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Old 08-13-2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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wow, i did't think I would find myself doing this!
but mom says we can foster a dog from a rescue over the summer (next summer) now we are seeing what breed of dog would do best with us.
we have a spayed older female dog
3 inside cats that ignore dogs
2 outdoor cats that come around at night time
5 foot high fenced yard with gate that can be closed
we just don't want a hyper dog. no problem with hair or inside vs. outside,
sizes between medium to extra large
something peaceful, excercise is no problem, we'll spent the whole day outdoors if need be.
hmmm, what else... anybody have a breed suggestion? and places we can check in new york state, or places in another state that ship dogs to foster homes?

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sorry I can't help as I'm in the UK. But I think its brilliant that you are going to offer a dog a chance at fostering.

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thank you. I'm so excited, I love to help and mom finally said yes.

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A thought occurred to me - what about fostering an ex-gundog or working dog - sometimes they are thrown out through no fault of their own and can make excellent pets.

Just an idea ..

i think there is an american irish water spaniel association with a rescue site.

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Wow mystery! I wish my mom would say yea
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Old 08-13-2006, 07:54 PM   #6
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ex -gun dog. hmmmm, actually that is exactly what my mom said NOT to get. that stinks because i really like your idea, but SHE was thinking maybe a retired greyhound. just because i've been pestering her with stories of how some don't get a second chance, and how they are like couch potatoes.
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Greyhound sounds ideal - very mellow round the house, right size, lots that need homes. The cats may be an issue for some greyhounds though...

Generally ex-gun or working dogs may come into your 'hyper' category, although would depend on the individual and age.

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Since you mentioned *extra-large*, a lot of giant breeds are pretty mellow and aren't generally cat-chasers. How about: Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Mastiff....
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Do not get into the Terrier family very hiper dogs. I bred Boston Terrier many years back and Airdales. I would not get a hunting breed as getting by the hunt block in the brain can be a problem. Why not a snauzer, poodle, shepherd?
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yes, we concered greyhounds. that is what we are hoping to get! and extra large dogs....mastiffs... maybe too big. for my mom, but i love newfoundlands so cuddley. we were thinking fo great dane extra large, i heard there is a rescue somewhere in syracuse. and yes no terriers! i know they can be hyper (they wiggle when they get groomed). thanks for the suggestions. keep posting there may be something i didn't think of. lol.

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