So as I was perusing Petfinder.com as I sometimes do, because, well, it’s amazing, I stumbled upon two dogs that ate my heart up for breakfast and left me with a crinkled smushy heart that does things I swore I never would, like oohs and aaahs over animals. If you hate animals, don’t read this post. If you are or might in the future think about adopting an animal, then please read this post.
First off, yes, I know it’s lame to regularly search the local shelters when I know I can’t adopt a dog right now. I know that, ok? So don’t bother telling me or judging me in your head. (I KNOW.)
So, disclaimers aside, I was searching for dalmatians in my area. Now I know that most people who know anything about dogs are going all red flaggy right now, and for the most part, I agree. After 101 dalmatians, the breed got all inbred and mongloidal and everyone started buying them only to discover, wow, this dog is a mongloid who routinely runs into my glass door and it doesn’t matter if I wear black or white, I will always have the other color hair on me. dammit.
But I had a dalmatian, and yes, she was highstrung and just a wee bit hyper, and yes I grew up with constant welts on my legs from her happy happy tail, but I still love the breed. When bred properly the dalmatian is a beautiful noble dog who is a great match for an outdoorsy type family. That being said, there is nothing worse than a dalmatian mutt. Like really, please don’t breed your dalmatian unless you are in a club and know all about trying to preserve/improve the breed. please. If you type in dalmatian on Petfinder, you may encounter these two dogs, who I’m sure are very sweet, and can’t help being ugly…but still.. still.
(If you are particularly angelic and willing to overlook the dogs’ fugliness, or perhaps are on a mission to save fugly dogs, in which case I salute you, you can find more info here 1.) is named Pearl and can be found here 2.) is named Jesse and can be found here.
BUT, BUT occasionally from the ashes of almost certain fugliness, a phoenix arises. This dog, for me, is that phoenix:
I don’t think she’s really blue, although that may have contributed to my instant attraction to her. Her name is Sneaux, which I think is supposed to be pronounced Snow. It’s kind of like when people name their kids ASDLRN#@#%LKJ324 and say it’s pronounced Sarah. She is only 35lbs which is like half the size of a regular dal, and so much more manageable. I can’t adopt her, as much as I would like to, so if you live anywhere near Knoxville and want to give a forever home to a deserving dog, you can find out more information here and here.
Also, because everytime I go to Cosley Animal Farm I want to cuddle the foxes, I present this little beauty
Her name is “Foxy Lady” (original, right?) and the only thing is that she probably shouldn’t be put with other dogs or cats. But I know someone out there wants an only pet that they have to lock up during fox hunting season. She is in Ohio and you can find out about her here.
Why do I think you should adopt these dogs? In short, 1. they are already adults, which means no surprises. No surprise! the cute puppy you bought turned into a 300lb mastiff that eats your children for breakfast. 2. No surprising behaviors, the shelter people can pretty much outline the dogs behavioral issues, so at least you know what you are getting into. 3. The warm mushy feeling you get knowing that you are rescuing an animal that otherwise might be put down. 4. No matter how much time and patience you think you have, you probably don’t have enough to deal with a puppy. So why not just let someone else deal with that stage and get a nice mellow dog? 5. because a lot of the puppies in shelters will not have a hard time getting adopted, most of the adult dogs will. 6. So many other reasons, but I can sum up by saying this: 13 years ago, I got a shelter cat, and he makes me happier every single day.
And I will leave with this, which I found on Flickr (click the photo to go to this photostream) because really, really, I want to be that girl in the picture. Sitting on my perfect green couch, on a sunshiny day with my red dobe buddy.