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What should I ask?

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So in the ongoing search for a poodle, I have applied for a rescue poodle through Petfinder and got through to the first stage which consists of a 30 to 40 minute telephone interview. During that time I of course get to be grilled by the rescue people, but I also get to ask questions about the dog etc. If I get through that, they call my 4 references (!), then do a home check, then I have to get approved by a committee, then if all that goes well I actually get to meet the dog. :)

Here's the dog I applied for:


Can anyone think of anything I should specifically be asking about? I've never gone through this process before and am only coming up with a few questions.

- I want to ask about the children thing (it says unknown for how she is around children, so I want to know more about that - I don't have any but there is a possibility that I might want to have them/ friends will have them, so I can't have a dog with big issues)
- I want to know how her vet check went.
- I'd like to see a full body shot if possible just to make sure her structure isn't horrific. I realize a puppy mill dog won't be the best example of a poodle, but I'd be hesitant to take on a dog with a big roach back or other structural issues that might cause problems down the line.

And that's kind of all I can think of right now. Idea?
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If you are adopting a puppy mill dog - there is a higher possibility that you might have issues down the line.
Most of these dogs have severe lung issues due to the ammonia they’ve lived in all of their lives and a lot develop tumors etc. at an early age. A lot of them do have deformities due the crates or battery cages they lived in all their lives.
Here is a little piece one of the Humane Society workers wrote about caring for puppy mill dogs.

It does sound like her foster did an incredible job at rehabilitating her if she is housebroken.
It really is a special kind of person who adopts puppy mill dogs! Good luck
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