Why didn’t you rescue?
I didn’t “rescue” because I wanted to get the right dog for my family. After months of research we found the right dog for us through a local breeder.
This has nothing to do with choosing to “buy” vs. “rescue.”
It is about finding the right dog for us and meeting our side of the deal by providing that dog with the best home we can.
Adopting a dog is a wonderful way to go. That’s why I have three “hand me down” pets already.
There are likely dozens of “rescue” dogs out there that could have been a good fit for us at this time. Our puppy will also be a good fit, and in our case it’s the right choice.
It’s simply about finding the right dog. That is it.
Yet, of course, it’s complicated.
We spent years researching all options, meeting different rescued Lab and shepherd mixes, discussing buying a malinois from an old friend & client, emailing breeders.
Nothing felt right. I could not commit to any of these other dogs. I’m not sure why.
I kept coming back to these weims.
Some decisions just feel right, and this is one of them.
“I was hoping you would rescue,” one woman wrote on my blog.
She meant it from the heart, out of her great love for dogs. She meant no harm.
I’ll be honest, these kinds of comments bother me.
That someone would turn such an important, personal decision into a black-and-white moral issue. That her decision should also be my decision.
It’s right up there with:
“When are you having kids?” (Who said I was?)
And, “Why didn’t you take your husband’s name?” (Why didn’t he take mine?)
But I can either whine about the rescue question or I can show people about choosing and raising a dog responsibly.
Here’s a post on why I personally appreciate our breeder: CLICK HERE.
I love my three hand-me-down pets. I don’t call them rescues, but they are all adopted. I’m so thankful and lucky their three lives crossed with mine at the correct times. Beamer, Scout and Ace are so perfect for me in their own ways. They are loved.
Our little puppy will be “perfect” and loved very much as well.
This is why I don’t ask a dog lover why she didn’t rescue.
I say, “Hi, what a nice dog.”