WE WANT A PUPPY

msarak1979's picture

WE ARE LOOKING TO ADD A NEW MEMBER TO ARE FAMILY I AM LOOKING FOR A PUP ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ONE I ALREADY TRIED THE SHELTER BUT THEY HAVE NO PUPPIES.I AM ALSO NOT LOOKING TO SPEND ALOT OF MONEY.

dangermouse's picture

I think you should take a

I think you should take a moment and reflect on what type of DOG you want the puppy to grow into, rather then just rushing out to find any type of puppy. You should be looking for a puppy of a breed (or mix of breeds/types) that will suit your lifestyle.
Example, do not get a border collie if you are a couch potato type family...something of a more laid back nature would be better.

There are many dog breed selection quizzes online. Here is one I tried (and agreed with its outcome.) http://animal.discovery.com/breedselector/dogselector.do

If you find that certain breeds/types seem to suit your lifestyle, you can then look up Breed Specific Rescues (I say this because you mentioned going to the shelter to find a pup). Breed rescue groups exist to help place homeless puppies,adults and seniors of specific breeds. They are volunteer run and try to match potential adopters with the right dog/pup for them. If you find that you are interested in certain breeds/types, I can help you find a local rescue organization.

You can also search for specific breeds / and ages on Petfinder.com
Most of our local shelters have listings on Petfinder.

Take your time, do your research, and good luck in finding your new family member.

Kat's picture

Dangermouse is totally

Dangermouse is totally right. Please don't rush out to get a puppy. Maybe go on Petfinder.com - they have tons of rescue doggies that really need a home. Whatever you do, don't go to a puppy mill. Please.

dan's picture

sounds complicated. what's

sounds complicated.

what's the matter with "heads - pit, tails - rotty"?

dangermouse's picture

Dan (while i know you are

Dan (while i know you are joking), there is nothing wrong with that logic unless you are unsuited to own either breed.

Neither APBTs nor Rottweilers are appropriate if you are pushover of a person that has a hard time with giving a dog boundaries and being consistent, if you are not willing to exercise your dogs (mentally AND physically), if you aren't ready to train these intelligent and sometimes headstrong breeds, if you don't enjoy medium to large size breeds, if you don't enjoy breeds that shed, if you don't enjoy breeds that while larger want to be on your lap...and on and on...

Careful selection of the right type of dog for your family makes both the family and the dog happier...and the dog will be less likely to wind up in a shelter...

dan's picture

I wasn't saying anything

I wasn't saying anything negative about either breed, nor about people who responsibly choose their dogs.

I *was* saying there are a lot of folks who don't give it much thought at all.

dangermouse's picture

I didn't think you were

I didn't think you were saying anything negative about those breeds or responsible dog owners at all ;)
I was just adding why those breeds you mentioned might not be the best choices for some families.

You are right, there are MANY people who put little to no thought into selecting a pet...and these pets often wind up in shelters/rescues because it turned out that the animal wasn't compatible with their owner's lifestyle, they weren't really sure what they were getting into, they weren't prepared for the time/financial/training needs of a pet...

msarak1979's picture

I already have a pit that I

I already have a pit that I have raised since he was four weeks old ( i bottle feed him).And he gets along with all types of dogs big and small but I am looking for a bigger breed dog.I really never did research because all plans where to go to a shelter and juust get any dog that needed a home but that did not work.

george's picture

These are cuddly and

These are cuddly and obedient...

teener's picture

Dogs are expensive even if

Dogs are expensive even if they are free- they require regular vet checkups and shots, and if they get sick you have to be responsible for their care and take care of them. One trip to Penn Emergency will set you back over $100.00 at a time and that is without a diagnosis. Food, especially for a larger breed can get very expensive- even more so if they turn out to have allergies and need a special kind of food.

I always cringe when I hear people say they are looking for an inexpensive dog- rarely is a pet inexpensive regardless of its initial cost. If you don't realize this you are probably not ready for the responsibility.

dan's picture

Then again, there are many

Then again, there are many folks well aware of the ongoing cost of pets (food, vet bills, grooming, toys, etc.) who still don't want to pay a lot to purchase a dog.

teener's picture

[brooke] like Dan you are so

omg like Dan you are so right on the money as always. Indeed there are always two sides of coin in a 3d reality.

dan wrote:

Then again, there are many folks well aware of the ongoing cost of pets (food, vet bills, grooming, toys, etc.) who still don't want to pay a lot to purchase a dog.

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

dangermouse's picture

msarak1979 wrote:I already

msarak1979 wrote:

I already have a pit...but I am looking for a bigger breed dog.

Ok, so you know you want a larger dog, that is going to be good with other dogs (and children?). Thats where you start your search. There are so many other things to think about--do you want a larger breed that is: high-energy, laid back, drooler/non drooler, jogging buddy, "velcro dog", independent, long coat, short coat, dominate, submissive, easy to train, headstrong, good/poor watchdog, easily trained, needs professional grooming, good in warm/cold climates, and just what size large (large could be from 60-150 lbs!)

Try that breed selector quiz--see what it pairs you with.

msarak1979 wrote:

I really never did research because all plans where to go to a shelter and juust get any dog that needed a home but that did not work.

Ok, since the just run out and get one didn't work out, now you have time to do research and think about what kind of dog would be right for your family. I can guarantee that whatever breed(s) you decide on, that there will be adoptable ones in shelters and in rescue organizations...even puppies.

Lots of dogs need a home, just make sure you are picking the right one for your family.

th's picture

A friend of mine got a dog

A friend of mine got a dog from a shelter in another town. She found it online. A quick google search came up with: http://www.petfinder.com/

I have no idea if it is a good site or not. After you take some time to figure out what you want (as stated below) you can use online tools if your local shelter does not have what you are looking for.

Also, it helps to be patient. My friend looked for like a month and a half before finding the perfect dog.

Good luck.

panderson's picture

My last 2 pooches were found

My last 2 pooches were found on the petfinder.org site
I like it for a few reasons.... they post a picture which is nice but more importantly they give a lot of background information on the pets. I have cats and they list whether the dog gets along with cats, dogs, kids, has special needs, etc.
Also whether the pet is housebroken and why the pet may have been surrendered.
You can search by age... so just the puppies come up!
Most shelters charge upwards of $200 for a puppy but this usually includes all shots and most importantly the spay/neuter.
It's a good time to add a pooch!

Kat's picture

th wrote:A friend of mine

th wrote:

A friend of mine got a dog from a shelter in another town. She found it online. A quick google search came up with: http://www.petfinder.com/

I have no idea if it is a good site or not. After you take some time to figure out what you want (as stated below) you can use online tools if your local shelter does not have what you are looking for.

Also, it helps to be patient. My friend looked for like a month and a half before finding the perfect dog.

Good luck.

We got Seamus on Petfinder. When we got him at about 8 months, his previous owners had abused him and he was rescued. He's a bit neurotic, but the best doggie ever and a cherished member of the family. I would recommend Petfinder - There are also message boards to learn all kinds of stuff. Very helpful.

stilljes's picture

The shelters DO have puppies

The shelters DO have puppies from time to time, but it takes patience. Try going weekly in the morning, and be patient, and you'll find your pup. We adopted our Sadie from PSPCA... she was a pup of 4 months at the time.