I do not have a cat, we travel to my brother-in-laws house often; he has a cat. My B loved cats as much as other dogs.
My son is 14 and my daughter is 10. I do have a Lab, and like B's, having another dog helps with the boredom. Before our Lab, our B was happy, but after we got a Lab, he was ecstatic. When our energy failed, he had a pal. Both labs and B's are high-energy dogs. The two were matched in energy, but not in aquatics. We had a pond in the community where we lived. We would take both dogs to it, my lab would swim, and my B would play with the kids. I am pro breeder; we purchased our lab from a breeder. The money and distance is not a problem for me. I see how many dogs need homes, and puppies are the first dogs chosen. It is harder to place older dogs.
I have fostered several dogs. Some came from puppy mills and the others abandoned. Our Springer Spaniel was abandoned at 10 years old; we kept him until he had to be put to sleep because of age. My B was also a stray; I found him wandering around my friend?s neighborhood. He was hungry, flea and tick infested, wounded and he had BB's underneath his fur. I searched her neighborhood for three days (it only has about 10 streets.) I also put an ad in the paper for 10 days, called the local pound and human society, and put up fliers. Not one person attempted to contact the shelters or me. In the end, I kept him and found out he was the best dog for me.
I used to prefer cats, but something about Mo made me LOVE him. He had many cat characteristics, minus for the sharp nails. I have a feeling I know the reason he was abandoned. He is a B, he had immense energy, if you left him alone with nothing to do he would chew, chew, and chew. I usually crumbled newspapers into balls and tossed them all over the house. He really enjoyed shredding them. I did not need to continue this after we got our Lab; she enjoyed the B 500 as well.
I already know the breed is for me, and I am willing to wait until I find a B that will work with my family. Do you realize if more people did their research before they purchased a dog; there would not be as many strays as there is.
I have looked at every B on the BRAT page. Some of the ones that available are not a fit. For instance, if the ad states: (needs to be only dog) I already know that this will not work. I would hate to find a dog, bring him home, only to find out he does not like children or other dogs.
I am not against purchasing a dog from a breeder. If I had to, I would drive to another state. My husband is in the military, we are actually in Maryland right now. We drove here from Tennessee and since have traveled to Iowa and back. In July, we are moving to Louisiana; so driving is not an issue. I just like the IDEA of RESCUE.
I have found a site that features more B's, but many are mixes. I liked the breed because of their distinctive traits. I would be fearful that the traits would be different with a mixed breed. One my favorite characteristics are the no barking, but yodeling. My dog was also very clever and corky.
I have started my search now, because I know that it may take me a while to find a B. In the end, if I have to go to a breeder I will. I however, prefer to select the less fortunate dogs that need homes. I also want to be sure that the B is a good fit for my family. It is the RESPONSIBLE thing to do