Dogs-4Life.com

 

Where's My Perfect Dog?

my perfect dog

 

My buddy Sinja, was a stray at the Animal Shelter. Unclaimed, frightened and abused, her adoption brought this perfect little pal into my life


 

O.K.- you decided to get a dog but which one, what kind and where do you go to get one?

Let's examine a few things that might just help you find your perfect dog.

Things to Consider

  • Size- If you live in a home with a big yard, a big and lively dog such as a Labrador might be just the pick. But apartment and condo dwellers might opt for the route we took....a loveable Chihuahua or other small breed that would just love to be a lap dog and is content indoors

  • Live in or out- If your dog is going to spend a lot of time outdoors a big dog is a must. I would never condone dogs living outdoors all the time ( my preference) even with a dog house as a dog should be a member of the family. But in no instance should a small or toy breed ever be left outdoors unattended.

  • Time at home- How much time do you spend at home. Some dogs require more attention than others.  If you spend a good deal of the day at work you might want to consider having two pals that can keep each other company when you are away.

  • Puppy or grown- Puppies are as cute as can be ...but like babies of any kind need more attention, patience and training. If you are away from home a lot, consider a grown or senior dog. Full of love and wonderful companions this may just the perfect fit for you...after all, grown ups need love too !

  •  Children- A house full of happy children is a wonderful place for a dog to live. But some do better than others. Medium and big dogs can play and frolic with the family but a toy breed dog may be too fragile for a passel of kids. So get them a bigger breed and all will have a blast. ( While you're at it why not suggest a senior miniature poodle as a companion for grandma? )

  • Other pets- Do you have other dogs, cats, horses or even exotics at home? Be sure to make arrangements to introduce the prospective new member to the others before making final arrangements. And ask experts such as an adoption representative from a rescue or a veterinarian about the comparability of different pets. Contrary to popular belief dogs and cats often get along famously. I have had 2 dogs and 2 cats that were the best of friends.

A good article about making the peace between dogs and cats  can be found at Dog Owner's Guide

  • 1st Dog? Is this your first dog? well, your in for the time of your life. And the joy you feel the day you bring your new friend home will only intensify in love and companionship as life goes on.  Just like any new family member that comes home from the hospital or adoption center, this is a commitment that is for life.  So pick wisely...after all none of us could pick the perfect family ( even though some of us may have lucked out and gotten one) but we can all strive to find the perfect dog.

Adoption vs. Buying a Dog

  • Save a life...Every time you adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue you are saving a life. Rescues frequently take dogs out of local shelters on their last day before they would be euthanized due to a lack of space and resources. I have seen instances where dogs are held for as few as three days before being euthanized. Whether you adopt from a shelter directly or from a rescue you are making more room available at the shelters and saving a life.

Lower demands on breeders and discourages puppy mills. The greater the number of dogs that are rescued, the lower the demand on legitimate breeders and puppy mills to churn out more dogs. This eases the load on the shelters, giving them more time to keep dogs and hold them up for adoption. And if it discourages puppy mills we will stand up and cheer.

  • Lower cost than buying- Adoption fees at shelters and rescues are just a fraction of the cost of buying a puppy from a breeder or retail store. So save some money, save a life and be a hero !
  • Full grown dogs are less work than a puppy- Puppies are as adorable and lovable as any new born baby. And like any new born  they can be a handful of work, teething, house training, clamoring for food and attention at all hours of the day and night. If your heart is set on a puppy, many beautiful dogs and litters find there way into rescues and are abandoned at shelters. If raising baby sounds like a lot of work, how about a young, middle age or even senior dog? They are so much less work, so very appreciative and make wonderful companions.

Adopting a Healthy Dog

Different breeds have different dispositions and health challenges. Mixed breeds often make a natural correction for many problems that are caused by years of inbreeding. That being said it is important to get an idea of the different tendencies of dogs in particular if possible and in general when making the right choice of selecting a shelter or rescue dog....to help you pick a dog who is healthy and has behavioral characteristics suitable for your lifestyle.

And if you decide to pick a dog with health challenges you should have as much information as possible to be prepared for the road ahead.

For example, Newfoundlands are known to have congenital heart defects.

My wonderful Chihuahuas are prone to deformed spines, dislocated shoulders, heart, and breathing problems to mention a few potential problems.They need a lot affection, can be tough to train and may not be the best dog for children.

Akitas and Chow Chows  on the other hand have no known congenital defects.  Akitas are easy going and good with children. Chows are dominant and not so good with children.

Would any of this information affect my decision? NO! I love dogs and would be prone to adopting any dog regardless of the challenges. But awareness is critical. Once you have the information, the informed decision will be yours and avoid any potential problems if an unforeseen ailment arises.

For a complete guide to behavioral patterns and congenital defects in dogs see Dr Pitcairn's, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

And what is the perfect dog?....

Not a dog without faults...we all have those. It is a dog full of love who will be there for us every day, in good times and bad and one whom we will love and cherish for every day God has given us this wonderful gift.

For more information on pricking your perfect dog the Humane Society has a wonderful guide. Just click here 

Finally, Michael Mountain – Best Friends Magazine, April 1999 wrote "The reason the animals are homeless is perfectly straightforward: their families abandoned them."

Let's go find your new dog!

Shelter Dogs    Rescue Dogs          

Good luck on your search!

