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Spin_Drift
10-08-2018, 03:18 AM
It’s been over 3 months since our beloved dog crossed the bar. It was a heartache as he was an the smartest, most amazing dog. He was always happy and enthusiastic. He loved the family and got along well with cats and chickens. The whole family loved him tremendously.

He was sick with mast cell tumors for two years. He had four surgeries and for the last two years he was on 100% raw food diet and Chinese medicinal herbs.

It’s time to give a new dog a loving forever home. I would like to find one that’s great with family, won’t bother the cats or chickens (they have a fenced in yard). One that is a good watch dog as well. Husband don’t want a Pit Bull or Doberman.

Whats your experiences and recommendations?

This was our beloved Phoenix

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P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-08-2018, 04:18 AM
I love long dogs (greyhound, Saluki, Deerhound etc) and their crosses (collie, setter, lab) generally very quiet indoors but some have a very high prey drive which could be trouble with chickens...

I have had considerable success with rescues.

Meet the he dog and spend some time playing before deciding.

Some rescue organizations in the UK send dogs out to "foster homes" while the he dog's character is assessed this might be a way to get to know a number of different animals.....

PeterSibley
10-08-2018, 04:48 AM
Yes, lovely dogs are available from shelters.

skuthorp
10-08-2018, 05:48 AM
We miss them too, but it's impossible to make our wire fences secure. Everyone else's dogs visit us as it is and in a rural area I am always aware of the likely fate of a dog that gets involved with stock.

PeterSibley
10-08-2018, 05:48 AM
Yes, lovely dogs are available from shelters.

Yeadon
10-08-2018, 06:27 AM
https://bigdogrescueproject.org

Peerie Maa
10-08-2018, 07:16 AM
I like Staffies, real ones not those over grown American breeds.
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Spin_Drift
10-08-2018, 11:26 AM
I’ve been to the local pound twice and called two other shelters that are within a hundred miles from home. Last Friday I also found two prisons that let inmates train dogs. I have posted in several Facebook groups and said that I am willing to drive about 300 miles from home for the right dog. Will follow through with the prisons Monday.



That’s a beautiful dog, Nick.

Spin_Drift
10-08-2018, 11:28 AM
Thanks for the link Yeadon.

L.A Marche
10-08-2018, 01:40 PM
We got our Airedale from a breed specific rescue group, most foster the dogs to evaluate for health, behaviour and personality before putting them out for adoption . They’re very carefull about who they’ll adopt to, we filled out a long questionnaire,had a phone interview and a home inspection. Once we got our dog we were required to do a vet visit which we were reimbursed for after submitting the bill.
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David G
10-08-2018, 01:42 PM
Except for a few years at college, when my dog stayed home with the parental units, I've mostly had a dog since I was about 8. Hard to imagine life without one. Our dog Dusty has been helping us paint (because the boys keep letting him out of the house so he can help spread the paint... just so). He's a treat --

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Rick-Mi
10-08-2018, 02:05 PM
Condolences, it's very difficult to say goodbye to such a loved family member.

Based on that picture, valuing intelligence and assuming you still live in Alaska, I would highly recommend a Border Collie.

Peerie Maa
10-08-2018, 04:45 PM
Condolences, it's very difficult to say goodbye to such a loved family member.

Based on that picture, valuing intelligence and assuming you still live in Alaska, I would highly recommend a Border Collie.

Collies are working dogs. If you can't spend the time to keep them working they get bored.

Peerie Maa
10-08-2018, 04:48 PM
I’ve been to the local pound twice and called two other shelters that are within a hundred miles from home. Last Friday I also found two prisons that let inmates train dogs. I have posted in several Facebook groups and said that I am willing to drive about 300 miles from home for the right dog. Will follow through with the prisons Monday.



That’s a beautiful dog, Nick.

Staffie bitches are called nanny dogs as they are so good with children. Soft as butter and very friendly.

bamamick
10-08-2018, 06:20 PM
We have had four Bassets from our state rescue, and we love them, but.....well, they are not low maintenance. In the last decade we have had four other shelter or rescue dogs and I must say they seem hardier and more adaptable. My wife talks about not having dogs one day but I am afraid I couldn't ever be dog less. In my opinion God gave us dogs to remind us of our humanity, that it is not enough to worry about only ourselves.

Your dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, fat or thin, what color you are, how spiffy your house or car are. All they ask is a little food, water and the occasional kindness. Give them that and they will repay you a thousand fold.

