Newport Beach, CA
The first Italian Greyhound we bought at Russo's had kennel cough and our 2 free vet visits covered it and the dog quickly recovered (after she relapsed). Our dog was the runt of the liter with a strong stubbornness. She was smaller than local Italian Greyhound breeds but closer to the AKC standards. We've had her for a year now and she has developed into a sweet dog. We get compliments about her every time we see other Italian Greyhound owners. An Italian Greyhound group meets at Irvine Bark Park every Sunday at 8AM. Recently we had the chance to adopt another Italian Greyhound through a contact in the group but the dog was larger and had more fun with another person's IG so he went home with them. This dog found the other person's dog out of 20 Italian Greyhounds at the park. It was a much better match for them but it got us thinking about another dog again. Our dog could use a companion during the day when we are at work.
So we went back to Russo's just to look but I got attached to another female puppy Italian Greyhound. That mini room with a bench should be called the attachment room (or Sucker Seat) because I got emotionally attached. If we got a puppy, we could start from scratch with the dog training and end up with the development we want. We need training again and we've watched about 35 episodes of Dog Whisperer so we're ready and we'll include the first dog too. Our first dog graduated dog preschool by learning one trick but that's about it. She's a one-trick-pony.
Alternatively, taking on someone else's dog or a shelter dog is noble and less expensive, but we know our limitations and we are no Cesar Milan. The last thing that my wife and I wanted to do was pay another $1000 dollars for an additional dog, but I can sell more of my stuff (toys) on Ebay to make up for it. Also...if you amortize the price of the dog over the life of the dog it is very little compared to the price of all of the food, vet visits, crazy dog outfits and houses and dog stuff you'd buy anyway. We did it. we forked out the money, and we got another really nice purebred puppy. It will turn out the way we train it because of all the time we will invest. This new puppy after the first vet visit has a little cold (no kennel cough) and they will monitor the back knee caps (patellas) that are a little flexible (level 1) but she will probably develop fine. With our first dog I had her pull an R.C. car around the neighborhood to build up her leg muscles and prevent a broken leg.
All-in-all I feel that you really get what you pay for at Russo's.
My wife and I are very happy with both dog that we bought.