What kind of rescue dog is best for you, labrador, cockerspaniel, or mixed breed?

What kind of dog would be best for your family and your lifestyle? It’s very, very important for you to take a look at what your time and schedule looks like when adopting a dog.

What is your job, your family, or your day look like?

Do you work outside of the home? Do you have have a family or are you single? Do you have aging parents that live with you or do you have children? How about your living space? Is it a house or an apartment? Does your house have a back yard and is it fenced? In your apartment grounds is there a fenced in dog area? Are you an active person or are you sedentary? Will you walk your dog or will you hire a dog walker? All of these questions are very important to consider when adopting a family pet. If you work outside of the home and are gone a good part of the day or even travel, then a dog may not fit into your life style, unless you take your dog to a doggy day care or hire a dog walker. Maybe a cat would be a better choice for you. Cats are very independent, don’t mind the solitude and sleep a lot. If you have a family with very active children, will you be home enough to give the dog the attention he/she needs? I have 3 grown adult children and during their preteen and teen years we were rarely home because of all of their sports activities. Fortunately, we had a dog that could come with us to the events. Although we have a big back yard that is fenced in, I still take my dog, Cinnamon for a long walk, 1-2 times a day. The walk gives her the exercise she needs, and it also provides her with socialization of people and other dogs and exposes her to new environments to peak her curiosity.

Labrador or pug adoption? Let’s explore the different characteristics

Business Insider ranked the 11 best dog breeds, based on factors including health, personality, and overall popularity.

1. Mixed breeds-No matter what mix of breeds, mutts are awesome. Mixed-breeds are believed to have less genetically inherited health problems than purebreds, according to veterinarian Dr. Sarah Ward Fatula.

Plus, if you adopt your mixed-breed from the shelter, not only will they already be spayed/neutered, micro chipped, and up to date with vaccines, but you’ll also be rescuing!

2. Labrador retrievers-There’s a reason why Labs are the most popular breed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, as well as here in the U.S. They are devoted and obedient and have even temperaments that make them good with both children and other animals.

Bred to be eager to please and playful companions, Labs are smart and commonly chosen as guide dogs and service dogs for blind or autistic individuals. We had a golden lab and a brown retriever when my kids were growing up. Talk about SMART! They would get into all sorts of fun trouble together!! These are larger animals and need a larger living space and a lot of physical exercise.

3. Corgis-Though they can be shy with strangers, Corgis are good with children and have a strong desire to please their owners. Corgis are on the smaller size and do not need as big of a living space. Apartments or a house would work.

4. German Shepherds-German Shepherds are exceptional animals: Courageous, obedient, incredibly loyal, and eager to learn. They are very intelligent too, and excel at most anything they’re trained to do. These dogs usually used as service dogs and police dogs. German Shepherds love their humans so much that they will suffer from separation anxiety, and can become destructive when bored alone at home. German Shepherd are a medium size dog and will need a larger living space.

5. Beagles-beagles are friendly, curious dogs that adapt well into families. They are good with children and love playing and being petted. They are generally easy going but when they don’t like something they let out a howl that will make anyone jump! They howl so loud and long that they can be quite annoying! Beagles are not good apartment dogs because of the howling! Even neighbors will complain! Beagles can be trained though to help with this.

6. Poodles-they’re easy to train since they’re so intelligent, and are lively, fun-loving, and loyal family dogs. Poodles can be attention seekers, so don’t be surprised if this people-oriented breed is constantly with you. These dogs also protective of their families and homes, and can become aggressive with people outside the family or with other dogs. Poodles can range anywhere from a toy poodle (10 lbs) to a full size poodle (50 lbs).

7. Siberian huskies are stunning animals, with their thick fur coat and piercing eyes. Most people who choose a Husky do so for their extraordinary beauty. Huskies are good-natured dogs who are affectionate with children. They shed minimally, except for twice a year when they blow out their coat, and don’t have the typical “dog odor” that bigger breeds tend to have.

8. Golden retrievers-Goldens are sweet, loyal, and incredible companion dogs. They’d rather be sleeping at your feet then running around outside without you. These dogs also very even-tempered, especially with small children. Goldens make great service and comfort dogs because of their friendly and tolerant attitudes.

