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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:13:53 PM
Where did you get your dog?

We are cat people so whenever we wanted a cat we just went to the local humane society or the pet store. When looking for dogs on-line it seems that many of the dogs come from kill shelters in the South (I live in the NE)and get shipped up when you agree to adopt it. While I love the idea of saving the dogs, it makes it hard to get to know an animal before you take it home.

Just wondering where everyone has gotten their dogs....


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:15:50 PM
I live in MA and we have a pure bred so we went to a breeder. But there are a lot of rescues near me--Buddy Dog, Save a Dog.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:16:05 PM
The humane society or through someone we know that know's someone getting rid of their dog (got 2 that way).


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:18:25 PM
Not much help here... I did get 1 of mine from pound and the other 2 were headed there... The owners couldn't care for them any longer...


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:18:46 PM
we wanted a particular breed, and wanted a puppy, so we found a breeder in our area. We got to meet the mom dog before she had the puppies, and also got a good feel for how they treat their dogs (they're show dogs, but they're well-socialized and used to being in the house). We were just more comfortable with that, personally. We have since gotten another puppy from the same breeder, and adopted one of their retired show dogs.

a lot of the shelters around here, at least, have open areas where you can interact with the dogs, and even bring your own dog so you can see how they get along together before you take them home.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:19:27 PM
SPCA. We spent quite a bit of time getting to know the dog we picked out. I wouldn't want a dog I hadn't met.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:26:00 PM
I've had 3 dogs in my lifetime. One we got from a breeder. One we adopted from a shelter. And one we saved from getting hit by a car on a busy road and was never able to locate the owner. My advice would be to avoid the pet stores. They are from puppy mill breeders. Go to a shelter or a reputable breeder if there is a particular purebred you are looking for.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:26:19 PM
We wanted a specific breed (McNab ) and it took a while to find him. We found a local rancher who does one litter a year. We were able to meet Landry's mom, dad, uncle, and siblings! We also saw his living conditions and how well-cared for and loved he had been

I too would be leery of committing to an animal sight unseen. How about putting the word out among friends and family that you're looking? That's how we eventually found both of our dogs - Dallas we had for 11 years, and now Landry for 3 ... both amazing dogs and great fits for our family.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:27:57 PM
From a wonderful breeder in upstate New York.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:32:15 PM
Our current dog, a Cairn Terrier, was a puppy mill rescue. He was part of a large seizure from a mill in our state and we adopted him from the Oregon Humane Society. He was about 5 at the time. He was born at the mill and and lived there as a stud dog, in a tiny cage, until he was rescued. He's awesome.

Our previous dog, a Bernese Mountain Dog, was also a rescue but from different circumstances. She was not abused, but her owners were divorcing and neither wanted the dog so were trying to sell her for a small fortune (she wasn't yet spayed). We worked with a breed group to buy her (and get her spayed). We were her foster home for a couple months, but decided we couldn't give her up and adopted her ourselves.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:33:31 PM
The two dachshunds that I have now are both rescues. I met them when a rescue group was set up at PetSmart. They grew up together and I wanted to make sure they stayed together after their original owners gave them up so I adopted them both. They are on the left and right in my siggy. Bud, who is in the middle and is no longer with us, came from a breeder. DH gave him to me as my 5th anniversary present so I really don't know much about where he came from. He was not a puppy mill puppy but might have been a backyard breeder pup. They had both the mom and dad and DH met them all. He came with care instructions.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:35:04 PM
Our dog sugar from the shelter is a rat terrier, she is still scared of everyone and spend her time under the bed. I have had her for a year now and she still doesn't trust me.

I have had really bad luck from our loacal shelter. One died from parvo, one a heart problem. Now this one.

I think the next one I get I will get from a breeder. With a guarantee, I have spent more money on the ones I have got from the pound then I have on my DGC. One I spent over 2,000$ on. I think the lady who runs our shelter is dis-honest.

I have tried to be a good citizen but man I just want a good dog who will learn to go out, maybe some tricks, and is loveable to me and my DH. I don't have kids who are mean, nor any other dogs, I have the patience of a saint but not a dog yet who seemed to love me as much as I love them.

I guess I sound kind of bitter but man, ....

