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 Post subject: Getting A New Dog
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 12:56 pm 
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Our dog passed tragically last November, but we're getting a new family member at the end of the Summer.

Nothing will replace our pup, but it's been pretty lonely around these parts without a furry friend to hang with. Although Maggie was adopted from the Humane Society, this time round we went with a breeder.

We wanted a dog that was similar to Maggie. We found a Coton De Tulear breeder in the province. The breeder is highly reputable, does genetic testing. Only breeds Cotons.

We'd like two dogs eventually though. So after things settle in with the puppy, we'll adopt another from the Humane Society.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting A New Dog
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We had a border collie from a breeder to compete in agility. For a companion we got a mixed border collie from the pound. Please consider that option for your 2nd dog. There are way to many dogs in shelters that need a family. I believe they make the best pets. Finally dont forget to spay and neuter

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Always with spay and neuter. In fact, with this breeder you have to. That's the agreement. With the local Humane society, it's done before you get the dog.

Now as far as animal shelters go, there is never a problem adopting out dogs where I am. The dogs always go, really fast. And it's a no kill shelter. They have an in depth screening process and an application that's a few pages long. They come to your house to inspect it as well, and check the yards for safety. It's almost harder to adopt a dog around here than a child (not really, but still very hard).

We are in their database already so for us it's easier. They already know us.

But honestly, our dog was taken from way us too soon. She never got to live a full life and we wanted a dog that was similar to her. We're pretty sure she was part Coton.

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We had a border collie from a breeder to compete in agility. For a companion we got a mixed border collie from the pound. Please consider that option for your 2nd dog. There are way to many dogs in shelters that need a family. I believe they make the best pets. Finally dont forget to spay and neuter

While border collies are great dogs, they can be troublesome as pets unless you have a lot of room for them to roam and expend their boundless energy. They aren't a house dog.


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While border collies are great dogs, they can be troublesome as pets unless you have a lot of room for them to roam and expend their boundless energy. They aren't a house dog.


You are 100pct correct. They are only good for people like my wife who messes with them everyday 2 to 3 times. While they are probably the smartest dog I wouldn't recommend them as a family house pet.

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You are 100pct correct. They are only good for people like my wife who messes with them everyday 2 to 3 times. While they are probably the smartest dog I wouldn't recommend them as a family house pet.

I've give it to Labs for the smartest dog, if you've ever spent time around a fully-trained guild dog for the blind.


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We have a house but bigger active dogs don't work. Husky's are cool too, and we see lots of husky cross sled rescues that come into the shelter, but they'd bound right over our fence.

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I've give it to Labs for the smartest dog, if you've ever spent time around a fully-trained guild dog for the blind.


My mom's neighbor has a black lab assistance dog. Labs are great.

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It's been over a month since we brought Comet home. She's a Coton de Tulear.

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In a lot of ways she's like our other dog, as far as smarts, affection with us, how she plays etc.

But in other ways she's different. She's extremely well adjusted. Loves everyone. And loves other dogs. I take her to a puppy socialization class twice a week and she's right in there playing with all the other puppies and flirting with people on the other side of the enclosure.

She hasn't really barked. It's weird. When she has attempted to it's pretty weak. That could change of course, but I'm having my doubts she'll be a barker. Not necessarily a good thing because I doubt she'll be much of a watch dog :)

Took me only a few short sessions to teach her how to sit, and ring a set of bells at the back of the house when she wants out. Which isn't working out too well since she loves it outside and rings the bells all the time. I had to put them away for now.

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It's been over a month since we brought Comet home. She's a Coton de Tulear.

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In a lot of ways she's like our other dog, as far as smarts, affection with us, how she plays etc.

But in other ways she's different. She's extremely well adjusted. Loves everyone. And loves other dogs. I take her to a puppy socialization class twice a week and she's right in there playing with all the other puppies and flirting with people on the other side of the enclosure.

She hasn't really barked. It's weird. When she has attempted to it's pretty weak. That could change of course, but I'm having my doubts she'll be a barker. Not necessarily a good thing because I doubt she'll be much of a watch dog :)

Took me only a few short sessions to teach her how to sit, and ring a set of bells at the back of the house when she wants out. Which isn't working out too well since she loves it outside and rings the bells all the time. I had to put them away for now.

What a little cutie! We got all three of our dogs from the used dog lot aka shelter. The first was Marvin who was a Shepherd/Lab mix. He was smart and loved to retrieve and takes things to me or Mrs. Bird. The second was Barkley who was, as best as we could tell, a Great Dane/Boxer/Pit mix. He was smart as all get out. He would play frisbee until he dropped. The third is Fuzzy. Fuzzy is a sweetheart but perhaps not the sharpest pencil in the box. He is Beagle/Lab/Husky. Therefore his nose gets him in trouble. He comes when called on his terms and he HATES the feral cats in the area. He actually had one by the back when in wandered into our fenced in yard but we got it away from him. Not another cat has been in the yard since.

We actually had a stray that wandered up to our house when we lived in Toledo. He was a Shepherd pup that developed Parvovirus. We took him to the vet, he was there for a week and got better and a couple months later he tore the tie-out stake (he was a fence jumper) went over the fence and we never saw him again. Mrs. Bird says that St. Francis sent him to us so he could get better.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting A New Dog
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 Post subject: Re: Getting A New Dog
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Yah totally. She's getting longer hair by the day. Actually going in for a grooming appointment tomorrow for a slight trim, especially around her eyes.

She's a pretty cool dog. Very social and loving.

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What a little cutie! We got all three of our dogs from the used dog lot aka shelter. The first was Marvin who was a Shepherd/Lab mix. He was smart and loved to retrieve and takes things to me or Mrs. Bird. The second was Barkley who was, as best as we could tell, a Great Dane/Boxer/Pit mix. He was smart as all get out. He would play frisbee until he dropped. The third is Fuzzy. Fuzzy is a sweetheart but perhaps not the sharpest pencil in the box. He is Beagle/Lab/Husky. Therefore his nose gets him in trouble. He comes when called on his terms and he HATES the feral cats in the area. He actually had one by the back when in wandered into our fenced in yard but we got it away from him. Not another cat has been in the yard since.

We actually had a stray that wandered up to our house when we lived in Toledo. He was a Shepherd pup that developed Parvovirus. We took him to the vet, he was there for a week and got better and a couple months later he tore the tie-out stake (he was a fence jumper) went over the fence and we never saw him again. Mrs. Bird says that St. Francis sent him to us so he could get better.



Hey thanks. Yah she's pretty adorable. She doesn't yap or bark, although that might change. I have a feeling it might not though. Some just don't.

I'm sorry about your dog that went missing. :( The rescue places are great. Our next dog will be a rescue, like the one before our current family furball. I might go with a different organization this time though. They spade our last dog at 8 weeks old. Way too young.

Parvo outbreaks have been bad here over the last few years. I haven't taken our pup for a walk yet since she just got her last set of vacs. They should be kicked in by Friday though.

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