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    Our collie died of cancer, and I could not live without a dog. My kids didn't want me to get another collie because they thought if we did, we would be replacing Teddy.

    For a month, I researched every dog breed and selected several that would be a great fit for our family. We went to look at Wheatens, which were a breed that was on my short list when we bought our collie. One of my sons chose Aidan solely because he climbed on top of the other puppies to get to my kids. Unbeknownst to me, the kids had already selected (and agreed upon!) his name. We spent about four hours at the breeder's house, including a break during which we went to lunch to discuss it. The kids played with Aidan and his litter mates, and I talked to the breeder, checked out all of their dogs, and looked over the paperwork on health testing done on the parents. Then we brought Aidan home.

    The most important part of choosing a dog, to me, is that the dog will be as happy as possible living with us, especially with me since I am the dog's main person. I have physical limitations, and I cannot offer many of my favorite breeds a lifestyle that would best suit them. Temperament is also important since our dog lives in a family that has four teenagers -- it can get noisy and busy around here. Plus, I wanted a dog who is very friendly and affectionate. Size was another factor -- after our collie suddenly became paralyzed, we couldn't lift him, and we were afraid to hurt his back by trying methods like carrying him in a blanket. He was a big collie whose minimum healthy weight was 89 lbs. We called an E-Vet who sent a dog "ambulance" to transport him. If anything happens to Aidan, we can lift him and transport him ourselves.

    Last, appearance is important to me. I like to enjoy looking at my dog. Well, sort of. After I've groomed him, I think a lot about how long it will take his hair to grow out so I can try again. So far, all the real groomers I've sent him to give me back a dog I don't recognize but who is perfectly groomed ... can't win either way (yet).
    Aidan is a 3 year old, 50 lb., Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

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    My mom wanted a toy dog. We looked at several breeds and she ended up wanting a papillon. I was totally wanting another sheltie or collie or something like that. We brought Beau home and he was the best puppy ever! So spunky and fun and with a great temperament.

    By the time I got to an apt I could have a dog with, I'd considered a lot of breeds. I was going to go with a larger sighthound, actually but ended up in place with a 20 lb weight limit (due to room mates wanting that apartment). There was never any question when I had a size limit. I can't imagine getting anything not a papillon. Summer was Rose's sister and I'd known her since 3 months old. She was 4 at the time and a perfect fit. I loved her and so she came with me.

    And then Mia was supposed to be an adult border collie. I ended up impulse buying a papillon puppy from a breeder that I had liked for a while. Timing just worked out right and I knew Summer would prefer a dog her size. It was the best choice I ever made, Mia's fabulous.
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    I got Lloyd basically because he yelled at me when I almost passed him up at the shelter lol. Got Nash pretty much because he is so purty lol. Well, and I had been wanting a german shepherd and he showed up as my coworkers foster and I was just like ohhhh I want!!! Not the best decision making processes, but they worked out great (although Nash has been annoying lately lol).

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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    I originally wanted a brittany. DH grew up with one and one of my best friends had one, so we knew they were great dogs. I had a really hard time finding a breeder I liked though, since most kept the dogs in kennels and used them for hunting - which is fine if you want a hunting dog, but not for a pet.

    A good friend was talking to his co-worker about dogs and said I wanted a brittany, and she recommended Welshies. She said they are more velcro than britts and tend to be calmer than the other spaniel types. I did some research and I was sold. I think they're beautiful dogs, but a large part of my decision was based on personality. I find most gun dog breeds to be a good fit for me (active, sweet temperaments), a nice medium size, and many are very beautiful, but I was sold on the calmer temperament and velcro personality of the Welshie.

    As for how I got my specific dog, I went through a couple breeders over about a year until I found one with a litter available. My breeder picked Watson out for me. DH wanted a girl, I wanted a boy, and only boy pups were left so that's what we got. His personality was the best fit for us out of the litter.
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    After discovering that we didn't meet the requirements for many of the local rescues, we started researching breeds to find a good match. Our primary concern was finding a breed that we would be able to properly care for in terms of exercise, training, and general handling. Surprisingly, the standard poodle - a breed which had been on my "do not consider" list - appeared to be the best fit. That discover lead to even more research to confirm that a spoo would be happy in our home.

