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From another blog, a reader wants to learn more about puppy adoption.

Posted Monday, May 18, 2009, at 9:18 AM

My children want a puppy, and I am getting use to the idea. I know a lot of people that have pets, and do not take care of them, nor do anything with them. I have a lot of questions.

Where is the best local vets, can they keep you informed on what to feed your pet and how often, of course all the shots, worming, and spay/neutering?

How much cold weather is too cold, and hot weather is too hot?

I do not like any aggressive dogs, so what kind of dogs are good for kids and are good to keep indoors, and want get too big?

Are Jack russel dogs good with kids and people?

Is their a place that will keep the dog groomed, are they expensive.

Is their a place or website that can give me all this information?

Having a pet is a lifelong commitment, and I want to be prepared for the little pooch, if I do in fact get one. One of my children has allergies real bad. She seems to react more around cats, I haven't really noticed anything around dogs though.

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I don't know if you know about Dr. Fox; he is "organic" and "green". Try www.twobitdog.com for info on a bunch of things, such as making your own cat/dog food. I believe that there was something just added about flea/tick killers.

One might look at miniature poodles for kids that might be allergic. And one does not have to give one a poodle clip.

-- Posted by Tyger on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 10:34 AM

Two of our dogs are relatively short haired, but I gave Sophie a clip last night using our hair clippers with a long-fingered extension adapter on it. She looks fine to us, but she is acting a little ashamed. You know how kids are sometimes.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 11:59 AM

Toy Poodles are good dogs to have indoors. They are nine to ten pounds, full-grown, and they are not hard on the allergies. No shedding! I have one that is 5 years old and she loves children. However, poodles can be considered high maintenance to some when is comes to grooming. They should be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks, however there is no requirement that you get the traditional "Poodle cut". Cost depends on which type of groomer you use. Mobile grooming services run about $20 more than stationary groomers. Any of our local veterinarians are great. I know that Shelbyville Animal Hospital and Southside Veterinary Hospital remind you when it's time for vaccinations. I have also heard good things about Cascade Veterinary Hospital, though I do not have personal experience with them. Good luck!

-- Posted by onenamil on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 12:46 PM

Great Vets:Shelbyville Animal Hospital or Cascade Vet, both places send cards to remind you about shots needed. At first appt. they will get all meds needed in order for you.

Hot/Cold: Small dogs don't do well outside compared to larger. I have 2 outside dogs (100 pounds +) and they don't ever come in. I have 1 small and never seems to stay out long.

Breeds:Here is a website about dogs breeds for people with allergies http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/allergy.htm

Shih-tzu's are good dogs for kids and people with allergies.

Jack Russells:VERY HYPER!!!!!!!!!

Grooming:I own a shih-tzu and it costs $35 to get him groomed at Tina's Red Barn Pet Grooming.


-- Posted by threekidsmom on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 2:58 PM

I concur about the local vets and groomers.

Check on the web and look at Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy at the library when looking for information about pets.

Shelters,breed rescues,etc. and vets can guide you to terrific animals who can come in all ages,sizes and backgrounds.

I think the current Ladie's Home Journal describes how people like realtors have taken on the task of re-homing animals who have become homeless after a death in the family,abandonment,natural disaster,foreclosures,job loss,etc.

The transactions that should be avoided involve puppy mills,anonymous parking lot adoptions,etc.

Taking on a pet is like taking on a human child.

It involves a lot of love and responsibility from all concerned.

Your questions seem to indicate that you know what you'd be getting into.

Having a lot of exposure to animals can sometimes help people with allergies "cool off" their reactions.

(Check with your doctor.)

One thing that might help is having your kids hang out with dogs before they get their own.

Let them save up the money to pay the neutering fees,vaccinnations,shelter and enclosure for the pet and things like beds,collars and toys.

Let them budget for food,etc. before they get their new friend.

They might start now to learn obedience training.

Just as with marriage,having children,etc;it's better to do one's homework and be prepared than to make a commitment to another living thing and find out *after* the fact that what was meant to be a permanent,loving relationship was just too much of a challenge.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 5:04 PM

QC, obedience training for who?

Just I read that, our daughter's kitten came over to bite my foot. Hmmmm, obedience training.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 6:25 PM

Thanks Steve and everyone, I'm glad the vets sends out reminder cards of the dogs shots. I bookmarked the website you gave threekidsmom, and of course my little girls came in as I was looking at the different breeds, and they want stop asking me about getting them a puppy. How often do dogs and puppies eat? Do they prefer Breakfast, lunch and dinner times like us, or are they different?

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 7:59 PM

Jack Russell's are very Hyper and can bite when stressed.

I love Welsh Corgis they are mid sized they are loyal and very patient dogs.

Chihuahua's are too nervous around children, and they bark at every noise.

Labs are great with kids but they are a bigger dog.

WE had a standard size poodle when i was small and she was awesome. Very nice dog and not small and nervous.

Shelbyville Animal hospital or South side vet clinic are both awesome and Anderson Vet clinic on 231 no near Christiana, has LOW cost spay and neuter which is a must when they come of age.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 8:09 PM

If you're worried about allergies, get a Chinese Crested puppy!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 6:34 AM

Momof3&3step&1gran, their eating times vary. Sometimes my poodle will eat her food while my husband and I sit at the table and eat... but sometimes she sleeps while we eat. So, you never can tell! But we leave her some food out all the time, so she has her own choice of when she eats. Quantumcat has some very good points, such as "Taking on a pet is like taking on a human child." And, "It involves a lot of love and responsibility from all concerned." I whole-heartedly agree with that. You HAVE to have lots of patience with the puppy, especially when it comes to house training. One comment I have about lab puppies: They LOVE to chew! Beautiful, fun dogs, but they will chew up your stuff if you're not careful!

-- Posted by onenamil on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 8:03 AM

Thank you all for the info, I really do appreciate it. I want my dog to be an indoors dog actually, or at least mostly indoors. I have to get my yard right, fenced very well, etc., before I get one also. Their are alot of stray dogs running around and I do not want them getting in my yard and running off with my dog. : )

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 10:31 AM

My poodle is 17 years old and has been a wonderful addition to our family. Grooming is the main issue but she is such a pleasure, like a little clown. She is funny and affectionate. I think the poodle's grooming issues is not a big deal but some may think so. She loves to play and yet is not hyper or aggressive. Good luck on the dog hunt. Take your time. Also puppies are wonderful but they also go through a lot of stages, you might want to get a dog that is over 10 months old. Even though they aren't babies, they are easier to train and work with and don't need to go potty every 2 hours. Just a thought...

-- Posted by grannyapple on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 2:26 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.