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Pets: I don't want Garbage, I want Sprinkles!
« on: October 03, 2009, 07:07:53 PM »
I didn't see a pet thread anywhere so I hope it's okay to start one, even though I don't currently have a pet.

Does anyone have any experience with poodles or poodle hybrids?  I'm thinking about getting one for my son who has Asperger's after reading a lot about service dogs for autistic kids.  I don't think he needs a full-fledged service dog, but I think he could benefit from a well-trained companion dog.  He also has allergies though.

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Re: Pets: I don't want Garbage, I want Sprinkles!
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2009, 08:27:42 PM »
We had poodles & poodle-mix dogs when I was growing up.  They are less allergenic because they have hair instead of fur, but the only way to be sure is for your son to spend some time around them.  Generally, the mixes are less high-strung, we had a cockapoo for most of the time I was growing up and she was a total dear. 

Another thing that helps with both dogs and cats is to bathe them regularly to help remove the saliva (from cats) and pet dander which are the primary allergens.  My poor kitties get baths twice a year -- the weekend we change the clocks.  The five year old thinks this is hilarious, the kitties, not so much.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2009, 08:33:23 PM »
Great idea to start a pet thread. I have often wondered if we had one here. As to your question, my mom has a labradoodle (poodle/lab). He is a really sweet dog, very affectionate, though very energetic. Definitely the kind of dog that would need daily exercise. My mom has terrible animal allergies, and one of the appealing things about this dog is that he is hypo-allergenic. He's not the best trained dog (jumps up on people and barks quite a bit) but my mom and her husband are not the most consistent trainers either. I think labradoodles are supposed to be pretty smart and trainable dogs. Here's a link to the website of the breeder where my mom got her dog, if you want to read some more about them. They are in Australia and are the originators of the breed. http://www.labradoodleasd.com/Tegan-Defualt.htm

Good luck finding a dog for your son!
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2009, 08:43:43 PM »
I love the Australian Labradoodles.  I saw them earlier and those are some cute doggies.   <3

My sister has a Bichon, which has poodle-ish hair, as my son would say, and he is less allergic to her, especially after she's been bathed.  I'd like to get him a bigger and less hyper breed though.  She's a sweetie but dumb as a bag of rocks.

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2009, 08:53:02 PM »
Labradoodles are great dogs. Sweet things.

I can speak to the Lab half of the gene pool, having had a few....they're smart, sweet tempered, loyal, good around people/kids and very trainable - which is of course why they're so often used as service dogs of various kinds.

One thing about bathing a dog too often though - it may be fine for some breeds, but actually isn't recommended more than every few months for some (unless, of course, it's necessary cause the pooch got into something stinky.) Some breeds have sensitive skin/are prone to skin conditions, and stripping away their natural protective oils can create problems. So, that might be something you want to ask the vet or breeder about, if you're considering it to help control your son's allergies.
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Re: Pets: I don't want Garbage, I want Sprinkles!
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2009, 08:56:00 PM »
The thing about Labs, they are scary smart, so you really want to go to doggie obedience training with them so they aren't constantly testing you.  It might be a really rewarding project for your son as well, so he can learn how to work with the dog, as well.

Also, you might try poomixrescue.com and PetFinder.com for a listing of available dogs. 

(I'm a big believer in adopting animals instead of breeding whenever possible.)

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2009, 09:18:14 PM »
Whatever you end up getting, be sure to avoid Backyard Breeders at all costs.  And remember that the mythical "papers" these people advertise don't mean shit.

If you get something from a breeder, make sure they have a return policy (meaning they care more about the health and care of the animal than the money), have had all the health and genetic tests done, and are in general snippy about adopting (once again, to show they care about where the animal is going and aren't just there for the money).

(The SA pet people have me trained well--I parrot their anti-BYB spiel like a pro.)

Humane society/ASPCA adopting is a really nice family thing to do too.  You can get a better idea of the personalities of the animals (especially when they're not puppies, who destructive little monsters), and see if there's any dog that bonds on first sight.

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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2009, 12:52:47 AM »
I agree, adopting a pet is a great thing to do.  Three of the five dogs I've had were/are pound puppies. Personally, I'm going purebred next time. I agree, shopping for a good breeder is a must. I won't be getting a new dog for at least five years, but I'm already looking for a good breeder.
     
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2009, 08:28:09 AM »
I agree, adopting a pet is a great thing to do.  Three of the five dogs I've had were/are pound puppies. Personally, I'm going purebred next time. I agree, shopping for a good breeder is a must. I won't be getting a new dog for at least five years, but I'm already looking for a good breeder.

That's why I'm starting now, because it will probably be at least a year before we can get one.  I got my last two dogs through rescue, but I need to be more sure of temperament this time.  We have a lot of puppy mills in the area and most of the dogs that end up in shelters originated in a puppy mill, which brings a lot of behavior problems.

