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    We got a rescue dog recently, 3 yr old cattle dog, bonded with most of the family quite well, unfortunately the previous owners traumatized her somehow so shes 1. scared of my 6 yr olds barbie dolls, and 2. she is very dog aggressive, to the point of biting my wife's leg for stopping an altercation, sometimes it takes a test run to see how they go.

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    A lot of rescues have a 2 week trial period I have read.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I have 2 friends looking for a rescue dog at the moment. One is off to the local pound today to check out a lab/spaniel mix (I've met one before - weird looking dog but lovely). My other friend is just umming and arring, checking petrescue every 5 minutes and dreaming about dogs at night.

    She has a shortlist but says that none made her say: "Drop everything - this is the one".

    Now I'm a pretty pragmatic person and I chose my rescue based on pretty logical arguments. Her photo appealed to me, but in the end I chose compatibility and convenience. I got a dog that I could walk off leash the day I got her home (away from roads obviously) and was therefor easy to teach recall to - which is very important to me. She was awesome with other dogs so a breeze to walk. I also didn't have to worry about the rickety gate in my rental as she never tried to escape. And never had to deal with barking or similar bad habits. And that was good enough for me, even though she is not my soulmate, like my previous dog was.

    So I may not be a good person to advise my friend on this, I think. I can suggest to her which dogs to avoid because they sound like trouble (she definitely wants an easy dog too), but apart from that, I don't know.

    How do you pick a dog from a website? How do you decide which ones to go meet if they are 100s of kilometers away?
    Hi. What breed of dog did you find that was all the things that you mention here?

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    Hi Rosey.

    I got my dog 2 years ago (this post was about friends looking for a dog, so it wasn't their list of "wants"). My dog is a true bitsa! She is supposedly a staffy/kelpie cross and I can definitely see some traits of both. But I suspect there is another breed - or who knows, maybe 2? - in the mix somewhere.

    But she had been in foster care for a while so I got good info about her temperament from her carer. The only thing I had underestimated was how excitable she was. And she still kind of is, but is getting better all the time. She will always be a bit of an "in your face", licky dog but she is very independent at the same time.

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    I pick my dogs based on which one I think needs me the most, not what my needs/wants may be. Usually whichever one looks the most terrified. Im not worried at all about behavioural problems, I just work through them, its always worked for me : )

    I like to choose the type of dog (usually terrier) that would not get rehomed otherwise due to behavioural/health problems. Its not fair for a dogs life to be trashed by its first owner, then for it not to be given a chance for rehab with a second owner, its not their fault they had a sh*t life to begin with! So I guess my life purpose is to help this type of dog. I guess Im just not into 'perfect' dogs, they tend to leave me cold, just no interest there. I like my dogs to be little and very vocal too, those who like to murmer and 'talk' a lot : ) : )

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    You leave me feeling ashamed of myself, I don't know who you personally but you are one amazing person from the sounds of it.
    The dog in your profile picture looks like a real sweetie

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    That is really admirable, Bella. It sounds like a vocation.

    It wouldn't work for everyone though. I don't feel I have the skills nor the time and energy to deal with real problem behaviours. Plus there is my daughter to consider. But I do admit that when I realised that Banjo's issues with jumping and getting over excited were much harder to fix than I had thought, I got some satisfaction from that too. She is not a pretty dog at all (my daughter tells me off when she hears me say that, but it's true) and coupled to the wild behaviour when I got her, that made her a pretty unpopular choice for adoption. Our gain! But it does add an extra layer of depth to the relationship.

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    Well Im lucky that my life enables me to do this, I dont have children to worry about with my challenging dogs, plus some of my work is done from home, so I have heaps of time.
    I have heaps of patience with dogs I guess. Some dogs are so damaged though, that if behaviour cant be resolved I can usually fit my life around it instead.
    I realise its not for everyone, and not everyone is in a position to do it.
    I tell you what though, its never a dull moment and I agree Beloz it adds an extra layer of depth to the relationship : ) : ) Im not really an amazing person, I guess at the pound Im just a total softie, and take whichever dog is the most terrified, but Im lucky my life kinda fits around it all : )

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    Hey Julianne, the dog in my profile is Scrappy, I lost him about 5 months ago, and i still cry. I have a new little one, Missy, she is 10-12 years old with health problems, you can read her story in my post Please Meet Missy : ) She came from Rockingham pound in WA, I saw her first, (she was smiling) on Pet Rescue website and went all the way down to Rockingham to get her : ) She is an absolute darling.

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    For me the choice was simple, as I love GSDs and Rotties and a young GSD girl needed a home how could I say no.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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