Sunday, August 7, 2016

For Better, For Worse -- A Language a Dog Understands

When we think of the words "For better, for worse," we usually think of a marriage.  We say our vows on our wedding day proclaiming that we will never leave our spouse, no matter what happens.

But sometimes we don't follow through with those vows.  Sometimes, our spouse is abusive or falls out of love with us. Those words ring in our ears -- for better, for worse -- may be out of our control.

When we acquire a pet, how often don't we promise to take care of that pet, for better - for worse?

We fall in love with that puppy and look forward to many years of joy with him. BUT.....sometimes....

He has genetic problems and requires special care, which can be very expensive.

He will NOT stop barking.

He bites people.

He poops in the house.

He pees in the house.

He is left alone all day and then goes crazy when his owner comes home and becomes a pest, trying to gain full-on attention.

He isn't as cute as when he was a puppy.

He has a serious accident and requires special care for the rest of his life.

He won't behave properly so he is beaten and kicked or worse.

He is destructive when left alone.

Sometimes, rather than spend the time needed to restore the relationship, we give up.....and give that dog away.

This is where a dog rescuer comes in.  We have rescued over 30 dogs the past few years who have been abandoned, beaten or ignored. EVERY SINGLE one of them has been a total blessing in our home.  Every one of them had special needs which required a lot of attention. And every single one of them has been the best dog....EVER.

Don't kid yourself -- rescue dogs know they have been rescued.  They will do anything and everything to please you.  All they ask for in return is to be loved.  Just loved.  When given the love and attention they need, many of their previous bad habits disappear.

I believe that dogs who have been rescued have the largest vocabulary -- they tell us to the best of their ability -- how much they love us, how much they appreciate us, how they will never leave us.

All they to be heard - and loved. They will never break their promise to you.

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