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Old 01-01-2006, 06:06 AM
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This is the name of the rescue I am going to start. I am going to have kennel facilities when I start breeding my line (and not just run-of-the-mill kennels, kennels made with the comfort, exercise, and mental stimulation wellbeing of the dog in mind) and I am going to make a section of it just for rescues! I'm going to partner up with buddies of mine so we can set up a relay rotation system that in a nutshell gives each dog time for exercise, training/renforcement of training, and social interaction. And every few days each dog will have its turn to sleep in/hang out in the house and sleep with me in my room (I'll have crates stacked, and one or two dogs on my bed depending on if they get along) which will probably have 3-5 dogs in it at a time, which will be safely crated.

At first glance I know some of you will think kenneling ever for any reason is cruel but I want you to think about something. For a dog, what is worth more from you, your sheer, distracted all day time or an hour or two a day of intense bonding, brain stimulating, fun time? Think about it. My dogs will be getting more quality, and that is the key word, quality, time a day than some 100% house dogs do in a week!

Anyway I got off track. I wanted to tell you more about my rescue plans! Well, I am going to have probably no more than 5 rescues at a time (can't have more than that because I'll have my breeding dogs, and dog's I bred that were returned to me that need to be placed, and the number of dogs is going to add up and I think it is in the best interest of me and my dogs to keep the dog number as low as possible because then me, my husband, and my pals in the breed have more time to do more with each dog. And I mean more than feeding. My dog's are being trained for competition so I can test their conformation, temperament, and working ability!) Anyway I'm going to rescue dogs, and expose them to cats, kids, dogs, men, and women to see how they react, so I can get an idea what the requirements would be for them in a happy home. Then I'll (I'll meaning me or my husband or my friend helpers) train them in basic obedience and house training. And then I'll screen potential adopters and when I find a great match I'll let them adopt the dog. And I'm not going to rush my adoption dog's out the door. I am letting them stay in my kennel until they're ready to go. I would much rather save less dogs, but do a better job on each one, than save many dogs but do it halphazardly.

I can't wait until I am able to do this.
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Old 01-01-2006, 06:12 AM
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What a great thing to do! When I am older I want to buy a farm and take in two or 3 'problem' dogs from the SPCA. I would socialize them, do some basic training then adopt them out to suitable homes. Best of luck with your doggies!
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Old 01-01-2006, 06:24 AM
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Yeah. I am thinking of buying about 5 acres. But I need to consider space not just for my kennel and my house but my training and exercise areas as well. I also am going to have horses, a horse barn, a riding arena, and a round pen (for training/improving my horses....learning never ends). I also want a pool. Do you think this would fit okay on five acres?
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:15 AM
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Hmmm...
I like the way you think! That's exactly my dream home when I'm older.
If I were you I'd try and find something a bit bigger...
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:16 PM
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I would say great thinking but you will also be very very busy
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:16 PM
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i dont have a problem with dogs being kenneled when the owner is away - but why would you want or need to have (not including the rescues) more dogs than can be kept in your house?

i disagree strongly with breeders who keep their breeding stock outside - even with rotating through the house every once in awhile. there is no need to keep dogs outside - they are our pets and companions first and foremost and thrive on contact with people. if they are not working dogs outside (i do understand LGD's are outdoor dogs, but pitties are certainly NOT!), my dogs will live in the house with me, and have exercise and time outside as needed.

i think its deceptive to think that your dog will thrive with only a few hours of attention from you - its the "old" way of thinking, and personally it really turns me off. my dog thrives on living with me in DAILY live - its how i know how he reacts to certain things, its how i find things out about him. its how we share in the simple things in life, like naps together or just cuddling and watching tv, as well as the hikes outside, the classes, the dog shows, the lounging on the deck, the swimming. thinking you need to kennel a dog to get drive and focus is actually depriving a dog of human contact, IMO just so that the dog has to work extra hard for the one very thing it desires.

in addition, its not necessary that a breeder have so many dogs that they require keeping dogs outside - most responsible breeders i know in a variety of breeds only have 3-5 dogs, and they are invariably all house dogs. they may be crated to keep them apart, or separated appropriately when a bitch is in heat, but they are not kept outside away from the family for days on end.

congrats on wanting to start a rescue, but i will have to refrain from congratulating you on wanting to keep your personal dogs in kennels 22-24 hours a day. there is no need to do so.
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Old 01-01-2006, 08:41 PM
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Congradulations on starting a rescue we need alot more of them.
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Old 01-09-2006, 03:25 PM
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It sounds great (though I think 5 acres is a little small for all that). I wish you well. Please be choosy about what dogs to rescue. There are plenty of dogs dying for lack of homes - don't get sucked in trying to rehab a dog who has aggression issues toward humans or other animals. It's hard and it's dangerous. With pits, I imagine a lot of the dogs you'll be presented with will have had either definite or vague accusations of aggression made about them; you may feel that in some cases, this is unwarranted, that the dog is fine. It's still better to stick to easier cases at first, while you're still working out what works for your rescue. Later on, when your system's working well, you could ease up, but I'd still be very, very picky. You're going to put a lot of effort into these dogs, they should be sterling characters with only minor behavioral/training problems. Don't let anyone dump a nightmare off on you, or take advenatge of your good will to avoid a hard decision about a bad dog. Despite what the desperate might claim, incredibly hard dogs are not the only ones who need help and time - there are plenty of sweet, biddable, gentle and friendly dogs who run out of time. Make these your first priority, and it'll be easier, your rescue will get a name for producing wonderful pets, and you'll be doing a great thing. And, please, always remember that the future owner of your rescues deserves the very best pet you can produce.
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Old 01-09-2006, 03:54 PM
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Starting my own rescue/mini shelter is something I've always wanted to do..I'm planning on doing it in the future..I also don't agree with breeding and keeping more dogs than you can keep in the house...so I would only be doing rescue work...the problem is resources and land...hopefully my career will pay for that...

Unless of course someone wants to donate some of their property and a few thousand bucks? lol
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