Software Matches Dogs With Humans

By Kim Boatman

Software Matches Dogs With Humans

Lewis stares at the camera with soulful eyes sure to melt hearts. Finding an online match shouldn’t be that difficult for such a catch.

But in this case, the heartthrob is a 28-pound, 5-month-old Australian shepherd mix. The Oregon Humane Society (OHS), which developed an innovative online matching service, will make sure Lewis finds a new home based on more than the pup’s good looks. Stealing a page from online dating services, this nonprofit uses a database with extensive search criteria to improve the pet adoption experience.

“It’s a pretty unique feature,” says David Lytle, the OHS’s public affairs manager. “We are the only Humane Society I know of that has this find-a-match feature implemented so extensively.”

How Dog Matching Works
When a dog arrives at the OHS, a staff member photographs and weighs the pup and enters its information into a database. “Just as fast as our staff can enter this data, it’s posted live,” explains Lytle. “If a little cocker spaniel comes in the door at 10 a.m., usually by noon all of its data is up on the system.”

The database listing is updated every 10 minutes. Adopters can surf through listings that offer a photo, vital statistics and information about each dog’s personality. For instance, Lewis “is a social butterfly who really seems to enjoy meeting other people and dogs.” However, Lewis isn’t suited to a home with cats.

Successful Adoptions
When a dog is adopted, its status is changed on the database. People from far and wide seem to notice. “We get so many comments from around the world,” says Lytle. “People love the updates.”

Although fans from around the globe follow the service’s dogs and cats, almost all the adopters come from the Portland area. The questionnaire filled out by potential adopters not only asks about the breed or size of dog you want, but also about the suitable activity level and desired personality. The database searches for matches based on the criteria that would-be adopters provide.

If you see a pooch that you’d like, you can place a hold on the pup. If no matches are found, you can then request that the OHS send you an email notification when your doggie match is good to go. Since the service started last August, 3,000 people have signed up for email notification, says Lytle. The service is particularly valuable at OHS, where 10,000 pet adoptions are processed each year.

“We’re very happy with it,’’ Lytle says. “We’ve gotten good feedback from the community.”

Tips for Finding Your Dream Dog
Even if you don’t live near Portland, the find-a-match program can help with your search for the right dog. Look at the types of questions OHS poses to determine what questions you should ask before adopting a pooch. Factors to consider include:

  • Your activity level
  • Whether you already have pets in your household
  • The size of your home and any possible pet restrictions
  • Whether you have children

Simply taking dog breeds into consideration isn’t sufficient, says Vicki Kirby of the Humane Society of Fairfax, Va. “It is amazing to me how many people want a dog they know nothing about,” she says. “They see a picture and fall in love with the look of the dog and have no idea what this type of dog is really like. The most important quality to look for is the dog’s personality and disposition. Even if they know the traits of the breed, a particular dog may not have those traits.”

The Humane Society of Fairfax uses a questionnaire that can be downloaded online then faxed or emailed. The society also sends email notifications when a potential match arrives. Of course, it’s important to meet your potential new pup in person, say both Lytle and Kirby. And it’s never a good idea to fall for a pretty face.

“We always tell people you need to know yourself, know what your own lifestyle is,” Lytle says. “You might be seduced by a young border collie that is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, but if you have knee or hip problems, and your idea of exercise is just one walk around the block, you and the border collie are not going to be happy.” Instead, devote time and care when selecting a dog, and that will vastly improve your chances of living happily ever after.

Kim Boatman is a journalist based in Northern California. She is also the managing editor of Boatman's work has appeared in The Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press and the San Jose Mercury News. She is a lifelong lover of animals, and a frequent contributor to The Dog Daily

