Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Underdog

Bonney had 2 strikes against her before she was even born. She is black and she is female. If the rescue hadn't saved her mother she would have had 3 strikes. We figured she might be one of the later pups to be placed but poor Bonney has waited longer then we ever thought. Even her momma Shasta has been adopted and that almost never happens.

Bonney loves to be with her people, she can be a little shy but it doesn't take long for her to feel comfortable in different situations . She gets along well with other dogs, and after a good romp she is content to lay at your feet, or in your lap which ever you prefer. Bonney has been traveling the province taking on the role of cheerleader for her foster brothers and sisters in agility trials. She has been great in the vehicle, and is walking fairly nicely on leash.

Bonney would be the perfect dog to adopt for those who don't want to deal with the potty training, the sleepless nights, and the mass destruction that little puppies come with. But you still get the baby cuteness! Bonney has been in an amazing foster home since birth and she has learned how to be a respectful and happy dog. She has had no traumatic experience to overcome, and no issues to sort through which, unfortunately, can be rare in rescued dogs.

Puppies should never have to grow up in rescue, it's very heartbreaking. I know it's probably more tragic for a dog who has been left by his family of several years, or a dog that never had a family, but for some reason they feel more like orphans to me. It could be because my own dog grew up in rescue. When we got her she was almost a year old, and it's like she knew she never had a family, born an orphan. These dogs worship you, they try to please you in every step they take, just so they may stay, they may have a family to call their own. And even as the dog ages, that love never gets old.