other.

Lindsay Stordahl

Thursday 24th of January 2013