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:35:39 PM
we got our doggie from a friend of a friend of a friend who's momma rejected the whole litter.

we weren't able to interview persay, but definitely asked all that we could about breeds involved and it was open ended 'adoption' since this was our first pet.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:37:41 PM
I searched and hooked up with a wonderful shelter/rescue. I looked through hundreds of dogs and applied for only a few before I found one I thought would be right for us and the rescue/humane society we worked with was WONDERFUL. We got the perfect dog for us. Just what we wanted. We've had her for almost 4 months now. She is probably about 10.5 months old.

***She came from a rescue/humane society in the south (TN)
She was shipped up to us in the north (NY)
I had never heard of this before we did it. But when I speak to people at the dog park it is SO COMMON!
I was nervous, but the shelter does this ALL THE TIME. It is not only to your advantage but to theirs to make a perfect match.

I was very up front about or lack of dog experience, our wants and needs and reasons for these. They want very much to make a good, permanent placement.

I was emailing and on the phone with the head of the shelter AND the pups foster mom numerous times before agreeing to take Lucky.

Also, she didn't show her true personality for WEEKS and the trainer I met with told me this would be the case. So meeting the dog doesn't mean much IME.

My BFF met her dog. They picked him out, in person. It took very kindly to her, her DH and the first weeks were ok. Then other behaviors came out. They had some biting incidents and she has big problems now b/c she didn't vet properly with the shelter and the shelter was not upfront about his propensities. So clicking with the dog at first sight is not the be all end all IMO.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:38:04 PM
We love Shetland Sheep dogs and we have had five. We rescued one, she was 2 when we got her . We adopted 2 that were retired show dogs, they were four years old. We then got 2 puppies from reputable breeders. We didn't have all these dogs at one time this is over 25 years.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:39:16 PM
I got mine from a shelter.

I think your best bet is either a shelter or a private breeder. Just research a bit on how to find a good breeder because they do exist. IMO the worst source would be a pet shop even more so if it is located in the mall and offers financing for puppies. I know some people get pets they adore there but normally the dogs are overpriced and almost without exception they come from puppy mills.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:40:05 PM
We go for rescue puppies/dogs....many of the breeds have websites if you want a specific breed.

Our first was about 3 when we got him. The 2nd we got as a puppy from someone who was going to rescue, but then ended up pregnant and her DH didn't want a newborn and a puppy.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:40:31 PM
We got both of our dogs as puppies from North Shore Animal League, the largest no-kill shelter in the country. Our first dog we drove to Long Island to adopt. The second, we got from one of their adoption buses that used to come to our area. Both of ours were rescues from the South.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:42:53 PM
I live in Maine. We adopted our dog through the local Humane Society and would do it again in a heartbeat! The demand for dogs up here is huge, so generally once a month if not more often, van loads of dogs rescued all over the southern states are brought here for adoption. It is an amazing program that has helped the southern organizations, though there is so much to be done! Check with your local shelters, find out if any participate in these programs, many New England states do because demand far outweighs the number of dogs!

Just saw a FB post the Humane Society on the coast has 23 dogs arriving this week from the south!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:47:38 PM
Also, I can't rave enough about the shelter we dealt with. Not only did we get a wonderful pup but she was spayed, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and her transport was USDA certified, all included in the fee we paid which was not very big considering what we got for it.

I would very much suggest that you look into rescues and shelters even if you want a particular breed. There are so many dogs out there it's unbelievable!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:53:42 PM
Two of our dogs came from breeders. One came from a "free to good home" listing on Craigslist.

Because of our use of an underground wire fencing system, most rescues won't even take/respond to my application so I don't try anymore. Also, I don't follow the complete protocol that my vet recommends on certain preventative measures (for instance, I don't do the Lyme's vaccine). This also makes me an unsuitable candidate.

We have looked in shelters too but ultimately did not find dogs that suited our needs. Especially when we were looking 9-10 years ago when our kids were small. I was unwilling to take on an unknown or suspect background and put my children at potential risk. Now that they are older and know how to manage dogs after living with them since birth, we could be a little more open on this point.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:57:47 PM

I was unwilling to take on an unknown or suspect background and put my children at potential risk. Now that they are older and know how to manage dogs after living with them since birth, we could be a little more open on this point.

