DEB’S DOG OF THE WEEK: Puppy Love: Travis!

4 months old

Puppies! Who doesn’t love puppies? They’re cute, cuddly, and oh so innocent! When we get a litter of puppies turned into the shelter it can be a blessing in disguise. I know they will be adopted within a day or two of being available. That’s great, right? Well, not necessarily. Many people make a quick emotional decision to get a puppy without really thinking about what that puppy is going turn into as an adult. Sometimes I just cross my fingers and hope we don’t see that same puppy come back to the shelter before it’s one or two years old. Believe me, it happens. Just this week a dog was returned to the shelter after 10 months. His original intake picture was as an 8 week old puppy and now he’s a 65 lb adolescent dog. The adopter was a 70 year old man who said the dog was now too big and he couldn’t walk him. I wish he had thought about this 10 months ago…for the dog’s sake!

If you’re thinking about getting a puppy do some research first. (A good book to read is “Before You Get Your Puppy” by Ian Dunbar.) All puppies are not created equal. Some are shy, some are bold and some start out shy and then become bold! Think about your lifestyle and try to choose a dog that matches it. If you adopt a pup from Downtown Dog Rescue, the dog generally has the benefit of learning how to play and interact with the other dogs in the pack. Travis is a great example of this. DDR got him after he was attacked by a house full of Chihuahuas. As you may have read in Mia’s blog post last week, she nursed him back to health and now he’s benefiting from being socialized with the pack downtown. It’s a good thing too because Travis is a bold little puppy that isn’t afraid to take on the big dogs. Travis needs a strong, experienced adopter, but until he finds his forever home, he will continue to learn from Lori, Clancy and the rest of the pack. Exactly what every young pit bull needs!

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