 

Dogs4 Life Book Reviews
Choosing the Best Veterinarian
Stop Your Dog's Side Effects From Medication
Do Your Dogs Health Exam At Home
Veterinary Secrets
Dog Health Insurance
Canine Longevity
Pros and Cons of Vaccines for Dogs
Annual Vaccines-Vet Speaks Out
Why Your Rescue Dog Benefits from Spay or Neuter
Liver Disease in Dogs
Healing Liver Disease in Dogs
How to Care for Your New Adopted Dog
First Aid Tips That May Save Your Dog's Life
Is Raw Meat Safe For Your Dog?
Five Ways to Prevent Your Dog From Getting Cancer
What If Your Dog Has Canine Cancer?
Kidney Failure in Dogs
Keep Your Dog Safe At Home
Prevent Canine Heatstroke
Don't Let Your Dog Die From Heatstroke
Is Your Dog Dehydrated?
Pharmaceutical Companies Drug Dogs for Profit
Flea Meds Fatal?
Household Cleaners Fatal to Dogs
Antifreeze Update
Canine Obesity
Does Your Dog Have Ringworm
Brushing Dogs Teeth Saves Lives
Summer Safety for Dogs
Kennel Cough
Summer Clean for Healthy Dogs
Dog Flea and Tick Treatments Danger
DeSkunking Your Dog
Easter Safety Tips for Dogs
Canine Anxiety Remedies
Dog Meds Fatal?
Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
Impacted Anal Glands+ Constipated Dogs Help
Dog Arthritis Remedies
Dog Licks, Bites, Chews Paws
Head Shaking+Dog Ear Infections
Dog Acne Solutions
Canine Allergy Relief
Your Dogs REAL Human Age
Dogs Tell Us They're Sick
Canine Heart Meds
Canine Pain Control
Is Your Dog Pessimistic?
Senior Dog Health Remedies
Canine Arthritis Remedies
Bordatella Vaccines Necessary?
Xylitol Danger to Dogs
Look for Cancer to EXTEND Fido's Life
Vets Adverse Drug Reports
Dog Behavior
Disobedient Dog Help
Simple Tips for Solving Dog Behavior Problems
Why Dogs Bark and How to Control Barking
How to Stop Your Dog From Biting
How to Control Dog Food Aggression
How to Control Dog Whining
How to Stop Your Dog From Digging
Easily Housetrain Your Adult Dog
4 Ways To Stop Dog Aggression
How to Stop Your Dog’s Excessive Licking
How to Control Your Dog's Hyperactivity
3 Ways To Stop Your Dog From Jumping
Coprophagia in Dogs, Causes and Cures
8 Ways to Stop Submissive Urination in Dogs
5 Ways to Stop Your Dog’s Fear of Loud Noises
How to Easily Train Your Dog
Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Dogs Fearful of Noise
Sleeping With Dogs DEADLY?
Hiking with Fido Tips
Pain Aggression in Dogs
Dog Chewing
Is Your Dog Hyper?
Help a Choking Dog
Safe Dog Toys
When Dogs are Home Alone
Your Dog a Mind Reader?
Dogs Understand Speech?
Keep Dogs SAFE in Cars
Teach Children New Puppy Care or Dog
Dogs 4 Life Articles
Dog Care Articles
Watch Animal Precinct
Dog Care News

Dogs 4 Life
a Dogs tale cont'd
Where is My Perfect Dog?
Abused Dog Adoption
Senior Dogs
Dog Breed Rescue
Handicapped Dogs
Ever Met a Bionic Dog?
Healthy Dog Gourmet
Dog Care Resources
Stray Dog's Prayer
Helpful Links
The Rainbow Bridge
Rescue Dogs
Why a Rescue Dog May Save Your Life
Spay Neuter Saves Dogs Lives
Save a Senior Dog
Military Puppy Rescue
Shelter Dogs
Why Adopt a Dog
7 Must Haves When Bringing A New Dog Home
Dog Adoption Video Tips
Pursuing the Perfect Dog Shelter
Shelter Me 2nd Chances
Homeland Security Recruits Homeless Dogs
The Perfect Dog Shelter
Dog Adoption
Puppy Mill Horror
Outlaw Puppy Mills
Support Puppy Protection & Safety
No Kill Nation
No Kill Doumentary
Before ANY Dog Goes to Pound
Is it Euthanasia or Murder?
How Much is Your Dog Worth?
Dog Health Insurance
Dog Food That Kills
Secret Dog Food Video
Dog Food Recall Not a First to Kill Dogs
Poison Dog Food
Dog Food Labeling Better Than Human Food, Industry Claims
Does Your Dog Food Include Euthanized Dog?
7 Tips For Choosing the Best Dog Food
Dog Food Recall Spurs Low Priced Brands
Raw vs Kibble
FDA Halts Imports- 2200 Dogs Die
Acid in Recalled Dog Food
Dog Food Recall Cross Contamination
Dog Food Allergies
Dog Food Recall Federal Law
What Do Dogs Really Eat?
Acid Found in Dog Food
Is Raw Meat Safe for My Dog?
OK to Feed Fido Plastic, Says FDA
Are Your Dog Treats a Health Risk?
Nuts Dangerous for Dogs
Chicken Jerky Danger for Dogs
Thanksgiving Recipe for Dogs
Chocolate Safe for Dogs?
Antibiotics in Your Dog's Food ?
Mold in Dog Food?
Dog Food Dangerous to Touch
Dog Food Mold Causes Liver Disease and Cancer
Federal Indictment Unleashes Fury at Dog Food Makers
Homemade & Natural Diets for Dogs
Safe Dog Food
Is Homemade Dog Food Dangerous?
Stop Dental Experiments on Dogs
Dogs 4 Life University
Site Map

Member:

ASPCA                        

Best Friends

Canine Health Concern   

Dog Rescues Worldwide