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Posted on March 10, 2012

Jessi says: I am personally and poelossirnalfy acquainted with Marc Goldberg, creator of the Force Free Method of dog training. As such, I am in a position to accurately report that Marc's approach to training is supremely humane and gentle. His fundamental theory is to kindly entice dogs to learn rather than force or dominate them in any way. Subtlety, relating to each and every dog as a unique being and adjusting his training choices appropriately are also central to Marc's dog training paradigm. I have seen Marc work with a variety of dogs and can attest to his talent / expertise and vast knowledge base, his respect for all dogs, the remarkable changes his training has wrought in the lives of owners and dogs who might otherwise have been put down, his appreciation of the species as a sentient, intelligent entity and his impressive affinity and ability to communicate with dogs using only his soft voice and subtle body language. I have learned a great deal from Marc his consistent advocacy for training dogs in a sensitive, kindly manner has impressed many clients and trainers alike.It is an interesting intellectual exercise to read this highly critical account of Marc and the Force Free Method as it was written by someone who does not know him, has never worked with him and has no direct knowledge of the Force Free Method. For all of Ms. Donaldson's insistence on education and scientific relevance, she has fallen woefully short of her own standards in this blog post. Generally speaking, it is always astonishing to me that the self-described Positive trainers speak of other trainers who are not strictly aligned with their theories and practices harshly, in a scathingly condescending manner and most often without empirical knowledge of the subject at hand while at the same time appealing to the gang (dare I say pack) mentality of their like minded readers. These emotionally charged critics incite paranoia, panic and fear. More often than not, these holier-than-thou naysayers utilize a vitriolic tone which is provocative, antagonistic and histrionic. The line they have drawn in the sand has created a serious us vs. them mentality in the dog training community at large. Legions of trainer are lumped into generalized categories and are sliced to pieces by the swords of the Positives . By virtue of Ms. Donaldson's blog post, I have now been obliquely called a sadist and a quack since I am a member of the IACP and I do not ascribe to this style of dog training. Ms. Donaldson could not recognize me out of a crowd of two people yet there I am standing amidst other cruel ogres with a big blood red letter emblazoned on my chest. She knows nothing of the way I train, but her sweeping charges paint me as an idiot, cruel, uneducated, unethical and hopelessly inhumane. Wow. Just wow.I hold onto the hope that eventually, both groups of trainers who are facing off across that line in the sand can begin to share information in a respectful fashion, share training techniques and explore whether we actually have a bit more in common with each other than we realize. Perhaps this is naive, but an open mind in conjunction with a closed mouth can be a revelation.In the meantime, although I have numerous comments yet unstated herein, I have dogs to train

Posted on October 17, 2010

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Posted on October 13, 2010

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Posted on October 15, 2010

katie says: wow you people are picky. just go to a dog breeder and get a dog. never get a dog or cat from a pet store because it encourages the owner to keep over breeding them. so like i said just go to a breeder a get a dog!

Posted on October 5, 2010

Judy says: I'm looking for a dog that's 2" big, doesn't poop or pee or drool. Doesn't bark and is good with children. Lifespan of 20 minutes will suffice.

Posted on October 10, 2010

Katherine says: I am 15 years old, my family and i have a black lab and a maltese. I would like another dog. mostly a puppy. short-haired, very intellegent and an indoors dog. thanks for your help! (;

Posted on September 30, 2010

Amrita Yash says: I have recently bought a st.bernard pup.I love and adorn him very much.But recently i have heard that they do not thrive well in the hot and humid temperature of this fact really applicable?then i will have to displace my dog.

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Posted on September 29, 2010

kailey says: hi im ten years old and i have a sister that is 10 months old and crawling,i want a dog short hair ,small,doesnt bark much

Posted on September 28, 2010

Jennifer says: want a dog under 35 lbs likes attention good with kids(Ihave seven) very smart easy to potty train

Posted on September 26, 2010

jojo says: this is soooooooooooooooooooooo cool!

Posted on September 27, 2010

Eli says: I love schnalzers and think they are the most intelligent dogs. My problem is , landlord want let me own a pet. so im planning to move. not sure if thats the pet for me. Want a dog that is some what active, but not overly active. either medium or small size dog that is low maintence and less hair shed

Posted on September 23, 2010

Melody says: I'm a Great Pyrenees, male and needs a wonderful home. I,m great with children. I need alot of love and room to run. If interested please let me know.

Posted on September 21, 2010

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Posted on September 21, 2010

sarah says: im 11 looking for a small dog. i have a saintbernard named bruno who needs a little buddy.i ether want a yorky,bullterer,pomeranian, americanbulldog or chuwowa my mom said it needed to be under 300$.

