We're having so much trouble finding a dog in our price range.. I mean, we want a dog and we can afford it, but my dad doesnt want to pay more than about $300-400, which is what we payed for our golden.... 10 years ago. Soo, basically we're checking out all the pounds and shelters, but all we've found so far is pits and dogs that arent suitable for children or cats.
With two cats and a 9 year old brother of mine we need a really friendly dog, and my parents dont want a pit. :( Sadly, I think they're gorgeous dogs. I'm trying to convince them that staffies are good dogs.
Needless to say, I'm excited that my dad has FINALLY.. nearly agreed to a dog. I was looking through the want ads too, because those dogs need homes too but everyone is asking 600-1200 for their pups.
Wish me luck, hopefully this family will have a pup soon and my never-ending search will end.
Hope you find the dog you are looking for Meridity. But remember, if you don't find him/her this time, there is an ever refreshing source of dogs and/or puppies at the shelters. Why? Because too many people want their little Trixie to have a litter or their little Topper to experience being a daddy.
I'll be leaving as soon as my moms movie finishes.. Yeah There is this one pit at the shelter named Patriot who's been there for so long and I just want to take him home... but no pits allowed in this house. I actually have been checking petfinder.com for a while, my neighbor got his dog Rosco there.. he's afraid of his own shadow lol, but thats okay.
And we're just looking today. I'm going to try to convince my mother to take me to the shelters in the area too.. they have a basset the town over (according to petfinder.com) and my mom adores bassets!
thanks guys I'm jumping out of my seat with excitement.. I really love dogs and I miss mine so much that I cant wait to see these guys,
Well, I'm back.. the pit bull they had attempted to bite me, so my mother promptly left... annnnd the rottie was so gorgeous, but was being held for someone until next week.. I didnt get to see the others.
Im sure you will find a wonderful dog , I have gotten a dog from the pound in the past and i just got my mom one for her birthday from there. If you dont find one today please dont give up, you will get a great dog.
Probably the worst thing you can do is go to the pound and browse. That is why a great many of those dogs are there in the first place. Impulse. They were bought or adopted when cute and tiny, then the owners find out they are not the right type of dog for them.
Don't go and wait for a cute face. Make an informed choice. Decide what kind of a dog you want, then check out online rescues, shelters, local ads, and breed ads. When you find a breeder of the right kind of dog, contact them.;l They may have an older dog, a returned puppy, or be fostering a rescue of the breed that is really eight for your family and situation.
terriermom-I don't think too many people do research just to discover that their perfect dog is a mix of 4 different breeds and then just happen to find that particular mix at a pound or breeder. Are you saying that no one should adopt a mixed breed because it is an "impulse purchase"? How do you think shelters are going to find homes for these dogs with advise like you are giving? I think it is wonderful that someone is willing to adopt a dog from a shelter.
MOST of the people (Please note my use of the word MOST and reserve any offensive reactions to this post- only if you think that you are one of the most) who dump their dogs in shelters- simply shouldn't have had a pet in the first place. Not a fault of the dog- a fault of the person.
Meredith and her family certainly aren't jumping into this on impulse- they didn't happen upon a shelter and just decide to adopt the first cute puppy they saw. They walked away from the shelter dog-less. That implies that there was thought involved in their actions- and actually makes them wonderful candidates for adoption from a shelter.
I think it's a disgusting disservice to suggest that shelter dogs are all unworthy as pets. When in reality- a shelter dog often has an even stronger bond with their new family than a breeder purchase- they've known bad times and appreciate your love like no other.
Be patient, Meredith. Call the shelter and give them your number- ask them to call you if they think that they have a good match for your family (if they can't do this- it's okay, but it's worth a shot!). Do you have a Petsmart or Petco nearby? Both offer dog adoption days- where dogs who've been fostered in homes are placed for adoption! It's a great way to find a family pet who won't chase the cats and likes kids. :)
I just wanted to say, that I was completely uninformed and unaware of any 'breed type' that I would even possibly be interested in. I wanted to find a homeless dog and give it all my love, companionship and warmth. I went to the shelter, simply hoping to find a little mutt or mix that I connected with. I ended up with the best dog I have ever imagined I could possibly have. He and I are best friends. I've had him for 2 and half years now, and can't imagine my life without him. And that was an impulse buy, I would suppose. I'm so thankful every day for it.
