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    Quote Originally Posted by ERINAH View Post
    I always planned to wait till my youngest was at school before getting a puppy ( I wanted a puppy so it could be raised with the kids) but changed my mind we have a 7 mo puppy and my little one only turned 2 it hasnt been that bad the kids are still the biggest problem
    I think it is a personal choice whats right for you you will know
    That's what we want to do have a puppy grow up with Kai, we babysat a puppy for 2week's and even though it wasn’t a long time, we had a good understanding of what we were dealing with, and we got to see Kai and his interaction with the dog. The breeder we have found won’t have puppies till 2010, so Kai will be 2 turning 3 so that also makes me feel a lot better.
    Thank you for you advice everything has been so helpful

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    What sort of dog is your favorite breed? She seems lovely we have only spoken via email but I think it might just work out. I’m very excited but don’t want to put all my bones in one garden just incase Kai doesn’t like the dog or they are just too big for him.

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    I have german shepherds, excellent family pets but have a protective streak that some people do not want in a dog. That is what I meant by retrievers being "nice".

    I would have a curly or a flaty as a second dog perhaps - then again i am thinking of getting a husky too lol

    Go and meet the woman, cuddle the dogs, see what you think. You may decide upon seeing them that they aren't for you. Looking forward to pics once you do get a puppy.

    Some breeders can SOUND really nice and end up being awful but it is a matter of speaking to and meeting with her. Ask lots of questions and expect to be asked lots of questions.

    I really want a breeder who doesn't want to give me a dog straight away, if that makes sense.

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    Are the questions invasive? Or are they just about how you feel about animals where It will sleep, how much time will you spend with the dog? Those sort’s of things?

    My boyfriend grew up with a Sheppard, we where looking at those two but Dayne didn’t think he could have another one! The breeder isn’t expecting puppies till 2010 so it’s long enough for us to think about the breed and also do a meet and greet before we totally fall in love with the idea.

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    A good breeder will ask you about your yard, lifestyle - how much time you have for the dog, who your vet is, what you plan on doing with the dog etc.

    Nothing to invasive - just think of it as someone who is rehoming something they have had raised from birth - which is what it is.

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    That’s a valid point. Very nerve racking though, feels like you’re a criminal

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    Yep and some people HATE breeders because of it. if you think about it logically they are rehoming their baby. They didnt give birth to it, but they helped to create it, they went through the pregnancy with the bitch, they were at the whelping and they have raised these pups. A good breeder should want their dog to go to the best home possible!

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    I totally agree. I have never brought a dog from a breeder, all mine has have bit’s of this and bit’s of that. So should be an interesting experience for us.

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    Well good luck! Where are you located? We might be able to recommend vets/dog schools etc

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    I live in Endeavour Hills at the moment but we have brought a house in Boronia. Yeah that would be great, any help is gratefully appreciated

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