With popular hashtags such as #adoptdontshop or #rescuedismyfavoritebreed taking over our social media timelines, there is no doubt that in the last few years people have begun to choose to adopt instead of buying from a breeder. The myth that rescue dogs are dangerous is slowly being disproved through various adoption stories; stories filled with new beginnings, big changes, fun adventures, and unconditional love.
Now to be fair, the unknown can be scary. It can be uncomfortable, testing our patience and strength in various ways. And when you adopt a dog, it’s somewhat like that – there is a lot of unknown. There isn’t much known about the history of the dog if any at all, and you never really know how long it will take for the dog to adjust or what obstacles they may have to overcome. But if there is one thing that is true about the unknown it is that when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you will be rewarded in ways you never imagined possible.
Since adopting my own special needs dog it has occurred to me just how many people may perhaps overlook adopting a dog with special needs out fear, or a lack of exposure and understanding to what exactly being an owner of such a dog would entail. Perhaps there is a fear that the dog will not be like “other” dogs in that it will not be playful or joyous (the BIGGEST myth), or perhaps the fear comes from a personal doubt in being able to properly care for or provide for the dog. Whatever your fears may be, I want you to understand two things; first that your fears are valid, and second that your fears are just that – fears. You can and will overcome it, should you choose to.
It is also important to know that these ‘special needs’ dogs are JUST as loving, playful, smart, mischievous, crazy and lazy as every other dog out there. Unlike humans, dogs do not have the ability to feel pity for themselves or look on their past with sadness. They may have lost some confidence or trust but through the love and patience of the right person that can all change. And in return they will give what every dog is best known for – unconditional love and companionship.
This story isn’t that of my own, however. This story is the adoption story of a special needs tri-pawd dog, this is a story of Hope.Read More »