Did you know?
- It’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. (Source: APPA)
- Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). (Source: ASPCA)
- The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. 28% of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues. (Source: ASPCA)
This simple list of facts should sum up why we chose to rescue a dog instead of purchase from a breeder. There are just too many abandoned animals in need of a loving home. If the 28% of people who chose to adopt their pets from breeders chose to rescue instead, there would be significantly less homeless animals. Dog and cat breeders contribute to the existing homeless animal crisis and it is very sad. With a little research and patience, you can find your desired age and breed of dog at an animal shelter.
Our First Family Dog
Now that my short rant is over, I want to proudly introduce our newest member of the family:
Tarot, the Chow Mix Dog
We have been talking about getting a dog for several years now. Only after buying our first home this past November did we seriously start searching around for dogs to adopt. We considered all dog breeds from greyhounds and dobermans to labradoodles and huskies. After countless hours of research and discussion, we realized we didn’t have one type of breed that we absolutely needed to have. That’s when we started visiting local animal shelters and browsing the internet for available dogs.
I never thought we would end up with a dog so soon, but after meeting our dog (formally named Bernie for a week) in the shelter, we knew he would be a great match for our family. It’s funny because we never even thought about Chow Chow dogs at all… Not that he looks much like a Chow except for his facial structure, ears and prominent curled tail. Four days later, we returned to the animal rescue and brought him home with us!
We have two cats at home already. They definitely do not love the idea of having this new creature in their home but I’m sure they’ll adjust in time. They have experience living with a dog, so it will just be a matter of time before they open up… Hopefully not too long though because I already miss seeing my babies walking around!
You know what is funny? All of our pets have matching fur! LOL.
We have had Tarot for a solid 24 hours now. He is adjusting nicely to his new home and absolutely loves going outdoors! I am SO happy we bought a house with a fenced in area. It is a huge relief not having to tie him up outside. He likes everyone in the home and doesn’t try to chase the cats! He especially likes to lick our one year old baby who fortunately does not mind.
He is a fairly well trained and good listening dog. I am very impressed by his skills! He knows basic commands like sit, shake, come, and lay down. He is decent at staying when told but I can tell he needs more work with that command. I made him a large, comfy dog bed in our bedroom and he laid there ALL night! He isn’t the crazy-psycho dog who constantly barks, jumps up on you, and runs all over your furniture. I love that! He hasn’t barked outside when people walked down the street by him. I haven’t heard him growl or anything. He’s just one sweet dog! I look forward to teaching him tricks and playing outside with him. He is around two years old, so I know he has lots of energy to expend!