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  1. Catherine
    June 20, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

    Congrats on your first post! Very informative! Such a great start to greatness. Keep it up!

    Plus, I know plenty of people who think getting a dog that starts and stops with just adopting them, they don’t realize that it’s a lot more work than that.

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 20, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

      Thank you Catherine!! 🙂

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  2. Theresa Bailey
    June 20, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

    This is a great guide! Adopting leaves a lot of questions marks and it is good to know what you are getting into so you can handle it the right way.

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 20, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

      Exactly! I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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  3. Diana
    June 20, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

    Dogs are such sensitive, loving, loyal, and caring creatures. Thank you for writing this post and sharing this valuable information with the world. Lots of people don’t understand getting a dog is like adopting a second child into the family. Huge responsibility

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 20, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

      Indeed it is! I wish more people realized that it’s a big commitement. One that brings with it an abudance of joy and love, but a commitement nonetheless! 🙂

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  4. Katie
    June 20, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

    This is a great first post, and I appreciate you sharing! The only thing I’d add to it is that all pets require research–people will often not know anything about the breed they’re adopting, and end up getting rid of it later because it needed more attention or exercise than they thought it would, ended up getting bigger than they were expecting, sheds too much, happens to be a breed prone to certain health issues, etc. So knowing what breed you’re getting and what special challenges and needs that breed requires is ABSOLUTELY important to know before adopting!

    Overall this is a great start for anyone considering getting a pet. People really don’t understand what all goes into making this decision or what a big decision it is sometimes.

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 20, 2016 @ 8:06 pm

      Thank you for your comment Katie, I absolutely agree! Getting a dog, whether you buy or adopt, requires a good amount of research and preparation! Perhaps in the future I can find a guest blogger to write a post titled: “7 things you need to know before you BUY a dog.” 😀

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  5. Desteny
    June 20, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

    My dad brought a dog home from a shelter when I was 15. It was the “she was going to be put to sleep tomorrow” story. He brought her home knowing nothing about her and spending almost no time getting to know her. Honestly, she wasn’t a very good fit for our family at all. She was an emotional wreck and we didn’t have the time to provide her with the care and attention she needed. My parents ended up re-homing her after I moved out.
    Nobody should hastily rescue a dog, even if they are trying to do the right thing and help save an animal in need.

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 20, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

      So sorry to hear about this Desteny, but as I’ve mentioned in my post, this really happens all the time. Hopefully your parents know better now; I’m sure they only had good intentions, but like you’ve said, that’s not enough.

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  6. Crystal Green
    June 21, 2016 @ 12:10 am

    These are all great things to keep in mind. Often times the dogs you adopt do become the best dogs a person can own, but they do come with a lot of baggage. It is good to be aware of everything you mentioned.

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 21, 2016 @ 12:25 am

      Thank you Crystal! 🙂

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  7. Tracy
    June 21, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    I just lost my sweet girl in April. She was a rescue and the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m almost ready to consider another so these are such helpful tips. Especially the same rules don’t apply to all dogs will be helpful. Great to meet you!

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 21, 2016 @ 6:12 pm

      Thank you Tracy and I am so so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your girl was a wonderful soul and you shared many loving moments together! It’s very noble that you wish to open your heart to another dog! I wish you all the best and you’re always welcome here! ;*

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  8. Pat
    June 27, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

    You are right on. Our last four dogs have been from a breed rescue (boxer). While the breed has characteristics common to each dog, they were all different. We love the breed and feel both need about six months at least to acclimate to each other. All our rescues have worked out well. We did adopt an English bulldog years ago and had to encourage her not to bite everyone who came into the house. She delivered three dead puppies two days after we got her so that was probably part of her problem. She turned into a great dog as have all our rescues

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    • Luna Lupus
      June 27, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

      Thank you for rescuing dogs and opening your home to them. <3 You're doing an amazing work and I'm glad things worked out with the english bulldog as well, despite her sad story! I'm so happy when I hear happy endings like this!

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  9. Pippi Patrick
    August 15, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    Your thoughts here are very informative and while you are speaking specifically to adopted/rescue dogs, I feel the same can also apply to non-rescued dogs as well. However, the history of a rescue dog can certainly present more challenges than a puppy you buy directly from a good and loving breeder (sometimes). Dogs are unique in character and disposition as humans are. I think our expectations as humans as to how we feel a dog will think or behave, or acclimate into our home is where we make our mistake(s).
    I have adopted/rescued every dog I have had (6) in my life. They have been rescued at various ages (3 months to 5 years old). I have learned that I have to have NO expectations when I rescue, except that I will love them, nourish them, vet them and be their caretaker/parent for their natural life. I will adjust to their unique personalities. Of the 3 rescue dogs I still have, one I rescued at 14 months, a Papillon mix (now 12 yrs old), she walked into my home and acted like she had always been there, and life went on picture perfect. Another I adopted at age 5, a Shih Tzu (now 13), he simply co-existed, didn’t like to be touched, wouldn’t sleep with me, and it took 3 years of me allowing him to be him before he started coming to me for human touch and affection, now he cannot get enough of me petting him. The other dog I adopted at age 3 months (a back yard breeder shut down for bad conditions), a Lhasa Apso (now 14 yrs old), has had life long disposition issues, has never be able to be around children, has nipped at me more times than I can count, and will only come to me maybe once a day for her snuggling needs. I’ve never had any regrets in adopting any of them, I pretty much let them guide/teach me on how I deal with them, no expectations. I love them all dearly, I make sure they each get what their unique personalities desire. And now that they are in their senior years, they have many, many health issues, and I dispense oral meds and eye drop meds all day long, my vet bills are high, their medications keep my wallet empty, but the love they have brought to my life is immeasurable. They have taught me so much about compassion, understanding, and never ending love. Like my husband always says, from the day we brought them into our home they are our “friends to the end”, no matter what. We are the humans, we WILL figure out what we need to do, how WE will adapt to make this all work. They all had different “stories” when they came into our life, and I feel that with no expectations on my part, their lives have been uniquely wonderful and our lives have been forever enriched.

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    • Luna Lupus
      August 15, 2016 @ 11:48 am

      Thank you for rescuing dogs and giving them a home full of love and acceptance! <3 It is so clear that you love them dearly and like you've said, they are our biggest teachers! I can relate to the "no expectations" thing! When I decide to adopt a dog I'm in it for the long run; once they're mine, they're mine forever. I'm ready to deal with anything that needs dealing with. I have never considered re-homing any of my dogs - no matter what issue they came with - and I genuinely feel that rescuing dogs is a purpose that requires your whole heart!

      It's funny how their personalities can be so different, right? I notice that all the time! Bailey came to me at 2 months old, but she has a VERY fearful character and will always carry that with herself. Chilly came to me at 9 months old, after living his entire life on the street, but he is such a curious and brave pup! You really can never know what you're going to get but honestly, to me personally, that's the beauty of it! <3 Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Sending much love to you and your dogs!

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