But thinking about this great dog reminds me that had I not let my wife talk me into getting him from the rescue society, I would have missed the joy and the fun that he truly brought to us. He was a work in progress and I think he often knew what I was thinking before I did. And I want to share with anyone who is contemplating getting a family dog to start your search in places where there are dogs in such dire need of a home.
Stay away from the "puppy mills" and consider giving a home to one who desperately in need and might be facing euthanasia if a home is not found soon. These dogs know hardship and they are searching for love and in return they have so much love and devotion to give. Oh, they might take a little extra work and patience at first, but once they know that they truly have a home, it is amazing how they acclimate themselves and truly become one of the family.
And a special note about the big dogs like a Dane. Many large dogs are always in need of a home. It seems that many thoughtless people see a large dog as a puppy, think he is cute and bring him home. We know because we also have two Great Pyrenees who came to us as young pups and now are huge. So make sure that if you are contemplating bringing a large dog into your life that you have the accommodations and the willpower to deal with the different situations that come with his size. Don't bring him home, realize he is getting too big, and dump him off somewhere. That approach has led to a crisis in homeless dogs in America. Just Google large breed dogs by type looking for rescue societies and you'll be amazed at how many are looking for homes. And this doesn't even include the local shelters that can't handle them long term which results in tragedy.
If you look at the bottom of the first page of the website which hosts this blog, northfloridawriter.com you'll find the famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi concerning our responsibility for animals in our society. Bad treatment shows a good picture of true character and those who neglect, abuse and don't live up to the responsibility for caring for the animals they have show in their actions a picture worth a thousand words about themselves. It's truly a very ugly picture indeed.
So think about this as you go about your leisurely Saturday and if you are contemplating getting a dog or any pet for that matter, think about taking a look at the most needy ones first. They'll surprise you and add much richness to your life. And in the process you'll be saving theirs.