    Having identified a breed, we began researching breeders. We received a number of recommendations, some good, some not so good, some downright bad. Then, one breeder was suggested by three different experienced, trustworthy poodle breeders. I contacted her and discovered she had a 5 1/2-month-old girl from her last litter. We met Katie and fell in love - who could resist a puppy offering "presents" of dead voles

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    My last childhood dog passed away when I was around 16 and I had desperately wanted to get another dog but my parents said no, then I went off to college for 4 years and knew I would have to wait. A couple weeks after I graduated and got married my husband and I were searching for housing for our move back to Michigan in the fall. We had been talking about getting a puppy because he knew that I had been waiting and wanting a dog in my life so bad. So we starting checking out petfinder and the local shelters. We made a trip to MI to look at a couple houses/condos and we ended up signing a lease for a duplex and discussed any pet restrictions with the owner. One the way home we stopped to "just look" at a litter of lab/golden puppies. There were 3 boy left, one big chunky one that was very inactive and just kind of sat there, one smaller one that was bouncing of the walls, and one perfect middle puppy that turned out to be Luke! I knew right away that he was my puppy. We put down a deposit, went home, bought a ton of stuff and puppy proofed the apartment, then went back the next day and picked him up!

    About a year and a half ago I started wanting a second dog. My husband and I talked about it alot and we never really came up with a good reason to not get a second dog, both agreeing that two was the limit. So I just started casually browsing and watching petfinder and the local shelters facebook pages. This started probably in November. I decided better wait til after the holidays. About mid January my puppy fever was in full force, but I knew to wait for the right one to come along. First week in February we were set to go visit a litter of lab/shepherd mixes that were in a foster home about 1.5 hrs away. That day I saw the local humance society post on facebook that they had like a dozen new puppies avilalble for adopotion, so when my husband picked me up from work I said let's just go look at these puppies before we go see the ones tonight, it will be a good comparison....yeah right. There was this little "plott hound mix" all by herself in a pen that fit all our criteria (medium sized, slightly older puppy, she was 5 months, female) and she and Luke really hit it off. And that was how we came home with Zoey that night.
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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    My boyfriend has always loved Terriers. We chose a Wheaten because she is hypoallergenic (and he is very allergic to dogs with double coats with lots of dander and shedding) and because of her energy level, love for people, and intelligence.


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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    All my white Schnauzer/Poodles were gifts to me from my parents .... Leah Lu being the last from my Dad. He knew how much I missed Leeo ...

    I went looking in shelters and rescues for a Doberman. I even was going to go the breeder route ... as I had saved up a substantial sum to purchase my next dog. I wanted a larger dog as a companion also. I just happened across Abbylynn's ("Tabby") photo on petfinder at a rescue/shelter organization about 2 hours away from my home. I just knew she was the one ... even though she was a mix ... I went to meet her .... and she was it! 10 days later I picked her up and brought her home.

    Eddee ....well ..... it is a long story ... so to put it shortly ... Dad went to look at a dog my late Mother would have wanted because he looked like my childhood Terrier mix .... something she always wanted. It had already been adopted three minutes before we arrived at the shelter.

    I happened to look over three kennels down and saw this scrappy unkept little dog barking at me. I went over to the cage and he stuck his little paw out of the cage and held my hand. Lol! I asked to take him outside in the meet area in a run. I stayed and played with him for an hour and decided he was for me ... even though he had been dubbed a "Live Wire" by the shelter. His owners had not surrendered him yet ... and I had to wait for over a week for them to sign him off. I was then able to go and get my "Tiki" ... now Eddee.

    I had not been looking for another dog .... Dad was ... but there is a reason for everything. I feel like I was lead there for a reason. Eddee helped me with the void I was feeling for Leeo. I adopted him one month to the day of Leeo's passing.

    He went from this unwanted little creature ....



    To this happy regal creature! ... even if he is my problem child! Lol!



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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    I think I was about 16 when I met a Borzoi for the first time. It was at our local show, and I was blown away by how beautiful and elegant they were. They were very sweet, yet also aloof. It was an intriguing combination.

    I started researching the breed, and discovered how perfect they'd be for me. I decided that I wanted one, but still lived with my parents, of course.

