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Old 01-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a call from an animal control place late this afternoon (I had given my name and info to several local animal controls and shelters for them to contact me if a spoo comes in). A pregnant standard poodle was dropped off the shelter and she gave birth during the night and one of the pups survived. The mom is already spoken for by one of the people who work there, but the pup is available. I'm thinking about it, but not sold on it because of it's birth/upbringing.

How much harder is the pup going to be to socialize with dogs, people and new situations if it's raised in a kennel? The animal control doesn't exactly have a good reputation and it's a high kill shelter. The mom is a brown/cream parti and the pup is brown. The people who dumped the pregnant mom at the shelter said she was pregnant by a pure spoo...but who really knows? The pup is still a baby (born 12/17/12) so I won't be able to tell if it's pure poodle or its temperament yet. I am really considering adopting it, but it needs to be the right decision, not just "oh poor cute puppy". Does that make sense? Apparently the mom is super nice, well behaved, calm, came with vet info and even her akc registration papers but who knows about the dad? The previous owner lost their house so had to turn her in, or at least that's the story. Any info or advice?
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My goodness, I would say you got what you wanted. The pup is just a puppy. It hasnt been raised in a kennel. Im sure you will be allowed to visit allot and when he comes home he will be raised by you. I say grab him or her. Lucky you to get a spoo puppy.
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The reason I said raised in a kennel is because they are not in foster care but are in a kennel/cage inside the animal control facility. I'm worried how that would affect a dog's development.
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When will you get to take it home, if you adopt it?
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I agree that its not ideal but any dog you rescue will be in a situation thats not ideal. Hats off to you for wanting to adopt and rescue a dog in need....usually by no fault of their own. I understand that adopted or rescued dogs make the most wonderful companions. It is said that they really love and appreciate their home even more somehow. Now if you were looking for a breeding or top show dog then better to try your luck with a breeder.

I was trying to stress that at 8-10weeks he is still a pup and ready to learn. He is with his mom and you meantioned she has a sweet temperament. He will learn from her. Some people still buy dogs at pet stores (I in no way advocate this because of so many puppy mills involved) and even though they most probably came from a puppy mill, the pups do fine in their new home with a little patience.
Good luck and if you are lucky enough to be his mom post some pics.
PS Love brown spoos
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8 weeks. It's the law here that it can't be younger. I still need to find out about the neutering issue since it's an animal control place and most likely do baby neutering.

I'd neuter him of course, but hear so many things bad about doing it so young.
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Won't they allow you to do it when your vet thinks its appropriate with proof?
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Won't they allow you to do it when your vet thinks its appropriate with proof?
I'm not sure, I forgot to ask and they are closed for the day. I'll have to ask tomorrow. I hope that would work though.

I admit I'm already leaning toward Yes I want him, but don't want to make an totally emotional decision. After all, I expected finding an adoptable spoo to take a long time and this is kinda sudden...but maybe meant to be?
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Maybe you didn't expect to find a puppy, but maybe you want to consider one, now.
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My kids say yes of course (what kid says no to a puppy?) and honesty I think I'll tell them yes tomorrow. For one thing, an opportunity like him won't come around again. I was open to a pup but leaning toward an adult, but when rescuing Who is available is available. I don't care about what colour it would be, not that I wouldn't love certain colours, but I didn't imagine a Brown spoo would come my way. Other than silver that's my favourite. I'm thinking he is too good to pass up. Any rescue will have different issues and whatever comes we'll work with him. I am still going to have to plan to socialize big time and will need advice for that as well as potty training, grooming, naming him, feeding, vet care etc. Oh my gosh I'm gonna' have my hands full! A PUPPY!
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