I kind of like the idea of the Italian Greyhound, but I can't imagine we would find one in a shelter. The pug sounds like a good idea. I'm not crazy about chihuahuas, no offense to anyone. And I have to admit-I'm being a little bit selfish here. Although I want my mom to pick the dog that she likes and will be happy with, realistically, I know there may come a time when she might be unable to care for it. She's in good health now; as I said, she lives by herself and has always taken excellent care of her pets. You can tell that from her vet bills! But if somewhere down the road there is a problem, I would end up caring for the dog. I would never allow it to be placed back in a shelter. So I kind of want her to choose a dog that I can live with, too!
I think you can go through a greyhound rescue for a greyhound. Not sure if it's the same thing as an Italian Greyhound though...are they different? Anyways, good luck finding a dog for your mom. And no worries about not liking chihuahuas, if you end up caring for the dog one day then you'll have to like the breed, too. Although, might I add, that I have a chihuahua who I've taught not to bark :)
Lovingem.. You asked about the litter boxes. It's not easy, but i have one in my upstaris bathroom that has to be changed twice a day and 5 in my basement they are changed once or twice daily. I have rabbits too. Their changed every day also We clean, mop and vacuum every day. I have golden retrievers that shed like crazy also!!! fun fun fun.. but i love em all!!!
I need a little help, if anyone can make a suggestion or have information I would appreciate it. I would like to get a dog, relatively small and good with children. I am looking for a puppy to grow with a big family.
I would think the doxie, pug, rat terrier or anything with short hair that can just be bathed and go. I had a little mini-doxie for 15yrs. He was very much over weight and we never (thank goodness) had any back problems with him. Also a little boston terrier might be a good idea, although they can really be hyper. Good luck in your search.
CatLover, I know someone who *might* have a small, housetrained, tricolor, spayed adult sheltie available- they have mentioned from time to time that she needs to let her go but it would have to be "just the right situation" because they do love her. What part of the country are you in? (you may have said earlier, but I didn't read every post). If you are interested, let me know and I can ask about her, and put you in contact with them. This is not a really high-energy sheltie (I have spent time with her, housesitting), as you were concerned about exercise requirements. She is small enough to get plenty of exercise if you mom would throw a toy for her (like down the hall) a few times a day.
Hopesheltie-I am in eastern Pa, near the Md border. A calm sheltie would be perfect! (as long as it doesn't try to herd the cats, lol!) Shelties were actually on our list of dogs we were considering. They were the only non-hunting breed that we both liked. And I know my mom likes them, too. Let me know if your friends are in my area and want to find a new home for her.
Oh dear; this sheltie is a little far away from you; she is in Arkansas. It is possible to air ship them and they generally do quite well with it, but it does add to the investment in the dog if that is a concern.
I could talk with someone who has been in Shelties longer than I have, and see if they have any thoughts on a good breeder in your area that might be able to help you- breeders oftentimes have young adults that they grew out for show and something just didn't turn out (like a crooked tooth or size) or I can tell you more about this little one if you are interested despite the distance.
Her current situation is that she was a show prospect that did not grow big enough to show or breed (she is quite small for a sheltie), but her owner just couldn't part with her, but with her other dogs doesn't feel she is spending enough time with her and hopes to find her a place where she could be the center of attention.
She has a neat little personality and will get excited and play if you want to play, but if you would rather cuddle with a little fuzzy lap dog she is perfectly happy to do that too, and can go from wild child to calm sweetheart in seconds if you tell her to be calm. Her brother won his obedience class at the sheltie nationals this year. She was even smarter - a faster learner - than he was at her puppy kindergarten class.
The main thing is- her owner does not have her actively for sale; it is kind of one of those times where if the right thing comes along she will probably place this little one, but she likes her enough that she isn't going to just sell her off to the first person to walk through the door waving money. I don't really think she WANTS to sell her. She wants to keep her, but deep down also wants the best for the dog and knows that she isn't really getting as much attention as she would have as the center of attention in a pet home. That is one of the heartbreaking things about being a breeder; you have ones that you love dearly but it isn't fair to them to keep them all.
Thanks, Hopesheltie, but I'll pass on the Arkansas dog. This might sound strange, but I really don't like the idea of shipping dogs! It's too bad, because she sounds like she would be just about an ideal match for my mom. If you would happen to run across any info on a sheltie about that age in the Pa/Md area, though, let me know. Thanks for thinking about me!
catlover I went on petfinder and found several shelties some seniors. They all look so cute and some are housetrained. One particular sheltie is housetrained, leash trained, and crate trained. How awesome.