Posted on September 20, 2010

Nicole says: Hi,i really want a dog but my mom doesn't like huge or tiny dogs she likes medium sized dogs,and she doesn't want it to shed a lot,i love dogs that are protective but not over protective but basically i love like any type of dog i really need help!But the bigest thing is that all of my friends talk about how cute their dogs are i wish that i could talk about i dog that i have like other people do.Oh, and another thing that i like in dogs is when their potty trained and so that it could sleep in my bed with me. I'm just dying to get a dog HELP HELP HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on September 16, 2010

Adilen Cruz says: Hi am looking for a yorkie i love dogs and i take care of them very good

Posted on September 16, 2010

wanda says: am a person who has retirer, sent then i've been dreaming about this little dog white poo, or tony. i have respertory issuse and many of time i have to stay indoor. one that will snuggle, run, play, as well a great personality. if there such a little dog out there i know we will fine each other. where are You!

Posted on September 14, 2010

Brie says: dogs are great,BUT rabbits are the best pets.i have three rabbits and two are babies and they are so ADORABLE.

Posted on January 19, 2010

terra says: i think dogz are sweet and kind and some times missed underd stood

Posted on September 1, 2010

active101 says: I have a rottie,cat ,9 year,12 year old kids. and husband. i have a house , big yard that is going to be feanced in . i love huskeys. i need one somewhere in S.C. thanz

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Posted on September 4, 2010

mayra says: i love dogs they rock

Posted on September 10, 2010

Olean Rohr says: I am an elder lady looking for a small dog around 8 pounds that does not shed much, that is calm, non-agressive, good with children and I can hold and snuggle up with.

Posted on January 18, 2010

danielle and sarah says: he's a shiz su . he is 5 years old. he loves kids. he loves to play with his toys. and he is a good cudoler when it is time for bed.

Posted on January 17, 2010

Temari says: I'm 12, I want a very energetic dog, because I want a dog that I could run with, play with...I could exercise it for probably anywhere between 1-5 hours a day... I have a big but kinda messy house, a big backyard and I live near a large field and 2 large parks, also with large running areas. I have 3 adult cats. I don't the dog to be mean to my cats. And I also have a rabbit, who is caged, but i wouldn't want the dog to jump at it or knock down the cage. I think that a Golden retriever would be perfect...Do you think I'm right?

Posted on January 10, 2010

sierra says: how do i know what dog is right for me.

Posted on January 11, 2010

joe bond says: I live on a farm in Idaho . Few days back a mountain lion had visited our neigbourhood and perhaps eaten my neigbours two dogs.I want to get a gaurd dogs.What type would u advice.

Posted on January 16, 2010

Linda says: 2 yrs ago we had to put down our 9 yr old lab because of a brain tumor. It broke our hearts. She was a wonderful companion and guard dog. We are finally ready for a new puppy. What kind of puppy would you recommend for companionship/security.

Posted on January 7, 2010

melony yong says: dogs are cool

Posted on January 9, 2010

sarah says: It is good having a dog that you can love thats y im looking for one.

Posted on January 7, 2010

norma says: after 15 years my male and female dogs died ..we would like 2 new dogs, but we dont want diggers. i have 2 acres and we would like a breed that is good with young children,good guard dogs,protective, and DONT DIG or chew alot . what do you suggest

Posted on January 4, 2010

Shay says: trust me... i have a min pin and she is just the sweetest... although i have 4 adult cats, she loves them. She plays with them, but they dont like it very much but they can take it. Im not sure a min pin would be good with 2 huskies though

Posted on December 25, 2009

Matt says: We would love a family friendly small indoor dog. We enjoy light activities and have a quiet mid-size home and yard. We have children with allergies.

Posted on December 21, 2009

Down By The Bay says: I have 3 kids who like to run around and we are looking for a small dog that is good to kids who have allergeies

Posted on December 22, 2009

B. says: Moving to another state toan apt. But I'm really active.. I would also like to feel protected and be able to take him out in public.

Posted on December 20, 2009

brenda says: i have a two year old and i am looking for a small dog that would be right for her.

Posted on December 21, 2009

sindey says: I need a dog that is energetic,lovabale,and is in the sporting group.Which dog is for me????????????????????????

Posted on December 19, 2009

Suzanne says: I am looking for a dog medium to large in size that will be friendly to my female shih tzu 8yrs, to children and my parents who are in their 60s. if possible a short haired breed!

Posted on December 19, 2009

alyssa says: i have always wanted a dog since i was about 4 years old now i am 13 years old. ihope my parents will let me have one but of course my mom hates the smell of dogs which that is why i will probably not get one please help me pick a good on for me and her and my four year old brother wants one alot!

