For some reason, this current litter is not flying off the shelves like litters past.
It could be the time of year or the fact that OPH has a slew of cute adoptable puppies on the site right now, but I’m thinking it might be their label.
SIDEBAR: I hate labels. They are restrictive and offensive and many, many times plain wrong. They conjure up assumptions which inevitably lead to judgment and disappointment. I am not just talking about dogs here.
The fabulous adoption coordinator for this litter, Kassie, messaged me after several interviews to tell me that “People want them to be bigger than they are.”
ANOTHER SIDEBAR: Adoption Coordinators (ACs) are the fabulous volunteers who do final interviews and match adopters up with dogs. They are critical to OPH’s ability to save dogs. Without them we would not be able to save nearly as many or process adoptions nearly as fast. AND we need more AC’s. So, if you’ve ever wondered how you can help save dogs from the comfort of your home (and computer and phone), HERE IT IS! Find out more here.
And why would people want my adorably perfect little puppies to be bigger than they are?
Because they are labeled ‘Labrador retrievers’.
How did this happen?
They are labeled Labrador retrievers because the vet that gave Dixieland her health certificate labeled her a Labrador retriever.
You can see why – right?
Maybe a different angle will make it more clear—
Totally lab, right?
And why would a veterinarian label Dixie a Labrador retriever?
To help her out and make her more ‘adoptable.’
Her surrender papers say ‘coonhound’ and for whatever reason, many people don’t choose to adopt coonhounds, so with one stroke of a pen—wallah!—much more adoptable.
And I get that—both why the vet labeled her lab and why people don’t choose coonhounds. But neither label is helpful and neither is likely correct.
Here’s what I wish: That all dogs with unknown heritage who find themselves in need of a rescue, could be labeled, “American Shelter Dog.” Let’s stop trying to figure out what they are and talk about what they could be—the perfect dog for your family.
All the guessing and rationalizing designated breeds doesn’t help and can potentially hurt.
So, for the record, here’s what the Songs of the South puppies are:
Beautiful American Shelter Dog puppies with gorgeous colors and markings and medium length fur, who have fun, friendly dispositions and will likely grow to be about 20-30 pounds. With excellent care, diligent training, and plenty of love, they will grow up to be amazing dogs.
See for yourself:
If you’d like to apply to adopt one of these gorgeous American Shelter Dog puppies, click here!
If you’d like to see them in action, watch for a LIVE Facebook video of their lunchtime adventures somewhere around 12:30-1pm on the Another Good Dog facebook group.
It’s rare that we know the father involved, but I recently heard from the rescue coordinator in Scott County, who told me they picked up this handsome fella at the same home that Dixieland came from. He’s guessing this is Dixieland’s baby-daddy. (Does this little guy look like anybody we know?)
Thanks for reading!
If you’d like to know more about the book, Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs, check AnotherGoodDog.org, where you can find more pictures of the dogs from the book (and some of their happily-ever-after stories), information on fostering, the schedule of signings, and what you can do right now to help shelter animals!
If you’d like to know how you can volunteer, foster, adopt or donate with OPH, click here. And if you’d like more pictures and videos of my foster dogs past and present, be sure to join the Another Good Dog facebook group.
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