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Old 12-17-2013, 01:31 PM
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New Member, still looking for a dog

Hey guys,

As some of you may know, I am a college student looking for a new member of my pack and I just fostered a dog, Leo, (Fox terrier mix) that did not go so well.

I decided not to adopt Leo because he seemed to be a dog that needed to be outside and around other dogs, and had too much of a GO! GO! GO! personality to be living in my apartment, as well as being too large for such a small space.

I am now looking into getting another puppy around the same age, 6 months from the local shelter. He is a golden retriever/ dachshund mix and currently weighs 11 pounds.

My concern is that I am going to adopt him and we are not going to be compatible as what happened to Leo, I am not able to foster him as I was with Leo, so it is putting all of your eggs in one basket so to speak.

So I would like your advice, how did you know you had found the right dog? Did it just click? I do not want to be put in a situation that is unfair to me and the dog and want to be sure before doing something that is essentially for life.


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As soon as I saw my girl I was hooked, there was no way I was going home without her. Sometimes you just know, other times it takes a while. Good Luck!
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Adopting a shelter dog is always a bit of a crap shoot. I've adopted dogs that were nothing like their personality in the shelter, once they settled in, and another (my avatar) that was exactly what he seemed, calm and sweet. Shelter dogs are often stressed. Some will exhibit overexcited behavior in the shelter and others are somewhat shutdown emotionally.

I would suggest visiting the dog you're thinking of adopting as much as possible. Take him for walks, spend some time just hanging out with him. See if he likes to play tug or fetch. Try and get a better feel for his personality. Even if you do that, after a few weeks in a home, he may not be the exact same dog but hopefully he will be a dog you can develop into a good companion.

A six month old Fox Terrier mix that was always GO GO GO? Yep, that's about right. Six month old dogs are generally pretty high energy no matter what their breed mix.
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We had our Plott Hound for about a month. She is still settling in. She still as anxiety and depression issues but she is getting better everyday. Everyday there is another positive step forward. She has good days and bad days but we love her and she knows it. She just needs time to figure it out.
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Thanks for the input. I understand the shelter life is a difficult thing for the animals which is what happened with Leo, he was so calm and laid back when we met and that is exactly what I was looking for, then after I brought him home he was just very anxious and on edge and would never settle down no matter how much exercise he received. I'm still looking and have not met any furry friends yet but I am still hopeful
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It's too bad it didn't work out with Leo, but I hope you find your perfect match soon
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Thanks Fleeless! I did find a match! Her name is Harley
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