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Old 06-20-2009, 11:50 AM
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I think the HELP is the key word here. I can definately see this turning into the same problems all over again. I hope not, though. Good luck!
Ah, I missed the help part, my mistake... although the "help" now makes me worry more, I'll admit.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:52 AM
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Ah, I missed the help part, my mistake... although the "help" now makes me worry more, I'll admit.
Don't think I'm following you or anything, lol.
But I agree with you again.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:56 AM
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I am paying for the food as much as I can and I thought I'd be able to choose my own food. Apparently not. But she's still getting better care than the other dogs are, and I WILL be buying my own food when I have a job (hopefully within the next year). I don't know why you're worried, it's not going to be the same situation. The only thing I don't choose is the food, I'm training her and everything. And saving up my own allowance from my dad to spay her, rather than my mom paying for it. And setting aside a little of all the money I earn for future vet bills, flea preventative... etc.

Edit; Also, the food she's feeding the inside dogs isn't really all that bad... so I guess it isn't that big of a deal.

Edit again; Well I called her to talk it over and she said we can get a better food if we split the cost.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:29 PM
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why not job first...dog second?

the dog is hella cute btw.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:38 PM
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I would also suggest getting a job first, saving up, then having a dog! its A LOT funner to have some saved up $$ to spend on a dog, then buying a dog and having to go to work everyday and leaving it alone to just have enough money to care for it

I worked full time for a couple of weeks, saved up, got a dog, then worked part time. worked great for me You can bring home your dog, and go on a crazy shopping spree at petsmart, get a vet checkup etc.. and then work less
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:40 PM
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Aw how cute, good luck with your new dog =]

If you cant afford a good food, could you afford a supplement to go along with it? I'm sure any extra vitamins and minerals she/he could get would help a lot. There are some fairly inexpensive ones out there, and shes a small dog that would probably only require one tablet daily, unlike the three i have to give to each of mine.

At the vet someone had a mini long haired dachshund that looked just like her =] Adorable!
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:44 PM
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Sorry, I have to disagree. Yes, it is awesome that you want to give this dog a good home, but it is coming from a BYB- and it is probably free because the dog is leftover and the BYB wants to get rid of it. So in a way you are helping and encouraging the BYB to keep on doing what he/she is doing.

And if you can't even pay for food ALL by YOURSELF, which, IMO is the smallest cost of owning a dog, then maybe you are not ready for YOUR OWN dog. Especially one that comes from a BYB and could be associated with all kind of vet costs. Nobody here was disappointed what happened with your dogs before, but at least I can say that I will be mad if you don't learn from mistakes. What happened with your dogs should have been THE experience that you own your OWN dog when you are financially able to.

How about just fostering for a shelter until you get to move out, finish school, and are able to pay for YOUR dog's bills?
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:05 PM
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Sorry, I have to disagree. Yes, it is awesome that you want to give this dog a good home, but it is coming from a BYB- and it is probably free because the dog is leftover and the BYB wants to get rid of it. So in a way you are helping and encouraging the BYB to keep on doing what he/she is doing.

And if you can't even pay for food ALL by YOURSELF, which, IMO is the smallest cost of owning a dog, then maybe you are not ready for YOUR OWN dog. Especially one that comes from a BYB and could be associated with all kind of vet costs. Nobody here was disappointed what happened with your dogs before, but at least I can say that I will be mad if you don't learn from mistakes. What happened with your dogs should have been THE experience that you own your OWN dog when you are financially able to.

How about just fostering for a shelter until you get to move out, finish school, and are able to pay for YOUR dog's bills?
I agree with everything above, except the part in bold. I don't think taking a free ex-breeder from a BYB will encourage them that much more. Buying a puppy and putting money in their pocket, yes. Taking a free ex-breeder off them, no. I have 4 ex-breeder dachshunds from a puppymill size BYB (hundreds upon hundreds of dachshunds), and all were free. If I hadn't taken them, they would've ended up in the pound. How I know is because it's what she's done for all the years I've known her, and continues to do till this day. So a lot of BYB's really don't care.

Now, having worked for a long, LONG time (many years) with dachshund backyard breeders, and taking in 'leftovers' and fostering, fixing, and re-homing them, I will say now that you DO NOT need this dog. You are going to get yourself into a lot more than you'll probably be able to handle.

For one, BYB breeder dachshunds almost always come with teeth problems. I have 4, all from diff. lines, and all had infected teeth rotting out of their mouths. Mattie lost all his teeth, Rosie is only 2 and lost 13, Gracie lost 6 or 7, and Callie lost 10. Rosie, Gracie and Callie are all due back to get more teeth pulled in a couple months, which will be several hundred dollars for all. I have fostered and re-homed countless dachshunds in the past, and this was always the case.

So unless you are financially ready, right this moment, to spend a couple hundred dollars, or more, just to have teeth clean, pulled, and antibiotics to follow up with, then you aren't ready. This is on top of the dog needing to be spayed, possibly brought UTD on vaccinations, plus the routine vet exam that this dog will seriously need the day you bring it home. There's also the monthly cost of heartworm preventative.

This is also a female. You have no idea what her lines are, or what will come in the future. Two of my BYB females have tumors, and Rosie is only 2 years old. Rosie came with horrible allergies, Callie came with elbow dysplasia, and Gracie came with liver problems. Rosie requires medication for the rest of her life, and is about to be put on medication that will cost $200 a month. Would you be able to afford that? Gracie is on medication that cost $40 a month, plus special food cause of her liver. Would you be able to afford that?

Are you ready, financially, to deal with this if you get this dog and these things come up?

Dachshunds, coming from BYB's, are not easy to house-train. It took me a lot of time and consistency to house-train them, and then sometimes there are still mistakes. Will your mother allow this? Because according to you, in another thread just a few days ago, she is threatening to throw your cat outside for not using the litterbox. So I have my doubts on how this dog will be handled if, and WHEN, it pee's in your mother's house.

I think you need to wait, get a job, save up money, and be able to financially take care of a dog BEFORE you go get one.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:02 PM
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Why don't you work more towards bettering the care of your current dogs first?
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:17 PM
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Also forgot to mention, this is a dachshund, a breed that is notorious for spine issues. Will you have the thousands of dollars needed to repair the dogs spine if her back goes out? My mom's dachshund had her back go out years ago, and spent THOUSANDS at a specialist to have surgery to repair the dogs spine.

Gracie's back went out ONE MONTH after I got her, and she had to have it repaired. Rosie has a spinal deformity in her back, and at this point, it's inevitable that her back will one day need surgery to repair it when it goes out.

Something to keep in mind.
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