ABOUT WHIPPET RESCUE
WHAT RESCUE IS NOT:
FREE. Taking care of any dog takes money. The person or group
who takes in a rescue dog may spend plenty on veterinary bills, feed, training
and perhaps boarding. Most likely, you will be asked to cover some of that cost.
Not so they make money, or even break even, but so there is enough for the next
dog that needs rescue.
EASY. The dog that has been rescued has been through a lot. It
may have been neglected or abused, or it may have lost an owner it cared a lot
about. In either case, it will take a lot of patience. Dogs are very much creatures
of habit and routine. It will take time for your new friend to get used to your
YOUNG. Puppies are rarely available through rescue. Some people
are ready to get rid of a dog when they have had it a year or so if they have
not spent the time necessary to train it. Some people have tried, but just don't
have the talent for dealing with the dog. Some dogs are available because their
owner's life has change. They got sick, lost their job and had to move in with
relatives or whatever. Some of these older dogs may have their own health problems.
ALWAYS AVAILABLE. In some breeds, there are many pups born every
year, and second hand dogs are plentiful. In other breeds, there are few pups
born and breeders tend to take care of their own. In those breeds, you may have
wait a while for a dog, maybe even a year or two.
A WAY TO GET INTO BREEDING. Rescue dogs are generally spayed or
neutered. They are not available to someone looking for a bitch to breed. People
who love a breed enough to rescue them know that the only excuse having a litter
is to better the breed; not to make more puppies of indifferent quality that
can end up needing rescue themselves.
In order to better the breed, someone must commit themselves to
study and hard work and use only the best dogs in the breed to make the next
generation. That is what dog shows and lure coursing trials are for: to determine
the best dogs for breeding.
HELPING A RESCUE DOG IS A SOURCE OF SATISFACTION FOR THE OWNER.
A RESCUE WHIPPET WILL BE A LOVING COMPANION ALL ITS DAYS.
Thank you for your interest in this charming breed.