See, I must have gotten lucky with the rescues/shelters I contacted. There was a dog I was interested in and I have a 7 y/o. The shelter told me that the dog I inquired about, they would not adopt her out to me b/c of my little one and the dog didn't test well with children. I appreciated that and told them so. So I kept looking. I can't believe any would want a risky placement.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:00:51 PM
We got ours from one of the rescue groups that go to PetSmart on the weekends. We happened to be in on a weekend when one group happened to have puppies, which were the result of someone agreeing to foster a Lab that had been spayed, only to find out she wasn't and their Boxer, which they keep for stud purposes, knocked her up.

It's a great mix and our dog is a real sweetheart. We've had her for almost three years now. But finding puppies at the rescues around us isn't very common. She was the last of the litter to be adopted. She was the smallest.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:02:49 PM
I got suckered into getting mine from some people in front of a Walmart! I see people outside of pet stores selling dogs all the time. Local classifieds are a great place. We see new puppies and older ones that need to be saved (some from local shelters) all the time.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:05:15 PM
I got my dog from the Humane Society, but you might try Petfinder to see what's available in your area.

Cats on the other hand seem to just fall into my lap! I've never gotten a cat from the Humane Society because I've never had a chance to.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:11:27 PM
First one came from a breeder, second one from a newspaper 'free to good home' ad. Both added great joy to our home, unfortunately they're both gone now... Miss them dearly.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:13:54 PM
My golden retriever service dog, Gracie was both trained and then GIVEN to me by a dear friend. Gracie is now 10yo, and their family has purchased and is now training another golden Retriever puppy (carefully researched breeders) Sadie, who is to be my service dog when Gracie needs to retire.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:20:59 PM
usually somewhere like the humane shelter or a no kill shelter. don't they have those where you live?

a few I got from people I knew (or heard about) who had a doG who had pups.

this last one? from CL! yikes...

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:24:13 PM
1st was at a pet store. On a whim on a 4th of July. The 2nd was a guy on the side of the road. My Mom and brother also adopted from the same litter. So we have 3 sisters in the family.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:24:23 PM
Both of my Rotties have been rescues.

My 1st, Alex, was lost in the neighbourhood & with help from a friend we cared for him for a month as advised by our local SPCA - no one made contact looking for the dog & nothing posted in the local newspapers, etc.

We kept him & he was the most wonderful companion for 10 years.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:24:40 PM
Look at breed specific rescues.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:25:47 PM
When we were in the market for our first dog, Sheila, we checked PetFinder. That's how I found Heeling Hearts Australian Cattle Dog Rescue run by Brooke and Dan Hicks. We adopted Sheila from them.

After that, we became members of the ACD community. We were known for working with special needs dogs. (Sheila is blind in one eye.) So when Rusty (bi-laterally deaf) was looking for a foster home, Heeling Hearts put S.A.R.A. (Shelter Animal Resource Alliance) in touch with us to see if we would be willing to foster him.

We were actually looking for a deaf dog at that time, so we kept him!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:28:02 PM
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The last two found us.

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But, time was running out for him & he desparately needed a home.
Dh & I agreed to take him & all the responibility it entailed.

All of my dogs have been/are amazing and I love them dearly.

In the future, I will let them find me. Invariably, they will, as I've come across 2 since Little Bit joined our family. There was another between acquiring Girlie, before Little Bit. But, I dismissed the thought because I did not want 2 dogs. Sometimes I still grieve over that one. But, then, I wouldn't have been able to take Little Bit.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:29:36 PM
Our SPCA lets you foster dogs AND they have a 10 day return policy if the dog doesn't work out. I have two dogs now from that shelter-a purebred Maltese and a lab mix. We tried another one, that picked on the Maltese, so she went back. For now, I foster dogs for them on the weekends. I get to pick which dog I want to take home with me, and when I will pick them up and return them. I decided that I'm too busy to take on another dog full time right now, but when I am home on the weekends, I love having the SPCA dogs visit.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:30:48 PM
We adopted one from a rescue and one from the vet that picked him up off the street. Best dogs ever!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:31:57 PM
I volunteer with our municipal (kill) shelter, so our dogs come from there. They aren't as particular with adoption applications as many rescues are, and they have a couple of "meeting" rooms where you can take a dog and get to know him/her before you decide to adopt. Are there any city shelters (aka dog pounds) in your area?

