Don't worry. We're just bull-shih tzuing you. We could never pick a favorite breed. It doesn't matter if they're black and tan coonhound or wire fox terrier – they'll always be our puppies. But there is a dog that holds a special place in our hearts, and that's the rescued dog. As if you needed any, here are the reasons why rescued is the best breed.
1. Less pee puddles.
Of course, this isn't always the case, but a lot of dogs in shelters are already housebroken. Puppies require a lot of training, time, and energy. If you're worried about training a pup, visit your local shelter. The staff will have a good idea of which dogs are housebroken based on their intake reason and behavior in the shelter.
2. An unbreakable bond.
Most rescue dogs have lived through some ruff times, which makes them appreciate the good times that much more. Treat them with kindness, and they'll be grateful and loyal. Your rescue dog is your pawtner for life.
3. What you see is what you get.
A lot of dogs in shelters are full grown, so there aren't any surprises in the months and years to come.
4. Looking for an icebreaker?
For some reason, when you have a mixed breed dog, everyone you pass on the street will want to tell you what breed you dog truly is. Need to make friends? Trying to strike up a conversation with the attractive person in your building? Paw de problème. Let your pooch do the talking.
5. Simplified vet visits.
Who has time for all the puppy shots? Then a spay or neuter? Adopt a dog from your shelter, and they are generally fixed, up to date on shots, and in good health just waiting on their furever home.
6. More money in your pocket.
Of course, you shouldn't adopt a pet unless you have the financial means to take care of it. That means food, toys, vet visits, and anything else your pooch needs. Barkbox, maybe? But if you're looking for the more affordable option, adopting through a rescue or shelter typically costs less than buying from a pet store.
7. An ethical choice.
Rescuing your dog means you aren't supporting puppy mills, which value profits more than pooches. Many pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills, where the animals are housed in poor conditions. Puppy mill pups typically have health issues. Rescue your dog, and have the peace of mind that you didn't support the puppy mill industry.
8. All the details.
You know when you're going on a first date, and you spend hours Googling the person to find out every little detail? Arf, just us... Well, anyway, that's what adopting a rescue pup is like. Shelter staff, volunteers, and foster families know all about the dog and are willing to share all the details. So whether you're looking for a hiking pawtner, a dog to chillax with or one that gets along with cats and children, the shelter usually knows the perfect pooch for you.
9. Get on your soapbox.
People will ask you all about your dog. This gives you a chance to share all the reasons you should adopt shelter dogs. If this is something you're passionate about, your dog provides the platform.
10. You're their hero.
When you rescue a dog, you're honestly saving a live. And not only the dog you adopt, but the next dog that gets its spot in a foster home or at a shelter. Ready to give a pup a furever home? Download BarkBuddy
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