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    Start of last year I started talking to hubby about getting a GSD. Finally convinced him that it was a good idea. He was living in Adelaide doing training for 9 months though and the kids and I were at the in-laws until October.

    I started looking into registered breeders in SA and researching the breed (I'll admit that I probably didn't do as much learning about them as I should).

    Narrowed it down to 2 breeders and when we got in contact with one of them it turned out the guy was in the same line of work as DH and was known by DH's cousins. On top of that, they were planning a litter in the near future. Pups were born early Sept and were available early Nov. Excellent timing since we had just moved back into our own place. 'Twas meant to be

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    Well as far prep work I don't think I did a great deal of it, It was more just a case of waiting for the right time in our lives to have a dog.

    Since being married we wanted to have a dog (looked into english mastiffs) but we both worked alot and knew it wouldn't off been the right thing to do, then we had children and I knew it wasn't the right time then. So now that my daughter is 4 and son is 2 we feel they are old enough, big part of it all is we want our children to grow up with a dog, as their friend and family. I think that is a really special thing.

    so throughout the past 6 years we have thought about getting a dog, just was never the right time. By chance we came across Leo and couldn't resist. So not quiet impluse puppy, more a wanted and longed for puppy that just happened to find cross paths with us. (hope that makes sense)

    I do hope when Leo is older (if we can do it responsibly - financially,yard size,time wise etc) we could get a pure english mastiff, so that prep work (really only look at clubs and breeders online) has been an on and off effort for a few years.

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    In terms of actual research on the breed? Bits and pieces of reading over the past couple of years.

    In terms of actually finding a dog? I have to say, we struck it very lucky finding a breeder as wonderful as ours. We'd done some beagle enquiries as the were our second choice, but decided to turn one down instead of settling when we really wanted a labrador. We'd sent out several emails to various breeders and ours was one of the few who replied after a couple of weeks - she had one black boy left. We met her and realised we'd struck paydirt in terms of a good, reliable breeder, met his mother (which really sealed the deal - she is such a beautiful and sweet dog) and ended up with our pup.

    We finally definitely decided on getting a dog at the start of January, found his breeder at the end of January and had pup by the end of Feb. Probably not as much breeder research as we should have done, but, as I said, we reaaally struck it lucky.

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    Not a lot. The internet was not arround in those days. Our family always had dogs so I guess we learn't about breeds and suitability by those that we and friends had. My first dog away from home was an aussie terrier..rescue. I was in a flat but soon to move out. I knew the dogs needs would be met and after that, except for the lab mistake 29 years ago all dogs bar the last 4 have been rescues, rehomes or strays that I felt we could meet the needs of, them mix with us and our environment. I have been right.
    It helps to live on acerage that adaptions and modifications can be made to if needs be.

    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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    prep for dog

    I bought a house with a big yard. I quit working full time in an office.

    I made sure the fences were secure.

    I got my knee reconstructed and did a year of rehab - though I think it would have gone better if I'd gotten the dog sooner as she's been the best Personal Trainer ever.

    I did some research on breed but I pretty much knew what I wanted, ie ACD (x). And I was happy to go check out the pounds (RSPCA and AWL) to see what they had. It didn't occur to me that there might be breed specific rescues or so much stuff on the web though I did do some web surfing - looking at ACD breeders - didn't like the look of the local breeder or their dogs. Just a subjective thing, they're probably just fine if that's what you want in an ACD - to me they didn't look right - I guess I'm more used to the farm variety than the show variety.

    I already knew which vet and dog club I wanted to join up with, and the vet told me about puppy school - the things you find out "by accident". Actually AWL gave me a lot of very helpful information in a booklet including info about puppy preschools and I should have read it more carefully and more than once. Well I did but some of it didn't seem important until what ever they were offering advice about - happened.

    And I've lived with dogs before and cattle dog x before. I liked bull terriers too, and if there had been one of those (puppy) at the pound with a dark nose I might have come home with it.

