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Temporarily Dogless may soon be dogless no more...

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Hi all! I haven't been around in a while 'cause of a very hectic life. We've moved and are in the process of cleaning up the house and surrounding property. About half the junk has been cleared out of the backyard and we have four rooms painted. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whistle.gif The colors look great! So much better than that drab flat white. That busted garage door will hopefully be getting fixed by the end of the month, and I'll finally be able to return to school!

The reason for this post is a dog-search update. I know I said I'd have one by Spring, but the job situation has been a bear. I'd stil prefer a rescue dog, but as Beagles almost never come into the rescues around here, I may end up buying from a breeder. There is a very nice one out here. Anyone ever heard of Mojave Desert Beagles?

Anyway, the financial situation is looking up, and I'm HOPING I can get a dog by mid-June. My ultimate goal is have one by my birthday, July 7. This waiting has been driving me batty, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your fingers crossed. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif
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Re: Temporarily Dogless may soon be dogless no mor

Originally Posted By: TemporarilyDoglessThanks for the advice! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif

I really don't like to adopt a dog sight unseen. They do have pictures and short profiles up for each dog, but I'd much rather go there in person for a meet-and-greet. Besides, they're so picky themselves about who gets their dogs I don't think they'd be willing to do that (meet halfway). They've got a LOT of detailed questions on their adoption applications; how high the fence is, which yards are fenced, where the dog will be living (indoors, outdoors, or both), if there's young kids in the house, other pets, etc.

Beaglesmom: Wow, thank you so much for all that info on Mojave Desert Beagles! I really couldn't care less about lines and pedigree (heck I grew up with mutts!). All I care about is if the dog is healthy and friendly. Going to a breeder is still a last resort for me. If I do, though, you can be sure I'm going to ask questions like crazy.
I would only ever buy from a breeder or rescue who asks lots of questions like the ones you have listed, because it means they are interested in where the dog is going - its definitely a good thing that they ask lots of questions! You want to go to a breeder or rescue who ask you questions and not just the other way around.

While lines and pedigrees may just seem like nothing important, to ensure you are getting a puppy that is healthy and well tempered it is important to go to a breeder who puts effort into researching their lines and only breeds dogs of known heritage - that is, dogs with pedigrees! Think of a pedigree as the breeder's map or guide to breeding the best dog they can. Breeding pedigree dogs that are healthy, tested for genetic disease, well bred and great examples of the breed is the way you tell a good breeder from a backyard breeder. So whilst pedigrees and lines may not sound like anything important or of interest to pet owners, they are something you need to keep in mind /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
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Re: Temporarily Dogless may soon be dogless no mor

Originally Posted By: TemporarilyDogless

I think I know what you mean, Smeagle. No one wants a dog with hereditary problems. At any rate, since I'll be going the rescue Beagle route, I'll know what I'm getting. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif Like I said, I don't think questions are a bad thing at all. In fact, I welcome them!
There are so many in rescue too /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif even if you get one with health issues at least you are saving a dog that doesn't have a home!

I am just a big advocate for responsible breeding, because there are so many beagles in rescue. I really believe only certain people should be breeding dogs, and those that are should be abiding by strict code of conducts and ethics. Those that breed should do so for the betterment of the breed, and not have constant litters on the ground etc - they should be doing all they can to eliminate health issues and be breeding great healthy dogs.

Good luck on your search for a beagle!
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