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    I beleive dogs have the same emotions as humans, just probably show them in a different way.
    She spends most of her time with me, she sleeps in my room so I wont have to change much. Im going to need her as much as she will need me.
    More exercise will probably be a good idea though.

    I think I will probably get another dog, we just had one for such a long time but she seems happier now having dog company that what she was like before.

    How do you start looking for a puppy though?

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    Hi xx_sheena_xx

    First you have to decide what sort of puppy you want.

    If you're not too fussy - you can go with a rescue puppy or dog eg here (tweak the search options to suit your needs)
    PetRescue - find your new best friend!

    Or visit the pounds or shelters near you like RSPCA or AWL or Lost Dogs (though I don't like them much).
    It is a traumatic thing to do and you really really have to be prepared to walk away if the right dog is not there. You can't save them all. And not all of them need saving anyway.

    The rescues with foster carers are a great way to go because those dogs are living at someone's home and they can give you a good idea about what the dog is like.

    Any and all new dogs will need training - starting with toilet training from scratch - some will be faster to understand than others. Puppies around the 6 to 18 month age are like naughty teenagers so crate training would be good to limit potential destruction to furniture and garden (oh the joys of dog ownership), and farm dog bitsas need more exercise than most other dogs, physically and mentally. Which is fine if you want a dog sport dog (agility, flyball, herding, obedience, tracking).

    If you're fussy, you're going to have to choose a breed or series of breeds that suit you and then choose one, and then make friends with a breeder. Dog shows or clubs are are a good place to start or even obedience clubs (cos they often have a mix of dogs) to meet the different sorts of dogs and their breeders. I wouldn't be too fussed getting one from a breeder that gets first place all the time, but more about getting one with a good temperment and life expectancy (healthy genes).

    These links may help...
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
    ShelterDogs
    How do I avoid supporting puppy farms? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Some responsible breeders are now using classifieds and internet to advertise their puppies, they figure that it makes it easier for the public to make a good choice ie if the only people listed there are puppy farmers - that's where the public will go. And we can help you decide if a breeder is a puppy farmer if you let us know where you saw the ad or how you found the breeder.

    And I find it generally pays to avoid buying from someone who is happy to tell you all bad things about the other breeders. It's just a personality thing, I prefer people who are more positive and focus on what they have to offer without running down their competition. The ones that say I've got this, this is why it's good, but if you want that - I can recommend - they're my favourites to shop with.

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    PS in Victoria - dogs or puppies must be sold with a microchip number, puppies under 8 weeks are exempt from having a listed microchip but they should have one when they're actually sold / ready to go home at 8 weeks or older.

    But look the listed microchip up and make sure the description matches the dog advertised - because some scum bags are just copying other people's microchip numbers. I think you'd have to ask for a vet or rescue org like RSPCA to help you verify the breed and age of the animal on the chip matches the ad you're looking at.

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    Im not really fussy, I do prefere medium/large dogs though.
    I was planning on getting a puppy from our local RSPCA but they never had one that just seemed right and then I got my dog.

    I have no clue what breeds suit me though. I love dalmatians but they are probably too energetic. I do those silly breed quiz things and always get border collie, kelpie, ect which I dont really think is realist.

    If im going to get another dog I would prefere a puppy that will fit with my other dog. She is a labrador x golden retriever. Is happy to do a lot of exercise but is also happy just to lay around.

    I have no clue what breed I want. Guess i have a while to think about it though...

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    Sheena when nugget was only 5weeks old she lost her mum her mum died when she got hid by a car she coped well it was me who didnt cope I was crying every night I made movies about her i sleep with a photo of her mum on my bed side table I even gave her puppy her mums name to make me think ruby still hear it was 6mouths when I found the bracket I gave to ruby and guess what it had a chip in it that looked like a dog and I still have it that made me realize that she still with me in my heart And she which over me every day and keeps me save I will always rember her she was the best dog I ever had And it was time to let her go I tryed to keep her with me I locked every thing in my heart I did every thing to keep her with me and it just made me worse and mad at my self I keep asking my self why did she had to go why did she leve me why why why And when I saw red dog I cryed my heart out it felt so good to let her go and past over I just felt that all that wegth just fall of me It was the best-feeling I had in my hole live
    I never forget her she the rock to my life and when shed died it crumple and my hole world felt apart Its just so hard to let things go it took me a year to recover but I'm better of now
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    Medium large couch potato - how about a whippet?

    I'd suggest a Grey hound but it's hard to get a puppy. They like to try them on the racecourse first and see...

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    I am so saoory to hear this is happening.......We had one young dog, Tessa, who was very attached to one of our newfies. When we had to PTS Zacky, we gave her the opportunity to see him afterwards......She lay with him for a while and nudged him. We buried Zacky on our property and she lay on top of his grave or nearby for about a fortnight. She missed him terribly, even though we had two othe dogs.........

    I think Tessa never really got over it, until we got Katy-bear. She loves Katy and Katy has been her first really dog companion since Zacky. Now she has fallen for our newest newfie Rescue Lukey.....he is very much like Zacky and she seems finally settled in the dog world again.

    I do thikn dogs mourn the loss of some of their companions, it depends on the relationship. I think if something happened to Annabelle, Tessa would not mis her at all, but Katy would be devastated....They have relationships
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    But look the listed microchip up and make sure the description matches the dog advertised - because some scum bags are just copying other people's microchip numbers. I think you'd have to ask for a vet or rescue org like RSPCA to help you verify the breed and age of the animal on the chip matches the ad you're looking at.
    Wow, is this to avoid the cost of microchipping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Medium large couch potato - how about a whippet?

    I'd suggest a Grey hound but it's hard to get a puppy. They like to try them on the racecourse first and see...
    Not really a couch potato...
    We walk everyday for about an hour. I want to start running aswell. They get taken to the beach every week, where they are off lead.

    So maybe something higher energy that can be calm inside..

    I do love all the "hypo" ones though so it makes finding a good breed hard
    Last edited by xx_sheena_xx; 03-21-2012 at 02:09 PM.

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    Oh whippets enjoy their exercise, my sister walks hers twice a day and they are always ready and get grumpy if they arent walked. However they are good at chilling out when nothing is happening and are quite lazy in that respect. Our whippets have always been active and ready to run and play.

    I have border collies and well bred working dogs are not hypo. They are very high drive and active when required and have a good off switch when nothing is happening, nothing worse than one that is on the go all the time.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 03-22-2012 at 01:16 AM.

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