Getting a Challenging Pet
One of the finest things that a pet owner can do is to accept the responsibility for a challenging animal. For instance, if you really want to get a dog and you don’t already have any other pets, you may find that being a “one dog” household is a unique opportunity. You can also find all kinds of cat shelters that are full of kitties with fatal diseases that are highly contagious to other cats, but which are safe around humans and which may not even shorten the cat’s life at all.
We’ll call them special animals, but most veterinarians would say that they are challenging animals.
The Special Animals
Why would we make the distinction? Understand that calling an animal a challenge can make it sound a bit negative. Just because a dog has once bitten someone or a cat has acted erratically, it does not mean that they are a “bad” animal or should even be viewed as any sort of real challenge. Instead, it is the kindly pet owners of the world who look at these special creatures in terms of what they have been through and why they acted as they did in the moments where they earned a bad reputation.
Each year there are thousands of dogs destroyed because they have some personality flaws that put them into a special category in terms of their behavior. For example, a dog may have been raised in an unhealthy environment such as an abusive home, an overcrowded puppy farm or even in the hands of someone who used dogs for illegal fighting.
It is not the dog who is the problem here, and it will take a bit of patience and efforts to help this dog “turn around” and understand how to behave with people and other animals. There may never be a time when this sort of dog can live with cats or children, but there are plenty of homes where these are not issues of concern.
There are plenty of educational and training opportunities for people willing to work with such dogs, and this means that almost anyone with the time and desire to do so can find all kinds of help and support.
Now, it is not common to find cats that are going to put you at risk in terms of their biting or attacking, but there are many cats with behavioral issues that some would say make them less desirable.
There are also plenty of owner’s training courses for anyone interested in rescuing a special cat. Plus, there are also all of the thousands of “older” cats that people don’t want because they would prefer kittens instead.
Though it takes a lot more effort and preparation where the adoption of a special animal is concerned, it is always worth the effort. You are saving the life of an animal that has done nothing wrong but is the victim of its own sorry circumstances. There are thousands of resources available for these special cases, and most people involved are more than happy to give all of the support necessary to help you and the pet to adjust.