Posted on December 19, 2009

louise says: no shedding no walking small friendly good with kids no grooming not hairy

Posted on December 16, 2009

Pat Rogers says: I have an aussie who is 14 months old and spayed. She is purebred. I raised her but her owner could not keep her due to finances. She is available to a good home.

Posted on December 12, 2009

cailie says: boxers are good need one.

Posted on December 13, 2009

Tori reynolds says: I would LOVE to have a cuddly cute small dog to have around my house. I really like the minerature pinchers but I don't know if it would get along with my two 50 pound huskies, what should I do to make sure that the youngest ( and the most playfull) doesn't squish the poor dog when he wants to play? Help me please.!!!

Posted on December 13, 2009

Marie McDonald says: My husband and I are rretired. We live in a large motorhome and do a lot of traveling. We need a very small dog to love. One that likes to travel . I do not want a puppy, now does it have to be a purebreed. Just small. We don't have a lot of extra money living on a fixed income but can take care of a much loved pet.

Posted on December 12, 2009

joan says: I am a senior citizen looking for a lab mix to keep my female {spayed} dog company. I am handicapped and can't run or play. The female dog is 4 yrs old. I have a large fenced yard and dog doors so that they can come and go as they please.mol,s pal just died a short time ago. She misses him. Thank you.

Posted on December 12, 2009

sally perez says: I am an adult about to have a kid and i am looking for a good dog with kids like a collie or another nice if you find a collie or other good dogs contact me with information or pictures.Thank You

Posted on December 11, 2009

gianna322 says: i want a baby teacup yorkie=D

Posted on December 11, 2009

sally says: i am looking for a good dog with kids and that is nice to kids

Posted on December 10, 2009

novalee medlock says: they are in there 80s we would like to buy them a dg, what do you suggest

Posted on December 8, 2009

John says: My son who is autistic and suffers from seizure really enjoys dog but we had a bad experience with our last dog a cocker spaniel as the dog attacked him while he was having a seizure. Was wondering if any one has a suggestion on a good breed to consider. we have a medium size yard but no fence and are a semi-active family that lives in the suburbs.

Posted on December 4, 2009

Mariah Smith says: I love Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks but our yard is not set up for a puppy or un-trained dog. What do I do?

Posted on November 16, 2009

Meghan Anne Reid says: I love welsh corgis but I want a small dog.Do welsh corgis get to big or is it the right dog for me?

Posted on November 16, 2009

rauny says: are golden retreavers good for children.

Posted on November 16, 2009

MIkaya dioxn says: Hello. IM Mikaya im looking for a small dog with very short time grooming . also a dog that is good with a cat and JUST a eleven year old girl. I would like the dog to have SOME supplies to come with the dog. if u have a dog for me with a price please have the amount of the price be under 150.$ we are looking for a loving dog. mostly for my doughter. location : Charlevoix MI Size of dog: small Age of dog: not a pup Coat: not so much hair no shedding Good with: Kids Strangers and cats. Thank you . for trying to make this family happy.

Posted on November 15, 2009

Julia says: I have always wanted a dog, but my mom and 14 year old brother are allergic. My parents have looked at dogs that are good for people with allergies, but have never said anything about it. We have a large yard and I'd be willing to walk it. It would have to be good with other animals because I have two cats. My parents aren't home until 5:00 every day except weekends. It can't be too hyper, dig alot, chew, or shed alot. Looking for a medium to small sized dog that's low maintence. Any suggestions?

Posted on November 13, 2009

Anonimous says: Everybody! Spay and Nueter your dog or cat, soon you could be at home with 8 little puppies! Don't bring any more poor pups and kittens into our world. They might not find a home! I personally don't like having animals in the pound so help me out and spay or neuter your pet! -Anonimous

Posted on November 13, 2009

ericiena says: i have looked,and looked for the right dog for me

Posted on November 12, 2009

Lynn Tucker says: Hi, we are looking to add to our family by getting a dog. We have 3 children, 12,5, and 3. I"ve had labs, and retrievers. We would like a med. size dog for our backyard is not that big. Also he/she may be more outdoor then indoor. Any ideas on what breed or mix breed?

