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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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Best of luck Cdnjenga :) !!! I keep my fingers crossed !!!!
After silence since I last posted, I had an email from the rescue organization today saying I would be contacted shortly about a home visit... So I guess I'm still moving forward with the process! The email I received didn't really share much info, so I have no idea if I'm even in the running for the dog I applied for or just to be approved by the rescue group. Approval is good for 6 months, so even if this poodle's not the one at least I wouldn't have to go through all this again if another dog comes up that I'm interested in. I'm holding off on visiting the potential breeder I'm interested in otherwise till I know what's going on here. Anyway, I'll let you all know more when I know more. :)
Good luck in whatever you decide :fingers-crossed:
I noticed that too... I will definitely be asking if she had her eyes checked and how they looked, especially knowing the problems some poodles have.
Is she a Mini? Is she coming from a poodle rescue group or a shelter? If she is coming from a poodle rescue, I don't think it would be out of line to ask that she be Optigen tested via a blood test. If she is a carrier.... no problem. However, if she is an "affected" she will go blind usually starting around age 6.

I also think I'd like to know how her patella are. I think this can be verified by a regular vet.
So... Update! The good news is I have my home visit on Sunday. The bad news is that the dog I had originally applied for is already gone. I have however decided to complete the review process since I'm so close to the end. Then if another dog comes up that suits me in the next few months then I'm first in line. :)

In the meantime, I'm hoping to visit my possible breeder in the next couple of weeks. The hunt continues!!!
Good luck on your search! Im a firm believer in fate! I would take this as a sign that the right dog just isnt ready for you yet! It will work out in the end. Keep us posted!
Good luck on your search! Im a firm believer in fate! I would take this as a sign that the right dog just isnt ready for you yet! It will work out in the end. Keep us posted!
I totally agree! Over the last few days it became obvious that the timing of this rescue wasn't perfect. My grandfather has so generously offered to fly me over to England for a visit as a birthday present in November, and getting a rescue dog right before that trip wouldn't really have worked. I can't wait to see my grandpa, he's 95, lives on his own in an apartment with minimal help and does better than some people 20 years younger than him. :) I lived in England for over 3 years so I have a lot of visiting to do during the 9 days I'm there! Can't wait!
That's awesome that you're going to visit your grandpa. You'll treasure that visit for the rest of your life!
Yea for you and attempting to rescue. You take chances when you buy a dog from anyone. But to rescue is truly a demonstration of love and dedication. It sounds like you have asked a lot of great questions. GO FOR IT.

I for one value the owners that ask me lots of questions about me AND my puppies when they call. I do not breed often...and highly recommend saving a pet whenever possible. Sure, there are risks, but even the most conscientous breeders will tell you that health issues can happen even with the most thorough testing.

Now, do I support supporting puppy mill breeding via pet stores and "markets?" no. There is a difference.

Good luck...and keep us posted.
So I had the home visit on Sunday evening. It was pretty informal (although I cleaned like a mad woman before) and just consisted of the foster mom asking me questions about where I would walk the dog etc. She also brought her dogs with her to see how they liked me. It all went pretty well and I'm sure I will be approved. One of the things (which I knew would be questioned) is the fact that my mom's girl is unspayed. I explained that my mom has a very small breeding program, that our girl is a champion working dog, blah, blah, blah but of course some rescue people feel that ANY breeding program is wrong. So we'll see if that stops me from being approved - it would be ridiculous if it did.

I don't think this particular rescue is going to have many dogs come up that are suitable for me anyway and everything is now on hold until I get back from England, so we'll see what happens at the end of November/ December. :)
Congratulation on you trip to Europe. Enjoy the visit to your grandpa. God bless him at 95, wow, that is amazing for Europe. Your poodle will show up when it's his time :)
I received word the other day that I am an officially approved adopter. Not sure if this rescue will have anything for me or not, and everything's on hold now till the end of the month, but it's nice to know this route is open to me if I choose to pursue it. :) Tomorrow's the day I meet my potential breeder and her dogs, can't wait!
Cool congratulations and what a wonderful thing you are doing, adopting.:)
Cool congratulations and what a wonderful thing you are doing, adopting.:)
Well, maybe adopting! The breeder I'm interested in won't be breeding until end of December, which means pups end of February/ early March. So up until that point I'm looking for a rescue dog. If the right one doesn't come up then I'll be going to the breeder. Either way, I should have a dog by May (I hope, I hope, I hope!)

I would love to rescue, but I'm also very conscious that I have a very specific dog in mind... So we'll see. I plan to have this dog for a long time, so it has to be the right one for me!
You are really smart to have backup plans! It's tough to find the right puppy, but ya know, you really do know when it's right....

good luck! I love the updates :)

I came back to find this thread with all the fantastic questions you all gave me. I am going to be talking to the foster mom of a Schnauzer Poodle cross who's currently with the rescue I'm approved with and need to remember what I should be asking!

This is the girl for anyone who's interested: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=15204376

The bow makes me laugh. I think it's cute they've obviously tried to make her look her best for her adoption photo. Another approved home was first in line but passed... Not sure why. But now it's my turn to see if I'm interested. I'll let you know how it goes. :)
She's cute and her bow is a bit much isn't it?
Do they know for a fact that she is a Schnoodle? Her patterning looks like some of the Aussiedoodles I've seen.

Are you thinking about adopting this dog. If you are, be warned that Schnauzers and SchnauzerXs are notorious barkers.
Do they know for a fact that she is a Schnoodle? Her patterning looks like some of the Aussiedoodles I've seen.
I'm not sure, good question. I'll ask how they decided what mix she was. Of course if it's the puppy mill owner who labeled her, then it could be completely incorrect. I also thought she looked different from other schnoodles I've seen, as most look a lot like schnauzers and really I don't see much schnauzer in her.

Are you thinking about adopting this dog. If you are, be warned that Schnauzers and SchnauzerXs are notorious barkers.
I am considering it, although it depends on how our phone discussion goes. I have done research on schnauzers/ schnoodles and saw that barking could be an issue, so it's on my list of questions! Barking would be an issue for me because I live in a condo.
I spoke to the foster mom this afternoon and we're meeting Heidi Friday night. Of course she called when I didn't have my list of questions handy, so I'll be taking those with me as I know I missed some when I spoke to her.

2 things stuck out, one more a general observation the other specific to Heidi

1) Apparently the puppy mill she was seized from kept excellent health records, so I should be able to find out her past health history as well as how many litters she's had. It never occurred to me that puppy mills would be so organized, but I guess they maybe look at the dogs like livestock and keep livestock type records?

2) Heidi is apparently super intelligent and agile. She managed to climb over 2 babygates stacked on top of each other on the first night she was with them (you can see one of the babygates in the photo). I guess it's not surprising given the breeds she comes from. The foster mom said she's way smarter than her own dog (not sure what breed he is).

Oh and I was told that in person she looks more like a schnauzer than she does in the photos. She currently has an at home groom job, which is why she doesn't so much look like a "schnoodle".
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Hmmm, climbing over baby gates? I'd definitely say she's probably an aussie/poodle cross. I've never had a poodle climb over a baby gate.
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