“We had a baby”, “Our new apartment doesn’t allow pets”, “My girlfriend/boyfriend is allergic”, “I’m moving”, “I’m not home enough”, “I can’t afford this”, “He/She barks all the time” or my personal favorite – “I just don’t think I’m a dog person”.
Every seasoned rescuer has heard all these excuses, and sadly, they’ve heard each one multiple times. Sometimes there are variations, but most resemble these. Each of these people either truly believe or simply don’t care that all of the situations are fixable. Each of these dogs is amazing.
When you think of a rescue dog, often the impression is that you are taking on someone else’s problem and that there simply must be something wrong with the dog. Most of the time, there isn’t. Many rescued animals are purebred, well behaved, housebroken and loving animals who simply, through no fault of their own, need a new home. When I first looked at adopting a dog many years ago, I skimmed through what seemed like a million pictures – many had qualities I liked and even more had eyes pleading at me to pick them. But I could only have one dog and selected on a small girl with massive ears and bright interested eyes.
It wasn’t a terribly difficult process – the rescue group called my vet to see if I took care of my cat, called a reference to see what they thought about me having a pet, interviewed me briefly to learn more about what I wanted and then came out to my house to do a home visit. It was here I met her – the dog that changed my life. I had never had a dog before as an adult and wasn’t certain I was ready to have one. But the moment I looked into her trusting eyes and felt her relax against me, I knew I was ready. She’s been my constant companion for 9 years now. We’ve watched movies together, gone for runs in the park, driven across the country and spent more nights just being than I can even count. I feed her, give her treats, toys and affection and she rewards me with unconditional love. Without question, everything I do for her is among the best money I’ve ever spent.
All a rescue dog asks for is your love. They don’t care how much money you make, if your clothes match, if those 5 extra lbs ever leave or if you do eat frozen yogurt straight out of the container – as long as you give them a bite and let them be near you – they’ll love you. There are several rescue dogs in Atlanta right now who are simply beyond cute. Sadly, I can only pick a few to tell you about here. Check them out and the thousands of others who would love to be your new best friend.
Bullitt is a handsome four month old Doberman Pinscher who already weighs 41 pounds. At this rate, he may reach 75-80 pounds when full grown. This big boy came to us from an outlying animal control facility where he was surrendered by his teenage owner. Bullitt is a happy and playful guy who has quickly become a favorite here. His beautiful coloring and big brown eyes make him irresistible. Bullitt is eager to play with other dogs, but he also likes to play with soft toys when he is by himself. Bullitt needs an adopter who can devote the time and energy required to raise a young pup, especially a large breed pup. Bullitt would also benefit from a fenced yard where he can play safely.
Brandi is a sweet little girl who was picked up from the pound a little timid and slim but she must have known good things would be coming her way because her rear end wouldn’t stop wiggling the whole time. She did arrive with kennel cough so we are really getting to see that great personality bloom as well as her healthy appetite. She gets along well with her foster brother, walks well on the leash and is crate trained. Ask for Brandi on your application so she can lavish you with her big, sloppy boxer kisses.
Charlie is a 1 yr old black & tan male Miniature Pinscher, neutered, docked tail and uncropped ears.This is charming Charlie! Watch out everyone because this head turner is one of a kind! Besides being incredibly handsome Charlie has a lot to offer. He is very social and enjoys meeting new people, children and dogs. He loves to show off the fact that he can sit on command. Charlie is an entertainer, so much so that you won’t need to turn on your TV. If he misbehaves just squirt him with a water bottle, he will quickly straighten up. Charlie takes pride in the fact that he is both crate and house trained. Don’t let Charlie’s good looks fool you because he has a heart of gold; he is unbelievably affectionate and loving. One of his favorite things to do snuggle on the couch!