Shelters and rescue organizations walk a fine line.
They present dogs needing homes in a positive light. But they don’t want to mislead prospective adopters about the dog’s real characteristics.
What adoptive dog descriptions really mean
If you’re considering adopting a dog, here’s what to expect from the following descriptions:
A great running partner
Plan on running the Badwater Ultramarathon with your dog every day or face the destruction of your home.
Shy at first but friendly once she gets to know you
The only time you’ll see your dog is during your semi-annual extinction of dust bunnies under the bed.
Has a curious nose
Expect to bolt the trash can to the wall and chain the lid down. It’s the only way you’ll keep your garbagey treasures away from that nose.
Is food motivated
You’ll have no need to put a napkin on your lap when you sit down to dine. That place of honor will be taken by your new pup.
Loves to play
You’d better have good health insurance. You’ll need it for the rotator cuff surgery required to repair your body after playing endless games of fetch.
Soft and fuzzy
You’ll need a weed whacker to clear a path to the front door through all the dog hair.
Get used to having a 90 pound lap dog. Hopefully you’re not too attached to blood circulating through your legs.
Will be your best friend forever
Will be your best friend forever.