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Old 07-27-2005, 02:28 PM
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richie...I would contact the shelter and let them know that you are very interested and tell them you want to wait untill the tests (temperament and health) have been done. most shelters have a 7 day holding period for dogs who are not dropped off by the owners. this is both to allow the owners to claim the dog (incase it was stollen or lost) and to have a vet check the dog for heart worms and other health problems, and test the temperament for food aggression, afraid of men/women, dog aggression etc. let them know and they may allow you to fill out a preliminary adoption contract stating that if the dog is healthy and has a good temperament that you can then decide. that way you wont miss out on the dog if it IS right for you, and you will not be REQUIRED to adopt even if she is aggressive or has a horrible infestation of heart worms, etc.
manchesters is right, no question related to health and or temperament is off topic when the topic is about rescueing a dog, or even aqcuiring from a breeder. I would like to say to the people who are not educated about heart worms...have the vet diagnose the dog. dont just start giving your dog heartwormer. it is possible to kill the dog that way. if it is a really bad infestation many (I assume not the ones mentioned here) heartwormers that are available over the counter work too fast and can cause the dog to go into shock.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:30 PM
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Maybe you could give them a little info on things such as food and basic training??

I would get an young adult that is housetrained. Housetraining is such a hassle.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:30 PM
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Thank you, Stirder for the information
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:31 PM
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inform your parents that you are getting info from knowledgable, experienced owners, trainers, and breeders. encourage them to join this forum, or another one if they think we are all against them, corrupted by your desire to get a dog. encourage them to learn more so they can make educated decisions.
and I agree about getting a young adult, but keep in mind that if it is in a shelter it may have never been house trained. some dogs come in as pups or are born at the shelter, others were kept in the back yard and never allowed inside, others were born to a stray female. not all adults are house trained. it all depends. you could get a puppy and it could have all its shots and be perfect, or it could be end up being fatally sick. same with an adult. but all will be health and temperament tested before going home.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:33 PM
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Good Luck! I think a dog would be perfect for you, a friend that you can count on. Just think it out and be sure because it is a lifetime commitment for the dog.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:34 PM
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They don't care, Stirder. They don't really want to learn anything about a dog, and they don't get why I'm reading much about them... My dad is always saying "Why do they make it such a big deal, it's just a dog!"
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:35 PM
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and no matter what age dog you get, sign up immediately for a obedience class and tell your parents that you and the dog are being trained by a professional, and that if they are going to be trying to train the dog or influence your training that they should attend the class as well.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:35 PM
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just out of curiousity how old are you?
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:36 PM
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Yup we know who the adult is here, don't we. Just a dog eh? It's you baby, friend, partner, saviour, angel, sometimes the joker, comforter, and above all yes it is a dog but not just a dog.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:37 PM
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if you can convince them to get on here and talk to a few of us then maybe we could convince them WHY you are right by asking questions and why it is such a big deal and not "just a dog".
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