    When DH and I bought a house, we looked into Borzoi, but there were none available in rescue. So we decided to go with Greyhounds, instead, since they were easier to acquire.

    A few years later, we had applied through rescue, and were referred to a local breeder who had a companion male available. It turned out to be Cooper, and he became our first Borzoi. Later, we took his brother Manero, and their aunt Indigo. We now have the boys' nephew Henley, and an unrelated Armani from a different breeder.

    The Deerhound was DH's love. A friend of ours had one, and he fell head over heels for that boy. We found a breeder whose quality and type were what we looked for (and they happened to be close to us!), and now we have Brubeck, too!
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    My first dog was a beagle. I was raised in a home with numerous pit bulls and chows and litters, but I wanted my own dog. My cousin had an 8 week old beagle given to her by a co-worker and she didn't want it. My mom new I wanted a puppy so she took me over there to see it and of course, being...12? I didn't say no. I will never own a beagle again though.

    Then my ex boyfriend's parents let him buy a puppy after he graduated while I was still in High School, and he wanted a GSD. I had no choice in the matter, it was his dog and lived with him. That's how Frag came about.

    I adopted a Rat Terrier mix from a shelter I was working at in hopes of doing therapy and agility with her, as she was very confident and eager at the shelter, where she'd been for many months, and I loved her ears/coloring, and she was young. Once she got to explore the wide open world, she shut down a lot, I could not build her confidence, and she was afraid of every person she met. My hopes went out the window, I never bonded with her for the year I had her, and she got extremely intolerant of the other dogs I had and fosters and roommate's dogs and would rush from across the room to snap at them, was constantly growling and on guard, even though she was never bothered, etc. So I rehomed her to my parents where she's fat and happy now.

    Working in shelters since I graduated and missing the pitties of my past, of course I couldn't say no to Sir when he was going to be euthanized at Animal Control. Pits will forever be in my heart.

    And a couple that rented out my basement last year who I was really good friends with decided to buy a Border Collie for agility and disc. I never thought I could manage one, but I did a lot of the training and caring for their pup for the first few months and she was awesome, super smart, good off switch, not neurotic or nasty. So I took the leap last summer instead of getting an AmStaff and got a BC as well. And I don't regret it for a minute.

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    I didn't really choose Sasha or Heather. Sasha was a puppy found wandering around on an acquaintance's farm. They took her in and looked for her home, but no one ever claimed her. They couldn't really afford to take care of her, so I told them that I would take her. Heather found us. My husband was out walking Sasha, and he came running home with her telling me that a big black dog was chasing he and Sasha. I went outside and whistled and clapped my hands, and Heather came running up to me wagging her tail and giving kisses. She wasn't big, or mean, in fact she was a pretty sweet dog. We thought someone must be missing her, and we took her to the shelter. Unfortunately, her family never came for her, and she was scheduled to be euthanized. I wasn't about to let that happen, so I went to the shelter and adopted her. Never regretted it, she is a fabulous dog.

    I did choose Noah and Moe, though originally both were meant to be fosters. I really love scent hounds, so when I saw Moe in the shelter, and his time was up, I pulled him. Unfortunately, once he settled into my house, his aggression toward strangers became very apparent, and there was no way the rescue could adopt him out. So, I chose to adopt him myself. Noah was also pulled from the shelter when his time was up. I had went to look at a basset hound, but the basset had several people interested in adopting her, so the animal control officer knew I liked hounds and she showed me Noah. He was old, had something wrong with his leg, and was covered in fleas, but he was the sweetest thing ever. I had him for 6 months with no interest at all (apparently the only person interested in an old, arthritic beagle is me!), so we decided to just keep him. Oh, and after that, my husband banned me from the shelter...

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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    I had been in my house for a few years and decided to start seriously looking for a dog. Two of my close friends had recently gotten dogs, and I realized how much I missed having a dog in my life. I always kind of put it off because I live alone and work full-time, and I also wanted to make some changes to my house and yard, but started looking anyway. I figured if my friends could do it, so could I. They were both living with their spouse/SO at the time, but everyone worked full-time and they seemed to be making things work. I had been casually looking on Petfinder for more than a year already, and decided to step up the searching.

