Re­plac­ing a pet

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE - An­nie Lane

Editor’s note: An­nie Lane is off this week. This col­umn was orig­i­nally pub­lished in 2018.

Dear An­nie: Our beloved fam­ily dog, Dasher, passed away last year. Dasher was a husky. She was the sweet­est and best dog I ever could imag­ine. Good with the kids and our old kitty. When I con­tacted the breeder I bought her from, he said that he is no longer breed­ing. My friend sug­gested I look at adopt­ing a dog from the lo­cal shel­ter or a res­cue group. I re­ally want a husky, and our shel­ter didn’t have any but sug­gested I reach out to lo­cal husky res­cue groups. Well, I did, and I found a great one.

Af­ter I filled out the ap­pli­ca­tion, a vol­un­teer called me within 24 hours. She thanked me for con­sid­er­ing adop­tion and gave me some very sad sta­tis­tics about how many dogs get eu­th­a­nized be­cause of over­pop­u­la­tion. She then said my house will be a tricky place to find the right dog for. Most huskies have a strong prey drive and are not great with cats, small dogs or small chil­dren. I was taken aback be­cause Dasher was so great with all of the above. When I told her this, she said my best bet would be to get a puppy and so­cial­ize the dog around kids and cats as much as pos­si­ble. She said

that her res­cue group rarely gets pups in and that it could take a long time. I want to adopt, but I also don’t want to put the lives of my cat and kids in dan­ger. Do you have any ad­vice as to what I should do?

— Adopt or Shop?

Dear Adopt or Shop:

When­ever pos­si­ble, adopt; don’t shop. I un­der­stand lov­ing a par­tic­u­lar breed and want­ing a puppy of that breed. The way I see it, you have three op­tions:

1) Wait un­til the husky res­cue gets a puppy in.

2) Go on Petfinder and search for husky puppies. You may have to travel a bit to find a puppy, or it may not be a pure­bred husky, but chances are great that you can find a husky puppy. Some­times mixed breeds are health­ier than pure­breds.

3) If you do de­cide to buy a puppy, at least be sure you know where you’re buy­ing from. Kristina Lotz wrote a won­der­ful ar­ti­cle for iHeartDogs ti­tled “10 Signs That A Puppy Is From a Puppy Mill,” and I would rec­om­mend read­ing it be­fore buy­ing from a pet shop or breeder.

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