Rescue or Breeder?Read Now
Rescue? or Breeder? It is a personal choice.
Recently there was a rescue of 200 dogs from a breeder in the midwest. A criminal case is pending but we choose to remain neutral on this part of this topic. What we want to discuss is the dogs.
When something like this happens, everyone wants to help. Everyone wants to show that pup/adult dog what love is all about. So many have hearts of gold, and if they cannot help by rescuing a dog, they help with much needed supplies and monies for care of these dogs. This is amazing and wonderful.
Do you know what you can expect when you rescue a dog who has never been inside a home? Sometimes the conditions are so bad they have no clean place to lay. They are matted and in their fur are burrs, fecal matter, and urine. Many when you reach out to pet and love them shy away and cower at your hand or approach. Some withdraw into themselves and retreat to a corner afraid of touch or any contact. A few do not want to know you or look at you. And a few fall to the ground and cry like you've injured them if you touch them. Some will not walk no matter how you coax them and need to be carried outside to potty. How do I know these responses?
These are the responses we have overcome in our experience with rescue in past years. Because of doing this a few times, we know this is not something we could do every day and our hats are off to those that do this time and again. They have very special hearts and souls indeed. When I deal with this, I cry and my heart is crushed. I feel pain for these dogs, and it's very personal to me. Therefore. I can only do this as needed once in a while. Those are my limits.
As breeders we work every day with our dogs. We groom all the time. Our dogs are housetrained, crate-trained, and live with us as family. We shovel a lot of poo. We are Master poo shovelers. haha We are very scheduled and structured here. We have to be or we would have unwanted litters, dogs fights and more. Our home is in constant rotation putting dogs into different groups to keep peace and happiness within for us all. We spend time with each of them in small groups, and we love them all. All our dogs are amicable and loving. Kind and big hearted.
We have a waiting list. It's not long if you're flexible the time goes quickly. If you want a certain color or match, it can take longer. We do spam with puppy posts because we love sharing, and not because they need to be sold. :) If you watch, there is a big difference and our dogs place themselves. Every one of them is a perfect match for someone. We get such awesome reports back. Oh and we love hearing how they are doing. Good or bad we are here to share this with you.
Our puppies. Our puppies are raised next to my chair and computer in our living room. I can reach out and touch them at all times. So while I'm sitting here talking to you or writing something to share, I can reach out and play with the babies. This is what I love the very most! They are so interactive. Our current litter loves being spritzed with water. That is so funny! They bark at me begging for it. haha I share much of this with you as sharing makes me so happy and I hope it brightens your day.
I guess the biggest point in all this I'm trying to make is when you choose where to get your collie... ask questions. Ask what to expect if you choose a rescue. If you choose or are looking at breeders, Ask them what they're doing to prepare these puppies to become a wonderful family or farmily member. Ask Ask Ask. There are no silly questions. You need to know things about your puppy. ALL the things you can. If that is us, please know that I am here for you through the good and not so good. Things happen. Life touches us with things we couldn't have planned for. When you become part of our extended collie family... we want to hear how you're doing.
Much love from our home to yours,
Suzi, Marc, Brittany, Lilli, Andrew and our Wind Whispers Collies
8/18/2022 01:45:54 pm
Good read and so very true.
Dani Mc Donald
8/19/2022 08:11:58 am
You do such an amazing job with your pups. Rescuing is not for the faint of heart very true.
8/19/2022 09:10:39 am
Rescuing definitely is not for the faint of heart ❤️ or the impatient person. I have had 4 rescue collies. Each one seemed to require more of me. It took longer for each one to come around. The last one has been the challenge of a lifetime. Suzi mentioned collies that retreat mentally and don’t come out? I have one of those. I have had him 4 years now and he still won’t come out of the bedroom without a lot of coaxing. It’s difficult to get him to go for walks with us (me and my other 3 collies). I have done everything possible for him to draw him out and we sometimes have good days. I can’t imagine what was done to him, but the person or persons who did it will have a lot of Karma to deal with. Thanks for posting this Suzi.
5/3/2023 11:03:27 am
The other day, my brother told me he would like to find a puppy who enjoys spending time outdoors since he has a very active lifestyle. That's why I think he'd benefit from reading your post about what you'd ask when meeting with a breeder. I appreciate your insight on asking lots of questions before choosing a puppy.
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