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    After reading the thread "Dogs and Children", it has made me realise that the plan that I had for when I do get another dog, which was definetly going to be a "rescue", maybe isnt such a good idea after all. I dont think it is too early for me to make plans even tho I still have my Geisha with me, but because of the size of my house block I really do need another dog. I do not mean a guard dog, or a rottie or even a GSD, I want a dog that I can have inside with me, sit on the couch and cuddle keeping me company, again this is when I am on my own. But I DO want a dog that will bark if someone comes to the door or pulls into the driveway or can warn me if someone is walking past the areas that I cant see from the house. Just like Geisha used to do & yes, I know I can never have another one of her. I didnt really want a pup as I think I am too old to put up with puppy poo etc. A Staffy has always been my first choice, any ideas to run past me??

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    Well putting your plan in place certainly sounds like a good idea.

    Taking on a rescue that has been in foster care with children & staying with a breed that you know well would be my two main tips.

    I'm sure there are plenty of other considerations to take into account that others will think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Well putting your plan in place certainly sounds like a good idea.

    Taking on a rescue that has been in foster care with children & staying with a breed that you know well would be my two main tips.

    I'm sure there are plenty of other considerations to take into account that others will think of.
    The only breed I know well is a Shar-Pei & I will not go through the heart ache all over again that just may come with the breed, it may not happen but I'm not prepared to chance it.
    There will only be me here on my own, my grand-children are all out of the toddler stage, eldest is 25, youngest is 11, & none of my friends have rug-rats either.

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    If you've always liked SBTs, why not?

    Unless there are any other other dog breeds that you've always admired or been partial to?

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    I love blue heelers for all the things you say you want in a dog, Pei Luver. But Frosty gets 2 hours or so of exercise a day. Not sure that would be your thing.

    Otherwise the terriers also meet your specifications, and come in all different sizes and energy levels. Although you might not want a JRT or Border Terrier snake hunting dog. I guess it depends on what lives on your block.

    Adult rescues - I know of a Border Collie adult dog that has been successfully rescued and some Blue heelers. But not sure about other breeds. I trialed a male kelpie x about 18 months old but we drove each other completely nuts. He didn't accept me at all and just wanted to be back with his family - despite his regular owner using very harsh methods of correction that I wasn't willing to copy.

    I think beagles could be successfully rehomed too. A lot depends on the dog, I think you'd be able to tell by which dogs paid attention to you and wanted to please you and which ones didn't. I didn't like the kelpie x from the start - mostly because he was a boy and cocked his leg on everything, but he didn't come when he was called or want to play either.

    Having a puppy is hard too.

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    Pei you can still have your Stafford

    I would be more dilligent with any of the Bull breeds in rescue though.

    Be thorough in your first assesments of the dog.Go the youngest dog you possibly could regarding yourself and/or Rescue. Have many meetings before you bring the dog home with you children and/or other dogs. Personaly I would suggest not taking from a shelter situation but from a carer that has had the dog at bare minumum 6 weeks and is experienced in these breeds.And in a family type situation,not a boarding type set up. If at all in doubt dont

    It still can be done you just need to be a little more thorough. Also I see far too many xbreds Bull types being released into rescue that are potential BSL bulls eyes , I've said it for a long time and will say it again. A Bull breed rescue should get any questionable dogs done under a NOI and TT before being placed in adoptions. Not only does it save our breed and the BSL fight as a whole,but it protects unknowing new owners and the general public (sorry-bit off topic )
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    Well said Choppa. In particular the last paragraph.

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    You described a blue heeler to me too. There are lots of breeds though that would fit into your lifestyle. Maybe do some research on breeds as background info then see what kind of rescue dogs there are and which one wins your heart. I go on personality not breed as such but to some that is important too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeiLuver View Post
    After reading the thread "Dogs and Children", it has made me realise that the plan that I had for when I do get another dog, which was definetly going to be a "rescue", maybe isnt such a good idea after all. I dont think it is too early for me to make plans even tho I still have my Geisha with me, but because of the size of my house block I really do need another dog. I do not mean a guard dog, or a rottie or even a GSD, I want a dog that I can have inside with me, sit on the couch and cuddle keeping me company, again this is when I am on my own. But I DO want a dog that will bark if someone comes to the door or pulls into the driveway or can warn me if someone is walking past the areas that I cant see from the house. Just like Geisha used to do & yes, I know I can never have another one of her. I didnt really want a pup as I think I am too old to put up with puppy poo etc. A Staffy has always been my first choice, any ideas to run past me??
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    Yep, have taken all on board as to what you both have said. I dont like Beagles, had to have one PTS many years ago when it attacked one of my babies who was just crawling at the time, long story which I wont go into here.
    Choppa, there wont be any kids living here, this is when I am on my own when both my husband has passed away and Geisha PTS.
    I dont like the terrier type dogs or JR's sorry to all of you who have them, no offence meant.
    Hyancinth, I do like Blue Heelers, but walking for 2 hours, bloody hell love I couldnt walk 2 blocks unless I really had to.
    DA -- I adore Mastiffs, have the room for one but again I think my age is against me, love De Bourdeaux's, had thought of adopting a greyhound, but I guess I still am swinging back to a Staffy bitch, preferably brindle, but I know you cant buya dog on colour alone. Actually I am glad that i have some time to decide. All comments and suggestions I will certainly listen to.

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