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    Smile Hi all, New member here

    Hi everyone, great forum! It's nice to see all the happy dogs.

    My name's Travis and I'm from the US. I've had a dog just about every day I've been alive, makes for some sad goodbyes but also some really enjoyable times. Anyway, After getting married to an Australian (cat person, guess love is blind), we packed up and move to Melbourne. Its a nice place as places go, but I had to leave my other two ladies with my family. Roxi (lab) and Mitzi (schnauzer).

    roxi1.jpg mitzi1.JPG

    They are pretty good dogs (of course) Well behaved, love strangers, so not good guard dogs. Always up for some attention, ball chasing or general mucking about. They love car rides and have gained the 6th sense of DOG PARK!!!!! They honed their skills so well, that if I turned off the accepted route they became distraught....I'm sure some of you have had this happen before, but it was a first for me. Totally amazing I thought.

    Well, I miss them quite a bit, and I am trying to wean my wife off cats and towards dogs. I keep taking here to dog events in hopes that she will come around, and I think it is slowly working...hehehehe. To reinforce the feeling, I am also starting a pet food delivery business...a whole lot harder than I imagined...oh boy...but enjoyable non-the-less. I think the constant theme of dog is warming her....so soon, not sure when though, I may be the proud owner of a new puppy. But nothing has been finalized yet.... dang it.

    Well that's more than enough for now. It's nice to be here. Say hello some time, it's always nice to hear from other dog lovers.
    Travis Barr, Manager
    Pawpost - Quality pet food delivered right to your door.

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    Welcome
    sorry to hear you had to leave your other dogs behind! they sound like lovely dogs
    good luck with convincing your wife! I'm sure once you get a dog she'll wonder how she lived without one
    What breeds are you interested in getting?

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    Hi Travis! I'm guessing from the pic that Mitzi was a mini schnauzer? One of my fave breeds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    What breeds are you interested in getting?
    To tell you the truth, I haven't thought much about it. Besides my schnauzer, all have been mutts. My dad used to rescue dogs from abused homes and for some reason they were always mix breeds. But I kind of want another lab mix because they are full of energy and will get me up and active. Then again, I am not sure if I want the same breed as my immediately previous one.

    My wife has just recently "found" that she might like greyhounds. I have never known a greyhound or anyone with one before, so I'm not sure if it is the right choice or not. But if a greyhound is what it takes to win her over, then I can't imagine it to be so bad. Of course I will need to find out more about them.

    Any ideas for me? I am pretty active, so lap dogs would not like me too much...haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    Hi Travis! I'm guessing from the pic that Mitzi was a mini schnauzer? One of my fave breeds!
    Yup, growing up my dad had two miniatures at diffident times. They seem to be a pretty good all rounders. I can play catch with them and then when they are tired out they head over to whoever's lap is readily available. We rescued Mitzi from an abusive household. She loved any woman in the room, but it took nearly a whole year before she would warm up to any man. Luckily she got over it and is now a carefree couch hog and if she was any taller she would claim your bed too...unlucky for those stubby legs huh?
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    Well you could always look into rescuing a dog, there's plenty out there
    Greyhounds are beautiful dogs, my uncle has one and he's just a gorgeous dog with such a great temperament. How active would you like the dog to be? i'm no expert but i don't think greyhounds are really that active. Other than that, Grey's are pretty much perfect for most people
    If you want a more active dog i think something like a springer spaniel might be good for you, they're also lovely dogs.
    If you're up for a VERY active dog you could go with a Kelpie or Border collie, but only if you can handle lots of exercise!
    if i think of more breeds that might suit you i'll add them here... haha

    Edit: well i just thought up some more options but i dont know heaps about them all so you would want to research lots
    Dalmatian- Pretty active, they make awesome pets though. One of my childhood friends had one and he was a fantastic dog.
    Standard Poodle- Also pretty active, they're also extremely intelligent. The same childhood friend also had a poodle
    Australian shepherd- I have an Aussie so i know loads about them. Best way to describe them would be a Border Collie who is not as active and doesnt take things quite as seriously.
    Boxer- Dont know heaps about them, but from what i do know they sound like a good dog for you.

    as i said before, i dont know heaps about these breeds (except for the Kelpie, Aussie and Border collie) so you would want to do heaps of research into them if you are interested
    Last edited by maddogdodge; 01-29-2013 at 10:46 PM.

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    Well, that's quite a list and a good starting point. I definitely want an active dog, but I'm sure my wife doesn't...but that will be a small trade off if I can get a dog instead of a cat. And who knows, maybe after she gets her first dog, she will wont care. One can dream. Thanks for the input, It gives me somewhere to start.
    Travis Barr, Manager
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    Hi 'Travis' and to the forum !

    If your wife likes the thought of rescuing a greyhound - then the following will be a good start for information:

    Greyhounds to Adopt

    Heaps of information - and of course - unfortunately - heaps needing rescue !

    Good Luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Thanks for the link. I am up for anything that adds to the fodder! I will have a look tonight before bed
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    Hi, I just came by your thread.

    Any closer to deciding on what breed would be best?

    It looks like you've got some great suggestions, I will agree with maddogdodge that Border Collies sure have a lot of energy.
    Our Collie mix was high energy up until she turned twelve though she can still run like the clappers at 13.
    Last edited by Julieanne; 03-21-2013 at 03:03 AM.

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