Pure Bred Love

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I will be moving in to my own apartment soon.  This is the first time ever I have lived alone.  Like really ALONE.  No kids, no roommate, not even a pet.  Which got me thinking.  I want a pet.

When my kids were little we got a kitten from the neighbor whose cat gave birth like clockwork every few months.  Because of his coloring we named him stone (because this is a sponsored post I am not allowed to include a picture but trust me he was cute).  But they really wanted a dog.  As soon as we moved in to a house with a yard our first stop was to the local shelter where we found the Link to our hearts.

Stone died suddenly no notice, nothing, I just came home from work and he was lying on my bed in his favorite spot.  We had Link put to sleep after an arduous time with hip and leg problems, she stopped eating couldn’t walk and it just wasn’t a quality of life that she deserved.

As time has gone onI have considered getting another pet, but my landlord (Kathy) was not amiable to it.

But now!  Now I will be living alone (hmmmmm I should probably go check the lease before I run out to the breeders) and I think I want a pet again.

There are so many types of animals to choose from, I vacilate between dog and cat all the time.  Can you believe how cute these guys are?!

I have always leaned towards the larger breeds, thinking if a dog was small it was more of a toy than a dog.  But those little Mini Wirehairs are something else indeed.

Boo!  I just checked my lease, no pets allowed!  Maybe I can get a fish.

However, if you are looking for a specific type of dog you can check with the AKC Rescue Network and they can direct you to rescues in your area.  When adopting a dog from a shelter be sure to do all of your homework.  ASK QUESTIONS!

  • Why is this dog in a shelter? Was he surrendered by the previous owner, is it a stray, or a rescue? Why did the owner surrender him? If he was a stray, where was he found and in what condition? Is the dog from the local area? Is the dog here because of an animal cruelty charge against its previous owner?
  • What was the health condition of the dog when he was brought to the shelter?
  • Has this dog been adopted out before? How long has the dog been in the shelter?
  • What veterinary care has the dog received since arriving at the shelter and can you provide copies of the records?
  • Is the dog housebroken?
  • Does the dog get along well with kids or other pets and how does he act around strangers?
  • Does the dog have suitable good manners that I could take away his food bowl while eating or remove his toy while playing? What training and socialization has the dog received since entering the shelter?
  • Can he walk calmly on a leash in public or does he need more training? Click HERE to find a training club in your area.
  • Does this dog require any special medical care, ongoing treatment, dietary restrictions, or additional socialization?
  • Will the shelter take this dog back if it doesn’t work out with my family?

Sometimes you need a trial run.  Maybe fostering before adopting.

If you go to a breeder remember these tips:

  • Don’t be put off if a breeder isn’t immediately responsive. Hobby breeders often have full-time jobs and they don’t always have available puppies. Be selective. Find a breeder who is knowledgeable and make sure you’re comfortable with them.
  • Visit the breeder’s home or kennel and ask to see at least one of the puppy’s parents. Get an idea of what the future holds for your dog in terms of temperament and appearance.
  • Observe the premises. Is the house/kennel clean? Odor-free? Dogs and puppies should be clean, well fed, lively and friendly. Look for signs of malnutrition such as protruding rib cages or illness such as runny nose/eyes, coughing, lethargy and skin sores.
  • Pay attention to how the dogs and puppies interact with their breeder. Does the breeder appear to genuinely care for the puppies and their adult dogs? Both dogs and puppies should not shy away from the breeder and should be outgoing with strangers.
  • Find out about the health of your puppy and its parents. Breeders should be honest about the breed’s strengths and weaknesses and knowledgeable about the genetic diseases that can affect their breed – including what’s being done to avoid them. Breeders should be willing to share proof of health screenings such as OFA and CERF certificates with potential buyers.
  • Establish a good rapport with the breeder. He/she will be an excellent resource and breed mentor for you throughout the life of your puppy. You should be encouraged to call the breeder if your dog has a crisis at any stage of its life.
  • A responsible breeder may ask you to sign a contract indicating that if specified conditions of care are not met or you become unable to keep the puppy, he/she will reclaim it.
  • Don’t expect to bring home the puppy until its eight to 12 weeks of age. Puppies need ample time to mature and socialize with its mother and littermates.
  • Breeders should be willing to answer any questions you have and should ask many of you as well. Breeders will want to make sure their puppies are going to good homes, with people who know what to expect and have made all the necessary preparations.

Baby steps, I have an apartment.  When I get a house, all of the cute ones are coming to live with me.

Him first:

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and then them

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and all of them!

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