Most shelter dogs come with some ready-made behavior problems, and those that don't will usually develop a few out of sheer ingenuity. And the stress of adapting to a new living situation and a new family is especially likely to bring out new bad habits or exacerbate old ones.
So you think you are ready to add a dog to your family. You want to do the “right” thing and adopt a homeless pup and save a life, but you cannot help admiring the stunning purebred Bernese Mountain Dog at the park or the adorable Bichon Frise in your apartment building. Did you know that you can save a life and adopt the dog of your dreams from a purebred rescue group?
Temma Martin is passionate about solving the problem of pet overpopulation. She has worked her entire adult life to help the public understand the devastating plight of homeless and abused pets. She has been their official spokesperson in her duties for Salt Lake City Animal Services and now for the Utah Adoption Center. Here are excerpts from our recent interview: