. . . Adopting a Rescue
If you read yesterday’s Weekly Wrap, then you’ll understand why this is so much on my mind.
I put a lot of thought into choosing my halfs. I do some research — reading the race Website, checking out any reviews I can find. And I have come to learn that you have to read between the lines.
Gently rolling hills
Expect wicked steep hills, most likely at mile 11 or 12 (or both) for halfs.
Sparse spectator support
Expect some people at the beginning and the end of the race, but be prepared for long periods of running all by your lonesome.
If you’re a slower runner like me, don’t expect that there will be the promised goodies at the finish line. Or water at water stops. Or even medals sometimes!
It can be a tricky business, choosing a race.
It can be even trickier adopting a rescue dog
Don’t get me wrong: I feel very strongly about adopting rescue dogs, and this experience hasn’t soured me on that. Too many wonderful dogs are euthanized because there is just no home for them. Have your heart set on a purebred dog? You’d be surprised at the number of purebreds in shelters.
But you do have to read between the lines in rescue site posts, too, or when you’re talking with an owner. Please learn from our mistakes!
Here are a few of the things we were told:
But he got along great with my dog & cats.
My guess is it’s true. My guess is the other animals in her home didn’t push his buttons and learned how to avoid him or let him have his way. Or weren’t in his face all the time; Lola and Gizmo tend to be near me a lot, and they see no reason to avoid him — even though Lola seemed nervous around him sometimes, and indeed, threw up a couple of times early in the morning — I think sleeping in the same bed with him, which we allowed at first, made her nervous.
My husband just wanted to give him to a shelter.
This should have rung a warning bell for me. The woman was in the middle of a divorce, so I just thought the husband didn’t care about animals. My suspicion is that Bandit displayed guarding behavior with the husband. He’d make a great guard dog.
He’s slow to warm up to people, especially men.
There’s a huge difference between slow to warm up and attacking a female vet.
He can be nippy with strangers, especially the ones who are fearful.
Again, a huge difference between “nippy” and a dog that attacks. If I hadn’t worked so hard training Lola and Chester, I could easily have seen them becoming like this.
The other potential adopters I talked with were really bad. He likes you.
You people are suckers. And, I guess, we were.
You learn something from every experience
I learned that I really liked the vets we met with. I’ve learned that we will never, ever, ever, ever do a private adoption again (yes, Taylor, I’m channeling you).
I’ve learned in hot races I need to carry at least some water with me, because I can’t count on water at water stops. I’ve learned that RDs love to put hills at the end. I’ve learned that sometimes the promised food will be available to me at the finish — and sometimes it won’t.
Talk to me in the comments. Please don’t judge (even though I’m pretty sure you won’t) — I’m getting enough of that already. Anyone who truly knows me knows that I go way above and beyond for my furkids.
What have you learned about choosing races?
What phrases on race Websites have you learned to interpret?
Are your runs suffering due to the heat?