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20 April 2009

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colleen

I have just heard from my beautician that she has a client whose scotties have just had a litter so I am taking the plunge and getting a mate for Dolly! I am probably going to seriously regret it with pee pee and doggy doo doo all over the house but maybe old Dolly needs a friend too. Scotties are great as they are not barkers and obviously highly intelligent so put it past Gary!

Julie

I guess the gamble with a brak is that, as you don't know what breeds it has in its bloodline, you also don't know what traits it may be pre-disposed to. For instance some people choose to avoid breeds which are recognised has having high "prey drive", or maybe you would want to avoid the frantic energy levels of a breed like a Jack Russell (and I'm generalising here, not picking on any particular breed), but with a shelter dog you have no idea.

I've personally owned both - pedigree Rhodesian Ridgebacks and shelter dogs, and had wonderful experiences with both.

Put the word out that you are looking - maybe talk to your local vet. In today's economic climate there must be families who are looking at rehoming pets for financial reasons - if you can find the right match for you, and it's already been tested as "family friendly and kiddie-proof" then it's a win-win - you get a great dog without the hassles of the puppy stage, and a healthy animal who may otherwise have ended up in a shelter gets a great new home.

Kelli

I haven't commented in quite a while, but I had to after this post. So funny, I remember your exact post about dogs, because I posted about the same thing at the same time. We did, however, end up with two dogs (one purebred mini dachsund and a border collie from the shelter) and they are both pretty great. Although they do not sleep in our bed, lick my face or any of the other things you mentioned, I don't mind them most of the time. As for pedigree, one is and one isn't and they both have equally good personalities.

Good luck, Mel!

KESW

One nice thing about "braks" (I think we Americans call them mutts) is that like any "hybrid," they have more resistance to hereditary diseases or disorders. I had a rescue dog once who was actually the product of an "oops" litter between a purebred and a mutt, so we knew somewhat what his temprament would be.
I would definitely advise going young, even puppy (I know it's scary) because they train the best. It is hard to break an old dog's habits! And really, a lot of the problems dogs have are really the product of bad training on the part of their owners. Read up on it, take a course, and most important BE CONSISTENT. Almost any dog can turn out amazing with a good trainer.

apieceofwood

I love dogs and have them myself. We've always rescued dogs as the tend to be housetrained, you don't have to go through the chewing stage and they are likely to know if they are good with kids...

SuePoo

Be brave. Get a Golden Retriever like Shelly!

Jane

You may remember my agonizing over the dog decision. I NEVER wanted a dog, and now we have cute annoying endearing Roxy.

We got her when she was 6 months old.

Worked out pretty perfectly for us actually. She;s just turned 1 and is totally part of the family, and we take her everywhere! ;)

Jane

Def read up on dog and puppy training and how to make sure the dog knows it is a dog and it's place in your family hierarchy. It helped us a lot...

Start here:
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/ready.htm

Tracey

Ha! You have NO chance, Surfer-chick: Fifi showed today that she is in luuurve with Great Danes! And she chooses well: They are gentle, don't bark a lot, don't chew, are really, really funny, and can reach your shoulders to hug you.... and that's a BIG reach!! Please get a girly so I don't have to stalk girly GD owners in the park for a girlfiend for Moses - he badly needs one,and I don't know how to chat up chicks - especially doggy ones =)! xx

Ann

Hi there
My daughter and I volunteer at the SPCA every Saturday .... We love the shelter dogs as they have huge personality and you would be doing the right thing. I understand and hear both sides of the story - just beg you not to buy from pet shops. Good luck and I can guarantee you'll be in love in no time!!!

Julia

I am like you and do not like dogs. However Joshua has been asking for one and I have thus far successfully managed to delay the inevitable. I have no idea how to choose a good dog either. I told him to wait another year at least. In the meantime I am busy preparing myself psychologically for the possibility of a dog.

How is Phoebe and her mama??

Cat

Oh I remember your post! Off course, I am very partial towards Marleys (Labradors) - they make great childrens dogs but you have to train them - as they are so freaking clever. I really would avoid pet shops and look for a good breeder. If your kids were bigger I would do a shelter dos, but the problem is with not knowing about biting etc. That's exactly why I love Labs - they are positively the most lovable dogs ever. BTW spaniels are exceptionally bad biters - not a good idea for a kid.

dawnielle

Get a Golden. Maybe one that's a year old if you don't want to go through the 4th child (I mean puppy) thing. Our golden was a saint. Our lab, he just ain't! He's very cute tho....sheds a TON. Hate that part as he's white. He is good company, and unlike hubs and kids they train just by giving them food!

LizM

There are many many wonderful breeds. Yes, labs and goldens are nice but don't get onejust because lots of other people did. Read up on different breeds and their temperaments and habits. Look for a breeder who breeds for a nice temperament and not just looks. Also go to a breeder that has parent(s) on the premises and "meet" some of their dogs. You'll want to see papers and make sure that the breeder doesn't practice inbreeding.

angel

I think I'll stick to my precious feline furbabies thank you very much.

june

From what I know, you want a mixed breed dog, not a pure pedigree, this may lead you to the pound, but you don't want a totally abused hound. Your best bet is a young (but not puppy staged) dog that belonged to someone who loved it, but no longer has the ability to care for it (older person or family moving somewhere that doesn't allow dogs, financial hardship, etc).

If you get a pedigree dog, make sure to research how to check for inbreeding in the breeders records. Some rescue organizations have half pedigree mutts that were oops babies, and these puppies live with rescue foster parents and will generally turn out to be good dogs (and a bargain).

ALSO, if dog hair totally grosses you out, you might want to consider a dog that doesn't shed much, like a poodle. I used to think poodles where kind of goofy dogs, but our neighbor has the BEST poodle who loves my 15 month old son and will let him do anything to her.

Jeanne

My brother has Great Dane and she is an absolute star with small kids. She is never rough or aggressive with them but very protective if she perceives a threat. She does not bark a lot and needs surprisingly little exercise. BUT... she eats a ton and when she is left outside the kitchen door and she can hear her family inside, she has been known to chew on the door...

Bev

Have to chuckle about this... My hubby was totally against getting another dog but between the kids and I we spoke him into getting a Jack Russell - the little pups are totally adorable. Well.... she now only has eyes for him and smiles at him and lies next to him on the couch. He also adores her, but refuses to admit it. You'll probably find eventually that you'll be the one that loves the dog more than anyone else in the family... :)

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