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10/4/12 7:02 P

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I agree with all of you. If you have small children, some breeds are more tempermental than others & may not get along well with children. Looks don't matter, it's the fit that matters.
All dogs are beautiful or handsome, as the case may be :)
Dogs are very intelligent, and a dog will go to a certain person & not someone else. So let the dog pick you.

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10/4/12 4:45 P

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I second the advice on personality and in keeping with that theme I'd suggest allowing the dog to find you.... Some dogs just automatically connect with a new human and they fit right in. Then, be sure you have the room and time for that particular kind of dog. Realize that adotping a dog is not easy. They need alot of love and attention and care. They are not furniture you can just buy.

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10/4/12 10:06 A

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Personality for sure, but size and weight is important lol. Don't get a 100 lb dog if you want your kids to help walk!!! Also don't settle for a dog just because they are beautiful like you said looks isn't important!

We got Buddy at the end of June as our childrens dog but he is actually ours lol. He's a big dog and we know the kids can't walk him. He is also overweight and we knew it will take work to get him to a healthy weight. We chose him because he fit best into our life he was great with the kids and we knew we had the time and ability to put the work needed into him. He is going to trainning courses once a week to help refresh his habits and to get rid of his bad ones that we don't like. He is an amazing dog and I would recommend adopting a dog and giving them a second chance at a good life.


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10/4/12 9:17 A

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Personality is such a huge thing! I would put energy level next, though. A lot of people LIKE a certain breed, but don't understand how much exercise or how high an energy level a given breed will have. Working dogs like huskies and cattle dogs need to run and to work. Choose a dog who will fit with your life style.


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10/4/12 9:10 A

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October is the Humane Society's Adopt a Dog Month. What advice would you give someone about adopting a dog?

Well, besides all the obvious (time, expense, life-style), I think the biggest thing I try to get home to people is that the personality of the dog is the most important thing. Spend some time getting to know the dog you are interested in and talk to the people at the shelter. Looks are secondary.

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