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Subject:A New Chi!!!
Time:08:57 pm
I had the sad event of putting down my poor Sealyham Terrier gracie down last month. She had developed a brain tumor just a couple months shy of her 12th birthday and there was nothing we could do. Goodbye, my dear gracie Girl.

But on the plus side I saw a lovely little black and tan Chihuahua in a shelter nearby that some heartless idiot just abandoned at the edge of a wood. I called them up last Wednesday and just heard from the foster home a little bit ago. They're bringing her around this Friday evening!!! She's already house-trained, still young at 2 years and spayed. Smudge needs a playmate and I believe she just will fit that bill. :)

Kind of difficult to figure why it's so much harder to adopt than to buy a dog. I know they're looking for the best possible home but really.
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aheadsuretospin
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Time:2012-06-19 11:29 am (UTC)
This is random, but you had a Sealy? Where did you get it?

We had one YEARS ago(he went in for surgery and never woke up). I've no joke never seen any outside the show curcuit since, and that was maybe 3 dogs total.

I've never come across anyone who had one, most people have never heard of them lol.
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riverdance
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Time:2012-06-21 10:28 am (UTC)
I was at a Pet Expo held at the no-longer-existing Ft Washington Expo Center. (I have no idea why they closed, it was such a great place!) The owner had her brother and mom as show dogs but Gracie was just pet quality. I bought her at age 10 months.

She was a wonderful dog, so lively but not as energetic as other terriers. Sealys are the 'couch potato' terriers:) They do seem to be rather rare dogs as everyone who asked what she was always had the same response. 'Sealyham Terrier? Never heard of them!' When I didn't have her but had to describe I simply said 'think of a white Scotty with drop ears!'

Yes she was wonderful but I couldn't have another. It's hectic having to get her groomed every 3 months or so (otherwise she took on a sheep look!) Plus Sealys are hefty dogs! Small but they are compact! Not good for lifting into a tub with a bad back! (My back, not the tub's)
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aheadsuretospin
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Time:2012-07-01 08:31 am (UTC)
We got the Scotty thing too when we had Linc. The closest rescue we ever found was Missouri, and they wanted like $800 a dog. I get it, but it was beyond what we wanted to spend on a dog, rescue or not, and stuck with Airedales.

I always liked them because they were very terrier like while not being very terrier at all.

It's so crazy finding someone who actually had one. Most people, like you said, have never heard of them. We had ours, while having a Wire Fox(Brook), and Airedales. We're terrier people at heart lol.

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riverdance
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Time:2012-07-04 03:52 pm (UTC)
I love Airedales but they are just a bit too much dog for me. I can see why they were often used in WWII as messenger dogs, they have hearts of lions!!
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kinkakinka
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Time:2012-06-19 08:17 pm (UTC)
It's harder to adopt a dog than buy because the people who are selling you a dog more than likely only care about the money and not the dogs.

As someone who works in rescue, we look to send our dogs to people who are actually going to keep the dogs for the rest of their lives and not just give up on them when the going gets tough or "they have to move" or something else. We want these people to view the dog as a loving companion and family member, not a commodity they purchased from someone trying to make a buck.
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aheadsuretospin
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Time:2012-07-01 08:33 am (UTC)
Exactly this. My grandma was the southwest contact for Airedale rescue for almost a decade. She was very comfortable sending a dog to what seemed like a ghetto home if the people were committed. She didn't care about anything but the dog being in a good place for the rest of it's life. Cosmetic stuff meant nothing.
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