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July 18, 2005


Blogmom Bou is considering getting the boys a dog.

Everyone is leaving their advice in her comments. I had to make mine a seperate post.

Adopt vs. Buy

I've always been one to adopt. There are so many dogs out there that have been left without a home. Good dogs! Especially since the war started, dogs are just being let go to survive on their own or brought to an animal shelter. There is an animal shelter in Hinesville, GA (big Army base) that if they find a dog without a collar, it only get's to stay for 3 days. If the dog has a collar, 10 days. Otherwise, they are euthanzied. It's very sad.

I adopted Kiki. She was 2 months old and was found on the side of a highway. There *are* good dogs at the shelter.

From what I've read and experienced, mixed dogs/mutts are better behaved and have less health problems.

Female vs. Male. For years, we always got male dogs because of what we had heard about females being more aggressive. My issue with male dogs? I get grossed out when they get "excited" and their thingy pokes out. Female dogs...get them spayed as soon as you can (6 weeks old). Then you don't have to put up with them being in heat and they don't get the chance to be aggressive.

Small dog vs. Big dog. I always had medium/large dogs growing up. I thought the small little dogs were obnoxious! I still agree with that to a point. I lucked out big time with Kiki. She thinks she's a big dog but fits in your lap! She likes to play and she likes to be loved. No bitchiness. So keep in mind whether it's going to be an indoor/outdoor dog (and then don't tell me if you are going to leave it outside 24/7). Depends on the size of your home.

If I could have more dogs, I would. I hate the fact that there are great dogs sitting at the shelter that would be loyal family members that may die if someone doesn't come along within 3-10 days!

For Bou and fam, my first suggestion is a Golden Retriever like dog. My dad has one. He is great with my little sister and all the other kids, was very easy to train and is all about giving love. In my experience, they don't get really hyper like some other dogs. Downside? They are large dogs that shed. They need to be walked and/or have plenty of room to run in a yard.

So it all depends on the family dynamic, what kind of "personality" traits you want, and what size poop you are willing to pick up!

I'll have to write a whole other post on bringing the puppy/dog home and starting training.

To anyone else considering getting a dog or more dogs. All I can say is ADOPT ADOPT ADOPT!!!

Posted by Sissy at July 18, 2005 11:56 PM | TrackBack

I agree. We adopted our French Mastiff. Loved every moment of it.

Posted by: VW Bug at July 19, 2005 08:44 AM

TOTALLY AGREE!! There are such good dogs at the shelters. PetSmart usually showcases them on the weekends outside of their stores and in their stores during the week sometimes. And if you are looking for a pure breed you would be surprised at how many the pound has. Lots of georgeous pure breds and cutie pie mixed breeds :) Not to mention the pure bred rescue societies that try to place these dogs in loving homes when people can no longer take care of them like "Golden Retreiver Rescue" would be something you would search for on the internet to see if there are any in your area. So please ADOPT!

Posted by: napster at July 19, 2005 10:02 AM

We have some research to do. Part of my issues with the shelters is I don't know what's happened to the dogs. I don't have a lot of room for chance here as I have kids who are phobic. I need to do the puppy thing as they are SO terrified of adult dogs. Until you see it, you can't understand how petrified they are. It borders between horrific to see such a young person so terrified and funny... as its unbelievable.

So I'm searching. I need a low maintenance dog as I don't have time in my life with three boys for a lot of grooming. I need one that is medium sized as big will bowl them over and too small could be dangerous for the dog.

Machelle sent me link to look and it said to get a whippet? :) What the heck? Sounds like something a Bad Example family member should get. *grin*

So I am researching. If it was just me and my spouse or if our kids were not phobic, we would adopt in a heart beat from a shelter. I am more inclined to adopt from a breeder... as an adult dog from a breeder.

This should be interesting.

Posted by: Bou at July 19, 2005 05:55 PM

Shelters have puppies! Lots of them. Just look, you never know when you'll find the diamond in the rough!

Posted by: Sissy at July 19, 2005 08:17 PM

Go big so that when the boys try to ride it like a pony, the dog won't be damaged :-)

Posted by: Harvey at July 20, 2005 07:41 AM