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Old 03-18-2008, 09:00 PM
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Thanks everyone! I decided to think about it a few days, since I'm undecided right now. It's hard where I live because there are soooooooo many homeless animals, unfortunately, and of course I'd like to save them all. I just saw this girl too - http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/...?petid=9959302 - who might be in danger of being put down.

I would take the dog running/rollerblading 3-8 miles in the morning and to the dog park or obedience most afternoons, plus hiking/camping on weekends, so some energy is definitely fine, but not something like a purebred border collie or cattle dog meant to herd cattle for hours on end, if that makes sense. I've had a foster dog that became much more energetic after a couple of weeks (she was heartworm positive, which I think slowed her down), so I definitely agree that it's hard to gauge temperament at a shelter.! I'll let you all know what I decide.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:34 AM
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Wow, you're like super dog owner! If I were you, I'd take any prospective love to the vet to check hips and elbows and knees. If you are that active, make sure you pick a partner that can keep up with you.
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:57 AM
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I think most any eager dog (except for very small dogs) could handle that much exercise as long as it's fun and rewarding for them.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:37 AM
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I have to put in a plug for coonhounds here. They do great with apartments as long as they get plenty of exersize. Ours is usually asleep on my bed if there is nothing going on, but is always ready to play at a moments notice. They are only a problem if underexersized. Ours gets about three miles next to a bike plus an hour at the dog park every day, and he is happy and in solid, muscular shape.

And there are tons of purebred coonhounds of all six varieties at southern shelters all the time. They are loyal, affectionate, and true clowns. One of the best kept secrets in the dog world.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:08 AM
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I have to put in a plug for coonhounds here. They do great with apartments as long as they get plenty of exersize. Ours is usually asleep on my bed if there is nothing going on, but is always ready to play at a moments notice. They are only a problem if underexersized. Ours gets about three miles next to a bike plus an hour at the dog park every day, and he is happy and in solid, muscular shape.

And there are tons of purebred coonhounds of all six varieties at southern shelters all the time. They are loyal, affectionate, and true clowns. One of the best kept secrets in the dog world.
Totally! I have a coonhound mix and he would love me if I could give him all that. He misses his 3 mile walks in the woods and everything else he got from country life but hes also fine laying around with jsut a quick romp in the backyard and some training work in the house during the summer when he cant go out much because of the heat.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:04 PM
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I really like the approach you are taking in finding your next buddy.I really like the BC on the link.If it is a rare one that doesnt need a farm level of exercise,it might be a perfect fit to your expectations. 1.5 hours is driving is nothing commonyou can make it, sacrifise one saturday for a potential buddy
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:23 PM
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I think most any eager dog (except for very small dogs) could handle that much exercise as long as it's fun and rewarding for them.
An eager dog that isn't orthopedically sound will have problems with that level of activity. At some point their own pain makes it not fun or rewarding.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:28 PM
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Of course, but if I'm looking for a pet that is going to stay with me for the next 7+ years, I'm going to make sure it's health before I adopt him/her.
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:27 AM
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Thanks for all the advice! I ended up getting the lab/husky mix (Hannah, tentatively) on Saturday. The other dog I believe was adopted by someone else.

I went back to the shelter on Saturday to see the lab mix again. Unfortunately, she picked up kennel cough during the week, and was just laying in the run with another dog sitting on top of her. We went for a walk, and I just knew she was the one. So far, she is very calm and friendly. I pulled her as part of the rescue I work with, so she's not officially mine yet, but hopefully sometime this week.

Unfortunately, she's been getting sicker throughout the weekend. I have an appointment with the vet tomorrow evening, since it was closed for Easter. I'm getting worried, since she has barely eaten anything since Saturday save for a little canned food I handfed her, and is drinking lots of water. I got up with her about 45 minutes ago after she wet the crate (I think she was whining to be let out, but I thought it was part of a dream at the time), and she's started coughing up phlegm. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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I hope she's okay.
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