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Old 07-22-2009, 08:23 PM   #1
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Question Wanting to adopt a pom, got 2 options..need advice!!

I have been considering buying a pomeranian for over a year now (and yes i've been waiting ever since for a good one, but where i live just sucks). I finally decided to buy one. I have two options, and would really like your opinions

I own one sweet friendly cat, and often have young children around.

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Pom#1 (1.5 year old from a shelter)
http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14121722

What's on my mind:
  • Lots of tear stains
  • Weighs 13 pounds, and reaches up to midcalf for someone that is 5'6". Over weight?
  • I never get to see their previous owners.
  • Will not see how he acts around children.
  • He's from a shelter with 600+ dogs. Did he really get the attention he needs? Will this give me a hard time?


Pom#2 (3 year old from a home)
http://montreal.kijiji.ca/c-pets-dog...AdIdZ136569177


What's on my mind:
  • Well isn't he cute..!
  • 3 year old? Will this give me a hard time?
  • I get to see the owners, and see how he acts around them..thats good
  • "We need to find a new home because we're going away for the summer." --- Are you serious??

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I know personality is important, and I will figure this out when I get there, but I need some advice and opinions on what you think is best, any extra tips are appreciated !
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Tear stains can happen for various reasons on pale colored dogs. Just check the eyes when you met the dog and make sure they are not red, irritated.

Feel the dog when you met it, assess the weight and condition for the dog. Each one will be built differently. My mother's Pom is 12 pounds and she is perfect! Should be a light layer of padding over the ribs, hips, and shoulders.

Take a kid or two with you that visits often, then you'll know.

Once more, every dog is different. Some will be MORE attached thanks to this experience of being in the shelter, others will have issues. Take your time. As far as the cat thing goes... ummm, well... some dogs do great there, others not. Hard to say! Will they let you bring your cat in to introduce?

As far as number 2 goes... well. I think those people are being incredibly shallow rehoming a dog because they are leaving for the summer... or they're trying to hide something. I would steer clear of this one!
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Thanks for the advice Draco! My cat is a chicken, she will freak out big time if i bring her to a new place AND show her a dog. I can bring a kid to see how the dog acts around it.

Do you think age matters?
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age in this case don't matter a 1.5 year old pom is grown as well as a 3 year old.. it depends on their basic genetics now and what they have been through.. example the 3 year old might have tons of issues despite being in a family meanwhile the 1.5 year old might have nothing despite been in a shelter.. only way to tell is to meet them, and new issues can surface once moving as well.. that's the nack with rescuing...

however, if both are havin the same issue as in chewing on shoes, I'd say chances are it'd be easier to get the younger one to stop than the older one...
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Experience matters more than age. It depends what the dog has been through and their demeanor on how they handled it. Some come out of a tough experience ready to be a cling wrap dog. Others are left shy and withdrawn... go the shelter with your head over your heart... if it's too much for *you* to be able to handle with your previous experience then don't do it no matter how much your heart wants to. But, if the dog is a snuggler and not too withdrawn, the issues are right up your alley... things that simply require a little bit of training... go for it! Just be honest about how much time and skill you have for helping the Pom through the transition.
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