We'll after a long time searching for good miniature poodle breeders on the internet, I finally gave up. My mom called the vet and asked if he knew of any miniature poodle breeders, and he did!!! We have a breeder about an hour away from us, she breeds toy poodles and miniature poodles only. The puppies are akc registered, and she said she has three upcoming litters of puppies all in March. She said she only breeds three litters at a time, and all puppies are raised in her home rather than kennels. She feeds puppies eukanuba for good digestion system and then she told me I can switch my puppy over to the evo innova that i want to feed. She said I can stop by at her house anytime. I am going to her house in three weeks to see if the litters were born yet. I told her exactly what i was looking for which is a miniature poodle, female, white, apricot or cream. She said she is pretty positive that one of her litters will have the light colored poodle that I am looking for, and all the litters are the size i want! She does not breed mixes and only breeds poodles. She has bred poodles for many years. She makes sure all puppis are dewormed and in good health before they go to new homes. I am so excited, i email her and she tells me all about her dogs, and answers all my questions. Many breeders i emailed awnsered me with like two words and never awnserd any of my questions, so i turned those breeders down. I probably won't have a dog until the end of April, but that works out great, becuase it gives me plenty of time to think about Angel and grieve some more. It was definalty meant to be, i was praying for that perfect puppy litter to come around. :)
Perfect! I knew that the vet would be a great place to get a reference from. Especially since they know what you went through losing Angel so they would want to send you to somebody with a good reputation and healthy dogs. And being able to wait a few months gives you some time to heal your heart a little and be ready for a new puppy. It sounds like this breeder going to be a good person to help you out with future questions and advice too. Being able to visit her home and see her dogs and how well she takes care of them is a bonus. Then you can choose your new pal from more than a photo. Good luck and keep us posted!
"She said she only breeds three litters at a time"
Does this mean she has 3 littes on the ground at te same time year round?? Was confused with the wording. She would have to have alot of girls to keep 3 bred at the same time without over breeding them I think.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Congratulations. I hope you are not jumping the gun. Angel has only been gone , what, a week ? Two at the most ? I am not trying to put a damper on your excitement, just am hoping that with it being so soon, that you are not looking for a dog to fill her shoes so to speak. You are still in the mourning process and may find yourself comparing the new pup with Angel and not being happy if she does not live up to what you expected. My hubby has only been gone a little over a month and the thought of another man is totally out. At least not for quite awhile. I know i would be comparing him to Quinn and it would hurt even more because it wasnt him.
The new puppy may cause you to miss Angel even more and you may end up resenting her. Everyone has to allow themselves time to go through the grieving process. You need to be healed enough to be able to move on . It just doesnt seem like you have given yourself enough time to get over Angel before doing that.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Dusty does have a point. While I do believe another dog is the greatest source of healing, do not expect this dog to be anything like Angel.
After we put Norman down we fostered Gracie, then Tucker, and of course kept him. I found myself for a long time comparing Tucker to Norman. (When Norman was good, he was an awesome dog that I wanted to keep). I even resented Tucker a bit. I'm over that now, but it took time. Grieving is not something you get over in a months time. Don't expect to be over Angel by the time the puppy arrives.
What sort of health guarantee does this breeder have? Is she showing her adult dogs and have they had the health testing I told you about?
Angel was sick for almost a month, she was never herself all of january then febuary, i got used to not always having her their to hang out with, so when i noticed her in pain one day, i had the vet put her down. It was hard to see her go, put it was like the part of her that made her Angel was gone, so i had time to grieve. I never got the puppy yet, i just have one reserved, but their are no guarentees, it's up to GOd now. I will have too wait at least two and a half months before i would even bring the puppy home. I know i am moving fast on this whole dog thing, but i finally found a good breeder that offers health guarentees and has the exact dog i am looking for. I know this dog will not replace Angel, I don't want it to. I'm just looking for a new friend that fits perfectly in the family. I want this dog to be different than Angel in personality and size. All three litters are expected at different times in march, she says her puppies go to new homes pretty fast. She has a big family, so they all take part in helping with the litters and socializing them. When my neighbors cat died, two months later she got another cat, and this cat was completely differeet, and she loves her new cat. I asked her all about it, if it ever bothered her getting a new cat as soon as she did after the cats death, she said not at all, she is happy with her decision. I have talked it over with a few people who have lost pets, some get new pets in a couple of weeks, but usually months. I know Angel would want me to move on, waiting longer does nothing for me, it's not like Angel's coming back the longer i wait, so it's best i move on with my life. I would never forget Angel, we have tons of memories of her, andi saved important stuff of hers, she will always be loved and remembered. A new puppy would be a new adveture in my life, Everything just seems so depressing and lonely without Angel around or just in general having a dog to play with. I love dogs, and I want to always have a new pet in my life. I have grieved over Angel for two months thats when she was sick. It hurts to know she isn't coming back, so I just need to move on, it makes everything better if i do. I'm sorry if all of you think I am going to fast with this getting a new dog thing, but it's exactly what I need to get my life back on track again.
You posted the 16th that you were looking for a future companion, because you didn't want a dog anytime soon.
Do you understand what "do your homework" and to keep your options open means? Finding a breeder in 3 days, I'm sorry to say, is an impulse buy.
Why not take your time looking around and actually playing with puppies face to face before making any kind of decision. Just because a vet recommended this breeder, does not mean she is what you are or should be looking for.
I am not going to tell you how long to grieve, but I will tell you after losing one of mine a few days after Christmas, I haven't even thought of getting another. It hurts too much.
