Are there times in a dog owner’s life when circumstances dictate they give away a dog? Sadly, the answer to this question is yes even though the owner would prefer not doing so. One breed often found in rescue shelters is the lovable Scottish Terrier. This is often due to the fact this breed makes a great house dog for elderly people and all who wish a small dog suitable for keeping in a home.
Some of the understandable reasons why people give away a dog would be due to illness when they can no longer care for their dog, death of the dog’s owner, divorce, relocating to another living situation where dogs are not allowed, a new baby in the family, allergies, and moving to a nursing or retirement home. Other times can include the dog is mean, the owner is unable to housebreak the dog, and neighbors complaining about the constant barking.
Whatever the reason many well trained, mild mannered and lovable Scotties do end up in rescue shelters but fortunately there are people who work at these facilities who do all they can to place the dogs with a new family able to provide the care and love all dogs thrive on. For anyone who would like to help at these rescue shelters it is important they understand the needs of a Scotty and other breeds before allow the dog to go to a new owner.
The new owners should fill out a form covering their abilities and experience with taking in a dog that is most likely grieving over the loss of their previous owners. Yes, a dog does go through a period of grieving over the disappearance of their owner. The dog does not know why the person who cared for them is no longer there. With this in mind it is very important any home one of these dogs is placed in be a home with new owners who are understanding and patient with their new dog.
For anyone who wishes to locate and adopt one of these dogs a great place to start is speaking with your local veterinarians who will know of the rescue shelters and organizations capable of helping you find such a dog. Once you have this information call and inquire if they have any Scotties. If so go for a visit and spend some time with the dog. Ask how the previous owner came to the decision to give away a dog.
If all goes well you can expect to pay an adoption fee and will end up with a wonderful dog full of love and a delight to be around. It is not an easy decision to give away a dog but if the dog ends up in a new home with loving owners all will be well.
Have you had to give away you dog? Please relate your experiences and any advice below.