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    Well I spoke to the foster carer this afternoon for almost 2 hours! It was great to talk about the Cocker Spaniel, his behaviour and personalilty, his needs! Gave me such a great picture of what type of dog he is.

    He was found dumped outside a local vet at the beginning of these school holidays so he has been with the foster carer for 2 weeks.

    There are 2 things that are concerning me and I will be thinking LONG and HARD about them. She said he needs walking every day. I can commit to that but at the moment I don't. Poppy doesn't NEED it even though she likes walks and outings.

    The main thing is the grooming. She said he needs to be groomed daily and that he isn't too keen on it. She said he was matted when they found him and when she went to get him clipped he freaked and had to be sedated at the vets so they could trim around his bum etc.

    OH, Poppy and I are going to meet with him this evening and then we will think about it.

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    good luck hun.
    The grooming could be an issue. It takes a fair bit to be able to keep calm and push through issues like that. It is doable but you need to ignore the upsetting crazy from the dog. If you do take him on I can walk you through it if you would like...or you could just have him shaved at the vet sorry

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    Well we went and met him last night and he was lovely!

    He LOVED Poppy and they played so well together! He was a bit bigger than I had imagined. He is 19kg so bigger than Pop's.

    The foster carer only had a little chi, a tiny maltese and a shihtzu X so he has had no one to play with as the little dogs arn't really into his rough and tumble nature.

    He is VERY well behaved. The carer said "sit" and before she could finish the word his bottom was on the ground! OH and I looked at eachother with amazement.

    He is VERY boistrous though and I can see he really does need someone to be the BOSS or he will be it.

    I really don't know that I can commit to the walking daily and grooming cost. She said he will most likely need to be sedated to be groomed until he is used to it and builds a relationship with a groomer.

    I think he deserves so much and while I know we can give him a lot I'm just not sure we can give him EVERYTHING he deserves. I hope that makes sense.

    He is very much an outside dog. Sleeps outside and everything and I do want another inside dog, like Poppy. It makes me wonder if I really need to wait it out for a Cav to come along because I have seen them in rescue/RSPCA on occasion.

    Such a hard decision! But I don't want to be selfish and take him because we want him and like him...I want him to go to someone who will give him everything we can give him and the extra stuff he needs. I know the foster carer is VERY passionate that he goes to someone who walks him everyday so I know that will happen!

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    My advice- If your worried about something that will be a real issue, like the grooming, or if you aren't happy with something about the dog, like the fact that he is an outside dog, don't get him. It is better that he goes to a home that suits his needs, and has the time to commit to fixing such a large problem such as the grooming issue. It is also better to wait until you find a dog that suits your needs, aswell. It will be better for all involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    My advice- If your worried about something that will be a real issue, like the grooming, or if you aren't happy with something about the dog, like the fact that he is an outside dog, don't get him. It is better that he goes to a home that suits his needs, and has the time to commit to fixing such a large problem such as the grooming issue. It is also better to wait until you find a dog that suits your needs, aswell. It will be better for all involved.
    Yep! Agree! That's EXACTLY what I said in my post!!!

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    Go Girl!

    Rescues are great but do make the right choice for yourselves and the particular dog, as I'm sure you will!!

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    Just make sure you introduce your doggies on a neutral ground first. That way you can avoid some hassle. Good on you!
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    So we umm'ed and ahh'ed for the past few days and have come to the conclusion that although we loved Sebastian (the 1 year old cocker) and him and Poppy played so well we just dont think we can commit to giving him the walks that he needs and deserves.

    We could handle the grooming and EVERYTHING else but the walks is something I think we would struggle with.

    I want him to have that after everything he has been through so I spoke to the carer this morning and she was completely understanding and thanked us for taking the time to meet with her. She said to keep an eye out on their website too as she could tell we were great doggie parents. So that was nice to hear!

    Have contacted Cav Rescue in QLD as we feel they are the breed for us! The lady mentioned a possible 3 yr old Cav who's owners wanted to place her, then take her back, breed from her, then desex her and give her a forever home.

    I'm not sure about that situation and whether it is legit or not but will see if anything comes out of it. The rescue coordinator said she would think they would want a big more $$$ for her because she is pedigree and that we may be expected to pay for the desexing too. So I don't know...

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    The right dog will come along Amy and when it does...you will know it for sure!

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    Thanks Clea!

    I know your right!

    And I am confident Sebastian will go to a perfect home that will walk him and give him everything else he needs because his carer is SO passionate about her foster doggies! It was lovely to see!

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