June 6, 2009

Carol Reiter: Risks, rewards of dog rescue

Doing dog rescue can break your heart. For the past 20 years, I have rescued a few dogs. Some came from homes, but most came from our local animal shelter. It's not always fun rescuing a dog. You have no idea what kind of baggage the dog comes with, and believe me, the rescue dog is always ready to unpack that baggage and share it with you and everyone else. So why do I keep doing it? I'm not sure. I guess I'm kind of dense. I know that bringing a rescue dog home can be tough. It can be tough on me, my dogs and most of all, on the poor rescue dog. I know that many shelter dogs are at the shelter for reasons that are not their fault, but some do have problems, and when I bring the dog home, those problems become mine.

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