Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis interviews Scottie rescuer Zaron Van Meter
Diligence pays off when it comes to dog rescue.
In her six years of service to Scotties, Zaron has had only two of 78 rescues returned to her. In addition to educating herself on training and temperament testing techniques, she pays attention to the details that make her more than a great lady with a great heart. She checks references and vet records, makes home visits and insists on interviews with family members and any other pets in the household. These are the details that make a good rescuer. This is what you, as a potential adopter, should look for.
She also has strict rules: She doesn’t adopt to anyone with a child under the age of 14. In fact, she’s always on the lookout for “empty-nester Scottie lovers” — the ideal.
When I asked her the number one reason dogs end up in her rescue, she said, “Kids.”
“Little kids play rough with the dog, the dog nips the kid, the dog ends up in the shelter.”
Is that the dog’s fault? No. The kid’s fault? Not really. Then who’s at fault?
I disagree with this policy of not adopting dogs out to families with kids under 14. Yes, when combining kids and dogs, you have to be careful and, sometimes, vigilant, but a blanket prohibition is silliness.
On a personal note, I’ve also dealt with Zaron on another issue, when she tried to get me kicked out of an online Scotties group because I wrote about designer dogs. There’s a certain lack of flexibility, and frankly she scares the shit out of me, what with the Star Trek name and all.
This is not say Zaron and other rescuers don’t do good work. They do. I just find that they can tend to be somewhat extreme. Click on the label below for even more about Scottish Terrier Rescue.