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Old 12-10-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Adopting vs. Buying a Puppy - UPDATE 1/15/13

So for the last few months we've been going back and forth. Buy a puppy from a breeder or rescue a slightly older dog from a shelter and weighing all the pro's & con's of each. I had said from the beginning that I PREFERRED adopting a slightly older dog because I know how much work training a puppy is and I'm not really enthused about going down the "baby" stage. DH agreed and eventually my girls were ok with that idea too, great, we chose a breed (Shih Tzu) and started our search and embarked on what I thought was going to be such a great journey. Unfortunately, this wonderful journey has turned into a BIG headache. I can't even tell you the numerous rescues & shelters I've reached out to but I can tell you just how many contacted me back...not many! And all but two refused to consider us for adoption because we were out of state even though the pet was first listed in our area to begin with and this is the pattern we've enountered. We find a pet we think would be a good match, it's listed as being in our area only to find that the pet is really cross-country and if they would allow us to adopt, we could do so WITHOUT being able to meet them first, what? Call me crazy but I have no intentions of adopting a furever baby without my family meeting him first. I'm fed up and ready to give up! I would really love to hear some positive rescue/adoption stories and could use some advice because right now I'm very discouraged and actually contemplating getting a puppy
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