This is why I choose to adopt rather than buy. Forrest was brought into the shelter as a stray at 4 weeks old (my baby buddy was that age when we took him in)!!! He suffered from seizures and they were going to euthanize him instead of try to figure out why. Can you imagine?! Luckily for Forrest an awesome rescue out here M.A.I.N (medicalanimalsinneed.com) rescued this sweet boy, they did blood work and ultrasounds to find out he had a liver shunt. Basically his blood was going around his liver instead of through it so the toxins in his blood were not being filtered out like they should be. Instead of doing surgery to correct this problem the rescue decided to try medications. Once they got Forrest’s on his medications the seizures stopped and he started to grow like a normal puppy. The rescue kept him till he had been neutered, microchipped, up to date on shots AND medically cleared through a vet. I met Forrest at his first adoption event- at first I didn’t like him, yes he was adorable but he was shy and growled at me! None of my dogs ever growled at me even if they were scared or shy. They always just came and cuddled with me. I didn’t know how to react but I told the foster mom even though I felt he had bonded with her I would be open to a home visit. At this point it had been a month since we lost our sweet baby buddy. Dave wanted nothing to do with a new puppy and was upset with me for even setting up a home visit because of how recent we had and lost buddy and his heart was still broken. Of course within mins of him being there Dave was in love. In our home Forrest was a new guy. He didn’t growl and he was accepting of our guys. After spending a night with him we knew we had to have him. I could’ve easily decided to go through a breeder or a pet store. I could’ve turned my back on this little guy and he could still be waiting to meet his new parents. We’ve now had Forrest for 2 months. I didn’t have that instant bond with him like I did Foxey, Danzig or Buddy guy and I have longed for it but I understand why Forrest has been hesitant. He never had a family. Someone dumped him when he was too young to be away from his mom, even though an amazing rescue came in and saved him his foster mom kept her distant so she wouldn’t become attached. Yesterday I took Forrest to a puppy class through the rescue and for the first time ever he climbed into my lap. My boy is learning he is home and this is where he will stay. I do not regret buying Foxey but after having three amazing dogs from rescues or getting them as strays I don’t think I can find it in my heart to buy another dog. After doing hours of research my heart breaks to learn just how many dogs (healthy, happy, friendly) die everyday because someone was irresponsible and “didn’t” or “couldn’t” keep them anymore. I look back and realize that any of my dogs could’ve been killed. Foxey could’ve gone to the wrong owner, who didn’t know the breed or care to research it and turned her over to the shelter. Danzig could’ve been overlooked because he’s black and scared, Buddy could’ve been killed because he was so young and scared and Forrest was going to be killed because he is special needs. I’m not saying everyone needs to rescue but I feel it should be considered and researched. I’ve always been told to help animals in need because they cannot help themselves but I never understood that fully till I rescued and did my research. I am forever changed and will continue to do what I can to help those innocent dogs in need.