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Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by sharpeilover, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. sharpeilover

    sharpeilover Dogs rule humans drool

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    why breed when u can rescue.

    its a shame that so many people are purchasing dos when their is so many in rescue. Dogs being pts as no room in kennels. Just thing of it as every dog bought from a breeder about to are pts
     
  2. homelessdog

    homelessdog New Member

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    I wish I knew the answer to that question.

    I don't post much on this forum because it's depressing.
     
  3. sharpeilover

    sharpeilover Dogs rule humans drool

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    spelling is bad sorry
     
  4. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    If it were just me to consider, all my dogs would be rescues. My first dog, a mutt named copper, was a rescue. My first German Shepherd pup, Purdue, was given to my by my Nanny (grandmother), who had rescued his mother. Until Buffy, all of them after have been rescues.

    Now, we need working dogs that do specific things and are suited for a particular environment (cows and coyotes), so we have the Fila Brasileiros - and Bimmer, who's a rescue.

    There is room for reputable breeding AND rescue, but the key is that one word: reputable.
     
  5. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    homeless..if people had to see daily what you do, the world would be a different place. Your voice is so important! I spent one year working in a nursing home and my perspective was forever changes about the elderly..the same with the handicapped. I liked old people well enough, but there in lies the problem..i saw them as old people. AFter a year of caring for their discomfort I same them not as old but as PEOPLE! We walk thru life thinking we know and understand but until it truly hits us right where we live, we are essentially clueless. People need to hear you, and i hope you will post as often as you feel you should..i for one am rooting for you.
    For farm and other types of working dogs as Renee stated, there is a need to produce dogs that are distinctive in what they can do. To take one home as a companion when so many thousands and thousands die daily without even being a first consideration is a crying shame.
     
  6. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Homeless, you can be a BIG voice here. So many new members sign on to get advice on what kind of dog they should get. Your voice, your stories, your first-hand advice could make a real difference to some people. Most of us advise people to go to a local shelter or look into breed rescue if they really have their hearts set on a particular breed, and you could add a lot of weight to our arguments.
     
  7. Vickih

    Vickih New Member

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    I've always adopted rescue dogs from the shelter rather than buying from breeders and so far have always found them to be adorable dogs with so much love to offer!
     
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    gapeach Big Mutts

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    Have to agree with you Vicki, there is nothing more adoable than a mutt. Our Carey is a rescue. I think they might love you a lil' more, knowing how bad a life they had or could of had.
     
  9. gaddylovesdogs

    gaddylovesdogs no touchy

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    All three of my dogs are rescues, and all future dogs will be rescues also. I don't have a problem with someone going to a reputable breeder, but unless they want a showdog, I think checking a shelter first is a good idea--they could find the dog they've always wanted right there waiting for them. :)
     
  10. darkchild16

    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    i have 2 rescues of my own a coonhound/shepard and a greyhound and i foster rescue greyhounds but my other 2 i got from breeders it just depends on what you want to do with the dog. i planned on breeding my two pits
     
  11. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    :p Even if a person has their heart set on a certain breed..the rescues eg midamericabassetrescue..mabr..are endless. When were are at the show this weekend..of course all wayside waif, the humane society, greyhound rescue..i assume the cats were related to the humane society..all there trying to educate and gain funds. My friend Kelly adopted her Lady coonhound there two years before. Dont give up on us homeless..we are all trying in the same direction. I'll bet the ranch you have a success story or two..people like to hear the positive stuff and it might encourage them to make one of their own. In my fuzzy bunny world, my rescue dog is one of the best parts of my life
     
  12. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    Hey, I got Rocky from a breeder. And they're great dogs, so long as you get them from a reputable breeder. I'm not saying don't adopt one from a humane society but I mean reputable breeder's are also great. Of course, that is, if you want a pure bred dog.
     
  13. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    i am sure there is a place for all under the sun...and a person does have a right to fill their life with what they want..the problem is there are so many that die each day without a person to love, to be that person's special..people have the same problem eg the Christian's Children Fund...the Tusami relief..when you see the ones that have need..you have to question bringing even more into this world, when the ones here are already desperate and just as deserving. I am glad you have your dog..and that you are happy. I hope tho before you bring your next dog into your life, you will check something like petsavers.com and see if one of these dogs will speak to your heart, and avoid a needless death. We are all precious and deserving. A pedigree doesn't mean a thing other than your dog will look or behave a specific way. Sometimes great wonders come in new wrappings.
     
