You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice house in a state you love, for better or worse. You may or may not be single, but it’s all good either way because you’re pretty damn content (congratulations on that, by the way). Yet, despite your apparent success, something’s missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence as researchers and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week: a Maryland kinda dog for a Maryland kinda person.  

…Chesapeake Bay Retriever 

If you’re a good, dog-loving citizen of Maryland, consider adding a Chesapeake Bay Retriever to your family. Legend has it, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers originated from two shipwrecked puppies that appeared on the Maryland shore. With Maryland pride in their breed name alone, these dogs were bred specifically for the Chesapeake Bay region for water sports, hunting, and search and rescue. They adore water—their tails evolved into a rudder-like shape—and are adaptable to Maryland’s frigid winters and hot summers. These handsome dogs range from 50 to 80 pounds, are highly intelligent, and have minds of their own, making them difficult to train for first time dog owners. Although they aren’t the ideal pet for novice dog owners, they’re loyalty is unwavering with the right training.

Proudly referred to as Chessies, these dogs need a lot of activity and structure in their lives, great for Maryland suburbs where the yards are the opposite of those in NYC. And hey, this might be just the motivation you need to get off the couch and work off a few of those lingering holiday pounds. If they get long walks and some swims in, they will be quiet, obedient and affectionate members of the household and ideal partners in binging on Baltimore-based show, The Wire.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue Resources: 
Chesapeake Safe Harbor 
Michigan Second Chance Chessies 
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue 
Connecticut Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dogs for Adoption
New Jersey Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dogs for Adoption


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