I don't know why bother telephoning around to ask if they have a dog to your own specifications... Shelters are not shoe shops. When I wanted a dog, and I specifically wanted a dog from a shelter (in this case the RSPCA), I went to have a look WITHOUT my other dog. There wasn't any for a few weeks, but I kept going back each week until I found what I wanted. BTW I read somewhere that Kennel cough is brought on by surgery. I think something to do with the anaesthetic and apparently it never goes away.