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View Poll Results: Did You By Your GSD As A Puppy Or Did You Adopt?
I bought mine as a puppy. 238 78.81%
I got mine for free. 28 9.27%
I adopted from a shelter. 52 17.22%
I bought mine full grown. 15 4.97%
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post #41 of 141 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 11:30 AM
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we've had rescues in the past but this pup we bought from a breeder. We wanted to raise him from a pup up and be healthy and clear headed enough for schutzhund.
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I got mine as a puppy for free. Well, free except for the $3 I spent at the Laundromat where I was washing my clothes when I scooped up the stray puppy that was wandering around the parking lot.

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post #43 of 141 (permalink) Old 01-12-2015, 06:07 PM
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We've owned 2 GSD as puppies and one (2-year-old) rescue GSD. Rescuing is wonderful! You can see what the dog will look like full grown as well as their "non-puppy" temperament. I can't see ever getting a puppy again.

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post #44 of 141 (permalink) Old 01-12-2015, 07:03 PM
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We had originally planned on adopting one, but it was a bit difficult for numerous reasons. A lot of the GSD rescues did not allow first-time GSD owners to adopt, and/or they required fully fenced yards (ours isn't, we cannot afford to fence such large property, and frankly, fencing isn't even needed since we're so cut-off anyways), and we started looking around Halloween so many of the shelters were too busy to actually get back to us.

There was one really nice rescue, but the only GSD they had did not get along with cats, so that ruled them out. At that point I decided to try looking into breeders despite my distaste for most of 'em, and eventually we found one across the mountain and ended up buying Butters.


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post #45 of 141 (permalink) Old 01-22-2015, 06:13 PM
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I was on the fence about a Rescue or a puppy and decided to go the Rescue route for the second time. Our last was 1 years ago and a Yellow Lab, our 1st non GSD. The process them was tough but this time I found it extremely difficult and even invasive. I am in the process of having a fence installed which is no easy task in January in New York! The lack of a fence was a deal breaker at the first 2 rescues we applied at and was close to one at the last. However there was something so special about the little girl at the last rescue, that I decided to just give in and install a fence.

The process of adopting from a rescue was certainly different when looking specifically for a GSD as opposed to the last one which was a multi-breed rescue.

Either way, I'm thrilled to have given new life to our baby girl and whatever we went through sure seems worth it now.

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I got her from a family that posted on craigslist. They said she was 9 weeks old, but if her birthday is right, she was 13 weeks. She wasn't free, but I think I got a great deal

But I don't know which option to select then
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Sailor and captain

I got Sailor from the dumb friends league in Colorado, he was $85. That was such a good deal considering,he was the best dog ever, and the most obedient, and came to me fully trained! He was my soulmate!

Captain, I am getting off of craigslist for free because his owner doesn't want him/doesn't know how to care for him/ doesn't have the means to care for him. So hopefully that is a good deal for me and it doesn't turn around and nip me in the butt hahah.

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post #48 of 141 (permalink) Old 01-23-2015, 09:46 AM
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I bought Khaleesi as a puppy from a family who bought her from a breeder and realized very quickly that they "didn't know what they were getting into". She isn't exactly a rescue, but when we got her, she was in atrocious shape. She's doing great now, but we still have trouble putting weight on her.
That's exactly what I'm going through right now with captain.
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Bought Ruger from a breeder at 5˝ weeks, brought him home @ 7 weeks.

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I bought mine at 10 weeks. from a wonderful breeder
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