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Finn's Adoption Story

Discussion in 'Rehoming and Adoption' started by Josie, Dec 7, 2017.

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    Josie

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    Finn's Adoption Story
    I first noticed Finn when he popped up on our Instagram page and I fell in love with his happy face straight away. It breaks my heart to think that he, like so many others, are destined for the meat trade in Asia.

    Below is his story as told by his loving owner Emily. If you would like to follow his adventures you can find him on Instagram as @finn.the.jindocorgi

    Do you have an adoption story? We would love to hear about it.

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    We had been researching dogs for a long time trying to find a dog that we would be perfectly suited for and who would be happy with our lifestyle. We came across the Korean Jindo in our searches and fell in love with the breed. However after much searching and researching, we couldn't find any Jindos available in our area at the time, and discovered how many needed rescuing in Korea. Many were from the meat trade and terrible condition shelters there. We learned about an organization called Free Korean Dogs after reading an article in a dog magazine, and checked out their website.

    That's when I came across Finn's profile and it was love at first sight! His name was Milky then. A white jindo mix who was looking for a home. I watched his videos over and over, poured over his bio and pictures, and asked lots of questions about him (since he was in Korea and we couldn't meet him in person.) After much discussion, filling out an application and having an online interview, we were approved to adopt Finn!!

    Once they found a volunteer who was traveling from Korea to Toronto, Finn's flight ticket was bought and the adoption date was set!
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    We picked Finn up November 20 at the Toronto airport and braved a terrible snow storm on the way home.


    He was pretty scared of everything when we first brought him home and it broke our hearts to see this adorable dog so sad and untrusting. He was afraid of everything and everyone. But within the first week, he was sitting on the couch with us and already starting to come around and everyday after that, he impressed us so much and made us so proud with his bravery and progress.


    Now 1 year later, he has come so far! He is the perfect dog for us! Happy and smiley, he loves being with us and always greets us with so much excitment, kisses and a waggy tail when we come home. He loves meeting new dogs and happily greets everyone he meets with a boop of his nose on their leg. He loves to boop everything with his nose! He very rarely barks unless he absolutly needs to. Even though he had never lived in a home before he has never had an accident inside which amazed us!


    It is incredible at how quickly and well he has adapted to living in a home when he grew up in a terrible cage. And how he has been able to forgive and love humans after having such a rough start to life on a farm and then a rescue shelter where he didn't have any human interactions.


    Finn loves when we are all home together as a family. He has his spot on the couch where he always lays while we watch tv. He adores going for walks together and going to the dog park to play and run! He runs like crazy!! Even with his shorter legs, he can outrun most dogs he meets!


    He still doesn't quite understand the point of toys yet unless they are a puzzle toy that dispenses treats haha. He is very smart and figures his puzzle toys out quickly!

    The only none treat toy that he loves to snuggle is his plush foxy.


    We love Finn so much and are so proud how brave he has been and how far he has come! Even though he had a rough start to life, he loves everyone now and is always smiling :)

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    That was ace, thanks. I know little of the dog meat trade, but it breaks my heart to even think about it, and also makes me angry too. Without wishing to insult the culture of others, the thought of dog farms for meat and the cruel conditions animals are kept in (generally, across all species throughout the globe) does make me feel that this should be stopped. I can't see a valid argument for it - tradition or whatever doesn't come in to it, you don't keep doing something brutal because that's the way things have always been done. I suppose the argument works the other way too in relation to cattle. Anyway, back on topic, I'm so glad this chap had a lucky rescue and ended up with a loving family. He certainly is gorgeous.
     
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    Glad you liked it @arealhuman - I feel SO passionate about this topic. I can't stand it when I see photo's or read articles about the dog festival in China, it makes me so upset and so angry. I know that we have different cultures but I just can't see how they think its ok? Don't get me started on the Dolphin slaughter and bull fighting!!

    But one happy story is one step moving forward
     
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    By coincidence, I watched an episode of The Dog Rescuers from early September last night, and it had a segment on the rescue of eight dogs from a South Korean farm of around 200, all destined to be eaten. Terrible conditions :( Sod the cultural sensitivities - this is just wrong and needs to stop, and South Korea should be shamed into this. That said, the programme did say that progress is being made, particularly among the younger generation, so there is hope, but how many dogs will suffer before it's banned?

    Agree with your dolphin/bullfighting sentiments too. What is it with these corners of humanity that take pleasure in torturing and killing animals? Are they that narrow or simple-minded? Don't get me started on fox hunting :mad:
     
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    It's funny how these things pop up when you have been thinking or talking about them. Lets hope the new generation take a different approach.

    It's crazy that it's still allowed to happen in my eyes. Same with poaching. I mean who thinks it's acceptable to kill elephants!? how could you do this to these beautiful intelligent creatures???? :(:(:(:(
     
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    I've nothing against the principle of eating of dogs per se, because it's not that different to eating pigs - it's the awful welfare and the suffering involved I hate. Even then, though, if you live in a part of the world with abysmal human rights, you're going to wonder why people get upset about dogs. Some cultures probably don't consider animals to have feelings/souls either.

    Similarly with poaching - some poachers may have a stark choice between killing the animals or feeding their children.

    Not that I want to come over as condoning these practices, because I find them as upsetting as all other animal lovers, but if we want to change things, we need to understand the point of view and situation of others, and educate them, give them alternative livelihoods and so on. Of course, this would most effectively be done by first convincing the governement in the country that it's a priority.
     
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