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Old March 25th, 2010, 03:36 PM
placid placid is offline
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Need rescue/adoption information

First, let me apologise if this query is placed in the wrong forum. I wasn't sure where to place it since most of the other resuce forums seem to see little use.

I'm seriously considering rescuing a dog, however there are several concerns that I have. I'm hoping that some members here will be able to "enlighten" me. That being said, please DO NOT bash me for my own personal opinions/beliefs. Please respect that my ideas/opinions may not be shared by everyone, but does not make them any "less" than someone else's.

I'm looking to adopt/rescue a dog of a purebreed background only. I've done careful and extensive research into certain breeds, know the look and characteristics that I'd like, but most improtantly I'd like to try and adopt/rescue a dog that was bred from a reputable breeder. The reason for this would simply be a better chance at some genetic benefits such as temperament and health. I also would like to adopt a baby/young dog. My reason for this is two-fold. I'm looking for an energetic dog, and a dog that would be easily integrated into our household - ie; less baggage than an older dog, which would mean less time I'd have to spend re-training.

I know I may get some people's "backs-up" by what might be perceived as "generalization" on my part, but I have my reasons. I don't want to have a greater chance of having to spend big money on vet bills by obtaining an ill-bred dog, and I do have a young family. If I were single, or a couple household only I'd have more time to re-train a dog. My spouse and I look forward to adopting more dogs in the future, but for now we need to be specific in what we are looking for.

That being said, I've looked on Petfinder and haven't found what I'm looking for. There were limited numbers of the specific breeds that I was looking for, and I know that there must be tones more out there. If members would kindly direct me to other sites I might find useful????

Breeds that I am currently interested in are;-

German Shepherd Dog
German Short-haired Pointer
English Setter
Rough Collie (possibly)
**please note that these breeds are not cut-in-stone, but are at the forefront.

Are there any local breed specific rescues that members might be aware of?? I checked into one for GSD, but there wasn't much available.

Also, has anyone had personal success in changing a dog's name? Sounds silly, I know, but I'd hate to find a dog that "fits" only to get hung-up on the name. KWIM????

Any other tips/advice would also be appreciated.

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