Hey everyone, this is something that I have been dealing with since we made the decision to get our golden.
Our families are HUGE on rescues. When we decided to get Heidi, the family was quite "shocked" and perhaps dissapointed that we were going with a PB. Many family members are "mixed breeds make the BEST dogs and the only way to go"
Yes, I was all about rescuing, giving a dog in need a home. We did research and contact numerous rescues, but either they could not guarantee what they were mixed with (one was a golden cross .... But they thought it could be with a border collie or a st Bernard!) well there is abit of a size difference between a border and a st Bernard. Finding a puppy was few and far between and slim pickings.
The family seemed to comprehend our choice that with our smallest (1 and 2 years) of our 4 children that we thought it was important and our responsibility to know temperament history (meet and view the parents), and start with a puppy. We did consider adopting an older dog, but many at the SPCA say "may not be good with children please bring family members in for meeting" , or they all said not recommended for kids under 10, or rescues did not foster them with kids so were not sure "but sure they would be". I am not really in agreement to use my kids as guinea pigs? I know any dog of any breed, age, history and kids can be a risk, but we felt giving ourselves and the puppy a best start at success as possible.
We love our Heidi, she is a wonderful girl, we know we made the best and right decision for OUR FAMILY ; this I am not questioning at all. I was just wondering if anyone has faced "criticism" for not rescuing? And I guess I do carry some guilt, but not regret I will assure you.
My plan in the future (once my two smallest are a bit older) is to adopt a mature golden. I am hooked on the breed and not certain I would ever be without one .... Or two even? Lol
I hold the highest respect for everyone who does rescue whether a mixed, or a purebred. I look up to you, especially those that adopt the older dogs. You are special people. Many older dogs do not find homes because people feel "cheated" on the years that have passed on the dogs. Kudos to you, I believe an older dog is more experienced in love and can make up for all those past years in the years they have left. You are truly remarkable people. Sent from Petguide.com Free App