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Nuno930
07-01-2005, 10:00 AM
DH and I have finally decided 100% to get another dog. We have debated this issue for a good 6 months. So yay! except for one minor problem :rollseyes: there are only 2 dogs we like 1) is the Rottweiler... but I think the house is just to small. And we don't have a fenced yard. 2) is a Chinese crested... which of course is a freaking rare breed so there are never any (well around here anyway) for adoption/rescue and buying one is going to be $1000+ and I just don't think I can pay that will all the homeless dogs in the world. Plus DH thinks they are ugly so I don't know that he is too terribly upset about not finding one.

So I will continue to check petfinder obsessively. :(

kemp
07-01-2005, 10:10 AM
Isn't petfinder the greatest??!!! That is how I found Bodhi (the golden color one). Our second dog, Loki, came from a breeder, but only because we couldn't find an appropriate rescue after a couple of months of looking.

It is great for Bodhi to have a "little brother"...they play together all the time. Truth be told though, the pup is driving me a little crazy right now! He is almost 8 months and going through that "terrible twos" stage of puppyhood. Enjoy the quiet while you can!

Nuno930
07-01-2005, 11:30 AM
Kemp, I cant see the picture. I wanna see the cutie puppies :crying:

rebecca
07-01-2005, 02:39 PM
:thinking: I must say, that you really can't beat a precious :angelgrin: mini doxie! We :heart: our Sally (I promise I can't remember if we spell her name sallY or sallIE...but don't tell her....she would be very upset :crying: ). She's LOTS of fun & is very, very funny :roflhard: ALL of the time. I promise that she understands everything we say (so we spell some things...) and she certainly talks back in her own definite doxie speak; it's quite distinctive indeed. She is a joy in our lives...A definite must have!!

koolbreeze
07-01-2005, 02:44 PM
you can have my chow for $300.!!! :D

kemp
07-01-2005, 04:40 PM
hmmm :thinking:, not sure what that was about. It was showing when I previewed it. Anyway, I uploaded again so you can see my petfinder.com "find". He is a cutie!

kemp
07-01-2005, 05:29 PM
:thinking: I must say, that you really can't beat a precious :angelgrin: mini doxie! We :heart: our Sally (I promise I can't remember if we spell her name sallY or sallIE...but don't tell her....she would be very upset :crying: ). She's LOTS of fun & is very, very funny :roflhard: ALL of the time. I promise that she understands everything we say (so we spell some things...) and she certainly talks back in her own definite doxie speak; it's quite distinctive indeed. She is a joy in our lives...A definite must have!!

Sally is a cutiepie and she probably doesn't get stuff off the counters! :)

rebecca
07-01-2005, 07:50 PM
Thank you, we think she's cute, too...obviously...lol! And, no, she surely canNOT reach the counters but she can hoover anything you drop on the floor in a very quick second!! And, Kemp, your babies are adorable, not quite the 'lap dog' as Sally....but I bet they don't know that...lol!

Silver
07-01-2005, 08:13 PM
Take a Dog Finder (http://sy.adiho.com/ASA/Controller?adi_hasScript=1&_AD_195R22=65&adi_scriptSID=E62892EA8B781B68065EF1465A6B4AEF&sysid=4&appid=9901) test to find the breed that's right for you. It's fun too! :)

Nuno930
07-01-2005, 09:14 PM
Take a Dog Finder (http://sy.adiho.com/ASA/Controller?adi_hasScript=1&_AD_195R22=65&adi_scriptSID=E62892EA8B781B68065EF1465A6B4AEF&sysid=4&appid=9901) test to find the breed that's right for you. It's fun too! :)
Well that wasn't much help! I said I did not want a dog with high grooming needs... so what dog did it reccomend? A Maltese! (http://st.adiho.com/sy/clients/Purina/products/20040510/maltese.jpg)

Silver
07-01-2005, 09:18 PM
Well that wasn't much help! I said I did not want a dog with high grooming needs... so what dog did it reccomend? A Maltese! (http://st.adiho.com/sy/clients/Purina/products/20040510/maltese.jpg)
Heh. That's because all you have to do is attach a broom handle to his collar and use him as a mop. You'll clean the floor and your dog at the same time!

KellyK
07-01-2005, 09:29 PM
Nik.....finding a dog is like making a new friend. Why dont you visit a few shelters & just see if you meet someone with whom you & DH "click"? You are still taking a chance within a breed...they can have certain TENDENCIES, but they will still have their own personalities. I mean, you can SAY "I like ALL knitters" but there must be SOMEONE here who irks you a smidgen....