Posted on November 13, 2009

david says: i want a dog but dont know if i acn get 1 i have a child who is 12 and have 2 guineapigs we also travel a lot nearly every weekend for about 2 hours altogether can i still get a dog also i work and my child is at school

Posted on November 9, 2009

zena says: i am 10 years old and i want a dog that is cute and cuddelly,i also don't want it to shed ,can live like in a garage cause i am not allowed to bring it inside that is the point of the no sheding polisse,and won't dig help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on November 10, 2009

Gabi says: I really need a dog to luv because I just need a friend who knows when I'm even if I don't tell him/her!!!I also need a dog because I just need a pet to luv!!!!!

Posted on November 11, 2009

aimee says: i love all dogs and all animals but i enjoy the bigger sized dogs like the size of a golden or a lab i like dogs that like to be around people and other animals i also live on a lake so would like a dog that would want to play in the water and enjoy being out side i live in maine so it is warm in the summer but very cold in th winter if you can help me thanks

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Posted on November 5, 2009

nicole says: I am willing to travel from West orange to Atlantic City I want a small go that's not a barker that is cup sized. i you find something please post me .

Posted on November 3, 2009

Jordan says: I am a 10 year old girl and i want a small dog like a maltipoo and i already have a dog his name is Chance and is a white lab and he is a nine year old my mom said maybe to getting a dog when he dies but i want both of them if you have any answers please post them thank you if posted something!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on October 25, 2009

Tia says: I am 10 I want a nice small little dog so my other little dog can have a friend

Posted on October 26, 2009

Cassidy says: I am 10 years old and want a dog really bad.(I have a 8 year old brother who hates dogs)

Posted on October 26, 2009

gabi says: i am 9 i want a dog relly bad but i do not know which breed to get. my dad says we need the perfect breed if i want a dog.

Posted on October 23, 2009

codi says: My fav dog breed is a Dalmation and shi-zhu. Whats your fav breed? Leave a coment pleas:)

Posted on October 15, 2009

Lauren says: I am 8 years old. I really want a dog. My dad is allergic to them. So i want a hypoallergenic dog. I was thinking about a Maltipoo or a malteese. I dont want it to shed much, and i would love taking walks and playing outdoors. Please tell me if you have any hypoallergnic dogs for sale. Thankssss! i also have a 13 year old sister who wants a dog to.

Posted on October 10, 2009

Dee V. says: 5 months ago, I bought a King Charles Cavalier, in the blenheim color, this is the most loving dog, we have ever owned,, This breed totally bonds to caregivers. My husband was not happy about my new dog purchase, as we had lost our choc. lab, of 10 yrs., to cancer, a few months before we got, this little girl,...but, he as come to love this dog, as much as I do. wonderful breed, very friendly, non-aggressive, very little shedding, but, needs to spend a lot of time, with family members----we take her just about everywhere we go, I think it is the best choice we've ever made, in regard to Breed. Ideal choice, but, more so probably, for older people who have more day hours free to spend with their dog, than those who are still in the work force.

Posted on October 9, 2009

maria says: i want a lap dog i can sunnugl with

Posted on October 9, 2009

Dorian says: i am a singlewoman who loves dogs always had and now has none. I live alone and work right next door a dog park is across the street i live in miami if we have dog in need of love let me know please do not drive so cannot visit shelter

Posted on October 3, 2009


Posted on October 4, 2009

Jenna says: i'm looking for a cute, cuddly, dog but is also playful and protective and easy to train. my mother also wants a dog that doesn't sheed

Posted on October 2, 2009

Doris Elliott says: My service dog is going to have puppies late November. Their mother is good with children, excellent family oriented, well mannered in the house and on a leash.Puppies can be trained for family, protection, and companionship or as service dogs. Will be ready for homes around Christmas.

Posted on October 2, 2009

Ginny says: I've decided that a spinone female would be a great dog for me and my 11 year old daughter. There are only four listed on Petfinder and they are all out-of-state. I contacted each place and none of the shelters will work with me. They want to adopt instate. If you could find us one, we'd be delighted! The local breeders are asking more money than I could easily give. OHS would be a better financial choice for us. If you find a spinone, please let us know, right away!

Posted on September 29, 2009

Sophia says: I am only nine years old and I really want a dog at a very low price cause I dont have a lot of money.i prefer a Chi Poo witch is a Chihuau poodle mix if you have anymore recamendations for a dog I want a medium sized low shedding dog.I live in portland Oregon.

