Discussing dog breeds, dog-adoption, and the human-canine connection.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Adopted dogs and the Amazing Jeffie.

Jeffie as a puppy - photo courtesy of For Love of a Dog.com

Adopting a dog is a win-win situation. A dog in need of a home is given one, while people who adopt have the bonus of knowing they've acted to help a homeless pet. Plus, every adopted pet from a shelter or rescue group opens up a spot for another dog. When a spot opens up in a shelter or adoption group, another life is saved from abandonment or euthanasia.

Anyone who stops by here regularly has met our current adopted dog, the senior Chihuahua, Chi Chi. Chi Chi began as a foster, who was in need of some socialization if he was going to find a permanent home.He hadn't been with us too long though, when he made it clear that THIS was his permanent home.

He does have a few issues that would make him problematic to place elsewhere. It appears he was handled roughly in the past and when he is scared or nervous he becomes very protective of his right side. I have a lovely little scar on my right thumb from this past weekend. Some of the other dogs had wrestled and upset him - he lashed out at me in his fear. Not a good candidate for a home with children - though he loves them - or older people with skin that might take a while to heal. He and I are figuring each other out though and most of the time he is the most cuddly, sweet dog. He just has some fears that a person needs to be mindful of.

While some adopted dogs have issues, many more are sweet tempered and adaptable. One such dog is our own Jenny the Rough Collie.
There are many other lovely adopted dogs out there.

One of the things we like about being online is that we've met so many wonderful adopted dogs. One of our favorites is Jeffie, who lives with his family and can be visited at Talking Dogs at for Love of a Dog - http://www.talking-dogs.com/

The Talking Dogs
This is the side-bar photo of the family from Talking Dogs - Sue is the adopted mom of this handsome group. Sue and her husband have focused on adoption, with a slight preference for pups with a Lab or Golden in their background. They have given several generations of lucky-pups a very happy home; their current cute pup is Rosie, who joined the family after Lucy B went to the Rainbow Bridge.

April has been a big birthday month at Talking Dogs. Jeffie the current senior of the family has turned seven years old. Jeffie is an amazing, lovely spirited, and very handsome fellow - the poster boy for the kind of amazing dog that is waiting for adoption in a shelter. Sue works hard to help other waiting dogs find adoptive homes, every week featuring a dog looking for his or her permanent home.

While Sue may not be close enough to your home for you to adopt one of the dogs she features, her work reminds us that every day some amazing dogs are waking up in shelters and foster homes, waiting for a furever homes to enter their lives. Adoption can bring your own devoted family member into your life - who wouldn't like to wake up to a sweet face like this every day!

Jeffie, on the deck he helped his dad build


  1. Woof! Woof! There are many wonderful dogs in the shelter. My family plans to adopt in the future. Sue is our bloggie friend too and love her adopted dogs. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    1. Sugar, you set an amazing standard - I'm sure some future dog will bring their own unique pawprints to your family :-)

  2. great post! I always feel guilty that Dakota wasn't adopted but Cody was! We love Jeffie!

    1. Yes, I too have felt guilt that Lil wasn't adopted...but sometimes, one has to make an exception to the adoption rule - and how would we manage without the Dakotas and Lils of the world rounding out our families :-)

  3. My cup is overflowing. Thank you for your very kind words.

    Jeffie and Rosie came from the same shelter... a no kill shelter that has way too many dogs who live there for years waiting for a home.

    Years ago I volunteered in a kill shelter. The experience broke a piece of my heart that will never heal. Though I support the efforts of responsible breeders (and have counted purebred dogs as my best friends as a child), I prefer adoption from a shelter or of strays these days.

    1. You're my hero. I do not have the capacity to volunteer for any shelter on a regular basis outside rehabilitating. I think it takes a huge heart to bring comfort to the animals in a kill shelter.

      What I admire most is your ongoing commitment to dogs still needing homes. Sue is a ROCK STAR :-)

    2. Well, not really, but I thank you for saying that! I found out long ago that I wasn't cut out for in-person shelter work. So, I do what I can do... just like so many folks. :-)