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anonymous asked:

i really want a dog and mum keeps saying no.. and i want dog to help with my mental illness cos i heard dogs can i help but she wont listen and she said "no wonts a a recuse dog" its really pissing me off rescue dogs deserve love and deserve a family.. and i just want a dog i miss having a dog in the house ..i need to move out i am 20 im old enough to but i cant bc my anxiety is so bad and i cant get a job and i have no idea wwhat the fuck taxes are

Dogs especially can be very calming and therapeutic, yes! I suggest that maybe sitting down with her and talking about it in more detail. See if that will sway her. If not, and you end up having to wait until you move out, then that’s okay too! And honestly adulthood seems so scary with all the things you gotta worry about but once you start, it gets easier and less scary. Then it just becomes a chore

I had someone ask me via message on where to start in regards to adopting an “unadoptable” dog, and we had a rather pleasant conversation, but I feel like something needs to be said in public on this blog due to my history of having owned such a creature.

Ethical shelters and rescues do not label dogs unadoptable for no reason, in nearly all cases. There is something about the dog that will determine it being an extremely poor fit for 99% of homes that would be interested, and typically that 1% would need to make tremendous amounts of sacrifice in order to successfully own them. As nice as it sounds- wanting to give a dog everyone else has given up on a home- ethical rescues and shelters have a responsibility to take care of ALL of the dogs in their care and to not endanger those they adopt to or the general public with their adoptions. Taking in unadoptable dogs and keeping them until that 1% person shows up takes vast amounts of money away from perfectly adoptable dogs and ends up killing the friendly, healthy, young dogs that are deemed “more likely to be adopted”. Don’t believe me?

Someone I know from dobermantalk stopped fostering for her rescue when they took in 2 heartworm positive senior beagles to foster from a high kill shelter and left the young healthy beagle that had been surrendered with the older pair. The “adoptable” dog never got a foster. He also never got adopted. When his time was up, he was euthanized. The older pair did not survive their heartworm treatment. Three dogs died because of a focus on unadoptable dogs. Who does that help?

About five years ago, a woman took in two seriously dog aggressive presa canarios to foster. What was left of her body was found several days after the fact- she had been torn to pieces. It was hard for the authorities to determine if the presas had done the deed or if her personal dogs, one “pit bull” bbm and one frenchie, had contributed, but they guessed that the presas, two intact males known for engaging in serious fights with other dogs, had begun to fight and redirected on her when she tried to break them up. Due to their size, they would have overwhelmed her quickly, especially if the other two dogs joined in the frenzy. From there it’s hard to tell what bites were inflicted post-mortum, when the dogs ran out of food and turned to the only available source of meat, and what bites caused her death. Reports from those who found her described the scene as a bloodbath. All four dogs were euthanized. Who does that help?

A small breed puppy mill rescue dog I personally knew, deemed unadoptable for her extreme fear issues, was taken in by a well meaning family member. In a very short amount of time, this family member had been bitten multiple times for offenses as minor as walking by the dog while she was sleeping. Eventually, the dog slipped her harness after spooking due to a loud noise, ran into the road, and was killed instantly by a car. Obliterated. In front of her owner. Who does that help?

Skoll was a dog that had been failed by everyone in his short life. He’d come from known abuse and had clear abandonment issues. He had terrible health and his fear of people and his learned behavior of biting to make the scary things go away were ingrained into him long before he came to me. I gave him a chance anyway, I couldn’t sit by and watch a young dog be killed for something that wasn’t his fault. He mauled me without provocation and I euthanized him two months into our time together. He should have been euthanized on take in- he had a long, long list of documented bites well before he ever came to me, though I didn’t know it at the time. Who does that help?

Instead of focusing on these unadoptable dogs, there is a better solution. If you want to feel like you’re making a difference, find an ethical rescue or shelter and foster! Transport! Volunteer your photography skills! Learn their temperament and health testing process and volunteer there too! Make goods to sell at fundraisers and auctions! Organize a community donation pool! There are so many things you can do for dogs in need that aren’t things that, more often than not, end up with the dog dying anyway. But wanting to adopt a dog labeled, for good reason, unadoptable? Especially if you are not experienced in intense or extreme issues, temperament or health wise, in dogs? You are asking for a lot of heartbreak.

Adopt the adoptable dogs. Accept that we cannot save every unwanted dog. Accept that not every unwanted dog SHOULD be saved. It’s not the dogs’ faults, but neither is it the public’s for not being able to deal with these sorts of issues.

ATTENTION!!!!!! SUPER IMPORTANT PSA!! TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!!!!!!

