|Barked: Sun Jul 14, '13 10:41pm PST |
| Hey Leia! I empathize with your plight, being not especially a "puppy person" myself. A couple of random thoughts....
First, if you want to get an adult dog from rescue (hooray!), it might require a little patience, flexibility, and/or creativity. Granted, Goldens and Standard Poodles are pretty common in rescue, so those might be easier to get a hold of compared to your Clumber. Anyway, you might want to reach out now (or soon) to the nearby breed rescues, (as well as breeders who may get returned adults they need to place). You may wish to contact all-breed rescues also, just in case. Anyway, tell them what you are looking for, and do their application process in order to be pre-approved. They will probably put you on a waiting list for that SPECIFIC dog that you want/need. The thing is, though, when one arrives, you might have to go ahead and take him/her....even if it's sooner than you planned.
Another idea would be to wait until the time you have planned to begin your search. Contact your nearby breed rescues, all-breed rescues, and breeders who may have returns. Also, keep an eye on the shelters. Many of them don't post their dogs online anywhere, or if they do, the listings aren't updated. So, visiting the shelter in person can be a better tactic. (But try to stay focused on what you need, lest you wind up taking some other dog home!) You could also possibly get on wait-lists with your local shelters, so they'd notify you if they get a dog with your specs.
If you want to expand your rescue search nationwide, there are sometimes options there. Some rescues will insist on a home check, or just not be willing to do a long-distance/ out of state adoption. But some may be willing to work with you. Most likely you'll have to pay for additional transport costs, though.
As an aside, of course no dog is truly "bomb proof" - they all have their limits! Some just have waaaaay higher limits than others!! One of mine is amongst the most "bomb proof" I know - Rain - she's even tempered, tolerant, a loves-everyone type. I often call her a Lab in a terrier suit. But oh lordy, we introduced her to our Pit Bull foster, who is dog aggressive (if we're calling it like it is), and she was more than ready to stand her ground. Actually she was more like "IT'S ON!!!!!!!!!" I was so shocked!! (Don't worry, they were on leashes, they didn't get to each other...)
Good luck on your decisions. As a fellow non-puppy-person, I have a similar dilemma. I am wanting/ planning on a rare breed for my next, that is not generally available in rescue. I have pretty much resigned myself to buying a puppy, and ALL the work it will entail to raise a puppy carefully, ....not because I'll enjoy the puppy, but because it will be worth it to get to the adult dog of my dreams.
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