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Looking for a dog of your own?

If so, you will first need to decide if you want to purchase or adopt a dog.  

If you choose to purchase a purebred dog, please make sure you go to a reputable breeder.  Do NOT purchase dogs from pet shops or backyard breeders!  You will be supporting these unethical practices with your money, and you will more than likely be purchasing a dog who is at best questionable in health and socialization.

If you choose to rescue, again please make sure that you are working with a reputable group.  All dog rescues are not created equal.

Regardless of where you get your dog from, the choice that you make of which specific dog to bring home is huge!  If you need help with selecting a dog, please contact me.  I can help you choose a dog who is a good match for you and your family.

Here is some great additional food for thought:



Teacher's Pets: 
My Personal Favorites!

While I love all dogs, there are three groups that stand out to me as 
"extra special!"  They are:




Pit Bulls/
Bully Breeds



Pit Bulls are great choices of dogs for those looking for a loyal companion and a great family pet.  They have a wide range of colors, sizes, and activity levels.  If you have not considered this breed because of what the media has led you to believe about them....take another look!  Here are some helpful links:

Victoria Stillwell nailed this!

An excellent article regarding the current state of the Pit Bull

In defense of the Pit Bull

If you are looking for facts about dog aggression and public perception, this is a GREAT book!   The Pit Bull Placebo: the Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression by Karen Delise.  It is also available as a free PDF on the NCRC's website. http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/publications/ncrc-publications/

A blog post about Pit Bull Advocacy: spot on!

Very cute article!

StubbyDog has lots of great information!

Lots of great breed information here




   Deaf Dogs

My dog Luna is my first deaf dog and I have learned so much from her!  They are not much harder to train than a hearing dog, and in all honesty, I find her lack of hearing to be more of a benefit than a detractor.

 I particularly like this article on the Deaf Dogs Rock site:.

Sadly, any deaf dogs are seen as unadoptable and are euthanized.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a deaf dog, please contact Christina Lee at Deaf Dogs Rock.  She has an outstanding website with lots of information, including a listing of deaf dogs from all over the country  http://deafdogsrock.com/




Sighthounds

I was drawn to these breeds because of my "horsey" background, and also because they are known to do very well in multi-dog households.  My first Greyhound was amazing and made me look into other Sighthounds, where I learned about the terrible plight of the Galgos and Podencos in Spain; hence I adopted Piña.

Here are some links to a great collection of Sighthound rescues.  There's lots of information, including how to adopt!

Sighthound Underground

James River Greyhounds

Podenco Friends



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