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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Oh FFS. I'm really getting annoyed about this. How on earth do you expect to be able to care for a giant breed dog when you can't even pay for the adoption fee?

    None of the advice that has been given to you here by experienced dog owners seems to have gotten through at all.
    Hmm.... I feel a bit the same way. This thread is getting a bit repetitive. With all due respect, I really don't have a good feeling about any of this at all.

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    $300 is a drop in the ocean compared to vaccinations good food collars bedding bowls and that is without accidents.
    Save a poor dog some heartache and wait until you are better placed to care for a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Oh FFS. I'm really getting annoyed about this. How on earth do you expect to be able to care for a giant breed dog when you can't even pay for the adoption fee?

    None of the advice that has been given to you here by experienced dog owners seems to have gotten through at all.
    I could have afforded it until I checked my roster today. All the work I was supposed to be getting has been cut back, without warning. I got a week off work to get my wisdom teeth out, and then come back two days later to find out that not only I, but a few others have been cut back also

    I have read and thought about people's advice, the reason I keep changing my mind and throwing in different ideas then going back to them is that I want to make the right decision and there are SO many options out there. The last thing I want to do is have to give my puppy or dog up. The reality is, yes, maybe I can't afford to care for a large breed, but I'd like to think that there's a possibility I could. I have dealt with a large breed before and I hope to deal with many more. I am so tired of looking after everybody else's dogs and not having my own because I was restricted to a smaller size due to my landlord's preferences in dog size. And when my new landlords are completely accepting of a large dog - in fact encourage it - I say why not? And then for them to also say, we will be taking part in giving it cuddles and meals, what else would someone who desperately wants to raise their own puppy think? It sounds naive, I know, but I can only be positive, and these people came to me knowing full well I was looking for a dog, had a cat, and was an absolute animal lover - which they are too!

    I opened this thread to share my excitement with you all, and to find encouragement. I completely appreciate all the advice and comments that you have all posted. There were a lot of things mentioned that I would not have thought about thoroughly, like different breeds of dogs (e.g Bullmastiff), care for those dogs and age of a dog whilst renting. Another thing I have learnt is that the BYB's that advertise puppies for sale when they are only newborns (1 week old) are the ones that REALLY just want the money, because when people like myself come along and are interested in finding the right pup for them, they really can't, because by the time the pup develops a unique personality, the majority of the litter have already been chosen and taken. Where's the fairness in that? Perfect example, the litter I recently posted about had 3 already on hold... They were only 5 days old... The guy hadn't even come to see them.

    I also apologise for the inconsistencies in my posts. My mind is all over the place - I got so caught up with the prospect of FINALLY getting my own pup in a 'moral environment' that everything else became less relevant in that I just expected to still have the hours I did at work, and for the pups that I'd previously spoken about to work out well in regards to timing with the move... But they didn't.
    ('Moral environment'... Let me explain what I mean here: The unit that I've been living in has 'No pets' on its contract - even though it originally did say outside pets only, the agent crossed it out. The real estate agent turned into another person when I asked about getting a cat or a dog. She was completely against it. BUT my landlord on the other hand accepted my question like it was already written on my contract that I could have pets and was fine with either a dog or cat. If it was a dog though, she said 'I know those little fluffy dogs look nice but they bark too much'. That meant no small apartment sized dog for me. But she also said, 'don't get a big dog, the unit is too small for that'. That ruled out anything bigger than a Staffy for her. So in saying that, I felt morally wrong for having a dog there even though my landlord said so. I feel morally right for getting a dog at my new place because of how accepting the new landlords are of animals)

    So, I promise now to keep my mouth shut until everything really does work out.

    Oops, I forgot to add, I completely agree with the 6 week old puppy thing.. Bite inhibition and socialisation is really a key thing. I shouldn't compromise on that. A sound puppy is a sane human. I've seen what 6 week old pups are like, and one is a terror for biting, mouthing and jumping up. I was just secretly hoping I'd be able to curb their eagerness to sell and therefore hold the pup longer. But they're obviously keener on the money than the wellbeing of the pups.
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    A good breeder should have homes lined up for all their pups before their bitch even gets pregnant.

    I don't really care what the reason is for not being able to spend that $300. If this were to happen after you got the dog, you wouldn't be able to afford vet costs, neither the expected or the unexpected ones.

    That last post basically can be summarised as "I'm getting a big dog because I can." For now.
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    wkristen you don't need to apologise to us, just know you can truly do the right thing by any animal before you get one. We all understand emotional decisions, we've probably all made them and paid for them. I'll give you an example of what people are talking about here;

    My 12 month old Mastiff cross was 13 weeks when I brought him home. I had no idea how big he'd get but was prepared for huge. I have a 27kg bully cross and I'm well aware of the added costs for medications, flea/tick treatments, worming, anaesthetics......need I go on? These things are calculated per kg of bodyweight. So I was ready for that. I digress. My pup was a beautifully socialised, fully vaccinated, wormed, microchipped picture of health. All good for a few months then at 8 months old he got really really sick. Meat protein allergy! I'd never even heard of it. No food was nourishing him, he got poorer and poorer. After 3 months of vet bills, meds etc we've finally found ONE food that he can eat. It's prescription and it costs $115 for 8kg. The first bag my poor hungry growing boy ate in 10 days. And he's only 35 kg.

