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    I adopted Millie (a whippet) when she was 8/9 years old. She is easier to train than my 2 year old. She is calmer and loves the attention whereas Jethro would prefer to be doing zoomies or playing with the kids. AND Millie would love nothing more than to sleep the day away on the couch whereas Jethro would prefer to eat it! LOL!

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    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    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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    Hello, welcome! hope you find yourself a wonderful little mate.

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    Hi &

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    Hi *waves*
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    Kelpie crosses are so so popular in shelters.
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    Best place for an Adult dog are the shelters in my opininon.

    Best reason for an adult dog is they are more settled and more is usually known about their personality eg will they get along with a cat or not. Most come already house trained. They also usually have their vaccinations up to date, and you don't have to wait for the last booster vaccination to be effective (usually 3 months old with a puppy), before you can take the dog out in public.

    I found Frosty fairly difficult to train until she was close to 12 months old. The attention span just wasn't there when she was small. But I've been watching old footage of our kelpie x heeler and she was doing stuff at 10 weeks that Frosty wouldn't at 8 months. So depends on the dog as well as the handler.

    Pick the dog that is friendly and fairly focussed on you but not obsessed.

    The more obsessed the dog is with your every move - the more I think it would not like being on its own at all. I could be wrong about that. But the upside is that it is likely to be more keen to please - ie obedient.

    PetRescue - find your new best friend!
    is a good place to start. They will often organise interstate transport for the dog. And the descriptions tend to be more informative than the ones for RSPCA and AWL.

    However many dogs available for adoption at the big shelters never get listed especially the puppies because they get adopted too quickly. I think. Or the shelter people are a bit disorganised - I can never figure it out.

    You can also ask your local vet if they know of any animals needing homes (people moving, getting divorced etc).

    This is the RSPCA website
    Search for an Animal

    And this is the AWL one for SA (click on home) this bit is the links pages to the other AWL sites in Oz.
    Animal Welfare League of South Australia Inc. > Resources > Other AWL Sites

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    Welcome to the forum. We adopted an adult dog from a forum, and she's been easier to teach basic obedience to than our pups. Best of luck with finding your new friend!
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    Welcome Kristy!

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    Hi Kristy......

    What about a Shar Pei????

    We have many to choose from atm, some are on our web site and some are yet to be added for various reasons.

    Could be a good fit for you and what you describe as your lifestyle

    Cheers Amanda

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    Last edited by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria; 01-03-2010 at 09:11 PM.
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