is not necessarily what you are going to get.
just because oden is currently a super sweet, quiet, lay about dog..does not mean oden is going to stay that way. oden is currently a sick and starved, profoundly physically and emotionally neglected dog...in an overful animal shelter with a bunch of other dogs...he is keeping a low profile because he is overwhelmed....by everything.
oden is not that old..i would guess around 8..i know he has border collie in him, and i bet he has a good whopping dose of kelpie....and healthy, happy border collie/kelpies...are very busy!
oden is looking for the kind of home that not only fits him when he is frail and ill...he is also looking for the home that will fully meet his physical and emotional needs...when he is well. and that may very well mean...finding someone who enjoys jogging 3 miles a day, flyball or agility...or if he is super busy... maybe all three!
odie is another example..but on the other side of the fence. just cuz odie is a pain in the ass at saints does not mean he will be a pain in the ass in th right home for him. odie is a blind, young vibrant husky living with far too many other old and frail dogs. the fact that he can actually live in the main house with everyone else...speaks volumes about him with his blindness..he is not living in the mp room with the other blind and cannot handle the chaos dogs. odie's ability to live here blindly as well as he does..is pretty unique..this is an amazing dog and his potential in the right home is equally amazing.
in the right home with maybe one other large tolerant, younger/playful dog..odie will be great. he is fun, he is adventurous, he is loyal and affectionate...he has a ton of character..he will fill that home with joy and laughter. he one of those larger than life personalities who will bury himself in deeply, take over our hearts, and our lives will never be the same.
and that is where i come in...i match not only the current dog to his or her new family..i match the potential dog to his or her right family.
we humans have a tendency to fall in love with what we see...but what we are seeing is not always the real or forever thing. when i adopted june...i adopted a dog who would not come near me..now i have a dog who i sometimes seriously worry is going to break some part of me. i am almost too old for a 3 yr old, 120 pound, joyful oaf who throws herself into..on top of..full speed up against...my poor arthritic/osteoporotic body.
quite frankly..if i had been thinking clearly...esther is now more my speed.