Today is National Mutt Day!
This is a small part of the foreword of my new book was written by Hollywood dog trainer. R. Ruddell Weatherwax.
“Dogs, or cats for that matter, who come from a shelter are more affordable than buying through a breeder or at a pet store. You know exactly what you’re getting with a shelter dog. In fact, most of the dogs that land in a shelter are not bad; they simply did not always come from ideal first homes. Maybe there was a family divorce or the owners moved overseas. There are a multitude of reasons a dog ends up in an animal shelter.
My experience also has shown me that dogs adopted from a shelter, especially mutts, tend to have fewer vet bills than costly purebreds. They’re not just cheaper to get, but, with fewer health problems, shelter dogs are usually a bargain throughout their lives. Then there is that wonderful feeling you get from saving a dog’s life. No amount of money can give you that same feeling.
The gratitude a dog has to his rescuing owner is displayed time and time again in ways a purchased dog cannot equal.
Next time you are in search of a dog, think with your heart and not your wallet. Go down to your local animal shelter and find your soul mate. See the intrinsic value of a dog that needs you more than you need them. The only regret you will have is that you can’t adopt every single animal there.”
The Amazon link to learn more about I Chose You is https://www.amazon.com/author/carmenleal.