Dec 2 2010

Bonded Pairs

 

Huan Huan & Happy want to be together forever! Watch their video on Youtube.

At Wayside Waifs we see our fair share of sad situations. A puppy mill dog that we receive that has never been shown love, a puppy abandoned in a parking lot, or even a puppy who has never been shown love AND was abandoned in a parking lot. Some of the more heartbreaking cases are when two dogs, or two cats, get brought in together, have to go home together, and sit waiting in the shelter for weeks or months because people are afraid to take on two animals. And in most cases, it’s two older animals, which makes people uneasy as well. What most people don’t know is that bringing home two bonded pets is not half as much work as it is imagined to be! The pro’s of adopting a pair outweighs the cons by far.

When two animals bond to one another they tend to adjust to new situations better. For a puppy or kitten that has just been separated from their siblings, moving in to a new environment can be extremely scary and lonely. For an adult dog or cat, moving in to a new environment can be just as stressful- especially if they have been in a shelter environment for a long period of time, or if they are naturally on the shy/skittish side. When you bring home a bonded pair they have one another to cling to if they get scared. They have someone to sleep with, someone to explore with and someone to go through the change with. It can be less intimidating and they tend to adjust to the environment quicker.

Owners of bonded pairs also find that a duo is usually less demanding. Since bonded pairs have each other, they don’t rely as much on their owners for constant play and attention. Don’t read that wrong, bonded pairs want just as much love and affection from their owners as a single pet- but when it comes to boredom, they have one another to supply the activity. Also, since the pair can play and interact with one another, the probability of destruction in the house drops too.

Most bonded pairs tend to be older, and have lived together for years so they usually have some training under their belt already! You won’t have to go through the dos and don’ts of puppy hood and you won’t have to go through the scratched up furniture of kitten play. Studies also show that bonded pairs who stick together actually live longer and healthier lives. Love makes the heart younger and bonded duos are the perfect example of that. Some people don’t understand why duo’s can’t be separated, but the fact of the matter is that animals will become physically and emotionally ill if they are separated from their long term partner in crime.

When you adopt a bonded pair you are doing two wonderful things: you are giving two (typically older) homeless pets a loving home, and you are also saving them from being separated. They say rescued pets know they’ve been rescued; can you imagine having two pets who know you saved them?! Imagine all that love; double time!

So if you see an animal and think “Oh goodness, they would just be perfect!” and then find yourself changing your tune when you realize they have to go home with the other animal in their kennel, rethink. You obviously want to make sure you have the environment and space for two animals but it’s not as difficult as you may think. Don’t cast duos aside just because it’s double the animal. Realize the wonderful relationship those two animals have and honor it. You’ll receive double sloppy kisses, double sleeping buddies, and double the love; how can you go wrong?

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs


Jun 22 2010

Bronco Loves Tail Waggin’ Fun!

HI!  I'm Bronco!

HI! I'm Bronco!

One year old, fun loving, energetic, housebroken, super sweet, super friendly, did I say full of energy (oh I did!) goofball of a guy – who loves everybody and everything – that’s me, Bronco.  I was brought to Wayside originally because a Good Samaritan found me wandering around all alone in her neighborhood, and she took me in. According to her, I was playful, loving and affectionate.  I love a lap to sit in, too – do you have one just for me?  She said I played well in her house with her other dogs, and she said that I only had a couple of accidents while there.  She said besides being so loving and so friendly, she wanted to call attention to how good looking I am! 

My perfect home would include a family that loves some activity and has time to spend with me. I have a perfect sit, look and down, and I am currently working on stay and come.  I’ve also been learning the ZEN game – ask a volunteer or an adoption counselor to show you.  At the off leash park, I love the baby pool, and my volunteer friends let me bob for hot dogs.  I am so eager to please; I’ll learn anything you take the time to teach me.  Honestly, I am still a big ole pup that needs exercise, some training, and a whole lotta love. I’d be willing to jog or run with you, or go to the off leash park, and take a longer walk or two because I have energy that I need to expend.  Hey, a daily game of fetch would be absolutely awesome, too – I’m good at it! 

Once I do get my exercise though, I am such a relaxed boy.  I love people (cuddling is a favorite pastime of mine) and other dogs (I play really nicely with other doggies at the off leash park!), and well, lying close to you with you petting and talking to me, it is like a little slice of heaven for me.  I spent a couple of hours outside recently with a volunteer, and I was just as cool as a cucumber, my belly in the grass, just watchin’ the world roll by.  My volunteer friends say they love my goofy looks, my sweetness, my enthusiasm for life, my frog legs when I’m lying in the grass, and the big ole smile I have on my face all the time! 

Please, if you are thinking about getting a dog, think about taking me home with you.  This shelter is just no place for a guy like me.  I’ve got a super abundance of love and devotion to give to you, and I can’t do that while I’m here, can I?  If you adopt me, I’ll be there always to make you laugh, and I’ll be your shoulder to lean on when you are sad.  That’s what best friends are for, right?  

I don’t have many visitors to the shelter ask to meet me.   I hear people ooh and ahh over some of the other dogs and how gorgeous they are.  I am too, darn it – many of the volunteers say I am dashingly handsome!  Plus, you won’t meet a sweeter guy at the shelter.  Please, come out, meet me and take me home with you, ok?   I will wait as patiently as possible for you to come for me.   You can check out my video online

Love from your soon to be…
New Best Friend,
Bronco


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