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Everywhere you look there are ads telling you that you must adopt a rescue pet or Sarah McLaughlin will come kill you in your sleep. Lord knows how many calls to suicide hotlines that woman has caused. If it isn’t an animal “charity” telling you that you need to adopt, it’s a celebrity (with a designer dog in their purse) or worse yet, those who have already “rescued” a dog.
There is a reason these people are compared to CrossFit fanatics.
We’ve been searching for the right puppy for nearly a year, so it’s not like we’re making a rash decision. This search has opened my eyes to all that can be involved with just the simple wish of wanting to add a dog to our family. I’ve taken so much grief from friends, family, and listeners over my somewhat “controversial” position of getting the dog I want.
Throughout this, I took heat that I’m certain will continue, however I have my reasons. I decided to share some of them with you.
Just this week I had considered going through the excruciating process of “adopting” a dog from one group. It was nearly $400 for this particular mixed-breed rescue, then deposits, paperwork, background checks, and even a home visit before they would even tell us if we’re “good enough” for these dogs — the ones who desperately need homes. Not all rescue operations are scams, but unfortunately many are. They take advantage of our love of animals and desire to help.
Point is, I’m a huge animal lover, I’ve had animals my entire life. Cats, dogs, fish, bunnies, even horses. None of them died due to my lack of care. So why is it when I follow the instructions given to “adopt, don’t shop,” I find many rescues charge more than the “puppy mills” they claim to detest?
Having said that … I’m buying a dog. Make that a puppy. Yeah, I said it. I’m researching and finding the best breed for my needs, as it will be My Dog. One problem I have with all the guilt associated with wanting a puppy, is the idea that somehow I should feel obligated to make up for others’ bad decisions.
I want a normal dog without baggage. Is that so wrong?
I realize that fact living in an area where the “pound puppies” are actually just old fighting or companion dogs. This is not the dogs’ fault, of course, but it’s not mine either. Our pounds are like “Oz” for dogs.
If you’ve adopted a fantastic dog, good for you. I’m buying a puppy because I have other animals and needs. Please don’t judge me and I won’t compare you to CrossFitters. Deal?