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October 12, 2021 3 min read

A story of boundless love and rescue collaboration

I wanted to create a custom watercolour portrait of this gorgeous girl, here she is!

Nikki Waterson

Adopt Don't Shop is the kind of saying that can lose it's meaning over time

What am I talking about and what does this have to do with adorable Dory, the  2.5 year old Pointer mix?

Well it's about the stigma our society associates with rescue animals. That they are broken, unloveable, dangerous, damaged, sick, injured and too much of a risk to adopt.

So it can be easy for many adopters to look to 'desirable dog breeds' from reputable breeders, like anything with an 'oodle' in their name.

I'm guilty of this myself, as I've mentioned in previous posts. I didn't realise the impact that even adopting one dog from one reputable breeder has, on one rescue dog in a council pound.

And so, like I used to assure myself and others too, those same adopters generally still agree that as many people as possible should adopt and not shop!

So if the phrase is still used so much, then what do I mean about it losing it's meaning?

Well those pedigree adopters don't value rescue dogs the same as a dog from a breeder. The dog from the breeder is seen as more clean, healthy, undamaged and unbroken.

When you haven't adopted a rescue, it's easy to hear the phrase adopt don't shop and agree with it. And yet feel that in your personal situation, there is just no other choice.Because who wants to end up with a damaged dog?

This is the story of Dory

Back in September 2020, Dory was wandering the streets in Logan, Queensland. She was a stray.

Dory wasn't pretty to begin with. She was skin and bones, and based on her condition she even had appeared to already have had a more than one litter of puppies.

South East Queensland K9 Rescue came across Dory and rescued her. Then The Rescue Collective were able to take her on and keep her in foster care.

"She was very underweight and after a vet check up, it turned out she had hip dysplasia."

So this poor girl had no doubt been in a lot of pain. And through all of these new experiences for Dory, being rescued, taken in, given vet care, been to foster homes and more, she has been nothing but perfect.

"She trusts every person and dog she has met. She hasn't shown any aggressive tendencies and just remains one of our most loving dogs we've ever had"

So what is the moral of Dory's story?

Check out Dory's Instagram where she gets up to shenanigans with her brother Nemo

Rescue dogs aren't damaged or unlovable. And Dory is a prime example of how loving and appreciative rescue dogs are of every bit of help they get.

Anyone who has had a rescue dog will tell you that they pay you back for rescuing them by loving you eternally. And that rescue dogs save people, not the other way around.

And finally thank you to South East Queensland K9 Rescue and the The Rescue Collective for doing what you do every day - not only saving animal lives when they need saving, but collaborating.

Because rescue networks are so essential to the Aussie rescue system, and Dory and thousands of other animals have you two rescues to thank for their better lives.

Consider sharing Dory's story, to spread the word on why rescues are no less worthy of love and a place in our hearts and homes than other animals.

And stay up to date with all things Dory (and her brother Nemo!) at her ADORABLE Instagram page @nemofoundhisdory.

- Nikki Waterson

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