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6 Reasons why you shouldn't buy a dog, but adopt one instead...

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Sunsets & Bubbles – 21 July 2016 

Adopting a doggy, that’s what we’re going to be talking about in this article.

A lot of the time, actually a hell of a lot of the time, us, humans, do certain things without actually being fully aware of the possible repercussions of what we’re doing at that particular moment. Some times because we take things for granted, some times because we live in our own little bubble, some other times maybe because we haven’t taken the time to stop, pay attention and take perspective… But the fact is that quite often, we go through our lives pushed by a sort of inertia.

“When I needed a hand, I found your paw”

A big example of this is choosing a pet. We may have been considering for a while the possibility of adding a new member to the family. Having a dog is a big responsibility, that’s a fact. A dog needs care and love, he needs to be looked after, needs to go for walks at the very least twice a day, he needs to get his vaccines, he needs his anti-parasitic treatments and overall, he needs you, because you, are the main and only thing he has in his life.

So, once you have considered all the pros and cons in your personal case, and have finally come to the conclusion that the pros are winning over the cons, here comes the big question, “which dog do I get and where do I get him from?

When 9 years ago me and my partner at the time decided to get a doggie, we saw Lolo at the window of a pets shop in the shopping center where we used to do our grocery shopping, and we couldn’t help it. He had that little sad face in his big lonely cage, we had to do something about it, so we bought him. We paid a lot of money to get Lolo, a beautiful yellow lab, out of that horrible cage and give him a loving and caring family (in fact, with the time, that came to two loving families, as we separated not long after and still today we are happily sharing Lolo’s custody hehe).

Lolo is one of the best things that ever happened to all of us in my family, so obviously I would not change the fact that we bought him. However, there are things that I know now and I didn’t know back them, that have made me reconsider heavily these things. So of course, this second time around, when I started to think about getting a doggy being back in Spain (Lolo lives with his grandparents -my parents- ever since I moved to the UK 6 years ago), I knew that I was not going to be contributing to the business of trading with dogs.

A couple of months back, I adopted Ladoo. This is a very nice story on its own indeed : ) and I’ll tell the story in another occasion, but the fact is that Ladoo was a street dog, I have no idea what happened to him, but long story short, I decided to take him home with me. Now, he is a super happy and healthy dog, filled with love and companion : )

Here are some facts that you may want to read before considering getting a dog:

1- The statistics are really shocking: Pet abandonment statistics worldwide are thought to be around 600 million every year and many countries have extremely cruel animal overpopulation controls.

2- Approximately one adoptable, healthy dog or puppy every hour, (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) is put to death due to not finding a home.

3- Even if people take their own dogs to a rescue with a non-destruction/no kill policy, that means that
pound dogs on death row that could have been given those life saving places, can no longer have them, so are
put to death.

4- If nobody bought, and everyone adopted, nobody would breed dogs, and eventually, no innocent, adoptable dogs would die.

5- That brings us to the very main conclusion: Don’t buy, adopt. Even if you’re particularly interested in choosing a certain type of dog because of its personality (friendly with kids, quieter, big or small size according to where you live…). There are always options and by doing a little research, you will be able to find the doggy that fits you and your family. There are for instance associations that actually do specialise in certain breeds, like Pro-Golden for Golden Retrievers or Galgos en Familia for galgos.

An example of this is a friend of mine, who really wanted a Golden or Labrador Retriever, since we all know, they’re known to be incredibly friendly doggies (also always hungry hehe)… Paloma did her research for a few weeks and found the Golden Retrievers farm where Lucas was born. He had a tiny piece of one ear missing, and so the guy could not sell him, so that Paloma adopted and saved him. (Lucas is the big guy on the first image of the article : )

6- Doggies, same as all animals indeed, are incredibly vulnerable. They can’t speak up for themselves, so someone needs to stand up for them, and that’s a huge reason for us human, to take responsibility and make sure we give them the best life they can possibly have. That’s the very least we can do for those little lovelies.

So, if you’re thinking of getting a doggy, you know now, adopting a dog is real easy. There are shelters in pretty much every town and village in the world. You can pop by for a visit and find your next bestie. You can ask a local vet, surely they’ll know about abandoned doggies. You can post an ad on your facebook saying you’re interested in getting a doggy, social media works really well for this. And also look for the above mentioned type of associations in your area.

If you happen to live in Málaga or la Costa del Sol, Perros de Malaga is a great option to find your next pet. It’s an association aiming to find a home to abandoned dogs from the Malaga municipal pound.

A dog is one of the best, more caring, loving and unconditional friends you will ever come across, fact! : )

Hope you found this article helpful! If you have any questions on this topic, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Happy to help where I can…

Happy days!

Charo

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