Go MEET puppies and fall in love with one!

Dot
07-02-2005, 05:44 AM
you can have my chow for $300.!!! :D

:O You'd get rid of your chow?

~Dot, who misses her chow horribly even after two years

koolbreeze
07-02-2005, 03:31 PM
you can have my chow for $300.!!! :D

:O You'd get rid of your chow?

~Dot, who misses her chow horribly even after two years

yeah... hes just not the type of dog i want. what did you like about yours? what happened to it?

Nuno930
07-02-2005, 05:11 PM
Nik.....finding a dog is like making a new friend. Why dont you visit a few shelters & just see if you meet someone with whom you & DH "click"? You are still taking a chance within a breed...they can have certain TENDENCIES, but they will still have their own personalities. I mean, you can SAY "I like ALL knitters" but there must be SOMEONE here who irks you a smidgen....

Go MEET puppies and fall in love with one!
See... here is the thing with that. I would to. But I know me. I have now put my mind to the fact that I want a C. crested. Nothing else will do :roll: We have been to a few shelters but nothing appealed to me. But I will keep searching and looking. You never know!

On the bright side I did find one from a rescue group. I submited an application so we'll see. Getting a dog from a rescuse group like that is kind of the equivilant of adopting a human.

KellyK
07-02-2005, 06:48 PM
Getting a dog from a rescuse group like that is kind of the equivilant of adopting a human.

Actually, ALL shelters have more strict application processes these days...they want to make sure that their dogs find GOOD homes with the RIGHT kind of family who will love them FOREVER. It is sad that so many folks DONT look at pet-ownership as a serious lifelong commitment! (The life of the animal, of course...) Dogs that get tossed from home to home develop behavioral issues. Shelters then have to spend more of their donors' dollars to house and re-adopt those pets, which becomes harder because of aforementioned behavioral issues, and of course, for that period of time, lose a space that might have saved another dog's life.

And, when I say the "right" family, I mean one that is appropriate to deal with that specific animal's quirks and tendencies.....a couple in their 80's, for instance, probably wouldnt be able to deal with the needs of an energetic border collie. They would end up unhappy (and so would the dog) because the dog wouldnt get the exercise it needed and would probably develop destuctive ways of expressing that energy and boredom. A busy family with little ones might not have the time to deal with all the grooming needs of a Lhasa Apso. A person in an apartment wouldnt have the room for a Great Dane. A very "neat and clean" person wouldnt be happy with a slobbery Saint Bernard, or a dog that sheds. See what I mean?

I would bet that something like the above happened to Cpolitte....somehow, she didnt know what she was getting into? Or maybe someone gave her a puppy as a gift & made a poor choice of breed?

Here's me....getting down off of my soapbox! :shifty:

Ingrid
07-02-2005, 06:55 PM
When my daughter got our current cat from the shelter, the woman asked her about previous pets. When dd told her that our cat and died at the age of 21, the woman interviewing her actually asked, "From what?"

Nuno930
07-02-2005, 07:11 PM
Actually, ALL shelters have more strict application processes these days...they want to make sure that their dogs find GOOD homes with the RIGHT kind of family who will love them FOREVER.
No, sadly not all shelters do. The few I have visited here screening process were basically "Do you rent? and do you have a fenced yard" :rollseyes:

When I am talking about a screaning process... I am talking about home visits, references, and back ground checks! I don't mind... but still it is a long process.

I remember people asking me if I was going to keep my dog after I had the baby... WTF? Of course I was. A**hats!

LisaD715
07-02-2005, 08:14 PM
Are there any Chinese Crested rescue shelters in your area? My parents adopted 3 of their 4 Cocker Spaniels that way. Not only did the dogs get saved, and placed in a loving home, but they also keep my Mom occupied.

Dot
07-03-2005, 01:38 AM
yeah... hes just not the type of dog i want. what did you like about yours? what happened to it?

My boy was 18 and he died two years ago.

I just grew up with him and loved him so much. He would growl at my daddy if I were being yelled at, heee. He would walk EVERYWHERE with me. When I was learning to drive he would sit on my front seat with his seat belt on. He was aloof sometimes , he didn't have much patience for babies ["no, he doesn't bite, but if you think just because he looks like a teddy bear you can yank on his ears and tail *I* will bite you]. He was always messier than I would have liked, since he would only let me groom for so long before my wrists were in his mouth and the look on his face said, "you can stop now."

He rarely barked [as per the breed] but when/if he did we knew it meant business.

Oh the hugs! Oh the honey eyes! Oh the purple tongue!