9. Maltese-Let’s all say it…”AWE!!!!!” One of the most ancient of the toy breeds, Maltese dogs were bred to be sweet and adoring of their owners. The Greeks even erected tombs for their Maltese dogs, and in Elizabethan times, they were called “The Comforter” because it was believed they could relieve pain and cure illness. Along with this, Maltese dogs are hypoallergenic, with silky coats that don’t shed. This is great for those of us with allergies! Their small size makes them great apartment or house dogs.

10. Newfound Land-Do you remember the original Peter Pan? Do you remember the “nanny or nurse dog?” Then you already know a newfoundland dog!! Known as “nature’s babysitter,” Newfoundland Dogs are the absolute sweetest. These gentle giants are highly loyal and easy to train, and are legendary for their docile temper.

11. Portugese water dogs-These dogs good for people with allergies and make excellent companions since they are loving, independent, intelligent, and easy to train. They love to be petted! They are one the bigger side so make sure you have a big enough living space to accomodate their size.

There are so many loving dogs to choose to adopt!!!

Be honest about your lifestyle and what you can handle and you will find the perfect dog for you!

Adopting a dog is easier than you think!

this is my rescue, Cinnamon

Let’s get down to the details… Now that you’ve decided to add a beloved new family member. What are the steps to adopt?

Who is the lucky pet?

After you have decided on the agency you want to go with, check out a previous article I wrote on this topic, then do a search on the pet you may want to adopt. I say “may” want to adopt because you want to meet with the dog in person to see if there is that instant connection between the two of you. Also, someone else may be eyeing the dog you want and adopt him/her first. Search the agency’s website, read all about this new dog and then set up an appointment to visit. You maybe visiting the pup in a shelter or within a foster home. Wherever the dog has been living.

Shelter, this is the option for you?

While states vary on the paperwork and guidelines, basically, you find your local shelter, go to the building and ask to see their dogs. They will either take you back to see the dogs in their cages (heart breaking) or they will bring one out to you. The advantage here is that you can see many different dogs during your visit. Once you decide on a dog, you fall in love, pay the fee and go home! Make sure to get the paperwork on the vaccinations. This sounds like a good route if you are not set on a certain dog. The shelter may not have that adorable lab or poodle that you had your heart set on, but you did go home that day with a new family member!

Rescue, or how about this one?

With a rescue agency, there are hundreds of pets to choose from. Most likely, you will get that breed that you really wanted. The paperwork and wait is a bit longer though. You find that dog you want on a search from their website. Then you fill out an application and wait for the phone call from the local rep. The pup will likely be in a foster home, so then you make a time convenient for you and the foster parent to meet up and you get to play with and get to know this new furry love. The advantage of a foster home is that the foster parent has really gotten a chance to know Rover and can give you alot of good information. Unfortunately, at this point, you have to leave Rover at the foster home until you have had a home check of your home from a rep from the agency. They want to know that their rescue pup will be going to a good home. Once you pass as an adoptive parent and present a safe home environment, the rep will bring Rover to your home, papers will be signed and you have just opened your home to a new family member!!

Either option is a good one.

Maybe you want to check out a shelter and an agency that is a rescue at the same time. Remember, this is a life long commitment and you want to do your research and be completely ready once you make that decision to go forward.

Do we need to pay hundreds of dollars for an animal or can we adopt a pet for free?

There are so many animals that need love, care, attention and a good home.  There are so many people that would love to have a pet but cannot afford to buy or pay for one.  Is there a compromise? 

Check Newspapers and social media

The first avenue is to check out local newspapers.  There maybe individuals or agencies that are giving pets away or are charging a minimal fee.  A local pet company may advertise a special day event where they are having an adoption day and fees are waived or reduced.  Facebook has a market place were items are significantly reduced or free.  You can also post on there what you may be looking for.  There is a neighborhood social media called Nextdoor.  This has relevant, real information on everything from local events, recommendations, services, items for sale/free and animals that are lost or need a new home. 

Online scam or real?