People are not trying to be mean, maybe because you are so young you were able to bounce back from this and move on so quickly, I don't know the answer here. I just know you did not take your time with this decision after you wrote a post asking for advice and help, so it seems like a huge slap in the face to those of us who have been following your story offering advice and support.
"I know i am moving fast on this whole dog thing, but i finally found a good breeder that offers health guarentees and has the exact dog i am looking for."
Need I repeat that it was only February sixteenth you made your initial post requesting advice on what to look for in your future puppy search? "Finally"?!
And you don't know that she has the exact dog you are looking for. There could be no creams or apricots in her litter, what if there there are a couple, but they are promised to someone else? I'm sure you will move on to the next litter you stumble across...
3 litters at once does seem like a lot, and does not plead your case any more convincing. Do you know how many dogs she has in her breeding program? Have you taken a trip out to take a look at her dogs?
MPR I think that you are 100% doing the right thing for you. Everyone handles losing pets differently. When I was 12 years old we lost our 15 yo min. poodle and it was and still is one of the hardest things to think about. My dad bought my mom Misty when she found out she was pregnant with me so she was essentially a part of me an I still miss her terribly every day. After we made the choice to put her down due to seizures my mom and I were absolutely devestated. About 2 weeks later on a Sat. we went out looking at dogs, not intending to buy necessarily but I had never not had a dog and I felt that Misty would have wanted me to be happy and to truly be happy I need a dog lol. Well lo and behold we were looking at the paper and saw someone selling their yorkie poo for $75 and both my mom and I agreed that this dog was perfect for us because we had so loved our poodle but also thought that yorkies were great dogs* the lady couldn't meet us for like 2 hours so we decided to go and look at some Sheltie pups we had found bc my stepdad's boss has them and adores them. While there the runt picked us out but we decided to look at the yorkiepoo anyway(bc he's what I wanted) So in the end we ended up with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and they are quite possibly the greatest addition our family has ever had. It was 100% meant to be to help us with the grieving process. Both my mom and I still miss Misty terribly and we have a spot on the entertainment center dedicated to her but at the same time we wouldn't trade in our boys for the world. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you truly in your heart of hearts feel that this is the right thing to do, then it is.
*please note everyone that this was 8 years ago and "designer" breeds were not yet popular and the was a lady who's wasn't working out with her other yorkies. I DO NOT condone "Designer Mutts"
It is soon, but how soon she is ready, only she knows. My concern is that she is jumping too fast into what breeder to buy from based on she has pups coming soon and will promise her one :(
She is standing to get a unhealthy pup and more heart break is she does not thoroughly check this person out.
When you say 'health guarantee' what is her guarantee? "only" 3 litters at a time? That is far from something to brag about to convince yourself she is a good breeder. What else do you know about this breeder, how many breeding females does she have? Does she health test and what for? What age is she sellin them that she says the pups go to homes very fast?
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I'm sorry if all of you think I am going to fast with this getting a new dog thing, but it's exactly what I need to get my life back on track again.
only you know when you are ready so whether you are moving too fast or not only you know. personally, i have usually gotten my newest dog when i knew the time was coming to put an older one down. it has always helped me more to do it that way than to have an empty home.
good luck with your new baby.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Congrats MPR! I would have to disagree with the majority of the posts here.
As long as you don't compare the two, it is a great idea to get another pup right away. When Christian died of acute liver failure, we began looking for another pup within a week. A few months later we picked up Everest (dog to the right in my pic). Everest was a challenge to raise, but never once did I expect him to be like Christian, or resent him for being himself.
I would do it again in a heartbeat. There is nothing better to heal a broken heart than to be laughing hysterically at a puppy's antics. This, of course, is my own personal experience. I realize that everyone deals with pain differently. You have to do what feels right in your heart, girl.
I know many people who had senior doggies. They knew the years/months were numbered. Many couldn't bear the thought of not having a fluffy to come home to.
I know when my sweet Daisy was failing, and nothing more could be done to help her, other than keep her comfy and cosy, I couldn't bear the thought of life without her. Knowing how much I adore the seniors, I adopted another senior girl, I had been fostering.
I do understand your wanting another doggie to love.
Like others, my concern is you purchase from a reputable breeder. Don't rush the research part.
Have you, and your family, perhaps considered a rescue? That would be a lovely tribute to your precious Angel.
"I'm sorry if all of you think I am going to fast with this getting a new dog thing, but it's exactly what I need to get my life back on track again."
You know.... something you should learn... there is no such thing as "getting back on track". Life is not linear like we want to believe. Yes, you lost something. Yes, this would get you back to where you were before. But...... Back on track? Even after putting all the pieces back together, your life will NEVER be the same. I am not trying to be harsh, just a littl advice for you. Embrace what your life is, no matter how far off from ideal it is. The holes that our dogs and loved ones leave, leave us absolutely scarred. Such is life. We aren't meant to patch those holes, necessarily. Just grow to accept them.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
Sheesh kdubbs27, lighten up! She's only a teenager!
I don't disagree with you, but I think we all rem. thinking out loud as a teenager. Don't berate her b/c she doesn't have enough life experience! Again, I'm not trying to be disrespectful, just take into account her age when you read her posts!
***Edited By: huskyseehuskydo on 2/20/2008 5:19:55 PM*** Reason: grammar
I think we're all being rather criticle of how "fast" she is moving to get another dog. We have no right to judge what is to soon for someone we've never even met. Not to mention she still has to wait for the pups to be born and for them to age before they are ready to go. Not everybody needs months and months to greive. Some people don't need that time at all, what they need is another dog to fill the void and there is NOTHING wrong with that. She found herself a breeder she feels good about. Let her be excited.