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Old 19.03.2007, 16:11
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Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

I'm thinking of getting a Dog (as if you couldn't tell from the title) well i really want 2 so that they don't get loanly at any time.

Are there any pet shops/sites/papers where this would usually be advertised? Or a place like a pet rescue center? Within reasonable travel of zurich (don't mind traveling up to an hour outside the city)

I'd rather adopt a dog if i could, but im really looking for German Shepherds or Husky's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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P.s. Any idea of costs of buying/adopting would be of great help
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Old 19.03.2007, 16:24
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

www.tierschutz.ch
there are enough dogs in shelters to go around. Cost to you will be vet bills for neutering. I paid for castration and the treatment for a broken leg on my last dog from a rescue centre.

If you're getting two and they're active breeds then I'd suggest doing research first - or being home and having a garden for them to have to themselves.

You've never had a dog have you? Do you have experience in looking after a dog?
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Old 19.03.2007, 16:24
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

How's your german/french/italian? If reasonable, then try this site for homeless animals all over Switzerland:

http://heimatlos.tierschutz.ch/

AFAIK there's a "branch" somewhere near the Zurich Zoo.
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

Ah great thanks for the info,

Yeah i realize the 2 breeds im after are very active dogs and thats one thing i really want, i want a breed that i have to take out multiple times a day and that require alot of attention, and I'd much rather adopt a dog than buy one.

I had a smaller breed in the UK who was extremely active, but i understand that these dogs will require more than just a walk a day ect. I'm not set on what i am going to do yet, thats why im asking here and any advice/experience would be much welcomed.

With regards to the property, i'm looking at some houses to rent with gardens, but i doubt the gardens will be very large, which is why if i decide to go ahead with getting a dog, i will hire someone to walk them at lunch, so they have a minimum of 3 long walks a day.

Thanks for the info on the sites, will have a good look later when i get home

Rich.
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

I'm glad you're taking a reasonable approach. Please do consider searching the rescue centres for dogs as these are the ones that need a home.

My rescue "buddy" is coming along well - they say for mistreated dogs like mine, it takes three years for them to "normalise".
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

If you want any specific advice on German Shepards then fire away, I grew up with this breed. My family had three of then including one that we adopted.

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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

Ah great thanks Lou, Once i delve in a bit more im sure ill be pestering you a bit

Yeah Adoption will be my first port of call, My aunt adopted a 7yr old who was badly neglected, and to see the change in the dog over the past year has been amazing, and i hope ill be able to give the came chance to some dogs over here.

I really do take seriously the idea of having 2 living, needing animals in the home, and what it will take to keep them happy, one thing i really look forward too

Thanks again for the Info


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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

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My rescue "buddy" is coming along well
I'm curious, Lob (you don't have to answer if you'd prefer not to), but what do you do with your "buddy" during the day, when you're at work? I'd love to get a dog, but both me and Mrs tts work. I'll probably end up with a hamster
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I'm curious, Lob (you don't have to answer if you'd prefer not to), but what do you do with your "buddy" during the day, when you're at work? I'd love to get a dog, but both me and Mrs tts work. I'll probably end up with a hamster
he hangs out with his "sister" who is the same breed (and 13 years old now).

The breed? American Staffordshire Terrier. On a scale of 0 to needing constant exercise, they're asleep on the sofa next to you
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Old 19.03.2007, 18:40
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

Actually, we were thinking of adopting some dogs when we get settled, but both of us work during the day. We would try and find someone to take the dogs for a walk every day when we are at work, but it does worry me about them being at home alone all day. What does everyone think?
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

Nothing more wonderful than a canine friend (or two).... and even better when you give a dog in need of a good home the chance he/she so deserves.

I know you mentioned GSDs and Huskies, but would you consider a Lab? If so, please take a look at Ollie, discussed here:

http://www.englishforum.ch/free-stuf...home-asap.html

and if he piques your interest, PM the original poster. Labs are lively, loyal bundles-of-fun - wonderful dogs.

As others have mentioned, the Tierschutz database is the best place to start your search - there are currently many GSDs listed and, I believe, several Huskies/Sibes.

I love the northern breeds, but you should make sure that you have adequate housing before adopting one: i.e., a garden and very secure fencing. I would recommend talking to other Husky owners and perhaps contacting the breed club for info - although, remember that in the end every dog is an individual and breed characteristics are only a rough guideline.

I am a firm believer in having many dogs - the more the merrier. But, if you are looking for two, I would also strongly recommend looking for a bonded pair - two dogs who have lived together before and who are looking for homes together. (And there are often bonded pairs looking for homes...) If you cannot find a bonded pair who suit your lifestyle, then I would recommend adopting one dog first, giving him/her time to settle with you and your routine, time to train the first dog to a reasonable standard and establish a bond with you - say, minimum 6 months to a year - before looking for a second. You have to know your first dog well in order to understand what to look for in a companion for him/her.