Good luck on your search for a great new friend!
***Edited By: DooknDokkermom on 4/21/2005 9:55:23 PM*** Reason: spelling
Meredith, you've been wanting a dog and waiting and waiting and waiting for so long. It's too bad that pits are out of the question, because I just saw a post on here about a puppy who is good with people, good with animals, and in need of a home. But he is a pit bull--- btw, known as the nanny breed for being so good with kids... I haven't paid for a dog yet. They always seem to find me--- or people send them my way! LOL I have had calls from the vet wanting me to take a sweet pit that someone wanted PTS instead of paying to have it treated on more than one occasion.
I know you will make a good decision when you do find the right dog. Meredith has been reading and looking and learning for quite some time now! What kind of dog are your parents leaning toward? Small, medium, large? Long hair , short hair? Or will they let you pick and then decide whether or not they agree with your choice?
i agree ! there are so many sweet, loving dogs in the shelters just waiting for someone to take them home and love them. and they will return your love ten fold ! and alot of them dont end up there because they were "bad"dogs. there are no "bad" dogs. only bad owners. i think its wonderful that you are looking to adopt a dog from the shelter 5 HERES A HIGH TO YOU !
Just so you guys know, I'm in Mass.. but we're looking in surrounding states as well (I live about 10 minutes from RI and 30 from CT and we often go to NH and ME for visits)
The shelter here actually only had two dogs last night, a pit and a rottie.. the site said they had more so obviously some lucky family got to them first..
I went to another local shelter today, they had a mini dobie that I wanted to take home (sweet little thing, so cuddly and such) but the family didnt agree with that choice.. too small they say, my monster (cat) might eat it. When we told my dad about this shelter he was really interested in what they had so I think we're getting closer to getting a pup each day.
Terriermom, its almost insulting that you would think this is just impulse... I've had a dog before and I have been doing research for months on every kind of dog. I'm not just looking for a cute face (though I really think they're all very cute). I really miss having someone run to the door when I get home and to give me kisses when I'm feeling down, to keep me company on the couch.At this point the only thing that is stopping us is my father.
Thanks for your support guys.. I was going through the want ad and found a 4 year old border collie in need of a home.. we have a big yard for him, the only problem with this is... my dad doesnt like long hair *insert rolling of eyes here* So, I'm trying to push him towards that nice pup.
Shadow, I watched that movie, I'll show my mom when she gets home.
Shiny, my mom wants a corgi (I agree, sweet dogs they are), my dad wants a a dog that is strong enough to pull him on this scooter thing he has (my golden did that), my brother wants anything that will catch a ball and me? at this point anything that will cuddle lol. I am in love with so many breeds that I would take any with open arms.
SO, I'll keep you guys updated. Thanks for your support!
Corgies are most awesome! Small dogs are great. I used to be like your dad and want the big ones, but Shadow is small. She's brought so much joy, she got me hooked on small doggies. Corgies are one of my favorites. And yes, they go after frisbees, balls, and mostly anything you throw. They can be great aglitity dogs too.
Terriermom, dogs from pounds are great. i got my huskey mix there and she is the best. there is nothing wrong w/them. she chases cows but other than that she's wonderful. i live in TN and a quarter mile off the road & people drop off dogs (and cats) all the time near our house. that's how we got our border collie, and just this week a huskey. the collie is white and he was real scared at first, but now he's fine and the huskey is still a puppy. he's kinda skinny, but still i dont know how long he's been out there that just goes to show you that pound dogs (& cats) are just as good, or better, than a breeder's.
***Edited By: shay916 on 4/22/2005 3:55:45 PM*** Reason: mistake