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1/30/16 12:54 P

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Cindy..just seeing this now. You might want to try your local kennel club..when i was showing it was Onondaga Kennel Club in Syracuse...I'm betting they can put you in touch with breeders..also there must be a national Lab club that could help.
My son is trying to adopt..get this...TWO 3 year old girls. And they are putting him through the ringer. They have been trying since November...and still dont have the girls. He is financially set, has a lovely home, nice yard, is responsible...and STILL doesnt have the dogs. I dont get it. how hard is it to adopt out ONE...let alone TWO...and older dogs. Makes me angry..hes had the home visits, background check, references checked...its ridiculous.
When i was breeding i was very careful who my pups went to...and put in place measures to KNOW they were treated well or they came back to me...but it sure didnt take MONTHS.
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1/18/16 2:09 A

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NOT impressed! I know my references have been called and yet I have heard nothing in 2 weeks.

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1/14/16 5:29 A

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My references have been checked, we shall see what happens now! If this dog was not meant to be mine, another will be coming to me, I have faith!

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1/5/16 12:44 A

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I also applied to volunteer, but I am very leery as they make it way too hard! I may be better serving the local Humane Society, since you aren't going to make friends or help dogs being exclusionary!

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1/4/16 7:54 P

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Thanks, I found another reference and put in my application. The dog I saw spoke to me somehow so I have to try! But they do make it way too hard!!

Edited by: CINDYTW963 at: 1/4/2016 (19:55)
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1/4/16 3:36 P

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I wish you lived near me! I live in California. There are a couple of really good rescues here that don't get all picky like that. They are happy to have people just adopt the dog, pay the $100, and fill out a one page form that only asks for name, address, and a couple of other questions that are easy to answer. But I know what you mean about some of the rescues. They are more expensive and annoying than just going to a breeder.

I sure hope you find a nice dog. Happy New Year!

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1/4/16 2:27 A

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And this is why I go to breeders! I tried filling out the application for the only lab rescue in the area, and I don't have 3 references plus a vet reference about my dogs! So there goes that! I can do home visits and everything now, but this is worse than a job application! A job doesn't ask for medical records! Not that I have anything to hide, but I am not sure my vet practice will do all this. Plus personal references which I don't know that many people that could speak to how I care for my dogs!

I did even find a dog same age as Charlie that looks like a black Charlie and seemed promising...but they make it too difficult! I remember this now from 3 years ago when I got Charlie. I went to the breeder because the rescues make it too hard!

Edited by: CINDYTW963 at: 1/4/2016 (02:49)
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1/3/16 7:58 P

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That is a great idea! I haven't been able to really contact or use the more specialized rescue groups previously because of my living situation. I was in a trailer park and they claimed to not allow pets, even though everyone had them, so I couldn't have them contacted about getting a dog. I will look into asking for what I want from the rescues first!

Don't get me wrong, we have loved each and every one over the years, even the holy terrors win your heart!

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1/2/16 11:18 P

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Hi,
I just thought I'd put my 2 cents in. I'm 71, and I have had dogs since I was 15, so I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of finding pets. I personally have 5 rescues that are very healthy, and get along nicely. What we did at the rescue shelters is tell them what we were looking for. They know their dogs, and they don't want to make a bad placement, so they found exactly what we were looking for. We paid about $100 for each dog which included spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and microchips.

I have also found that the dogs that the shelters put in the local newspapers are also good choices. Our beloved lab mix, Sam, that we had for 14 years until he died of old age, was originally in the local paper when he was a year old because he was such a great dog, and his time was running out so the shelter really hated to see him put down. His original owners had trained him really well, but fell on hard times, and took off leaving their 2 dogs in the yard with no food or water. Neighbors saw what was going on, and called the humane society. One of the dogs died, but Sam made it.

I hope this helps. Good luck in finding a doggy that is compatible with your dog.







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1/2/16 5:53 A

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I am in a different area, Upstate near Rochester and Syracuse. We have a whole other dynamic here but trust me I would never rule out a rescue! I just have not found one I was willing to take on at this point! We have had a lot of them over my life! I need a mellow one that won't upset my Charlie, who loves all dogs and kids and animals but can't get the unruly or aggressive!

The food thing...Besides being cute, it is something one would never understand about their dog unless they had seen the litter and how they grew up and why they did it. He had a 1-2 foot round bowl with probably 10+15 puppies on it! He was the one that hung back and got in when he could, then took his share to the carpet and got away from the madness! He was also the cute cuddly one and snuggled into me as soon as I picked him up! He is still a lovebug 3 years later!

Edited by: CINDYTW963 at: 1/2/2016 (06:00)
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1/2/16 5:43 A

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I'm on long island and I see a ton of lab x puppies. Would probably take quite awhile to find a pure one.
Most dog's that are in rescue are not there because they're aggressive.
They are unruly because they've never been trained or landlord issues or allergies or any other reason people can think up because they didn't consider the face that adopting an animal is a responsibility.
(Yeah, that last line there is somewhat preachy)

Anyway...
You'd be surprised how many puppies are in rescues. It's heartbreaking seeing babies growing up in that environment.
Thank you for not taking offense. I really try to only nag a teeny bit. :0)

Your dog taking his food on the carpet is possibly one of the cutest I've ever heard.

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It's not preachy, and yes I do. But they always have older dogs and I want a puppy. For a number of reasons, but one being that my current dog is very sensitive. He wouldn't be able to handle a screwed up unruly rescue! If I should find a puppy at the rescue groups...I will certainly get one! That is not the usual though, at least not in my area! They are unruly 7 months+ that got turned in for bad behavior and aggression usually. My dog does not understand aggression at all and I won't also bring in some wild dog to upset his home. If there happens to be a puppy on rescue or Humane Society, great! But that is not what I find here. Likewise, if I find a dog around his age or younger I would be willing to try but again, usually here they get turned in for bad behavior and aggression. I won't put up with aggressive again, I had one previously that never got any better in 13 years of training!

Also, from a breeder, especially a family one, I know what the dog was exposed to and why he may or may not react to things. That goes a long way with phobias and fears and things that the dog hates. And I know why my dog takes his food on the carpet to eat it...because he had a huge litter and was one of the least aggressive. So he took a cheek full, on the carpet and ate it out of the fray! He did it while we were observing. So I find a lot of plusses to getting a puppy, but I am open to wherever my puppy finds me! It may be a breeder or Lollypop Farm, or a group...MY puppy or dog will come to me.

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I know this is preachy but you know you can find lab puppies at local rescues right?

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Does anyone here happen to be from NY State and/or know a lab breeder here? The one I used before has closed and I need to find a reputable but lower priced alternative for my next fur baby!

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