I want another dog
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I want another dog
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to clarify, we're going to the pound on monday, but i'd like to look around before we make up our mind...
You can search by zip code. I found my dogs through this site.
We got both of our couch hounds there and they run a top notch operation
There are several pounds, visit them. ALWAYS go with the humane society....the animals NEED you, and they have all their shots and medical needs taken care of.
I would have to disagree with Ohio Kimono. There are a few different local rescue places and ALL of their animals need to be adopted. Although the Humane Society is one of those places, there is also Planned Pethood (where we adopted our dog from) and also Maumee Valley Save a Pet. I can't speak for Maumee Valley as I haven't worked with them, but both the Humane Society AND Planned Pethood keep their animals vaccinated and well taken care of.
Best of luck finding the perfect pet for your family.
upso - I second the Petfinder.com suggestion.
The local rescue groups, the dog warden, and the Humane Society all list many of their available pets there.
Its like one-stop browsing for pooches. (And cats too, for people who are interested.)
You can search by breed, size, gender, etc. And you can also search by shelter/rescue group to see all of the available dogs with that group.
Just put in a local zip code to see all the local information. Its a fabulous tool!
Go to a local adoption at any pet store, etc. and I gurantee you will fall in love with a baby. Thank you for not "buying" a dog. Makes me sick when people contribute to puppy mills and the like out of out and out selfishness.
AMF we just adopted a Puggle on Friday!!
The gang we worked with was http://www.4pawssake.org/
Our little guy is adorable, one year old, knows his basic commands (sit, down, come, etc) and is housebroken.
We couldnt be happier with our new little man or the organization we found him thru.
"Go to a local adoption at any pet store, etc. and I gurantee you will fall in love with a baby. Thank you for not "buying" a dog. Makes me sick when people contribute to puppy mills and the like out of out and out selfishness." - Ryan
Sorry, If I want a specific breed and any of the adoption agencies don't have what I want I will go to one of the breeders that I know. Now if Planned pethood or one of the like have what I want I will most surely go with them first.
Thanks for all the Planned Pethood testimonials - I have been a PPI volunteer for several years now, and your words said it better than I could. We also adopted three of our dogs from Planned Pethood, including two Puggles.
As far as being breed-specific: I think the number one quality that people should look for in a dog is compatibility, as opposed to some arbitrary "official" designation. Find a dog whose personality, size, and behavior fits your lifestyle, and you have a lifelong friend. Many of the "pure" breeds that end up with groups like Planned Pethood are dogs that owners surrendered after they figured out that taking care of a dog means work.
Conversely, there are plenty of great dogs waiting for adoption whose heritage garners the label of "mixed." Take for example a dog I am fostering as we speak, an Australian shepherd mix named Bolt. We actually have some disagreement at PPI as to what we should call him: one person suggested he was a spaniel-collie mix, while someone else said spaniel-sheltie.
The bottom line is that Bolt is a happy, playful young dog who wants to please and who just wants to be loved. He will get passed over for weeks by breed-specific folks looking for a "pure" dog, when Bolt is simply a really cool dog that a less picky family will one day adopt.
If you like Pugs, consider Lucy, a 10-to-12-year-old Pug whose owner surrendered her. This is the nicest little dog you could ever imagine, and how someone could give up this sweet girl is beyond me. She probably has at least 2-3 more years of love left in her.
Anyways, the point is that there are hundreds of great dogs in Lucas County alone who need loving homes, and I recommend that everyone thinking about a dog start first with the area shelters and foster agencies.
lfrost2125 = asshole squared.
Sorry. You are not a dog lover, you are a selfish fucktard.
Regarding purebreds vs. mixes...
My own dog is a purebred Weimaraner. I never set out to get a purebred dog - a friend of a friend is a breeder, and I just happened to fall in love with my specific puppy while visiting their house.
I've also been fostering dogs for a local rescue group. A couple have been purebreds, most have been mixed breeds.
When it comes down to it, I don't even notice the difference between the purebreds and the mixed breeds. Each dog has his/her own unique personality anyhow.
Don't get me wrong - I love my dog to pieces. But that's because he's part of my family, not because he's a purebred.
Also, my understanding is that mixed breeds are often healthier, because they have less risk of many breed-specific conditions.
Just my 2 cents.
At any rate...I still think upso should look on petfinder.com, if he wants to help identify local dogs available through shelters and rescues. :)
Sorry I use my dogs for specific purposes,mostly hunting, and it's a proven fact some purebreds are better than others at this.
As far as you calling me a dog hater, you can think whatever you want. My dogs have never wanted for care,affection,food,shelter,or anything else. The dog I have now is an purebred Aussie, and she's been with me for about 14 years now. I got her for her herding capabilities, and that's what she did. I also have a dalmatian/lab mix that I adopted, she's my wife's dog. Our dogs are treated as one of the family. If that is a dog hater hell I bet under those specific criteria most of the people on this board would be dog haters too.
