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Old 11-05-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I too have had incredible luck with rescues and remember a lot of great dogs are being relinquished only for economic reasons and not for being "bad" dogs. You will be able to stipulate one who gets along well with kids, cats, other dogs, like car rides, walks on leash and anything else you car about.

i WOULD NOT take children to visit shelters. They tend to fall in love with the cutest youngest dog without any regard to the background information you will need. By going on line you can shop around and find the perfect dog for you and your family.
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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since I had a wonderful experience with a Craiglist dog, I will suggest that route. Many owners need to surrender their dog for legitimate reasons & want to meet future owner (thus don't go with a rescue).
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Did you know labs are one of the most relinquished dogs in rescue? They get bigger than most people figure on and all sorts of other reasons. You would have no trouble going to petfinder.com to find a similar dog close to your area.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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if going the shelter route (and you can find many AMAZING dogs in the shelter but it certianly isnt for everyone)
i generally suggest contactingthe shelter and telling them what exactly your looking for in a dog, they can then put a list together of potentials...the YOU go down alone (or with the hubby) and check out all the potentials, narrow it down to 3 or so dogs and then bring the kids in on the process...
this way you know you have a small group of acceptable dogs for the kids to choose from, but the kids still get a say in the matter without being overwhelmed by all the choises
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Miami
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All great ideas. Thanks again!
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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Something I've been meaning to suggest when following this thread: that when you look for a new Best Friend, don't get tempted to look for a dog who resembles your old lab (I don't like to use the term "previous dog"--he is still your dog, in your heart, and always will be). Something funny can happen to memories--if one's new dog is visually similar to one's dog who passed on, one may end up mixing up memories of the two, and that can create strange reactions such as feelings of guilt. If you go for another lab, perhaps find one of another color? I'd even suggest a lab mix, or some entirely other breed/mutt. Unless you actually want to have the illusion of the same dog come back to life, but of course that is never how it works...
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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If you rescue through an organization that fosters rather than just has a kennel, you can learn a lot about your potential dog. Since the foster parents live with the dog and are constantly interacting, they will really get to know the dog and will let you know if it is a good match for you.

I got a dog from a rescue that is more like a kennel and they didn't really know anything about him. It worked out well for me tho!
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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Adopt a black dog, someone once told me black dogs are less likely to be adopted than other colors (true?) Good luck. When our BFFdog left us, we waited 2-1/2 years to get another. Now we have two! Just realize they are going to be different. Nice, but not the same dog.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog. I lost my 10 1/2 year old chihuahua, who I had since she was 5 weeks old, in July. It's been very lonely in the house without her. I've been through this several times with my other dogs and have usually waited 4-5 months then start looking for another dog. No dog you will find will ever take the place of your beloved dog you just lost, but the new one will bring you alot of happiness again. Each one will have a special place in your heart. Give yourself some time to grieve, then start looking. In today's society, where people aren't always nice, it's good to come home to your pet, who will always love you unconditionally. Sounds as if you are an animal lover, go with your heart...you will be glad you did.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Another great way to find great dog is to take a vacation and spend a week volunteering at Best Friends animal sancutary in Utah working with the dogs. The area is beautiful, the people are great and you can spend the day taking dogs on walks and depending on where you stay overnights so you get to meet a lot of dogs and I think most people fall in love with at least one dog. I fell in love with several but I was not looking for a new dog so had to leave them all behind
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