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    Default I have decided!

    The past two weeks, tracking down breeders, researching breeds and getting many headaches. It seemed that none of the breeds offered us exactly what we needed. Then, I finally found what I believe is the perfect breed for us...

    But then I while filling out the puppy application form, I realised, I couldn't justify spending $2000 on a puppy when there are so many puppys waiting for homes in shelters - we don't need a perfect looking puppy, we won't be showing or breeding - we don't really care what it looks like. Picking a breed offers a certain amount of predictablility regarding temperament and that, but at the same time, each puppy has its own personality and may or may not follow that standard.

    Mostly, my research has shown me, that a dog will give back what I put into it - so wether its a bitsa or a pedigree, it doesn't matter - I am determined to have a healthy, well socialised, well trained dog and it's my job to create that.

    So, it will be a few months yet, but I will be stalking the local shelters and their foster carers to find my perfect puppy.

    So excited!

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    Very cool!

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    good on you!

    All my animals that i have personally owned myself have been shelter or rescue's. I like yourself can't justify getting some pedigree animal when all i want is a mate!

    I wish you well with finding yourself a new friend!

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    I am all for rescue...Three out of four of mine are Rescue dogs, yes even pure breeds have Rescue's. I have only one bought puppy............And yes it is up to you to put all the effort in. And yes you can make what is the perfect dog for you.

    Have a lot of fun in your search
    Pets are forever

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    Another rescue fan here. And I can recommend going through rescue organisations because the foster carers are better at matching you to a dog, in my experience. The staff at the pound don't have the time to get to know the dogs in their care really and the RSPCA does great work, but they still don't know as much about the dogs as foster carers do. That is just my opinion though.

    No matter how tempting it may be to get a dog to save them from being PTS, you need to choose a dog that suits you.

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    As with the other forum members that have replied - Yes - I am a 'me to' with rescues - and - Yes - I am so pleased that you are doing your 'homework'.

    'Doing your homework' regarding any decision in life is very important and worthwhile ! This goes the same for a pedigree pup or a rescue. Now that you have worked out what you think you want now - 'Doing your homework' is still extremely important.

    A couple of websites that are good, as far as I am aware are:
    Pet Rescue and dogs4sale.

    Another thing - after all your homework on a breed - don't forget - that there are specific 'breed rescues' out there that can help you - which you can find on the above suggestions that I have made. They are not the only ones - but it is a start! But again - 'homework, homework, questions, questions' and hopefully you will find the 'pup' that you want!

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    Good for you Asrais, there are so many beautiful dogs needing rescue ... in Perth we have some great rescue groups who are more than happy to help their foster animals find their forever home, and I'm sure you do in Adelaide too.

    Have fun finding your new baby, good luck ... I think Pet Rescue is a good place to start ...

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    Thanks everyone - I have been looking on Pet Rescue and from there have got quite a few links to smaller rescues/ fosters.

    We are gonna wait until my next holidays in June before we bring anyone home, that will give everyone a chance to adjust. How long in advance do you think I should contact rescues? If I put the word out now, I'll be tempted to take on a pup sooner and spoil all my plans, but I guess it's 12 weeks, so someone may have an expectant mum in foster.

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    LOL...I always remember my first Newfie Rescue, many year ago..I was told there might be up to a two year waiting list. So I thought I would get on the list. I told them I would take the problem dogs and the mature dogs.

    They knew us from owning newfies, we already had two........Well the next day they rang.........They told us they had a boy, who was not good with other dogs LOL...Could we take him. So there a two year wait was one day.

    Zacky turned out to be a boy who just needed some Leadership and someone to follow..he was gorgeous and everyone's friend.....

    Just warning you you could be sucked in once you start
    Pets are forever

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    So glad you are choosing rescue. I believe there is an emotional bond there that you can't get with a bought, ordered dog. You can adore the others - but the love of and for a rescue, can't be found, any other way.

    You mention a pregnant bitch... I truly do not understand why ANYONE would volunteer to take a puppy, unless to save it's life - and then I'm so glad to wave good bye!!!! They are irresistably beautiful, but puppies are physically irresistable, until about 4 months. The first 8ish weeks, minimum, hopefully, they are with mum. So at most, you get about 8 weeks of being unable to resist talking like a halfwit.

    Then, you get the TERRIBLE teens, that can last 2 years. All the training, all the brain fizz, all the bouncing and chewing and the attempts to challenge, to work out if they can move higher in the hierarchy of the household. I used to sigh when I took a puppy - but the good side was, there were always lots of naive, hopeful, silly people who INSISTED they had to have a puppy. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!! There IS a reason why a very large percentage of dogs are dumped at about 1 year old. They aren't cute any more, and they are still a pain in the bum. It's horrible to say, and a lot are far worse than they could be, because the homes that dump, are also the homes that don't bond with or understand their dogs and truthfully, don't care. Is that 2ish months worth the next 2 years, when you can pretty well describe your dream adult dog and have it provided, desexed and polished, (or scruffy and desexed and mischievious) and otherwise on death row? Or if you must get a puppy, why not take a lovely motherly older girl/boy, to give your puppy a motherly guidance and discipline YOU don't have to do? If there is a bitch giving birth, at the rescuers, why not take the puppy and her/his mum?

    You sometimes do get difficulties, when you take a dog that needs you, rather than a dog YOU have pictured for years - but I swear, those dogs remain with you, as perfect dogs never do. When you are challenged, when the breakthrough comes, it as though you have never loved more, have never been so obsessed. If you live to 90, they are the dogs you still talk about.

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