Hey everyone! How’s it going today?
I’m very excited to post today’s post because it is on my FAVORITE topic…
Let’s backtrack though. So yesterday, my friend Alexandra tagged me in this photo on Facebook:
For anyone who knows my family, you know that we tend to adopt dogs in the later years of their lives. Young dogs get adopted much quicker at shelters than senior dogs do, and as a family who has had a LOT of dogs, we’re more than happy to take in the older ones, even if it means that we only have a couple of years with them.
(This is not meant to put down anyone who adopts young dogs though, or any animal for that matter. If you are adopting an animal from a shelter and not buying them from a breeder (#adoptdontshop!), you are doing so much good for the animals already!!)
Breeding animals makes NOOOO sense to me. I don’t care in the slightest if you want to have a particular breed or want to know your pet’s bloodline, it is just plain selfish to bring more animals into this world when there are already SO many being euthanized every day. Approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year. That is WAY WAY WAY too high of a number to still be breeding animals.
Anywho though, I have always loved my shelter pups so much because they are such funny individuals with intricate pasts. Senior dogs come with some interesting habits – ranging from adorable to borderline depressing because they shed some light on their previous lives. Our current two dogs both came from interesting backgrounds, and I can’t say that they had happy lives before coming to us.
Here is a picture of one of my dogs, Astro. His face says it all – he now is a VERY happy pup.
(I know, I know, I already used this picture in my peanut noodle post, but it’s my favorite picture of him!)
When we first adopted him when he was 9, we very quickly realized that he had a very depressing past behind him. He was always having “spells” and would hide under a table for hours and bark at us like we were about to do something bad to him. In the past, my family has been great with abused/high maintenance dogs, but he was our first case that was too much to handle. We called in a dog trainer, and he evaluated his behavior. He told us that Astro had probably never been given a spot of his own, like a bed or even just his own corner, so he retreated to hiding under tables. Something about Astro never having his own “spot” in all 9 years of his life made me feel so sad for him.
It took us some time, but he is now almost completely free of his old spells. He is SO playful. I mean, a strange amount of playful. He should be 11 or so now, and he still acts like a puppy.
He is extremely loveable and loves loves loves to have his chest scratched. I love him with all my heart and am so happy that he is a part of our family!
Our other dog’s name is Sammy (picture below!) Sammy is also a very happy guy with a strange background. When we adopted him when he was 6, we knew he was from Alabama but didn’t know why his owners gave him up. My dad did a little research and somehow found his old owner’s phone number, and decided to give them a friendly call to let them know that we had Sammy, in case he had run away or something and they never knew what happened to him.
His old owners had, in fact, brought him back to the shelter themselves and did not seem to care in the slightest how he was doing. When my dad first mentioned that we had him, they nonchalantly said “Oh yeah, Sammy? We always wondered what happened to him.” How can you possibly say that about your dog that you turned into the shelter?! He is such a sweetheart, I have no clue how anyone could abandon him like that.
One trait of Sammy’s is that he will eat prettyyy much anything. He scarfs down used tissues like he hasn’t eaten in months. While this is sounds hilarious, it does make you wonder if food had been kept from him at one point in his life.
On a funnier note though, want to know one of the weirdest things that’s ever happened to me? Sammy once woke me up at 7AM by throwing up in my bed right next to my face, and to make things even stranger, there was a whole $10 bill in his puke. This dog is just straight bizarre when it comes to the mischief he gets in to, but that’s one of the many, many reasons why I absolutely adore him with every ounce of my heart.
He is the biggest mush of a puppy you will ever meet. I mean that too. He is so so so cute that everyone loves him. My friends, people walking on the street, even the nurses at his vet love him so much that they posted a picture of him on their facebook saying how cute he is. He’s such a little lovebug with a huge heart and I know I’ll love him forever.
Not all senior shelter dogs are hard to handle though. My family adopted a beautiful German Shepherd named Molly when she was around 10. She was THE most relaxed dog I had ever met in my life. We had her for four years, and those four years were a breeze. I can’t remember a single time that she was less than amazing as a dog. She was such a little Grandma, and I’m 99% positive that she only understood Spanish (thank goodness for high school language classes!) SHE. WAS. GREAT.
It breaks my heart to think that if we had not adopted Sammy, Astro, Molly, and our other previous dogs, that there is a good chance that they would have been put down. The thought of their lives ending before they got to be truly happy is a thought too sad for me to handle.
I am so passionate on the subject of adopting dogs, because I have first-hand witnessed some amazing shelter dogs that would not have been giving a chance at life otherwise if we had not adopted them. If you know anyone who is currently looking into buying a breeder dog, educate them on why the shelter pups need their help! It all comes down to supply and demand. If we all start getting our pets from shelters and stop buying them from breeders, then the breeders will eventually be put out of business. It’s as simple as that!
So I certainly talked a lot about my glorious pups, and I want to hear about yours! Comment below about your past or present fur babies, I’d love to hear about them! (I LOVE hearing about other people’s dogs, can you tell?!) ❤