Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Rescued Komondor
10) In a Word--Housebroken.
With most family members gone during the work week for 8 hours or more, housetraining a puppy and its small bladder can take awhile. Puppies need a consistent schedule with frequent opportunities to eliminate where you want them to. They can't wait for the boss to finish his meeting or the kids to come home from after school activities. An adult dog can "hold it" much more reliably for longer time periods, and usually they are housebroken before he is adopted.
9) Intact Underwear.
With a chewy puppy, you can count on at least 10 mismatched pairs of socks and a variety of unmentionables rendered to the "rag bag" before he cuts every tooth. And don't even think about shoes! Also, you can expect holes in your carpet (along with the urine stains), pages missing from books, stuffing exposed from couches, and at least one dead remote control. No matter how well you watch them, it will happen--this is a puppy's job! An adult dog can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.
8) A Good Night's Sleep.
Forget the alarm clocks and hot water bottles, a puppy can be very demanding at 2am and 4am and 6am. He misses his littermates, and that stuffed animal will not make a puppy pile with him. If you have children, you've been there and done that. How about a little peace and quiet? How about a rescue dog?
7) Finish the Newspaper.
With a puppy running amok in your house, do you think you will be able to relax when you get home from work? Do you think your kids will really feed him, clean up the messes, take him for a walk in the pouring rain every hour to get him housetrained? With an adult dog, it will only be the kids running amok, because your dog will be sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet him.
6) Easier Vet Trips.
Those puppies need their series of puppy shots and fecals, then their rabies shot, then a trip to be altered, maybe an emergency trip or two if they've chewed something dangerous. Those puppy visits can add up (on top of what you paid for the dog!). Your donation to the rescue when adopting an adult dog should get you a dog with all shots current, already altered, heartworm negative and on preventative at the minimum.
5) What You See Is What You Get.
How big will that puppy be? What kind of temperament will he have? Will he be easily trained? Will his personality be what you were hoping for? How active will he be? When adopting an adult dog from a rescue, all of those questions are easily answered. You can pick large or small; active or couch potato; goofy or brilliant; sweet or sassy. Our rescue and foster homes can guide you to pick the right match. (Rescues are full of puppies who became the wrong match as they got older!)
4) Unscarred Children (and Adults).
When the puppy isn't teething on your possessions, he will be teething on your children and yourself. Rescues routinely get calls from panicked parents who are sure their dog is biting the children. Since biting implies hostile intent and would be a consideration whether to accept a "give-up", Rescue Groups ask questions and usually find out the dog is being nippy. Parents are often too emotional to see the difference; but a growing puppy is going to put everything from food to clothes to hands in their mouths, and as they get older and bigger it definitely hurts (and will get worse, if they aren't being corrected properly.) Most adult dogs have "been there, done that, moved on."
3) Matchmaker Make Me A Match.
Puppy love is often no more than an attachment to a look or a color. It is not much of a basis on which to make a decision that will hopefully last 10+ years. While that puppy may have been the cutest of the litter; he may grow up to be super active (when what you wanted was a couch buddy); she may be a couch princess (when what you wanted was a tireless hiking companion); he may want to spend every waking moment in the water (while you're a landlubber); or she may want to be an only child (while you are intending to have kids or more animals). Pet mis-matches are one of the top reasons Rescues get "give-up" phone calls. Good rescues do extensive evaluating of both their dogs and their applicants to be sure that both dog and family will be happy with each other until death do them part.
2) Instant Companion.
With an adult dog, you automatically have a buddy that can go everywhere and do everything with you NOW. There's no waiting for a puppy to grow up (and then hope he will like to do what you enjoy.) You will have been able to select the most compatible dog: one that travels well; one that loves to play with your friends' dogs; one with excellent house manners that you can take to your parents' new home with the new carpet and the new couch. You can come home after a long day's work and spend your time on a relaxing walk, ride or swim with your new best friend (rather than cleaning up after a small puppy.)
1) Bond--Rescue Dog Bond.
Dogs who have been uprooted from their happy homes or have not had the best start in life are more likely to bond very completely and deeply with their new people. Those who have lost their families through death, divorce or lifestyle change go through a terrible mourning process. But, once attached to a new loving family, they seem to want to please as much as possible to make sure they are never homeless again. Those dogs that are just learning about the good life and good people seem to bond even deeper. They know what life on the streets, life on the end of a chain, or worse is all about, and they revel and blossom in a nurturing, loving environment. Most rescues make exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.
This article has been modified from it's original format. The original article was written by Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. Permission has been granted to freely reprint and distribute this document as long as LRR, Inc at http://www.lrr.org is credited.
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There are several Komondors that need homes throughout the United States. Many of these dogs have lost their homes through no fault of their own and their breeder cannot be located.** Insert "komondor" in breed at the bottom of the scroller and search throughout the United States for a list of Komondors that need a home.
(I included dogs at my local shelter)
** All the breeders on the Komondor Club of America's breeder's list feel a responsibility towards the dogs they have bred and will always take their dogs back. This is why it is so important to buy from a responsible breeder. The Komondors listed were ALL bred by breeders that will not take responsibility for what has happened to their dogs.
As we could not send him back to his breeder, Cash shown above, did not come to live with us until he was 15 months old. He has proven to be a wonderful pet and companion. I cannot imagine not having him here at Kevilyn's and am so thankful I agreed to foster him!
Support your local Shelter not HSUS
- The Humane Society of the United States, commonly referred to as HSUS, is not affiliated with your local animal shelter.
- HSUS is not an organization that runs animal spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected and abused pets.
- HSUS IS one of the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth
- The majority of funds donated to HSUS are used to pay high salaries. Less than 5% of money donated to HSUS actually help animals in need!!!!
- Your Local Shelter and Rescue Organizations directly care for animals.
YOU can make a DIFFERENCE in that CARE!
The Komondor Club of America and The Middle Atlantic States Komondor Club
also maintains a list of Komondors that are currently being fostered
Cash today at eight years old.....Still here!!
Cord was a Komondor Kevilyn's found chained to a tree. Together, with his breeder, we purchased him and Kevilyn's fostered him until a permanent home could be found. He was a wonderful dog.
All dogs deserve a good home. A rescue/shelter dog needs just one!!!!
If you don't rescue, don't breed!
Give a Komondor a second chance!!!
Kevilyn's Komondors are dedicated to promoting Rescue and Responsible Dog Ownership!!
Kevilyn's Blizzard Blowing spreading the word
at York County Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Kevilyn's Blizzard Blowing at the Piedmont
Kennel Club Booth promoting Responsible
Every hard working Breed Ambassador
deserves a good bellyrub
Kevilyn's Blizzard Blowing shares his home with the Henderson family of Rock Hill, SC
Photograph used with permission
Photograph used with permission
Photograph used with permission
Meadow View Rolling Stone at Kevilyn
"Paws for a Cause"
Kevilyn's own Higgins (with Scott) raising money for his less fortunate comrades at the Sumter SPCA
Higgins at the "Mutt Strut"
This page was last updated: May 5, 2014
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....on the day I was to deliver him to his third home, an hour into the trip I made a U turn as I looked at him in the backseat I realized he was already in his forever home.
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