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Old 07-14-2008, 02:53 AM
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Hello, I'm going to be moving to a new house and I would like to have a dog. I feel kinda lonely since my previous dog, Einstein, died. I have done a lot of internet research and I've decided a chihuahua would be the perfect animal companion.

However, my family isn't really monetary affluent, since our new house was quite pricey. My mother's friend said she would give us one free but her dog is sick and it wouldn't be safe to breed it right now.

Does anyone know where I can get a cheap or moderatably priced chihuahua puppy in SC/NC?

I don't have $600 and I'm too young to get a job yet. Any ideas? I read to puppies in the pound are from puppy mills, so I'm not sure if I should adopt one.

Please help.

Thank you,

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Old 07-14-2008, 08:16 AM
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Yes, many of the dogs in shelters were puppymill dogs, but adopting one of them now is a good thing because by adopting a dog from a shelter you AREN'T supporting the puppymills. The people that originally bought the dog did that. By adopting one of those dogs from a shelter you will be saving a life.

It's not often in this world that we can make a life or death difference to another living creature. When you adopt a pet, you can. So, go to Petfinder.com and search your area for a Chihuahua.

Best wishes and good luck finding your "perfect" dog.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:55 AM
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If you don't have much money, with all due respect, how are you going to be able to afford a dog? Vets are not cheap. Dogs require regular (annual) vaccinations and medical care. And, especially with small dogs, things can go wrong, deadly wrong, very quickly. Dogs need food, shelter, tick and flea prevention, heartworm prevention, etc. and it's all fairly costly. While some might say they don't need vaccinations annually, if you forego vaccinations you have to watch titers, and these, too, are costly.

If you have to choose between a necessity for you and vet care for a dog or cat, then, in all fairness to the animal, maybe having a pet like that isn't for you.

But if you do think you can afford an animal, DO consider adoption. And make sure you know the breed you're getting. I have a rescue chihuahua, but she's NOT typical of the breed: she doesn't bark, she's friendly to everyone and she's a calm dog. I've also just spent over $1000 on dental care for her, because she came to me with a mouth full of rottne teeth and all but one had to be extracted. Also understand that small dogs have many issues: knee problems (often requiring surgery), dental problems (requiring dentals, with general anaesthesia), etc. Do some research, if you've not already done so, on the various breeds.

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Old 07-14-2008, 08:59 AM
Location: Blackwater Park
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Chix are not really my thing, although my mutt is mixed with a lot of Chix. Be prepared for a lot of yapping and little-man syndrome.

Also, like others have said, dogs aren't cheap. If funds are limited right now you may want to hold off for a bit. I'd recommend adopted one as well but I'm not going to preach it to you or anything.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:35 AM
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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Do not get a dog on impulse. Check the local Petsmarts on Saturdays from 11 am till 4pm. You will find a rescue group there with animals they have saved from local kill shelters. Put your name on a list with them. When they come across your little rescue they will call you. Take your time...look in Petfinder.com also. Do a search for chihuahuas on there. There are way too many abused animals in dire need of a safe, loving home and your home would make one less. Good luck and please adopt a rescue! They will thank you for the rest of their life!
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:47 AM
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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Default My Chihuahua Rescue!

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k214/pitluver1/IMG_1825.jpg (broken link)
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:53 AM
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I would also recommend your Moms friend have her dog spayed! There are enough homeless animals starving in the streets and being euthenized in shelters everyday. Everyone must SPAY and NEUTER their pets! Too many are dying everyday at the cost of new ones being born and the circle goes on and on!
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:51 PM
Location: West Virginia
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Since you already had a dog you already know about care & vet cost.
this 1 is in Georgia [not far from you] Chihuahua Rescue of Georgia- Adopt a Chihuahua
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:44 PM
Location: Texas
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Our shelter and SPCA always have a lot of chihuahuas for adoption. They put 'em on TV and beg people to give them homes. Just last week, the "rescue the animals" segment showed three chis and said the shelter was brimming with them (and dachshunds, for some reason). If you REALLY want a chi, check out your local shelters.

Why do they wind up at shelters? First off, they're so small that it's easy for them to escape the yard. Secondly, folks think they're adorably timid, passive dogs because they're so small. That's not necessarily so! They are very possessive of their owners and can have big attitudes. Make sure you really want a chi and are willing to love and care for it for 15 years. Then, check out the shelters.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:57 PM
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Bakiryu...it's wonderful that you have a love for dogs. However, I must agree with ViralMD, much as I don't want to.

I got a rescue dog about five years ago. She'd been included in a long, drawn-out court case (severe abuse), and had been in the county kennels for over one year while the case was being adjudicated. I knew she was in bad shape, and was very old, but she tugged at my heart strings.

Here's the point: She was a chihuahua, and was used as a breeder. I spent a lot of money on getting her healthy, treating her many medical problems, and professional training for her psychological and emotional rehabilitation. However, that was an unusual case. Not all pound dogs are problem children - honest!!! But chihuahuas, as very tiny dogs, are expensive to maintain.

The money I spent on her rehabilitation far eclipsed the amount in total that I've spent on my other pup, whom I've had for over twelve years. It was well worth it, but I had the money. Veterinarians are expensive, that they are.

No one on this forum wants to deprive you of the joy of having a pet. I believe that we are all aware of how extraordinarily overcrowded the shelters are from people dumping dogs and cats which they couldn't afford, didn't truly know the animal's personality, or got the animal because it was cute as a puppy/kitten.

Research a breeder thoroughly. Katie1 has offered you a wonderful site. You don't have to go to a shelter if you don't want to. There are many good breed-specific rescue sites all over the country.

OK, I'm off my soapbox! Good luck to you - !
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