Considerations Before Adopting a Pet
There are many factors to consider before adopting a pet. Your lifestyle, personality, financial and housing situations are just a few. Before you begin the process of adopting a pet ask yourself these questions.
- Why do I want a pet?
- Do I have time for a pet?
- Does my living situation stable and suitable for a pet?
- Do I have the means to care for the pet properly?
- Can I commit myself to a pet for the rest of his/her life?
- Can I cope with the changes a pet will bring to my lifestyle?
- Are the others in my life ready to accept a pet into the family?
- Am I prepared for the transition period every pet goes through from one home to another?
Considerations Before Adopting a Dogue de Bordeaux
Before you begin the process of adopting a Dogue de Bordeaux the following must be considered.
- Many of our rescues come from shelters, abuse or neglect situations and most of them have some sort of emotional issue or health problem. Some issues may be resolved but most will not.
- Dogues need premium food, appropriate supplements and at least $500 a year in routine vet care, vaccinations and heart worm prevention. When things go wrong with big dogs, vet bills are even bigger. A “typical” knee surgery (TPLO/TTA) on a dog (all breeds) is $3500 and when a dog blows one knee, the other usually happens soon after. This is the most common injury in large/giant breed dogs.
- A rescue Dogue de Bordeaux can not be expected to get along with all of your neighbors and all of their children and all of the other animals in your neighborhood or dog park, your expectations are unreasonable.
- Most of the Dogue de Bordeaux that come thru rescue do not look like a polished show dog, some are from puppy mills, most are from back yard breeders, but we love them just the same even though they may not look like that show dog in the calendar or magazine.
Additional Considerations Before Applying
Before you begin the process of adopting a pet ask yourself these questions.
- It is not a first come first serve application or process, We take great care in matching our Dogue to prospective homes that will fit each Dogue. We want the adoptive home to be the “forever” home for our rescues, they need to fit within the home and lifestyle of the family.
- All our rescues are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and micro chipped before being placed.
- We do NOT ship or fly rescues or transport across country as it’s too stressful on them, they should be within a reasonable driving distance to you. If you are in the east and a dog you want is in the west, please, think of the safety and health of the dog first. This breed is known to “bloat” when stressed, we will not risk the health/life of a rescue.
- We typically do not place Dogue de Bordeaux’s into homes with small children (under age of seven) unless we know that a specific dog is good with children.
- Our application process is very detailed. We will call your vet, all your references and conduct a phone interview with you as well as visit you in your home before your application can be approved. This process can take weeks.
- We do not place male Dogue de Bordeaus’s in homes with other male dogs as the breed can be same sex aggressive (not all are, but most are).
- We prefer that our dogs go to homes with securely fenced yards. Whether you live in the city or in the country, no dog can be safely left to run “free” without your direct supervision and control. The price of such “freedom” is inevitably injury or death: from automobiles, from Animal Control, or from justifiably irate neighbors. An unfenced Dogue de Bordeaux will be destined for disaster. If your yard is not fenced, we require the dog to be on lead at all times