Adoption

Rescue & Rehoming Charities

Here are some of the dog charities I have discovered and am supporting in any way I can. So many dogs in shelters needing homes, so many designer, desirable dogs being pre-ordered or irresponsible, puppy-farming breeders in operation. I wish I could save them all! I am leaning more towards supporting smaller or local charities now also, as the larger national ones have more funding etc, the smaller ones really need the most help!

Jodie’s Cyprus Dogs Rehoming: https://www.jodiescyprusdogsrehoming.co.uk/

Vizslamentes UK Rescue Trust: http://www.vizslamentesuk.org/

Dogs Trust: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

Hilbrae Rescue Kennels: http://www.hilbrae.co.uk/hilbrae-rescue-kennels/

Viszla Rescue UK: http://www.vizslarescue.org.uk/

GSP Rescue Service: http://www.gsprescue.co.uk/

Easyfundraising is a great concept! For those who are familiar with the cashback model for your online purchases (cashback websites such as Quidco, Topcashback), this is the same concept except the kickback earned on your online bookings, purchases, sign-ups etc is given to the charity of your choice, rather than you receiving the funds yourself. By using this, I can shop guilt-free and feel like I am even doing something good when I spend my money, win win situation! 🙂 I am currently supporting Vizslamentes UK as when I viewed the dogs they had up for adoption on their website I just cried and cried and cried again. Heartbreaking stuff. You can even install a toolbar on your browser which flashes to remind you to collect donations as you browse items and potential purchases online. Guilt-free shopping I am telling you! Your partner need never moan about “another pair of shoes” ever again! 🙂

Adoption Advice & Tips

Rehoming, or rescuing a dog brings its own challenges, which previous non-rescue dog ownership simply cannot prepare you for. I wanted to share my experiences and what I have learned raising a rescue dog, in the hope others may find it useful or of interest.

House training may be required, regardless of the dog’s age.

We went for an older dog, but still wanted them to be young enough for us to enjoy training them a bit more and shaping their personality. With this, we’d hoped to avoid the initial puppy house training, chewing everything, house destruction etc. However, it still took us a month to house train Harrison, which we hadn’t expected at all, but we persevered and got there. Apparently any dog, regardless of how well house trained they are, might struggle in a new environment/home as they need to learn where they’re allowed to go. Of course in rescue centres or kennels they can go anywhere, anytime and don’t get much walkies, so they need to learn to hold it.

Rescue dogs can be very prone to separation anxiety (SE).

Our furry friends are so grateful to their rescuers/new owners they can become very deeply bonded to them, even more so than in a non-rescue dog and owner scenario. All dogs can suffer with SE, but it can be particularly prevalent in rescues and also more common in certain breeds than others. Harrison was kenneled with another dog all his life in the rescue centre, so found coping alone very difficult, plus he is a pointer so very sensitive and clingy anyway. We have our work cut out for us! To this day, this is a challenge for him.

Check your budget!

So you’ve budgeted for dog food, treats, collar, lead, pet insurance, buying all the supplies etc. But have you budgeted for the extra stuff you may not have thought about, which may be related to the above to points?!

If they’re taking time to house train you could find you’re using the washing machine more often, also having to mop/disinfect more often. So water/electricity bills might go up. Also if you leave the radio or tv on for them to combat SE the extra electricity cost there too.

Separation anxiety or general destruction could mean you end up needing to replace items, some even multiple times! We went through about 10 dog beds, about 5 toyboxes, 5 or 6 doormats, 2-3 leads, a cook book, a cork notice board, must be 100 dog toys… and so on. He is still not really allowed soft toys unsupervised as they don’t last 2 minutes, haha! Those tougher, more durable, robust rope toys are a lifesaver!