Vickie in Rally to RescuePosted: June 29, 2007
Caption: Vickie Kuhlmann, West Central rescue coordinator for the American Lhasa Apso Club, gets a snuggly kiss from “Tessa” while “Katu” looks away. Tessa has been adopted, but information about adopting 8-month-old Katu can be found at www.apsorescuecolorado.org.
Taken from the Rally to Rescue magazine…Finding the Perfect Purebred Rescue…
Vickie Kuhlmann of Loveland, Colo., is the West Central rescue coordinator for the American Lhasa Apso Club. She is adamant about proper research and education before adoption.
“Apsos need to be groomed frequently., she says. “You either learn to properly groom them yourself or you are looking at a commitment of $25 to $40 every six weeks for the life of the dog.
“the biggest issue that we have with Apsos arriving in rescue is child issues. Fully 85 percent of our rescues have bitten, nipped, snapped or growled at a child. An ancient breed shaped by the environment and the need to survive, they are apt to issue a ‘correction’ for what they deem as improper behavior by another pack member, or child.
“Make no mistake, if an owner doesn’t assume the role of alpha, the Apso will. We never place our dogs in a house with a toddler. The high-pitched squealing and the herky-jerky movements of a young child tend to set an Apso off. We also do not recommend them for a first-time owner.”