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Adopt a Dog

Monday, May 24th, 2010

If you love dogs and want one or more in your life, think “ADOPTION!”
Click here to see some reasons to Adopt a Dog!

Why should you adopt?

Well for one reason, you’re literally saving two lives… the life of the dog you adopt and the life of the dog who finds shelter in the kennel space.  The sad fact of life is that in these hard economic times, shelters are being stressed to the limits and beyond.  Adopting a dog is a wonderful way to support our local humane agencies.

Another fact is that when you adopt a dog, you got a much better chance of finding the perfect match for you and your family.  Shelter workers usually have a pretty good grasp of the dog’s temperament.  That’s a great way to ensure that you won’t have to bring the dog back because the pup wasn’t what you’d expected.

And then there’s the fact that shelter dogs are vaccinated, neutered or spayed and micro-chipped before or right after you adopt.  This cuts down on vet bills, tremendously.  Will you be asked to pay an adoption fee? Yes, but the fee represents a fraction of the shelter’s costs of caring for the dog and vet bills, which means it’s just a mere percent that you have to pay for something that would have normally cost hundreds.

Finally, generally speaking, shelter dogs will bond quickly with their new companions.  It is not uncommon for these dogs to be uprooted from their happy homes due to divorce, death, or some other lifestyle change, that they do go through a mourning process, so once they’ve found a loving home again, they want to please the new owners as much as possible to hopefully ensure that they won’t be homeless again. Even dogs that were rescued from the streets, never really knowing a good home, will bond quickly to hopefully ensure that they won’t be rummaging through the trash for their dinner.

Just A Dog

Monday, July 27th, 2009
"Just a Dog"

"Just a Dog"

From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “That’s a lot money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog.”  Some of proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog.” Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog,” and not once have I felt slighted.  Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “Just a dog.” In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think its “Just a dog,” you will probably understand phrases like “Just a friend, Just a sunrise”, or “Just a promise.” “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy.  “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.  Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly into the future.

For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.  “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog.” It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “Just a man or woman.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog,” smile, because they “Just Don’t Understand.”

~Author Unknown~