WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A RESCUE DOG INSTEAD OF BUYING FROM A BREEDER?
At least half of the dogs we get are purebred dogs. Almost ALL of the Siberian Huskies we get are purebred. You can find a breed of your choice in rescue or a shelter if you look and are patient. There are a few breeds that do not end up in rescue as much, because they are not as popular as other breeds. Most of the dogs we get in our rescue were bred by people we call "back yard breeders". These are people who breed dogs for money. They do not know the health history that is involved in the bloodline of the parents, they do not enforce a spay/neuter contract, and they do not care where the puppies go to as long as they get the cash. As a dog lover, is this the type of operation you want to support? If you are interested ONLY in getting a puppy, please contact us and we can help you find a reputable breeder in your area if we do not have any available.
Rescued dogs are wonderful dogs! Plus, before you adopt one of our dogs they have been living in a home, being crate trained, house trained, and learning basic commands. We also keep them on preventatives for heartworms, fleas, and ticks. Any dog that we bring in who is ill, gets full treatment and is made healthy before they are adopted out.
All dogs live in the moment. Dogs do not care about their past. They may have experienced something traumatic, but once they are safe and secure and experience routine, stability, and love they let go of all that anxiety and just love life the way only a dog can. A dog who has lived 10 years on a chain does not want you to feel sorry for him after he is rescued. He is happy every day that he is safe and out of harms way. We take in many dogs who may have issues due to abuse or neglect, but we rehabilitate them and disclose any habits they may have that is a result of their past. But we do NOT feel bad and feel sorry for them because the negative energy that comes along with those emotions are felt by the dog and that can cause even more issues. When you get your rescued dog, do not treat him like you would treat a human who has suffered such trauma. Routine, stability, and love are the 3 key elements to having a happy dog and when we say "love" we do not mean that you should cook your dog a filet mignon every night or buy him pajamas that match yours. You should be a confident and strong person for your dog to be a companion to. Negativity begets negativity. NOT ALL DOGS HAVE EXPERIENCED ABUSE, TRAUMA, OR NEGLECT. A lot of them were just lost and picked up as strays.
YOUR RESCUED DOG IS FULLY VETTED!! Shots, preventatives, clean bill of health, and a microchip!
When you adopt a dog from a rescue, instead of buying a dog from a breeder, you are supporting an organization that dedicates itself to helping the population of unwanted pets get a second chance. You are supporting spay/neuter! You are supporting DOG LOVERS, not greedy people who treat dogs as objects used to make extra cash.
So where would you want your money to go?
WHY IS THE ADOPTION FEE SO HIGH? CAN WE MAKE PAYMENTS ON OUR ADOPTION FEE?
It isn't. Our adoption fee is $300 which is less than what the average person pays for their trips to the vet that would include all of the things we provide for your pet including the vetting, vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchip. This is a DEAL. Also, many dogs we get need more help than others. Many dogs have heartworms when we take them on or other medical issues that need to be addressed. We do everything in our power to save these lives. We will go to great lengths to get a dog healthy and that can include surgery, acupuncture, training, etc. These things are very expensive and we rely solely on the adoption fees and donations to be able to continue to do what we do.
You absolutely cannot make payments for an adoption fee and here is our reasoning: If you cannot afford the $300 adoption fee, how will you afford to vet your dog? What will you do if your dogs needs to visit the emergency vet clinic? These things DO happen and anyone who is going to take on the responsibility of being the guardian of a dog, should be financially capable of giving that dog everything it needs. They depend on us for everything! We must make sure that our carefully selected adopters will provide our dogs with the best life possible.
I'VE HEARD THAT I SHOULD GET A PUPPY IF I WANT A DOG THAT WILL TRULY BOND WITH MY FAMILY, IS THIS TRUE?
No. This is completely false. Dogs were the first animals that humans domesticated and they are hard wired to have a strong bond with us. Any and every dog that we have ever encountered has bonded with us. Even the feral dog we rescued has come around and become part of our rescue family. If you give a dog love, stability, routine, affection, food, boundaries, and all of the things you would give a puppy, it will think you hung the moon. All dogs love their humans, not just puppies. All dogs have a very strong bond with their people no matter what time in their life the humans met them.
HOW SHOULD I PROPERLY INTRODUCE MY NEW PET TO MY CURRENT PET?
We recommend first taking the dogs for a walk together before you enter the house, aka "your dog's territory". Be sure that they are each able to sniff each other's butt (sounds funny, but this is crucial). Do not introduce them face to face on leashes. Instead, have someone help you. They should walk one dog, you walk the other, and just immediately take off walking like it's a beautiful day and you are enjoying a stroll in the park. If you do not use this method, it is best to try and introduce them on neutral ground. If you are unable to do that, introduce them in a controlled environment, but never on leash. You want to see the two dogs make a circle and go around and around while they sniff butts.
We are more than happy to be at your home to help you with introductions. Please, always call us if you are nervous at all. Nervous energy will pass on to your dogs and create negative energy that could cause problems.
In all of these situations, BE CALM. Back away from the dogs and do not let either of them shield you or possess you. If a dog tries to move toward you, or if while they are meeting they move toward you, move away. You do not want a fight to break out over them possessing or guarding you. Stay back and just watch the dogs communicate and meet.
WILL YOU TAKE MY DOG INTO YOUR RESCUE AND FIND IT A GOOD HOME?
No. You made the decision to take on the responsibility of being a dog guardian and unfortunately, there are dogs in shelters who are in danger of being euthanized within days, sometimes even hours. We do not take owner surrenders and we do not bail people out of situations they put themselves in. The responsibility of the life of a pet is nothing to take lightly. We will gladly refer you to our trainer or other resources in an effort to help you live with your dog and not give him up.
WE DO TAKE OUR OWN RESCUE DOGS BACK AND EVEN REQUIRE THAT THEY BE RETURNED IF THEY CANNOT STAY IN YOUR HOME.
DO YOU HAVE A TRAINER THAT YOUR RECOMMEND?
We refer everyone we know to Tonia Floyd at Training Spot Nashville. Her phone number is 615-330-6303 and she is a fantastic resource for any behavioral issue you are experiencing with your dog.
WHAT DO WE DO IF OUR ADOPTED DOG JUST ISN'T WORKING OUT?
We REQUIRE that the dog be returned to us if you cannot keep it for any reason. We have every adopter sign a legally binding contract that says the agree to bring the dog back to us if it does not work out.