You’ve chosen the two most people friendly breeds that there is.
Talk to folks who own one - or even a Vet.
If you’ve never owned a dog before, a Vet is a good person to advise you on the whole subject
of bringing up and looking after animals. Those fluffy little bundles need lots of love and
“one on one” attention. If there isn’t someone in your home to provide this,
then please don’t even consider it. If there is, be assured your efforts will be repaid.
Please don’t buy from “classified ads” - or from your local Pet Shop for that matter.
You probably won’t get value for your money - or much in the way of any back-up.
Remember how important “back-up” was with your first computer - let alone child!
Most Labrador and Spaniel Breed Clubs run very good puppy registers, listing puppies available
from good breeders in their areas.
Breed Rescue Clubs
For all sorts of reasons, there are occasions when people find it impossible to keep their dog.
Death in the family, divorce or moving to a much smaller home are classic examples.
This is where Breed Rescue Clubs do exactly what their name suggests.
They come to the rescue, by saving and taking care of the dog.
Having done that, they then need to re-home it.
If you don’t fancy the puppy rearing stage, this could be a very practical alternative.
It’s wrong to assume that older dogs inevitably mean higher Vet’s bills.
Given a wholesome diet, and sufficient exercise to keep them fit,
they make very loving companions - happy to be in a safe home.
The Dogs Home - Battersea
Every Spring, this venerable institution rises to coping with the usual intake of unwanted
Christmas presents. Even all year round there’s a steady flow of unwanted dogs
whose future is a bit grim unless somebody - maybe you - comes along.
The Dogs Trust
Another very well known shelter for stray and unwanted dogs.
They have the fine reputationof never putting down a healthy dog.
Well worth your support - by helping re-home, or as a source of toys and other accessories.
The Blue Cross
Yet another very reputable animal charity very well worth your support.
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