You hear it all the time… adopt don’t shop. When I decided I wanted to get a dog for the kids to grow up with those three words stuck in my head. We went to the shelter every weekend searching for our furever baby. And each weekend we left empty handed. This went on for several months. There were so many sweet faces, but I still didn’t get that “this is the one!” feeling.
concerns with adopting from the shelter.
I had a lot of concerns with looking for and adopting a dog. Did I want an older dog? Not really. I wanted a dog my children could grow up with, like the dog I had growing up. How would their temperament be when we got home? Would they be good with children? This was my biggest concern. I feel like a lot of shelter dogs have been through a lot in life. I had no way of really knowing their upbringing. Had they been around children? I feel like the worst thing in the world would be to adopt a dog and it ultimately show aggression and I have to re-home it. I didn’t want to put my children or the poor dog in a situation like that.
concerns for my children.
Of course there were also other factors such as shedding. Greyson has really sensitive skin. He also at the time was just learning how to crawl. I didn’t want him crawling around collecting pet hair on his clothes and in his mouth. I also knew that since my kids are a bit rowdy, a bigger dog would probably be best over a small, timid one. One night I decided to do some research. I really like to base big decisions off of how I feel.
I trust my intuition almost exclusively and that’s how I really wanted to tackle this journey. But I felt defeated and I knew I needed some extra help. I looked up family dogs, dogs good with children, dogs that don’t shed a lot, ect. Ultimately I felt the best breed of dog that fit what I was looking for was a Goldendoodle. There large, gentle, some types have a very low shedding and they are great family dogs.
The cons with Goldendoodles.
The were two drawbacks with a Goldendoodle. First, the price was large. Every breeder seemed to have about the same cost. It’s a hefty price for a puppy who is not recognized as a distinct breed by any major kennel club. This means there is no registering you dog. Two, all of the breeder pages I liked around Texas, had puppies that were already claimed when they discovered the dog was pregnant. This meant finding a breeder would be a little tough.
We kept on going to the shelter on the weekends but I still just wasn’t feeling it. Then one day I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw a post about a puppy who hadn’t been claimed yet. I quickly messaged the Goldendoodle breeder and asked if she was still available and when we could bring her home. The puppy in the picture was no longer available but she did have one more that was. A “background check” is required before being accepted into the process of buying. Once cleared we could scheduled a day during the weekend to visit her.
All the Goldendoodles through the breeder, had a two year health guarantee and were up to date on their shots. Both parents had also been genetically tested. This was really important to me. I had a previous puppy I adopted when I first hit my twenties that ended up dying from parvo. It was a hard road to go down that lead to me being in debt for a few years. I know these three things doesn’t 100% prevent parvo in any way but I did feel more comfortable with the price. They had a specific room built just for the dogs and it was so clean and so nice that I could see that they truly care about their dogs. I walked out of there feeling great about my decision.
Our FURever family.
Molly is such a great addition to our family. We’ve had zero behavioral problems besides the typical puppy playfulness. And now that she just a year and a half she’s starting to really calm down and be snuggly. She’s so great with the kids, especially Greyson, and I’m really happy with my decision on choosing a breeder.
I do think that you should always look at a shelter before you decide on a breeder because there are so many great dogs out there that need to be adopted. But I also do believe that you need to find a good fit for your family and take in consideration that if things don’t go as planned how will it effect you, the dog and your family because so many people just jump into getting a dog and when it doesn’t wok out they end up in the shelter. Research and decide what’s best for you and if your willing to commit to raising a fur baby the rest of their lives.