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Old 04-05-2012, 12:35 AM
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Wink Hi, New Here!

Well, this is definitely an interesting turn of events. I had never figured myself to want a dog (purely cat person) and here I am, looking up breeds, and trying to find the right fit for me.

So, I live in the Great White North called Canada, British Columbia in... well, nowhere pretty much. Considering most of the interesting stuff is down on the mainland... I enjoy reading and writing and general creative pursuits. I also like camping, hunting, and hiking. I've been considering going for a Veterinarian Technician course but that's still up in the air right now.

I currently own one Maroon-Bellied Conure and two cats (one a brat, the other afraid of her own shadow) and a rabbit (not for long, though ). I have owned several previous cats, three dwarf hamsters, two rats, and dogs (while I was with my parents so they don't count).

My personal preference for breeds (not the kind I can get, unfortunately) are the spitz (especially the Pom and Shiba Inu), Slovensky Kopov (had one and he was awesome), Caucasion Ovcharka (amazing instincts), Australian Cattle Dog (love the look, so vain of me), Doberman Pinscher (I love the black-and-tan look),and the Papillon (those fuzzy, adorable, cyute ears).

I'll probably post another 'what breed should I look for' soon. And, yes, I know that shelters and rescues are a choice as well and although I'll be avoiding our SPCA I'm definitely going to try and get a rescue dog if I can ^^
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:04 PM
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shibas are adorable just saying lol i had a few rabbits ayr ago but parents got rid of them with out me knowing (was highly upset). and yes shelter dogs are great dogs just have to find one that fits you and you could also look for breed rescue groups that only take in a certain kind of dog. that way you get what you want and a shelter dog
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Hi and Welcome!
I have a shelter dog (from Arizona) and a rescue dog; both are Catahoulas and female. Good luck with your search and let us know what dog chooses you!
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After loooong consideration I decided on a rescue Shiba! I contacted the rescue group and hopefully I'll be approved for a lucky Shiba!

@puplover10: Poor rabbits! I hate when parents go behind their children's backs. My rabbit is leaving because he's become detrimental to my health; dealing with severe allergies and hives around him for a year has become a little much. Especially since I started a wheezing cough that hasn't left in two months. I'm afraid it'll turn into another lung infection (like when I had rats) so I plan to rehome him with a family that can give him the love he needs.

@pkelley: I've never had a rescue dog so it's definitely going to be interesting! Thanks ^^
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aw im sorry that sucks :/ im lucky and dont have any allergies. welcome again!
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Allergies are the worst! They take 20 points off an IQ, foggy, dizzy, yeck. Have ya read up on the Shiba? They can be a handful...great dog...can you evaluate for aggression if it is fearful/anxious. Maybe multiple visits and see how he/she reacts around other people INCLUDING children. (Sorry, I am a social worker and one of those protective types!)
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Yes, I read about the Shiba. I know how stubborn, how much of a handful, how annoying, furry, etc. I also researched other dog breeds (Doberman Pinscher, Australian Cattle Dog, and many others) and found that the only ones that fit what I wanted in a dog was some of the Spitz. After looking up the others I decided a Shiba was the best choice. I've been on and off researching dogs for about five years or so and the Shiba is the frustrating, adorable, fuzzy, stubborn one I chose ^^ I chose soooooo badly... it's that Shiba face, it just sucks you in.

This particular rescue operates foster homes across Canada instead of a facility. More than likely I'll meet the dog at their home a couple times before bringing it back to mine. If I think the evaluation is a task too large I'll bring a trainer with me, or take a video, or something. I'm currently looking up dog activities in our town, as well as trainers (I didn't know we had a Schutzhund...) but we're pretty hick out here so not sure if I can find positive reinforcement clicker training... I'll try my best
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Wow, You really have done your homework and the dog is going to be so lucky. Wish all dogs that get adopted had owners that really took the time to know them before making the choice. I don't think you chose poorly at all as you know what you are looking for!
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I truly think that choosing the other breeds would have been a disaster. So thanks for validating that, lol. I'm going to hunt for clickers online (want to start the cats on it too. I've got them to 'come', do a trick, and what the word 'OI' -equivalent to NO- means. Hopefully with the clicker I can train Sugar on the leash like Skooma is and get better at the 'high five').

I'd reeeally like to try some dog sports. If I lived in Alberta the rabbit could have done agility... *sigh* The one's I'm interested in the most are agility and schutzhund. Considering the general consensus of Shiba Stubbornness I may never get perfect but I think it would be such good physical and mental exercise not to mention super fun ^^ If I find it I'd love to do that music one, too. Whatever it's called... freestyle? Since Shiba's were originally hunting dogs I wonder if they could do scent tracking because that would be awesome!
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When I was looking for a rescue dog a few years ago the organisations that I approached refused to consider me since I didn't have a gate on my drive. I know there could have been a problem if it had got loose but I would have tried to make sure that it was always on a lead. Since these homes always appear to want volunteers to take their dogs I thought this was a bit petty.
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