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I was advised by another rescue group to check the health of this dog, so I have asked if I can take him to my vet to have him checked out before I commit to adopting him. I am still waiting to hear back...

Did you get the impression from the other group that this rescue was trying to conceal a health issue? That would totally suck! I really hope it turns out that this isn't the case.
In other news, my dog and both cats are fascinated with the crate I set up and have all three been sleeping in it!

I'll be finding out how my new little street cat (ok, used to be "little" and now looks like Jackie Gleason in a spandex catsuit) takes to having a crate around, but also to having a dog around that is not just passing through for boarding. My old curmudgeon cat Mikey will be fine, as he always is, but sassy little JJ can still be feisty about such things. We'll see how it goes over the weekend. If it works out well, I will, of course, post many pictures :-)
Tara
Did you get the impression from the other group that this rescue was trying to conceal a health issue? That would totally suck! I really hope it turns out that this isn't the case.

Something else to keep in mind is that there can be a lot of bickering between different groups, some of it petty and some of it for good reason. In the absence of specific claims, I'd be tempted to toss something like this into the "stupid bickering" pile.
We'll see how it goes over the weekend. If it works out well, I will, of course, post many pictures :-)

Ahem. NOT TO BE HOLDING OUT ON US, MISSY!

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I will, of course, post many pictures :-)

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Lynne
Something else to keep in mind is that there can be a lot of bickering between different groups, some of it petty and some of it for good reason.

that is exactly what I suspect.

Lynne
I was advised by another rescue group to check the health of this dog,

That's ummm... curious! Did they say that as a generality, or were they saying that they know of a health problem with this dog that has not been disclosed to you? Rescues are generally not aware of the dogs each other have to that degree, so I wonder where this is coming from.
so I have asked if I can take him to my vet to have him checked out before I commit to adopting him. I am still waiting to hear back...

Yaknow, I don't know of any responsible rescues that would place a dog with someone and not tell them up front about any known health issues. We do get the occasional adopter who wants us to guarantee that the dog is completely healthy and will remain that way, but that's the exception rather than the norm.
Suja
That's ummm... curious! Did they say that as a generality, or were they saying that they know of a health ... generally not aware of the dogs each other have to that degree, so I wonder where this is coming from.

They said it as a generality about this particular rescue. Which has, of course, shaken me up. They also suggested that this rescue doesn't take dogs back if things don't work out for any reason and may euthanize. This alarmed me, but I plan to talk to the gal who runs it because I have a very hard time believing that.
Yaknow, I don't know of any responsible rescues that would place a dog with someone and not tell them up front about any known health issues.

If they don't object to me having him checked by my vet first then I will feel a lot better about this dog.
We do get the occasional adopter who wants us to guarantee that the dog is completely healthy and will remain that way, but that's the exception rather than the norm.

Yeah, that's not me. I know there are no guarantees, but I definitely want to know up front what I may be dealing with.

Lynne
They said it as a generality about this particular rescue. Which has, of course, shaken me up. They also suggested ... but I plan to talk to the gal who runs it because I have a very hard time believing that.

Sounds like possible internecine rescue sniping. It happens. Keep your head down and stay focused on the dog. I'm profoundly ambivalent about the breed rescue groups. On the one hand they're performing a thankless but critical service in the face of often the most dire circumstances, but on the other hand sometimes some of them can be kind of awful. Dunno.

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I'll be finding out how my new little street cat (ok, used to be "little" and now looks like Jackie Gleason in a spandex catsuit)

Whoa Missy, you've been holding out on us! Where are the pictures?
takes to having a crate around, but also to having a dog around that is not just passing through for boarding.

Waitaminute! What dog? What have I missed?
Suja
I'll be finding out how my new little street cat (ok, used to be "little" and now looks like Jackie Gleason in a spandex catsuit)

Whoa Missy, you've been holding out on us! Where are the pictures?

I've had her since last May. She's a black Torie, so I doubt photos would do the image justice. She started out Kate Moss skinny (she was really sick and had Pyo due to a litter that had died inside her but not been expelled).

Within two months, she had bloated up to the Great Beast that she is today. I worried about her organs with such a fast weight gain to morbid obesity, but since I have such a hard time keeping weight *on* my old Mikey cat, restricting food was simply not an option. Plus my vet, Dr. Bonnie, laughed so hard at how fat she was that she almost fell down in the exam room. Its not healthy, but at least its entertaining.
She's getting better about eating, but she not only overate to compensate for a lack of food on the streets (I'm assuming, anyway), but she's the first cat I ever saw that is an emotional eater. When she gets *** off about something, she growls and goes straight for the food dish, where she proceeds to grumble into it while she drowns her sorrows in kibble. You can almost hear her muttering "no one understands me..food is my only friend"
takes to having a crate around, but also to having a dog around that is not just passing through for boarding.

Waitaminute! What dog? What have I missed?

Nothing. I haven't been posting about it because I am not sure yet and didn't want to get caught up. We had a "date" today where she met the cats. She barked at them when she noticed them, but was redirected fairly easily. She's a busy little thing (and by "little" I mean pipsqueak tiny...she's only 11 pounds! How weird is THAT?), but the cuddling was what wore me down. And the expressions on her face. And the kisses. Oh, and the prancing, that wore me down too. So she's spending the weekend and we'll see how that goes.

Yeah, I'm a commitment-phobe when dating too :-)
Tara
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