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Old October 20th 03, 03:43 PM
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I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me. My husband and I are
moving soon to the Southwest, probably the mountains of Arizona. Temps
there range from single digits in the winter nights to nineties in the
summer days.
We will be living on a small ranch with horses and perhaps chickens. We
also
will have our cat who is moving west with us. She's an elderly quiet
ladylike
cat. Our previous dog was a collie who lived to be fifteen. We didn't
replace
her because we've been talking about moving for several years. We've
finally
bit the bullet and put the house on the market.
Anyway, I want a companion dog, one that will be inside at night and outside
with me during the day. A dog that will sit quietly around while I'm
working
horses or cleaning the barn. A dog that gets along well with other animals
and a
variety of visitors. I don't want a really small or toy breed, I don't want
a
really large breed, although Bermese Mountain Dogs do sound intriguing.
I also want a rescue dog, I do not want a puppy.
I may also consider getting two dogs, one a smaller breed for a house dog,
one a larger breed for an outdoor dog. We will have either a fenced yard
or put in an invisible fence.
One of my pet peeves is people who get dogs then allow them to run loose to
terrorize the neighborhood. I live next to people like that!

Sue



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Old October 20th 03, 11:41 PM
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"R&SB" wrote in message
nk.net...
I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me.


MIght I suggest you go to akc.org and sniff around the site to find a dog
show in your area. There will easily be over 100 breeds of dogs there and
just about anyone will be willing to tell you the pros and cons of their
breeds. They may also tell you a lot of **bad** things about certain
breeders and other breeds, so just tune out the inevitable gossip. Don't be
put off if the dog you are interested in is being frantically groomed and
the groomer doesn't take the time to chat. Stop by after the judging and
the person may be more chatty!



Based on your post, I would advise focusing on the herding and working
groups. The herders range from smallish (shelties and corgis) to large
(German Shepherd Dog, Collie etc.) and many mediums. Same thing for the
working dogs.

Since you are planning on having chickens you might want to avoid all of the
sporting dogs, although lab mixes are plentiful and may not be too inclined
to go after a chicken. Keep in mind that I am extremely biased toward the
sporting group dogs (less the cocker spaniels) but I do realize they are not
the right dog for everyone or every situation.

After you identify a breed you think you want and complete your move,
contact the breed rescue coordinator or keep an eye on petfinder.com. It
shouldn't take too long to come up with the dog you want. Keep in mind that
most pure breed rescue groups are picky, so don't feel you are being
insulted, we just have a greater concern for the well being of an already
abused dog than trying to dump a dog on the first person who e-mails us!

Be aware that invisible fencing may or may not be a positive indicator.
Some people say they are OK, others do not. I am not that nuts about them
becasue they do not stop unwanted/univited animals from ENTERING the
property.

Hope this helps. Bless you for considering a rescue. Post again after you
have settled and decided which dog to adopt. (BTW, mutts need love, too)
Good luck on your move. I have been changing houses myself. It is a drag,
and ending up with two extra rescue dogs was not a timely occurance, but
that's what we do.

chuck petterson
rescue bus driver


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Old October 20th 03, 11:41 PM
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"R&SB" wrote in message
nk.net...
I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me.


MIght I suggest you go to akc.org and sniff around the site to find a dog
show in your area. There will easily be over 100 breeds of dogs there and
just about anyone will be willing to tell you the pros and cons of their
breeds. They may also tell you a lot of **bad** things about certain
breeders and other breeds, so just tune out the inevitable gossip. Don't be
put off if the dog you are interested in is being frantically groomed and
the groomer doesn't take the time to chat. Stop by after the judging and
the person may be more chatty!



Based on your post, I would advise focusing on the herding and working
groups. The herders range from smallish (shelties and corgis) to large
(German Shepherd Dog, Collie etc.) and many mediums. Same thing for the
working dogs.

Since you are planning on having chickens you might want to avoid all of the
sporting dogs, although lab mixes are plentiful and may not be too inclined
to go after a chicken. Keep in mind that I am extremely biased toward the
sporting group dogs (less the cocker spaniels) but I do realize they are not
the right dog for everyone or every situation.

