“But I Want a Specific Breed”

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Johnnie Cash programming to highlight the misconception that if you want a purebred or a specific breed then you can’t adopt.  Don’t worry, Johnnie will be back in full force on Monday morning!

This gorgeous boxer Gus came from South Carolina and is currently being fostered by my friend and amazing photographer Virgil Ocampo (who you might remember from this post featuring shelter animal glamour shots). Gus is the perfect example of the thousands of purebred or designer dogs waiting for forever homes, which is a shocking concept to some people. A lot of them come from the puppy mill problem – folks buy these adorable puppies on a whim and then realize what they actually signed up for and dump them at the shelter. It really leads to a win-win for someone who wants to save a life and also get the specific breed or type of dog they’re looking. It’s sad for the dogs because some are the products of puppy mills or irresponsible breeders, but they go through the shelter and rescue system and find better homes than ever – just like Gus will.

Gus tagged along to a project I was helping Virgil with, so we decided to wrap the night up with a few shots of us goofing around together. I can’t get over how handsome he is!  A huge thank you to Virgil who donates so much of his time, energy and talent to featuring adoptable animals in an amazing and unique light. I’m lucky to know and work with you!

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If you’re interested in getting a certain breed of dog, be sure to check out local breed-specific rescue groups in your area to consider adopting and saving a life!

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22 thoughts on ““But I Want a Specific Breed”

  1. Amazing pics! Totally gorgeous both of you! Loved the look on Gus’ face when he was dressed up he didn’t look to impressed. LOL

  2. wow he is a very good looking boxer and seems to have some manners too! beautiful pictures! thanks to all of you who go out of your way to help these animals.

  3. Wow, beautiful dog with a beautiful lady! People always act surprised when I tell them how many breed-specific rescues there are with dogs right in my area (central VA). But a few months ago a co-worker adopted a Basset hound from a breed-specific rescue, based on my recommendation that he go that direction. I was thrilled!

  4. Awesome photos! You both are beautiful and I love the look on Gus’s face when you are kissing him. He looks like he is in love! I relly enjoyed the photos. Nice start to a cloudy, cold morning.

  5. Great pictures. It is amazing to know how many purebred dogs are in shelters. What’s really sad is a lot of purebreds have health problems because they are inbred. I say mutt all the way!

  6. I’ve seen lots of purebred dogs on local adoptable and urgent lists – an English Bulldog, a Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, Labs, etc. There are regularly gorgeous purebred coonhounds, many with litters. Considering how many people want purebreds and the number of ads there are on Craigslist from people looking to buy purebreds, it can be surprising how slowly they are snatched up sometimes – I wonder if it’s because they don’t have AKC/UKC papers.

  7. My daughter adopted a purebred boxer from her local shelter… Gracie Lou is living large now- What a great post. (And those pictures are fabulous!) Beautiful- the both of you!

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