It’s Eleanor Rose again. And today we have some really exciting
news to share with you. Our Paw squad has grown by four paws
because we got a new dog and I am really excited to introduce him to you and kind
of explain where we got him from, how we found him,
why we picked him, and why we decided to add a new dog,
to are family. So stay tuned to figure out how you can
do the same thing to find your dream dog at a shelter.
So I am a dog lover. I love all dogs,
but as my shirt says, rescued is my favorite breathe.
Um, I am a huge advocate for rescuing dogs,
not only because I work in a shelter, but um,
just because it makes more sense to me. Um,
in general, probably actually because I work in a
shelter, but anyway,
I’m a huge proponent of rescuing versus, um,
buying from a breeder for multiple different reasons,
which that’s kind of a different video about the whys. Um,
but one thing that I hear all the time when people come to the shelter or
online, because I’m part of several different
like facebook groups that are for people looking for,
to purchase it or adopt a dog. Um,
one thing I hear all the time is like, oh,
well, you know,
the shelters don’t have, you know,
the dog that I want because I want a purebred dog or I want this specific mix
of dogs. Or I want a dog that’s already trained
to do x, y,
or Z. And I’m here to tell you that you can
absolutely find your dreamed dog in a shelter somewhere with very few
exceptions. 99% of you folks,
if you’re looking for a specific breed of dog,
if you’re looking for a specific mix of dogs,
if you’re looking for a dog that is trained to do x,
Y, or z already,
you can find that in a shelter dog. You just have to spend the time doing
so for me, I’ve always always had a thing for
German shepherds. Why exactly?
I don’t know. But I just thought they were really,
really cool and I always wanted one. Um,
growing up, my parents didn’t like them and we
already had dogs and we just never, never got one.
Um, and then when my husband and I moved
into this house in San Antonio, um,
it was one of one of the breeds I thought about,
but he really wanted small dogs. Um,
and we do have a decent size backyard, but it’s not,
um, you know,
like the acres and acres. I would really like to have a for a big
dog like that to run around on. So we decided that we would put it off
until maybe we have more land one day or whatnot.
Um, but some circumstances came up,
um, in the last eight or nine months that,
um, led me to actually be looking for a
service dog for me. And after lots of research and lots of
contemplating, I decided that,
um, one of the breeds that I would be
looking for would be a German shepherd because they have,
um, the used as service dogs in the past are
extremely intelligent and I always want to blend.
So, and uh,
if they were going to be with me all the time and they were going to be highly
trained, it the,
you know, not having acres and acres for them to
run around on, um,
they would have a job to do. So that would be inappropriate use of
their energy and their enthusiasm. Um,
they would have something to do and not be bored.
Uh, so we decided to go ahead and start
looking with the help of a trainer and I spent hours on the computer,
uh, looking and everyday at work,
you know, like perch at my desk and be like,
okay, maybe this German shepherd that I’m
looking for is going to come in. And every time one came in I got really
excited and you know, had to evaluate it.
And it was, it was really difficult to not just
adopt every, you know,
beautiful shepard that came in because I was looking for one with really specific
criteria. They had to be good around other dogs.
They had to be good with people, they had to be good with loud noises,
they have to be trainable. They had to be,
um, you know,
rd. Housebroken cause I,
I, I don’t want to do that.
Um, and they needed to be very healthy.
Um, all of these things.
And so I’ve looked at, I looked and,
um, a lot of the dogs I looked at,
um, weren’t quite right for one reason or
another. And then finally I was scrolling through
and I found this listing for Rufus, which is not his name. Uh,
we will put at the end of this video, uh,
what will reveal what we decided to name him.
Uh, cause I took a little video of his name
tag been made the other day, but,
uh, Rufus is what the shelter decided to
call him, which doesn’t fit him.
he popped up and said he was heartworm positive and I was like,
well, I don’t know a whole,
I knew like the basics of heartworm and I knew it was a really expensive
treatment that something he was, he was so beautiful and the picture that
I went ahead and clicked on it and I called the shelter and ask them
questions and I decided to go ahead and meet him.
And so we went with my dogs and met him and he was pretty good.
He was a little bit, had a lot of energy,
little anxious, kind of pent up energy,
but he wasn’t a gossip with my dogs. He wasn’t,
um, you know,
like crazy spastic, uh,
energy. He just was really excited to play it
because he’d been cooped up, you know,
in the shelter since, um,
this was, we,
I went in in mid January and, um,
he had been in the shelter since early November,
so he’d been there for a good while. And I started asking after I found out
that he had been there for someone, I started asking like,
why is he, has he been here for so long if he’s
this great dog, but you know,
it was already potty trained and knows how to sit and you know,
isn’t like a typical crazy spastic, um,
you know, like puppy.
And they said, well,
he’s a little bit older than what some people wanted.
They had him at the shelter is four years old.
And they also said, we won’t adopt him to anyone who lives
in an apartment or it doesn’t have a yard or isn’t it kind of an experience
dog owner because shepherds, they blend their coats. They have,
you know, hip problems sometimes and they just
have a lot of energy that you kind of need to be really,
um, focus on working out.
you know, they,
they wanted someone with some experience and a lot of people also were really
turned off by his diagnosis of heart worm.
And knowing what I knew about it, uh,
even though it was something that was going to be expensive to treat,
I knew we were up for it and he was ticked.
So many of the other boxes of being friendly and being dog friendly have,
you know, not being food aggressive,
of being trainable, of being,
having energy and drive but not being like crazy that even though he was
heartworm positive, um,
because I knew that wasn’t going to affect him longterm.
He didn’t have bad hips and he didn’t, um,
you know, have,
you know, a,
some other disease or some other condition that would affect him a really
long term cause he was only very lightly heartworm positive as well. Um,
we, we decided to have my trainer evaluate
him and my trainer evaluated him once and said he seemed good and then we both
went back and evaluated him and decided that he was going to be my service dog
candidate. So we went ahead and adopted him a week
ago and he’s been pretty good for a dog that’s on crate West Rust and doing his
heartworm treatment. Um,
he does get a little frustrated in his crate,
but other than that, he’s really a fabulous dog.
And we were just floored that we were able to find this,
you know, although he doesn’t have like Akc
paperwork because he was found as a stray with no microchip and nobody ever
came to claim him. Um,
he’s, I’m positive,
he’s pure good because he looks like a purebred German shepherd.
He’s friendly, he’s housebroken all of these things I
wanted and I just had to do a little bit of looking and a little bit of
I also did get lucky because the dog, the particular kind of dog I wanted is
popular where I live in Texas. Um,
we see quite a few shepherds in shepard mixes,
um, in shelters because there’s such a high
energy dog and some of them are escape artists,
so they get out quite a bit. Um,
so I was fortunate, but there was quite a few to choose
but we were just so excited to walk into a shelter and see this gorgeous,
handsome dog that had, you know,
all these things we wanted and to actually end up paying nothing for him
because he was already sponsored, um,
through a program they had at the shelter.
Um, so that’s how we ended up with Rufus,
which is not his real name. Um,
that’s how we ended up with him. Um,
and I am 100% convinced that if you just do your homework well
enough, you’ll be able to find a dog to fit your
there are some rare cases, like if you’re looking for,
you know, a rare
dog breed, like,
I dunno, a pharaoh hound or,
um, I’m trying to think of some other
reason. Don’t have a lot of rescues.
If you’re looking for a pharaoh hand or a pharaoh hound or,
um, a Swedish valve wound or you know,
some of those crazy, I’m a puli the ones that the,
the corded coats, um,
those, especially like the European breeds or
the breeds that originated in the Middle East are harder to find because they’re
not very popular in the US and because they’re not very popular,
there’s not very many rescues for them. So you may have to look a little bit of
a wider net if you’re looking for a more rare breed.
But if you’re looking for a German shepherd,
a golden retriever, um,
a poodle, a Yorkie,
a, let’s see what other dogs have people
come in requesting a cocker spaniel. Um,
pretty much any dog breed that has a decent foothold in els and even a lot
that don’t. Um,
and even some of the new breeds. So like all the doodles that everybody’s
crazy about. Um,
separate video about why I disliked doodles,
but that’s separate video. You can find a rescue for them and go
through them to have them either alert you when a dog matching your criteria
comes up or go, you know,
just yourself. Keep checking back to see what they
and another really awesome thing about breed specific rescues is that they
typically know their dog’s really well and they know the breed really well.
