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27/01/2013 at 21:39
After much internet searching and talking to people, I think we would be better suited to a rescue dog than a puppy. So where do I start? Do I just keep visiting the kennels and hope to find a dog suited to us? Could I give them our details and would they contact us if a dog came in that they thought was suitable to us?
27/01/2013 at 22:04
Call Dogs Trust and have a chat, that'll be a good starting point I think.
27/01/2013 at 23:06
The nearest Dogs Trust to you will be Darlington. I think they have time where it is open to visit and look around the kennels.
You might need a home visit, since you don't have a dog already.
When we chose our dog we got him to stay with us for a couple of weeks, just to make sure it things work out. That was almost 10yrs ago. Lots of these dogs come with massive issues, so in some ways they would be just as troublesome as a puppy, if not more so.
28/01/2013 at 07:49
My in laws have a rescue dog. They think she was between a
one and two years old when they got her. You'd need to have a good chat with the rescue centre. I'm not sure that they are always willing to home them in families with very young children because of the possible risks but I may be wrong about that.
A friend has just got a puppy and is going cage training so I think that she hasn't had problems with the puppy chewing things but you can't leave him for more than an hour at a time which may not be convenient for you (my friend doesn't work so is there a lot more of the time).
28/01/2013 at 08:33
28/01/2013 at 12:24
I don't have any advice but think it's so lovely you are getting a rescue dog! There are so many gorgeous doggies needing homes. We got our dog when I was litle from the rspca and he was the sweetest thing ever, it was heartbreaking how thin and timid he was at first though, but he soon came out of himself. Am so glad my M&D gave him a home! Keep us posted :)
28/01/2013 at 12:27
Thanks Lamby, my dog when I was a kid was a rescue dog. The only thing I'm wary about is I won't know much of the background of the dog, I wouldn't be that bothered if it was just me and H but have to be careful because of the kids but I'm sure they wouldn't give us a dog they didn't thing was suitable to our family.
28/01/2013 at 13:34
It's good to think of that, because of course you want the kids to be safe. I imagine the dog will have been with the rescue place long enough to assess how it is, and especially how it behaves around children though, like you say. I think the checks they do now are really thorough to try and ensure as much as they can that it's a suitable match. Good luck!
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