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Adopting from Romania

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Tedber Mon 23-Sep-19 18:05:39

My DD has gone ahead and adopted a dog from Romania. Whilst I understand her emotional reasons, I think she is taking on a lot as she already has a dog and three young children! I tried to dissuade her in fact!

Has anyone any experience of adopting from abroad? My feeling there were more than enough in this country if she needed to re-house?

Having said that she is doing it properly through Dog's Trust and I must say they have been very thorough in their investigations and been to her house to assess - given pointers on what she will need etc - in fact more thorough than when she brought her babies home! They have confirmed the dog needs canine company.

I don't know why I feel scared but I do?

BlueBelle Mon 23-Sep-19 18:29:21

My friend has adopted from Romania and there are a group of local people who all meet up and have group walks The dogs are wonderful and no better or worse than local dogs if a dog needs a home why does it matter where they come from No reason to be more afraid of a dog from overseas they will be free of illness or injuries and matched carefully I believe they keep in touch afterwards too
are you afraid of her having a second dog or are you afraid of it coming from overseas and if it’s the latter Why?

I wouldn’t have two dogs if the children are very small but that’s just my personal preference plenty of people let their babies grow up with dogs

Tedber Mon 23-Sep-19 18:43:09

Thanks BlueBelle. You are right! Not sure what is bothering me the most. Dog not here yet - arrives Saturday. I am maybe thinking it will speak a different language bahaha. Anyway, it isn't a whim and I know she will put in time and effort with her.

BlueBelle Mon 23-Sep-19 19:11:28

It probably is the language tedner woof woof
Love is the same in all languages I bet you ll grow to love it you ll have to post a pic when it arrives

Tedber Mon 23-Sep-19 19:59:43

Yes...will do! Thanks BlueBelle...I am just being stupid.

SalsaQueen Mon 23-Sep-19 20:03:15

I know someone who has got a dog from Romania. He's a lovely, gentle boy.

Why do you feel scared? Why not be glad that your daughter is giving a poor animal a loving home? Perhaps get one yourself.....

Tedber Mon 23-Sep-19 20:15:12

Thanks SalsaQueen. I have no idea why I am apprehensive because I am such an animal lover. Maybe a combination of things? Think after Bluebelle's post I gave myself a talking to! Ignore me!

Honestman Mon 23-Sep-19 20:18:44


Floradora9 Tue 24-Sep-19 18:14:59

I cannot understand people spending money to adopt a dog from abroad when there are so many in the UK unwanted. I know some people find the dogs from abroad are damaged and do not make good pets especially in a house with children.

Jane10 Tue 24-Sep-19 18:31:33

My friend has adopted 2 dogs from Romania. I can't say it's a success though. They don't get on to the extent that they have to be kept apart from each other. My friend is a real and experienced dog lover but she struggles with these two.
She won't have any more from Romania but, kind person that she is, she buys warm fabric and makes blankets to send to the Romanian animal shelter.

Riverwalk Tue 24-Sep-19 18:38:18

I worked with someone who brought a dog from Turkey - she'd been on holiday and saw it being mistreated. She paid a lot of money for quarantine, vets fees, etc., but was very happy and it was a success.

Bringing in a particular dog you've come across, and not planned to do so, is one thing, presumably on the spare of the moment, is one thing, but to import a dog from Romania or elsewhere is madness when there are so many unwanted dogs already here!

Tedber Wed 23-Oct-19 17:20:47

Update: Thanks to all of you who responded. Bluebelle am trying to attach a photo...

Well this little lady arrived from Romania on 28th September, having travelled overland. She had been dumped at a rescue centre with 5 siblings. Within two days she settled in to the family. Our cockapoo was wary at first but within a few days accepted and now they are totally inseparable. She seems to have brought out the pup in him. They play for hours. He is so gentle with her.

We met some resilience from our vet who felt like some posters - enough dogs in this country etc etc. Was actually spoken to very rudely by one vet so moved onto another.