  14. Saje

    Saje Island dweller

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    You can get purebreds at rescues too. And I think if you want a pet-quality dog then that's where you should get it. I don't sled or herd and both my dogs are rescues. I help out at the local shelter in little ways. I've started doing a pet of the week sort of thing where I take pictures of some of the pets each week and post them at the mall and at our office (I'll do more when I get a car).

    And I've encouraged our paper to organize a pet-of-the-week thing. It's not going yet but I've done as much as I can from my end.

    And I walk the dogs and play with the cats. I've lived here since last September and I've rescued three rabbits (one died) two cats and one dog. LOL And Maverick is a rescue from Vancouver. Mini was from a litter of kittens that my landlady had and Chiclet was from a pet store :eek: But we love her just the same. :D

    There is another cat at the shelter that's I'd love. I don't know if my bf will go for it but she's gorgeous. If she's still there on friday I may get her. She's gorgeous and looks to be about the same age as my other cats. :)

    Anyway, I think rescuing is the way to go. There are lots of shelters that rescue only certain breeds. Lots of them. So if you want a certain breed you can surely find one there if not at a SPCA or local shelter.

    I just did a quick search of german shepard rescues and there were tons! Really. All over Can. US. the UK. It's quite sad really. And my bf's mom was thinking about getting a mini-pin again. There is a rescue right in Vancouver for them- as well as many others.

    I should get an acreage. :) Cuz I want to adopt them ALL!
     
  15. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    I don't know but it seems that y'all are saying it's not good to get from a breeder which slightly offends me since Rocky's from one of the most reputable breeders in my area. I dunno, I've never tried a rescue. This, you could say, is my first REAL dog . . .
     
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    Saje Island dweller

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    Oh, nobody's trying to offend you. I think for the most part we (I?) feel that it's better to rescue for a pet-quality animal. I understand if you are in competition or using a dog for another purpose that you may not be able to find the exact dog you are looking for. But, even Love4Pits has some rescues in her crew. :)

    And, yes, if you are going to use a breeder it's MUCH better to go to a reputable one. Ideally all breeders would be reputable and there would be hardly any abandoned animals anywhere. But most people want to make a buck...

    Since I got Maverick I've decided that I really love the Newfie breed. But not enough to go to a breeder (any breeder) and buy one. I'll look for them at rescues but I'd much rather adopt that husky/shepard cross at the shelter who looks at me with those such hope when I walk up and such sadness when I walk away. :(
     
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    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    Husky/Shepherd? That's an interesting mix. I wonder what it looks like...
     
  18. Saje

    Saje Island dweller

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    It's quite common out here. I was going to show you a pic but they don't have him online. So I will show you Sam - a shepard cross. http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?ac...778-app5&display=&preview=1&row=0&tmpl=&stat=

    He's a neat dog. Very curious and high-energy. Skeena is a great dog. Named because his owners through him in the Skeena river and he was rescued and brought to the shelter by some people that saw it happened. He is SO friendly. I'd love to adopt another dog but Mikey won't let me. lol
     
  19. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    i wanted a young pup so bad after Bronki died..i had him from the very beginning..and believed that most of his early training was what made him so special..eg i trained all the puppies to come to a whistle as soon as their eyes and ears would first open..i would see them waking and toot on the whistle to "locate" mom. I debated strongly with myself about what i wanted for i do not know how long my health will hold out..i have lived hard while on this earth and have not been gentle with my package...so i figured this woulds probably be my last puppy. Victor was 5 months..not a little puppy..not baby cute in anyway..he was boney and long, ribs showing and so hyper we could fly to the moon,, but he was the right one for me. he had me out walking at 6 in the morning..i lost 10 lbs and my feet felt better..he filled out, calmed down and has surpassed any expectation i ever had of him. He house broke just as easy as any dog i have ever had. From the cradle is a beautiful way to start, but what a complete waste it would have been if i had surpassed this elegant dog to start with a baby. I found him on petsavers.com. Soon as i saw the pic..i knew he was the one. If you are showing..are hunting..or herding..then ok...but if like me you are looking for a companion..then look where you are needed most. I don't want to offend anyone ever,,i grew up with labradors and goldens..i find them absolutely gorgous..and the pounds are just full of ones that people jumped in first before they studied what they really wanted..or had a situation change and had to part with..for what ever reason..the dogs are there. I am just trying to speak for them.
     
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    Saje Island dweller

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    What a beautiful story Smkie!

    I just saw an ad on petfinder for a newfie in Idaho I think that was a police dog but they are giving him up because his hair is too long. :eek: Now, that's just not fair!
     

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