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  • looking for the perfect dog-HELP?

    I'm looking for the perfect dog for clients of mine here in northern NJ. They - Derek, 80 on Wednesday, and his son, Willie, 40, have a fenced-in yard and dog will go w/ me 5x/wk for runs.

    They are looking for:

    A LAB, or Lab/Shepherd X
    CALM, gentle, good with other dogs
    Older is fine-I'd say up to 5 y.o.
    Male or female
    If Lab, Black or yellow

    Willie works 70+ hrs./wk, so Dog would hang with Derek most of the time. He can let him outside, and would LOVE a supercalm, easygoing buddy to posisbly go for walks with-obviously, Dog needs good overall manners, which I can instill, but we need a special dog-sensible but fun-the kind of dog who doesnt run into you or step on you when jumping onto the bed--retrieving desire a plus.

    These 2 are the salt of the earth, great dog owners. They love their Labs, but had a GSDX they adored. They dont like small dogs, so I'm looking for a big (40+#) dog who is innately polite, since Derek is 80.

    Any leads would be appreciated-rescues/shelter dogs/CL finds-
    I just want to find them a great dog. Fun job!, and I'd love any help you all can provide. TIA

  • #2
    Petfinder.com

    It will lead you to a bunch of dogs and rescues, but it's how i got my two!

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    • #3
      Here is what I found on Petfinder that was not Pit Bull or Pit mix (boy, I thought Texas had Pits, you guys have a TON of them in NJ!):

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22067767

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/13058745

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16324404

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/17260193

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22274189

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22277646

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22041922

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18547129 CUTE GIRL!

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/20316493

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22317816

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22514420 Pretty girl! Listed as URGENT

      http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21160860 Poor girl, pretty, skinny GSD

      http://www.brooklinelabrescue.org/ Lab rescue

      http://labs4rescue.com/index.shtml another Lab rescue

      Of course I do not know how far these dogs are from you, but they are in New Jersey!

      Good luck
      Proud Native Texan!
      owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

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        #4
        Oooo-kay...while I was researching dogs for my clients, I found Ms. Bea.

        http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22609282

        I put in an appl. I cant leave her there.

        We have 5 already. What's one more?
        DH all for it-God I so lucked out!

        The search continues for Derek and Willie!

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          #5
          Pcostx, thanks for finding all those wonderful dogs! You are much faster than I am with the computer!

          I'll be checking them all out!

          Already heard from rescue about Ms. Bea-we may be able to meet her this week.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lovey1121 View Post
            Oooo-kay...while I was researching dogs for my clients, I found Ms. Bea.

            http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22609282

            I put in an appl. I cant leave her there.

            We have 5 already. What's one more?
            DH all for it-God I so lucked out!

            The search continues for Derek and Willie!
            You're taking her?!?!?! That's awesome! I saw her on facebook and felt so sorry for her. I just adopted a new golden oldie...a 14 yr. old cocker from a woman with Alzheimer's. She's a sweety ^2. I love the oldies. They're so appreciative.

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            • #7
              What a sweet older girl lovey. I am sure she will find a way to repay the kindness.

              As for the other dog search, what about a service dog flunkee? Almost every program has a variety of reasons some dogs don't make the cut, but the dogs make great house pets usually. Most programs use labs and retrievers. Just a thought.
              "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
              you have a right to be here." ~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

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                #8
                Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                You're taking her?!?!?! That's awesome! I saw her on facebook and felt so sorry for her. I just adopted a new golden oldie...a 14 yr. old cocker from a woman with Alzheimer's. She's a sweety ^2. I love the oldies. They're so appreciative.
                I hope so, Laura! Its something I've always wanted to do-the elders just break my heart. She's in TN, and should be in NJ tomorrow. I hope she's OK w/other dogs....that's the only caveat. Our kitty resides exclusively on the 2nd floor-his choice, so that shouldn't be a problem.

                Please keep fingers crossed that she likes us!

                I saw what you did, adopting the old cocker. Mazel Tov!

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                  Originally posted by PalominoMorgan View Post
                  What a sweet older girl lovey. I am sure she will find a way to repay the kindness.

