Thought I'd start a new thread. We went to see 'Belle' last night. Her family says they don't have time to take care of her anymore. I'll give you a run down of what her owner said to us. He's not exactly sure how old she is, he thinks about 10-12 months. They got her when she was 8 weeks old from a breeder in Iowa. The breeder brought some puppies to Illinois to show his family and ended up selling one to the current owners. They were sold on looks and not work of a puppy. They currently have a 5 year old lab as well. She doesn't shed. She weighs about 45 pounds. She was just groomed and looks in good shape as far as weight. He tells she is housebroken and crate trained. He said she will occasionally chew on Barbie dolls or the like, but not all the time. She only barks when someone comes to the door. He said she has been socialized although she never attended puppy classes. She knows sit and hand shake. She has been spayed and up to date on all her shots. I have the name of the vet and kennel they have used and I know of them very well. They are highly recommended here. I plan on calling the vet today to get more information and to verify everything. The owner is not sure on pedigree or parents. He thinks he might have a paper but not sure. Belle has a curly soft coat that is truly beautiful. She was just groomed and had her nails clipped.
Okay, that is what we were told. They are willing to give her to us for free along with her crate. We told him we would talk it over and let him know today. Now, this seems too good to be true that a dog can be this perfect and they don't want to keep her. My husband heard the owners 5 year old say she pees in the house and this concerns us. I know 5 year olds can exaggerate and may have seen her pee a couple of times and is just commenting on that. Can a 10-12 month dog be housebroken if indeed she is not? We don't mind doing the housebreaking if it is going to work, but do we need to worry about any medical problems with the urinary tract that prevents her from getting completely housebroken?
I know I'm fishing, but I don't want to be too surprised. She was so cute and so good with us and the kids. She wagged her tail the entire time, let our 3 year old hug her,pet her and kiss her and she just sat there. She was very well behaved with us.
I emailed the owner and asked him again about the peeing and the pedigree papers. I'm waiting to hear back.
We just think she is everything we wanted (bigger than we hoped, but we're okay with that) and we think that maybe if it's too good that their might be a problem.
I guess we are a little nervous so sorry about the babbling. Any thoughts would be great! Thanks,
The shelter is closed on Mondays so I doubt we will hear anything today. I hope they let us know if they pick someone else. I know they will also do the Snip and Chip before we can take him home (if we get selected), also does anyone have opinons about changing his name (if we get selected). Is it too late or too confusing for a pup?
I think we do have a good shot at getting him. Our ace in the hole is that my husband works out of our house so he's home all day...(at least I think that's a selling point). :lol:
Changing a name at that age is very easy!! Just change it, and treat him when he comes. I have changed names at a much older age. Sounds like you do have a good chance with your husband working out of the home. I am sure that is a good selling point for any rescue. I would call the shelter tomorrow to see if they made a decision on him. I think they took him off petfinder because they were getting too many calls. The doodles in Illinois never last in the shelter. Don't you just love the neutering already being done?
That they send him home neutered is great. I'm happy to not have to go through the waiting on that.
I'm trying to be positive so I've decided if another home else gets selected at least he'll be somewhere other than the shelter and someone else will be lucky to have a doodle in their home.
Its still hard for me to believe the previous owners couldn't find someone else to take him.
You know, some people just don't even bother to try and find a home for any of their pets. They would rather have someone else do their work for them, and to get rid of them because they are too big, is just crazy!!!
I was amazed at that reasoning too. I guess they didn't do their research and see there is no guarantee on these guys sizes. He's a pretty energetic guy. He was barking in Chester's face and also trying to mount him. Kind of gutsy considering Chester is about 70 lbs bigger. He has a lot of personality.
That is just too funny! Poor Chester probably had no idea what to make of the whole thing. I am sure they would make a great team. I know my boys love eachother! I am not surprised at any of the reasoning anymore. There is a LD in a shelter in CA and he is there because the owners could not keep him in his yard, and now this time they did not want to pay to get him out of the shelter.
No, apparently they don't, and they just let him run outside unsupervised. Not sure if they had an invisible fence or anything, but if they have no boundaries, they will run. I am sure they just did not care, and he is a real cutie too.
We live in Poplar Grove. It's about 10 minutes north of Belvidere and we are east of Rockford! I am definitely interested in doing a romp! We get Belle on Saturday and I hope the adjustment goes well. We are very excited and nervous.
It is a great thing that there was another family as good as yours to take her in!! We now know that there is another doodle lover in Illinois!!! I'm sure another one will come along that will be just as great if not better. Keep looking on the poo rescue site. We found Belle from an ad in the local paper. We just called and low and behold we are now doodle owners!! I'll keep an eye out for you in our paper as well! Where do you live?
Oh, I am sorry that it didn't work out for you with Midnight. I know how disappointed you must feel.
Maybe you will be able to get to know the new owners and Chester and Midnight can play together! I hope so.
You have a good heart...it is nice that you were ready to open your home to Midnight.