Posted on September 26, 2009

morriah says: if anyone could help me find the right dog for under $100 dollars i would really appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on September 26, 2009

Marilyn says: Iwould like a small good nature dog that gets along with cats and children. I am 60 years old, retirerd and we like to travel (camp) We need a dog that gets along well in the South. OUr son has a pug and we love it. We used to have a cock-a-poo

Posted on September 24, 2009

Patricia Becker says: Hi,looking for older small dog.I'me living in senor apt,We can have small pets.I live in Wi.I really miss haveing a pet,I've had both terrier's & cats,I know how to trane both cats & dogs.The little dog & I would go for miny walks.

Posted on September 24, 2009

ayannah baskerville says: a playful dog.dosent bit.and a little bit of fur!!!

Posted on September 26, 2009

Deb says: We are looking for a young female Japanese Akita. We live in Oregon. Can you help us?

Posted on September 20, 2009

Sheryl Ash says: Looking for a female minature beagle. My husband and I live in N.C. and would like help finding this kind of dog.

Posted on September 13, 2009

Dorothy black says: I have tried looking everywhere for info on my Red Heeler to no evail. She is super smart and very well behaved. She is very well mannered even around strangers & small children. I am starting service training this week and would like to find a book just on Heelers. she makes me so proud every day & I would like to know just what she is capiable of she is 9months old and knows at least 45 words already. Please help me do the best I can for her.

Posted on September 11, 2009

LAURA says: I am looking for a non-shedding smaller dog for my 12 year old son, that weighs no more than 25lbs. Not to hyper, but playful. Would be indoor/outdoor

Posted on September 13, 2009

danielle says: i want a cuddly companion that is an indoor dog, and is good-natured. has to be hypoallergenic and medium sized or large. im located in st.louis county missouri, far away from oregon, but please try to fing the perfect dog for me and my 5 member family. it has to be around 100 or 200 dollars and is healthy.

Posted on September 10, 2009

Sarah says: I really want a little dog for my daughter! She really wants a little dog that is friendly and cute and goes to bathroom outside!

Posted on September 11, 2009

Daledj says: I am looking for a small indoor dog (no shedding, no yapping and loves to cuddle). I want one that is playful but yet easily listens to commands. No more than 12 lbs when fully grown

Posted on September 9, 2009

Jarimiah says: I need a cute and cuddly small and trainable dog. What kind of dog is this? Yorkies are great family dogs. They love to play and they're great with children. The bad news is that they shed. Some types of yorkies shed almost 50% of their natural hair. If you are looking for a small and cute dog to snuggle with, you've found you're match. You can either order yorkies online or go to pet stores looking for the little rascals. Never give up on those cute little dogs if you really want them. But the problem is I don't have enough money to buy one of these cuddly monsters. And I lost my wallet. Somebody out in this world has dollars that I won from a kids convention when I was 12 years old. My life is just ruined. So if you find a Yorkshire Terrier under $100 please let me know!

Posted on September 4, 2009

beba says: I want to have a teacup.

Posted on August 23, 2009

susie says: Im looking for a dog to be a companion and loyal I am 54 yrs, and i like to take walks not run I would like to feel safe also..Thanks

Posted on August 19, 2009

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Posted on August 18, 2009

Trevor says: I need a non shedding dog, that doesn't require a lot of grooming (haircuts) Prefer female. ,medium size,smart and obeys. what breed do you suggest?

Posted on August 15, 2009

Zoe says: I am looking for a family dog, I have Seven Kids, Ages 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, and 20. My Kids would never try to hurt the dog or any thing like that. Also I want a dog that is about 37-65 pounds, and I want a dog that would give a warning bark if strangers come in. and I want the dog to be VERY easy to train, and a good outdoor dog, with a short coat, and able to totally stand both hot and cold weathers. and I want a mix breed, too.

Posted on August 15, 2009

Jazracanah says: i want a dog i just dont have a house cause my stupid apartment doesnt let us im might be moving but i want a pomeranian close to small and with a price of $150 plz if u have a pomeranian that comes with those kind of things contact me

Posted on August 14, 2009

keli says: two questions. 1) are girl dogs good if you have all daughters? 2) are golden lab retreivers good with children? is it a family dog?

Posted on August 9, 2009

Rebecca Gremillion says: I am looking for a companion dog. I am a 26 year woman who works full time. I do live in an apartment but I am totally willing and able to go for long walks. I would like to adopt from a shelter in the Baton Rouge area. Please help!!!

