During the latter part of August we took our first step in finding another dog to fill the void left by our beloved Westie: we visited the local dog kennel or canile. It’ll be easy, we both thought. Go in and pick one. There must lots of unwanted puppies in need of a home. Well that turned out to be absolutely not true when we spoke to the woman who took us around for a look at all of their ‘guests’.
She tells us, “We have no puppies here. All of our dogs come from the south (Italy). The kennels are so full there, that many are brought here to the north in hopes of finding homes for them. Most are also older dogs; we have a couple that I can show you, but they are at least 10 years old. If you are looking for puppies, it’s better to go to a private kennel.”
We were more than agreeable to visit the small and medium dogs, and as we stopped at each ‘box’ (I know it sounds horrible but that’s what they call the individual runs), the guide gave us a brief description of habits and personality. She also showed us the play area and at what hours the dogs are fed and let out to play.
When questioned about the adoption process, she informed us that if a family already has a dog, the kennel does a sort of introduction in a neutral area, like a park. This will determine if both dogs are compatible. Some kennels will also allow adoptions only from a certain distance or region in order for them to be able to check up on new adoptees to make sure all is well.
Since that visit I’ve been looking at everything Google throws at me but still haven’t found a male or female that meets the criteria: small, 5 years or younger, and okay with other dogs. That last part is a big deal since we have Mister B, and I completely understand why the kind people who care for homeless dogs are keen on finding the right furever home for them. In the above image, I fell inlove with Tom and Jerry even if they’re older and adoptions are open only to those living within 100 km of the kennel location. The page description says:
Born 2010, wirehaired dachshunds, small, male. No longer young but very lively; a house with a yard or garden is required. Not compatible with other dogs. ADOPTION ONLY AS A COUPLE.