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    Smile New dog owner...

    Hi!!
    We welcomed our new family member just yesterday, after a sign on the side of the road persuaded me to just pull over and ONLY have a look at the pups on offer. We have been wanting to adopt a rescue dog for a while now, we waited until we had a secure yard and that we were sure we could commit to a life with a pooch. I have been stalking the rescue websites for the right dog, but we just didn't see any we could consider adopting.
    We already have a 3-legged-wonky-faced cat, a laughing and self obsessed budgie, and now we have 11 week old Jemima, who is a Bull Mastiff x Bull Arab.
    I am looking forward to sharing our brand new journey with you all, and learning LOTS along the way

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    I got my puppy from AWL after about a year and a half of looking. I don't think I could buy from a "sign on the side of the road". It's not a method of puppy supply I want to encourage.
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

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    I didn't buy her, she was free. She was one of 2 pups remaining. I would never buy a dog from anywhere except a rescue shelter.
    She was locked in a little chicken pen with the chickens, all covered in poop and lord knows what. I saw her and decided that she was coming home with me where she can live chicken poop and cage free!!

    ETA; I just realized that my intro post made it sound like a puppy mill thing...
    Basically what happened was this...
    I had seen the same sign for puppies in front of their house for a couple of weeks. I drive past there quite a lot and it's the first time I have seen a sign selling puppies... On my way home they had changed the sign to 'free puppies'. I have actually been looking for our new pooch for a while now. I did look over the AWL website too but I live quite far out from where I can get to actually meet a dog so it's basically been a case of me asking about their temperament, needs, how they are with kids and other pets etc.
    So I stopped in at the house to only look at the pups. When I met the lady she showed me the Mum, was in the same small fenced yard with some ducks. Mum was lovely, and she looked in good health. I met the 2 pups and they were just covered in poo and dirt. The lady explained to me that the other 11, (yes it was a litter of 13!!! ) had already sold and the remaining pups had to go ASAP as they were going travelling, so they were letting them go for free. They then asked me if I would take both pups, and the Mum. Wish I could have but it just isn't possible.
    I don't think they were a puppy mill, just a case of an unexpected litter.
    I could have waited for the right rescue dog to come along for us, but I couldn't leave Jemima there any longer, she looked miserable, and I have no doubt she would have ended up at the RSPCA or even shot by the end of the day.
    The truth is that if that sign had have still said 'for sale' I wouldn't have even stopped in there to look.

    Jemima has come out of her shell since being here the last 24 hours. When I got her home she was terrified, dirty, and very quiet. She now wags her tail when she sees us and is beginning to explore her surroundings.

    I have copped quite a lot of criticism for taking the pup. I realize it is not an ideal way to get a new pup, but I see her as a rescue dog anyhow.
    She will have a forever home with us.
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    Welcome to the forum McPoochy. I hope you are going to put some photos of Jemima. In my opinion you are guilty of one thing, having a heart. People who run puppy mills are disgusting, and it makes me cringe but the folks you got her off, sound like they just wanted her to find a home, because she was free. She sounds adorable, can't wait to see her!!

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    She is very adorable!! I have just uploaded a few pictures to an album, still figuring out how to do the avatar etc.

    Puppy mills horrify me too, when I was younger I lived with a girl who just kept pumping them out of her dog. Her dogs were very healthy, but she was only doing it to make money, poor dog spent most of her life churning out pups. That's just not fair.

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    A sweet face...........I know how easy it is to get sucked in and she is a lucky dog to have found someone to care for her. it is annoying and sad as to how people keep dogs, but there are many dogs who live like that

    Having chosen such a large breed it is important to start training ASAP....get your puppy focused on you as soon as. I have large dogs and the biggest mistake people make is leaving "walking on lead" too late.

    Hya has posted many good links.......I just love the Ian Dunbar system of training.

    I know from your other post that she will need to be vaccinated and wormed. Do that ASAP for a puppy......Also your dog is a large breed, so make sure you add some extra VIt C to the diet....just the Vit C tablets 2x 500 units daily will do. this will help with bone structure and at the same time give some help now she is not vaccinated. Is there a reason there is no other vet you can go to?

    I use quite a few extras for my dogs, such as kelp, and cold fish oil. I use the glucosamine/chondrointon and vit E also. But that is a personal thing for large dogs.

    I am vary into socialisation for dogs, I find it very important for dogs to meet many new things when they are puppies. Such as many people and other dogs (vaccinated ones).

    Good luck and happy training

    Addon...just checked your album, she looks quite healthy and I love to see that she has a bone to chew
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    Hi McPoochington! Welcome to the forum! Good on you for saving her from what could have been a horrible fate!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Hello welcome McPoochington.
    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
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    McPoochington

    Thanks for the extra info - that always helps. I think I'd have been taking all those dogs to the nearest AWL asap. Who knows what those people will do with them when it comes time to leave. And keeping dogs in small pens covered in bird poo - I think I'd be phoning the RSPCA about that one.

    I found that the puppies at AWL and RSPCA never appeared on their websites. The only way to get an idea about what they really had was to get out there. For me it was a 2 hour trip one way which was hard and the dog I saw on the website was a boy (not what I wanted) and already re-homed (so I couldn't have taken him anyway). Sigh.

    The pet rescue people that use a foster care system can be better - because you can get an idea about what a dog or puppy is like over the phone and in some cases they will organise the dog to come to you - after sending someone local and experienced in home checks to see your place.

    Some puppy mill farmers - use people's desire to rescue puppies in trouble as a way to get homes for their puppies. It's so wrong in so many ways.

    So I hope Jemima has found her forever home. Such a tough start and a hard call to make when faced with other people doing the wrong thing by their animals - what are they going to do with all the poultry when they leave? (please send the RSPCA an email with your story).

    PS I see some of you posting instead of sleeping...
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    We live in quite a rural area so that simply wasn't an option unfortunately. As I was leaving, another car had pulled in and they took the male pup that was left.

    Originally I was not searching for a puppy, I was determined to give an older dog another shot, but my enquiries were always met with uncertainty when it came to how they were with kids, other animals etc.

    Truth be told I had not even thought about what they would do with the chooks and ducks when they leave, I will phone the RSPCA today and see what they have to say. Also about Mama dog too.

    Given how rural it is, shooting animals is a common occurance. NOT something I agree with at all, if you don't want your animals breeding then you need to get them desexed IMO, but it does happen.

    Jemima


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