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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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I think he said he lives in Janesville? Are you familiar with that area?



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Yes, I have checked rescue and our local GR rescue does not adopt to families with children under the age of six. My youngest is 2.5. Petfinder, it seems, rarely has purebred golden girls...why would anyone ever give up a beautiful girl!

I am now weary of even going to see these dogs in WI. He said I was the first phone call because he doesn't know anything about computers and he put an ad in the paper that will run on Sunday. Somebody will get them right? I'm thinking I'm going to wait now...

Please don't rule them out sight unseen. They could be breeder dogs with all the problems other have mentioned. They could also be family pets who were bred and be very nice dogs.

Please go meet them at least. You will be able to tell by their behaviour if they have any socialization with people or are afraid of people. That would give you an idea of their history. Do ask for vet records and ask lots of questions about them, but give them a chance. You could be giving a wonderful dog a good home.

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I am not sure if this golden is still available...but www.doolingoldens.com in Brodhead WI has a 3 year old male available. He seems like a very reputable breeder to me.
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While there is nothing wrong with older dogs, I would strongly suggest looking for a puppy since you have kids. You have no idea how this dog's temperament would be around kids and you really can't be sure of the history. You never know if the person selling them is 100% honest. If you go with a puppy, it will be more work, but definitely worth it in the long run. Plus, with a 7-year-old dog, she has already lived half of her life and you have no idea how many more years she will be around. Just think how devastated your kids would be when she passes. Those are just my thoughts.

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If you dont go to see them, you might contact some of the rescues in the area and let them know about the dogs so they can try to get them. Then at least you would know they are safe and not going to be given to another breeder. Those puppymills dont care about the health of them. Dont give up. And maybe if you help the rescues they will possibly be able to help you. Good luck.
Also the idea of having a behaviorist to go with you to meet the dogs and give you an idea of their temperment.




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Just a quick update...I emailed our local GR rescue with the story of these two girls...hopefully they will take interest and go get them and find them the perfect home...I will continue my search!

Thank you all so much for your advice! It is much appreciated!



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Good luck, Peggy!

I found out about Lily on Save-a-Pet.com, now www.adoptapet.com. It seems to have some smaller rescues represented that I did not find on petfinder.com. You may find a dog at a rescue that is not specific to goldens that has a more lenient policy regarding children (Lily was at a small rescue that mostly had harder to adopt mixed-breed dogs - she's perfect in almost every way and was turned in to them by someone who knew the co-founder).

Also, get the word out to friends that have goldens that you are looking. Now that I have goldens, you'd be amazed how many times I hear about friends of friends needing to rehome a golden. You could also check craigslist, as I know some folks on here found their golden that way. And lastly, keep checking back with the rescues who have turned you down for having small children (and go to their adoption events if they have them, offer to foster, make a donation in person). Who knows, with the economy the way it is there may come a time where if they know you and they are having trouble finding good homes, they may remember your persistence and find the perfect dog for you (e.g. history of happily living with small children) and bend the rules a bit.
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