The pandemic isolated us all, even my other dog, a very active Australian Shepherd needed more than just me to satisfy his social needs. The pandemic has also seen an increase in shelter animals. I truly believe if you can rescue a pet, that you should do that if possible. Don’t get me wrong, Breeders are great for the pure breed and my aussie, from a great breeder, is a wonderful boy. But I have rescued more dogs than I’ve purchased from breeders and have noticed a trait about these dogs I don’t see in the others. I swear they know they have been rescued and really appreciate their new homes and humans in their lives. I hate to say owners, because often they rescue us as much as we do them. This is Tatania, I call her Annie. Rescued from an abusive and neglectful environment this summer. She had a litter of puppies with her that got rescued too. I got her a month after her rescue. Look at that face, it tells you exactly how happy she is now. She still is a little skittish, but is absolutely the sweetest girl in the world.
She loves to play, she had never seen grass before, loves to watch the squirrels and chase her brother, Obie, my Aussie. In fact, has now lost the “Covid weight” he gained without the social activity he was used to. She loves to give hugs, yes, real hugs and kisses and in this time of no human contact for me, I ADORE each and every hug she gives me. She is a snuggler, which suits me just fine. These dark winter nights are going to be cold and lonely and now with two dogs in my bed, it looks like i will be toasty warm.
Moral of the story: Rescue the lonely and they will rescue you in return. Love is love no matter the species.