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laa666

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I have recent lost my two collies to old age, have to replace them as I need a dog to bark if anybody about the yard, but be a loving family pet. Have 3 jacks and bulldoggy who are useless at the guarding bit. I cant replace my collies as they were so special so looking for another breed. Nearly died at the cost of some posh dogs !!! Any suggestions of a guarding type dog, but suitable to mix with existing dogs, also have two old cats and horses and not cost the earth. Did think of a Scottish terrier or West Highland !!!!!
 

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Get yaself down to the local rescue kennels and pick the one barking the loudest!
Have tried that, but problem is most dont like cats, have two rather old cats and we dont have enclosed fenced garden, rescue kennels seem to like nice enclosed gardens. We have a yard outside with horses, not the ideal situation for some breeds. None of our dogs go walk about, they stay about the yard all day, some types of rescue dogs are not suited to this situation, or so I am told !!!!!
 

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My 2 staffies bark at anyone coming near home but are yard/people/horse friendly!
I love staffies, but was told by a friend not good with other dogs best kept on there own, interested to hear what you have to say about that !! There are lots of staffies in rescue centers but they all seem to hate cats, would have to get a puppy. Have a Dorset bulldoggy and she is brill with other dogs and cats, but not good on barking.
 

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which is why I have 2 - taken in at different times and my friend has 4!



Yes there are some older staffies which have always been kept on their own and find it hard to integrate - they are not properly socialised. I took on an older bitch who can be particular but having taken time to introduce her to the other dogs at the yard she is fine with them all. Ditto my dog. A lot of rescues will assess their dogs to see if they are dog/cat friendly plus which you get to meet and greet with your own dogs to ensure doggie chemistry and a trial period to ensure no toys are thrown out of the pram. Shout if you want an introduction to staffie rescue!

And here is Monty at guildford staffie rescue - cat and dog proof. There are puppies (staffie) in rescue too. I know of one litter in Cornwall in rescue atm and Rescue Remedies (south east) does have puppies too from time to time. Not widely advertised so best to enquire

http://guildfordstaffords.org/ourdogs/monty/infopagemonty.htm
 
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laa666

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which is why I have 2 - taken in at different times and my friend has 4!



Yes there are some older staffies which have always been kept on their own and find it hard to integrate - they are not properly socialised. I took on an older bitch who can be particular but having taken time to introduce her to the other dogs at the yard she is fine with them all. Ditto my dog. A lot of rescues will assess their dogs to see if they are dog/cat friendly plus which you get to meet and greet with your own dogs to ensure doggie chemistry and a trial period to ensure no toys are thrown out of the pram. Shout if you want an introduction to staffie rescue!

And here is Monty at guildford staffie rescue - cat and dog proof. There are puppies (staffie) in rescue too. I know of one litter in Cornwall in rescue atm and Rescue Remedies (south east) does have puppies too from time to time. Not widely advertised so best to enquire

http://guildfordstaffords.org/ourdogs/monty/infopagemonty.htm
I am very interested, lovely dogs in pic. All my dogs get on well, but I suppose all


my babies are are loved to bits and well looked after, sadly many of the dogs that end up in rescues have had a hard life and from what I have recently been told staffies are being put down in amazing numbers, poor things !!
I am not far from Cornwall, who do I contact for the rescue, a staffie would suit my situation well.
 

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Greyhound :D
When theres a bird/cat/noise in the garden or a knock at the door you would expect there to be a bloody rottie behind the door not a greyhound lol but hes the soppiest dog ive ever met :)
Theres plenty of greyhound rescues all over the country so you shouldnt be too far from one!!

Oh and any excuse for a pic :rolleyes:

 

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Janet Jewel at


http://poshpussrescue.org/dogsforrehoming.aspx

Janet has 4 staffie puppies who will be available for rehoming when they are weaned - she took on a very sweet staffie girl who turned out to be heavily pregnant. ( one pup has already been reserved)

She has also just taken a very pretty black staffie dog (Bob) who she will be nursing back to health - he has come in emaciated with stab wounds. Already intergrating into her household. Janet, btw, set up her rescue for posh cats so her dogs are most definately cat proof!
 

laa666

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Many tks, am deff going to have a staffordshire, have been reading up on the breed and have learned a lot. My problem with rescue dogs is my cats, so deff have to get a puppy or a dog who has lived with other dogs and cats, not to bothered which. Many tks for your help.
 

laa666

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I like Greyhounds a lot, friend has several and they make fantastic pets. Very loving and friendly, except they dont seem to like cats, did consider one years ago but it nearly had the cat, so tried another, cat nearly moved out. Would give one a home any day if I had no cats , my old cat is 20 and the other about 8, so they have to be cared for. But Greyhounds make excellent pets, I never see pups advertised, only adult dogs. Had considered Irish wolf hound, but a bit too big !
 

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Then find a rescue dog that has lived with cats. There are plenty about!
Or at least make the effort, ring round your local sanctuaries and see what they have-you might be surprised.
 

laa666

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Did make effort, have phoned and looked at several dogs, but problem with cats and I dont have enclosed garden. Our stables in front of house and fields at the back. We are remote but open, this puts a lot of rescues off. My dogs dont leave yard or garden, but have to get a type that also suits our situation and its not that easy, have to think of the dog as well. Some dont like horses and will chase them, have several big horses and a colt, some dont like chickens, have them as well. That is why a puppy or young dog might be more suitable, some rescues just dont like my environment. I will not buy a puppy or dog, will only take a rescue, but things are opening up for me, learning about small rescues that are more flexable and understand my situation, now finding some rescue dogs which are kept on farms and they might be more suitable, so am making the effort.
 

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Let me know how you get on with Poshpuss then...!

Typing this alone as my 2 have given up on me and gone to bed without me!
 

laa666

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My 3 on the bed sound asleep, will deff give lady in Cornwall a ring. Its a nice bich, such a sad case, poor wee thing !!!
 

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In defence of rescue dogs, we have had ONLY rescue dogs for the last 30 years. They have all been perfect with our cats and with protecting our property. All house dogs, none kept outside. The breeds, apart from the ones you couldn't guess at, have been 3 Labrador type, Jack Russell x Collie, Bassett x Dandy Dinmont, Schnauzer x Kerry Blue, and one we called the Tasmanian Devil as that's what she looked most like.

They have all been good guard dogs, and vocal when needed. We always have two dogs so they egg each other on. At present we have an elderly GSD x Whippet and a Foxhound x Dalmatian/Pointer. The latter is the best guard dog we've ever had, and a few weeks ago he stopped our next door neighbours' house being burgled, so we're very proud of him. I think a big (tall) dog really scares off intruders if they once catch sight of it, though the little ones deliver the nastiest nips!

I also think that resscue dogs have more of a sense of 'outrage' at their territory being wrongly entered - but perhaps that's just our experience. Anyway, I hope you find what you want. (Westies? Hmmmm. I remember the 17-stone chemist where we last lived being towed round the streets by one Dougal - and guess who was in charge!)
 
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