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Is there a suitable rescue dog for me?

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ThunderboltKid Fri 03-Jun-11 17:55:24

None of the rescue dogs I have seen on websites seem to be suitable for us, and I'm wondering if perhaps dogs in general just aren't suitable for us! These are our circumstances:

1. Live in a house with small garden, but close to open countryside
2. Will walk regularly with other dogs (MIL has dogs nearby)
3. Have cat - she hates MIL's dogs as they found her living stray and used to chase her all the time (we rescued her from IL's garden once we discovered what the dogs were doing)
4. I work at home
5. No DC's yet, and having problems conceiving - but still hope to have DC's in the future at some point

Most rescues either have dogs that are OK with no children, or, for example, children over 5/8/11 etc - but what should I be looking for if I currently have no children but might in the future?

And some rescues specify whether dogs are 'cat friendly' but require a 'dog confident cat' - I'm pretty sure our cat would be OK with smaller dogs that she could boss around and hopefully it was just two giant lurchers/deer hounds that she's not keen on - but how will I know until I try?

I think an older staffie could be perfect for us (I used to look after one when I was a teenager) but unfortunately DH, like too many others, thinks they're 'gang dogs' and won't have one.

Would we be better off getting a puppy that we can train to our circumstances, perservering with a rescue, or no dog at all?

TheMonster Sat 04-Jun-11 09:48:07

I was going to suggest a staffie, but you would have to be sure it was well socialised if you wanted to walk it with other dogs.
I have always had staffies and found that they have all been great with kids, some have been fine with cats, and a few have been ok with other dogs.
How about an ex-racing greyhound? I don't know what they would be like with cats though!

AprilSunshine Sat 04-Jun-11 10:09:10

yes a greyhound, some of them are good with cats, esp the 'failed' racers who don't have the hunting instinct or ones that haven't raced. On rescue sites (eg retired greyhound trust they say if they are). Greyhounds are good with humans and are very calm dogs, so children ok.

If you really think it's a size thing with your cat, why not a little whippet, they are also quiet, gentle dogs?

melliebobs Sat 04-Jun-11 20:46:33

how about a lurcher? They are very docile and good with kids

ThunderboltKid Wed 08-Jun-11 17:01:15

I'd love a lurcher but unfortunately it was my MIL's lurchers that tried to eat the cat in the first place!

Everything I read says steer clear of terrier types and collies as well...I'm wondering if maybe a cocker spaniel is the way forward? Had one of these when I was growing up that lived happily with our cats and was always a docile thing. Never really seem to find them in rescues though.

I'm starting to think again about getting a puppy (was initially put off after posting on here previously and decided to look at rescue). I know there are so many dogs in rescue - I've been looking now for 6 months and have not found anything suitable. Would it be selfish to get a puppy, or should I just wait for something suitable in rescue?

GrimmaTheNome Wed 08-Jun-11 17:16:12

Thunderbolt, lots of people have a dog before they have a baby - sometimes before they've even decided they might have a baby, so haven't even considered 'suitability' - and manage fine by being commonsense careful and applying a bit of 'sibling rivalry' psychology to prevent jealousy.

I wonder if any rescues allow for some sort of try-out between a prospective rescue dog and existing pets ... The Dogs Trust says on its site in its rehoming guide 'Get to know the dog you would like to give a home. If you have a dog already, talk to staff about arranging a meeting between the dogs, too.' - so its not a bizarre concept.

ThunderboltKid Wed 08-Jun-11 17:24:27

Grimma - You're right, I think I've probably overthought this a bit too much!

I might try borrowing a 'cat-ignoring' friend's dog first of all and seeing how the cat reacts. I did wonder if you can have a 'trial run' with a rescue dog but wonder if that is just too much upheaval for them?

GrimmaTheNome Wed 08-Jun-11 17:27:50

Far better overthink than blunder in ignorance!

I doubt you could do a proper 'trial run' (keeping overnight) but it'd be worth asking if a likely dog could visit your home for an hour or two - no harm asking, is there?

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