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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pick of the Litter


Okay, since I put up a picture of Daisy, I thought I'd put up one of myself as well (with Scooter and Zoe). I really don't like the photo that goes along with the blog. Maybe I'll get another one taken one day with one of the dogs to go with the blog. And if you all want me to put up more of your pictures, please email me them at PetsSpeak@aol.com. Just one at a time, okay?

Question. If you could pick out any breed of dog or cat for a pet, which would it be? Now, I'm a BIG fan of mutts first and foremost, as I believe everyone should adopt from a shelter. I also believe that if you want a purebred you should go to a breed rescue or PROFESSIONAL BREEDER (no pet stores, no backyard breeders).

That said, I never picked out a dog. They were all strays or adoptions through shelters where I didn't choose them from among others. They all picked me.

But if I ever decided to go to a breed rescue and get a purebred, I've often thought of what breed I'd want. I am partial to short-legged dogs. I like Corgis, Basset Hounds, etc, but if I had a choice, I'd pick a French Bulldog. For some reason I just love them. They are a mix of ugly and cute that makes them adorable. While I like all dogs, I prefer the cute factor and would go with a medium to small breed.

So how about you? What would be your "dream" pet?

posted by Sandy at 3/06/2007 05:21:00 AM

26 Comments:

Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, Just had to say I love your haircut!!!! I sure wish I could look good with that style! You look absolutely adorable! Daisylouu is gorgus but so is her big sis!

Now on the purebreds. I am with you on my first choice of mutts, in cats and dogs. I think all animals are precious no matter if they have a perfect bloodline or not.I guess I always think about the underdog ( no pun )in animals and people and worry about the ones who others don't seem to care about as much. I wish I didn't have this kind of heart sometimes because it has caused me a lot of heartache!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:07:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I would never want a purebred. What I've always heard is that mixes tend to have better personalities and not as many health problems.

I don't think I've ever even contemplated what "kind" of dog I would want for my next dog. I don't care what they look like or what breeds they may have in them. It's all about them and what they need. Not me. It's like with Lucy. SHE found me, and needed me to be her Mama. I wasn't looking for a dog, but she sure was looking for me. I'm sure that will be the way the next time too. Hopefully, that will be a long time away, because I refuse to have more than two dogs. Two large breed dogs are more than enough for my household. Throw in the three cats and WHEW! Not even counting the high maintenance husband.......

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I agree on the mutts Stacey and Pam, but what breed of dog do you LIKE the LOOKS of? I will always get my pets from shelters (or as strays) but I still have "breeds" I like. I love hounds, and took in a stray Beagle once. You never know what you will find, but if you had a choice, what do you like?

I always thought too that as I get older, I'd always adopt an older dog or cat, even a senior, because they are the ones chosen last. So I'd pick ugly and old, because you know then you are really saving one most others would pass over.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 9:24:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Yes, I agree, Sandy. I go for the ones who have little chance of adoption. It doesn't matter to us what a dog or cat looks like. We even like the ones that have "quirks" that make them unique. Our Aimee (dog) is a little snot but she loves us and is fairly obediant. She will steal Max and Charlie's treats and push them away from the food dish. She will put her paw on their backs and look superior just so they know who is boss. To us, attitude and personality are best. Hubby has a thing for Cairn terriers. I am a cat person and I have a fondness for domestic long hairs, no the Persian type with squashed faces but the regular type of face. I like calicos but they are hard to find.

By the way, it reminds me that when I finally met the man I married, he wasn't anything like what my "dream" man would be physically. But spritually, emotionally and mentally, he is the partner I dreamed of.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 9:34:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