He died three days before my cousin died of brain cancer. And when I found out about her I literally had no tears left to cry that day.

The only thing I lament is I never got his fur spun into yarn. [didn't find out I could even do that until last year]

Some months later my dad came home with a chihuahua (http://dotrox.demonsfury.net/dot/images/draco%2001.JPG). [There he is with today with his two favorite toys] But it's just not the same. And he's not my dog.

Can you tell what type of dog is the first I'm getting when we get our home?

[b]cpolitte, did you want a less-independant dog? or what is it about your baby or the breed you didn't like?

koolbreeze
07-03-2005, 12:40 PM
well i thought i liked the breed and i did a lot of reserch. and everyone that i told said i shouldn't get one because they are so possive. i didn't mind that but man he barks at any and everything that moves. everybody is scared of him. i can't take him anywhere cause he is scared of everyone. the niebors kids can't come over to play if hes out. my son doesn't like him and he is the one i look to to take care of him when i'm busy. he doesn't walk i drags us. i'm the only one he minds and then i still have to repeat myself. i have 5 kids basically. i can let him have the run of the house because i gets into stuff and sometimes if i'm not consintrated on him he'll pee the carpet. he never was very good with telling me had to go. i basically guess. and with an infant right now i just don't need the added stress. the is adorable tho. he what they call cinnamon. hes brown with a black tip on his tail. blue eyes. i've never seen one his color. the breeder told me he would turn red when he got older but that hasn't happened yet.

KellyK you are exactly right. we are not the right family for him.

wildforyarn
07-04-2005, 01:02 AM
All I have to say is I LOVE the Rottie that we got from the rescue. They had many dogs and we looked at two that day. Both great dogs, both between 1 and 2 years old. The male was about 90 pounds and Ireland's face got huge, but he was a nice boy and had been in a house with kids before and was wonderful. Then we met Libby. A female who was about 68 pounds at the time, also in a house with small kids. She was super sweet too. The rescue lady told us pros and cons of each dog and steered us towards the female. We now are the proud owners of Liberty (Libby) a Rottie. She has been great in our house and with the kids. She loves other dogs. She barks on occasion when in our backyard. She is a wonderful dog.

Being from a rescue, we did have a long adoption process. The woman in charge of the rescue organization has been doing it almost 20 years and really knew her stuff and knows the breed really well. Anyway, we also had originally been looking at coonhounds and other types of hounds. Went to a shelter to see some hounds and met a few great dogs, but they just did not "click" with our family. Libby clicked and has been here ever since. :D

I guess what I am saying is, make sure the dog "fits" your family. If you are getting him/her from a shelter or rescue, make sure you visit one that asks a lot of questions and sees if the dog will fit your family and your lifestyle. Good luck. Let us know what you pick. :D

kemp
07-04-2005, 01:42 PM
well i thought i liked the breed and i did a lot of reserch. and everyone that i told said i shouldn't get one because they are so possive. i didn't mind that but man he barks at any and everything that moves. everybody is scared of him. i can't take him anywhere cause he is scared of everyone. the niebors kids can't come over to play if hes out. my son doesn't like him and he is the one i look to to take care of him when i'm busy. he doesn't walk i drags us. i'm the only one he minds and then i still have to repeat myself. i have 5 kids basically. i can let him have the run of the house because i gets into stuff and sometimes if i'm not consintrated on him he'll pee the carpet. he never was very good with telling me had to go. i basically guess. and with an infant right now i just don't need the added stress. the is adorable tho. he what they call cinnamon. hes brown with a black tip on his tail. blue eyes. i've never seen one his color. the breeder told me he would turn red when he got older but that hasn't happened yet.

KellyK you are exactly right. we are not the right family for him.

If you are really that frustrated and don't have the time to work on training/retraining him, I am sure there is proabably a Chow rescue that could help you out. Someone would really love him...its not like he's been abused, maybe just needs a different enviornment.

koolbreeze
07-05-2005, 11:07 PM
well i've been listening to you all and have decided that its probably my fault that i don't like my dog sooooo, i've decided to give another chance and do my part as a good mommy and spend mote time with Max.

Nik~~ go to www.pupcity.com for the chinese crested.... on a personal note... those are some ugly dogs :lol:

Nuno930
07-05-2005, 11:24 PM
Yay for giving him another go! Let us know your progress!

Nik~~ go to www.pupcity.com for the chinese crested.... on a personal note... those are some ugly dogs
I know, aren't they. I think that is why I love them so much :inlove: (that only make sense if you know me)

KellyK
07-06-2005, 08:06 AM
i've decided to give another chance and do my part as a good mommy and spend mote time with Max.

