The day we went to pick up the rescue English Bulldog we were adopting was filled with excitement, a bit of nervousness and anticipation. Our family of four mom, dad and two young boys had been thinking of owning a dog for quite some time and the day had finally come. What followed was definitely a lesson and experience for all of us.
Right away my husband named the dog “Buster Bronx” which seemed suitable given his stout stature and wrinkly face, the boys thought the name cute and agreed. The only details we knew about our dog were that he was found in California and that he was roughly a year old. The first couple of days with the dog went well, and the dog seemed to be adjusting to us. My husband works out of province so when he left for work that’s when everything changed. Buster Bronx got very excitable and began barking non stop for hours, chasing at the cupboards, this went on for over a week. We couldn’t figure out what was making him bark and the dog later began chasing at us and nipping at us. Unfortunately with young children I couldn’t take the chance of having them bitten and we couldn’t keep the dog.
Adopting a rescue is a wonderful way to bring a dog into your family, especially with so many dogs in rescues that need homes. It is always important beforehand to do your research and if possible know the dogs temperament. Adopting a dog is a major decision and commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and while we knew this, sadly not all adoptions work out.
Some dogs need extra care or a different environment as you just don’t know what experiences they may have come from. Patience and love are key to helping your rescue dog adjust to their new home. Buster Bronx ended up in an amazing home without children, and we would later adopt a puppy.