My favorite breed of dog is the Golden Retriever. My mom and I used to raise and breed them when I was high school. I even showed 2 of our goldies in 4H for obedience. We don't breed any more though. Mom adopted a goldie from a rescue a few years ago, Cody. He is trained on hand signals and she is at stage 4 agility training. She gets to start competing in September. He is also getting his K9 good citizenship next month. He's a really great dog. We have talked about getting a golden when Stella is gone. I want one from a rescue but Hubby is dead set on a puppy. I'll get my way, because in the end I always do. Plus I know you can get puppies from rescues. The other breed of dog I like is the PBGV (Petit Bassett Griffon Vondeon) that’s a mouth full. They are so cute have these great personalities. I don't think there is a rescue for them since they are pretty expensive. I haven’t looked, so I could be wrong. So I may never have one. But I'm like you guys and I would adopt from a shelter without a single thought no matter the age. Hubby is the one who always wants the puppy. It’s been a hard thing to break with him. I understand though, puppies are always so cute. Too bad they don’t stay that way.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I am sooo partial to boxers. When I was 18, my cousin brought home a boxer he had found in the woods that was almost starved and looked like she had been abused. I never knew for sure how old "Hoochie Coochie" was but she was the most amazing lady. She had the most giving, loving and trusting personality of any dog I had ever had. I lived at home then and my Mom fell in love with her too. When I married, she wouldn't let me take her. That started my love of the boxer. My husband and I got our boxer "Cody" when he was a pup. I fell in love all over again with this amazing breeds personality, love, and companionship. I agree that adopting from a shelter is best. I don't know what our next dog will be. We have said we will go to the shelter and we probably will. I have to admit tho that I still look at the classifieds for boxer pups.

I went to show a house this morning and the owners had a little solid black short-haired doggie that his tail curled over his back-is this a pug? He was so adorable..just grinning and wiggling all over. I wanted to bring him home with me.

Sandy, your hair is perfect! You make me want to go and get my hair cut a little shorter. You look very stylish and perky at the same time.
I think Daisylou is going to have some hot-tub competition!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, I just can't make a decision on that one since I love all dogs. We don't have one now but still miss our Max. He was dumped near our home and we adopted him. We thought he was full grown only to find out from the the vet that he was a 6 month old Doberman/Shepard mix and was going to grow up to be a BIG doggie! He was so lovable and sweet. He used to let our daughter ride his back like a pony, will send a photo sometime. He was such a big baby. When he had to go to the vet Fly Boy had to carry him from the car and he'd just whine and whine so pityful.
I rally mean it when I say I love them all. I love the itty bitty's, the little ones. middle size ones and the big ones, all the short haired and long haired ones. And like everyone the most pityful and most needy ones are my first picks.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 3:29:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

We used to get our Christmas tree on the day before Christmas so we could pick the most awful, pitiful tree we could find... the one that no one wanted, just like in the Charlie Brown Christmas TV show. Boy howdy... there were some really bad ones, but a little decoration and it was beeyootiful! Nothing is ugly, some things just look better than others.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 4:01:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Boy we are all just a bunch of boo hooing tender hearted softies in here, even Dragon has managed to show a softer side to his ole rough tough self! I'm so proud of everybody!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 6:18:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

P.S. Alice I love that about you and the Charlie Brown tree! We always thought it was sweet and loved that little tree too.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 6:19:00 PM  
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Tuesday, March 06, 2007 7:26:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Was always partial to beagles. Love the look of pugs or bulldogs. Love the intelligence of a poodle, and now that I have inherited my father-in-law's bichon when he died, I have never met a more happy-go-lucky dog, a perfect family dog.

I never quite understood the idea people have that they need a purebred dog. It's some kind of craziness that is passed down from generation to generation. The only thing I abhor more than that, are the people who won't adopt an older dog because "you don't know what you're getting", as if adopting a dog 1-year or older would be like adopting a demon.

All of my dogs have been older dogs, including my Tennessee dog, Bennie. They were all the most amazing and loyal dogs. The one dog we did get as a puppy (Sandy picked it out of the pet store, a mutt we gave to our mom as a gift) turned out to be a vicious monster you couldn't trust around anyone!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I am typing as the Saint is entertaining my mom by playing his guitar! Boy, does he need to practice more often! I have always wanted a little Rat Terrier but if I really had my choice in dogs, I would choose a Welsh terrier. Our family dog while growing up (1972 era) as children, was Molly the Welsh. She was the runt of the liter but one perfect dog in every other way. She did not shed, she was well behaved, a fast learner, a great ball player, had a great personality amongst many of her other great traits. I guess the real reason I never sought a Welsh Terrier would be that I know deep down in my heart that I would probably be disappointed because there is no way that another welsh would be like Molly. She lived to the ripe old age of 18…Okay, I must recant, the Saint just played Stairway to Heaven and I was impressed!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Forgot to mention......whatever kind of dog it may be, it sure wouldn't look like Zoe!