And lastly, a plea for older/adult dogs. If you are working, it would be sensible to look for an adult dog who could more easily adjust to being left while you are at work. With an adult dog, you have a good idea of his/her personality and needs - something you can't have with a puppy. A puppy needs someone at home with him 24/7 - it's just like having a newborn baby in the house. And, age isn't necessarily an indicator of activity level - one of my senior citizens can run circles around the youngsters... and around me. An older dog has so much love to give...

Good luck in your search - and please, do consider a rescue dog.

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On a scale of 0 to needing constant exercise, they're asleep on the sofa next to you
But they still have to go out to sh... relieve themselves, right? Anyway, dogs don't like being separated from the pack so I guess I'll have to wait until I retire Which if I was as old as I feel right now with all my aches and pains would be tomorrow.
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adopt a dog

i have searched for a thread like this but cant find one.

my family are looking to adopt a dog, can anyone tell us any sites to look at apart from tiershutz, as we have already looked at that one.
or if you know of anyone who needs a new home for their dog.

thanks holz1992
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Old 21.03.2007, 21:14
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Re: adopt a dog

have a look at this thread, about a dog named Ollie:
http://www.englishforum.ch/free-stuf...home-asap.html
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Re: adopt a dog

What was your problem with tiershutz? We had a look and have seen plenty of good deserving dogs in need of a home. There is also Tierwelt newspaper which has loads of animals for sale - I think some rescue homes might also advertise there
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Old 21.03.2007, 22:01
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i have searched for a thread like this but cant find one.

my family are looking to adopt a dog, can anyone tell us any sites to look at apart from tiershutz, as we have already looked at that one.
or if you know of anyone who needs a new home for their dog.

thanks holz1992
Hi Holz

Take a look at Ollie he's desperate for a new home and he sounds a lovely dog, the lady who has him has been trying to find a home for him for 6 months or more.

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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

ollie sounds like a lovely dog, but we can only house a smaller dog like a westie so it wouldnt be fair on him.

thanks for you help holz1992
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Old 22.03.2007, 00:30
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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

Holz,

If you search with the 'klein' filter, there are currently 77 small dogs looking for homes on the Tierschutz site...

(There are also bichons, maltesers, volpinos, havanesers, dackels... lots of small dogs.)

Also, SOS Strassenhunde often has smaller dogs in need of homes:

http://www.sos-strassenhunde.ch/neu/index.php

As does Oasis des Veterans, a site dedicated to rehoming older dogs.

http://www.oasis-des-veterans.com/index2.html

But if you can't find your dog in Switzerland, why not expand your search? There are many breed-specific rescues in neighboring countries that might consider rehoming to Switzerland. For instance,

http://www.westie-in-not.de

is a Westie rescue group based in Germany.

A list of some other breed rescues can be found here:

http://www.hunde-fan.de/Linkseiten/h..._not-links.htm

and consider:

http://www.tierhilfecostablanca.ch/

http://www.tiere-kennen-keine-grenzen.com/

http://www.tierfreunde-niederbayern.de

(Just scroll past all the great danes they do have small doglets, too... Nice people, by the way.)

http://www.tiere-in-spanien.de/

http://www.tierschutzengel.de

http://www.tierhilfe-italien.ch/Home.htm

http://www.alterhundnaund.de

http://schwarze-hunde.de

(dedicated to finding homes for black dogs... for some reason, black dogs are often overlooked in shelters, and have a harder time finding homes.

and, the rescue with the best name of all:

http://www.holtunshierraus.de

('Get us out of here!')... turn down your speakers before searching this site...


...all of the above have small dogs looking for homes. This, by the way is a very incomplete list - there are many more Tierheim and rescue groups out there...

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But first, do look in Switzerland... and good luck - there IS a small dog out there waiting for you...

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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

thankyou for your help meloncollie, how did you find so many sites? we spent ages looking and searching on google for sites but couldnt find any.

we will have a look through those links and see if we can find a dog

thanks holz

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Re: Looking to Buy/Adopt a Dog...

We got our dog Roscoe (see picture here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Dogs-Switzerland )
from the Tierschutz site... http://heimatlos.tierschutz.ch

Actually the lead to him came from there. His picture wasn't there and we called a Tierheim in Aargau but the dog we were interested was already taken. Then Heidi told us about Roscoe (then named Pascha). He is a Husky mix (medium sized dog but VERY Husky with his bark and his ability to leap over however high of a fence we have;-).

Roscoe was a year old when we got him 1.5 years ago and is originally from a Tierheim in Serbia (he was put out of his home and beaten on the head with a hatchet - you can see the scar standing above him - then someone took him to this Tierheim). It is amazing to think he made his way from there to us here. We can't imagine our family without him! The kitties love him too! At least the younger one does, our 16 year old one is still warming up to him...
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