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Old 05-06-2010, 05:04 PM
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I never asked you to defend your right to go to a breeder. I originally asked about the flight.
I guess that I am jaded because every time I visited the local shelter, and am not talking about down town L.A. I am talking about Malibu Ca. a very affluent area. 80% of the dogs were pure breeds. I took in many of these dogs and found them homes. Some people still dont know they can adopt a pure breed from a shelter or a rescue group. I am here to tell them yes you can, if you choose to.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:48 PM
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I understand where you're coming from. It just seemed, momentarily, that you thought: Why adopt foreign dogs when there are plenty available domestically? I just wanted to say that adopting dogs from abroad isn't bad--a dog in need is a dog in need.

A lot of people go to breeders because they want puppies. Even at shelters, puppies get snatched up while older dogs are overlooked. This is a part of society that is unchangeable Everyone loves little squirmy adorable puppies--even though they are generally much higher-maintenance than adult dogs.

Anyway, it's great to educate people that there are purebred dog rescues, but there are pros/cons to everything.

Pros of adopting a purebred from a rescue group: (1) you save a life, (2) the adoption fee is usually much less than what breeders charge, (3) older dogs may already have basic training down.

But there are cons...such as: (1) some of the dogs were relinquished by their previous owners because they have behavioral or health problems that require extra time, money, and usually a more experienced household or else they'll just end up back at a shelter; (2) you don't know the dog's background and therefore don't know whether or not to anticipate genetic health problems down the road.

The same can be said of purebred dogs that are purchased from breeders, of course, but truly responsible breeders will scan all their breeding stock for genetic health problems and only breed the dogs with correct temperaments. They'll also socialize the puppies well before they go to new homes and offer follow-up advice. Of course, these dogs usually come with a hefty price tag. And, again, nothing is guaranteed and even healthy stock can produce offspring with problems.

So, it's not a black/white situation. Just because you rescue a dog doesn't mean you'll get a great dog and live happily ever after--you may have to invest a great deal of time rehabilitating it. And, just because you choose to purchase from an ethical breeder does not make you shallow. I think it's great when people adopt, but I will not judge those that choose to buy from good breeders, so long as they make educated decisions. Personally, I wanted to buy from a breeder because I wanted to meet the breeding stock and be sure they were good with small children and that the puppies were well-socialized with sound temperaments. It's nice to know your dog's background, especially if you'll be raising it with a young child.

Anyway, I'm not saying that you judge, but just saying that as long as people are well-informed and explore all the possibilities, then their decisions should be respected.

[QUOTE]Some people still dont know they can adopt a pure breed from a shelter or a rescue group. I am here to tell them yes you can, if you choose to./QUOTE]

Looks like we're on the same boat
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There's a gal at the dog park who has a darling little mixed breed she rescued from the streets of Brazil. That dog thinks it died and went to heaven! I agree, a dog is a dog and needs rescued whereever you are. You just have to follow your heart.
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Iam pretty positive that anyone thats been on this forum for more than 50 posts (or less) is very aware of the overpopulation problem and that they can adopt a PB dog at a shelter

All the mods here are involved in dog rescue in som' way. Personally I own five rescue dogs. I agree with the point, of trying to suggest a rescue, but if a person is talking about importing a rare breed from europe, I doubt they are going to say, you know what? Nevermind...I'll adopt instead. but if anyone is trying to sweep in and 'educate" everyone here, you're a little late This is a very well rounded place IMO and most of the people here are very knowledgeable.

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People that dont have dogs come to these sites to get information about getting dogs I would hate to miss one. I am sorry you find my posts so tiresome. For some reason I thought this was a place to discuss dogs I guess I was wrong.
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I dont think anybody is saying not to discuss dogs but some of us have strong feelings about breeders, PB and adopting. Some people just dont want to adopt and some people refuse to purchase PB dogs. No matter the case we all just need to remember that its not illegal to do either so we cannot force the opinion of one or the other on someone. Its also difficult to read emotions and intentions via the internet I think the thing here is the OP wants to get a dog from another country and wanted to make sure shipping over seas was going to be an ok thing to do.

That said, chosing the right air line and doing your research is the way to go
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OP = Original Poster. That one I had to think about to figure out. I think we need a sticky at the top of the forum for newcomers to dogforum noting the shorthand used in the forum. After all, some might read PB as peanut butter. It's great to put PB in a Kong to keep your dog occupied! LOL! Think I'll go post the suggestion of a shorthand sticky in the suggestion thread.

"That said, chosing the right alrline and doing your research is the way to go"... Well said Pawz
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Thanks for the responses. Yep, I'm going to go with KLM airlines. Everywhere I've read, they are quite good and experienced with transporting pets! And, they have a pet hotel for pets waiting during the layover.

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Anyway, I think I'm going to keep one of the puppies I rescued and get a mioritic a few years down the road. Changes my plans a bit, and it's kind of sad, but I love these puppies too! I just cannot, for the life of me, decide on which one to keep. Gah! I'm completely confused. But, if anyone knows a good, responsible pet owner in the Los Angeles area wanting to adopt the other puppy, send them my way

I will probably put an adoption fee of $250-$300...which really barely covers the cost of transport/vet fees/care.
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Looks like KLM really cares! Any pictures of the puppies to share??
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Yep, I do. I actually posted them in another thread, https://www.dogforum.com/dog-adoption...-sisters-4989/

but here are some new ones (hate that they get red-eye in photos, will have to photoshop that later, but they're cute regardless!)...
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