Did you know how difficult it has become to adopt/purchase/rescue a dog?
I had a friend go through the process awhile back.
He joked about it taking nine months, the “interrogation process” he endured, endless paperwork, etc.
He said it was harder than adopting a child.
Of course, he was joking – and I laughed right along with him.
But, really …
It’s become quite a drawn-out ordeal.
I realize there are Bad People who were scooping up available dogs to use as dog fighting “bait.”
(The very idea makes me ill!)
And there are always lots of people who think they want dogs/puppies until they realize what an expense and inconvenience they are.
Then, sadly, many of those same people abandon their pets and/or don’t give them the care they need.
What I’m saying is I GET IT.
And yes, it’s better to have a lot of safeguards in place than to have an absence of them.
Still, it’s mind blowing to me how much things have changed in the last thirteen years since we acquired Mocha.
I spent yesterday (the entire day!) talking to people all over the country about Newfoundland dogs.
I even talked to a very nice woman at the Newfoundland Club of America.
(She was awesome!)
I filled out paperwork for rescue dogs.
• Yes, I’d be willing to take a non-puppy dog.
• Yes, I’d be willing to take care of a dog with some medical issues.
The rescue paperwork informed me I couldn’t be considered for a rescue dog unless I belonged to a local dog club for at least a year.
So I filled out paper to join the dog club … even though I currently don’t HAVE a dog.
Of course, the paperwork to join the dog club asked how long I’ve owned my dog.
HELLO – I’M TRYING TO RESCUE A DOG WITHOUT A HOME.
I think the pendulum has maybe swung a little too far?
I’ve also learned almost all Newfies are “co-owned.”
I actually learned this with “my” (not-to-be) puppy.
Breeders keep their names on the paperwork as a co-owner so you don’t make a bad breeding choice with “their” dog.
(They don’t want you to randomly let your dog breed with a dog with bad hips/heart and pass bad genes on.)
They also do it in case the dog becomes world famous … they want to take some of the credit.
I understand this is usually done with good intentions.
But, I’ve also heard some really nasty stories about co-ownerships gone bad.
Co-ownership used to mainly be a contract for top show dogs, but (at least in the Newfie world) it pretty much applies to every dog now.
I actually wish future people-parents were screened as carefully as future dog owners are.
You can have as many babies as you want, but you have to go through a LOT of steps before you can have a dog.
It’s crazy out there in dog-adoption land!!