[quote=“XinBiDe”] I have also been advised to take people on these forums with a grain of salt because many are very eager to bait people into adopting adult dogs no one else wants. [/quote]My good sir, I believe you have been ill advised. Just this week, someone wanted to adopt a Bulldog from us, and I refused. I told the person to foster for a while and see how it would work out. Crap, I will post my email to this person to show it to you:
[quote=“In an email, marboulette”] Personally, I would prefer to take it one step at the time. How about you foster Jello for a while and see how you guys get along? I think that from there you would be in a much better position to consider adopting him permanently. We want what is best for Jello, and I think you would care for him really well, but maybe he will not behave in a way that you will find him loveable. Like I told you, he’s a difficult case to train and he has not been trained well at all in the past. He has some catching up to do and he needs someone that can be very patient, understanding and maybe a little experienced. I think you can be that person and we’d be happy to let you give him a try and go from there.
What do you think?[/quote]
This to say that while you think we are belittling you, I think you need to read the responses you have received in a different light.
[quote]I also know that adopting an adult stray is a bit of a gamble as sometimes all you can do is guess at its age.[/quote]Yes, it’s hard to tell their age. The only indication is their teeth, and depending on what they ate prior to being rescued, it’s very hard to tell, and I’m sure anyone on these boards who have adult strays for adoption would concur. No baiting, no tricks, no lies.
[quote]I’ve experienced hostile dogs in the streets of Danshui and don’t think I’d be comfortable adopting those particular dogs.[/quote]If a dog has behavioral problems, the regulars on this board would not hide that. :s
[quote]I’ve also seen very sweet strays, but they’re largely untrained and at an age that is difficult to train.[/quote]Again, if the regular posters told you that a dog is trained to do certain things, it would be true.
[quote] I think taking in a puppy is a much safer option given my knowledge and circumstances.[/quote]And that is where you are misguided. This is not intended to belittle you. It’s a fact. Look it up online and you will find that most humane societies, and anyone experience with dog adoption will tell you that adopting an adult dog is a better option for inexperienced folks because you know what you are getting. It’s really that simple.
[quote] I came here for help, not to be belittled by lectures and suspicion.[/quote]No one belittled you. Your comments about fearing being baited into adopting troubles dogs are, OTOH, not very nice since we are just telling you the truth, and trying to make you understand very basic principles regarding adopting puppies versus adult dogs that anyone experienced would know. In other words, I’m trying to help you make a well informed decision. You’re very welcome. :s
[quote]You people need to realize that some people aren’t just thoughtless jerks.[/quote]No one said anything like that. You think puppies are better, and please trust me… PLEASE… You could not be further away from the truth. Look it up instead of taking this so personally.
[quote]I know you’re probably jaded because of your experience with strays, but I will not contribute to that problem.[/quote]Again, you’re the one making questionable remarks, here. No one is jaded. Just trying to point you in the right direction, mate. Puppies are like flipping a coin if you are not well versed in training one, while some adult dogs are just wonderful and you know they are before you even take them home. But I’ll be honest with you, I am jaded having to deal with people who just don’t get it, and who react the way you have.