Monday, August 5, 2013

What do you do when you can't find a dog to adopt?

Not long after we lost Brooks, we began searching for another golden retriever, inspired by the poem with the line: "...To a poor lonely stray I'd give my happy home, my bowl, my cozy bed..."
Brooks would want us to adopt another.

We just haven't had any luck. We had our name in at six different rescue groups. The local rescue groups didn't have any golden retrievers...the golden retriever rescues adopted out dogs to other interested parties before we got a chance to inquire... dogs we were interested in were too assertive for Kelly....or too timid for Kelly....or the foster parents decided to adopt the dog themselves....time and time again, we fell for a sweet golden face on the internet, or in person, only to end up disappointed.

So what do you do when you can't find a dog to adopt? We considered buying a puppy from a golden retriever breeder. We considered that we may stay a one-dog family. We considered many options, but then we decided to be patient and wait. Keep Looking...because something good might be just around the corner......
Just maybe...  :)    (hint, hint!!)

22 comments:

  1. That's the best thing you can do. The "right" pup just hasn't found you yet....but he/she will. Brooks is probably still training just the right one to send to you.


    Amber DaWeenie

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  2. I'm in the same position. My beautiful kitty Tara passed last month and I'm watching Petfinder for another tortie. Seems I was always seeing them up for adoption before, but now that I'm looking none are showing up. Trying to wait patiently with the knowledge that the right one will come along when it's meant to happen...

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  3. Words With WienersAugust 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Definitely just wait it out... the right dog(s) always end up finding us. I'm sorry that you haven't had much luck with rescues. Our local Golden rescue usually has quite a few but I'm not sure where you are and I don't know if they do out-of-state transport. Your next Golden will come... don't rush it. We actually ended up adopting our most recent Dox far sooner than we thought we would be opening our heart to any new dog after our LittleBear passed away... but it just sort of happened. Oddly enough, going from 1 to 2 to 1 back to 2... I now find myself often surfing around looking for a number 3. But it's always been on my heart to foster and we haven't made that a reality yet, so maybe instead of adopting another, we'll just try to stick to the foster plan... although I definitely see a big risk of becoming a failed foster.

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  4. Pamela | Something WaggingAugust 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    You big tease. I can't wait to see the right pup come into your life. :)

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  5. Oooh! That sounds potentially exciting...

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  6. I think it depends on the person and how specific their needs/wants are. I knew I wouldn't be able to find what I wanted in a rescue, so I found a breeder. I know other friends who searched rescues for a year before they gave up and found a breeder. If you are looking for a healthy purebred puppy, it isn't easy. If you will take a senior, then you have a good chance at finding a purebred to rescue. Goldens are a popular breed, so you have a good chance of eventually finding a rescued one that suits you. Good Luck

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  7. The right pup will show up when it's right! Me-Ommmmm

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  8. You know that I always believe that when the time is right, the right dog will find you. I can't wait to see where this story is going :0)

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  9. Words With WienersAugust 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I happened to come back here to get the names for your books and glanced over and re-read the post and noticed your "hint, hint!!" at the bottom... which, for whatever reason, I didn't notice earlier. Doh! Now I know something is brewing and can't wait to hear if someone new is coming along very soon.

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  10. The right dog will come along. It took us awhile to find Maggie - well only a few weeks, but it seemed like a long time. He (or she) will find you when they are ready. Like WWW, I hope the hint, hint means you have good news for us.

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  11. Oh, what a lovely post... please keep waiting for that just right rescue golden. They need you!

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  12. Lol thank you for both comments! I understand what you have been going through as well. Thinking about number 3? I hope that will come soon and be a wonderful smooth transition. Also the fostering...I tip my hat to all you who can foster. What a gift.

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  13. As you know, we're open to senior dogs just as you are! :)
    I can't say any more than hint hint but...tune in tomorrow!

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  14. I agree! It actually is good to know that so many dogs are finding good homes too. Tune in tomorrow :)

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  15. Thank you Swami Zoe! Check back tomorrow, I might have "...the rest of the story!"

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  16. You are right Pepper Pom. Last year we adopted an 11 year old, Brooks, and sadly only had one year with him. It is good to want to rescue a pup but I agree with you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going with a good breeder to find the pup that is right for you :) I don't think we have the energy for a puppy any more!

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  17. Thank you Maggie. Maybe there's some exciting news tomorrow!

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  18. hehe I couldn't help but draw out the suspense....after all, I had to wait a long time!

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  19. I am sorry for the passing of Tara and pray you'll find the right tortie soon. Keep hanging in there!

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  20. I've had a few talks with Brooks and I think you're right! Hugs!

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  21. I would say wait. It's important to find the right dog for you and your family. And the perfect dog will come along when you least expect it. Pierson was that dog for us.

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  22. OOoooooo..... can't wait to hear more!

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