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 or divorce for example - and this is where Breed Rescue Clubs do exactly what their name suggests - come to the rescue and save 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 healthy and wholesome diet, and sufficient exercise to keep them supple and healthy, they make very very loving companions - we know - we have some.
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 / National Canine Defence League.
Another very well known shelter for stray and unwanted dogs. They have the fine
reputation of never putting down a healthy dog - well worth your support - by helping re-home - or as a scource of dog toys and other accessories.
The Blue Cross.
Yet another very reputable animal charity - always on the lookout for homes for unwanted pets - and very well worth your support................
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.... cheer yourself up!