After you identify a breed you think you want and complete your move,
contact the breed rescue coordinator or keep an eye on petfinder.com. It
shouldn't take too long to come up with the dog you want. Keep in mind that
most pure breed rescue groups are picky, so don't feel you are being
insulted, we just have a greater concern for the well being of an already
abused dog than trying to dump a dog on the first person who e-mails us!

Be aware that invisible fencing may or may not be a positive indicator.
Some people say they are OK, others do not. I am not that nuts about them
becasue they do not stop unwanted/univited animals from ENTERING the
property.

Hope this helps. Bless you for considering a rescue. Post again after you
have settled and decided which dog to adopt. (BTW, mutts need love, too)
Good luck on your move. I have been changing houses myself. It is a drag,
and ending up with two extra rescue dogs was not a timely occurance, but
that's what we do.

chuck petterson
rescue bus driver


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Old October 20th 03, 11:41 PM
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"R&SB" wrote in message
nk.net...
I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me.


MIght I suggest you go to akc.org and sniff around the site to find a dog
show in your area. There will easily be over 100 breeds of dogs there and
just about anyone will be willing to tell you the pros and cons of their
breeds. They may also tell you a lot of **bad** things about certain
breeders and other breeds, so just tune out the inevitable gossip. Don't be
put off if the dog you are interested in is being frantically groomed and
the groomer doesn't take the time to chat. Stop by after the judging and
the person may be more chatty!



Based on your post, I would advise focusing on the herding and working
groups. The herders range from smallish (shelties and corgis) to large
(German Shepherd Dog, Collie etc.) and many mediums. Same thing for the
working dogs.

Since you are planning on having chickens you might want to avoid all of the
sporting dogs, although lab mixes are plentiful and may not be too inclined
to go after a chicken. Keep in mind that I am extremely biased toward the
sporting group dogs (less the cocker spaniels) but I do realize they are not
the right dog for everyone or every situation.

After you identify a breed you think you want and complete your move,
contact the breed rescue coordinator or keep an eye on petfinder.com. It
shouldn't take too long to come up with the dog you want. Keep in mind that
most pure breed rescue groups are picky, so don't feel you are being
insulted, we just have a greater concern for the well being of an already
abused dog than trying to dump a dog on the first person who e-mails us!

Be aware that invisible fencing may or may not be a positive indicator.
Some people say they are OK, others do not. I am not that nuts about them
becasue they do not stop unwanted/univited animals from ENTERING the
property.

Hope this helps. Bless you for considering a rescue. Post again after you
have settled and decided which dog to adopt. (BTW, mutts need love, too)
Good luck on your move. I have been changing houses myself. It is a drag,
and ending up with two extra rescue dogs was not a timely occurance, but
that's what we do.

chuck petterson
rescue bus driver


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Old October 22nd 03, 11:50 PM
R&SB
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"Support Your Community Band" chuck_petterson @ spamxexcite.com wrote in
message ...

"R&SB" wrote in message
nk.net...
I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me.


MIght I suggest you go to akc.org and sniff around the site to find a dog
show in your area. There will easily be over 100 breeds of dogs there and
just about anyone will be willing to tell you the pros and cons of their
breeds. They may also tell you a lot of **bad** things about certain
breeders and other breeds, so just tune out the inevitable gossip. Don't

be
put off if the dog you are interested in is being frantically groomed and
the groomer doesn't take the time to chat. Stop by after the judging and
the person may be more chatty!



Based on your post, I would advise focusing on the herding and working
groups. The herders range from smallish (shelties and corgis) to large
(German Shepherd Dog, Collie etc.) and many mediums. Same thing for the
working dogs.

Since you are planning on having chickens you might want to avoid all of

the
sporting dogs, although lab mixes are plentiful and may not be too

inclined
to go after a chicken. Keep in mind that I am extremely biased toward the
sporting group dogs (less the cocker spaniels) but I do realize they are

not
the right dog for everyone or every situation.

