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Our curious, adopted dog, Molly


The big question………

Should I buy or adopt a dog?

This is a common question and let me say firstly all dogs are great.  Making a decision to own this pup is like finding a best friend or a companion.  Do you want to know what is great about adopting a this cute pet? Here's my WHY!

They are:
-accept you with your faults (we are never perfect humans) 
-happy to find a great parent, in a non-abusive home, being a great friend

What's A. D. O.  P.  T.  about?

A.           Acceptable to a new home with patience and time
D.           Darling to have around
O.          Optimistic finding a great “parent, owner, friendly” place to call home
P.           People lovers. Treat them right being and they will love you forever
T.           True and faithful when they have the right surroundings

They deserve a second chance.  They all are great.  Don’t blame the animal for being bad — blame the owner.

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.  ~Author Unknown

Oh, the older dogs rock too. I’m only sharing my personal experiences.

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why.  ~Author Unknown

So that’s my version of adopt…..

From experience let me share why I adopt only and "save"……

-Save time from running around and many to select from
-Save money
-Save a life
-Save this wisdom from an expert of over 40 years. Never a bad adopted one — young or old–all great 

Your saved dollars can help dog rescues or shelters that always need financial assistance.  No kill shelters is always my goal.  However, I have adopted from kill shelters also saving dogs lives many times before I knew of no kill shelters. No regrets as I found great ones always.   Your money also can help orphan babies in addition to dogs.  See there is great powerful ways to help.  What a blessing to be a giver.  My friend, Bob Burg, wrote "The Go Giver!"   

Being a great owner may take some skills, but it can be learned.  Sticking around here I am glad to help.  But, being abusive by screaming, kicking or staring this "angel" is not the right way to learn to be great. It's just a wrong way.  Wrong is wrong, but wrong can turn to right if you change being educated. 

Have you considered feeding the dog healthy foods (see my post about What’s in Dog Food), petting, brushing, hugging the dog just like humans need to win your "friend?"

Would you consider natural dog gardening? Okay you don't have a plot of land or no backyard or patio?  I have ideas for these challenges.  Keep reading upcoming posts and hope they will turn you into a yes dog gardener.  Call it back to basics gardening for minimal cost too. 

If they get sick, there are even natural dog herbal remedies today to look to and save money using.

There are many great hounds waiting for a fabulous home. Is your home their next and last place?  Adopt only! You will see their eyes filled with joy. Make yourself happy and make a pup happy = a great friend and owner marriage forever!

Tip to save money feeding your dog:

Feeding a dog a healthy diet is easy and inexpensive. Do you have room to garden? Natural herbal remedies garden? Or how about fresh organic natural dog gardening?  How about lettuce for veggie gardening for her? Look for future blogs.

Can you please do me a big favor and leave a positive comment below? Thank you.

Wags from Molly, and mom

 Carol Giambri!

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jen March 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

THis is GREAT! I think when a person buys a dog they must also A.D.O.P.T. that dog too but why buy when there are so many dogs in shelters right now! Around 10,000 in Colorado alone…
And guess what – the dogs that sellers don’t sell end up in shelters too.
Anyway, Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

Carol Giambri March 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Jen, Thanks for your comment. I love adopting dogs as 40+ years doing so. Each rocked and never ended up back to their previous home. They reach me, they found a home forever. Let’s get this message out and bring people here so they can be further educated. It takes one to start a movement, can be me here, and many to spread the word. I also love holistic care, natural healing, natural herbs, essential oils, organic always best. With spring in the air, gardening time is around the corner. I have ideas for products including natural dog gardening, essential oils, books and more. Money can make a difference. It is powerful to include helping “orphan babies” as well as dogs. Share me with masses please. Love a dog MASSIVELY!

Anonymous March 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

Love this! Great information. I have been blessed both ways, buying and adopting…one thing is for sure, the unconditional love they give us is pure!

Carol Giambri March 2, 2011 at 2:11 am

Denny, Thanks so much for complimenting this information. My first dog I purchased over 40 years back, the rest shelters, paid their fees to help defray their costs. For sure they are all about “unconditional PURE lovers.” Love my girl, Molly!

Anonymous March 2, 2011 at 3:14 am

With all the love sitting waiting patiently at the shelters, how can people consider buying dogs? Especially with so many coming from puppy mills. (Don’t get me started …!)

Carol Giambri March 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

Sharon, I think people buy thinking they get cuter dogs or none with problems not realizing the great ones also are forced into shelters. I can surely say 40+ years of all greats from shelters have rocked! No returns–all fabulous!!! I agree about this puppy mills talk…yikes…lets stop here but educate peep is my goal–at least one…and products for sure for natural dog gardening….as fun for both of dogs/peep…. Have to do a play on words post soon for gardening talk.

Susan McKenzie March 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

What a beautiful article, Carol! Our animals come to us… dogs, horses, goats, cats… The only time I bought a dog was in college and he was the worst pet we ever had… all of our adopted pets have been the BEST! I totally agree with you on adoption – thank you for the great advice!