And also, the pictures I have of Sandy are much more fun than the one she posted!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 4:54:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Sis,remember, I know how to use Photoshop, so I can find your ugliest picture AND make it even uglier!

Another breed I love is the King Charles Spaniel. They are so CUTE--I think the cutest dog ever. I like all spaniels. My dog Tramp was a spaniel mix. I love dogs that always look like puppies no matter how old they are, why the King Charles is tops. Even though Peanut, a hound, is getting old, he has that puppy look about him.

Zoe got a peek at the screen and read what you said, now she's crying because you bent her wittle feelers.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh, and Skeeter, I love the nickname "The Saint." Another good one for The Bosses would be "the martyr."

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 8:02:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Comon'daisylouu enough with the teasing! Let's see those photos! You know we are all a curious lot.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 8:03:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Daisy can't post pictures. I am the Boss. LOL. I won a photo package at a Humane Society silent auction. I had several done of The Boss, me and some of the dogs, and also some of us alone and ME alone. On a few, they were close ups and I didn't have my glasses on and I look OLD AS HELL. I swear, they are the ugliest pictures ever. I made the mistake of showing sis a few and that's what she's yakking about. But if she keeps in up, I have one of her making a nasty face and I won't be afraid to post it! So, it's up to her!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, don't feel bad. I have all kinds of terrible photos. I used to be so photogenic but seems like all the ones I get lately look like crap! Once I lose about ten pounds maybe I'll photograph better again.
Daisylouu, I agree with you on liking it when the animals keep that young look. That is one of the reasons it's easy to baby Penelope because she still has a sort of kitten look. She is the baby of the family but she looks like it.
I can't post pictures either. I ave to get Fly Boy to do it and even he has some problems sometimes. Just ask Sandy about when we sent our photos of all the girls. I think they probably took up a whole page or more each.

Sorry Sandy, we'll work on it.
And daisylouu if you ever do pot pictures of Snady don't doctor them, we want the real thing,ha. If anyone doctors my pictures then I want them to make me look good!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 1:57:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Well don't know who Snady is but I mean Sandy,ha.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Sandy back to your question.So how about you? What would be your "dream" pet?

English Setter. I had an English Setter once before old age took him. His name was Bud. He was the smartest dang hunting dog I ever had.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Dragon, just WHAT did you have your dog taught to hunt? Could it have been female with two legs?

Saturday, March 10, 2007 3:30:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

No, Pam! This was quite a long time in my past. At that time in my life I had more females around than I knew what to do with. The last thing I wanted was a dog to bring me more. I'm pretty sure Guinevere knows about this stage in my life, so I don't have to be cautious about saying it. I hope.

Anyway, I will discuss all the females at another time, if you really want to hear about it.

Bud was a trained hunting dog that was given to me by his previous owner that was no longer able to go hunting. He wanted Bud to be able to keep doing what he loved, and knew that I enjoyed going bird hunting. One of the worst things you can do to a trained hunting dog is to stop taking him hunting. So, I took Bud and we had many wonderful hunts together. It was like poetry in motion to watch Bud seek and find a covey of quails.

Bud liked to crawl up in my lap when I was kicked back in my recliner watching TV (keep in mind an English Setter is a BIG dog) and put his head on my shoulder. I would let him stay there until I started to go numb, and then I made him get his fat a** down and go find someone else to annoy.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 8:48:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yes, Dragon, I would like to hear about your conquestsm I'm sure it would be quite interesting and don't leave oout the details,ha.
I'm picturing you with that big ole dog sprawled across you, you big ole softie you. You do ahve a good side don't you. I bet you miss that sweet animal a lot!

Monday, March 12, 2007 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

You have to remember Pam. Most men that talk trash are just covering up for their real, inner selves that they won't show in public. That whole macho guy thing, right???

I'll bet big ole Dragon is just a pussy cat. I mean, he has a stuffed donkey, doesn't he???

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

You're right Stacey, I bet Dragon's firse is much worse than his bite!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:59:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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