    I did a lot of breed research and decided I wanted a Boston Terrier. I also had a friend-of-a-friend with three Bostons, and I just thought they were cute, fun dogs. I found a pretty nice puppy prospect, but he turned out to be more than I was hoping to pay, so I kept looking. During this time, I was also going to my local shelter every weekend for about 6 months, hoping to find any small/medium, low-maintenance grooming, low- to mid-energy dog under 2-3 years old who was good with cats, but had no luck.

    Finally, I spotted Buffy on Petfinder. She was one of three puppies who were rescued from a high-kill shelter in Virginia, along with their mom, who was listed as a Pug/Boston mix. I contacted the rescue right away, filled out an application and set up an appointment to meet the pups. When I met the three, I was unsure at first, but I liked that Buffy was very playful with her littermates, but not too over the top. She was also friendly to the people, but not clingy. I also thought it cute that she was already playing fetch with the foster at just 8 weeks old. And, as shallow as it sounds, I fell in love with her tiny (yes they were tiny at the time) ears. I was disappointed to find out that Buffy was already chosen by someone else who had contacted the rescue through Petfinder but, since I was the first to inquire on the puppies and the only one to meet them in person so far, they let me have her. I'm so grateful to this day because I think she's the perfect dog for me.

    Just look at those adorable ears:

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    I had puppy fever BAD but my husband was only kinda onboard with the idea. We went to a few shelters and met a few dogs and they were all great dogs but they weren't our dogs. One night after I had gone to bed, Mr. Ant was browsing Petfinder. He woke me up to come look at a picture. We went to the Humane Society the next day and met Crickett (now Kenda) who was to become my heart dog.

    Then in January, dog #2 found me. Kenda and I were hiking in the backcountry of the Smoky Mountains when a lost bear-hunting dog approached us. She was polite, friendly and VERY hungry; apparently she'd been living rough for a while. Attempts to find her people failed (her radio collar had died, her ID tag had a mobile phone number that was out of service for more than four months and she wasn't chipped.) We treated her for worms, yeasty ears, spayed her and got her all her shots and now Maeby is enjoying the cushiest retirement ever.

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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    They were defective, and defective things just kind of end up here.

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    SO wanted an ACD mix and we were both on the hunt for them everywhere. I found a couple that had an oops litter that had some blue heeler mix pups. I called them and we met at a Flying J gas station. When we got there they said all the blue heeler pups had wandered into the woods and they couldn't find them in time, so they just brought what they could get, which looked like black fluffs and then Chloe she was the only one that wanted anything to do with me and just crawled up in my lap and wouldn't leave. She vomited on my lap on the way home and I still couldn't help but love her. Took her home and surprised SO. Still one of the best days of my life.




    Sydney was an impulse decision. I was Craigslist surfing and she was listed as a free pup that had wandered up into someones yard. They had her as a hound Australian shep mix. I text and woman said they already gave her away. Put it out of my mind until she called me the next day to say the woman that took her returned her because she howled all night. Drove 2 hrs that night, picked her up, and have never heard her howl in the 2 years I've had her


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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    When we got Toby it was completely by accident.
    We had been toying with the *idea* of getting a dog but since we are in an apartment and have 3 cats + a 4 year old and had plans for a baby, it just didn't suit our lifestyle for the moment. I kept researching the different smaller breeds anyways though. I wanted something fluffier, that I could groom on a regular basis as I am looking at going to school for grooming.
    Early January a friend of mine texted and explained that her aunt was leaving her uncle after he violently attacked her. In the process of leaving she also needed to be rid of the puppy he'd bought because she was starting school and didn't have time for it. I asked my friend what kind of puppy, she said a bulldog.
    I turned to my fiancee and we mulled it over. I had always wanted a bulldog, it was my dream dog truth be told... no not fluffy and didn't have a foxy little face like the pomeranians I was looking at but it was a dog none-the-less.
    My fiancee agreed that he'd stay small enough for our living space and told me he was my birthday present. - At this point we didn't know anything about him other then that he was a bulldog. Had no idea what he looked like or what his temperment was like... it was a complete gamble.