Mickey Lake

cathouse willy
10-08-2018, 07:49 PM
They follow their noses and wander away if you let them loose but you'll not find a more loyal and loving dog than a Beagle. Great watchdogs,not so good as guard dogs.Two are better than one.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
10-08-2018, 11:15 PM
The mutts are the smart ones.
I had a Sheltie/ German Shepherd mix as a kid, that just showed up on our doorstep one day.
Best dog I ever had.
I think the best ones choose us.
It's been the same with cats for me.
I'm sure there's a lucky dog out there, that will find you Spinner.

Joe (SoCal)
10-08-2018, 11:25 PM
https://bigdogrescueproject.org


Yeadon is right, of course.

Joe (SoCal)
10-08-2018, 11:26 PM
Yes, lovely dogs are available from shelters.

This ^

Joe (SoCal)
10-08-2018, 11:29 PM
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Rosie, our little senior rescue is sitting next to me as I read this thread

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
10-08-2018, 11:37 PM
I would think you'd need a sled dog up there.




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john welsford
10-09-2018, 12:53 AM
Yes, lovely dogs are available from shelters.

Do though take care, some of the dogs in there are not well socialised, we found out that the hard way with a dog that was not at all safe when stressed even a little. With children in the house that could not be tolerated. Sure, given enough time and skill applied in training, he could have come right but we simply didnt have that so the poor guy went back to the pound. The next one, a handmedown from a friend moving into a retirement village was a real treat.

John Welsford

Spin_Drift
10-09-2018, 02:09 AM
All your dogs are so beautiful and the looks in their eyes touch my soul.

Yes, the right dog will come....

downthecreek
10-09-2018, 03:48 AM
This ^

And another^

Actually I have never had a dog, although I do like them and have many doggie friends. But I have always had cats, all of whom have been either strays or from shelters. Every one different in character and not one that didn't turn out to be a joy. I'm sure it's the same with dogs.

I'm also sure the caveats are wise, possibly especially with dogs. But there is a great satisfaction in seeing the transformation that can come over an animal that has been abused as it gradually realises it is finally among friends.

Joe, your senior rescue is a real sweetie!

C. Ross
10-09-2018, 06:09 AM
My last doggo was a rescue. Probably terrier of some kind and Lahsa Apso or Tshizu. He was the best and smartest dog I've ever had, and he was a great boat dog.

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downthecreek
10-09-2018, 06:34 AM
Yes, the right dog will come....

In the case of cats I think that's literally true. Perhaps there is some kind of feline grape vine. Word of a potential vacancy gets around and before you know it applicants start to appear. Sometimes rather well fed, comfortable looking applicants, so you have to be careful. I don't think cats think of themselves as belonging to anybody.

Not quite the same with dogs, I imagine. But when the mind is open..........

Joe (SoCal)
10-09-2018, 11:50 AM
Regarding adopting a shelter dog. I'm lucky to be married to a dog whisperer, she truly has a talent when it comes to picking the best dogs. She does have some telltale signs of selecting the best shelter dog.

#1 do not get a puppy, it takes at least a year for the dogs true personality to show itself.

#2 Ask questions of the shelter staff. They know the dog and have been dealing with them and feeding them. They know the dogs history.

#3 Take the shelter dog out for a walk and see how it socializes

#4 Look for any signs of aggression or fear.

#5 See how it interacts with other dogs and animals.

#6 Look in it's eyes and look in your heart, trust your instincts.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-09-2018, 02:10 PM
We rescued a Dreat Dane - an endlessly affectionate dog - but more clown than guard.

Thusly

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ThomRose
10-09-2018, 03:15 PM
We got our Airedale from a breed specific rescue group, most foster the dogs to evaluate for health, behaviour and personality before putting them out for adoption . They’re very carefull about who they’ll adopt to, we filled out a long questionnaire,had a phone interview and a home inspection. Once we got our dog we were required to do a vet visit which we were reimbursed for after submitting the bill.


A big second to using a breed specific rescue group. If you prefer a mutt, many of the breed specific groups will also adopt out mixed breed dogs if part of the mix is the breed they deal with. The work they do evaluating the dog and the adopter are a huge plus for both. I am looking for a dog myself, and am looking at a Labrador rescue group, a German Shepherd rescue group, and a separate German Shepherd group that specializes in senior dogs. The American Kennel Club has some great resources about breed characteristics, though, just like humans, individuals should not be stereotyped based on breed tendencies.