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Old 02-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I often come on here and see many people considering new additions to their families. Most want nothing more but a pet, but go through breeders (some bybs), because they don't think shelters have what they are looking for. This thread is designed to show off GP member's shelter dogs that we've adopted. It's my opinion that if you are just looking for a regular pet the shelter is the place to go and with today's overpopulation issue you will find what you're looking for...

So around August I decided I wanted to add a new pup to my family, not too long later a friend sent me an email of a picture of a dog in the shelter. She looked adorable. So I decided to go down and see her. It was love at first site and I've had Stoney ever since.

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Beautiful dog crazy how someone can give up a dog so pretty!!
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I agree! Far too many people want a puppy now and buy from some crappy byb, most of that type seems like they've dumped the pup by the time it's a year old anyways, shouldn't have gotten a dog at all. If you just want a nice pet you can pick whatever size, color, personality, appearance you are after.

Here are my two shelter specials, Nero (tan male)was adopted in 2008 and Ripley (brindle female) in 2011




The blue girl is an owner rehome we got in 2007 on craigslist
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Beautiful dog crazy how someone can give up a dog so pretty!!
Thank you and I know it's crazy but happens far too often.
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I agree! Far too many people want a puppy now and buy from some crappy byb, most of that type seems like they've dumped the pup by the time it's a year old anyways, shouldn't have gotten a dog at all. If you just want a nice pet you can pick whatever size, color, personality, appearance you are after.

Here are my two shelter specials, Nero (tan male)was adopted in 2008 and Ripley (brindle female) in 2011




The blue girl is an owner rehome we got in 2007 on craigslist
I love Ripley. Great looking dogs with unique names.
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I love Ripley. Great looking dogs with unique names.
The shelter was calling her "Honey" and the male was "Bart" when we adopted them lol!
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Shelter Gems

I drove three hours to get my girl. Saw her on petfinder in a kill shelter and knew I had to have her. She was a holy terror when I first got her, but lots of work and love have gone into her and I'm so proud. Here's my girl, Hiro.

First picture I saw of her.



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All 3 of my dogs are rescue/shelter dogs....

Alexa was found by a farmer along with her brother sleeping in their chicken coop lol. I saw her posted thru a small rescue and drove an hour to get her (wish i would have gotten her brother too) and she is by far the best dog ever :P (dont tell the others)

The pic that made me fall in love with her before i even met her



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And then about a year ago myself and my bf at the time wanted another big dog...so we went to the local pound and we found my Drake...he is a boxer/lab mix...he had been in the shelter since he was 8 wks! and he was over a year when we got him! he had alot of issues but he is a good dog....not too bright but sweet.
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And last but not least our boy Magnus....I saw him in a folder at my vets office that was dogs in the pound that were needing rescue or they would be pts....my bf loves rotties so i took the chance and had a rescue pull him....well my bf and i fell in love....he is by far the dog with alot of issues....but i wouldnt trade him for anything..

the pic i saw of him at the vets office...


him and my bf...
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The shelter was calling her "Honey" and the male was "Bart" when we adopted them lol!
The shelter was calling Stoney Vivian lol
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I drove three hours to get my girl. Saw her on petfinder in a kill shelter and knew I had to have her. She was a holy terror when I first got her, but lots of work and love have gone into her and I'm so proud. Here's my girl, Hiro.
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I really like your pup she's such a good looking dog and the painted nails were super cute.
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All 3 of my dogs are rescue/shelter dogs....
There's a big difference in Magnus' eyes just in the pics. Good job with him.
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I really like your pup she's such a good looking dog and the painted nails were super cute.
Thank you. I honestly can't believe someone would just throw her away.
I wish more people would look at the shelters for pets. Especially if they want a pit bull type dog. Most people just look over them. I guess that's one of the many reasons I've always had a soft spot for them.


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There's a big difference in Magnus' eyes just in the pics. Good job with him.
Thank you. he is our hard case to crack. just when we think he is coming out if his shell a bit....he reverts back. Also we need to get him into a vet because I believe he is losing his eyesight....he is a friendly dog during the day and social if we have him out in public...but when it starts getting dark he becomes shut down and barks at anyone besides us thats walking nearby....i am just hoping that one day we will be able to walk up and pet him without him running and hiding
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Ecko was a puppy in the shelter. My GF's friend adopted him and tossed him in the back yard. We got him from her and he hasn't left my side since. He is my heart dog.
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Well, Keira never got to the shelter, but that's where she was headed when her first owner brought her home without making absolutely sure she could have her in her rental home. Through a friend, I met Keira... and brought her home to be mine for her whole life
This is Keira at 8 weeks old:


And Keira at 2 years old


Jezzie did come from a shelter-- she's not a bulldog, but we still love her
At the shelter (She's the one on the right)


And Jezzie after being in our home for 6 months (She's 3 now)

Their main reason for dumping Jezzie was that she "didn't like men" >.>
Clearly, that is not an issue in our home- my husband with Jezzie:


And... I guess I could show Buddy too lol. Buddy was dumped at a kill shelter with his Mama and siblings when he was 2 weeks old. He spent a year and a half in foster care before we found him and adopted him-- his foster mom said he was always passed over because he's black. :/
The day we brought him home:


And I took this yesterday morning:


Rescued pets aren't broken... they may need a little extra work at first, sure. But they can turn into wonderful companions and make you just as happy as a dog from a breeder- especially if you're looking for nothing more than a pet. Same goes for kitties
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