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    How do these rescues expect you to pay for the dogs if you spend all your time at home??

    The only issues I see with these two breeds of dog are that because they are quite popular rescues will be super picky in who they give them too and wait lists with breeders could be quite long and the price expensive. French Bulldogs through a breeder are around $3,000.00 a puppy, not sure about Pugs. They are also the kinds of dogs that you would want to get form a ANKC registered breeder with a good reputation as well.

    One of my favourite small dog breeds is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

    What ever you do though avoid pet shops

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    Yes Luckycow, I'm finding a lot of the adverts say only suitable for "someone who is home most of the time" or better with older children. I think I've found one advert that says " he will sleep for the day until you return from work" & I thought oh yeh that's what I'm looking for!

    I think we will make list of the most important things we are looking for (eg. Happy to spend some time on their own) & go from there. I understand it will probably take a bit of time to find the right match but we'll be patient!


    Maddogdodge- I definitely won't be putting my ferret & the dog together- I'm more worried about the dog getting a bite on the nose rather than the dog hurting her! She's still got that real hunting instinct about her- sweet as pie with humans (never bitten anyone aggressively just playful foot bites!) but she's a bit crazy towards other animals she's met!
    Sorry to hear that you lost your little fuzzie recently

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    Thanks RileyJ, you're very helpful & I'm checking lots of rescue sites daily to see the new additions! Mostly on PetRescue as they seem to advertise from all sources.


    Jadielee87- Yes I agree, we need to work to care for & pamper our little pooches! But as long as they're doing what's best for that particular dog then I'm happy with that, just have to keep searching! & no there will no "pet shopping" from us - I always said when we get a dog it will be a rescue so I'm sticking with that!

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    PetRescue - Inspired by unconditional love - PetRescue

    Good website for finding rescues. I saw a TV series that had an episode based at Lost dogs home Melbourne - they're not perfect but they mean well.

    A lot of people don't want to home dogs (or puppies) to people who work full time - and I guess it's just best to move along. They've obviously had bad experiences with dogs that get neglected, not enough training and then boomerang because they become impossible to live with.

    You could just ask why and address each reason with a counter argument. But they probably think they're doing the right thing.

    I'd be a little bit careful about the adds on gumtree and the like - some of them are scams. And some are puppy mills. Just be careful and if you're not sure - post a link to it (or the text of it) here and we will point out any red flags. Doesn't guarantee a good choice - you will have to take that risk for yourself but it might help increase your chances of finding the right dog.

    Another good place to ask or put a notice up - is your local vet, or even nursing home - for people who can't keep their dogs any more and might have friends looking after them temporarily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emash8785 View Post
    Maddogdodge- I definitely won't be putting my ferret & the dog together- I'm more worried about the dog getting a bite on the nose rather than the dog hurting her! She's still got that real hunting instinct about her- sweet as pie with humans (never bitten anyone aggressively just playful foot bites!) but she's a bit crazy towards other animals she's met!
    Sorry to hear that you lost your little fuzzie recently
    Ahh yes i can relate to that, my girl Scrat is of the feisty type, she's from working lines. Given the right situation, she would probably bite the dogs, but she does bite people. Not in an aggressive manner, i suspect it may even be her way of being affectionate but sometimes she gets carried away and it can really hurt. Despite my training, she still does it, but i've gotten used to it and i know when she's going to bite hard so i can stop her before it happens
    Minky (who passed away) was as sweet as ever with everyone she met except for my Mum. For some reason she absolutely hated my mum, drew blood numerous times! It was so weird because with every other person she was so sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emash8785 View Post
    I think we will make list of the most important things we are looking for (eg. Happy to spend some time on their own) & go from there. I understand it will probably take a bit of time to find the right match but we'll be patient!
    Really good idea to do up the list - will also help the rescue groups !

    Don't forget that 'home alone' is part of the training you do with a pup.

    How to train your dog to be left alone- clicker training - YouTube

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    Try Pets haven. Sunbury. 40 minute drive from you. They have heaps, and dont insist on stay at home parents. They are also a non euthanising rescue. But pups come in, well are dumped regularly.
    Failing that, i have a short haired, french dog, thinks he's, but not really small who's been pissing me off lately......

    My thoughts on pugs. They are predisposed to obesity it seems, never seen one over 2 that is not fat. And personally, i find that trait unattractive. Surely not all the owners are not exercising and overfeeding?

    French bulldog lives near to us. They both work, he's asleep on deck all day long.
    pug next door, same, sleeps all day they are at work, occasionally pops over to play with mine.

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    I would highly recommend a Tibetan Spaniel. You can try contacting their breed club about any needing homes. But also try contacting individual breeders. If you build a rapport with them you will often find an older dog can become available.

    Pugs and Frenchies shed a lot...

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    My thoughts on pugs. They are predisposed to obesity it seems, never seen one over 2 that is not fat. And personally, i find that trait unattractive. Surely not all the owners are not exercising and overfeeding?
    It's the fact people feel the need to push them to be fat, even most breeders want to see them that size. I have a pug here smaller then a cat, her breeder said 8+ kg is what she should be O_o when she came to us at over 7kg she had such severe arthritis in her front legs she was dragging her front paws and her knuckles were bloody. She had a torn cruciate that was never fixed and her rear leg rotated as she walked (if and when she did that is). Raw diet, weight came off and she has a waist. You can feel her ribs easily but she's well muscled on the legs and she gets raw meaty bones every day as well to keep her remaining teeth clean. At 12 years old she doesnt choke, pass out or suffer in warmer weather, she can run, jump a bit, go for walks freely and has a good range of movement for an old dog. Yes, she is a massive pig, she would eat until she exploded and then keep going... she's choked on food twice now and after being revived she paddles to get more *sigh* but she can't have it. It's not hard to say no to a dog or I hand over a carrot :P

    Frenchies are the same, people feed them until they explode. Both breeds are also supposedly bad with allergies, warm weather, exercise etc. No, bad diets and hideous overfeeding cause it. I would personally go raw with frenchies and pugs from what I've seen, both of my dogs are old but leaving other younger individuals of the same breed in their dust health wise. Oh, and my pug doesnt shed that much either with a good diet
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    Hi all,

    Still searching for our doggie, but doing lots of research in the meantime I'd like to know what brand of dry dog food everyone uses? Open to suggestions on dry/ other foods

    Thanks again!

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