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looking for a small breed dog

November 12th, 2006, 03:02 AM
Hi all,
I am hoping someone here has one or knows someone reputable.
I have looked at our local pound/shelter listings and have not found any small
breed dogs for adoption. I have a small breed dog ( Tara) and my inlaws (retired) are quite taken with her, and I would really like to get them their own dog. My father inlaw needs to walk every day and a pup would sure be the excuse he neds to get out. He also spends a fair amount of time alone as mom is out often with volunteer work and a pup would give him some loving company and visa versa. My mother in law is a very sweet lady who would definitely spend time with a pup( although as a european overfeeding could become an issue but we see them often and we could assist)
I dont have a lot of money to spend, a mixed breed is great as long as it is a small breed for them. It would be of extra help f it is already potty trained, they may have trouble with that and I would have to take in any non potty trained pup to train it first and frankly I worry about how that may affect my current furbaby.
If you can help please let me know.
This would be a very good home, and would not only benefit the pup but the humans too!

November 12th, 2006, 03:55 AM
Petfinders is a good place to look:

November 12th, 2006, 07:22 AM
For your parents I would suggest an adult rather than a puppy, a puppy is a lot of work especially housetraining and small breeds are often hard to house train and with winter coming will be really difficult, plus there is added vet expenses like neutering. Normally a shelter if they get a small dog in will call a rescue to take it since they don't tend to do well in a shelter with the noise and being durrounded by bigger dogs and rescues can offer foster homes for the dogs to say in until they are adopted, understand a rescue is not going to simply turn over a dog to you to give as a gift, they are going want to meet/talk ti your parents themselves to see if they are wholeheartly in agreement of having a dog and the responsibilities that go with it. In the past I did get my mom a dog through an ad in a newspaper, but I new she wanted one, and my dad was the one that asked me to look and I knew what she wanted in a dog, so it really was not a totally sprung surprise, they simply did not know I had found one a couple days before Christmas and mom was thrilled, and my dad not really a dog person spoiled her rotten, she lived with them for 11 years till she passed away 6 months ago. So you may want to discuss your plans with them first and let them know you want to get them a small dog, to make sure they are in agreement and are will to take on the responsibility before a dog enters the picture, as they may need to be part of the rescues adoption process, otherwise most rescues will turn you down flat once they hear the word "gift" there is more demand for smaller dogs so not as many available so the rescues can afford to be picky where their dogs are going so would insist on speaking to your parents before ever considering a placement. Canadian Yorkshire rescue is based in Brampton

There is a chin/terrier mix puppy in Etobicoke who is 3.5 months

The small dog rescue in Hamilton has several

Take me Home rescue in Mississaugo has a few smaller dogs

The mississauga humane society has a few

jack russel rescue

chihuahua rescue they have foster homes all over Ontario and offer transport so may be able to bring a particular dog closer

November 12th, 2006, 08:25 AM
Beagles are good small breed pets also. They are very loving, and not too small as to be "delicate". There are some beagle rescue places around as well, with trained, full-grown beagles available.

pug lover
November 14th, 2006, 02:19 PM
once everyone is in agreement that a dog is WANTED at the house hole i would have to recommend :o a pug

not a puppy they very busy but an older one they bond well to humans and have a great personality

but any type of pet must be wanted by all in the family

good luck

the gang
November 14th, 2006, 02:31 PM
you can check out they always have small to meadum dogs and you can do a on line appliaction, hope this help brenda and the 4 pins.:fingerscr