|Barked: Mon Feb 25, '13 11:48am PST |
|I have been posting on here since I had one dog, and now I have 4. Most recently I have been posting because I have been looking for advice for dealing with a moody little dog, and things are working out with that.
My pack now consists of 3 females - a 6 year old lab, very mellow and a 4 year old female Cocker rescue, good natured but kind of hyper, a 4 year old female Corgi mix with attitude (my problem child - insecure and grouchy) And the boy of the bunch - 5 year old Samoa who is probably an Aussie/Golden mix and is a wonder of mellowness.
I am retiring next year. I don't travel much (at all) and have mostly domestic sort of hobbies, nothing that takes me away from my pets. So since I will have lots of time to spend with them I am considering getting another rescue. Since I have such a mixed bag, I was thinking another Cocker, a male. But what I really need is something very mellow - as similar to Samoa's nature as I can find. Ideally it would be a smaller dog. And I would actually like to get a mature dog, or even a senior to give it a happy home for a few years.
I don't believe that any of the dogs other than the Corgi would have issues at all. So her attitude would be the decider. In the meantime I am trying to improve her social skills so she is more confident and not as defensive.
Is my best bet working through a breed rescue, and if so is there a breed that (generally speaking) is pretty rock solid? (I'm not breed particular, but have always tended towards herders and sporting.)
Or should I get a steady communication going with local humane societies to find the mix (like Samoa) that is just what I need? I guess I think the tendency of the humane societies is to push dogs and that I might end up with one that is less than a perfect fit. Because this time I want as perfect a fit as I can find...and am going to steel myself against falling for the first fuzzy set of chops I see...
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