,The big question that only you can honestly answer.
Both a puppy or a rescue needs time and dedication.
What should you look out for once you have made your decision?.....
A REPUTABLE RESCUE.....A responsible rescue will be able to hold their hands on their hearts and say:
"We are a dog rescue. We spend a lifetime learning about canine behaviour and learning from those in our breed and those outside it. We ensure that each dog coming into our rescue is unable to be re-homed with its breeder first. We then fully assess the dog to find out what home would be best for them. The dogs are always neutered before leaving us, bought up to date with vaccinations and is deemed healthy by a qualified vet. The home is house checked and if rented proof that the landlord has given permission to have pets is required. No dogs are rehomed with children under 5 as we can never be 100% sure of the dogs background.
We support each family who chose one of our dogs and let them know they are now a part of our extended family.
We celebrate their success stories with fellow adopters.
We trust those who foster for us.
We shed a tear when one dies.
We are there if one needs to come back, without judgement.
We share knowledge and socialize our dogs so that they will be the advertisement for our dedication.
We keep track of the money raised and can account for it all.
The price we charge for a rescue is never profit, but investment in supporting other dogs who come into our care.
We are not ashamed of who we are... We work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same.
We are a dog rescue and are proud of it.
If rescues don't support each other - we probably have something to hide."A REPUTABLE BREEDER....Reputable and responsible breeders are easy to find, if you feel as if you've been interrogated for a pup - you can be pretty sure they are a reputable breeder!
All reputable breeders can hold their hand on their heart and say
"I am a dog breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, genetics, breed standards and learning from those in my breed and those outside it.
I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes.
I only put animals on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed.
I support each family who chose one of my babies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family.
I celebrate their wins in shows with my stock. I shed a tear when one dies.
I am there if one needs to come back. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world.
I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication.
I don't keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of them, it would not be a true measure of how I feel. The price I charge for my babies is never profit, but investment in the next generation.
I am not ashamed of who I am... I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same.
I am a breeder and I am proud of it.
If we don't support each other - we are doomed as a fancy"MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION.....Whether you choose to buy or adopt, find breed specific sites / Facebook pages / Twitter and ask people for their recommendations or feedback. Take into account all reviews and make an informed and educated decision before you buy/adopt.
Do not rely on the word of the breeder / rescue - do your research!
And last but not least.....
Enjoy your dog!!!!!!
Regardless of your choice, Big Walkies we welcome all dogs and their owners and offer them support!
We make no judgement on your decision of rescue or buy, we just ask that you make an informed decision!
Becca (Director) - news and updates from Big Walkies!