How To Adopt & Manage A Shelter Or Homeless Dog As A Pet (by Terry Kyle)
I am NOT a professional dog trainer, veterinarian or any kind of certified dog professional.
I run the world’s fastest WordPress hosting company here but have now spent years working with hundreds of shelter dogs, have 2 ex-homeless dogs, Rina and Jorro (and 5 awesome ex-homeless orphan cats: Sasha, Misha, Gigi, Yana and Bella) at home, plus the world’s softest, calmest dog, Joey, a 4 year-old female Golden Retriever.
The advice below is therefore meant to be a simple, quick reference guide if you are considering adopting a shelter or homeless dog ESPECIALLY if you have never been a dog owner before.
Let’s jump into the wonderful world of shelter dog ownership!
BEFORE You Adopt A Shelter/Homeless Dog!
REALITY FM TIME:
Too many people are in love with the romantic Hollywood idea of nobly saving a dog from a terrible life in a cage at a horrible dog shelter or from an uncertain life on the streets.
Often, many people adopt such a dog but then quickly find the whole responsibility of dog ownership too much to handle, the sacrifice too large, the infringements on their lifestyle too great and start to resent the dog.
In such cases, the confused animal is then handed back to the shelter or abandoned somewhere.
So, if you are considering adopting a dog, please please please audit yourself and your maturity, responsibility and seriousness to be a good dog parent who will be there for the animal, day-in, day-out, regardless of your feelings on any given day and be present for the dog – possibly for the next 10-15 years!
Owning a dog can be a huge PITA at times so if you honestly think you can’t handle that, admit it and don’t get a dog – that’s the best way for all concerned.
As Robert De Niro’s character says in Ronin, if there is any doubt, then there is no doubt, don’t do it.
Ask yourself if your lifestyle actually fits a dog.
Will you be able to take your dog to your work and yes, more and more companies are becoming dog-friendly, like WPX Hosting is, and even if it isn’t currently your employer’s official policy, why not ask them and encourage them to consider it.
I will be adding a page here shortly on the merits and how-to of dog-friendly offices.
Otherwise, will your new dog buddy be stuck at home, probably stressed from separation anxiety because you are away for most of the day, 5 days a week. Is that a good life for that dog, expecting it to sleep most of the day and night?
More coming soon, it’s a work in progress here.