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A year on since the loss of our lovely Monty, we as a family have decided to start the process of finding another mutt for our home. 
we have decided to go down the rehoming route instead of buying a puppy. 
We are looking at young dogs preferably up to 6-8 months old. 
We are scanning all the usual dog homes, but if you know of a shelter local to you that has a web site please can you let me know what it is. We are prepared to travel to find the right dog. 
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What breed are you ideally looking for? I just had a quick look on the site of the local Dog's Trust branch and 90% of their dogs for rehoming are terriers or lurchers of some sort.

Thinking laterally, you might also try professional gundog trainers - they will have many dogs (labs or spaniels mostly) that, for whatever reason, don't make the cut as field-trialling dogs but would be perfect as pets and will likely be 12-18 months old, possibly younger. If a dog doesn't have the right stuff for trialling it becomes a cost on the kennel, so often they will be moved on by the trainer. Find a few locally and put the word out.

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Thanks @Andy135. We are looking for something a bit smaller than a Labrador this time. A small to medium size. I like the look of spaniels but they are far to "active" for our family lifestyle. Every one Ive ever met just won't sit still, and that gets on my nerves. 
We all 3 have different ideas, so that's why a rescue centre we thought is the way forward. Keep an eye out then the right one will show itself to us one day. Trouble is we limit our choice with breeds and age. We won't a dog under 8-12 months old. 

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11 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Thanks @Andy135. We are looking for something a bit smaller than a Labrador this time. A small to medium size. I like the look of spaniels but they are far to "active" for our family lifestyle. Every one Ive ever met just won't sit still, and that gets on my nerves. 
We all 3 have different ideas, so that's why a rescue centre we thought is the way forward. Keep an eye out then the right one will show itself to us one day. Trouble is we limit our choice with breeds and age. We won't a dog under 8-12 months old. 

 

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I admire the concept of rescue dogs but I personally would be apprehensive bringing an unknown dog into a house with kids in it. I know Leo isn’t a little kid but it’s still a risk. 

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8 minutes ago, JonC said:

I admire the concept of rescue dogs but I personally would be apprehensive bringing an unknown dog into a house with kids in it. I know Leo isn’t a little kid but it’s still a risk. 

Yes you're correct Jon. That is why we want to get a dog that is as young as possible, to minimise that risk. And also why we don't want a German Shepard or a Rottweiler (other large and dangerous dogs are available(and I'm not trying to be down on these breeds as I think they are lovely)). 
Hopefully the rehoming centres will have done their due diligence and assessed any potential candidates for behaviour issues! 

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57 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Thanks @Andy135. We are looking for something a bit smaller than a Labrador this time. A small to medium size. I like the look of spaniels but they are far to "active" for our family lifestyle. Every one Ive ever met just won't sit still, and that gets on my nerves. 
We all 3 have different ideas, so that's why a rescue centre we thought is the way forward. Keep an eye out then the right one will show itself to us one day. Trouble is we limit our choice with breeds and age. We won't a dog under 8-12 months old. 

Another avenue for you to explore then would be a show breeder. We rehomed our first dog, Dusty, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed, from the chap who later went on to win Crufts a few years ago (https://www.soletraderpbgv.com/). Here she is in her showing days, but when she got too old to compete (6 years old) she came to us.

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In your case, find a show breeder for a breed you like and drop them a line to see what they say. You'll know their dogs will have been well socialised, will be good in new & noisy environments and won't have been mistreated. They'll have young dogs and puppies that don't quite make the cut as well as older dogs.

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I wouldn't worry too much about breeds etc, we were after a Spanish terrier type from local rescue, didn't work out, she put us on to another charity and Simba chose us, we had very little say!! He is much bigger than we originally looked at, but he has fitted in a treat....

One thing to bear in mind with rescue dogs, they have baggage, it may take a few weeks to find that baggage, but, just like people, they do. Be prepared to have to put some work in.....

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If anyone sees a stray dog, let me know. There's been one seen round here lately, possibly unwell... looks a bit green.

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Have a look at save our spaniels. I’ve got a spaniel… you say she won’t sit still well this furry lunp loves a cuddle on the sofa. She can go for 12 mile hike or 30 mins twice a day. You just got to train then. Cockers are less mad than springers. 
 

 

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13 minutes ago, Odyssey said:

Have a look at save our spaniels. I’ve got a spaniel… you say she won’t sit still well this furry lunp loves a cuddle on the sofa. She can go for 12 mile hike or 30 mins twice a day. You just got to train then. Cockers are less mad than springers. 
 

 

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Our friends breed cockers, they don’t hardly ever walk them. They seem fairly chilled out. 

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15 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Have they any rejects?

I doubt it, they sell for £2500 now🤣

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12 hours ago, JonC said:

I doubt it, they sell for £2500 now🤣

For goodness sake, I thought that the last springer I bought was expensive at £350 (18 years ago admittedly) 💸

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38 minutes ago, Malc said:

For goodness sake, I thought that the last springer I bought was expensive at £350 (18 years ago admittedly) 💸

2500 is crazy money. I only paid 550 for my springer 7 years ago. Cracking worker with red in well over half of her pedigree.

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Mine had a few and the sire was from a gamekeepers wife who I knew well as we went to the same shoots and I should have trialled her as she was fantastic in the field, from the grouse moors to the seashore. 

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1 minute ago, Malc said:

Mine had a few and the sire was from a gamekeepers wife who I knew well as we went to the same shoots and I should have trialled her as she was fantastic in the field, from the grouse moors to the seashore. 

Trialling is a full time job in itself. I started down the path of training mine for trialling and she did well in the working tests and training days we did, but what got me was the need to join all the gundog clubs all over just to get members preference in the trial draws. Getting a run was so hard as they were so oversubscribed every time. Gave up in the end and focused on picking up with her instead.

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Indeed, I was at a few trials as gun and I saw how clique like it was but she was up to the job but unfortunately she had been flanking and picking up on partridge and grouse as well as beating and I would have had to do a lot of remedial work. 

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36 minutes ago, Odyssey said:

yes he is, but they wont allow a person who works more than 4 hours a day to adopt. Makes you wonder just how they adopt out any dogs.

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1 hour ago, Saintly Fish said:

yes he is, but they wont allow a person who works more than 4 hours a day to adopt. Makes you wonder just how they adopt out any dogs.

That is the issue with some rescues…. You can train a dog to be left longer. Pippa can be left for a working day, she just sleeps on the sofa all day.
 

You’ll have a furry tornado when you get home but she’s fine 🙂 

It’s worth looking on gumtree etc as somepeople want to rehome but rescues are full etc 

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I got banned from the shoot, because they were not impressed with me using a 9 shot repeater ….  Hmmm , ‘not sporting’ they said. 🙄

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