Thursday, May 29, 2008

Looking For My Forever Home

Midnight is 3 1/2 yrs old, 14 lbs, 10" tall at shoulder Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix. She is housebroken and crate trained. She's an active girl but also likes lap time and attention. She enjoys laying in the sun and swimming. She's said to be good with older children and cats but needs a home where she is the only dog. She is being fostered in Florida.

I think Holly is beautiful! She's only 9 months old (how does a 9 month old end up in a shelter anyway?) but likely about as big as she will get. She weighs 15 pounds and is very sweet. Sounds like she came to rescue untrained so her foster mom is training her on leash walking, basic commands, crate sleeping, and housebreaking. Holly is currently a California girl :)

Ratbone has been inundated with rescue requests this week and several for senior dogs. This is particuarily disturbing when an owner has a dog for 10 or 12 years and then decides the dog is "too old" and takes them to a shelter. Or, an elderly owner dies and the kids don't want to take on the responsibility. The poor dog is accustomed to the quiet company of their owner and now they are thrust into a noisy, chaotic, cold environment. These senior dogs have very little chance of adoption - most will be euthanized because they are not what adopters are looking for. Additionally, they don't "show" well due to fear and disorientation of their new environment. Rat Terriers in general are not good in shelters as they tend to get depressed and cower in the corner instead of coming to the front of the cage, licking, and other behaviors that get the adopters attention. This weke we tried to rescue one but it was too late - the shelter did the deed before we could find an available foster home. It's sad to see a 12 year old, with another 5 years or so of life, put down simply because the owner died. This has prompted me to think about my estate planning and how to ensure my furbabies will be cared for if something happened to me/us.

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