As if we didn’t have enough on our plates (self-employment, unemployment, very active teens), at the urging of our daughter (who wanted a more active dog to work with) we decided to throw a puppy into the equation… “Fools” I hear the voices (often in my own head) say…
Meet Ozzie – 10 months old – 75lbs of Shepherd-Hound-X – giant loveable mutt – chews everything. Fast learning the commands ‘leave it, out, down, and off’.
This is in addition to our existing menagerie.
Matlock – class clown and gourmand. (Will do anything for bacon.) 17lbs of pure goofball.
Mew– fiery hissing spitball, weighing in at a mere 6lbs and more than capable of putting a 75lb pup in his place.
Bowser – big shy boy, tolerates dogs better than people but loves his owners to death, particularly at bedtime.
All our animals have been rescues. They come with their own characters, insecurities, challenges and unconditional love (ok – Matlock’s is conditional on a constant food supply.)
Do you have room in your heart/home for one? Remember, that a pet is not just for Christmas, it’s for life. Look at the time you are going to be able to spend with them; what you’ll do when you go on vacation; if they need emergency surgery (trust me, it happens), and how will you train them? Check out your nearest animal shelter/rescue. There are many out there. Research the ones in your area. There are always a plethora of unwanted lovable animals surrendered or abandoned.
In Calgary & area…
- Calgary Humane Society (Matlock)
- Cochrane Humane Society (Ohinga & Mew)
- MEOW Foundation (Bowser)
- Oops A Dazy (Ozzie)
- ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)
- Feline Rescue Foundation
- Misty Creek Dog Rescue
- Pound Rescue (Okotoks)
- Pawsitive Match
- City of Calgary
- Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (Canmore)
- Happy Cat Sanctuary (Strathmore)