Be gentle with me.
Okay I will : )
First you are correct in stating that most people who say the dog
bit,actually did not Also,if a dog snapped and I knew this dog snapped
and was given up... The dog would not be adopted out to people with
children,even after I worked with the dog.
Also, Kim, shelter work and rescue work are vastly different.
When you have a shelter,there are so many sweet dogs,that you neither
have time $ or room for a problem dog.
Shelter dogs that are put down mostly are: sickly,ill tempered,old,or
black and tan one year old male lab/shep/X's in my neck of the woods. :
Rescue work you have a lot more room.
Most rescue people are "breed specific"
That is like me, I rescue Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Mostly all the brown dogs I get have 'problems" with aggression,be it
food,dogs or humans. I will not take a dog that has been reported for a
biting incident,or quarantined,if they know of such. I have a contract
that must be signed,by the person or pound or shelter giving up the dog.
That said, the dog comes and lives with me,until I believe he has come
I have been very fortunate because I am known by many, that I have a
"waiting list" most times for my chessies.
So they have already gotten my "gestapo" questioning via phone, and
coming to my home.
Maybe one out of twenty make it to get a dog from me.
They indeed SIGN a contract ,with lots of stipulations,four pages to be
exact! One of them is this dog is being adopted up,to you,because you
have stated you have NO CHILDREN,and you understand this dog should not
be around ANY CHILDREN. yadda yadda yadda...
Even though I am "covered" I would feel morally responsible if something
happened with a dog I adopted. That's me,so I really don't try to play
Children are precious,and need protecting,from ALL things.
In this sue crazy society,you have to have lawyers,and I do,as rescue
work can be quite "crazy"
My grandmother use to say "Blessed be nothing" she was right....
I believe the reason why my adoptions turn out so great is
I am not a "Let's try and see person,take the dog home for the weekend
for a trial run!"
I am manic about my dogs not getting dumped again.that's why I am so
very very hard to get a dog from.
I am there for the people ALL the dog's life.
As with all dogs come problems,and if someone is panicking,and they have
someone to call,you can usually help them through it,and thus the dog is
not "dumped again"
So, I hope I answered your question.
I hope I was gentle : )
Feeling like "Moondancing" while listening to Van's great new album,
"Back On Top" still the "Brown Eyed Girl"
A dogs life is too short...
Their only fault really...