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    I remember trying to find my mums second dog Rex, we went through nearly every shelter & pound in Brisbane and the Goldcoast as we were adamant on getting a dog in need of a new home. Whilst we (mum and myself) found many dogs appealing, we left the final decision up to our dogs to choose their new friend. Took us 6 weeks of searching to find Rex It shouldn't matter how much the void of her previous dog may be, at the end of the day RUSHING into finding a new animal could lead into making a huge mistake and getting one that your not compatible with. Finding your new family member should be a fun experience, not something along the lines of "well i'm just going to the pet shop and get whatever because i don't have time putting any effort into finding one" i'll tell you now, if you don't have time to search for a puppy, you definitely won't have time to train one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    If she is dead set against adopting a dog I would talk her into the reputable breed option.
    If you can't save a shelter animal you can at least support a good breeder instead.
    That sound like a good idea to me too..........As to shelter rescue dogs, yes many do come with a lot of baggage and many don't. Most Shelters give a trial period and you can also get to know the dogs by visiting. As to puppies form Petshops, tell her that if she cannot see/meet the parents of said puppy, she has no idea what it might be like in character. At all good breeders you get to meet the parents and interact with them.

    Many of those puppies from the puppy farms have many faults, be it conformation and/or character/temperament.

    I work with a lot of Rescue dogs and you can tell in the first couple of meetings what they are going to be like. there are some awesome dogs waiting for a home at Shelters.

    But if a puppy is what they want.........Go to a reputable breeder
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    I must disagree Pepe. I know our local RSPCA has some dogs that have quite big issues with escaping and with dog aggression. They will always tell you though. But their temp testing is quite minimal. I went to meet a dog there when I was looking and they could not tell me if he was good with other dogs.

    So I adopted a dog through the rescue organisations. Because they know the dogs much better, most of them have other pets (and/or kids) and you get a much better description of their temperament and behaviour.

    Then again, if they are young pups, it wouldn't matter that much. But you have to be fast to adopt one through the RSPCA usually, they go quickly.

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    Such is Life
    Last edited by Rid****; 12-11-2011 at 08:19 AM.

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    So are you saying anybody that has a different opinion to you and tried to explain things from their point of view, that you wouldn't speak to them again? That's just plain stupid & shows how much of an ignorant person you are. You can't go through life in agreeance with every person you meet, that would make you just plain boring. Where exactly have i been "pushy" if you took a good hard look at my post in which you quoted above you would see the following sentence: "Because of this i feel like i don't have any right to tell her what to do, but i do think i should at least have a go at educating her or at least informing her of the risks of getting a pup from a pet shop" i know i can't tell her what she can and cannot do, but since i feel so strongly about pet shop animals doing nothing but providing an outlet for puppy mills, i'm not going to sit back and tell her "yeah, go for it, don't worry about all the health problems you might run into later on down the track" if anything i'm trying to save her further heartache and potentially save another dog from being handed into the pound or worst PTS.

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    Such is Life
    Last edited by Rid****; 12-11-2011 at 08:19 AM.

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    You again. do you not know how to read? are you as bad at reading as you are at listening to somebody elses opinion? having fun there in your bubble of ignorance? did i say i had the right to educate her? no i said i should at least have a go at educating her, i don't see why i shouldn't be allowed to tell somebody my opinion simply because somebody may or may not be happy with what i have to say, at the end of the day if she chose to get herself a puppy from one of those god awful pet shops i wouldn't choose to ignore her because she didn't agree with me as that is nothing short of immature.

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    Come on peeps, argue the points and not the poster.
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    Beau, you are absolutely right, just felt i had to defend myself as i believe my post had been taken out of context

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    I think you should tell her your opinion Kuri. If you tell her about puppy farms in a way that isnt "in your face" I doubt she will resent you like Rid seems to think she would.
    I wouldn't show her any images or anything as that kind of tactic does get peoples backs up but if you said "a lot of dogs are kept in cages and bred multiple times a year instead of being out in the sunshine, running around and enjoying life. Being in cages full of faeces makes their pups sick and because they are still developing the signs may not show until later on. Just food for thought "
    She may just have no idea about the way pet shops and puppy farms work and she may be horrified and glad that you have enlightened her. As they say, you learn something new every day.
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