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Old 06-10-2015, 10:04 AM
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It is with a heavy heart and much hesitation that I have begun to think of getting another dog since Monty died a few weeks ago. I live in suburban Lake Worth, Florida. I have a HUGE front yard, approaching a football field, with a small fenced back yard.

My GF has a Kelpie who is an insane ball fetcher....I have one of those flinger things.

Thinking about an Airedale puppy, or maybe a 1-2 year old. I don't really want a Pit/mix but am open to ideas.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:25 AM
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Get a rescue,, lots of good dogs need homes. I had a Kelpie, that dog was bad ass!!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:28 AM
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I got a Pit/ Terrier mix dog (he is smaller about 50 lbs) about 5 years ago and he was from the pound. This mutt has been a great dog. My point is dont get all wigged out about a dog with Pit in it...
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We always had good luck with the several labs we got from shelters. Less hyper than terriers.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:42 AM
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How about a wacky Boxer ...

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Old 06-10-2015, 10:45 AM
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I got a Pit/ Terrier mix dog (he is smaller about 50 lbs) about 5 years ago and he was from the pound. This mutt has been a great dog. My point is dont get all wigged out about a dog with Pit in it...
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We got a pit and lab(?) mix just over a year ago from the local pound. I've owned 10+ dogs in my life (everything from hard-charging Chesapeake Bay retrievers and field trial champion Labradors to small lap dogs. And been involved with the training of many more dogs. This pit/lab mix is the nicest and sweetest dogs I've ever encountered. Smart too!
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rescue labs...best dogs ever.

edit: mine came as a trained bird dog!


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Old 06-10-2015, 10:52 AM
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I have had the pleasure of having had over ten different breeds of dogs as either family members or having known from friends. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I will never again have anything other than a boxer!

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I got a Pit/ Terrier mix dog (he is smaller about 50 lbs) about 5 years ago and he was from the pound. This mutt has been a great dog. My point is dont get all wigged out about a dog with Pit in it...
x2 I grew up with pure bred GSP's and really wanted another one. I got mine almost a year ago. She had GSP traits but as she developed it became evident that she had other breeds in her most likely pit or staffie and possibly beagle. She is very energetic but also the biggest lover I've ever met shes a short 55lbs and a lap dog. She enjoys the boat and paddleboarding, she will hold a point and chase birds all day. I got her from the Broward Humane society.






Like any dog its how you raise and train them. I was firm when her when she was a puppy but now she has earned my trust. I can leave an open bag of chips on the table or the fence gate open and I know shes not going to run out or eat my food when I turn my back.
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Sorry to hear about your dog. I have a lab and have always had labs, you can't go wrong there.
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My condolences on losing your buddy. That is really hard.

I know I will get flamed for this, but depending on your circumstances I might avoid a rescue. I have had 3 rescues, 2 out of the 3 were just fantastic dogs. One of them I would have considered cloning if the technology was available (lab x border collie). However one of them turned pretty aggressive when he was about 18 months. I spend thousands on trainers (even sent him away at one point thinking it was me). Bottom line was he was just an aggressive dog. He almost killed my parents Beagle and went after my father as he tried to kick them apart. I ended up giving him to my Uncle, who was kinda of a recluse anyway.

When I had kids and wanted to absolutely do everything in my power to not have an aggressive dog in any way shape or form. Nothing is ever a guarantee, but I wanted to stack my odds. I have a great lab now, she's my 13 yo sons best buddy. Other then the damn shedding she is the perfect dog. But as my father says...she is too perfect.
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How about a wacky Boxer ...



Wacky, I'll show you wacky. 10 months, will not leave our 9 year old perfect boxer alone. Our back yard looks like the movie holes. Destroys every toy she gets even 2 basketballs. Trainer thinks she is perfect, she is nuts also. I found three 666 on the back of her next. We named her Annabelle but have changed it to "NO NO Bad Girl.
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Originally Posted by pokeytwins View Post
Wacky, I'll show you wacky. 10 months, will not leave our 9 year old perfect boxer alone. Our back yard looks like the movie holes. Destroys every toy she gets even 2 basketballs. Trainer thinks she is perfect, she is nuts also. I found three 666 on the back of her next. We named her Annabelle but have changed it to "NO NO Bad Girl.
funny... This is my second boxer-- first one dug holes to china ... this guy likes to chase things and carry a football in his mouth all the time...

Great watch dog, great with the kids,,, just a little looped and hard to train ..
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I know of two nice dogs need a new home. A lab and a golden. Need placement.
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I realize this may be a bit far,,, but we support Marr-Velous Pet Rescue in the upper Keys.

http://www.marrvelouspetrescues.org/...rAdoption.html


Then of course Lab Rescue of Florida,, I got my chocolate from them. A great group of folks.

http://www.labradorrescue.net/


The Yellow I got Via K9 Rescue for U,, again really nice folks.

http://www.k94urescue.com/Home.html



My rescues....



Good Luck!!
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You want a dog that is loyal,guard dog and friendly? Get yourself a Blue Heeler. (Australian Cattle Dog)
Friend of mine has a red and blue and obedient isn't the word.
Me, i have only one of these now.


Regardless of type. There pretty much what you make of them growing up.

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My only advice to anyone wanting to get a dog. Weather you have had 1, 10 or 100 in the past, no 2 dogs are the same, even of the same breed. Like people they have their own character and personality..

If you are getting a dog for purpose then get a dog that fills that purpose (Hunting Dog, etc)

However if it is a companion or family pet.

Make a list of what you want in a dog, and what you would like to get out of a dog..
Take that list along with an OPEN mind and visit every shelter, breeder, rescue, and pound you can, look at every dog they have. When the right one presents itself and the connection is made there will be no doubt. color, size, breed, age will mean nothing..

Your list of needs and wants may not be fulfilled but you will have your new best friend..

I don't encourage people to get one breed over any other based on my experiences or preferences. What I like and what I can and am willing to put into or offer a dog is likely different then what someone else is.

Rather what I do is tell people to open your mind and just go visit dogs, as many as you can. You may be surprised at to what you find out about yourself, and dogs..

Good luck with whatever you end up with.. I am sure it will be getting a good home..
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You'll know when it's time... and you'll know the right dog when you see it.

We've had both Lab & Golden Retrievers... both are individuals but both have similar easygoing temperament. We were always sad to see one go, but after 6 months we were open to a new member of the family...
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We recently went through this and ended up with a guide dog flunky, black lab 1 1/2 years with certified hips, eyes ,basic training, house broke...and the most loving dog..

We also have a rescue lab that at age 10 has horrible hips that break my heart...

Something to be said about knowing the history and health of your dog, especially when you fall in love with them...imho
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I got a Pit/ Terrier mix dog (he is smaller about 50 lbs) about 5 years ago and he was from the pound. This mutt has been a great dog. My point is dont get all wigged out about a dog with Pit in it...
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