Carol Giambri March 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Susan, Thanks for sharing your comments. They are so valuable. There is nothing better than giving an animal a second chance. Been there so many wonderful times. Adopt rocks! They are truly the best and happiest of the “bunch” when they feel and see the love we have to give them. I bought my first dog out of someone breaking into apartment when hubby worked at nights, was a great dog, but still no need to do that again since many are waiting for a home and I choose to make it GREAT only. My dogs will always know they were/are loved. Thanks again for your time sharing.

Jill Taylor March 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Good article, Carol. It points to solutions on two sides: solving the problem of over-populated animal shelters, as well as an affordable opportunity for people to receive the unconditional love of these precious pets!

Claudia Looi March 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Carol, great food for thought to our family. Thanks

Victoria Gazeley March 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Your passion for the pooches shines, Carol. We’re thinking of adopting an older dog, and your advice is very helpful. Thanks!

Carol Giambri March 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Thanks Victoria for sweet comment. You will not be sorry for older dog. I got one that was either 8 or 9 that lived at the Hare Krishna temple. Lived long time after that. 17ish. What a gentle spirit. As a result my present dog is similar to that one in looks as on the net. Thanks for my passion shining for our wonderful “innocent” pooches. For sure ask away and if I can help you I am here for sure. I would go with homemade foods….it is so simple you will be shocked….Of course better including knowing what is in the “darn” food.

Cgiambri March 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Claudia, thank you!

Cgiambri March 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Jill, Thank you for sharing. I have never had a problem with one adopt dog in over 40 years. I can’t imagine I have the special touch for adopting, but believe all who care can do what I do and help shelters and dogs together. Talk about love. They massively give that!

james samy March 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thank you Carol for sharing how to save by adopting. Awesome!

rosemis March 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I am not sure how I was so blessed … but my last dog was a full Norwegian Elkhound that I adopted … she was amazing !! My best friend through thick and thin … and many times she helped me find the light switch in the dark :-)

Love this quote Carol … My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. It is just perfect …. Thank you for this wonderful article !!

xox Rose

Carol Giambri March 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Rose, Thanks so much for sharing your doggie with me. Guess what? I don’t know your dog, but I do know YOU. You really are “not” good, but GREAT! You devalued the way I see you or maybe you are just humble. I understand, but “great” is the “right” word. I personally know this via online presence and recently in person blessing. Honored to call you friend!!

Carol Giambri March 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

James, Thanks for commenting.

Elvie Look March 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Your heart speaks Carol – great post. I hope it reaches the bad owners who abuse their animals.

Carol Giambri March 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Elvie, Thanks and agree–abusive bad owners need education and perhaps a softened heart. They can have a stony heart out of “their own stuff” but still no excuse! My heart is for the dogs for sure.

Rachelle March 4, 2011 at 4:58 am

We adopted out now almost 12 year old Jack Russel, Blue Healer X. He is THE best dog on the planet, and we are so lucky to have him.

Carol Giambri March 4, 2011 at 5:39 am

Rachelle, Thanks tons for sharing. Your dog is blessed just as much as you are. I bet you are a great dog owner. I am so blessed to have my dog even though she was almost dead last year, she is fully herself at 11. Thanks for caring for your dog too. Some don’t know how to but you sound like you are seasoned as I am. Yeah for our lucky dogs.

Jeannette March 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Great info, Carol! Thanks for sharing

Donovan Grant March 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Carol. Your post paints a good picture for both ways of getting a dog. Most importantly, it expresses the warmth that owning a dog is really all about-

Sue Graber March 5, 2011 at 6:28 am

Carol, Love your post….your passion shines through always….Appreciate how you are educating all of us and have to admit dogs really do love unconditionally, just like HIM!

Carol Giambri March 5, 2011 at 7:00 am

Sue, thanks for your comment. Dogs are amazing and I can only keep sharing what I experienced. I am aiming to expand more into the doggie world of them eating better or for some differently and to have them partner up with their owner to choose a healthier route to a lifestyle that rocks. Just wanting to include more holistic living along the path including natural herbal care and treatments.

Carol Giambri March 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

Donovan, Thanks for your comment. Glad it painted a picture for you. Dogs give fuzzies hard to replace! They rock!

Carol Giambri March 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

Jeannette, Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.

Anonymous March 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Good post . I always donate to a non-kill shelter, however I am curious – do you think adopting from a no kill shelter is better than one that euthinazes?

Carol Giambri March 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Alisa, thanks for comment and question. Adoption rocks. I would say save a dog from a life on hold that may not have a chance and headed to their death sentence if not adopted. So although I know no kill shelters are great, and need support, I prefer to save them from the “death sentence.” Additionally, I think dog owners need to be educated on what abuse to an animal means. Dogs deserve lots of love as they give unconditional love out.

Anonymous May 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Looking forward to finding you natural dog feeding suggestions.  We buy some excellent quality dog food but it’s very expensive.  Would be nice to cut the cost but keep the quality

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