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Q: How did you pick your special pet?

October 18, 2008 | By Cindy | 21 answers | Expired: 1999 days ago

Cindy

Was it the eyes, the personality....

For all of you who answered my previous question by giving me advice, I want to tell you I am not looking for another pet right now.

I was just wondering how YOU picked YOUR special pet.

I'm a volunteer at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society where I adopted my last pet, a mixed breed dog named Ginger. I'd been looking for a while for my next dog. Ginger was a stray puppy in the dead of a midwestern winter with freezing cold termperatures. As I walked down the aisle of kennels, just looking, she caught my eye. I backed up and turned around and there was her happy little face, peering at me through the kennel. She was quiet and she just looked at me. I didn't feel any special pull toward her like I have a number of the dogs I have worked with at the shelter, but I hadn't had any interaction with her either at that point. I took pity on her and thought a collie mix might make a good demo demo and therapy dog. She was just three months old, so I was right on the cusp of the criticalocialization period, but she was still young enough to socialize and train correctly. I put a hold on her for 24 hours to think about it and make sure I truly wanted this particular dog, and came back and adopted her the next day.

Her name was Sadie. I changed it to Ginger since she has red and white coloration. She's a little spicey too! Ginger and I are growing slowly in our bond. Perhaps it is the lingering grief over the loss of my last dog. Perhaps it is a little of Ginger's personality. She's not a real affectionate dog - but she is playful and always happy to see me. So that's how I picked Ginger.

When I'm ready for another dog, I have certain breed chracteristics I'll be looking for. Ginger really could use a companion other than my cat -- who is also adopted from a shelter in Wisconsin, but currently I rent and am at my max for now.

My previous pets have been shelter adoptees as well, all of them, but that's not to say I wouldn't purchase a dog from a reputable breeder if that breeder had the dog I wanted.

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Cheryl
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Oct 18, 2008

It was truly love at first sight. I saw a picture of Emmie, our shep/lab mix on Petfinders and then read the story about how she and her litter mates were found in a landfill - I couldn't say no. She has been such a wonderful and very thankful little girl. Before we actually adopted her - we visited the shelter with our other two dogs to make sure everyone liked each other - and now they are inseperable.

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mandy r.
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Oct 18, 2008

My puppy's mom had been attacking her & hurt her back legs. I think she must have been the runt or something. She was really calm & looked VERY thin. My heart went out & i decided to help her find a home. I sure helped her find a hame alright! Mine! So now we have our first dog & we love her. She is a ton of work. Oh & it is a funny thing what food can do for a starving calm puppy! Once she got all nourished & feeling good, my calm puppy turned out to be a hyper dog after all! lol

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Kelly C.
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Oct 18, 2008

I got my oldest springer from a breeder as a puppy. She brought 2 litters out and Sara left the others to come chew on my shoe laces.

Chelsea, our indoor cat, was adopted from Dogs & Cat Forever. I went and visited their several cat rooms and she came up to me both times I went into the room. I found out later that she usually hid from new people.

Ranger was adopted from the Vero Beach Humane Society. We looked at 5 of the spaniels seized from one of the breeders and had trouble deciding between him and and a black & white male. The other male was beautiful and would sit patiently to allow us to pet him, but didn't make eye contact. Ranger was so scared and terrified of everything. The Human Society staffer said he really felt Ranger was the right one for us - and he was right.

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Patricia  C.
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Oct 18, 2008

Riley was adopted from the Wilkes County Animal Shelter. He was adopted in the middle of winter and he was the cutest puppy. My daughter had decided that she wanted an inside dog and we went to the shelter and there he was. He stood out from all the other puppies there. He was just that cute. He had been there for several weeks already, which explains why he ended up with kennel cough. He was so tiny. We took him straight to the vet and then home. He has been spoiled rotten ever since.

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Patricia  C.
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Oct 18, 2008

We picked our dog Lacy from a free pet ad also. She is my son Jonathan's dog. Jonathan was wanting a puppy and he saw this ad in the newspaper and called the man. It was Veteran's day and I was off work and the Shelter was closed. Jonathan was very impatient, he wanted a puppy that day. We called the gentleman and he told us Lacy's story. Lacy's mom had belonged to his neighbor who had moved away abandoning Lacy's mom and another dog in a lot. By the time that this kind gentleman found them, Lacy's mom's companion had starved to death. He adopted Lacy's mom and she had 11 puppies of which Lacy was one. We went to his home and Lacy was the cutest puppy. We were wanting a female and she was the only female left in the litter, so we took her, stopped at the vet for the first shots and brought her straight home. She has been with us ever since.

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Patricia  C.
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Oct 18, 2008

When I found Samson, he was a free puppy ad. All of the puppies were in horrible shape. They were starving and covered in fleas and flea bites. I asked the gentleman to get into the lot where they were, and he thought I was crazy, but it was a must for me to pick my puppy. They were not socialized at all, and you could tell that they had spent their whole life in that lot with no attention. I got in the lot and all the puppies were all over me. Some other people came to look at the puppies at that time and all the other puppies ran to the fence, but Samson stayed right by my side. I had already been looking at him and I guess had established my bond. I told the man that he was mine, picked him up and left.

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Anonymous
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Oct 18, 2008


my family and I found our dog on Petfinder and the moment we read her description we knew we wanted her. We had to wanted to go see the bet before we adopted them so we went to go see nellie. She was adorable. She had the biggest grin on her face and eyes of adoration. It was love at first sight for my family and her. We took her home the next day. He foster mom was very happy she went home with us.

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colleen  t.
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Oct 18, 2008

all my pets are special to me, however I didn't adopt them they adopted me!! they all came to me, to my house.....mupps

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daryl b.
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Oct 18, 2008

my border collie pibked me he just waddeled ove and st in my lap. i was supose to get a springer but that was it. i used to go and visit hem every day and take him for a rid for about an hour to my apt ant the barnso he would be familiar. whe he was finaly old enought to bring home he didn't even cry for his mother. he was my heart

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Alexismk4
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Oct 18, 2008

I got two of my dogs because they were the runts. I didn't even know what they looked like but I've always liked the runts. I think they have the most personality and the most spirit. They are the smallest so they have to be special to make sure they get attention too. I love them both. My third dog I got because his owner abandoned him and I wanted to give him a good home.

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