Hope you won't mind me butting in here,
I dono' if I agree ..
although rescue animals can be very rewarding,
also since they started out with a disadvantage,
they are scarred and therefore can be unpredictable.
My own lab/collie (6 months of her life unaccounted for)
but in that period she grew to intensely dislike
and fear men, and to this day, tho' in others ways
well adjusted, would 'go' for a man,
so I feel she had been mistreated early on
before I got her.
She is very bright intelligent and loving and
100% fine with women, children, cats and other dogs.
Just a thought..to add on here
Good discussion you have going.
I've had a few that were scarred beyond repair.
(so I thought at the time)
The vast majority are especially loving. As if they
knew they got a second chance.
With the popularity of a show called the Dog Whisper
we are now realizing that dogs that were thought to
be "too damaged" can, in fact, be well balanced pets.
(look into Caesars training techniques....his methods
would help your lab/collie mix)
I think that's part of the reason why pits are so
close to my heart. No matter what kind of abuse they suffer,
even dogs that were trained TO fight, all they want is
to love someone. Most places won't give them the chance.
They are automatically euthanized b/c of what breed they
are and what men used them for.
One was found a couple of days ago, in the 9th ward,
that had been tied up and left. He was so emaciated he
couldn't even stand. He had to have emergency surgery
to remove a bowel obstruction, he'd been eating plastic
trying to survive. Villalobos Rescue center rescued
him and is trying to save his life.
If he does survive he'll be up for adoption.
Pits are resilient. Even when ppl try their hardest to