As y’all know, I’m a retriever. I was bred to work! Now anybody who knows working dogs, know that dogs bred to work need constant challenge and something to do all the time or we’ll entertain ourselves. The problem with the latter is that you probably won’t like what we decide to do.
People so often buy or adopt working or sporting dogs, like Labs, Shelties, pointers, or spaniels, and are not prepared to use them for their intended purpose or see that they have adequate exercise, training and mental stimulation. As a result more dogs end up in shelters or back in shelters. Some of the service dog training organizations are able to take these cast offs and retrain them to help people with handicaps.
Many of the guide dogs who lead the blind, however, come from a breeding program where the organization has a higher degree of control over the temperament and health of the resulting puppies.
Think about it, you have a dog that would be laying around bored, frustrated or in a shelter or even ignored in a backyard someplace. Instead this dog is going places with its human where regular dogs like me can only dream of going! Not only that, but the dog gets to use its smarts to help its human get around without injury. These are the luckiest dogs!
Please head over to read about the service dogs (here).
Oh, you want to find out how we feel left behind day after day with nothing to do…try it yourself for a week…no you can’t leave the house for any reason.
Thanks Cessna and Brooke for an insightful post that made us think.
Y’all check back tomorrow to find out about the sex in the forest.