After having received some encouraging inquiries, we still have not found a forever home for Brody the Peke. In my networking about Brody, I have discovered that his story is not unique. Pekes are going through very difficult times: many are being surrendered for rescue; few are finding forever homes.
Another rescue that is close to my heart has had 5 dogs returned from "forever" homes. At least 3 of these returns are because of the financial situations of their people.
Having the company of a dog in one's home isn't a free proposition. There is dog food to buy. Inoculations and licensing to pay for. Accidents happen. Illnesses, both acute and chronic affect dogs just as they do humans. And many dogs--Pekes, for example--require grooming.
Some expenses are fixed, but, there are cost cuts that do not compromise the health and well-being of the dog. Ideally, Pekes do best with frequent professional grooming. But an amateur scissor cut given by a loving owner is not going to harm the dog in any way.
When John and I faced the bleakest financial period of our lives, we were sharing our home with two Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers--the unforgettable Champers and Britches. Paying routine vet bills was a challenge, and sometimes meant sacrifice in other areas. But the joy and companionship they gave us during those difficult times was beyond price.
Champers and Britches were too large to be bathed in the bathtub, and while Wheatens will survive an amateur's scissor cut, their coats must be kept clean. The answer for us was a self service pet wash, A Master's Touch in Escondido. If you live in North San Diego County, I highly recommend them. If you wish professional grooming, Charlie is available by appointment. But if you just need to bathe your dog, there are professionally sized and equipped tubs, shampoo, conditioners, flea products and towels--all available for a fraction of the cost of professional grooming.
I used to grind my teeth when I heard the saying, "Tough times don't last, but tough people do." But now I see the truth in it. I cannot predict--I really don't think anyone can reliably predict--what is going to happen to the economy. But hang in there! And hang on to your dog! You won't regret it, and your dog will thank you in dozens of ways every day.