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Rescues Have Plenty of Purebred Dogs & Dog Adoption Give Life Lessons for Kids

Guest Lancelot Arnold

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Guest Lancelot Arnold

Rescues Have Plenty of Purebred Dogs
If you have your heart set on a specific dog breed, before you check out a breeder or pet store, why not at least look into dog adoption as a option? 25% of all dogs in a shelter are purebred. There are also lots of specific dog breed rescue groups that specialize in a particular breed of dog. Don’t be fooled into thinking that animal shelters and dog rescues are filled with dogs that were discarded because they’re “bad”. Shelter dogs for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners. Did you know that many backyard dog breeders and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred pets without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed breed dogs have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier dogs! And the best place to find a mixed breed is at rescue, SPCA, humane society or animal shelter.

Dog Adoption Will Build Life Lessons for Kids of All Ages
Dog adoption provides a fertile opportunity to teach significant values to children. The decision to devote your resources and care to a dog in need sends a very clear message about the identity of a family and its underlying values. It is a great time to explore who you are as a family and what you stand for. It is through this process that a child learns things like, “We are a family with an important choice to make, and we are going to use the power of this choice to save a life.” This teaches kids about personal responsibility and their impact on the greater good as they make choices in life. Children need to feel they can impact their world. We need to give them opportunities to do so in positive, pro-social ways. Choosing dog adoption can plant the seeds for that ethic. Dogs help children get outside more – to go for walks, run, and play – and enjoy all the associated health benefits. Kids also learn responsibility by feeding and caring for a dog’s routine needs. Children with dogs display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. And for emerging readers, reading to a dog is an easy way to feel comfortable.

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