Five Things To Know Before Adopting Rescue or Special Need Dogs
When considering adopting a dog with special needs, be true to yourself, so many times our emotions can get the best of us. Yes, I grant our intentions were with the best in mind; however, once the joyous emotions wear off, reality will set in. One reality check that will set in will be time; do you have the time in your day-to-day activities to give medications? Or, carry a dog so they can eat, drink or do their business. Another item, budget; caring for a special needs dog will take financial planning. Most when they hear “special needs” they think medical or physical conditions, this may not be the case as emotional issues are special needs too. If this is the case, do you have the knowledge or education? If not, arm yourself with lots of information and secure a trainer. And don’t forget your support system; there will be days you will need help or a shoulder to cry on. Those are the days, reach out and ask for help; if you do not, you are not helping the dog as they pick up on your energy. The more positive we are; the healthier we are, so will your dog be.
About Real Dogs Don’t Whisper
The award winning book, Real Dogs Don't Whisper (www.realdogsdontwhisper.com), which highlights my life journey caring for four special needs dogs and the life lessons they taught me along the way. The overall message within Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is about giving those with special needs a second chance. The book touches on integrity, unconditional love, leadership, trust, stopping abuse and opening your heart to receive and give both unconditional love and friendship. To lighten the message, I developed a co-author, Mr MaGoo; Mr MaGoo is my Lhasa Apso and he is larger than life. He adds humor within the book; sharing with the reader how life is so tough for him being the only male in the house and living with a crazy lady, me.
Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”
About Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.
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