10-01-2013, 07:27 AM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario
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Uh oh, prepare to soon be contributing to the Petfinder Crushes thread haha.
It's such a fun process. Ask a million questions. I like rescues because you tend to get a bit more information on the dog but that's not always the case. Some rescues will do a "foster-to-adopt" option for dogs that need a foster. That can be a good option for some people because either way you're helping a dog, and you can also be sure it's a good fit for you. Obviously no matter what dog you end up with, none are perfect and all require work but I'm sure you'd be able to tell if there were any real issues.
When I got my dog she was untested with cats and kids. I asked questions about how the foster felt she would be and the girl answered as best she could but of course it's hard to be sure.
As it turned out, Layla was initially really nervous with kids and had a high prey drive with cats. Today she's great with kids (unless they're brandishing weapons and screaming - she still loses it when that happens), and she has a healthy respect for cats - in fact she's really really fond of cats and approaches them respectfully, wagging, and loves it when a cat is nice to her. However my cat doesn't run from dogs - if she hadn't been dog-savvy I'm pretty sure my dog would adore chasing cats lol.
Anyway there are for sure dogs out there who will fit your bill and even be proven with cats, kids, whatever. You may have to search around for awhile. And if you find a dog that just seems like it has the right personality but hasn't been thoroughly tested, you can turn to the forum for help with training. (Well you can do that anyway).
So excited for you!!!