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Old 06-18-2016, 01:17 AM
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Three weeks ago, I had to euthanize my 14-year-old pug/Jack Russell mix dog. I rescued him two weeks after I graduated from college, so he had been a constant presence my whole adult life. I don't know what to do with myself without a dog! I also want my daughter, who just turned 2, to grow up with dogs. I am hoping she and the new dog will become buddies as she gets older.

I was guessing that it would be very hard for me to rescue a Chihuahua with a toddler in the house, but I found a rescue that is very open to young children, even with tiny dogs! They regularly get Chihuahua type dogs transported here to Connecticut from other parts of the country where they would be euthanized. This is the guy we met today (he is actually around 7 pounds, I weighed him):
https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35365989

I am also talking with a show Chihuahua breeder in Mass. who has a 7 pound, 18-month-old dog she is wanting to place because he is way oversize for a show/breeding dog. He is also black and tan, but a long coat, and I am partial to the smooths. He has also never been around kids.

This is my conundrum: do I take a chance on a sturdy-looking dog with an unknown background, or try for a show-bred dog with a skull that I worry is unhealthy? (I can post separately on that issue) The rescue dog was remarkably composed for being in a noisy, strange environment after spending all day in a cage in a moving vehicle. He was even eating! I liked that confidence, and the fact that I am saving a life and opening a place for another dog. I just have no idea if he is crate trained, housebroken, or has separation anxiety, all of which is known with the show dog.

Thanks for reading. I guess I just needed to write it all down to help me think about it, and your feedback is valuable to me too!


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I would tend toward the rescue. He seems very composed. Would the rescue let you 'try' him for a week or so? That way if he is aggresive then you could return him and let an adult adopt him.
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Yes, they offered for us to foster him to try him out. The info from wherever he came from said he was good with dogs and kids, which seemed to be true from what I saw today. He did not react to cats behind glass, either.


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Go with the foster! Good luck on whatever you decide.
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Perfect dogs don't exist, so it is really a matter of deciding what faults you can live with.
For me being good with kids would be top priority, everything else can be worked on.
If you have to leave him a lot then separation issues may also be a problem.
Go with your gut. If you felt the rescue boy was trustworthy around your little girl, then he is probably a good fit for your family
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Well, the rescue got adopted today. I am pretty upset about it, I think because I don't like to be pressured to make big decisions like that so fast. This rescue's transport operations seem to be about numbers, getting dogs into homes as fast as possible. The dogs are vetted and evaluated in Arkansas, then shipped up here and adopted out so fast the people handling the adoptions can't tell you anything about the dog other than the minimal info on the flier on the dog's cage. I see these southern dogs in good homes all the time, but it hard for me to make a decision based on a picture and two sentences. I don't know how others can do it.

Anyway, I am still in touch with the show breeder, so I have that possibility still, and I can always apply for another dog. Sigh.


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Oh that is disappointing.
I do believe the right dog will find you, even if it takes a while
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I agree 100%! Then that pup was not meant to be!
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