Pets in What's that got to do with anything? Posted May 25, 2006 *particular brands of dogfood *how to choose a good vet? *need to take dog to vet soon after adoption despite/in addition to shelter shots etc.? *frequency of grooming/bathing? (not me, the dog) *do shelter dogs have indoor "accidents" for the first few days after they come home? if so, how to break this habit, reassure? etc. FOOD:Premium brands are worth the extra money, even though as soon as I type this, someone will invariably tell the tale of their pup that lived 26 years on tobacco and catfood, or whatever. Premium brands have a leaner form of protein, so each calorie counts more. large breed and small breed dogs really benefit from specialized foods, in my opinion. VET:I think personal recomendations are the best. Ideally, close by in case of an emergency. And, ask about emergency coverage..I prefer a veterinary group i/o a solo practitioner so that I know calls are answered. Puppie never eat a package of bic razors during office hour time. I always bring new additions within a day or two..I would say this is especially important for ashelter pup, since they have a greater exposure to various canine diseases ACCIDENTS:If its a puppy, it will need full training..it has been in the crate/cage for most of its life, so most likely has not been started on training. An older dog might have be trained, but depending on how/why they ended up in the shelter, might regress. MISC:I am a big advocate of crate training. Good Luck. leslie, Robbie has such a soulful look in that picture! How handsome!