    And I definitely wanted a female dog. Despite several people telling me I'd bond better with a male. I couldn't see any actual evidence for that then or now.

    And then I started visiting the RSPCA on regular occasions to see what they had and how they did things. Didn't see any dogs I liked at the time. I found a dog that I thought I might like on the AWL website - but when I got there, it had been adopted out already and they'd put the wrong sex on the web - it was actually male - so oops. I went around the pens then to get familiar with there, and found two heeler x puppies. And talked to the staff/volunteers about them. Took the pretty one out to the one on one space and tried to get her to engage with me but she only wanted to go back to the pen.

    Took the one with the bucket on her head out to the one on one space and she was generally more interested in everything and me and played with me and played with the toys and was generally much more interesting. I talked to the staff about the both of them and they said Mrs Bucket had much more personality but she was very noisy at dinner time - well that hasn't changed. She does talk a lot. Especially at dinner time or if she wants something or if something "isn't right".

    So I called a friend and talked about Mrs Bucket, and then I took her round to my friend's place - probably not the best idea - but it worked out ok, she had a ball playing with the other puppy there and was too small to catch or damage any of the menagerie. And I learned some useful things like how to stop the puppy from freaking out in the car - ie put her on the seat next to me - where she didn't move an inch.

    Bought dog bowl, puppy food, lead and stuff from AWL. Didn't buy any of that earlier because I didn't know what size dog I would be getting until I got her. She slept on old towels next to my bed until I got a blanket box and lined that. She still sleeps in that. I tied her to me with lead until she was toilet trained, and I used my brother's crate for her when I was out.

    It would have been good if I'd known about dog star daily and click and treat websites before I got the dog but it hasn't made much difference. And if I'd known that ear taping needed to be done very young to get pointy ears I might have tried that too but I guess I can live with semi-erect ears.

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    Once we bought our own house we knew we wanted to get a dog. So we research dogs that would suit us and we be medium-small. Then we looked at the local rescue group, the pounds, until we saw Ziggy!

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    Im still reaserching, getting ready and saving up.. have been for around 18month and probably will continue to do so for the next year or two But when i finally bring a new buddy home i will be prepared finacially, educationally and mentally to meet any need that comes up.

    Im not one to go into animal ownership lightly as i know very well that they can be a lifetime commitment/family heirloom! For example some of the birds i have will live for around 80 years and even though a dog may live from 8 - 14 years i want to be fully prepared for any situation.

    Luckily i work in a very good vet clinic that i will not leave unless they force me out of the door so i can get discounted food and medical care which will always help It also allows me to have access to a heap of different breeds of dog and chat to breeders or people who show them and have had a good deal of experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    unfortunately. Dora has turned me off small breeds completely .. never having one again.
    Hugs Masha...

    Big is beautiful - not just in looks either - remember that one.

    Greyhound, Deerhound, Borzoi... I can't resist plugging my own breed...

    But seriously, I wanted Borzoi since I was a kid, but didn't get one for years thinking they would be high maintenance etc etc. So when I finally did proper research into them I found out the opposite. And the more I looked into it the more they suited me and my lifestyle. So years of dithering, then when I decided to get one I came across my first boy almost straight away. Fate maybe?

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    Kelpies I grew up with and inherited.

    Whippets - friend that had Kelpies had a whippet, should say have a whippet he is 18 and is now living with their son and his children. Always admired his grace.

    Was looking to scale back and get a smaller dog when along came a ready made family. Canned that idea and started to research English Setters. Hubby didn't like them when he finally saw them in the flesh but liked the Gordon.

    So six months later along came a Gordon. Hubby loves this dog, so do I, but one is enough.

    I want low maintenance, good family dog, easy to live with and after two years in came the first Whippet, since then many more have been added.

    I have really converted to sight hounds and think they are underrated as a family pet, especially those not dedicated to training.

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    getting a puppy was the last thing on my mind....... but when boss' dog had puppies and I saw the little tri coloured one...whom we though was a girl 'princess' we called him

    it was meant to be! had to be <3 my Sam!
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