When I did my research, I found two online companies that seem to be legit and maybe just what you’re looking for, if you are looking for a specific breed.  FreePuppies.net is a one stop puppies classifieds website to sell, buy and adopt dogs. If you have a puppy to give away for adoption you can also list on their site free.

Another online site is K9Stud.  K9Stud doesn’t only feature puppies or dogs for sale from breeders, they have many dogs up for adoption as well! Browse through their website to find many dogs and puppies looking for loving homes, all of which are free! Whatever the reason might be, these puppies are up for adoption and looking for loving owners.

Final thought….

Most places like your local shelter charge a nominal fee because they have had the pets spayed or neutered.  They have also been feeding the dog or cat they are housing.  If you decide to go for a free pet, please, get their vet records to make sure they have had their initial shots and neutering or the pet you thought was “free” won’t be. 

Rescue dog adoption-Cinnamon’s story

We have had many dogs in our family throughout our lifetime.  Our first dog was from a family who had a child who had allergies.  Sniffy was a beagle and stayed with us until he died.  Then we had a lab and retriever from a breeder.  They were wonderful companions and were with us throughout our children’s growing up years.  They were apart of our family for 12 years until they both passed.  We then decided to explore the idea of a rescue dog.  That is when we found our Cinnamon.

Cinnamon’s story

Cinnamon’s mama was found on a Kentucky dirt road when she had just given birth to her litter.  Someone picked them up and brought them to a vet.  We are not sure how long they lived on that dirt road before they were found.  The vet took care of their needs and then contacted an animal shelter.  I’m not sure of all of the connections from there but Cinnamon ended up within the A.D.O.P.T. network.

The rescue agency we used was A.D.O.P.T.

The A.D.O.P.T. name stands for Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment.  It is a private, “no-kill”, non-profit animal shelter located in Naperville, IL. A.D.O.P.T. provides temporary shelter and care to dogs and cats in search of their forever home. A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter has placed over 20,000 dogs and cats into permanent and loving homes since its inception in 1989 and it has spayed/neutered over 10,000 animals since 2009.   You can check out their website here…adoptpetshelter.org.  When we first saw Cinnamon she was running around with another pup with all white fur.  We actually saw the picture of the other pup first and came to check her out.  Cinnamon was a little stand offish but I loved her independence and her freedom to explore.  We fell in love immediately.  It was hard not to take her home right away.  We had to have someone come out to our home to make sure it was a safe environment.  When all that was approved and the paperwork was done, I went back up and got her.  She is my sweetheart.  She has her issues but I love her immensely.

Other adoption agencies

While A.D.O.P.T. shelter filled all of our criteria for what we were looking for, there are other good agencies out there.  Remember to check out your local shelter.  There are so many animals out there that were given up, that need a good home.  One exciting thing that is happening is that dog stores like Dog Patch are opening their doors to rescue animals.  They are matching their rescue animals to loving homes.

Things to consider

Do your research on a pet store or dog shelter that aligns with what you believe in.  Look into what your lifestyle entails and the kind of dog that matches your life.  For example, if you don’t like to go for long walks, then a lab may not be your type of dog.  Maybe you would want to consider a pug.  Not all dogs are kid friendly.  Some kids are better with kids than others.  Go in and visit with several pets to see which one you connect with best.

Remember, a pet is a forever family member

Our sweet pets only live a few short years compared to us.  Give them the life and time and affection that they deserve.  Choose wisely.  Love abundantly.

Tammy and Cinnamon

Welcome to Rescue dogs!

Cinnamon and I welcome you to our site. We started our life together 4 years ago! Cinnamon is my love and my sweetheart. She is my rescue dog.

I wanted to create this site because so many people are turning to adopting rescue dogs but aren’t equipped with resources to help these bused and neglected dogs fit into their families. It breaks my heart and theirs when they are returned to a kennel because “it didn’t just work out” accommodating these precious, but hurt dogs, into their new homes.

So, Cinnamon and I want to share our rescue story with you, our love, our challenges and ideas on how to help you fit your new dog into your welcoming home. We hope you find answers, laughter, a shoulder to lean on and acceptance as we become fast friends within this site.

All the best,

Tammy and Cinnamon