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    I'm even crazier, MM. I prefer to adopt teenage dogs! My previous dog was just over 1 and my current dog was 8 months when I got her. And boy, did she chew and destroy stuff! But no leadership challenge though, she is an awesome dog. I prefer taking a young dog because I still think they are somewhat easier to mold at that age. And I just enjoy knowing them in their monkey years too. Now she is about 16 months and I am still hoping she will grow out of some of the annoying habits we haven't managed to break. But she is definitely less determined to destroy our belongings and I love her all the more because we got through that together and I didn't kill her over it.

    Yes, pups are hard work, but committing to dealing with those issues strengthens the bond also. Though personally, I always preferred to not take on a very young pup because they require more supervision and guidance than I have time for. I would not have been able to leave an 8-10 week old pup home alone for more than a couple of hours, for example. But my 8mo coped well with it.

    I enjoy seeing them change. Watching them grow from pesky adolescents into balanced adults. I might consider once taking on an older dog as a second dog, but I would do it more because I know how difficult they are to rehome than for my own benefit.

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    I have never been into puppies, i mean i love petting them and swooning over them at the park but i can't deal with the no manners, toilet training & all that jazz 24/7 over a 1-2yr period which is why i only adopt dogs 2 years and upwards. It also depends on what sort of breed your after too i guess, when i went looking for Molly i wasn't into a breed in particular, just looking for a lovely companion. Now after really getting into obedience, i would love to trial with a rottweiler so i really want that particular breed for my next dog. I'm still going to look at rescues and pounds for one but i know my chances of finding one that i could work with are very slim so it may look like i might have to face those dreaded puppy years after all

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    The main reason for wanting a puppy is because I have to adult cats - I feel that they will adjust better to a pup than an adult dog.

    I also want to experience those changes a dog goes through as it grows up - I want to socialize it in ways that suit our life and mould it in to part of our family. With an adult dog, I don't know what its background is or what problems it comes with. That said, I would be willing to take on an older pup/ young adult, if I found the right dog.

    I definately do not have room for two - though I taking a mum who has finished weaning her puppies is something that I am considering. It makes me sad to think that she'd be left behind when all the pups have gone

    I have had a pup before, I've been through all the stages and with a pup who inherited fear aggression from her mum, so I'm not going in totally blind, though I did have help from our resident older dog. He was a rescue, he came to us when he was about 2 from the pound. He was a sweetheart, I trained him, he was well behaved and I love him dearly, but I always felt I missed out on his puppy years - I don't know how he landed in the pound, he was somewhat trained already, so I believe someone loved him in a previous life. Both dogs now live with my mum back in Ireland and I miss having a dog in my life. So really, I don't care how old it is - when I find my dog or he finds me, I will know he is the right one. (or she :P )

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    Oh i know what you mean about wondering what they were like as pups, i think about it all the time with Molly but i am so stoked i have her now so i guess none of that really matters. She was also very well trained & mannered so i'm also guessing she was loved by whoever had her first, but i always wondered why she ended up surrendered at our pound.

    I got her at the age of 2, all three of my cats were around the 4 year mark. I had the complete opposite thinking that if i was to get a puppy, it would completely overwhelm the cats with it's playfulness so i thought that getting an older dog that they would get on better as an older dog would have better manners, but on the other hand we adopted a 12 month old cattle dog cross who was and still is a complete nut! Can't sit still, has to round up everything & anything and the cats will just put him in his place when he gets overwhelming.

    Whatever you do i'm sure everything will turn out for the best! & i love the fact with a puppy you can watch it grow. I'm just not cut out for the puppy stage yet!

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    Hi Asrais

    There is luck involved in getting a puppy from rescue. With the RSPCA and AWL and other big shelters - the puppies they get are adopted very quickly - they almost never bother putting them up on the website. There are also some rules about adopting from there, ie you have to show up with the entire family - cats included to meet the puppy - so it helps to go out there in person, and visit often and get used to the system. As often as you can bear, I find it a bit traumatic.

    With the rescues that use foster carers - it's a bit easier to make friends and be matched up once they get to know you. But again - I imagine puppies would be easier to adopt out - so again - if you can be known and what you're looking for is known - it makes it easier for them to contact you first when something that might suit comes in.

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    Would they really expect me to lug the cats out to the RSPCA/ AWL? Surely that isn't a practical way of seeing if they get on? The cats would be pretty p*ssed at having to be brought out of their home, I don't think it would be right to judge them on their behaviour in that stressful situation.

    Within the next few weeks, I'm gonna start calling foster carers and getting my name out there, so we will see...

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    Hyacinth,
    Our local good shelter (sippy creek) ask that the whole family come in, but they also do some temperment testing ie take the dogs to the cat area to see there reaction. They also have foster carers and the staff take different dogs home on the weekends to gauge their reaction to kids, cats etc (older ones).
    A friend adopted a staffy on the day it went up for adoption, but as she had kids, another dog and a cat, they wouldnt let her take it for a week, but sent it to a foster who had kids, another dog and cats first.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    When i bought Molly from the pound, i was asked if i wanted to bring my cats in to see if they would get along - i was the same as you, no way was i bringing the cats down. I was told that if they didn't get along i could take her back. Thankfully because she was so submissive & the fact there were three feline's to contend with they learnt to just live with each other. The cat's at first used her as a boxing bag, and that worked because she learnt her place very quickly!

    Because it was such a small pound each of the workers would take a dog or cat home in the weekends. The lady that looked after Molly took her home nearly every single night! Molly was at the pound for approx 3 months and this woman had grown quite close to her. I have her email and send her pictures and updates as often as i can, and whenever i need to go down to the pound (registration renewals etc) i take Molly down for a visit. Molly still remembers her and gets all excited when she sees her, but she knows i'm mummy - so some pounds and not just foster rescues, have an insight into the personality and behavior of their dogs.

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