As a canine behavior specialist and professional dog trainer, I work with clients who adopt rescue dogs from various places, and just when the dog is beginning to get “comfortable,” they want to return the dog because he or she is not “perfect” or is not as originally presented.
Getting a pallet of 1000 lbs of dog food from the National Greyhound re-donation program is almost as thrilling as bringing a new dog into the pack . . . it makes the day seem like Christmas, because both cases are full of fun and surprises.
If we are going to make a difference in reducing the mass euthanasia of companion animals (at least 5000 healthy, adoptable dogs are deliberately destroyed every day), it will take more than shuffling dogs through various rescues/homes and extensive spay/neutering programs.
The proof is in the appearance and behavior of the dogs . . . all are a healthy weight (a couple are prone to “chunkiness”), their appetites are good meaning they eat at a normal pace and not over-voraciously, coats are shiny and thick, their eyes are clear, bright and sparkle, and, last but not least, feces have a well-formed consistency.
Imagine if you and all the rest of humanity were suddenly transported to an alien environment – I mean REALLY alien —where EVERYTHING is different and topsy-turvy, e.g. turning a door knob opens a trap door, turning on a light switch flushes the toilet, unknown objects have unknown effects with some of them involving pain.