Cherry Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

It’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

Oh, come on, you knew I’d go for this one.  Seriously, there are marvelous dogs (and cats) in shelters all over the world that just need love, food, exercise, and expensive vets. In return, a dog will give you an alarm system, a body guard,, a warm body to cuddle, and unconditional adoration.  Best deal in the world.  

Go to or your local shelter.  That’s where Milton, Veronica, Mona, and Lyle came from (Bernie and Lucy came from the pound, Rosie was a gift one of my classes got from the pound [Melissa Copher, I keep losing your e-mail address, but I’ll never forget you]), and through that website you can even search by breed and your area.  

Don’t do it for the dogs (although they deserve it), do it for you.  




14 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

  1. Most of the breeds also have breed rescue groups so if you’re looking for something specific you can usually find it that way.

    I have two dogs at the moment. Technically, they’re rescues but since I got them as puppies I don’t describe them that way. Smart, healthy and fun mutts.

    I will suggest you only get one dog at a time. I got two on the same weekend and now know every dog sport known to man. Tired dogs are good dogs.

  2. I can vouch for the expensive vets, the property damage, the costs of dog sitters, etc., but also for the devoted love and the alarm system.

    My sister adopted a nine month old puppy ten years ago. The puppy came horribly sick from the shelter, which refused to help with vet care. The vet bill, first of many, was around $3,000, if memory serves, but the dog pulled through.

    Over the ten years, she’s grown into a sturdy dog who resembles a cross between a Rottweiler and a Doberman. She’s eaten shoes, scratched the floors, and loved her family with all her being.

    She’s dug holes in the yard and loved her family with all her being.

    When she was just a few years old, she drove off a gang of burglars that crowbarred open the front doors of several houses on their block, but was turned back from my sister’s door after meeting her fierce, brave, full-toothed defense.

    She’s slept near them every night. Greeted them with utter joy every time they come home. Carried home poison oak from her walks in the woods. Put her chin gently on their knees at dinner.

    And a couple months ago she drove off a second would-be burglar, who had to make a quick exit over the back fence.

    1. I once had a wolfhound mix – sweetest dog in the world. Until the night some drunk teenager crossed the street to approach me. It took everything I had to hold that dog back from him. He seemed harmless but he must have frightened me because she was going to tear him to pieces.

      He scurried away.

      Right now, the generic brown dog loves people but looks scary. The Aussie mix loves people but is far more protective. I walk as late as I like with these two.

  3. Some people weren’t able to look after their dog. They put him up for sale online. We bought him. Best beloved ever. Since he was getting into fights with their other dog, we feel quite sure we rescued him.

    Best bit about rescue dogs? They rescue you right back.

  4. Tall Boy has been making very small, very quickly denied but still there noises about getting another dog. There was a 4-5 month old puppy at our boarding kennel when we dropped Charlie and Jasmine off on Thursday and TB wanted to steal him when we picked ours up. He also blushed when I told him that the ticket price for a Halloween event we are going to is a food bank donation or a donation to the rescue we got Jasmine from. Fingers crossed we will have a new pup by Christmas.

  5. Emma is our 12.5 year old rescue and she has been a joy and a delight from the first moment she chose me. Angus – now past 13 – still wonders what she’s for when he wants all our attention, but she makes a point of sitting on his butt to snuggle anyway. (They’re both 85-90 lbs so competition for butt space is fun to watch.) Our landlord looked very concerned when she asked their ages, and told me it would be a good time to get a puppy, but the vet bills over the years have been impressive so we want to make sure we can take care of the two we have until they don’t need us anymore before we commit to the next rescue. That said, I am itching to bring another couple home anyway. In an ideal world I’d have a full six-pack 😉

  6. I have a three legged mutt I inherited when my brother moved to a place that doesn’t allow dogs. She is the most narcissistic dog I have ever met. My cat is less self-centered.

    I also have a 12 yr old Bassett hound that is the love of my life. I bought him at a yard sale for $20. He was for sale because he had gotten the family’s other dog, a dalmation-pitt bull mix, pregnant. Oddly enough, anytime I tell that story to a guy, they always look at the Bassett hound and say “you go guy”

  7. People sometimes bring their dogs to my work. One of them is a very sweet rescue who starts yelling every time he sees someone with white hair, and gets VERY defensive if he thinks someone might be kicking someone else. It breaks your heart a little, but he’s getting happier and calmer after being with his new family.

  8. My cats won’t allow me to have a dog. They’re funny that way. But recently I flew from Albany to San Diego, and on the Baltimore to SD leg I sat up front with a couple of retired military, younger than me, both of whom had PTSD. (I was on Southwest, where there is open seating.) When I asked if the seat next to them was open, they said yes, but we have a dog, do you mind? There at their feet was this large, beautiful black lab, the woman’s therapy dog. Needless to say, I said, “NOT AT ALL,” and spent the rest of the flight with her big paws resting atop my feet. Best flight I ever took.

    Sadly, my cats still won’t let me get a dog. And since one of the three is dying slowly (and expensively) and his sister had to go to the emergency vet today ($248), I probably can’t afford one, anyway.

    Everyone who has a dog, pet him or her for me!

  9. Fab post. Adopting even one dog sometimes saves more lives, like in our case.

    My dog’s mom was brought from the US to Canada in one of those last ditch efforts before her time at the 1st shelter (US) was going to end (and yes, some shelters can only keep each dog so long). The mom was sick and pregnant and needed expensive medical help. Care that was deemed unaffordable, until the 2nd shelter figured that after the mom gave birth, they could use the money they expected to raise by adopting her puppies out to pay the mom’s medical expenses immediately knowing they’d make the money back.

    Which is exactly what happened. So in essence, after the mom gave the puppies life they gave it right back and saved her life, too. Love that. The domino effect of love in action:)

  10. I’m not a dog person (allergies, animal hierarchies that start with cats) but I’m excited to see if my friend brings her service dog today. He’s so cute and baffles my cats.

  11. I’m not ready for another dog. I adopted 2 as my graduation present, then about 6 months later was surprised with a pregnancy, then a 2nd surprise 18 months later. The dogs got the short end of the stick. But they were sweeties. They were 9 and 10 when I adopted them. The chocolate lab had a ferocious bark that by the time I got to the door, the people were long gone.

    My kids are 7 and 9. I think they alternate between what they’d like as a pet. Dogs, bunnies, cats, albino something or others.

    1. A guinea pig. They’re very affectionate if you play with them and they will squeak happily when they see you. Also if the kids get bored with having a pet, you can usually find someone who will take a guinea pig.

      A rabbit. One of the smaller varieties like a Norweigan dwarf that you keep inside.

      You can litter train them, they don’t require a great deal of room (although if you let them wander a bit, they’re curious and will gnaw on exposed wires) but if you get one with the right temperament, they are great.

      I had one who would tug on your jeans when he wanted to be picked up and loved to chase the cats around the house. But I also had one who hated me with every fiber of her being (only animal I owned that felt that way) even though she was the only animal in the house at the time. Again, if the kids get bored, someone will usually take a bunny.

      I’ve only had two or more cats at a time so I don’t know how a single cat does in a household with kids. If you’re thinking of cats, let me be sexist. Get a male. I’ve had female cats who like people, but my males have always loved people and been far more gentle with kids. But both dogs & cats require more attention to be happy than the smaller pocket pets.


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