After you identify a breed you think you want and complete your move,
contact the breed rescue coordinator or keep an eye on petfinder.com. It
shouldn't take too long to come up with the dog you want. Keep in mind

that
most pure breed rescue groups are picky, so don't feel you are being
insulted, we just have a greater concern for the well being of an already
abused dog than trying to dump a dog on the first person who e-mails us!

Be aware that invisible fencing may or may not be a positive indicator.
Some people say they are OK, others do not. I am not that nuts about them
becasue they do not stop unwanted/univited animals from ENTERING the
property.

Hope this helps. Bless you for considering a rescue. Post again after

you
have settled and decided which dog to adopt. (BTW, mutts need love, too)
Good luck on your move. I have been changing houses myself. It is a

drag,
and ending up with two extra rescue dogs was not a timely occurance, but
that's what we do.


Our collie mix was a wonderful dog, a pound rescue. I don't want to go
through the whole mess with raising and training a puppy that might turn
out to have a personality that doesn't fit with our lifestyle.
Currently, I'm in contact with a Springer Spaniel rescue and, after we
are relocated and settled, there is a nice middle aged farm raised ESS
that I plan to apply to adopt. She sounds exactly like what I want,
with lots of experience with other farm animals.

Sue


chuck petterson
rescue bus driver




  #6  
Old October 22nd 03, 11:50 PM
R&SB
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"Support Your Community Band" chuck_petterson @ spamxexcite.com wrote in
message ...

"R&SB" wrote in message
nk.net...
I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me.


MIght I suggest you go to akc.org and sniff around the site to find a dog
show in your area. There will easily be over 100 breeds of dogs there and
just about anyone will be willing to tell you the pros and cons of their
breeds. They may also tell you a lot of **bad** things about certain
breeders and other breeds, so just tune out the inevitable gossip. Don't

be
put off if the dog you are interested in is being frantically groomed and
the groomer doesn't take the time to chat. Stop by after the judging and
the person may be more chatty!



Based on your post, I would advise focusing on the herding and working
groups. The herders range from smallish (shelties and corgis) to large
(German Shepherd Dog, Collie etc.) and many mediums. Same thing for the
working dogs.

Since you are planning on having chickens you might want to avoid all of

the
sporting dogs, although lab mixes are plentiful and may not be too

inclined
to go after a chicken. Keep in mind that I am extremely biased toward the
sporting group dogs (less the cocker spaniels) but I do realize they are

not
the right dog for everyone or every situation.

After you identify a breed you think you want and complete your move,
contact the breed rescue coordinator or keep an eye on petfinder.com. It
shouldn't take too long to come up with the dog you want. Keep in mind

that
most pure breed rescue groups are picky, so don't feel you are being
insulted, we just have a greater concern for the well being of an already
abused dog than trying to dump a dog on the first person who e-mails us!

Be aware that invisible fencing may or may not be a positive indicator.
Some people say they are OK, others do not. I am not that nuts about them
becasue they do not stop unwanted/univited animals from ENTERING the
property.

Hope this helps. Bless you for considering a rescue. Post again after

you
have settled and decided which dog to adopt. (BTW, mutts need love, too)
Good luck on your move. I have been changing houses myself. It is a

drag,
and ending up with two extra rescue dogs was not a timely occurance, but
that's what we do.


Our collie mix was a wonderful dog, a pound rescue. I don't want to go
through the whole mess with raising and training a puppy that might turn
out to have a personality that doesn't fit with our lifestyle.
Currently, I'm in contact with a Springer Spaniel rescue and, after we
are relocated and settled, there is a nice middle aged farm raised ESS
that I plan to apply to adopt. She sounds exactly like what I want,
with lots of experience with other farm animals.

Sue


chuck petterson
rescue bus driver




  #7  
Old October 22nd 03, 11:50 PM
R&SB
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"Support Your Community Band" chuck_petterson @ spamxexcite.com wrote in
message ...

"R&SB" wrote in message
nk.net...
I need some suggestions as to the right breed for me.


