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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-23-2006, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ray and I have been talking for months about getting a dog. We were debating on a shelter dog versus a purebreed, and finally agreed on a shelter puppy.

We aren't planning on getting the puppy until June, giving us time to get our crate, toys, and everything instead of just rushing out and making one huge purchase. I keep an eye on petfinder and my local humane society websites though, and the other day a 5 month old golden retriever was advertised. Now, all puppies are supposed to be $185 there, when I clicked the link, they wanted $380. I was kind of chocked and surprised. I mean, it is totally reasonable price for a golden retriever, but is it fair to jack up the price when all the pitbull mixes are 185? I mean there are plenty of "backyard breeders" in our news paper that sell puppies for 300-minus the shots and neauturing but still.

Melissa-if you see this! As for the sheltie advertised as free in our pennysaver, it had an "incident" with one of her Mother's kittens. We didn't bother going out because even if I can understand a dog doing that, I do not want a dog around my daughter and cats that has done something like that. If we would have ver had an incident I would have always blamed myself.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-23-2006, 04:10 PM
 
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They probably jacked up the price because it is a pure breed instead of a mix. Goldens are great dogs too. Well worth the price but you could probably find one for cheaper before June. Good luck on your dog search.
As for a dog that is good with cats and kids...I have never met a mean Golden. Shadow's best friends is my cat (actually it was my roomie's cat before she moved out so I had to get him another one) and he's extremely good with people with disabilities and kids. He can adjust his temperment depending on who he is around. In fact one time at PetSmart some little kid came up and was crawling all over him and pulling his fur and ears and he just licked the kid in the face and took everything. Amazing considering his rough beginning.
There are also a lot of other dogs just as mild tempered as goldens. I hope you are able to find one that fits with your family. Good Luck
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All I can say is good luck in your search. Shelters often have wonderful pets. Our local shelter here had a purebred smooth collie once.... $50 adoption fee. My kids wanted her, but she did not like birds.
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Good luck in your search of the perfect dog...definatly check out rescues and shelters...you can find an awesome family pet there!




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That is why I am keeping my eye out. I feel it will be like wheny ou find your wedding dress or pick your home, you just know it is the right fit for you and your family.
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I am so excited that you guys are getting a dog in the near future!! :blob2: Good luck in your search!


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Oh wow!! I'm so excited for you guys, too! Keep us posted!

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Thanks guys, we are all excited. if you ask Pammy if she wants a puppy she says "yup" or "uhhh haaa"
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I wondered how it had gone when you went to see her. I wouldnt have gone either if it would harm a kitten...for your cats sake, but especially for Pammy's sake. Good luck on the puppy search...I hope you find one soon!


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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-28-2006, 08:54 PM
 
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you might try going online and look for another local shelter that doesn't go through petfinder. It seems like each county, at least where I live (TX), has a shelter/rescue center. Alot of them go to Petco and Petsmart to set up their adoption center.
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Good luck in your search. I hope you find the perfect pup!

I believe I've heard in shelters doing that so people don't get them only to resell them for a profit.

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