Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy 2nd Anniversary Odin...
Yes today is Valentine's Day and all the lovely mushy mush that comes with it, but what you don't know is that today is Odin's two year anniversary with our little family. On a frigid cold weekend two years ago, the Boy, Luna and I drove up to New Hampshire to meet/ rescue this little pipsqueak. Our lives have changed for the better since that day. Odin's crazy story, which matches his character, is below...
Odin came from a breeder who has the reputation for breeding great dogs, but sadly for Odin she is completely indiscriminate with who she sells them to.** Odin was sold to a man who named him DIESEL and kept him tied to a tree as a puppy in his yard (wtf is wrong with people?). Neighbors noticed the guy hadn't been around in a few days, so investigated. He had been arrested for being a drug dealer and Odin (then Diesel) was taken to the local shelter where he was named WAFFLES (I guess because he is a Belgian Malinois). From there he was taken into an awesome foster home by American Belgian Malinois Rescue and named RODEN after Rodenbach Brewery. That is where we come in!
We rescued Odin when he was about 10 months old and boy was he a wild child, but overall considering all that he has been through, he has the absolute best temperament. He is a completely goofball with a joy for life that is infectious and can get anybody to play with him. He is also a complete mama's boy and very protective so don't mess with me. I love my goofball goober and can't wait to eventually get him a sister to wrestle with!
I have nothing against purebred dogs (Odin is a purebred Belgian Malinois) or against buying dogs from breeders. I think if you have very specific requirements a respected/ responsible breeder can sometimes be the best place to go. However, I would ask/ advise that you first check out your local shelter or google to see if there is a breed rescue associated with the breed you are interested in. You'd be surprised how many purebred dogs are abandoned or given away. Have you ever rescued a dog and fallen completely in love?
**A responsible breeder should be screening you to ensure that you truly are the best home for the puppy and even if your lifestyle fits the needs of the breed. See AKC's website for more information and for potential rescue groups.