MIght I suggest you go to akc.org and sniff around the site to find a dog
show in your area. There will easily be over 100 breeds of dogs there and
just about anyone will be willing to tell you the pros and cons of their
breeds. They may also tell you a lot of **bad** things about certain
breeders and other breeds, so just tune out the inevitable gossip. Don't

be
put off if the dog you are interested in is being frantically groomed and
the groomer doesn't take the time to chat. Stop by after the judging and
the person may be more chatty!



Based on your post, I would advise focusing on the herding and working
groups. The herders range from smallish (shelties and corgis) to large
(German Shepherd Dog, Collie etc.) and many mediums. Same thing for the
working dogs.

Since you are planning on having chickens you might want to avoid all of

the
sporting dogs, although lab mixes are plentiful and may not be too

inclined
to go after a chicken. Keep in mind that I am extremely biased toward the
sporting group dogs (less the cocker spaniels) but I do realize they are

not
the right dog for everyone or every situation.

After you identify a breed you think you want and complete your move,
contact the breed rescue coordinator or keep an eye on petfinder.com. It
shouldn't take too long to come up with the dog you want. Keep in mind

that
most pure breed rescue groups are picky, so don't feel you are being
insulted, we just have a greater concern for the well being of an already
abused dog than trying to dump a dog on the first person who e-mails us!

Be aware that invisible fencing may or may not be a positive indicator.
Some people say they are OK, others do not. I am not that nuts about them
becasue they do not stop unwanted/univited animals from ENTERING the
property.

Hope this helps. Bless you for considering a rescue. Post again after

you
have settled and decided which dog to adopt. (BTW, mutts need love, too)
Good luck on your move. I have been changing houses myself. It is a

drag,
and ending up with two extra rescue dogs was not a timely occurance, but
that's what we do.


Our collie mix was a wonderful dog, a pound rescue. I don't want to go
through the whole mess with raising and training a puppy that might turn
out to have a personality that doesn't fit with our lifestyle.
Currently, I'm in contact with a Springer Spaniel rescue and, after we
are relocated and settled, there is a nice middle aged farm raised ESS
that I plan to apply to adopt. She sounds exactly like what I want,
with lots of experience with other farm animals.

Sue


chuck petterson
rescue bus driver




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Old October 23rd 03, 05:34 AM
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Sue,

Springers are a great breed. I like their temperment. Good luck and post
whenyou get settled!

chuck petterson


Our collie mix was a wonderful dog, a pound rescue. I don't want to go
through the whole mess with raising and training a puppy that might turn
out to have a personality that doesn't fit with our lifestyle.
Currently, I'm in contact with a Springer Spaniel rescue and, after we
are relocated and settled, there is a nice middle aged farm raised ESS
that I plan to apply to adopt. She sounds exactly like what I want,
with lots of experience with other farm animals.

Sue




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Old October 23rd 03, 05:34 AM
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Sue,

Springers are a great breed. I like their temperment. Good luck and post
whenyou get settled!

chuck petterson


Our collie mix was a wonderful dog, a pound rescue. I don't want to go
through the whole mess with raising and training a puppy that might turn
out to have a personality that doesn't fit with our lifestyle.
Currently, I'm in contact with a Springer Spaniel rescue and, after we
are relocated and settled, there is a nice middle aged farm raised ESS
that I plan to apply to adopt. She sounds exactly like what I want,
with lots of experience with other farm animals.

Sue




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Old October 23rd 03, 05:34 AM
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Sue,

Springers are a great breed. I like their temperment. Good luck and post
whenyou get settled!

chuck petterson


Our collie mix was a wonderful dog, a pound rescue. I don't want to go
through the whole mess with raising and training a puppy that might turn
out to have a personality that doesn't fit with our lifestyle.
Currently, I'm in contact with a Springer Spaniel rescue and, after we
are relocated and settled, there is a nice middle aged farm raised ESS
that I plan to apply to adopt. She sounds exactly like what I want,
with lots of experience with other farm animals.

Sue




 




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