All I can say is this little lady would never have made it if it hadn't been for the charity who brought her over here. She is the most adorable pup and even though I, myself, had reservations, all I can say is my daughter did the most amazing thing. (Also we know her siblings were brought over a few weeks later)

So whether you agree or not....this lovely little puppy will have the most amazing life thanks to the dogs charity who work tiredlessly to help these poor creatures.

planete Wed 23-Oct-19 17:55:27

The Dogs' Trust rehome dogs but they also do a lot to improve conditions for dogs abroad.

planete Wed 23-Oct-19 17:58:24

I also meant to say, congratulations to your daughter on the latest addition to her family. Lovely and very lucky pup! smile

BlueBelle Wed 23-Oct-19 18:31:22

What matters where they originate from a puppy is a puppy is a puppy I have no understanding why people have to be so xenophobic and put everything humans and animals into a particular compartment ‘We can only help this child or dog because it’s from the same place as me’ Nonsense need is need wherever they originate from I m so glad you didn’t give that vet your money and well done on that beautiful little happy addition

BlueSapphire Wed 23-Oct-19 21:51:12

DD and her husband wanted a companion for their older dog and went to their local pet rescue centre. They eventually adopted a dog who had been brought to the UK by a charity that specialises in bringing unwanted and strays from Romania, where their treatment apparently leaves a lot to be desired, so I am led to believe. She is a a delightful little thing and has a lovely home, spoiled to death, and the two dogs are devoted to each other. They did not pay anything extra above and beyond the normal donation to the rescue centre.

Hetty58 Wed 23-Oct-19 21:59:06

I love the picture! Rehoming/rescuing a dog (from anywhere) is so much more sensible and far kinder than buying a puppy.

whywhywhy Sun 27-Oct-19 19:17:43

We have plenty of dogs and cats in this country to rescue without going to these countries. Who knows what they have been through and is it wise to have them around children? Just pop along to Battersea or have a look at them on their website.

FreeSpirit1 Sun 27-Oct-19 19:39:45

I adopted my gorgeous boy from Romania three years ago. He is such a gentle boy, that he would not have survived very long in what are descibed as kill 'shelters'.

Patsy70 Sun 17-Nov-19 16:05:32

We adopted a dog from Spain, through a charity, which only brings dogs to the uk if they have a home to go to, either permanent or with a fosterer. All potential adopters/fosterers/homes are vetted for suitability & safety. Some of the dogs have been used for hunting and abandoned once they were no longer of use. Any issues the dogs may have, due to bad treatment or neglect are explained to prospective owners. Our dog was classed as ‘reactive’, and he can be challenging in certain situations, but he is a real family dog, loves children and gets on with other family dogs and those of friends who visit. Sorry this is so lengthy!

Patsy70 Sun 17-Nov-19 16:21:46

The technology has beaten me! Please tell me how I turn the photo round.

EllanVannin Sun 17-Nov-19 17:22:35

I would have adopted a child from there a few years ago if I'd been younger. The last I heard she went to a children's home in Greece.

Gaunt47 Mon 18-Nov-19 05:15:46

That's an adorable little dog - so this dog rescue charity just rescues the cute dogs? What happens to the injured and old and ill ones?
They're not rescuing dogs, they're selling home accessories.

Tedber Sat 23-Nov-19 22:57:59

Absolutely, totally NOT Gaunt47 What the charity does is match up the dogs with the homes they are going to! My daughter had a home visit which lasted a couple of hours and because she has young children and another dog in residence they suggested. Had she been single with no children and no other pets, then it would have been possibly another dog.

Update: The pup is thriving beautifully. Settled not only into daughters house, but rest of family also. She runs around the park with dozens of other dogs and just seems to LOVE life and everything and everyone in it! I just marvel at the life she has now compared to what she was destined for.

Tedber Sat 23-Nov-19 22:59:55

Patsy What a BEAUTIFUL dog you have.