Years ago, when we were looking for a dog to add to the family, we arranged to meet an adoptable Basset Hound. We figured a Basset pretty much fit our lifestyle–laid back, slow moving. But when we met her, we couldn’t help noticing that her teats pretty much dragged on the ground. She was sweet, laid back, friendly–and yet, we couldn’t get over the site of those uh, unattractive teats. Sadly, it wasn’t a match. I hope she found a great home.
Now, years later, I’ve learned that those teats were most likely a sign of overbreeding, and that she’d had too many litters. Probably a puppy mill dog. And I feel sad that we didn’t give her more of a chance. She deserved a loving home just as much as any other pet. She is just one example of a Less Adoptable Dog. Here are some more:
|Chart from Petfinder,com.|
We’ve since adopted many less adoptable dogs, and I’ve learned what makes an attractive dog:
Big, deep eyes, that look into mine and make a connection.
White whiskers, that tell me she’s been through a lot in life, and is wiser because of this.
Four furry paws that willingly walk toward me–or sometimes three, or maybe even two.
A wagging tail, whether it’s a whip, or a snip, or a bushy mop, or a curly nub of a tail.
A smile, even if it’s crooked or missing teeth.
Less adoptable pets are seniors, handicapped, sick, or somehow considered homely. Black colored dogs are adopted less readily than other dogs. Special needs animals. Blind or deaf animals. Petfinder says that less adoptable pets sometimes wait for more than two years to find a home.
If you’re looking for a great pet, consider one of these sweeties (or a less adoptable pet near you.)
Big feet, big heart!
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