This is going to be another dog post. I like them better than people; sorry. Anyway.
My Muttville obsession is very well documented by now. The future of my emotional health has become increasingly dependent on knowing that Augie Doggie is adopted by someone who will love him forever.
Just LOOK at him. He’s been on the site for a long time now - as have many other dogs - and it just kills me to think that he goes to sleep and wakes up, and doesn’t know where his person went. Poor little thing.
So, first of all: California friends, please consider Muttville if you’re interested in adopting a dog. They’re in the SF Bay Area, but they say they’re willing to bring the dog up to 10 hours’ worth of driving time away to make sure it gets a home. These are older dogs who would likely be euthanized if they were in traditional shelters - because most people just want puppies, and so they either buy directly from breeders or pet shops, or they opt for younger dogs in shelters. I’m happy for every dog to have a home, but senior dogs are very often neglected, and Muttville is doing a really great thing.
Second of all: everyone who lives everywhere else, please adopt shelter dogs. There are so many options, so many puppies who just want people to love them and happy homes. Obviously, there are ASPCAs all over America; and RSPCAs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; and the good old SPCA in Canada; those shelters are all great options, particularly because the shelters are so full that they often euthanize perfectly lovely animals (it’s breaking my heart just to type that).
However, I would also strongly urge all of you to consider adopting greyhounds. If a racing greyhound is lucky, it will have a short, successful career and then live quietly and happily with a loving family for the rest of its 10-14 years. If a racing greyhound is unlucky - and more of them are unlucky than lucky - it might not be fast enough, and thus killed when it’s a year or two old; or it might be subjected to brutal racing conditions and inhumane living conditions; or it might be a perfectly respectable racing dog, but then killed when its career is over - at age four or five; or it might be placed into an adoption program, but killed anyway for being “unadoptable” - i.e., failing a personality test designed and administered by racing-affiliated greyhound adoption programs, possibly made so strict because they just have too many greyhounds and not enough homes to put them in. Greyhounds are gentle, affectionate dogs, and the fact that they’re treated as if they’re expendable is atrocious.
I would also encourage people not to believe all the awful hype about pitbulls, but I’ll save that rant for another time.
Some of you are already proud owners and lovers of rescued pets, and I tip my hat to you. Some of you - like me - live in buildings that don’t allow any pets, and so you have to wait until your living situation improves. But I hope that some of you are in a position to share your home with a dog - whether a mutt or a greyhound or a pitbull or any other number of animals who need homes and love - and have been somewhat swayed by my embarrassingly sincere pleas.
The puppies thank you for your time.