CLEAR THE SHELTERS DAY IS HAPPENING TODAY! ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
AUGUST 19 2017 is National Clear The Shelters Day!
You can adopt a new forever family member for a reduced fee or even FREE!!!!!!
Please check your local shelter for their participation, also please please please discuss adopting a pet with the whole family!
More details to follow but please reblog and post everywhere!
Let’s adopt to save lives!!!!!

MORE INFO- cleartheshelters.com Please remember Shelters operate on a very small budget, so if you are at a shelter today, please consider making a donation if possible, even if you don’t end up adopting a new friend.
some things people need to get straight

Don’t buy puppies from pet stores to “save the puppies from being mistreated!!” While this is done with the best of intentions, the puppy mill problem isn’t really about the puppies- the actual puppies are usually treated okay, it’s the parents that are kept in horrible conditions and forced to breed until they die. While you may be giving a home to one dog if you buy from a pet store, you’re supporting the misery of hundreds of other dogs with your money.

USDA certification isn’t a sign of a reputable breeder. It’s actually the mark of a puppy mill and if you see this, run fast in the opposite direction. CKC registration (Continental Kennel Club, not Canadian) is also a huge red flag.

But having AKC registered puppies doesn’t mean they’re reputable, either. While most good breeders (in the US) will have AKC registration, AKC isn’t picky about which dogs they register, so plenty of bad breeders do too. Also, “champion bloodlines” means nothing unless they’re at least in the second or third generations of a pedigree. 

Stereotyping breeds is not “like racism for dogs”. Humans weren’t strategically bred for hundreds of years to develop traits to assist them in specific tasks. Dogs were, so retrievers retrieve, greyhounds run, shepherds herd, and terriers fight. It’s not “all in how you raise them”. Genetics. They do stuff. Science. And hey could we maybe not compare the systemic oppression of minorities to people saying chihuahuas are barky? Thanks

Designer breeds i.e. labradoodles, maltipoos, cavachons etc. are not “the best of both worlds!” Again, genetics…that’s not how they work. Also realize that most of these dogs (especially since they are common products of puppy mills) don’t come from well-bred parents because reputable breeders generally don’t allow their dogs to be used to breed crosses. Like I’ve seen poodle breeders literally write it in their puppy contracts that they will take back the dog if they find out it’s being used to create “doodles”. 

If you support importing foreign rescue dogs but use the “overpopulation of shelter dogs in the US” factoid to protest dog breeding you’re a fucking hypocrite.

Don’t tell people “you can find any breed in a shelter!” Like ??? Yeah lemme just go find Cesky Terrier at my local humane society! I genuinely have no idea why people say this when it’s obviously not true?

Puppies aren’t a blank slate, and adult dogs don’t all come with awful baggage. If a puppy is genetically predisposed to aggression, all the early socialization in the world might not help at all. And while any adult dog will be shaped by its past, not all rescue dogs are abused and many are there because of circumstances completely unrelated to them and have had perfectly normal lives. You also have the advantage of already knowing their temperament, energy level, and any behavioral issues. 

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Guess the breed!

Meet Roman, a shelter dog from Mississippi! Now 6 years old and a Search and Rescue dog in Florida, Roman is a big goofball, he loves to chase a ball and every bunny in the yard. He is also the biggest cuddle bug and is happiest when in bed or on the couch with someone. Very intelligent and picks up on training very fast.

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PLEASE share this and get the word out!!! these dogs will die if help doesn’t come!!!!!! @noelaniig and @dallasdogrrr on Instagram
they need help now!!!!

Meet Trench and Maple, a Human-Dog Dynamic Musical Duo

To hear some of Trench and Maple’s favorite tunes, follow @acoustictrench on Instagram.

Since Trench (@acoustictrench) was a boy growing up in New England, he’s always been drawn to music. “One of my earliest memories is playing the air guitar in the kitchen when the Beach Boys came on the radio,” he says. Fast forward 20 years, and Trench plays as many instruments — from the guitar to the ukulele, harp to cello — and has an unlikely musical partner: his dog, Maple.

“I adopted her from a rescue shelter when she was a puppy,” says Trench, “And since then, she follows me everywhere. Whenever I play the guitar, she comes over and curls up next to me. I think the music comforts her.” As Trench began recording videos of himself playing, Maple naturally appeared in the background. “She’s essentially become the face of my music,” he says. Maple even joins in on the jam sessions once in a while, tapping on a drum or a tambourine. “She’s so smart and she picks up things really fast,” says Trench. “So I always have fun with her and see if she can join in.”