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  •  My Goodness... (5+ / 0-)

    ...but Trouble looks like he's the brother of my Dusty.  Trouble's got a fluffier tail, and lacks Dusty's one white paw, but otherwise they look quite alike.

    Dusty weighs in at 47 pounds, is probably half Rotty (with, I like to joke, the other half being chipmunk).  He was a rescue, eight years ago.

    Good luck with Trouble.  It's worth doing, for a dog.

    •  someone on TV (4+ / 0-)
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      said the other day, that rescued dogs know they have been rescued and that is why they are so lovable, because they are grateful.

      mcjoan is the new Armando

      by TeresaInPa on Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 12:20:28 PM PDT

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      •  Dusty Proves That Rule (2+ / 0-)
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        But he doesn't trust that I won't disappear, once out of his sight.  So he's around me all the time.

        •  yup (2+ / 0-)
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          Trouble will follow me from the kitchen to the living room and back and up the stairs to the bathroom and back to the kitchen.  Then he will lie right by my feet and he really isn't happy if I don't let him come to the store with me. So I take him at night if I am only going to be in the store for a few minutes.  I won't take him during the day, it is just too hot in the car.

          mcjoan is the new Armando

          by TeresaInPa on Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 12:41:06 PM PDT

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      •  I rescue dogs for Pet Rescue Services in (1+ / 0-)
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        St.Louis. So far I now have three I couldn't let go and four cats if America comes back.

        •  I am afraid to go to the pound (3+ / 0-)
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          I am afraid I couldn't stand to chose from all the pets who need a home.  I really wish people would stop allowing their pets to breed just because they are too lazy to get them fixed.  It is sad that there are so many pets waiting to be adopted.  

          mcjoan is the new Armando

          by TeresaInPa on Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 12:43:44 PM PDT

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          •  I am exactly like that too (0+ / 0-)

            I don't think I could leav the pound without adopting all of them.  It's so sad.

            A foolish consistency (staying the course in Iraq) is the hobgoblin of George W. Bush.

            by wildcat6 on Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 01:39:34 PM PDT

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            •  What I do is answer requests on freecycle (1+ / 0-)
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              and people find me. I also look in the local papers for free giveaways. That's how I got my HoneyBee from a puppy mill. She was so damaged and then when I began to read about puppy mills I learned that she had been in a good one.

     or maybe it is net but check it out.

              You can get rescue dogs withut going to the pound. Usually the desirable ones are picked up. It's the larger ones like Trouble that are expendable. I got my Dolly from freecycle. She is a border collie mix and I kept her because she is larger than the organization's license allows. I took her to an adoption at PetCo the first weekend and she was almost adopted as a playmate for someone's dog. So I brought her home again. My HoneyBee tends towards depressive behavior when I am busy so Dolly has been wonderful for her.  

              Then on July 4 I got a shih tzu mix who was just handed to me over the fence covered,and I mean covered with fleas and bare spots scratched raw and bleeding all over. I wanted to punch the woman and her friends having a nice barbeque who couldn't even take the time to dunk her in a bath. And I just know they voted for Bush. The typical type.

              I bathed her three times right away to get the greasy dirty feeling off her fur and deflea her. She now has been wormed,vaccinated and she was supposed to be spayed but I am not quite sure as I can't find the scar. She is an angel and gets along with my cats and the other two so well. Much more obedient than they are too and very loving.She has also trained them to walk without leashes and to come faster. I am at the point where I think I will have to keep her too.

              But this makes it hard to save more of them. I have one waiting at the hospital that needed surgery and the vet is doing everything for free to make the dog more adoptable. He has used up all his adopting clients so I got her.

              It is a nice way to help an animal. Just find your local rescue group and find out what it requires (large,small etc)and when the universe sends you a helpless one you can take it knowing you can place it with a responsible organization. So you get to have a darling dog for a few days without the long term responsibility.

              •  Bless you (0+ / 0-)

                for being such a good person to take care of animals in this way.

                A foolish consistency (staying the course in Iraq) is the hobgoblin of George W. Bush.

                by wildcat6 on Fri Jul 14, 2006 at 07:54:54 AM PDT

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