My SO received this excerpt in an email from his folks. I used to work for a shelter but didn't deal with the adoption process, and the only things we've adopted have been reptiles, so he didn't really know how to answer the questions. All I remember is the poor dogs that people brought back to the shelter after adoption, claiming they were destructive and whatnot . . . not sure how a puppy isn't destructive, but I guess it's harder for people to return puppies. I'm sure there are plenty of wonderful people on here who are in the know about adopting dogs who could help provide the answers. His parents recently had their dog of 16 years die, and his dad is the type of person who really needs a dog to be happy, but his mother is very wary of the whole puppy stage ordeal, and would like to skip it. I'm just happy they're at the point of considering a new dog . . . the previous dog's death coincided with my SO's grandparent's deaths, one of which was quite jarring, so they've been through an extremely rough time and deserve some happiness in their life. Thanks! Mom and I are thinking about getting a new dog, probably a small dog like a Scottish terrier. We have not decided on a puppy or maybe a young adult from a rescue league. I want to finish rebuilding the backyard fence first so that the dog will not try to get out. What do you know about adopting a young adult dog? Will there be problems with the dog accepting us as his new companions? What have you heard about dog adoptions?