Looking for a new dog


original post possibly corrupted or the title was unacceptable for some reason because the second post has produced the same result.
This was the post in question and comments are available on the original and also the copy.
Sorry about that. I have no idea why.

Finding a new dog is not as easy as it used to be.
Before, you could buy a local newspaper, go to the ads and find a variety of pets for sale under Pets and Livestock. That was how we found Barney and Maggie.

Now, local papers are once a week rather than daily, there is no Pets and Livestock page and everything is online. You can’t find anything.

Our local rescue centre is still not open to the public, and when I made enquiries at their charity shop, the lady said they aren’t keeping their website updated and the best thing is to leave a message on it and someone would contact us when a dog of interest would come in (us and twenty others).
I have sent off two messages on the internet, the first of which was very strange in their reply, simply, ‘Yes, I have a dog and have replied to your message.’
The second I am still waiting for a response, but had to open an account and although the Freeads messages are coming into my email, no reply from the guy I tried to contact.

To be honest, seeing pictures with horrendous prices attached is making me depressed and even those in our adjusted price range are on sites that appear dodgy. It’s ridiculous to ‘buy’ from a photo and we are definitely not going to pay money up front for an animal we have not seen from sources we don’t know.

Maybe the time isn’t right yet.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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28 Responses to Looking for a new dog

  1. mimfilip says:

    Hope you find something soon. I don’t even tie my girl up outside the local shop anymore, dog napping is on the rise here.

  2. I don’t know where you are located but Humane Society of the Delta has wonderful dogs in need of homes. They are in Helena, Arkansas but I have adopted two dogs from them and they ship them to many parts of the country via a special trucking method. We live in Massachusetts. The dogs got to us in 36 hours. Please share this rescue with others. They are in an area of the country where dogs are cast off like garbage.

  3. Paula Light says:

    My daughter perused the rescue sites. Her new puppy Lily is from S Korea. They had to pay transport though ~ along with normal adoption fees. Around a thousand total…

  4. V says:

    I follow a lot of shelters on Instagram. Weirdly enough, it seems to be the new way for shelters to showcase the pets that they have available for adoption. Some are in my city, some in neighbouring cities, just in case my soul-mate ever appears on Instagram. I know everywhere operates a little different, but it might be a good place to check and see if there are any UK shelters on Instagram?

    I’ve noticed if you try to purchase a dog privately, the price tags are usually $2,000-$5,000 dollars. But, if you go to a shelter, they’re more inclined to find people who can give the dog a good home, rather than making money. The shelters near here have a $150 adoption fee if you’re approved.

    Anyways, I get the struggle. Hopefully you can find a little fluffer on your side of the pond. Dogs are amazing. ❤

    • Thanks for your input. Rescue centres locally are closed to the public or don’t have any dogs. I’ve found a freeads site which we used before for other things and they have loads of dogs in our price range. Distance is the problem though with most of them.

  5. murisopsis says:

    I assure you, you are not paranoid! Too often the dogs “with baggage” at shelters are not identified or evaluated properly and have some hidden issues. You are right in preferring a pup that you can bring up without having to undo bad behaviors and bad habits. Just like love there is someone for everyone. There are many merits to adopting an older pet, it requires face to face interaction to make sure you are a good match with each other! Wishing you patience during the search!!
    I’m stumped why there would be an issue with the post – title or content!?!?

  6. Sadje says:

    I can see all the of your post on this topic Di.

  7. When that perfect puppy is ready for you and Hubby it will come barking, and easily without a bunch of nonsense!

  8. ogaraderrick says:

    Wait, local newspaper once a week!
    I must be living in the past.
    I would recommend a golden retriever but I don’t know what kind of dogs you prefer.
    All the best in your search.

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