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Old 03-04-2013, 05:33 PM
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Well after a month of holding off of searching, my mom and I are officially looking for a pup. I've been volunteering at my local animal shelter and have met some lovely dogs, but alas no connection. There was a lab I contemplated on, and fostered for a week before he went onto his forever home. He was a lovely dog, but I couldn't handle the shedding with my allergies. My previous dog only "shed" once in a while (mainly when she needed grooming). She was a cockapoo/terrier mix. There was also a 4 month old bichon mix I was looking at, but small dogs don't last long and by the time I drove the whole 5 mins to the shelter to look at him, he was gone.

Here's the criteria:
-Must not be a heavy shedder
-My mom an I have agreed for it to be a pup; I may not have had a pup for 14 years now but we both are ready, and our schedules fit well for a new puppy.
-Must be under 35 lbs full grown; we have a small house and the lab proved that a big dog doesn't fit well in here, lol

My mom likes the look of schnauzers and miniature poodles. I'm more of a Spaniel gal. I know shelters and rescues are the way to go but my mom fears of the issues rescues have; and I can't blame her, I'm scared too. Especially when it comes to the medical issues some of the rescues I've recently dealt with have had, I don't think I could handle losing another dog less than 3 months after losing Jazzy, so a puppy it is.

So we're thinking going the breeder route or possible breed specific rescue. Does anyone know of Miniature Poodle, Schnauzer, or Cavalier King Charles spaniel breeders (obviously not all breeds together, but separate to each breed, lol); I know Cavaliers are a messed up breed, but I'm hoping a good breeder will have good dogs who don't have so many issues; and I LOVE the energy of them and their "look",plus I'm not a fan of people who dock their dogs tails (Ahem, Schnauzer). I've done my research and know what to look out for, so here's hoping Spring/Summer 2013 the Wilson's get a new puppy!

We can handle dog training, and actually have a really good dog training course here that is handled out at a local farmers farm (I've been to it with a couple rescues and she's awesome), I've also been reading the dog training books by Ian Dunbar and so many others (anyone else think Ceasar's a quack?).

I know this post is long, but I thank anyone who has positive suggestions

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Just thought I'd add a little about me:
-I'm 23 yr old Office Admin Grad (almost, April can't come soon enough)
-I previously owned a beautiful 14 year old cockapoo/terrier (some think schnauzer) mix who walked into my life at 7 wks old; she was dumped with her litter in a garbage bag on a family friends farm. I loved her for all 14 yrs, she passed in my arms.
-Thanks to Jazzy, I'm able to handle/rehab dogs who dig, jump, claw, bark, bite, have fear issues, and pull A LOT on leash.
-I love to go for morning and evening walks (min 45 minutes) or runs
-I live next to a gigantic open field and have access to many dog runs/parks
-My work is flexible, and even when it's not, my mom or uncle are able to "baby" sit the pup
-I volunteer at the local shelter, where big dogs are predominant. I love big dogs and wish one day to be able to have one (I want to one day own a farm or acreage), but between allergies and my tiny house it's not right for now.
-I'm thick headed, stubborn, and have been known to stick with my guns especially when others say I can't; As my mom says, "I'm Scottish"
-I'm more than aware dogs cost a lot, over Jazzy's life time we spent well over $20,000 on her vet bills alone. I want to make sure that which ever pup we choose comes from good, healthy lines, and that I can meet their parents.

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