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        So you are ready to make the life long commitment to have a pet as a part of your family.  Where do you start?  The first place I would start is your local library.  Research the breed of dog or cat that you are thinking about bringing into your home, find out how much that bird is actually going to cost, find out the best size tank for fish or what long term health problems might arise in the pet you are interested in. 
     "I will laugh with you and cry with you
      I will love you faithfully" 
      If You're thinking about Adopting a Greyhound because of their sleek physique, remember they were built for speed and this does not allow for excess body fat, so they will need a coat and blankets to keep them warm in the winter along with soft bedding or upholstered furniture to sleep on year-round. Minimal body fat also puts them at heightened risk around herbicides, insecticides, and certain types of anesthesia. Consult with your veterinarian before exposing your dog to these potential dangers. 
     And, don't forget Greyhounds are sighthounds which means that if something catches their eye, they are apt to pursue it--at 35 MPH. Due to their speed and intense desire to chase, it is recommended that they should never be allowed off-lead unless the property is totally fenced.
     "Through the best and the worst,
     Through the difficult and the easy.
       What may come I will always be there."
      If you are thinking about Adopting a Doberman, like my Petie, you will never, never again be alone.  Dobes are people dogs -- showing an extraordinary devotion to their family or owner. A Dobe is very happy to settle down once inside (providing he has had time to exercise) to share your home, your bed until it takes it over and now it is the Dobie's bed, and your food. It is also very normal for your Dobe to smile, lean on you, bump your hand for more attention, drill your leg with his head and follow you from room to room. For these reasons, Dobes are often referred to as "Velcro" dogs and one of the advantages of such a dog is; you never have to go to the bathroom alone again! 
     Dobermans are inside dogs, living outside in a kennel or expected to stay in the backyard without constant attention and not being able to an important member of the family causes a host of problems with a Doberman. 
      Owners of a Dobie might experience the heartbreak of Wobbler's which can occur in older Dobermans (3 to 8 years of age). Wobbler's is characterized by progressive neurological dysfunction of all four limbs, usually starting with the hind legs. Common symptoms are an abnormalé drunken or "wobbly" gait, scuffing or dragging of the hind feet, a short, choppy gait of the front legs, neck pain, and holding the head and neck in a flexed (downward) position. Signs may progress to the point where the dog may not be able to walk or get up on its own. Other breeds who have a similar if not identical syndrome to Wobbler's include the Boxer, Basset, Bull Mastiff, St. Bernard, Weimeraner, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Dalmatian, Samoyed, Old English Sheepdog, Irish Setter, and the Borzoi.
     "In sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, 
      for as long as all shall live?"
     So you want to adopt a West Highland White Terrier? "They are so cute!" please be advised that their looks can be deceptive.  The West Highland is all Terrier - a large amount of Scotch spunk, determination, and devotion crammed into a small body. They were bred to hunt and kill vermin in the Scottish Highlands. They are tough, hardy, independent, alert, playful, aloof when it is convenient, self-centered, giving when they want to be, confident, demanding, understanding, and devoted, yet gay and light-hearted and tenacious. This makes them a wonderful companion for those who appreciate and are charmed by the terrier temperament, but a disaster for the person who wants a gentle-natured little dog bred primarily for cuddling. Unless you are great at grooming you must be prepared to visit professional grooming every few months. 
     With each breed come unique characteristics, health concerns, maintenance and dietary needs.  Talk to your Veterinarian about the breed you are considering, visit you're local library and check out our adopt a pet page!
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