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Janet Bostwick wrote:

> The rescue groups work with the dogs they place before placement. They know
> if the dog is good with children and other animals and so forth. The fee
> for adopting a rescue dog is a lot less than purchasing a pup from a
> (hopefully) qualified breeder with a good reputation.


I volunteer at the animal shelter and Humane Society. The adoption fee
is a great deal, where I live. It is $48 and that includes
spaying/neutering, shots and worming. Other shelters charge more,
depending on where you live.

A lady at work adopted a stray kitten from a neighbor, her first shots
and tests for worms was $135 and she needs shots two more times. She
will pay $200+ to have her spayed.

Try your local animal shelter or Human Society. They have plenty of
beautiful animals who need homes and the fee is nominal.

Becca
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"AlleyGator" > wrote in message
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> "Rick & Cyndi" > wrote:
>>Giggle! Yep, we too have a Boxer dog. (Ms.) Petey's Maximum Security
>>(PMS). She totally rocks. She has the sweetest disposition and at nearly
>>7
>>she still thinks she is a puppy. One added plus - she doesn't drool!!!
>>
>>Cyndi
>>
>>

> You are indeed fortunate. At the small, faint sound of water or food
> being touched, I head him off with a rag and say "sit, and take it
> like a man". I hate drool.

================

Indeed we are! She is such a special creature. Very loving and friendly
yet protective when she feels the need.

Cyndi


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Rick & Cyndi wrote:

> Indeed we are! She is such a special creature. Very loving and friendly
> yet protective when she feels the need.
>


I have seen two very protective but loving, gentle dogs. The first was a
friend's St.Bernard. She didn't like the son of one of their friends and would
not let him in the house. She simply stood across the stairs and blocked his
way, moving back and forth slowly and deliberately as he tried to go around
her. The other was my Bouvier. She seldom even opened her eyes when people
came to the house if I was home alone with her. If my wife answered the door she
stood between her and the door and watched the visitors very carefully. Her
presence was enough to scare most people. From what we heard from friends and
relatives who came to the house when we were out she was a monster. One friend
who had been living with us for a few weeks came back to get something and used
his key to open the door but she would not let him in the house.


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AlleyGator wrote:

>Oh, dang, man. I guess that was pretty
> gruesome. Yeah, I have had 2 black
> labs and one of my current dogs is a
> black lab/golden retreiver/chow mix.


My "Laddie" is a black lab/chow mix, and has the best features of both
breeds. He has a sweet disposition, is good with kids, and most dogs,
though he's definitely an 'alpha' male. He looks like a Lab from the
side (except for the curled tail, and small ears) but seen from the
front, has the build and stance of a Chow. His tongue is solid
blue-black.

> Heck of a nice dog. But if he wanted to
> kill you, I a'int standing in his way.
> Dang, what a strong dog.


I expect Laddie would protect me, though it's never been put to the
test. He weighs over 90 lbs. now, and is the 'strongest' dog I've ever
had. As you can see from the photos, he's a 'couch potato'.

I complained about him shedding in the introduction on the website, but
it only happens a couple of times a year, and doesn't last very long.

http://www.nanjay.com/LaddiesLodge/Pics1.htm

Elaine



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Becca > wrote:
>I volunteer at the animal shelter and Humane Society.

And I stand and applaud you. Thanks.
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"Sheldon" > wrote:
>Sheesh... why the need to have violent pets... why not just have an
>alleygator.
>
>Sheldon
>

I mess on the floor a lot, Sheldon - I'm way more trouble than a dog.
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Janet Bostwick wrote:

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> "Denise~*" > wrote in message
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>> I miss having a doggie, but right now life is too busy. Maybe when the
>> boy-child gets old enough to help, we will get him his own "first
>> doggie". Has to be a lap-dog though. :-)
>>

> When you are ready, be sure to look into the rescue groups. There are
> rescue groups for most all breeds and they will work cross country if
> necessary to place dogs. If you insist on a pure bred, those are
> available through the rescue groups too, and just about any age of dog,
> even pups.
> The rescue groups work with the dogs they place before placement. They
> know
> if the dog is good with children and other animals and so forth. The fee
> for adopting a rescue dog is a lot less than purchasing a pup from a
> (hopefully) qualified breeder with a good reputation. Any vet or the
> Humane Society should be able to put you in touch with the rescue groups
> in your area.
> Janet


I heartily --- and wholeheartedly --- agree! One of my Samoyeds came to me
through a local Samoyed rescue organization. These are terrific people,
seriously concerned with the welfare of the dogs in their care.

Whether you go through a specific rescue organization or your local shelter,
look into adopting a dog before you buy a puppy. You may find just the
right match for your home.

---jkb

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"You know what I blame this on the breakdown of? Society"
-- Moe Szyslak

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Rick & Cyndi wrote:

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> "Andy" > wrote in message
> 6...
>> Ruddell > wrote in
>> :
>>
>>> A dogs loyalty is never questioned and you're never alone if
>>> you've got a dog...

>>
>> Plus, they make great "before the doorbell" doorbells.
>>
>> Annabelle
>> Jack Russell "Terror"
>> 1983 - 1994
>> R.I.P.
>>==========

>
> Oh geez... ours is more like a doorbell extender. The doorbell rings
> "ding ding" which is followed by
>

'rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrr
> woof woof woof woof woof arfffff arrrffff'. <sigh> We're about ready to
> disconnect our door bell. She totally goes nuts when she knows somebody
> is at the door!
> Cyndi


My male Samoyed dashes expectantly to the front door whenever the doorbell
rings --- in the Dominoes commercial on television.

---jkb

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