    Could you afford that worst case scenario on your best-case-scenario wage? How about for a 60kg dog? A hundred bucks a week on food alone. It happens.

    No-one here is trying to be mean or asking you to shut up. We want you to understand the massive financial undertaking having a dog is - the cost of which increases proportionally to the size of the dog.

    And I own my own home. I think it's too big a risk when your grip on the rental market is tenuous at best.

    People get upset because we see the animals suffer in these situations again and again and it really does seem that you're only hearing what you want to hear.

    Be patient friend

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    Totally agree with Beloz.
    Sometimes you need to stop thinking about the thought of how great a puppy would be and get out of the "i want it now" mentality.

    Spend some time thinking about future costs that could arise, expected or unexpected.

    Will you be able to afford these if they happen? Or will you be placed in the situation where you have to get rid of the dog because of lack of money?

    I'm sure we could all rattle off the bills we've had to pay unexpectedly and i can assure you it's come to more than $300.

    I honestly think you need to get yourself into a more stable situation financially before you even consider looking for a puppy, big or small,but somehow i think what i and others have to say will fall on deaf ears.
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    I spent about $3000 in vet costs in the past year on my cat and she eats her way through $45 worth of rabbit a week, because it's currently the only food that will not make her terribly sick. She weighs 4kg...

    It's not just the vet costs though. 99bottles hit the nail on the head with their post about renting with a big dog. Your dog will live for 10+ years!

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    The plan is/was to wait a month until after I move in before picking a dog - providing my 'Aww he/she is awesome. Sounds perfect for me' thought doesn't get into my head, then I'd need self control haha. I guess all this talk about puppies, dogs, and all the potential is what keeps me going and keeps me keen. All this freedom of choice that's become available to me has probably gone to my head. I'm aware of costs of vet bills, food, bowls etc. but I suppose that's below on the super dooper importance list under 'price of the dog' - Oops. I am fully aware of how much I'm driving people nuts with all these unrealistic posts I'm writing, even people at home are going 'huh? I thought you were super keen on this dog/pup? what happened?'. I should really just write everything down on one piece of paper instead of writing everything into posts on this thread and confusing and frustrating you all

    Going back to size... I'm not restricting myself to anything the size of a Dane or Mastiff, I just get overly frustrated with how things have gone the last few years and want to enjoy the company of another bigger breed that I raised myself - unrealistic at this stage of my life, yes. I want to stay positive and think that, yes, there is a dog out there, rescue or otherwise, that is exactly what I'm looking for! And when that time comes, I will be able to afford the care for him or her I just have to get that 'Oo! Puppies' or 'Ooo, he looks awesome!' eager thoughts out of my head. That just starts a whole cycle of - 'When can I see him?', 'Can I afford him? No? Well I'm looking anyway', and, 'It'll be fiiiine'! Best to get past the moving out/moving in stage first!

    I spend a lot on my cat :/ Probably more than she needs. No serious vet bills yet, just a desex fee. I feed her Earthborn, $46 2.7kg bag of dry food that lasts about 3-4 months (thank goodness!) and lots of toys.. That's pretty much what I had in mind for my dog, I suppose. Stupid logic , but I was thinking that if I didn't pay $3-4-500 odd dollars for my dog, I'd make up for it in its care with a diet of raw meat and the same brand food I use for my cat (in dog form), lots of toys, vaccinations, puppy school and desexing. This would've added up over time, but I was fine with that... Again - Stupid logic.
    Patience... Off to continue enjoying the company of other peoples dogs until then!

    In case you all haven't noticed, I'm a very stubborn person Belated apologies.

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    No need to appologise wkristen.

    Just glad you're starting to listen to what we're saying.

    A raw diet is not cheap to feed either for a big dog. It costs me about $100 a week to feed my two. That's without any biscuits or treats or anything else i may want to give them.

    Some things you can't plan for either. I got my boy desexed and as one of his testicles hadn't descended it cost me close to $300. Wasn't expecting that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkandz View Post
    No need to appologise wkristen.

    Just glad you're starting to listen to what we're saying.

    A raw diet is not cheap to feed either for a big dog. It costs me about $100 a week to feed my two. That's without any biscuits or treats or anything else i may want to give them.

    Some things you can't plan for either. I got my boy desexed and as one of his testicles hadn't descended it cost me close to $300. Wasn't expecting that.
    Yeah, that's for sure. I can understand that. I'm not a big fan of tinned food... It might've just been the Staffy I had at the time, but boy oh boy did she makes some stinkers! Phew! I took her off the tins and onto raw and dry and the result was MUCH better! The big dog isn't my only option on my mind. I do like Bull Terrier's (noticed there's a rescue on the Central Coast ), Staffy's, Bulldogs, Boston's, American Bulldogs (or are they classified as a large/giant breed?) etc. Not so keen on the working dog breed though eg. Cattle Dogs, Blue Heelers, Border Collies etc. - I don't think I could keep up with them haha!

    $300! That is a lot for a male desexing.. I got a quote for the female Staffy I had at 18mo, that was over $300 :/ Best to get it done early hey.

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