:cheering: YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY! :cheering:

koolbreeze
07-06-2005, 09:31 AM
I know, aren't they. I think that is why I love them so much :inlove: (that only make sense if you know me)

no that makes sense to want something different. thats why i wanted a chow

kemp
07-06-2005, 09:38 AM
Yay! :happydance: I hope you're successful! Nothing like a good dog. another thing that might help you, my motto is "a tired dog is a good dog"!

koolbreeze
07-06-2005, 10:42 AM
i agree, but then that makes a tired mommyand i have 4 other children that won't allow that!!!! ;)

KellyK
07-06-2005, 10:44 AM
Can you make a tired dog and 4 tired children at the same time with a nice family walk every evening?

amy
07-06-2005, 11:51 AM
Carmell, I commend your effort.

I've been in that situation once, where I ended up with a dog that was more than I could easily handle. She was a barker like yours, and was agressive towards small dogs so I couldn't walk her in public because I have neighbors with small dogs. She was also very high energy and I couldn't keep up with her. We decided she would make a much better pet to the right home, and we thought everyone would be happier if we found the right home for her! After unsuccesfully putting an ad in a paper to find a home for her, I finally gave her to a no-kill animal shelter in my area. On the paperwork I described the kind of home I thought she'd do best in, and was upfront about all of her issues, to ensure that the new owners knew just what to expect. It took several months, but eventually someone decided she was the perfect dog for them and took her home! :cheering: It was a VERY hard decision at the time, but I'm so glad we did it, because I think we were all better off in the end!

A couple of years later I got a cat from the same shelter, so it was sort of a trade-off in the end which was nice. I have no guilt about it at all, because I think the dog is probably happier. I know our cat is happier in our house than the dog was, if nothing else. Certainly we are happier! and there's nothing wrong with that, if you can find a responsible solution to make yourself happier!

Pet ownership has its challenges, always, but I think the relationship should feel like a joyful one, and will if you've chosen the right animal for you. I adored my other dog, Burmy, and loved all of our interractions, and when she peed occasionally on the carpet it was VERY annoying, but nothing to make me question whether to keep her, because I adored her and that was that, I never would have given her up, and she was a real part of our family until she passed. I adore my cat, even when she's demanding or irritable (she'll scratch if you don't know her personality very well), I don't mind, I know her well, and we're a great match. I wouldn't want to see her in a house with kids though! She'd be horrible with them! I know that the last home she was in just wasn't right for her, and I'm so glad they gave her up so I could have her, because we're a great match!

Good luck working things out, whatever happens!

:thinking: You know, I think those Chinese Crested dogs are kind of cute! Much to my surprise!....

koolbreeze
07-06-2005, 12:08 PM
Can you make a tired dog and 4 tired children at the same time with a nice family walk every evening?

my kids don't EVER get tired!!!

~thanks Amy for your thoughts i think that once we get him fixed he'll calm down and everyone will be much happier!

someone said something about getting their chow's fur spun into yarn. i've seen something like this once on the net, but didn't save the link. anyone know the place to get this done? i'll start saving it today!!!

(~~mod squad was here ;))

kitkat
07-10-2005, 11:16 PM
I realize you dont have much time, but training helped hugely with my big ole lurpy Cooper boy (black labby). It was our hour of bonding a week, and we enjoyed our first few classes so much we did them for a year. It really creates a bond between the trainer and the trainee. He is so my baby boy. Plus with a big dog, it helps to know you have them under control. We used the "power steering" with Cooper which is a prong collar. He maybe has been pronged once, and he knows that collar means business. It is far more humane than it looks, in fact its better than a pinch collar.

koolbreeze
07-11-2005, 10:03 AM
i think we had that, but with all the fur it didn't do much good

kitkat
07-11-2005, 05:51 PM
Then it probably wasnt fitted right...the prong needs to be pretty tightly fitted in order to be effective.

koolbreeze
07-11-2005, 10:12 PM
i'll have to find itand see what is up!

Jivewhistle
07-12-2005, 05:34 PM
We're getting a prong at some point for Lucy too. She still pulls on walks but she does heel better.

Pet ownership certainly does have it's challenges!!! I'm going through alot right now with Lucy, her crate, and the fact that we just moved.

Nuno930
07-12-2005, 07:32 PM
Well my application is in... it can take up to 45 days for them just to get back to me :shock: Then however long it takes for a home visit, decision, ect. ect..........