|Barked: Fri Dec 16, '11 1:37pm PST |
|Thanks all, I have suggested a half a dozen breeders she could talk to and she has contacted a few. From what she has told me, the breeders she talked to do not have any litters now. They were hoping to be able to use the week and a half that they will be off from work and school to get the new doggie in a routine and settled in, and to let the kids spend some time with the new pup before heading back to school in January.
Dogster is all dog people. We understand the whole deal with waiting for just the right dog and most of us have the patience to do that (it took me a number of months from the beginning of my search to when I adopted Bear). But the general public who are not dog people don't have a lot of patience with being rejected and blown off. After a month or so of not being able to connect with a group that will work with her she is just feeling like rescues are too picky and she should look elsewhere.
I have to admit, I can see her point of view although I certainly do hope she does not decide to go the store route. We have talked about shelters but since there are kids involved she was concerned that there might not be enough information about a dog for her to feel comfortable adopting from a shelter. A rescue seemed perfect because the dogs will have been evaluated by the rescue, for the most part lived in foster homes and you will have a very good idea of what you are getting. I talked to Bear's rescue and they are keeping an eye out for a dog that might suit her needs but they very rarely get smaller dogs and are known mainly for rescuing Pitties.
She is not looking for a 3 pound Chihuahua, she has been looking at fairly substatntial breeds like Shih Tzu, Mini Schnauzer, Mini Poodle, Sheltie, Beagle etc. which are in the 10 plus pound range. Her kids are very gentle with Bear who is 5 1/2 pounds, and they were likewise with my senior Minpin who we recently lost (he was 9 pounds). My kids were raised from birth with small dogs and if the parents are responsible it can certainly be done with success.
I don't know what else to tell her other than "hang in there" and that the right dog will come along. But I am starting to see that there is a reason why pet stores still manage to find a niche. No one likes to be rejected (in this case she is a very successful, educated person and is feeling like these rescues are judging her and saying she is not fit to have a dog), and with cash in hand you can get bouncy, cute, instant gratification at PuppyLove Boutique. I hate it, but I don't how I can convince her to not take it personally and to just keep contacting rescues until she finds the right fit.
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