Who’s a good doggie?

Before getting Iggy the Wonder Schnauzer from a nearby rescue, I considered going to a breeder. I know, I know — why would anyone do that when there are so many animals looking for homes?

Well, for starters, you have a good idea of what you’re getting before you let the animal in your house.


See, at a rescue, all you have to go on is how the dog acts right there and then. A reputable breeder, on the other hand, would have lived with the dog, and would have records going back several generations. We could have said, “Hello, Breeder! We would like a dog that will grow up to be calm, intelligent, not likely to morph into a pan-dimensional hellhound, and maybe not too barky, thank you,” and that’s what we’d get. Instead, we have Iggy — a dog that needs constant supervision, tons of mental stimulation, and a priest.

But you want to know the scariest part? Look at the picture again. My husband is petting this thing.



11 thoughts on “Who’s a good doggie?

  1. Can I send him my children?? I groom a lot of those “special” rescues. Kudos to you for being insane enough to keep the commitment and make it work. =)

    • Thanks — but I have to be fair to the little goofball. He’s really a sweetie a lot of the time. He shrieks like mad when he sees other dogs (until he gets close enough to them to sniff and say hi, when he calms right down), and when he decides that it’s playtime, it’s playtime whether we like it or not. But he’s responding well to obedience training and he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.

      Just thought I’d mention that in case he ever reads this. 😀

  2. Yes any rescue dogs can be a handful! As a foster home for rescue dogs we get to know their personality before placement. As for Iggy may I suggest a young priest and a old priest, according to The Exorcist that is how it gets down. And remember Puppy Prozac ….your vet has it if you need it 🙂

    • Ha! I’m picturing Max Von Sydow showing up at the dog park, standing under a tree and watching Iggy intently.

      Rescuers like you do great work. For the sake of brevity I didn’t mention that a lot of rescues get to know their dogs too, but you’re right — very often rescues/fosterers will know the dogs extremely well. That wasn’t the case at the rescue that had Iggy — the dogs were in a building that looked a lot like a shelter. The volunteers were very dedicated, the dogs were well cared for, and the property was fenced in so the dogs could get outside to run and play (they even had separate fenced areas for dogs of different sizes, like a dog park), but it just wasn’t going to be the same as seeing them in a home environment. I just had to hope my first impression of Iggy was correct, and for the most part it was. He’s great — he has some quirks, but nothing too horrible. I can’t imagine living without him.

      I just wish he’d stop turning his head 360 degrees. That’s just creepy.

    • Can’t. He pays half the mortgage. He’s actually somewhat Catholic, and he has a plastic crucifix in the bedroom. One day it fell and, yes, Jesus popped off the cross. My husband asked if we had any glue.

      “No, but we have some nails!”

      Well, what was I supposed to say?

  3. “Jesus popped off the cross.”

    “My husband asked if we had any glue.”

    (inbred?) breeder dogs can be ‘quirky’

    • I don’t know about inbreeding — I don’t know anything about his history before he got to the rescue. But he’s really a sweet little goofball.

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