To Rescue or Not to Rescue

Mummy’s been thinking about a sister for me.  She gets a bit gaga when she sees little puppies but of late she’s been hearing stories about rescue dogs – which has really made her re-think what to do.  We recently learnt about 18-month old Jesse who went to her forever home.

Jesse’s Mummy chose to adopt a rescue because her circumstances required it. She needed a dog that can be a mature companion to her six-year old Sadie and she did not have the time to go through all the puppy training.  But through her decision, she importantly gave Jesse a new lease of life.

Apparently Jesse had problems – she was destructive and would chew herself out of a crate if given a chance. So when Jesse’s previous mummy went to work in the morning, Jesse went into her crate.  And there she stayed the whole time until her Mummy came home because she could not be trusted. 🙁

It just wasn’t working out for Jesse there.

Then one day Jesse left the crate, left her home and went to stay with Kerry who runs a foster home.

10336835_10152450779767904_5349880574199930510_nOf course, Kerry fell in love and thought to adopt Jesse for herself.  But given that she runs a foster home, it wasn’t the right environment for Jesse. That’s how Stacey happily got to give Jesse a forever home.

Jesse was about 18 months when she met her playmate – six year old Sadie, the labradoodle.  1513794_10152499923912904_6083520042906548715_n

Jesse didn’t take to Sadie at first but it wasn’t long before they were taking walks together.10404549_10152500949437904_571841289_oHere’s Jesse on her walk – off lead and smiling in the sunshine! 1604375_10152494800662904_6821585451261776884_nAnd this is Alisha, Jesse’s 12 year human old sister!  10341694_10152501560627904_5628265208522585890_n-2Jesse still sleeps in her crate in Alisha’s room because she is still adapting to her new home. I think they are going to be best friends – don’t you think?


So because Jesse’s Mummy chose to not have a puppy, Jesse has a home.
 comment: We’ve been hearing quite a few re-homing stories of cockapoo. I guess it is inevitable that with the surge in popularity there will be many more out there that are an ill-fit or they fall into circumstances that are not feasible.  It is of course these happy stories that we hear about but wonder how many more out there that are in need of a home. Which leads me to want to rescue one when we are ready.

The debate – give up the cuteness and the difficult puppy training or give a dog in need of a home and risk the chances of not knowing what could be wrong.

Stacey shared with me that she purposefully wanted a dog that did not need the toilet training, the puppy nipping as it suited her circumstances best.  I sway from one to the other but when the right one comes along, at the right time, I will know then.  But of course if I had the opportunity, I would have a few more! 🙂


  1. Jill

    Hi Darcy and May

    Charlie and I are a rehoming partnership. He was with a family who loved him, but couldn’t cope with him or give him the time he needed. Finding each other was the best thing for both of us. I was able to meet him with his family, and before he came to me permanently, I had him for 4 hours over 2 days, so we got used to each other. By day 3, he came with me without a backwoods glance. I spent a long time looking, and had some disappointments. You are right though, when the right one comes along, you will know! There are odd times when I think how lovely it would have been to have known Charlie from the start. These are far outweighed by the bond we have now. We’ve had to work quite hard to get him over his lack of socialisation, and nipping. He was timid and feisty at the same time! I couldn’t get a collar and lead on him when I first got him (well only with a huge struggle, or patient subterfuge, which I didn’t always have time for.) He wasn’t fully house trained either. In that respect, I went right back to basics, and he’s been absolutely fine. One or two early slip ups were entirely my fault.

    He has learnt a lot about how to be a dog from my best friend’s very laid back Labrador, who he idolises, who in turn as a young puppy was taught dog behaviour by my dear old springer/terrier. . I am sure that the combination of you both will give a rehomed dog a great advantage. That’s not to say that the same would apply to a puppy of course.

    Whichever way you go, when the time is right, things will fall into place. Of that we are sure!!

    Love and wags, Jill and Charlie

  2. Jill

    He was 7 months old, which seems to be quite a common age for them to come up for rehoming… that nippy stage when they are almost fully grown, and getting out of control if they haven’t been trained, handled and exposed to life in general. I know it was very hard for the family to let him go, as they really did love him. The mother realised that they really couldn’t manage him though and the life he had wasn’t the best for him They wanted to make sure that he went to the right home (lucky for me they thought I was the one!)

    He has really done well to overcome a lot of his fears from poor socialisation, He really did miss out by not having that earlier in his life.


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