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call me the crazy dog lady

A friend of mine called me this morning upset because her coworker bought a gr puppy but has now she has decided its to much work . Her co-worker said that she will post an ad on Kijiji to 'get rid of the dog'. My friend tried to explain the risks associated with doing that but her co-worker didn't listen. My friend wants me to take the puppy. Part of me says "YESS!!" but the other part says "the timing is off". I also don't want to see the pup go into the wrong hands. The lady doesn't want to surrender the dog to a rescue because she 'wants to make her money back.' She is asking $500 and the little guys is only 16 weeks.

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If you can afford the asking price and the vet costs and you can make it work for you, go for it.
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Wow, some people...I know I won't be a good candidate for puppy, hubby wanted a puppy..I said NO WAY.
We ended up with Sierra (2 yrs old at the time) and now Lance (he' was 5 at the time)and I wouldn't change a thing!
Puppies are so cute, but I know I don't have the patience needed.
I assume the puppy didn't come from a breeder that makes you sign a surrender contract, (I had to with Sierra). Or if so, she's trying to get away with selling the pup. I feel bad for the pup.


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Breaks my heart because she will not be making sure the poor little guy is getting the best home if she is just wanting her money back. What about returning the puppy to the breeder?

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I would call the Golden Retriever Rescue for Ontario:

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Tell them you know of this puppy - tell them what's going on. I'm sure they will try to get the puppy or find someone who can take him.

I hate stories like this. I'm not in a position to take a puppy right now either. Timing is everything - so don't beat yourself up over that.

Please let me know if you get in touch with the rescue.

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Thanks guys. I’m still on the fence about this… my heart just breaks for the little guy (he is sooooo sweet). It sounds like she got him from a backyard breeder and no contract was signed but she called the breeder today to see if they could take him back and rehome him. I haven’t heard if the breeder responded yet. I offered to at least puppysit for her if she can’t handle the needs of the puppy… since she doesn’t know me at all I doubt she will feel comfortable doing that, but at least I offered. I also recommended Golden Rescue a few times to her, but I don’t think she wants to do it. On the brightside, I haven’t seen the puppy listed on Kijiji yet.


I think I could make it work financially. I have the space and time for a puppy but I am hesitant to get another puppy right now because I have an elderly cat with arthritis and we have a lot of dogs within my immediate family. I don’t live with my parents but we are each other’s puppysitters and we visit every week. Right now they have 3 dogs (ages 8 (not doing too well right now), 7 and 1) plus I have Chloe (2 ½). I think it might be too much to have 5 dogs, especially since 3 of them would be under the age of 3. The thought of puppysitting 5 dogs is enough to make me run for the hills lol!
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If you can do something to separate the elderly cat from the puppy if needed you might be able to make it work and Chloe might be a good playmate for the puppy. If you aren't puppy sitting 5 dogs a lot of the week it could be doable, though I agree, 5 dogs at once would make me run for the hills!

By 16 weeks a lot of the hard stuff is resolving- such as potty training and the biting/chewing, that is if the owner had done any sort of training in those areas.

If you decide to go for it I'd make sure to go ahead and get pet insurance immediately, at least major medical coverage just in case! I think we paid $150 annual for a major medical on Yogi. It will be cheaper once he's neutered but that won't be for another 9 or 10 months....I think we'll survive that long!
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Let me make you feel better.
I have three dogs (11.5, 8, and 2), plus two cats. My son and his girlfriend have two dogs (4 and 5, I think). My daughter has a cat, but is considering getting a house so she can get a dog.

When we travel, everyone goes. So five dogs and 3 cats were at the hotel over our belated Christmas with the in-laws. And they all come to the lakehouse, plus the other son's girlfriend and her dog. Or my nieces and nephews with their pets.

My daughter and I actually went to the GR rescue meet and greet on Saturday. I loved them all, but realistically, we will get one this summer when I can spend more time with them.
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If you have the time and money and adequate space... I will say "the more the merrier"! And will envy you...
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If you can do something to separate the elderly cat from the puppy if needed you might be able to make it work and Chloe might be a good playmate for the puppy. If you aren't puppy sitting 5 dogs a lot of the week it could be doable, though I agree, 5 dogs at once would make me run for the hills!

By 16 weeks a lot of the hard stuff is resolving- such as potty training and the biting/chewing, that is if the owner had done any sort of training in those areas.

If you decide to go for it I'd make sure to go ahead and get pet insurance immediately, at least major medical coverage just in case! I think we paid $150 annual for a major medical on Yogi. It will be cheaper once he's neutered but that won't be for another 9 or 10 months....I think we'll survive that long![IMG]file:///C:/Users/Krystal/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]
I can block off part of the basement from the dogs, so the cat would have his cubby with his cat door and the entire den (half the house). Mozart is a big old chicken and wouldn’t jump over the barrier but I just don’t want him thinking he has been banished to the dungeon.
We usually get together every week at my parents house for dinner which usually involves a doggy party lol. It is maybe once or twice a year when I would have to puppysit their entire crew. I do puppysit their youngest dog Charlie often because she has severe separation anxiety and can’t be left alone for longer than an hour or two (she is a rescue with a dark past). So that would be three dogs, under the age of three… oi!! In all honesty, I do want a second dog but I was planning on another year or two so that the two youngest pups would be a bit older. I think this issue is my biggest obstacle right now. I want the little guy but I just don’t know if it will be too much right now.
Apparently the pup is house broken and crate trained which is good news! He really does seem like a sweetie!

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Let me make you feel better.
I have three dogs (11.5, 8, and 2), plus two cats. My son and his girlfriend have two dogs (4 and 5, I think). My daughter has a cat, but is considering getting a house so she can get a dog.

When we travel, everyone goes. So five dogs and 3 cats were at the hotel over our belated Christmas with the in-laws. And they all come to the lakehouse, plus the other son's girlfriend and her dog. Or my nieces and nephews with their pets.

My daughter and I actually went to the GR rescue meet and greet on Saturday. I loved them all, but realistically, we will get one this summer when I can spend more time with them.
You are my hero!!! I don’t know how you juggle all that! I bet the pups have a blast together!

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If you have the time and money and adequate space... I will say "the more the merrier"! And will envy you... [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Krystal/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]

Haahah thank you! I just worry about my sanity. Lol!







So I guess I havent made up my mind yet. My heart says yes but my brain is more hesitant. I have a few more days to make up my mind. Thanks for listening to me and for you advise, it really helps!
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