A friend of mine is thinking of adopting a dog. She saw one she really liked on petrescue, but he is a 4 hour drive away.
His foster carer offered to bring him when she comes here next week, but only if my friend commits to taking him.
The more I think about it, the more dodgy that sounds. Who would get someone to commit to adopting a dog without insisting that they meet him first? The write-up about this dog sounds really positive and in the phone conversation they had, the carer didn't mention any negatives either. Not that I'm saying that isn't possible, but I know some foster carers will do anything to get their pets adopted and some are more committed to making the right match than others.
In fact, Banjo was a bit like that. Her carer had not mentioned anything at all about her jumping up and being so extremely over-excitable. Not in the listing, nor on the phone. So meeting her was a bit of a shock. I'm very glad that I adopted her anyway, and I would've still gone to meet her if they had told me about the jumping beforehand. But I kind of feel lucky that it was her only bad trait. Because they clearly embellished the truth and were happy to not mention the negatives and I could've ended up with a problem dog, which was what I absolutely wanted to avoid because I didn't/don't have the time nor experience to deal with any serious problem behaviours.
I think my friend did decide to not make the decision now but wait till she can drive over there to meet him. Would you ever adopt a dog that you had not met?