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Conduct research when choosing the right canine companion

May 28, 2011
By Ginny Zuboy , The Inter-Mountain

When my husband and I agreed to grant our 11-year-old daughter's request for her "very own" dog, we knew ultimately that the responsibility for the care of the dog would rest on us. So, when we gave her the green light, the agreement came with conditions. My experience as a pet owner had taught me some things I knew to be important in considering an addition to our household. Our English Setter was large, by my standards, and one large dog was enough. English Setters are feathered down their legs and have very fine hair on and behind the ears. She was constantly bringing in dangling debris and keeping her feathers clean and untangled was a chore. She was first and foremost a bird dog. She was a sweet and gentle lady, but a bird dog she was. Off leash, she could be up and over the hillside in the blink of an eye! Lots of calling and huffing and puffing taught me we didn't need more of that. Fortunately, in her formative years, she got plenty of exercise in our small fenced backyard, merrily hunting and pointing birds all day long. When we moved out of town, she was then a senior and her roaming needs were satisfied on our larger property.



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