So, you are looking to adopt a new Canine Family Member. There are many places to choose from. You could ask your Veterinarian, check the phone book, google search your area, or even check the Dog Pound. Many dogs need to be loved. Even the “Heinz 57” dog wants to be loved. Here is some advice when looking for that special addition to your family. Consider the size of the dog. Do you want “GIGANTOR”, Medium, or “Itsy Bitsy”?
While you consider that, let’s discuss the differences. “Gigantor” (a huge dog with bigger feet than you) is full grown and seems very loving. Having this size dog, you should consider their needs. If they still have a tail, they are normally the right height to clean a coffee table off with one swish or bring a grown man to his knees by tapping him in the lower area. Guys, just think, as you hit your knees in pain they normally come and love all over you not knowing what they have done. Most large dogs need only a couch or lazy boy and they are good. When feeding this size of a dog you should elevate his food and water to chest level.
“Medium” size dogs are usually about knee to thigh high. With this size of dog you don’t have to worry too much about their tail unless you are a short person, like my Dad. It is good to also elevate their food and water to chest level for them. A dog bed or the furniture (if you don’t mind) will do them just fine.
“Itsy Bitsy” dogs are usually called “ankle biters” or teacups. Most dogs this size are prima donnas and do not like many people or dogs. They tend to look up at us when we teach or tell them a command and give us the look like, “What?! You expect me to do that?” Sometimes they even have the “Napoleon” complex where they think they can pick a fight with something bigger than them, never realizing that a quick puff of air will send them flying.
Lastly, you should know the first two weeks of your new Canine Family Member are the most important. This is where they acclimate to you and their new home. This is also where their true colors come forth. Dogs who have been mistreated can show negative behavior within this time frame. It is always best to seek an evaluation from a dog trainer. This can save you time, money, and torn up curtains.
Now, here are a couple of places in Athens, you can look to find wonderful Canine Family Members in need of a new home:
The Dog Pound, 256-771-7889 (Pricilla)
Peace, Love, and Animals, 256-233-4343 (Cathy)
If you are unable to adopt, please consider supporting your local shelter by asking them what they need or even volunteer to help out. Huntsville has a few shelters also, and they all need help.
“Remember to love your dogs because they love you. Maybe not the way you want them to, like chewing up your favorite shoes or what not, but that is just love chewing. Be thankful for the time you have with them always.”
Joel and Zues Allen
Professional Dog Trainer and Service Dog