How did you find you dog?

@krebstar5 (1267)
United States
June 12, 2007 11:00am CST
Since I'll be moving into a house soon, my boyfriend and I have been discussing the possibility of getting a dog. The thing is that I know not to get a puppy from a pet store, but I was curious about what all my options are. For instance, I know people who have dogs from shelters and even a couple who saved a dog from a medical lab. How and where did you get your dog? All stories and tips are most welcome!
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
12 Jun 07
We have a total of three dogs. One of which I got from a friend who was a breeder. He was going to have to put down a puppy because it was born with a defect. I agreed not to breed the dog as long as I could have him. That was thirteen years ago. last year we went to the local Humane Society an my fiancee fell in love with a German Shepard mix. We decided to adopte him on the spot. This past year we were at the Humane Society again where we adopted another German Shepard mix. We are now considering to adopt another Brittany Spaniel like my thirteen year old dog. There are different places where you might look to find a dog. There is the animal shelter, newspapers, or even friends and neighbors. Good Luck in your search.
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@kareng (7986)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Major chain pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills. Please reconsider a purchase from a pet store. Try to find a local breeder of the breed you want and visit their facility. You can see the parents, their environment, etc. This way you know the puppies and parents are well cared for. A reputable breeder will show you the parent's vet records, vaccination records, etc.
• Hong Kong
12 Jun 07
i have two dog,PUG~~
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@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Yeah, pet stores are not good places for dogs. The poor pups are so mistreated and are often ill. I would love to get a dog from a breeder, but part of me feels like I would be better off with an older dog, and I know that a lot of pure-bred dogs can cost over $1,000. But that is a great idea to visit the facility. I think you are right about that. What better to get an idea about the breeder than to see how they run things.
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@mr_ilham (1611)
• Indonesia
13 Jun 07
i am sorry i don't have o adog so i don't know thank you http://mrezanailham.blogspot.com
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@ma_belle (1358)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I got my dog from a humane society. I found my dog online through http://www.petfinder.com, and I applied for her over fax. I found out I was approved the next day so I took the trip out there later that day. I actually drove 2 hours to that certain shelter for my dog. Petfinder is a great site to search for a dog. You can search within certain parameters such as gender, location, breed and age. Many shelters, rescues and humane societies also have websites through petfinder where you can see the animals, look at the application forms and email questions.
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
13 Jun 07
A friend of mine tried to get a dog off of petfinder, but it took them forever to get back to her. And then when she tried to go through the process of adopting the dog, they stopped returning her calls. She ended up giving up and trying to find another place to get the dog. I'm assuming the problem was with the shelter itself and not petfinder. 2 hours to get your dog? I bet he/she was worth all the driving and then some!
@aleura (51)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Hey, I got MY dog from a medical lab... And I love her. She was already 1yr old and was past that pesky teething age and she was crate trained. And let me tell you, that was very convenient. Now I don't like crates at all, but being crate Trained!! that should did ease the transition into house training. And she likes to sleep there while we're at work. She feels safe in her cave/cage, which is also convenient.
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
12 Jun 07
I have gotten my dogs from reputable Registered Breeders. That way I know exactly what I am getting. But in saying that I have saved a couple of dogs over the years from local shelters.
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• Canada
13 Jun 07
I got mine while we were getting wood chips for the hedgehog after new bowls, leash, collar food, chew toys bed, cage and the dog and wallet almost $1000 lighter went back adn bought the woochips for the other animal
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@aleura (51)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Hey, I got MY dog from a medical lab... And I love her. She was already 1yr old and was past that pesky teething age and she was crate trained. And let me tell you, that was very convenient. Now I don't like crates at all, but being crate Trained!! that should did ease the transition into house training. And she likes to sleep there while we're at work. She feels safe in her cave/cage, which is also convenient.
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