Meet Max, a 13 year old Cocker Spaniel. Despite suffering severe neglect with his previous owner, he surprised all the staff at the local RSPCA shelter by pulling through. He has the most wonderful temperament, and despite living with the effects of the neglect, he loves life. He's deaf and his eyesight is poor, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to be involved in everything we do. He follows us everywhere, until tiredness gets the better of him and he takes a nap.
Looking after a dog is hard work. I'm up an hour or two earlier each day and, rain or shine, he's taken on walks. My coat and boots are always muddy. We probably spend more on food and treats for Max and our cat than on ourselves. Giving a dog a home isn't something to do on a whim, but what you get back is a hundred times more than what you put in. Seeing that wagging tail and happy face when I return home from work is all the reward I need.
If you're considering adopting a rescue dog, there are lots of organisations out there looking for both permanent and foster homes. They will work carefully with you to find the right dog to suit you and your lifestyle. It can take a while to find that dog, but you'll be thoroughly rewarded when you take your new companion home. The wait, as they say, really is worth it.