Would I look at adoption again first?? Yeah if I could find what I was specifically looking for.
thanks for the tips everyone!
i've already been checking petfinder but i would prefer to meet the dog(s) in person...
we've found every saturday that the PETCO on monroe & talmadge has different foster groups and we've met some great pooches there. i'm curious where else in toledo groups showcase their dogs...
also... I agree with both Ryan AND lfrost2125
normally I think rescue dogs are THE way to go, but I have many friends who use dogs for hunting and protection. unfortunately dogs for those specific needs are not always available via the pound or rescue groups.
but for me.. i just want another 4 legged friend so their skill set isnt important. :)
The pup we adopted friday was the seventh that my family has rescued. Every single one of them was a joy to our family.
That being said, Ifrost2125 is correct. It's his business.
billy: congratulations! Man I love puggles, cutest little things figure that's what I'll get when I get a house and have room for more than 1 dog.
historymike: if I had a house or the space I'd adopt Lucy. Hope she finds a good home.
lfrost2125: think you'd like my dog, he's a beagle mix and has his nose to the ground every second he's outside. A friend of my ex once commented how much he'd love to have my dog for that purpose, also retrieves on command and seems to enjoy it.
Have also seen him sniff out things I had no idea were around till they'd jump out and climb up a tree, but he also doesn't attack which is why I let him do his own thing.
Hey if you want a specific breed, PLEASE know that there are reputable breed-specific rescue organizations out there. These rescues are, in many cases, just as swamped as the shelters are and they are having to turn down owner-surrenders due to having more dogs than they can handle. A reputable breed-specific rescue will also fully vet a dog they adopt out, same as the Humane Society.
I will definitely check these places out next time I get another dog. I'll probably be looking for another dog when something happens to my Aussie. The people I know breed Aussies, and German shepherds. That how I got my Aussie, and don't regret paying the price I did. She's been very loyal for the last 14 years, is very good with the five kids, and did a great job helping us herd our cows when we had them.
Sounds like you got a pretty smart animal on your hands. The only things my dog likes to do anymore is the occasional walk around the block and sleeping.
upso - regarding where groups do their events...
I foster for Dogworks Sporting Dog Rescue & Placement (http://www.petfinder.com/shelterSearch/shelterSearch.cgi?shelterid=OH618&preview=1).
They do events at Pet Supplies Plus every other Saturday, and also occasionally at the Andersons (when the Andersons has a spot available - other rescue groups often already have them booked up). This past Saturday, they were at the Pet Supplies Plus on Talmadge...I believe their next event will be the Alexis Rd store 2 Saturdays from now.
I know that they will arrange for a prospective adoptive persons to meet dogs in person between adoption events...whether arranging to meet at a neutral location or bring them to your home. I'd bet that many of the other rescue groups would do the same thing. So, if a dog catches your attention on Petfinder, don't hesitate to contact the rescue group and ask when their next adoption event is and/or ask if you can arrange for a meeting in person.
(Also, if you click on the name of the rescue group/shelter on Petfinder, you'll get to that group's specific page. Most of them have a list of the upcoming adoption events.)
The link for Dogworks got messed up for some reason...here it is: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/dogworksohio.html
Mom2's post about the Pets Supplies Plus event made me want to post about our experience this past week.
Around the time that another poster out here lost her dog, our beloved boxer mix also passed along. I didnít post on that thread to dilute the well wishes and sympathy going out to that poster who reached out, but we were still devistated - and still miss him.
Since then, we have been looking for a new dog, because our other dog was definitely missing her pal. A puggle my wife spotted on line caught her heart. It was with 4 Paws Sake. http://www.4pawssake.org/
As I'd mentioned before, our family has been very involved with Planned Pethood, and have managed to find homes for several dogs thru that very noble organization - we were aware that PP wasnít the only placement outfit in town, we just hadnt worked with any of them.
Our 4 Paws Sake experience:
My wife saw the Puggle on line at 4PS, and filled out their on line application. She also followed that app up with an email to them, highlighting some other factors that the app didnít ask about. This was early afternoon last Thursday 10/15.
Just after supper that night, we got a call from a rep from 4PS, who asked if we had time to talk about our application. What followed was basically a phone interview, where the rep asked us a bunch of different questions - where would the dog sleep, what was the back yard situation like, what would be arrangements for the dog when we were at work, etcÖ She also answered any and all the questions we had about the dog. (and we had a BUNCH of them! She answered every one.) I was impressed that she'd already phoned our vet's office and got the green light from them.
At the end of this conversation, we had decided that this sounded like the dog for us, and the rep had liked what she heard from us, as far as possible adoptive parents, so she said she'd give our phone number to the foster parent, and he could call us to set up a time when he could come over and check out our house. The big thing was that he wanted to check out the back yard and moreso the fence, to see if there were any gaps big enough for the little guy to get out of (which Im gathering is the reason he was lost in the first place)
My wife set up a time the following afternoon, and the foster parent and the rep from 4PS came over. The dog turned out to be everything we'd hoped for, and our other dog just loved him. We had represented ourselves truthfully over the phone, so the 4PS folks didnít have any surprises, so at that time, my wife handed them a check, and they handed us our new little guy.
They also told my wife that the vet history that they have will be in the mail for us to drop off to our current vet at our convenience.
