Main > He or She is a Rescue .... (29 replies)
He or She is a Rescue ....
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 15:15
|Why does this seem to be almost the first thing said upon meeting Owner and dog? I don't mind discovering a little later that the source of ownership came via a Rescue Organisation, but not in the first sentence! (If they had children would they introduce, and say: "this one is adopted")!|
Oddly, I do not have the impression that it is being said to encourage others to consider obtaining a dog from a Rescue Group, that would be a nice objective. I might of course be completely wrong, and this is their intention, but unfortunately that does not come across.
by macrowe1 on 01 July 2012 - 15:21
|A lot that come into our vet clinic where I work start off that way. This is mostly because the dog/cat has temperment issues. They can be snippy, aggressive, shy, submissive, nervous, all sorts of things. I see it more as an excuse for behavior moreso than someone trying to encourage rescues.|
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 15:32
|Yes, macrowe1, this is true. I could understand someone saying: "He/she has such & such issues, which I am currently addressing, as only had him for one week".|
However, how often is this reasoning used when they have had the dog for 6 years!
Time seems irrevelent anyway whatever the reason - "He's 8 years old, I have had him from Rescue since he was 5 months"!
by Jenni78 on 01 July 2012 - 15:40
|"Rescues" are very trendy right now, and "rescued" is a great excuse (so they think) for displaying horrid temperament and even worse behavior.|
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 15:44
|Jenni, Sad but true ...... I tend to sense (as it would seem you do too) not so much encouragement, but a cop out!|
by Kaffirdog on 01 July 2012 - 16:22
|Not putting down those who own a rescued dog who they love and are proud of, but some people cannot enjoy their dog without being a martyr.|
I placed an 8 month old once with someone who had recently lost a much loved "rescue" who he had bought from someone who supposedly beaten, chained, starved the dog etc and he had to get it away from them. Almost from day 1, he was emailing me with complaints the dog was not used to walking on lead in traffic, did not know commands unless given signals as well, had to be chained because his recall after 24 hours was not reliable and was lame after being walked for miles (literally) on pavement for hours on end every night. This is a green dog reared in a rural environment and used to free exercise in a grass paddock, all of which he was told at the time of purchase. Within a week he claimed the dog had HD because it was lame and when I suggested the forced lead walking might have had something to do with it, he got nasty. He had the pup xrayed and no HD, he then claimed his vet had observed it sitting on one haunch while recovering from anaesthetic so there had to be something wrong, he would "settle for his money back and swallow the vet fees", but he would be keeping the dog. A request for his vets contact number and a copy of the case notes sent to my own vet resulted in a tirade of abuse ranging from feeding my puppies "muck" because they had kibble to keeping him confined to a cage so small he was forced to sit awkwardly, despite having seen him in his 3 x 4 metre kennel at the time of purchase and an assurance I would see the case notes on the front page of the National tabloids!. He also emailed me asking questions about some pups I had for sale under a different name, he seemed to have numerous email addies as they all came form different ones. I kept all the emails and they make incredible reading.
by beetree on 01 July 2012 - 16:36
|Wow, you guys get all that from the word "rescue"?|
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 16:39
|Hello Kaffirdog, Do you mean to tell me that you did not include the 'Perfect Behaviour without Training Microchip' with this dog???|
People do not cease to amaze!!! At least, (I am sure) you meet other people who counter-balance such madness! Helps to keep sane.
However, I do hope, that the dog in this person's care is treated with respect and dignity.
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 16:43
|Thesaurus can be useful too ...... ;)|
by GSDguy08 on 01 July 2012 - 16:47
|Whenever I hear rescue it's typically from those who are 100% against breeding. Most I talk to who mention that brag about all of the dogs they've ever gotten were rescues, and when I mention mine aren't......or better yet if I mention I've had some litters before.....I get the "look" and I can tell they aren't fond of that at all. Some have let me know very quickly that I should never buy a dog from a breeder, and then comes the rant about all the dogs in the shelter/try to make me look bad. I don't get this "all" the time, but when I do hear rescue.......this has almost always been the case.|
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 16:52
|Hi GSDguy, Perhaps you look shifty! LOL.|
I think I might play safe, and say that I rescued my dog from a Breeder when he was 8 weeks old! That might confuse and hold the fort for a while. LOL.
by GSDguy08 on 01 July 2012 - 17:04
|Vixen lol. Maybe I should just get ugly dogs so no one will talk to me......Seriously, I can't go anywhere without a big number of people trying to stop me to talk to me about my dogs. Most are nice, but I end up running across the ones I mentioned at times as well.|
by Niesia on 01 July 2012 - 17:18
|I get it all the time: "What rescue did you get this one from"? They ask because they want one like that, too. One lady, that just ask me that question last week, did it because she was unhappy with the Golden she adopted, so now she is thinking about adopting a GSD like mine instead... She won't buy a puppy and raise him, but she will take one like that from a rescue...|
Or maybe they have a clue that this one is a 'good pedigree dog' and they just like to be rude? I believe this is as rude as asking: "What mix is it?".
I never ask such questions, my only comment would be "What a beautiful dog! What breed is it?" It always make people smile and then they usually answer: "Thank you, it's just a mix I adopted from the pound" - and they say it with pride. If you cannot say anything positive about somebody dog - don't say anything at all.
And, as it already been said above, 'being a rescue' its a very convenient explanation for a badly behaved dog.
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 17:40
|I have also found that when people observe the dogs behaviour and obedience, plus close relationship with me, they have the impression that this is Breed Standard. I politely explain that time, commitment and effort are needed to achieve this. You don't just order one like a McDonalds!|
PS. I have a large beautiful male, and often will be asked: "Is he crossed with a Bear" (they are convinced that no-one else has asked me that) - I politely laugh, as though I have only just been asked that question! LOL
by Kaffirdog on 01 July 2012 - 17:52
|The point I was making, but got carried away with, was there are people who rescue a dog and are rightly proud of it and people who buy a dog, then decide they have rescued it, they can't just enjoy the dog irrespective of how they got it without making a cause of it.|
by Sunsilver on 01 July 2012 - 17:56
|Funny, I often tell people my male GSD is a rescue because he's such a beautiful, well-mannered dog, IN SPITE of it!|
When I meet someone with a GSD, I automatically want to know where they got the dog, and what its pedigree is (if it has one.) I assume any REAL dog person meeting my dogs would be interested in knowing the same info on them.
I think people are reading too much into this. I wouldn't assume the person was ant-breeding unless they followed up the information with a rant against breeders.
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 17:58
|Kaffirdog, I think what you originally said was relevant. It showed the degree that some people will go to or expect, when adopting a dog. Extreme and harrassment.|
Thank you for taking the time to type and share this situation.
by starrchar on 01 July 2012 - 19:35
|Sunsilver wrote: "Funny, I often tell people my male GSD is a rescue because he's such a beautiful, well-mannered dog, IN SPITE of it!"|
Same here. My girl is a rescue and I've had her for 4 years. She was clearly mistreated and even has two gunshot pellets in her, and although she had issues in the beginning, she has come a long way. She still has her little quirks, but she is an awesome dog and has been a therapy dog for the last three years. I am very proud of how far she has come.
by Vixen on 01 July 2012 - 19:44
|These are the Encouragers |
(Strange too, how the impression is often that every dog from a Rescue seems to be regarded or assumed to be from a Doom & Gloom Abuse background - when this is not always the case).
by Niesia on 01 July 2012 - 19:59
Rescuing dog is a fine thing to do if you are so inclined. I have always had rescue cats.