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Wanted: puppy

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bob, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Forumite

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    I'm after a puppy for the kids, medium sized due to house size and female due to other dog are the only requirements.

    I don't want anything fancy or overbread, or that comes with a 3 figure price tag, just your bog standard family mongrel, where do I get one? Everything online looks like it comes from a puppy farm.

    Tried a few of the rehoming places but they have waiting lists for puppies and very long application process and aren't very close by either.

    I'm a responsible pet owner and I am all for rehoming, I have had rescue cats and a rescue pony though with older dogs I'd always be wary of them with my young children so I want a puppy who can grow with our family.

    Do any of you lovely people have any ideas?

    Thanks
     
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    They don't have any puppies unfortunately.
     
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    Is that the place that was featured in the press a while ago for keeping animals in the freezer?
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Yep.

    They were dead already though, apparently.
     
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    We were talking about this the other day.

    Since all the legislation about picking up after your dog, being responsible for your dog, not allowing your dog to roam randomly around the streets, well you don't see the interbreeding... or mongrels so much any more.

    Anyway @Bob

    None of my business but my next door neighbours bought a Labrador puppy for their children (3 boys).
    She had ideas of the boys bonding, walks on Cannock Chase, etc.

    Reality was they weren't interested, once the puppy was outgrown they all lost interest and went back to their "phone".

    Poor dog got rehomed.

    Not for a minute suggesting that your children would do that but I just wanted to highlight a problem that happens when people don't think through the consequences of taking on a pet.
     
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    We got our dog around 8 years ago from Swan Pit, she is a Greyhound/Lurcher a lovely breed of dog i cant recommend them enough, no yapping every time the door goes or barking and a great temperament, just needs two good walks a day and she is then happy lying on her back asleep on the settee for the rest of the day, anyway when i went to Swan Pit to see what dogs they had my dog was locked in a small cage on concrete with just a water dish, when i picked her i was expecting some house visit but they didn't even want to no my address just wanted the £40 for the dog, they gave me a cat collar and lead to control her on the drive home.
     
  10. Bob

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    I have an 11 year old collie who we've had since he was a pup, haven't had to rehome him yet and he's done plenty to deserve it.

    Once you get a pet they become part of the family, I wouldn't give my children, husband or grandmother away, nor would I my dog.

    The only reason I want a puppy is because they are trainable, mouldable and if you treat them right you have a friend for life, with older dogs, especially rescue ones you don't know where they've been or what they've seen or had to endure, they come with somebody else's quirks and behaviours and with two young kids running round I want a dog that I know everything about.

    I'm just struggling to find one
     
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    Totally agree, that's why we bought our dog when she was a puppy too. As I said earlier my other post wasn't directed at you personally (you already have another dog so it obviously wasn't relevant anyway).

    Apologies for hijacking the thread to make a point, but some people don't think through dog ownership.


    Aren't you just a little bit tempted though.....sometimes? ;)
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    Even mongrel puppies don't sell for less than a 3 figure price tag these days I'm afraid.
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    We bought a mongrel pup around 8 years ago (she's still with us) and she cost us £150 back then. I'd personally expect the only way you'll pay below 3 figures is if you are rehoming an older dog - which as you have younger children isn't always wise unless you're very careful.

    We've just purchased our latest addition to the family - another King Charles Spaniel. Yes, pure bred, but not KC registered or anything. £600 and that was the cheapest we could find. I think a mongrel puppy sells in the region of £200 to £250 these days but I could stand corrected.
     
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    I don't think anybody would take him.
     
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    I had my dog from a rescue in Gloucestershire that have a link with a rescue in Spain. I can guarantee they will have litters of unwanted puppies of all shapes and sizes. The dogs are checked for all diseases and pet passported (all jabs incl rabies, wormed and fleaed) and brought to the UK. They do an amazing job, and my remit was exactly like yours, I just wanted a nice family pet.

    Get in touch with Gilly at Starfish Dog Rescue and tell her what you are looking for and she will defnitely be able to help, even if they don't have any pups on the website there WILL be some needing homes in Spain, just desperate for someone to love them

    Little Starfish are the ladies in Spain who mainly help pups:

    https://www.facebook.com/littlestarfishspain

    Starfish dog rescue (in UK)

    http://starfishdogrescue.co.uk/dogs-looking-for-a-home.html

    Let us know how you go :)
     
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    To be honest it's as much the principle of the matter, these people are trying to make a quick few quid at the expense of their animals. For the same puppy would rather give a £1000 donation to the dogs trust than £300 to some idiot that only cares about the money an not the welfare of the living creatures he's exploiting, then you hear all these horror stories about puppy farms, it's a mine field.

    One days worth or research has taught me that I definitely don't want a pedigree.
     
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    They sound fab!

    Absolutely perfect!

    I've sent them a message!
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Please tell us that you converse with the dog in Spanish.
     
  21. Jonah

    Jonah Spouting nonsense since the day I learned to talk

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    Not all pedigree dogs are bred by puppy farmers. People not doing any research and wanting a puppy NOW, is one of the biggest reasons why puppy farmers exist.

    You can get perfectly healthy, well adjusted, loveable dogs from proper breeders, those who put temperament and health above everything when they choose to breed.
     
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