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:46:47 PM
I live in NH and we adopted our dog from a shelter/rescue called Puppy Angels. She was shipped up from somewhere in KY or TN and is just the sweetest dog you could ask for. She had recently had a litter of pups and was fixed the week before we got her.

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We went looking for a puppy. My 5 year old wanted a dog so badly.We had been trying to get pregnant a second time, without any luck, and I kept putting off the dog thing because it was just one more thing for me to deal with. Thinking she probably wasn't getting a sibling, we decided to get her the dog she kept asking for. At the shelter they had lots of puppies, but she was a little overwhelmed with all the nipping and jumping the pups were doing and went to sit on the nearby steps of the shelter building. My dh and I strolled around the pup pens checking them out. I glance at my dd and there's a dog laying on the steps beside her, head in her lap, leg up in the air, getting her ears rubbed. We figured the dog was owned by someone that worked there because she was wandering, not contained. Nope. That was Macy. She was about 2 years old at the time. Sweet and gentle. We brought her home that day. So Macy and Jaycie have been quite the team over the past 5 years. Oh yeah, a month later, I found out I was pregnant with DD #2.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:47:06 PM

Our previous dog, a Bernese Mountain Dog, was also a rescue but from different circumstances.

I still think of Lily every time I see a Berner at a dog show

We have gotten all three of ours from breeders. We wanted to rescue a female GSD but the rescue said they don't stay long enough to adopt out so we bought ours from a breeder. Young females are their most highly sought after.

We didn't want to bring a male from a more dominate breed into our house with our other two males and upset the balance.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:48:00 PM
I still think of Lily every time I see a Berner at a dog show

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:58:20 PM
From an ad in the newspaper. Found out later that the guy who I got her from was "dumping" sick pups on the side of the road.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:02:32 PM
We've had friends wanting to give away one of their dogs and that's how we've ended up with 2. One came from the pound. And one cat literally wandered in off the street.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:27:21 PM
We got our chocolate lab from a breeder. She's such a nice dog. My only complaint is that she's a thief. If she can reach it, she will steal it.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:37:26 PM
We got one of ours from the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.

And the other from a little of puppies a friend had. Both are very good dogs.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:43:48 PM
A friend found ours and when she didn't find the owner, and wasn't able to keep it herself, she gave it to us. Our lucky day!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:03:03 PM
#1 came from the pound. She was part lab, part chow. We loved her, but I wouldn't recommend a chow if you travel with the do and it's around other dogs. We were young and stupid then.

#2 was from a Golden rescue. We planned on a puppy, but fell in love with Big Dog, a golden/lab. We lost her about 6 months ago and I can sincerely say, she was the kindest, gentlest soul I have ever met. But she came with severe auto immune issues and cost us over $300 a month. I don't regret it, but I didn't want another chronically ill dog.

#3 was from a breeder. We tried to go through both the local lab rescue and the local golden rescue, but they didn't have any puppies. We want a semi-service dog, so we needed a puppy. We met the mom, dad, and grandmother. They were super sweet and easy to train; exactly what we were looking for. Emma is 7 months old now and is deep into her "puppy teens". But she is sweet and gentle and super easy to train.

I would look at the shelters, rescues, and breeders in the area. You will quickly get a feel for what your needs are. Just don't fall for the first pretty face!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:08:02 PM
We have a beautiful pure bred black lab. We got her from a rescue in California, about 45 minutes from where we live.
If you are willing to be patient you can get just about any pure bred dog from rescues all over the country.
I will ALWAYS rescue!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:10:41 PM
We have a purebred Dalmatian. She was abandoned in a friends yard. After weeks of trying to find her owners we adopted her.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:13:57 PM
We adopted our pure bred Lab from a local rescue about two weeks ago. The organization was wonderful to work with and truly cared for the dogs well being. We love our new baby! And it's such a great feeling to know we saved him.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:15:11 PM
I bought Piper from a breeder - I wanted a westie puppy and used a breeder recommended by my vet.

Dd has the a very sweet corgi she got from a local rescue group, ds has an awesome whippet from the local ASPCA.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:23:49 PM
from the SPCA. they are really great indoor/outdoor dogs. the SPCA does a great job socializing the dogs. they have a basic obedience and manner program that the dogs go through so they are less stressed and more adoptable. we would definitely adopt from there again.

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