I’m really hoping to get a 2nd dog in 2016, a puppy or young dog to be a running buddy.
My husband and I have been researching all our options for the last 5 months.
I’ve been in touch with breeders. I’ve applied through several breed-specific rescue groups. We’ve thought about shelters and even Craigslist.
I have to say, the process is frustrating.
I knew it would be hard, but I guess I was hoping to be surprised.
Simply, breed-specific rescue organizations will NOT adopt out a dog to us.
They are free to make their own choices, of course. They are independent groups.
But it’s still hard to face rejection, especially as a successful self-employed person who works professionally with dogs.
There are multiple reasons why we are rejected from adopting a dog time after time. The most common reason is because rescue groups call landlords to ask if cats are allowed, and we are not willing to announce to our landlord we have two cats. Read my story here.
The good news, though, is that I’m a volunteer for a wonderful Labrador-focused rescue group that is not so picky.
The group is thrilled to have us as a foster home from time to time (remember Lana?), and we are welcome to adopt from the group when we’re ready. It seems to be the only rescue group that will approve us.
Here’s a direct quote from one of its volunteers: “We are not the landlord police.”
I’m always scoping out this organization’s dogs, waiting for the right match for our family. We’re always eyeing the German shepherd mixes that come through. There is no shortage.
Working with a breeder
I’ve also been in touch with a Weimaraner breeder, and we have been approved for a puppy from a future litter, most likely in May or June.
Like the rescue groups, this breeder had me go through an extensive approval process that involved questions about my lifestyle and how on earth I will provide enough exercise for such an active breed in an apartment.
This breeder listened to me and saw that I am a true runner (is 15 miles a day enough for ya?) and will be active with my dog, regularly attending training classes, hiking, visiting the beach, taking my dog everywhere.
She is not concerned I have two cats. “Generally the cat will lay down the law.”
I’m excited she believes I will provide a good home. I’ll be in for a wild ride with a Weim, I know.
Breeders vs. rescue groups
I wanted to write this post now because I don’t want anyone to be shocked I’m working with a breeder.
The thing is, a true dog lover appreciates good rescue groups, but she also appreciates good breeders. I will work with both throughout my life with dogs.
Still, it’s no easy choice for me to consider buying a puppy. That’s why we’re taking our time and moving forward wisely.
We have not made our decision on where to get a dog and are still considering other breeders and shelters. We do not need advice on where to get our dog.
Obtaining a dog in any way should always be done carefully. It is not black and white. No one should ever feel guilty about obtaining a dog responsibly.
I wanted to write this post months ago but didn’t want to get ahead of myself. We aren’t bringing a dog home for a couple of months yet, maybe longer.
I’m just really excited and couldn’t wait any longer to tell you some details!
Are any of you thinking about adding another pet to your family?
How did you decide where you got your last pet?
Reasons to buy a dog vs. rescue a dog – ThatMutt.com
Dog breeders vs. rescue groups – Interview with breeder Tegan Whalan
How shelters failed when I tried to adopt my first dog – ThatMutt.com