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Posted Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 8:17 PM

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Boomer is a ''preowned'' dog. He has a few dents and scratches, he has a few miles under his belt, and he's seen others come and go. It doesn't mean he's not a great dog, it just means he's experienced.
Last week I received a phone call that I had been anticipating. ''We had to put our dog to sleep today.'' The dog had been slowly deteriorating for sometime and the inevitable had happened.

After letting the caller talk, I expressed my condolences. I always remind people that there many more out there needing a home and when the time is right you can find one.

Then I hear the dreaded, ''Do you know the name of the breeder.....''. Uh, gee, I thought we had discussed the whole adopt, don't shop thing? As politely as I could, I responded that no, I did not know of any breeder, but I'm sure that there is a dog out there that needs a home. He told me actually, that was how he had ended up with this dog. The breeder was taking it to be euthanized because it did not meet breed standards. He didn't actually pay for the dog.

Again, as calmly as possible I asked why would you want to get a dog from someone like that? He thought he was doing good by taking this dog from the breeder because it was going to be killed. I expressed that anytime you take a dog from someone that is breeding, whether you pay for it or not, you are encouraging them to breed more.

I enlightened him on the 170,000 homeless dogs that are listed on www.petfinder.com and encouraged him to take a look. Our conversation ended with him finding the website to peruse.

A short time later, I get another call from the same person. ''Where do all of these dogs come from?" He was simply amazed at the number of ''preowned'' pets. I responded with the truth. They come from people that no longer want them. For some reason or other the dog had not fit into their lives anymore. I also reminded him that many of those dogs probably were from a breeder, possibly purebred, which seemed to be something he wanted.

''But some of these dogs look as old as the one I just lost.'' I responded with, ''yes it is sad that an elderly animal would not be given the opportunity to live out it's last days at home.'' We seem to see more and more of this.

I also told him not to be afraid of the distance where the dog currently is, that there are numerous transports going all of the time and if the shelter or rescue wanted a reference or a home check that I would be happy to assist.

I haven't heard what the outcome has been. My hopes are they were able to make a good connection with a dog that needed a home.

In the meantime, I'll just keep on encouraging everyone to adopt.


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I think what your doing is great. Good work.

-- Posted by brian48 on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 1:54 AM

We adopted an older Boston Terrier mix a few years ago. We think he will be 10 come February. Best decision we have ever made. We took the time to find the dog with the right temperament for our family. We visited the shelter almost weekly to meet new dogs. Finally a friend e-mailed me a pic of a new dog at the shelter, and we went to meet him. We found a perfect match for us, lazy, friendly, and very patient with kids. He wasn't a perfect looking dog, quirky eyes & cataracts, not a good breed representation, but the dog is a saint and that makes up for any lack of "handsomeness." His goofiness has grown on us all, and we all love his silly personality. I'm not sure why the family who had him felt the need to let him go, but I am ever so glad they did. We couldn't have asked for a better companion, and we hope that he will be happy during the last years of his life. When he's gone, we will again head to the shelter to find another dog with a personality that works with our lives. Adopting an older pet, still takes work, but we still prefer that to having to train a puppy. :)

-- Posted by Vanessa on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 7:19 AM

Maybe make a statement concerning "no pets". Most rental ads in Spencer say No Pets.

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 8:19 PM

Boomer, what a sweet face! This guy would brighten any household.

Puppies and kittens are adorable and I love them, but the older animals have a much harder time finding a new home.

We currently have 2 dogs (each 8 years old) and 1 cat (13), all adopted. I've made a promise to myself that when the times comes to adopt another pet, it will be one no younger than 10.

-- Posted by JTennant on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 9:00 AM

We have an excellent place to get a dog right here in Spencer. People for Pets. Wonderful place to get a great dog. cats too!!

-- Posted by CITIZEN SAM on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 8:09 AM

Abd don't forget kitties need homes too!!

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 7:47 AM


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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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