I would really encourage you to investigate breed-specific rescues. You will pay more $ than if you adopted from a shelter. However, rescues generally will spay/neuter, have your dog up-to-date on all vaccinations, and have the dog already on heartworm preventative. Rescue dogs are often fostered, and so the foster home will generally teach the dog basic commands, crate training, and housebreaking. (Yes I am biased. I volunteer for a Border Collie rescue group.)I agree with your decision to buy your dogs a good dog food. Some of the cheap dog food is made out of ingredients that are not so good, although expensive doesn't necessarily mean good. A good dog food will *generally* have chicken meal or lamb meal as its first or second ingredient. I have been warned by many experienced dog owners not to buy any food with Ethoxyquin in it. Ethoxyquin can be used as an herbicide and some believe will cause cancer in dogs.I agree with jb/Commodore 64 when it comes to toys. I buy my dogs clearance toys, especially after Christmas when they are really cheap. Some shelters and rescues also will sell toys at a reasonable price. You may want to find a used crate if you plan on crate training your dog. I found one of my dog crates at a garage sale, and another was just being thrown out. Crates are really expensive if you buy them new.Leia
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