    But when he was brought to our door, it was love at first sight and his temperment is fantastic. He's really easy to train too!
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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    Before we got Dio, DH and I came to the mutual agreement that we wanted to add a dog to our family. We had both grown up without them even though there had been plenty of begging.
    We researched the pros and cons of various breeds for about six months and then settled on the Labrador. Then came the search to find our breeder. That took another six months. We found one, got on the waiting list and when the time came, chose Dio out of a little of identical black bundles. Honestly, the breeder chose him for us and made the right choice.

    For Kaity, she was a semi-spontaneous decision. We had been wanting a 2nd dog since giving up our "failure dog" (see post about failing dogs). I was perusing Kijiji and came across an ad for a free female chocolate lab. Her owner had to give her up since she had too many animals and Kaity was the one taking up the most time/energy. We texted and phoned back and forth, met up at a dog park and the rest is history. She has been with us for almost a year now and is a compete joy. She now walks nicely on leash, has awesome recall, is everyone's best friend and is a real ham.
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    Parents finally allowed me to have a dog. Wanted a puppy to 'mold from scratch.' Requirements were: lab or shepherd mix, preferably male, dark colors, would grow to a med-large size. Saw a playful puppy that fit the bill and 'looked good' (mom's requirement). And that was that!

    Honestly, I could have walked away with any puppy and I am pretty sure I would have bonded immediately, first dog and all. But now Soro is my standard if I ever get more dogs in the future.

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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    The first dog I ever got on my own, at 15, was a Siberian husky. The family Rottweiler had just been put to sleep, and my parents were getting a divorce. I wanted another dog. Dad said no, mom said yes. I based my breed choice solely on aesthetics and wound up with Kodi. She was a pretty good dog, but I'll NEVER have another Sibe again.

    Then at 18, I bought Kiera. Since my parents were Rottweiler BYBs, I thought I'd perpetuate their horrible behavior and started breeding GSDs. I got her from what I thought was a reputable breeder, only to find out that he was horrible. She was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at a young age, spayed and lived her life as a well loved pet with me.

    Zellie came along when I was about 23. She was abandoned at the emergency veterinary hospital on the night she was purchased from a BYB; she had hookworm anemia and the purchaser didn't want to spend the money to save her. Fortunately, they didn't want to return her to the breeder, either, so they signed her over to me. We used my SO's dog as a blood donor for her, and 10 years later she is alive and well.

    I got Clyde when I was about 26... same-ish scenario. Parvo positive, signed over by owners. Never in a million years thought a BYB parvo Rottweiler would survive, but he sure as heck did and was my best friend until I lost him in December to cancer.

    Then came Kaia, formerly known as Candy & Dulcie. After I lost Clyde, I decided to become a foster for the rottie rescue I volunteer with; I was obsessed with helping every Rottweiler I could. The rescue brought over two dogs: Tilly, who was to be my foster, and Dulcie, who was there for photographs and to cat test. Try as I might, I couldn't break Tilly's intense concentration on my cats... not with loud noises, string cheese, liver, hot dogs, nothing. Dulice, however, pranced in like she'd been there her whole life and never made a second glance at the cats. She got along well with my other dogs right off the rip, too. The rescue folks decided it would be best for Dulcie to be our foster. We were doing really well not getting attached until we took her to her first adoption event and people showed interest in her. We filled out her adoption application about 3 days later. Aeheh.

    I do plan to start fostering again once I get Kaia settled in and straightened up although right now, that seems next to impossible. She has got energy for days and a very mischievous nature and cannot be trusted alone.


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    Re: Why did you pick your dog(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by melgrj7 View Post
    I got Lloyd basically because he yelled at me when I almost passed him up at the shelter lol. Got Nash pretty much because he is so purty lol. Well, and I had been wanting a german shepherd and he showed up as my coworkers foster and I was just like ohhhh I want!!! Not the best decision making processes, but they worked out great (although Nash has been annoying lately lol).
    When we adopted Zoey there was a Siberian Husky in the cage next to her. My wife went in to show the person which puppy she wanted to see and my wife says the Husky was "talking" to her as if to say pick me. I would have loved to get it but knew it wasn't a good fit for our family at this point. Even though Zoey doesn't fit the bill look wise for me she really has a great personality, very similar to our last dog.

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