Posted on August 9, 2009

Craig says: We are a family of 5. Our children are 12, 4, and 2 years old. Our house has been broken into and our car stolen twice. We also have someone snooping around our house. we have no dogs currently.

Posted on August 6, 2009

veontee grant says: my daughter is turning 1 august 15 09 she loves dogs n me as her mom i also adore them and my fam lives around dogs we so enjoy them but i am looking for a dog thats tiny and stays tiny pleas help me find the dog i have wanted one since 2000

Posted on August 6, 2009

Dawn, Nicky, & Matthew says: Looking for family dog for children of 5 & 6 years old, both boys. I always wanted a lab and am open to any family pet with a good disposition and very friendly.

Posted on August 6, 2009

ashley says: I am the only child my life is really boring and I wanted a puppy since I was 6 years old . I have no friends that are my age that live around me.I have kids that live on my block but they are 9 & under. The puppy I would love to have is a yorkie ,bit bull, and a golden reretriever plz! :)

Posted on July 3, 2009

laura says: my kids , ages 12 and 8 r bugging me about getting a DOG. We have a small house, nice fenced in yard, but i really want a non shedding dog that does not ge tover 5or 6 lbs. any suggestions?

Posted on July 11, 2009

alexa says: We are looking for a new dog. We have a large lab mix, but we now want a dog that can be an indoor dog. We want one that is non shedding because we dont want to clean every day. The dog would also need to be good with kids (5, 7, 12, 14), it will get all the exercise it needs because we live on a farm. We dont want a extreamly active dog because it will be indoors. Does any one know of a dog that will be right for us?

Posted on July 12, 2009

Charyti Shanley says: Looking for a small dog, maybe something cute and furry, have a three year old so must be family oriented. This will also be an inside dog, any suggestions???

Posted on July 15, 2009

hailey says: i need a small dog that is easy to train

Posted on July 15, 2009

KAREN ESCOBAR says: I'm looking for the right female dog to be my dog "Rascal" friend. A mild mannered, submissive female. Mixed breed is fine. My dog is use to being the only dog. He gets along well with dogs that are none confrontational. He is a 44 pound chow mix but doesn't have the chow personality. The new dog should probably be at lest 2 years or more. My dog doesn't care much about puppies.

Posted on July 19, 2009

Malory says: My name is Malory and i'm 13. i've always wanted a dog, but i dont know what dog is right for me. i want the a dog that is very loyal and obedient. Also a dog that can be fun and hyper can be left alone while im at school. I've always wanted a fluffy, medium sized dog, thats not to expensive and native to the US and can be in cold to hot climates. the dog would have to get along with other dogs and animals, because we have a Shiba Inu and two chinchillas. Pepsi likes puppies and do the chinchillas.

Posted on July 20, 2009

kayla says: please my dog snickers is trained and has been trained ever sence she was a baby.

Posted on August 3, 2009

Heather S Alspach says: I am looking for a yorkshire I cant spend alot of money I am in ohio please contact me if you have one of these dogs thank you!

Posted on August 5, 2009

Sharon says: We are empty nesters and are looking for a dog that is smart, laid back, not hyper, likes to travel in a motor home, likes to take walks, doesn't bark, dig or bite. The dog will be inside and outside and we may have grandchildren one day so it needs to be good with children. We have always had terriers and found them to be hyperactive and barking all the time. Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on August 5, 2009

Catherine says: My name is catherine and i am only 9 years old. My mom, me and my brother REALLY want a puppy, but we are having construction on our house from December to early march i think. My brother and i want a white lab puppy. My mom and dad say that they would get a puppy before the construction ( well, as if) so after it wouldn't wizz on all of the new furniture. If you have any info about white lab puppies... POST THE INFO OPN THIS BOARD ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 'cause i'm a pupaholic!

Posted on June 17, 2009

Rosey Swanson says: need to find a 2 year old small dog (2) so they can be company while I am away during the day. Just lost a 16 year Lab and need a new one to love, feel empty. Have had a dog for the last 22 years....not complete without one.

Posted on June 17, 2009

Rosey Swanson says: need to find a 2 year old small dog (2) so they can be company while I am away during the day. Just lost a 16 year Lab and need a new one to love, feel empty. Have had a dog for the last 22 years....not complete without one.