Time frame - Online application filled out 10/15 at 1pm, dog in the hands of it's new family 10/16 at about 3pm.
All in all, I was very impressed with 4PS and the amount of time and effort not to mention the SPEED they put out in efforts to find this pup a new home, AND to be sure it was the right match both for the dog they had for adoption, the dog it would be living with, and it's new family. Now we're happy to say we've got TWO pet adoption agencys that we've worked with in Toledo, and both 4PS and Planned Pethood do wonderful work, and are wonderful to work with. I can and WILL recommend either of them to anyone we know of who's looking to rescue an animal.
Thanx for the link Billy. I did check the site out and there are quite a few beautiful dogs on there. There is a few I wouldn't mind having right now if I knew the wife wouldn't have a coronary.
Billy, did your boxer mix pass around the time I posted about losing Mojo at the end of August? If so, I'm so very sorry if my thread discouraged you from posting about it and seeking support from other members of Toledo Talk. Please accept my sincere belated condolences for your loss. I am sure you still think of him every day with so much love in your heart.
Very impressive about 4 Paws Sake. One complaint I hear a lot is that rescues take forever to get back to people about their applications. Sounds like 4PW has a very efficient and pro-active system!
Good luck with your new pupper! Sounds like a win-win.
Animal House rescue... www.ahr.org I think.
We have fostered a few great pups for them.
The Best Dogs are at Tony Packo's but the chili dogs are great at Schmuckers
Ha, no doubt Ryan would show up with his holier than thou attitude on dog adopting...guess we all can't be as good as him.
I've had my golden puppy now since the beginning of august.....she's awesome! And now I have two, both from breeders, cause that's what we wanted to do.
Soon you may get to go to the pound to adopt your next friend.
MattL - Ryan calls people like you names, but fails to realilze how many thousands of dollars people who breed dogs and buy dogs from breeders donate to rescue operations.
Im happy for you with your two dogs!
Ryan=The creamy white foam on a goat's anus after it is done pinching a softy...
I have gotten dogs from breeders and from PlannedPethood...and all of them have been fine animals. People have the right to choose where the buy whatever they want to buy. Ryan, I realize your Socialist paradise is closer at hand then ever before, but we still live in a free country where people can make decisions without having to be berated and insulted for them. Now GO FUCK YOURSELF!
Woah with the language. What's with all the getting riled up in the most mundane of conversation?
Never said you didnít have a choice, just that one was a really really selfish and stupid one. Now pass the crackers, that foam sounds delicious.
Viva la Socialism!
creamy white foam? you're goat must be sick ShonuffisDead...
Mattl - my question didnt get answered in a couple days, and I didnt expect it to - it was rhetorical anyway. I'd asked it before and was told the truth then.
See, the boy who's called people selfish, stupid, asshole squared admitted a while back when I was asking about where to find a good breeder that he has never rescued an animal at all.
So lfrost, if you've gotten a dog from an adoption outfit in the past, and now are being called asshole squared for going to a breeder, know that the boy who's pointing and calling names has rescued NOTHING.
Speaks volumes to his character and credibility. But then his kind has an inbred hatred of 'breeders' of all types anyway.
Wow, you can't even get your facts straight on a message board. I did answer you before and told you ONE. Not that that matters at all. Get a life.
so if lfrost has adopted ONE and you've adopted ONE, who the fuck are YOU to call him names, you little piece of shit?
It's not a problem. He's like the little annoying kid from the neighborhood that hung around all the time, even though we were older. I just ignore him. He can call me what he wants, I could care less.
It's not buy one adopt one Billy, thats not the point. I apologize to lfrost for the name I called him that was wrong, but I still stand by everything else I said.
Just because you rescue 10 doesn't make it right (in my book) to pay breeders for a dog.
Critical thinking Billy, try it.
apology accepted. You have the right to have your own opinion, and everyone else has the right to their own but if you ever want to sway someone it's difficult to do it when you start name calling. That usually just makes a person shut down, and puts them into defense mode.
I stated why I have paid a breeder for a dog, and later I also stated I would adopt first if I could find what I wanted available. Like I said I use my animals for a specific purpose,not just for a pet, and sometimes adoption isn't an option.
hey upso - how did things work out for you? Have you brought your new family member home yet?
Just curious. :)
we went to the humane society this past weekend, and were a bit overwhelmed by the good to bad dog ratio...
we're on the hunt & waiting for the right one. :)
They say that sometimes you don't find the right dog; the right dog finds YOU.
In time ... .
update! we got a dog on saturday!
her name is Ellie, and she's a 12 week old weimaraner
we got her at the petco on talmadge from a rescue group. she spent the first 10 weeks of her life in a metal cage (her paws were swollen from standing on the grates)
she is a super sweet heart, and already becoming a part of the family!
She looks exactly like my dog did at that age. May you have many years of happiness with your new addition to the family.
I love dogs in general regardless of pedigree or breed, but I must admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for Weimaraners. :)
Absolutely wonderful. Ahead of you are years of fun and occasional mayhem. Enjoy every bit of it.