Saints ARE big teddy bears. I just loved mine growing up. she would let me ride her around the house (I was something like 3). Anytime she'd get upset with me, she'd just start at the bottom of my chin and lick my whole face....ICK! I went everywhere with that dog. Does your brother breed Saints?
No he has always bred english bulldogs, bull mastiffs and pits but he knew this lady that was needing to move and she had to sell two little female saints so he took them but he's already placed one in a good home and now he has the one little cutie left. if you have an email address i could email you a pic of her.
i just emailed it to you and i sent a pic of my little peis. i really do hope you find the perfect pet. i have had shih tzus, chihuahuas, english bulldogs, peis and yorkies and i think everyone knows after a little while which one will work best for them. i love all dogs but more partial toward the peis and shih tzus. let me know if you get the pics.
Shaunna I truely understand your thoughts on breeders and buying from them and being taken advantage of...it does happen...plenty have posted on here about getting had...I hope you can either work it all out get one shipped or get a local dog...since your open to big dogs many are available...personally I would be careful of a dog that has been passed through a lot of hands...
pyr....wow...you have very beautiful dogs. Thank you for sharing the website.
huron... I am quite a bit nervous about breeders, pet stores, or anyone...because, honestly, I'll feel like a moron if it happens again! I don't want to bring another dog into our home and then have to explain to my children (again) that we have to let the dog go back because it was locked in a kennel all it's life so it's not socialized or because somebody didn't do research on their Sire and Dam and ended up breeding unhealthy puppies...etc. I want to have a forever pet. I want to cuddle it the day it gets here and be cuddling it the day it dies. I don't really feel like I want to buy a puppy that has passed through a lot of hands. I personally think I'd feel way more comfortable with getting a puppy from someone that knew the puppy well and could tell me about the puppy's personality, when it was born, who it's mother is, what mom is like, what dad is like, how it got along with it's siblings, etc. I want to know everything about my puppy, just like I do about my kids! I really want to get my puppy from someone I can call and ask questions too...even 1 year down the road. Do you think I'm asking a bit much or does it all sound like stuff I SHOULD expect?
ok Im a little pissed and watching tele at the same time as playing on here and the dogs are happily munching on a pigs head...
but instaed of asking people from all over the world what to do how about as yu obviously have the internet... do a search of the breed you want, your area and include the word breeders... ie Tibetan Mastiff Breeders Idaho... get my drift?
I'm sure you will be able to discuss pro's and con's with breeders and if the prefered breed is not ideal then another breed may be sugested by the breeder...
a good breeder will have more questions for you than you have for them... if not find another one.
Wow...I'm really sorry that I made you angry with my post. I wasn't trying to make anyone angry at all.
I was asking people here because I did do a search for breeders in my area and they are few and far between. The ones that are here that I've found are not people I would really want to work with as they really don't like to answer any questions and I've already been "had" by one of them. I thought the people here would be kind enough to answer my questions and maybe point out some things I should think about before I get my new puppy.
Don't give up just because one shelter turned you down. Check your county and city shelters, the ASPCA, and check http://www.petfinder.org I have been on both ends of this. When I had my own fosters, I was very careful with families that had children as many do not bother to teach their children how to handle pets and the pets may be abandoned or PTS if the pet bites or scratches the child. However, I have two children that have been around animals since the day they were born and are more responsible than most adults. If you have a problem because of your children, suggest a home visit or meeting with your children. and don't give up after one has turned you down. Shelters and rescues vary wildly as far as their policies.Most are run by volunteers. Some are overly picky because they are on a power trip or have personal issues. Try another and don't waste your time with unreasonable or difficult staff, there are plenty of others out there.
"I personally think I'd feel way more comfortable with getting a puppy from someone that knew the puppy well and could tell me about the puppy's personality, when it was born, who it's mother is, what mom is like, what dad is like, how it got along with it's siblings, etc. I want to know everything about my puppy, just like I do about my kids! I really want to get my puppy from someone I can call and ask questions too...even 1 year down the road. Do you think I'm asking a bit much or does it all sound like stuff I SHOULD expect? "
You are not asking too much. These are questions a good breeder will be happy to answer. Once you decide on the breed you want, picking the breeder is the next step - as you already know. Here's a site that might help you choose your breed: http://www.wonderpuppy.net/choose.htm
When you are looking for the breeder, it gets tougher because you want to find a dang good breeder. Check out their sites and hopefully they'll have their contract on it so that you are able to see what you are dealing with. Research research research! lol! In the end, it will all be worth it and you will have your hard earned puppy. =)
Oh and there is another site that guides you to finding the right breeder. I think it's on that same site! LOL, it's too late for me.
I dont understand them not letting you get one cuase your kids are under 10. Labs would be the perfect pet for kids. I have 2 labs and my sister is 7. and they get along great. did you look on puppydogweb.com or puppysites.com? there are some realy good breeders on there. puppysites is how i fount one of my labs. If you are still looking for the right breed, dogbreedinfo.com has alot of info on ALOT of breeds. Golden retrievers, labs and Boxers, are some of the best breeds for children. Hope ive helped.
shaunna, don't give up on labs or what ever kind of dog/puppy you deside to get. Out of our 3 children, 14,10 and 6, our six year old is the best with the dogs. He will feed them, let them out when asked, wipe eye goop from their eyes etc. You should see the reaction i get when i ask my 10 year old the same thing. (and he is the one who really wanted a puppy).
Anyway i think the younger the child the more attached they get to the dogs. They also learn to respect animals.
I didn't really understand that either. I honestly never once thought that having children would cause a problem in adopting a puppy. We like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and labs the most (after a family vote). We started considering the other breeds (retrievers and labs) because we were having trouble finding a good German Shepherd breeder and the shelters won't give a shepherd cross to people with kids. We thought it would be easy to find a lab or retriever. Ended up that we were wrong. We're not giving up on getting a puppy at all. We just have to regroup every couple days and come up with a strategy for finding and then getting one! Meanwhile, we just continue doing research and reading the different things people have to say about different dogs, etc. It's been incredibly educational and is really helping us to sort through and decide exactly what we are looking for in a dog. We're even getting information on how to temperment test and stuff...there's just so much information out there!
I just wanted to say that I think you are wonderful. All that research? And the flexible attitude toward possible breeds? You picked out a vet and researched toys and the puppy isn't even in the house yet!
Don't let anyone or anything discourage you. I loved reading this thread and getting to know you.