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Mar 5, 2011 8:05 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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I will need to be brief, but there are some thoughts to keep in mind. First, there are lots of wonderful adoptable dogs that only need a good home to be wonderful companions. Second, there are also lots of dogs with serious problems that require lots of dog psychology knowledge, patience, and training to help them overcome what they have gone through. Like choosing any companion, you also need to ensure the personalities are compatible. If you want a quiet, calm dog, don't pick the exuberant one. There is a wonderful article right here about Petri.
I adopted a dog many years ago. He was a wonderful companion, and we had a great time. However, he could never overcome his background. Every time he saw moving boxes, he would get sick, which means he was probably left at the shelter when his original family moved away - he never forgot the moving boxes. The third time he saw the moving boxes, he got sick with cancer and died a few short months later, much younger than he should have.
If you adopt a dog with unknown background, you must be prepared for unknown personality quirks to pop up, and be able to deal with them. When you get a dog of known breed, from a reputable breeder that has treated them well since the beginning, you have fewer (but not necessarily none) possible behavior issues to deal with.
Carol Lea Benjamin, my favorite dog author, has a book something like "Second hand mutt, how to turn yours into a first rate dog." It has some good insights.
My current 2, the labs pictured above, are not purebred. A friend of mine wanted to breed her bitch because she really wanted to continue her best friend's lineage. I agreed to take 2 because I am not concerned about purebred status, but did want a known background. I wanted to make sure they would be good with my young son.
I hope others will leave their opinions, as well, so you can get a variety of responses.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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