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Roo's Mom
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Mar 07, 2018 at 19:17
• Cheryl
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I guess it's ok to share this with you all now because you have all been so supportive to us. We have decided against taking the Westie puppy, although it was a very generous and thoughtful gesture. We discussed this many times and quite at length and Trip and I decided at our ages, 67 and 69, we do not think we have the energy to properly raise and train a young puppy. 

Also, this would probably not happen until late sumner at the earliest and, truthfully, we are ready now. 

We do not have a fenced yard and the breeder turned down other adopters because of that. Living in a rented house now, fencing is not an option for us. 

Those are the main reasons and I think they are reasonable and valid.
I have notified the breeder and although she has been very busy, I know she has seen my message, but so far has not responded to me except to say she is busy, but nothing about the puppy or what I had to say.

I am so sorry if she is offended, but I feel that I have given her plenty of notice since the mother of that future litter has not even come into heat yet ... That is At least 5 or 6 month's notice, and knowing what an excellent breeder she is, I cannot see that she will have any problem placing this pup.

In the meantime, we have applied for a couple of pups, neither of them terriers, but they were already adopted.

We have applications in with 2 local shelters, but 95% or more of them are pit bulls or pit mixes and that's not an option, so barring some miracle, that probably won't happen..

However, we are now working with Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, have had our home visit and are waiting for adoption approval, for our Matchmaker, and for a fairly young "adult" to be ours. We have indicated "no seniors" because we just cannot go through that heartbreak again so soon.

So other than that, not a whole lot going on! I hope we are doing the right thing. Sometimes it's hard to know, but as a wise friend said to me trust your heart, and that's what we're trying to do.


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Katy ^~^
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Mar 07, 2018 at 20:49
• Jennifer
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I believe you have to do what is best for you. Only you know what that is. You will find what is meant to be :).

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Riley
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Mar 08, 2018 at 06:15
• allen
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Hope you find the perfect pup.

I am 66 and raising Riley is very rewarding.

I do not have a fenced in yard. Obedience course is the way to go and hopefully we can take the next step toward his
therapy dog title.

Best of luck Love Riley and Allen

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Mar 08, 2018 at 08:03
• Deborah
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Cheryl, I hope the breeder will understand your decision. Better to realize that you aren't ready for a puppy before you actually get one! Everyone is different. After Kelsie passed, my hubby thought we were too old to start over with another pup but when he saw Emmie, he decided age was just a number! Keep us in the loop during your search!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Roo's Mom
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Mar 08, 2018 at 09:43
• Cheryl
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I tried communicating again, but no response, so guess I'll have to let it go on my end. I tried.

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MacNMe
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Mar 09, 2018 at 10:18
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I'm in your age group, and I don't think I will have another puppy either.  I really don't want to leave any orphans when the time comes.  Fia (just turned 1) is the granddaughter of my Piper and son of my Bubba, and she will be the last puppy.  Col.Potter is a very good organization, and if something happens to the 2 of you, they will place your dog so that it won't be orphaned.


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Diana
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Mar 09, 2018 at 13:17
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Yes that's definitely plenty of notice, perhaps she is just busy and will get back to you when she gets a chance. I wouldn't worry, you wont be the first person to have changed their mind, no money was exchanged and the pups haven't even been born.

I know my parents didn't want to take on a puppy so we were lucky to find Mollie an ex-breeding dog aged 5 for Mum a couple of years ago, such a wonderful find. Probably just as well as my Dad is now her sole caretaker as my Mum passed away suddenly recently.

Do what is best for you is my motto. Hope you get some good news really soon. Good luck.

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Willie
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Mar 09, 2018 at 16:14
• Theo
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Diana, I am so very sorry to hear about your Mum, my condolences to you and your family,

hugs and love, Theo and Willie xoxox

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Diana
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Mar 10, 2018 at 07:05
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Thanks Theo

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Willie
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Mar 09, 2018 at 16:32
• Theo
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Cheryl, I wouldn't worry too much about the breeder. You never know why she is busy, could be family matters or health problems. I think you are worrying too much and needlesly too ;) 

I think you and Trip have made a very thoughtful decision. Yes, the idea of a puppy is exciting and very tempting but when you think of the activity level of a pup it can bring you back to reality. I think we have all been there and done that at one point or other :) Like me wanting to buy a motorcycle last year.. haha I'm pushing 70 this year, but oh how I would love to have one again.

Wait for Roo to do his magic, he will send the right pup your way, 
hugs to you both, Theo and Willie


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robin and presley
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Mar 10, 2018 at 09:25
• Sandi
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Cheryl  I think the breeder would understand.  I am around your age and I really  wouldn't want to get a puppy.  All of ,westies have been rescues raning from 4 to 5 years of age.  there are so many of them looking for a good home it just makes since to adopt. 

good luck with Coi. Potter I know they will find the right one for you and  am sure that Roo will have something to do with it.


take care


sandi robin Presley and buster at the bridge


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NimbySue
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Mar 10, 2018 at 13:15
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I am sure someone will come into your lives again one way or another Cheryl, and through Dear Roo and maybe even fostering..but then fall in love!!..Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Roo's Mom
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Mar 11, 2018 at 11:03
• Cheryl
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We have now been approved for adoption by Col. Potter. Next is being assigned a Matchmaker. Saw a 2-year old male cairn on their site this morning and he sounds great, but unfortunately he is in South Carolina. I told Trip we should go on vacation down there and he rolled his eyes at me!

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Mar 11, 2018 at 13:13
• Deborah
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Wonderful news Cheryl! If you're matched with a dog in another state, do they have volunteers who will transport him/her?
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Roo's Mom
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Mar 11, 2018 at 14:59
• Cheryl
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That is something we have to work out. He could be flown to us ?$) Or a transport. Or possibly I might have some TC friends who might be able to help.

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