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Pappa Lurve

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3,827 posts

168 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
SO here is the deal - looking for a dog, mid sized or bigger, no Staffs etc. Older dogs are fine as I figure puppies find homes easily. Had dogs before so no big deal. Prefer a bh ideally. Dog will be alone up to 5 hours a day a couple of days a week in theory but may well end up either spending the days at my next door neighbours with their Lab or in their or my decent sized back garden, especially if the dogs get on well. Between me and neighbours there is plenty of space and plenty of people around.

Mainly just thought it would be nice to give a hound a home with a decent sized back garden and lots of dog loving mates so it can come a lot of places with me.

I live in North London. If anyone stumbles across one that fits the bill, do let me know. I'll check out rescue homes etc of course but thought that it might be worth asking here.

Oh, and dog size of medium and up is pretty fixed - if the bugger yaps or could fit in a handbag I am extremely unlikely to love it!!!!

kowalski655

2,713 posts

29 months

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Pappa Lurve said:
if the bugger yaps or could fit in a handbag I am extremely unlikely to love it!!!!

Whats not to love lurve? biggrin

gog440

6,772 posts

76 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
http://www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk/

i know this is my answer to any what dog thread but they really are a lovely dog, easy to look after, low maintenance, and there are literally thousands of them out there needing a home.
Gratuitous picture of mine

DSCF0178 by GOG440, on Flickr

Pappa Lurve

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3,827 posts

168 months

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Saturday 29th September 2012 quote quote all
Note to self, don't post and then leave ones laptop charger at work, and since when are even cheap spare chargers £40-£50?!

Anyway.... had a greyhond as a kid and always rather liked them. Going to the local dogs home over the next week, I'll also look at RSPCA and the greyhound place but regarding the greyhound, are they really ok by themselves? Just logic would say they should generally be very energetic as they are used for racing or is that not the case?

Kiltie

6,420 posts

132 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
Did someone say something?



Eddie!!! byebye

On an iPad just now. When I am next at a proper keyboard, I'll provide a proper reply (it'll be greyhound biased though).

Cheers,

Eric smile
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gog440

6,772 posts

76 months

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Pappa Lurve said:
Note to self, don't post and then leave ones laptop charger at work, and since when are even cheap spare chargers £40-£50?!

Anyway.... had a greyhond as a kid and always rather liked them. Going to the local dogs home over the next week, I'll also look at RSPCA and the greyhound place but regarding the greyhound, are they really ok by themselves? Just logic would say they should generally be very energetic as they are used for racing or is that not the case?
No not at all energetic, they will honestly sleep 22 hours a day, ours goes out for 2x15min walks a day and thats about it biggrin

we leave ours for about 6 hours or so on his own, he would probably be ok for longer but we dont like to leave him too long

Pappa Lurve

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3,827 posts

168 months

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
gog440 said:
No not at all energetic, they will honestly sleep 22 hours a day, ours goes out for 2x15min walks a day and thats about it biggrin

we leave ours for about 6 hours or so on his own, he would probably be ok for longer but we dont like to leave him too long
Interesting. Ours was a Greyhound cross of some sort but was a family dog and I was pretty young so don't really remember. Lovely dog though. OK, greyhounds are officially on the list!

Pappa Lurve

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3,827 posts

168 months

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Update for you - may have found a lab / German Shep X breed that could be just right for me. She is 9, gorgeous and on good health but has been at the home for 2 years with a 2 day break when she was rehomed. Problem is she is very nervous around new people so they have struggled to find her a home but for reasons I don't understand, nervous animals seem to like me and my now ex cat was apparently terrified of everyone and everything before I got her and took less than two weeks of TLC and winning her trust to get her to be a very confidant, outgoing little beast. Anyway, plan is to spend some time with her on Friday and see how she does.

If she is not the right mutt for me, fair enough, but 9, living at a kennels for two years and kind of a rubbish back story and being the total soft touch I am with dogs I figured it would be good to see if I can offer her a nice home to see out her years in, but we shall see....

Upatdawn

1,718 posts

34 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
Our old dog passed away 9 years ago and I swore Id never have another as losing her after 12 years was too much

HOWEVER, 3 years ago we gave in and homed a "rescue" Border collie (Glen) a year later we homed a smooth collie (Tilly)

and 2 weeks ago we homed another Border Collie (Maddy)

Luckily we live out in the sticks, and have a back garden, good luck with your choice

Tilly (left) and Glen


new girl Maddy


ali_kat

26,718 posts

107 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
bounce

Johnnytheboy

10,465 posts

72 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
I've always assumed being out all day would rule me out of having rescue dogs.

Is five hours a day ok?

Upatdawn

1,718 posts

34 months

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Johnnytheboy said:
I've always assumed being out all day would rule me out of having rescue dogs.

Is five hours a day ok?
it rather depends on the dog, 5 hours is a long time but a good walk before and after, and something to entertain them (we leave a radio on) seems OK, ours just go to bed bless em

you need something not too big, with a calm attitude...

im a bit biased i must admit



Oi U

167 posts

32 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
OP, have you looked at:

http://www.dogpages.org.uk/

Johnnytheboy

10,465 posts

72 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
Upatdawn said:
Johnnytheboy said:
I've always assumed being out all day would rule me out of having rescue dogs.

Is five hours a day ok?
it rather depends on the dog, 5 hours is a long time but a good walk before and after, and something to entertain them (we leave a radio on) seems OK, ours just go to bed bless em

you need something not too big, with a calm attitude...

im a bit biased i must admit

From another thread:



The Bulldog Rescue place would - I believe - not let me have a rescue dog because we both work full time, but being alone has never bothered Bosley. And he's not exactly gagging for a walk when we get in!

Upatdawn

1,718 posts

34 months

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1 solution is to find someone who would walk the dog daily for a small fee, my wife used to do this for a woman where we lived before, either work out some barter deal or pay a fiver a day for 1 hours walkies


CAPP0

8,033 posts

89 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
I'm loosely associated with a couple of GSD rescues and there are always dogs looking for homes, including older ones. They're all checked/assessed/neutered, so you're not going to end up with an unsuitable psychopath. PM me if you want more contact details; most of the dogs are in Surrey.

Pappa Lurve

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3,827 posts

168 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
Some great ideas here! Waiting to see one mutt on Friday but if that is not right for me then greyhounds, collies and bulldogs all look great too. I don't want to get one for next two weeks as work means I am out for extended periods next week and the following but the search is on for a hound. Need to find one that likes car trips though!

Keep the suggestions coming though please as the more I know, the better for me and more importantly, the better for any dog as it's happiness and welfare ate obviously the most important thing to consider.

Pappa Lurve

Original Poster:

3,827 posts

168 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
Some great ideas here! Waiting to see one mutt on Friday but if that is not right for me then greyhounds, collies and bulldogs all look great too. I don't want to get one for next two weeks as work means I am out for extended periods next week and the following but the search is on for a hound. Need to find one that likes car trips though!

Keep the suggestions coming though please as the more I know, the better for me and more importantly, the better for any dog as it's happiness and welfare ate obviously the most important thing to consider.

Upatdawn

1,718 posts

34 months

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who mentioned car journey's?


gog440

6,772 posts

76 months

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
Kiltie said:
Did someone say something?



Eddie!!! byebye

On an iPad just now. When I am next at a proper keyboard, I'll provide a proper reply (it'll be greyhound biased though).

Cheers,

Eric smile
We had a dog called Ted at our local RGT who had daft ears just like those lol
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