Puppy Update

Henry in the Snow
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I wanted to give everyone a little followup after I made mention that my wife and I wanted to adopt a puppy. In order to gain a little more information in regards to the adoption process itself, I fired off an email to my local Humane Society.

After a few days of waiting, I received an email from the Kennel/Rescue Coordinator apologizing for the delay. it seems she was on vacation and emailed me as soon as she returned. The woman I exchanged emails with was very nice and provided me with all of the information I would need. Turns out that it is as simple as visiting the Humane Society with some documentation.

Unfortunately, the Humane Society occasionally receives puppies. They have several young adults (ages 6 months to 1 year), which seems like it may be better for my wife and I. With our new family member needing to spend roughly six hours alone while we both work, the bladder control of an older dog may be to our benefit.

While we had our hopes on getting a puppy, I think we will be just as happy with a young adult. We may visit the Humane Society as early as next week to take a look at what is available and to get the paperwork taken care of ahead of time.

The most frustrating step thus far came today. I was speaking with my father and he informed me that I should contact my home owners insurance company and find out if there are any restricted breeds. I made the call this afternoon and have more questions now than I did before the call.

The person I spoke with rambled off seven “no-no breeds” from a sheet he had in the office but was unable to clarify. Those breeds included Rottweiler, Pitt Bull, Akita, Wolf Hybrid, and two others which are eluding me at the moment. Not having a clue what a wolf hybrid was, I asked the gentleman on the phone if it included something such as a Siberian Husky. His response was that he did not know, he was only reading from the form in the office.

He went on to say that if I would have had one of those breeds at the time I bought the house, the policy would not have been written. Now that it has, I’m told that it would not be void due to these potentially dangerous breeds, but they would not cover any accidents with the dog.

Knowing that this person was unable to help me, I sent an email via the company website for clarification on the breeds. Living near a fairly large city in Pennsylvania, it is extremely difficult to adopt a dog that is not of mixed breed. As a result, I need to know what percentage of said dangerous breed can be in my potential dog before it becomes a problem. Majority of the dogs here are Pitt Bull mixes, which could cause a potential problem. Even though my wife and I were not planning on adopting any of the above mentioned breeds, there is a chance that our dog could have a bit of the breed in them.

On a more positive note, I’ve been checking out all the information I can on training dogs. I came across Dog Whisperer today on television and am amazed by the work that Cesar Millan does with dogs. There was some sort of marathon on today which made for an unproductive day outside of searching out information on dogs.

Not much in terms of a story, or a point really, just wanted to share a little of my dog experience along the way.


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3 comments On Puppy Update

  • Walt,

    Look into adopting a rescue dog. They need help in finding these wonderful creatures a home. Both my dogs are from rescue organizations. They have a wonderful assortment of them and if they’re not adopted they will be euthanized at some point. Trust me they are well worth it. Google the rescue league online and look into it. You will get a fine dog out of it and at the same time saving a dogs life. Happy hunting

    Stew

  • A wolf hybrid use to be mixed breed dogs that had wolf in the mix. Not meaning something that could be traced back to the beginnings of a particular breed. Examples would be like a Siberian Husky/Wolf mix or a German Shepard/Wolf mix. I know that at one time both of these mixes where quite common. I wold suggest that you really push your insurance company on the percentages in the mix.

    Good luck

  • Bud,
    I did some research and you are correct. I was unaware that wolves and dogs were cross bred to create a hybrid.

    I received a response from my insurance company, which was more detailed than my phone conversation. While they did not give me a percentage, they did tell me…

    To further clarify:

    Our underwriting guidelines dictate that we may not accept new risks
    with a dog that is predominantly any of these breeds: Akita, American
    Staffordshire Terrier (Pitt Bull), Chow, Presa Canario, Rottweiler,
    Shar-pei, Wolf Hybrid. We may also not accept risks for any dog on the
    premises that has a previous bite history or displays vicious or
    dangerous tendencies.

    If we may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact
    us.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service

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