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Old 03-16-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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Hello....I am considering adopting an 11 yr old male lab because his
owner died and widow cannot take care of him..he has been in an outdoor pen and shelter all his life. I would want him inside...at least during night,
he seems very gentle, laid back, a beautiful white lab akc...mine died
from a twisted bowel syndrome....at age 14....just wonder if this boy will
adapt to our home and poodle, jack russell and bassett hound plus 5 cats..
owner states he never bothers with her other small dogs, doesn't even
leave yard when outside pen...ideal would be a one on one new owner
w/out other pets, but her ad has been in for over a week with few results.
she is a recent widow overwhelmed with sudden responsibilities. Any comments?
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Northwestern Michigan
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Go for it! Labs are wonderful & get along with everyone in a household.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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Bless you....YES!!!!!!

Did you know CD has a dog forum????

Great posters there, you will enjoy it.

//www.city-data.com/forum/dogs/
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Do it!
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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I agree. Do it. Give it a good life and love in its older years.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Findlay, OH
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Mostly importantly, it sounds like you are really considering this decision. So many folks think that pets are disposable and not part of your family.

I think it sounds like you are in good shape.

Would the lady let you take him for a weekend as a test?

But if it doesn't work out, would you offer to help try to find him another home? You'd be able to tell family, friends, co-workers and such what you experienced first hand, both good and bad...

I hope that he works out well for you!
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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My only concern is living in an outdoor kennel for possibly his whole life, which leaves little in the respect of house training. He may adapt, but it will take time - more than what a weekend trial will offer. My most recent doggie addition came from an indoor home that didn't instill solid house training; it has taken almost 2 months before the old habits started to evolve, and now were still at the beginning stages of good house breaking training. Can you give him the amount of time necessary for adapting?
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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My only concern is living in an outdoor kennel for possibly his whole life, which leaves little in the respect of house training. He may adapt, but it will take time - more than what a weekend trial will offer. My most recent doggie addition came from an indoor home that didn't instill solid house training; it has taken almost 2 months before the old habits started to evolve, and now were still at the beginning stages of good house breaking training. Can you give him the amount of time necessary for adapting?
I disagree on the house training. I found that outside dogs ONLY wanted to go potty outside. That's what they are used to. Labs are smart dogs. He should do fine.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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thank you all for responding! I am going to try him for awhile...mainly to be sure he will get along with my small dogs and cats...hoping he will ;next will be housetraining, widow said he would get into her house and lift his leg on nearest corner! He has gone without affection... very strange situation..especially for 11 years..she said yesterday her husband only fed him, didn't really like him but had bought him for his grandson who lost interest...I told her if he chases cats or is not working out for housetraining here I will find him a suitable home, maybe on a nice farm. I do not believe in keeping dogs outside in our Michigan winters. Again, yes I understand he may never adapt in a w/end; will continue to work with him..this is what I do with animals. THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!!
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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Good for you all the way around! Being familiar with Labs, male dogs and geriatric needs makes you pretty well prepared. Best of luck and bless you!!

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thank you all for responding! I am going to try him for awhile...mainly to be sure he will get along with my small dogs and cats...hoping he will ;next will be housetraining, widow said he would get into her house and lift his leg on nearest corner! He has gone without affection... very strange situation..especially for 11 years..she said yesterday her husband only fed him, didn't really like him but had bought him for his grandson who lost interest...I told her if he chases cats or is not working out for housetraining here I will find him a suitable home, maybe on a nice farm. I do not believe in keeping dogs outside in our Michigan winters. Again, yes I understand he may never adapt in a w/end; will continue to work with him..this is what I do with animals. THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!!
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