So, you want to adopt a dog. Love is all it takes, right? Uh, uh. Let’s be realistic. Just like humans, dogs come with a host of minor and major health issues which translates to a need for money. Leaving a dog in pain or discomfort is not an option. In addition to yearly vet visits, potential adopters must factor in the cost of vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, occasional dentals (extractions) and more. Then, there are the unforeseen issues; most families who bring home a puppy don’t expect any serious health concerns. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
Meet Baily, an 11-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog, who was reluctantly surrendered by her family. They are a large family – including an infant – who misjudged the work involved with raising a puppy (who soon becomes an adolescent!). Hats off to them for admitting they made a mistake and rather than just passing her on to another family or trying to sell her on Kijiji, they found a rescue to help them out.
Before your heartstrings get tugged too tight and you make the leap into filling out an application because a Bernese is your “dream dog”, there are many important issues to consider. Baily has hip dysplasia; however, she does not require surgery at this time. She will be getting cartrophen injections ($100/each) which will go from weekly to monthly in after the first month. If she stays at her optimal weight and gets regular daily exercise to strengthen her muscles, she can have a long and comfortable life.
Baily is a shy and anxious dog who takes a while to come out of her shell. Much as she has lived with small children, her size and lack of training is simply too much for them. She will knock them over. Baily gets along well with dogs and another well-balanced canine would be great for her. She would benefit from obedience training; it would go a long way in boosting her confidence.
Animatch is in search of an experienced family with older respectful children. Baily deserves a family who will commit to her for the rest of her life. Are you looking to add a little energy to your family? Please consider adopting Baily; she is ready to start her next chapter.
Please note that due the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to all applicants and ONLY those being considered will be contacted. We thank you for your understanding. The adoption application link is posted below and the adoption process is outlined on the website. Animatch asks that you read the Adoptee’s bio in its entirety before applying to ensure you meet the requirements for the dog.