Posted on June 19, 2009

Morgan says: I am a 10 year old girl, and my mom said maybe to getting a dog... I love animals! I really love beagles. If you have a beagle that needs a home, please contact me. Please, send some pictures and information.

Posted on June 20, 2009

Leah says: My husband and I are interested in expanding our family with the addition of a new dog, but we can't decide what breed to get. We already have a very sweet but very huge lab mix at home so we are looking for a dog that isn't that big and does well with other pets. We also have a little one at home, so we want a dog that will be gental with her but a good guard/watch dog. Can anyone help with a sugestion-please and thanks.

Posted on June 21, 2009

janelle says: i need to know what would be the ideal breed for me. looking for a mainly indoor small dog (apartment) who can be litter trained as i am gone from 9 am- 6 pm. I am willing to walk it daily and would like to be able to take to the beach (live in florida) to run around. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on June 23, 2009

mysterious23 says: i loved your story it was great.fantabulous

Posted on June 23, 2009

camille burkhardt says: looking for a dog thats good with children and is playful and is non shedding.

Posted on June 24, 2009

Juan says: I am looking to buy a dog for my 3 year old daughter and would like to know a breed of dog you would recommend. I would like to add that I do live in an apartment. I've been thinking of a jack rusell, beagle or italian greyhound. What do you think?

Posted on July 3, 2009

Frank Dickinson says: I am a single 56YO retired man with permanent disability.. I worked in the Oilfield for 20 years before going back to school and becoming a RN. Oops, that was harder on my back than working with iron. I can still get around OK but my back is wore out. I have 8 grandkids but I need a fulltime friend. My last dog was a large Airdale named Gino. He was a rescue dog that was pretty mature when I got him. I don't think it would be possible to love an animal any more than I loved him. I have a pickup and riding in the front or back would be up to them. They would be a house dog but we would go to the dog park several times(3 or 4) a week. I get to pick the TV channel and they would have to be well mannered around my grandkids. Sleeping arrangements are negotionable. I would consider any breed. I would like a smart dog but they probaly don't need to be a lot smarter than me.

Posted on June 8, 2009

Crystal says: looking for a good outdoor family dog good with young children and can be allowed to raom property and not wander away

Posted on June 17, 2009

Nana says: I want to get my older granddaughter a puppy or young dog. They already have a large family dog that is great with the children and other animals. The entire family has alergies so something without a lot of hair would be best.

Posted on June 8, 2009

kyrah shmeal says: ok, i really want a chihuahua for my daughter, she is turnung 14 and she loves them!!!! i am willing to travel anywhere in P.A. of the U.S.A. do you think i will be able to get a white female chihuahua for around $550.00??? her birthday is in 1 year and a half!!!! i want a baby, not nammed, i want her to name it herself!!! if you have and answers to any of my questions, plz get bck to me!!! thank you so so so much, kyrah shmeal

Posted on June 6, 2009

Cecil King says: Can someone helpme find a Shelty breeder in the San AntonioTX area?

Posted on June 6, 2009

alexis bishop says: please help me

Posted on June 2, 2009

Julie says: I lost my beloved dog 3 years ago.Although I will never really get over it I realize I have a hole in my heart that needs to be filled.I am finally ready to open my heart and home to the right dog.I know hes out there waiting!

Posted on June 5, 2009

mary kalanges says: I am 58 years old and have 2 older cats. I have a small fenced backyard. I spend a lot of my time outside gardening for other people, so a dog suitable to go with me would be ideal. A low maintenance, low-shedding dog is also a plus. Any ideas on where to find a good match for me?

Posted on June 1, 2009

ginger says: the house has a small fenced back yard...any ideas on what kind of dog to get? i have a 4 year old girl and 13 year old boy ...this would be a family pet...any ideas please email thank you

Posted on May 25, 2009

Granny says: I'm a widow and lonely! Lots of love to give.. Live in the country. with lots of room. Small dog wanted.

Posted on May 27, 2009

Jo says: I am 55 and live by myself. I am gone during the day from 7am-4pm working. When I get home, I would like to find a companion dog. I like to take walks not runs. The dog may be inside or outside or both so hopefully doesn't shed much. Medium size and friendly around people. Am looking for ideas about a good kind to adopt. Ideas???? Thank you

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