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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2009, 09:04:08 AM »
I think it's a really good idea to take your time, especially since the dog's temperament is so important in your case, Smiley. And also, as someone said, any reputable adoption shouldn't happen too fast anyway - the organization/person with the dog ought to be checking you out as carefully as you're checking out the dog. Finding the right dog for your son/family definitely is a project - but man, such a great pay-off!

We adopted our last two dogs, but through a situation where we were able to find out something about their histories (health issues, etc.), but moreover, about the personality of at least one of their parents....which can be an indicator of a puppy's temperament as he grows up. All puppies are a bit nuts, but our adopted labs both really mellowed out into playful, low-key dogs - which is exactly how their known parents were. (Of course, we also did some very basic obedience training too.) Our dog now is a 90 lb lap dog. Pure love. :)

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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2009, 09:18:34 AM »
They are really cute, colette!  <3

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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2009, 11:56:16 AM »
D'AWWWW. <3

I have to agree with everyone supporting adoption. We got our first dog -- a purebred Golden -- from a breeder, and I loved her, but she wasn't the best fit for our family. She definitely did not calm down with age. Our next dog, who we still have, is also a purebred Golden, and her original "parents" got divorced and couldn't keep her, so we're her 3rd or 4th family, and she's a perfect fit. Her "foster mom" was a school bus driver for my mom's co-worker's granddaughter. The co-worker had just lost her Golden, and it's a small town, so the bus driver / "foster mom" thought she might be interested. But it was too soon for her, so she told my mom about it. And voila! And in China, my friend found a box of kittens abandoned on the street and took them in and distributed them amongst us English teachers, so that's how I got my cat.

So I guess I got my two awesomest pets for free just through word of mouth. My family tried to adopt through an organization, but they came and evaluated us and rejected us. I think it's because our first dog was so crazy we had to keep her outside on a leash (but we got one of those long slidey things so she could go to the backyard and the front yard! And we let her sleep inside in the winter!), and we didn't trust her to not go through an invisible fence. And we were justified, because one time my dad took her leash off, thinking she would stick to him cos he was her favorite, and she ran into the road and got hit! :( But yeah, the adoption org though we were negligent or something. The lady that came to our house was very snooty and gave off an "Ooh, so low-class, you kept your poor dog outside? And you couldn't even train her properly to be inside! *scoff*" attitude. It was actually pretty humiliating. It wasn't long after the first dog got hit and died, and I remember (I must've been 13 or 14) feeling pretty angry that they would insinuate that we mistreated her.

Anywho, on to happier things.. pix! Here's a pic my dad just sent me of the dog and cat looking out our sliding glass door (the parents are taking care of my cat while I'm living on campus the first year of grad school):

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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2009, 11:57:08 AM »
I am a huge animal lover.  We have got all our dogs and cats through the shelter near us.  We have a pitbull mix right now.  I know they have such bad reputations.  Unfortunately we had a lab mix puppy that for whatever reason was very mean and would try to attack people.  We had to put him down because he was registered as vicious and I couldn't stand the thought of him hurting someone.  I had lots of kids in and out of the house.  So when "Santa" let my son pick out another dog and he picked the pit I had a dog behavior specialist come out and check him out. He was 7 months old and now he is 9 years old.  He is the biggest baby of a dog we have ever had.  He loves all kids and we even have a cat that he loves.  I still am careful around certain situation in the public with him.  It's mostly all how you raise your animals.  I would love to post a picture if someone is willing to walk me through it.  I have tried for about 15 minutes and am now frustrated that I am so dumb about computers. >:(
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2009, 01:04:18 PM »
I'm throwing my hat in for adoption, too. All of my many pets growing up were either Humane Society adoptions or strays that we took in. That said, my current pet was purchased from her previous owner. I was wanting to get a pug, and I started the process of going through a pug rescue society, but then I found out about  a woman who had a pure bred pug that she was looking for another home for. She had 5 dogs total, which she bred as show dogs, and she felt like the one pug was just not happy with them. She (the pug) was constantly fighting with her grandmother pug for alpha status apparently. So we went to go see the dog, and she climbed right into my lap and sat with me the whole time we were there. The lady said several other people had come to see the dog and the dog hadn't been that affectionate with any of them. So, she let us take her that night to try it out and now she's our furry little baby of 5 years. I definitely want to get back to adoption or pug rescue for any future pets, though. It just breaks my heart to think of all the "unwanted" animals out there who need just the right home and family.

Here's a link to my little puggy, Lola. http://longwellphotos.shutterfly.com/28
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2009, 07:34:05 PM »
Jamnicity, that is an adorable picture!

And norsk, that is also an awesome picture.  Were you allowed to bring a cat home from China?  How complicated was that?