|Barked: Thu Dec 13, '12 3:54pm PST |
|I have been in love with Saints for as long as I can remember. I am really looking forward to owning one from puppyhood to adult, but I wonder if I can do it. The only 2 dogs I have gotten from puppies (one 5 wks and the other 9 wks) are terribly socialized. The other 3 dogs I cheated and adopted them post puppyhood, so they came to me socialized. Our lab mix was adopted at 9 months and she is an excellent dog, although still went through normal puppy behaviors. The 2 Saints I have rescued, the first was 6 yrs old and has since passed and our current Saint is almost 3, adopted at 1, and she is also very well behaved...she is protective of me outside of the home but not in an over the top way.
So does living with Saints prepare you for really raising one? I do love adopting but the countless medical issues is weighing heavily, I would like a chance of getting a healthy Saint, although I am grateful for the wonderful temperaments of the ones I have had. Our current Saint has hypothyroidism, early renal disease, and a bad heart ( 2 moderate leaking valves, and a hole between the L and R atrium)
I know a lot about living with a Saint and our adopted ones came with normal issues...pulling on leash, jumping, counter surfing, bolting, etc...all of which were easily resolved. So I am just looking at info on the puppy version in the next year we will be buying a bigger house, and so I want to start finding acceptable breeders or just go the cheating way and adopt again....I would just really like a puppy one time. It is a little hard finding Saint rescues that fit perfectly into our family with kids under 5, 4 dogs , 2 cats, and a house bunny....surprising a lot will not adopt to people with small children.
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