1.) Rescue Dogs Tend to Eliminate The Tension
At the age of three I didn’t know much but I know my mom was worried about my dad. He was supposed to be home on Christmas Eve; he wasn’t there and there was a bad snow storm. I know there was tension in the house and the holiday was going to be ruined until I heard a jeep pull up in the driveway. My dad looking so handsome in his Army Uniform came in and said, “I got something special for you!” He reached into his pocket and pulled out the cutest little puppy you could ever see. Yep it was a little Heinz 57 fur ball as adorable as could be. Frisky, my first dog, a rescue, looked like a combination of an Old English sheepdog and I don’t know what else. What a cool Christmas!
2.) Rescue Dogs Teach Children and Adults Responsibility
Growing up with dogs was always fun, well until someone had to clean up the poop or barf (feeding and walking were easy). Yep, let’s face it, dogs are a responsibility but the rewards far outweigh anything else. Look, if you want to be independent you need to be responsible!
3.) If You Need A Scapegoat – You Can Always Blame the Dog
OK, not to offend anyone out there but if you ever have your entire family including your assortment of animals all sitting in the living room watching TV and all of a sudden the air just does not smell quite right, you can always blame the dog.
4.) Dogs Are Loyal
All dogs are cool in my eyes but rescues seem to be even more thankful and devoted. They are so steadfast and loving. Whenever the chips are down you can still count on your dog to be there for you. They even will protect you if you are in a situation that requires it. Sweet Tea, my rescue lab and the best dog that ever lived did for me when I was hiking alone.
5.) Dogs Get You Off Your Tailbone and Out
If you are depressed or even feeling lazy, it is really hard to look your dog in the eye when you know all he wants is to for you to take him on a walk. When you do take him for a walk you always have a good time. There is nothing better than the simple act of strolling around with your pooch.
6.) There Are Too Many Dogs Without a Home
Yep, here’s the sad part. Dog rescue groups, shelters and protective agencies simply have more dogs than homes. Thank goodness there are some no kill shelters but I won’t bring you down with what you already know. If you are thinking about a dog (Yes it may be a change) please think about a rescue.
So the moral to the story here is as follows. If you need to eliminate the tension in your home, teach your kids how to be responsible, blame bad odors on someone, learn what true loyalty means, lose some weight or just do something nice, adopt a rescue dog!
Live In Missouri? Why not try Open Door Animal Sanctuary, Stray Rescue of Saint Louis or Animal Protective Agency of Missouri.