                  As for the other dog search, what about a service dog flunkee? Almost every program has a variety of reasons some dogs don't make the cut, but the dogs make great house pets usually. Most programs use labs and retrievers. Just a thought.
                  Great idea, PM! These two guys are rather set on a Lab, but I feel in my bones that temperament is THE most important thing...

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                  • #10
                    Labs are SDs a lot of the time. I work with a lot of people who have guide dogs. Labs way more commin that GSD because of temperament.
                    “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PalominoMorgan View Post
                      What a sweet older girl lovey. I am sure she will find a way to repay the kindness.

                      As for the other dog search, what about a service dog flunkee? Almost every program has a variety of reasons some dogs don't make the cut, but the dogs make great house pets usually. Most programs use labs and retrievers. Just a thought.
                      I don't know about NJ, but around here the service dog organizations have long waiting lists for the dogs who don't make the cut.
                      Proud Native Texan!
                      owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

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                      • #12
                        More to look at

                        http://albany.craigslist.org/pet/2906006943.html

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                        • #13
                          I have a friend with a service dog failure. He is the best dog! He's very well trained and has a great personality. My Lab is just as good as him but I had to work at it. She got her dog delivered to her totally trained and ready to be a great pet. Her service dog is also bred to be much more calm than my field bred Lab. I got him to be a working dog so I knew I was getting a bundle of energy but not everyone wants that kind of dog.

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                          • #14
                            There are also quite a few breeders of quality Labs in NJ. Many times a show dog that has finished its championship but will not be used in the breeding program are available. They are usually young adults that have plenty of manners instilled in them. The AKC site has a list of breeders on their website. I would be tempted to go that route since they are breed specific in their wants, and will probably be able to meet the dog personally and can see if its a good match before the dog comes home. Given the one gentlemans age I feel that is an important factor. Not good to find out the dog is too rambunctous after the dog has knocked the older gentleman flat.

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                            • #15
                              How much are your clients prepared to spend on a dog? A well bred dog of ANY breed will run a minimum of $1,000, even retired show dogs will cost more then a rescue dog.

                              There are plenty of super nice, purebred Labs, Lab mixes and Shep mixes awaiting homes. You can certainly find a calm one that won't knock the 80 year old down.

                              IMO a mix would have a better chance at being calm and having the type of temperament you say these gentlemen want.
                              Proud Native Texan!
                              owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Blacklabs View Post
                                Sound like nice dogs but you'd have to want two. It worries me when people insist that dogs absolutely cannot be separated.
                                Proud Native Texan!
                                owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Pcostx View Post
                                  How much are your clients prepared to spend on a dog? A well bred dog of ANY breed will run a minimum of $1,000, even retired show dogs will cost more then a rescue dog.
                                  Probably not; although there might be some cost it is unlikely to be the same as a new puppy. A lot of breeders will just try to rehome adult dogs that they have bred. My breeder recently helped a breeder rehome (for free) two very nice dogs because their young owner died.

                                  I think it depends on what they are looking for - if they are looking for purebred labs, I'd start with lab rescue and local breeders. If a mix is acceptable, petfinder and local shelters. Craigslist is a mixed bag.....

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                                    #18
                                    Thanks for the Albany CL link, Blacklabs, but the guys can handle only 1 dog, and prefer a lab. I'll be contacting breeders, incl. my own, as we've had great success rehoming some of her retired dogs.

                                    Pcostx, they are willing to go up to $1000. They were seriously considering a pup, but decided that it would be too much. Calm temp. is a must, as is a get-along-with-all-dogs attitude.

                                    I kinda love this chubby guy, but he's a choc, which they dont want. This place is actually in N. Arkansas, though it is listed as NY,NY. I facilitated a dog from here in Nov.

                                    http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19935471

                                    Love the sitting pic-doesn't he look like Doug from "Up"? "I don't know you, but I LOVE YOU--- SQUIRREL!!!"

                                    I'm going to send it to them anyhoo, and call the rescue to see how he is, and let them know what we are looking for.

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                                    • #19
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                                      I foster for Save a Lab, here's their link.


                                      They will arrange transport to NJ.
                                      They are also on FB and many rescues post labs on their looking for good homes.

                                      http://savealabnc.com/Meet_Our_Labs.html


                                      This guy is fostered in NJ- McMullen

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                                        #20
                                        I like McMullen--will check him out-thanks.

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