Hayley Fearnley

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We Got a New Dog! Adopt Don’t Shop

April 21, 2017

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Over Easter, I went home to visit my parents and my younger brother. When I arrived, my mum said “your brother has a surprise for you, look outside.” I went to look outside, confused as to what could possibly be outside other than a bike or a trampoline, which I’m pretty sure my 15 year old brother has the funds for neither of them. Upon looking, all I saw at first was a soft monkey toy torn apart with it’s limbs spread across the garden, then just below the window a dog started to appear!!

My brother mentioned they were getting a dog but my family made it sound like it was going to be a while till they got it as they were going through the RSPCA and had to choose a dog then fill in all the paper work and have them view their house etc etc, so this was a huge surprise and possibly the best surprise ever!

The dog they adopted is a Staffy cross breed. The RSPCA suspect he’s crossed with a spaniel although they’re not 100% sure. His name is Charlie and he was stuck in the RSPCA for a good few months, with no one wanting to adopt him. He didn’t cope well and got very stressed and had to be separated from the other dogs which is really sad, so I’m so glad my family gave him his forever home.

I feel staffies have a bad reputation and for that reason, it’s hard for them to get adopted. People choose the cute puppies and the golden retrievers that are known to be well behaved, despite the fact Charlie is one of the calmest and kindest dogs I’ve ever met! When my family went to choose a dog, the RSPCA said a Chug (Chihuahua x Pug) would be perfect for them but my brother knew that would get adopted pretty easily compared to Charlie.

Charlie does have to wear a muzzle when out on walks but this is as a precaution as he’s not used to other dogs and my parents suspect he wasn’t taken out much with his previous owners. It also doesn’t help he was separated from the other dogs in the kennel. Eventually he will have his muzzle taken off, but people often see it and straight away think he’s a vicious dog which he really isn’t, so please don’t judge a dog you don’t know. Most of the time, they’re so kind hearted and the owners know how to control them. You and your dog will be safe so there’s no need to pick your Chihuahua up when passing us okay!?

Another point of this post is to draw attention to the process of adopting a dog. There are so many dogs up for adoption that will cost you way less than buying a dog from a breeder, yet so many people still insist on buying a dog. Buying a dog often means that the mother isn’t treated well, and she has her babies taken away from her. All too often, she is impregnated when she isn’t fully recovered from her last birth and is used for profit, rather than being given a wonderful life. Adopting lessens the demand and helps all those dogs who are forced to have babies so their owner can make some cash, and it also means there’s less chance dogs will be put down due to an overrun kennel.

Please, if you do consider getting a dog, make sure you look into adoption as there’s so many dogs out there waiting for loving owners!

Popular choices for adopting a dog are:

Dogs TrustΒ 

Blue Cross for Pets



Jerry Green

Do you have any pets, and have you adopted any or looking to get a pet soon? I’d love to know in the comments!

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  1. What a beautiful boy! I’ve had Staffies/staffie x’s most of my life and they’re the silliest babies ever, they’re full of so much love and they’re definitely my favourite breed. Take care of each other!

    Bre xo

  2. Oh Charlie is absolutely beautiful and your family definitely made the best choice! Many people on my Facebook were shocked to discover that Retrievers actually attack more people that Staffies! They are wonderful dogs with lovely temperaments, the same with all dogs it’s all nurture and how they are raised! πŸ’“

    1. I’m so glad they adopted him πŸ’• I can imagine! Retrievers are the dog everyone seems to think are all smiles and calm, and staffies the complete opposite but every staffy I’ve met has been a bundle of joy! Definitely all in how they’re raised πŸ’–

  3. I totally agree with adopting, I personally brought my current kitten but he was born from a cat one of my family members own in future though I’ll be adopting because there are so many animals that need homes! X

    1. We bought a puppy from a family member a while back, and I feel like it was fine because we knew him and that his dog doesn’t get pregnant often, this was like a one off and he’s so kind to it! Other than that, I definitely prefer adoption! x

  4. I love this I love this I love this!!! My family and family friends have always adopted when getting dogs and have always ended up getting the ‘least likely’ one. I also used to walk dogs for the RSPCA and I think its SO important to not only promote adopting but to de-stigmatise the use of muzzles! You guys are doing a great job, and kudos to your brother for picking the staffy!

    Lisa | http://www.abadvegan.co.uk

    1. Thank you so much!! I feel like the least likely one always ends up being amazing, I love it when people take a chance on the least popular pets because they’re just as great as all the others πŸ’• Walking dogs for the RSPCA sounds lovely, I’m so jealous! The use of muzzles always scares people as if the dog is harmful but a lot of the time, they’re the opposite! We just have to use one because Charlie isn’t used to being around other dogs, but once he’s been out more he won’t have one! Thank you so much, and I’m so thankful my brother picked him! x

  5. Love this Hayley. I agree completely that everyone should adopt. Every animal deserves a loving home. Another rescue I would like to add is manytearsrescue.org which is where we adopted our dog x

    1. Thank you, they definitely do, they’re all so kind and loving and deserve the same back. That sounds great, will add that to the list, thank you 😊 x

  6. Such a valuable post and very informative when it comes to getting a dog! I adopted both my two and always try to encourage other people to do the same, it makes my stomach churn thinking about puppy farms πŸ™ Charlie is gorgeous and has such beautiful colouring! He looks very happy and settled with your family :’) x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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