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What’s The Deal?

Yesterday we visited a couple of animal shelters on the east side of Seattle.  They are impressively run – have informed and knowledgeable staff on hand.  The website is up to date and colorful.  Many animals pictured in need of fostering or adoption.  Because we too want to do our part – “save a life” and all that, we first turned to those places when thinking about a companion dog for our year old Bichon Frise puppy.

The choice to get a dog in the first place is a hard one.  We took our time.  We researched and researched.  We were appalled at the price of puppies.  Even more shocked at the price of adoption from a shelter!  We decided on a Bichon Frise puppy from a breeder some 150 miles from our home – got to meet both parents on site – was happy with the breeder who LOVES these dogs and owns 3 adult dogs herself.  The temperament fit with our lifestyle.  And we knew what we were getting and could train her to be used to music students coming and going out of our house.

Choosing to get a 2nd dog is even worse than deciding on the first one.  When visiting the shelters it became apparent to us that not just any dog was going to fit the bill for us.  We found a few cute little dogs – but upon further inspection, there was something about them that we knew would be an issue.  One poor little thing was what Greg called “street smart” or “kennel smart” and had all her defensive’s on HIGH ALERT.  Who can blame her?  It’s a “dog eat dog” (no pun intended) world out there – calling for growling and barking at all the other cell mates.  Most of them did this incessantly – something we are not used to.

I’ve searched on-line like Ebay Classified for pets (this is where we found Daisy) and Craig’s List in our area.  There are MANY dogs and puppies on there.  Problem?  Most want an obscene amount of money.  It doesn’t surprise me when they are purebred, even though we did NOT spend very much on our pure bred (and she has papers too) because our breeder believed that even people who don’t have much money should have the awesome opportunity to own a Bichon.  I have really appreciated that.  Especially now.  But what really surprises me are those that sell mixed breed puppies for $400 and up!  Good grief.

The adoption fee at animal shelters for a small dog or mixed breed is MORE than what we paid for our pure bred puppy over a year ago!  We just can’t justify it.  It seems to me that we would have more people adopting animals if people could AFFORD it.  I mentioned this to one of the workers who was helping us at the shelter.  I don’t think she appreciated it.  They should interview families and care more about the care and love that these dogs will receive than recovering their “fees” for boarding these dogs.

The bottom line is this:  We would like a companion puppy for our Bichon Frise.  Even though my husband and I work from home and have plenty of time with her – I think she might appreciate another dog to wrestle and play with.  I think it must get lonely for her.  We were told that a male small dog would be the best playmate for our female.  Also a consideration would be a similar temperament dog – like another Bichon, a miniature poodle or a mix of either of these two with other small breeds.  A low maintenance dog will be best because of the high cost of grooming.  But we simply can’t afford the high costs that everyone is asking.  We would have liked to “rescue” a dog – but to rescue a dog who is already an adult and set in their ways is a risk to bring into our home.  It is simply not an option for our dog and for our home and even if it was – we cannot afford the adoption fee.  What we are really looking for is another puppy we can train and who will be raised to fit into our lifestyle and our other dog.  An owner who cares more about that puppy getting an excellent loving and attentive family – then making $500-$1000 on each pup.

I know that many animal activists are not going to like my opinion on this.  But the only way my opinion will change on this is to lower the cost for people to adopt and more people could enjoy having a their first dog or would maybe be willing to adopt a second one.   We cry out “save a life” – “save a dog or cat” and then make it so difficult to own one.  Dogs are expensive – need grooming, shots, good food and a lot of time and energy.  Why make them SO expensive to purchase, knowing how expensive they will be to own?

We were lucky.  We never thought we would be able to own a pure bred like our Daisy.  She is a gift and a little miracle to our family.  We need another miracle puppy to take into our home and love.

Do your research – there are breeders out there not looking to make money – just looking for loving families to take care of their animals.  The right one will care more about you than your money.

Just something to think about.

God Bless

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Who Do You Think You Are?

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Last week I recorded a program entitled, “Who do you think you are” which centers on people tracing their family history.  The program that I saw was the one on Reba McEntire.   She had a picture of her great-grandfather, great-grandmother, her grandmother when she was a little girl and several siblings – in the late 1800’s – and wanted to find out more about this man in the photo.  As she researched his name and looked up on ancestry.com – she began to unfold a puzzle of her heritage.  She found out things she had not thought possible, including the fact that her great-grandfather had once owned ten black slaves.  Going further back to this man’s grandfather – she checked records in places they were known to have lived – and found that this great-great-great-grandfather had come over on a ship from England to the American colonies as an indentured servant – a post that he served from the age of 9 until 21.  After that she found a record that he had traded a large amount of tobacco for land and this is where he lived his life.

I did a little “look-see” on ancestry.com to see how accurate it is – and if it would tell me about my own heritage.  It does indeed – and although I did not join the 30 day free trial, I was able to see that if you know a name, birthdate, birthplace, or place of death – you can pinpoint a person and see a record.  A very helpful tool for those wondering about their grandparents and beyond.

In Reba’s case – those events were not talked about, so she had no idea.  And it does seem logical for any white man living in the south in the 1800’s to have owned slaves – and yet, it was still hard for her to read about it.  But it was a normal practice in those days – even trading children and babies – as was the case with her great-grandfather.

I think it is important to find out where we are from – the hardships, sacrifices and situations our ancestors lived through – in understanding our family and most of all – in understanding ourselves better.  Unless we really understand where we come from – it is difficult to understand why we do the things we do, where we are headed, and why.

Because the Bible is full of stories and events and genealogies – I have to believe that family heritage was and is important to God.  And because we have those stories – and those of us that are Gentiles and are “adopted” into the family of God by His great “grafting in” – it is awesome to think about – to know that there is a purpose for my life – and trail of people who came ahead of me – a rich history that dates back to the foundations of the earth – and to God’s very special creation.  He had me in mind – even way back then before my ancestors were even born!

What about you?  Do you feel special?  Can you trace your family tree?  Even if you can’t – you can trace your genealogy as being a part of God’s great family – and be assured that you are real family to Him?

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  Ephesians 1:5  NLT

Have a great day – you are important!

God Bless

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