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Old 10-18-2010, 05:25 PM
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I've been asked to come here & introduce myself so I am

I'm an animal lover & have been my whole life, but I haven't had animals since around 1993 when I sold my mulloccan cokatoo, corn snake, chinchillas, rats & red eared turtles.

I grew up with dogs & looking back, I'm sure they saved my life, as they were the only living thing that gave me love.

I had a dog briefly in 1991, but I was too busy to take care of her & she didn't seem to bond with me so I gave her away.

For that reason I came to the conclusion that I probably resonate more with bigger dogs (she was a Lasa Apso sp?), but I'm not looking for a giant.

At this point in my life I'm alone. My son is gone & I work from home, so I am not out there socializing & I just moved to this town about 2+ years ago.

It's not healthy to be that alone so for my sanity & health, so about 2 wks. ago I decided it's time to get a dog. I have the space & the time now.

I've wanted one for years, but b/c of the cost, constantly moving around & dealing with difficult landlords who say "no pets" I put it off.

At this point I've decided even if it's a bit of a struggle financially, I'll make do & the Universe will provide in the end.

I've been looking around on Kijiji for someone who's giving away their dog.

I decided to start educating myself b/c things have changed a ton in regards to dogs since I was a little girl. Even when I had that dog in '91 there was no Internet to research & so I learned very little in the short time I had her.

I grew up (at different times) with a Beagle, G. Shepp., 2 different Cananite dogs & the last dog who didn't bond with me (an Australian Terrier).

I'm looking for the following in a dog.

1. Very intelligent
2. Doesn't need so much exercise that I can't handle all the walks. I'm not an active person, but I know the dog will get me out there which will help me be more active. I have a huge backyard, but it's not fenced in & I'm nervous the dog will do something to the neighbour's area, so I have to learn how to train him to go & come right back.
3. Doesn't shed a ton all the time.
4. Isn't known to have tons of health problems.
5. Doesn't bark all the time. I figure maybe down the road I'd like to train it to be a guard dog, but that's not 100%.
6. There are certain dogs I find to be unattractive so I wouldn't lean towards them, but when push comes to shove, I'm a suck when it comes to dogs.

I've decided I don't want a puppy, while they are adorable, I am just not great when it comes to training, so I'm looking at 1-5 years of age.

Hope that explains things.

Thank you for listening & any help you give me.


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Old 10-18-2010, 05:40 PM
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I think your best bet, is to find a nice mixed breed/all breed rescue and take that exact list to them...they are great with matching people to dogs, and chances are the dog that fits your bill isn't going to be purebred.



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Old 10-18-2010, 05:57 PM
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That's what I was thinking.

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Welcome to the forums!

Do you own or rent currently? If you own, is there any chance you could fence in your section of the yard? If you do it yourself, you can usually put up a fence for under $300, which is a small price to pay to have an area your dog can run around in without the risk of cars, strangers, predators, etc

If you're tight on cash, a dog may not be the best thing for you. Dogs tend to have more expensive vet bills and usually require more vet visits than cats (in my experience). Plus, dogs go through more food (due to normally being larger animals), and chew toys galore if they have a strong chewing drive. There are other animals that can provide companionship that require less of a financial burden. I know I'll probably get in trouble for this, but cats tend to be less expensive than dogs and will still help you keep your sanity when alone

It's not that I don't think you'd be a good dog owner, I just want to make sure you're prepared for what costs dog ownership can throw at you. We see so many sad stories in these forums about folks that didn't prepare properly for the expenses associated with dogs and have to put their beloved pet to sleep because they couldn't afford to treat them when they got sick/injured
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:24 PM
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Thanks all for welcome.

Yes, I've heard hundreds of times now about the cost & dogs & the admonishment in people's voices. I plan to get health insurance & I think it depends on what the health issues are with the dog. If they are really serious, I wouldn't want to see a dog go thru that kind of pain, so I'd put the dog to sleep. At the very least I'd go the shelter & have them take the dog.

Which begs the question why so many dogs are getting sick. We went thru 4 dogs when I was a child, & none got sick.

The last one got very sick towards the end, but I wasn't around & I think she was already a much older dog.

I'm dead set against putting a dog to sleep b/c of one bite & yet I remember when I was a child (in the 70's) that's what they did to one of our dogs b/c it got loose from the chain (still not sure how) & ran after 2 kids who were climbing the neighbour's fence. Then he bit one of them.

I rent, so no fence & the yard is so big there's no way it would cost only $300 b/c that would have been something I'd do.

I'm really not a cat person. I find them too arrogant & standoffish, but thank you for the suggestion.

I wonder why dogs get more sick than cats.


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You could always try fencing off part of the yard, and if you got a smaller breed dog and taught it to respect boundaries you wouldn't have to think about anything to heavy duty or permanent so your landlord should be ok with it. I would definitely go down to a shelter and check out what they have, maybe do a little breed research so you have a general idea of what is available in the energy level that you want. I don't know about your area, but in a lot of areas shelters won't let you adopt without a fenced yard and a lot of breeders won't sell to you without the same.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:56 PM
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Wow, that's screwy. I'll phone them again or check out the site to see if they have that info about fencing.

I doubt it's that strict here.

I have a feeling I'm going to be going for a mixed breed.

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Old 10-20-2010, 12:10 AM
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our society doesn't value cats the same. If anything cats get sick more often IMO. The truth is the majority of cat owners don't vet their cat at all. Kidney problems and UTI's are very very prevalent in cats
https://www.dogforum.com/cats/so-biscuit-7851/


in talking to my vet, these problems are common in cats, just no one bothers to take their cats in to get diagnosed.

FWIW my shelter wants you to have a fence to adopt.

Please bear with us on the money thing, we've had alot of sick puppies on the board recently. Its out of genuine concern Iam sure you will do whatever you need to make it work



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