So if you should not be adopting, for example,
if German shepard or a husky or whatever,
they’ll, they’ll let you know what the problems
are and uh, they will be able to kind of evaluate
what 10% of dogs you would want and, and things like that.
Um, on the other hand,
you know, I didn’t go to a breed specific rescue
to find, um,
brew this. I just happened to find him,
um, in a municipal shelter.
Um, and just there he was sitting there like
it was meant to be. Um,
but he was heartworm positive and that’s why he kept getting passed over.
So another tip for being able to find your dream dog is,
you know, be a little bit flexible.
Like, maybe you need to foster them for a
while because they have some injuries that they need to get over or maybe
their heartworm positive or I dunno, maybe they’re blind or deaf.
Uh, those are all things like that people
don’t consider, but they can still make amazing dogs.
And that’s a great way to get this, this amazing dog that you’re looking
and, and not have to,
to buy from a breeder. Um,
and also disclaimer, I’m not saying all breeders are bad.
There are some really awesome people who do great things for their breed and who
are really responsible. But I think so many people either
magically assume that if they want a purebred dog,
they have to go in, buy it,
and there’s nothing they can do. Like it’s just not going to happen in a
shelter. And that’s kind of like the point of
this video is if you want to rescue a dog and you want it to be a pre purebred
dog, you can find the dog that you are
looking for. Um,
I always encourage people to be open to breed because you may find the dog that
you weren’t expecting. Um,
but if you are set on a breed or a color or a male or a female or whatever,
like just go and look and take your time to do your research and you know,
so many shelters and rescues have online databases now that you can go through a,
for my shelter, ours is updated every hour.
So you, you know,
like realtime can scroll through and see what we have at the shelter and you
know, that way you can be the first one there
to, to snag up. Um,
we had a Dalmatian, the liver spotted Dalmatian come in,
uh, earlier this week and some lady was,
was very excited that we have this dog come in.
Um, so you just kinda gotta you know,
be, be watching and waiting and then cast
your net very wide. We in particular were willing to drive
with drive an hour to go and get the, um,
the dog that we got. Um,
but it was, it was totally worth it because he was
everything we were looking for. And it just feels so great to know that
we rescued him and that we didn’t have to,
uh, okay race him from a puppy,
which is not something that I wanted to do.
Um, and it wouldn’t have worked for the
situation either because, um,
I need my service dog sooner rather than later,
um, for my health conditions.
And so this was the route that we decided to go.
And I highly, highly encourage you if you’re looking
for a purebred dog, um,
or if you’re looking for a certain type or a certain color,
you know, whatever criteria you have,
do look in shelters because you can find them.
It happens. I got this wonderful,
amazing dog just by being patient.
So, all right.
So now that you’ve listened to me blather on about,
uh, finding the pure red dog or a certain
type of dog in a shelter, we’re going to reveal the name of my
beautiful, amazing three love of my life. So we’ll roll. Yes,
his name is dexter. Um, I think it was someone in your family
that suggestion it, right?
Yeah. So someone in my husband’s family,
um, I think it was my brother in law,
so thanks Ben or whoever it was just it. Thank you.
Um, suggested Dexter and we will thought it
was hilarious because it’s makes you, reminds you of the serial killer.
And one of the things I had expressed to my husband was like,
I don’t want any name like Cujo or killer or you know,
some like big, hefty,
um, scary name because he’s going to be a
service dog. Um,
so I love, I just,
I thought it was hilarious that his name is dexter,
which is like a cute dog name. But then it’s also like,
yeah, has it.
So his, his unofficial nickname is killer,
um, because his name is Dexter,
but yes, his name is Dexter.
Um, the shelter listed him as four years
old, but my vet says he’s no older than the
18 months. And I agree with that because he’s very
has some of that puppy personality in Him.
we’re going to bring him up here. So you can see him.