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Subject: I want a puppy
Date Posted: 5/31/2008 9:19 PM ET
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Hubby says no. So while I work on him what should I read? I have checked with my home owners insurance so certain breeds/mixs are out. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 12:24 AM ET
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Just a quick question- What does your homeowners insurance have to do with getting a puppy?  I own a house and have 2 dogs (mutts) and did not consulted my homeowners insurance before getting them. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I would first practice getting up every hour for the first two weeks, then every two hours, to let your puppy out to pee.  Then....  just to visualize how your furniture will look.... take a little sharp tool and hammer it into your furniture legs over and over and over.....  then get down on all 4's and look around to see what you can grab with your teeth, or pull off with a paw and chew to smithereens.   Then, just to see what it will look like, pour some lemonade on your carpet/floors and practice cleaning up those lil potty puddles :)    hm.... maybe plop some chocolate pudding at the door or behind the chair too......   wait... leave the pudding out for a few days so you really get the full smell effect.

We just got two black lab puppies about 3 weeks ago i think it was...(the days have all blurred together)  It's a good thing they are so flappin cute because wow are they puppies.   I have had some time off to stay with them and  followed them around to swap out a chew bone/toy when they start chewing on other stuff.  They are quick though. 

I get up and feed them, take them for a little walk or take them to the tennis courts that are enclosed and let them run and chase balls for awhile... Puppies have lots of energy.  They go down for a nap then and now about 4 hours later i take them out again.  they nap again for another 4.  Usually around 5-6 i feed them again and then off for another little walk or play time outside and that's when we work on sit and stay and fetch (only a short time for now because they are so young.)  they get so rambunctious in the house..... then they finally lay down to sleep around 9-10.  Now they get up about every 4 hours in the night.  

 I wish i knew how to post pictures because they are the cutest little guys.   We've already been to the vet for shots.  It's been about 400 on both pups so far.  So be prepared for that.

husband and son begged for a puppy.  I told them nooooooooooooo  please nooooooooo  but they PROMISED they would do ALL the work..... and guess what......

yeah i'm still thinking of a way they can pay me back for this. But then the little guys look up at me with those puppy dog eyes.....

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 12:13 PM ET
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Sheila's post is very funny - but it's OH SO TRUE! Before you get a puppy read "Marley & Me" and see if you could handle a dog like that. Because he's not the worst one I've ever heard of, he's fairly normal.

Have you considered an adult dog? A lot of times they're pre-housetrained, already know not to jump or bite, know how to walk on a leash, and if you get one that's over age 2 the chewing is at a minimum.

As for the homeowner's insurance, good for you for doing your research. There are a few insurance companies that will refuse coverage for bully breeds (pit bulls, bull terriers, american bulldog, and sometimes english bulldogs), rotties, chows, and akitas or huskies. It depends on your carrier.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:39 AM ET
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Sheila has it down!

I will never, ever get another puppy as long as I live. (Though I do love my sweet doggie who is now 10.)

Puppyhood is HELL.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:36 AM ET
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I'm going to B&N to get that book, Marley and Me.  One of our pups is Marley!  Right now they have a sock, one on each end... taking turns pulling the other one across the room on it's tummy.   Wish I could teach them to load/unload the dishwasher.  ----ew no wait..... just picking up toys would be nice.... 



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Get a Maltese.  They are beautiful, playful and are as smart as some humans I know :)

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 11:27 PM ET
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pick one of these lil guys. It's their last days....  (I can't sleep now)

 

http://www.spaldingcountyanimalshelter.com/last.htm

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 11:51 AM ET
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Get a dog that needs a home!  Rescue dogs are so grateful...they worship the ground you walk on.  It's like they know you saved their lives...and they add so much to yours.  The best thing (next to having my daughter) is rescuing my Maggie.  She reminds me everyday what unconditional love is really about!

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 4:01 PM ET
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Sheila has it down!

I will never, ever get another puppy as long as I live

I so agree! That's why we adopted two adult dogs. But dummy me fostered 4 puppies at one time, talk about nuts! Those little stinkers took me down more than once lol. Each would get on each side of my foot and grab my shoestrings and bite my ankles. They were so stinking cute though!



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Date Posted: 6/27/2008 11:14 AM ET
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I'd suggest www.petfinder.org and suggest an older dog, at least a year to keep your husband from hating you and the dog immediatley.  If it is the cuteness of puppyhood you are wanting and are unsure of an older dog, just pick a smaller breed. they stay infinitely cute forever.  But, my husband is NOT a dog person and we got a six month old puppy and I thought it was going to be the end of us. He was not accepting AT ALL of the puppy behavior. I think if the dog had been six months older then the transition would have been much easier.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 7:55 PM ET
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I love browsing petfinde and the local shelters. Although I know the shelters have more animals then they post on the websites. I have read Ceaser's books and others I have found at the library.  I also like that lady that does the dog training on Animal Planet. 

I do know there are certain breeds I don't want. Like the ones that are true working dogs and like to herd. Although they all need to do something to get rid of their energy. I don't want something to small because I have some young kids.  To late in the year for a puppy. I don't want to being going out at night during the winter to potty. During the day will be bad enough. 

I think two labs at once would drive me batty as well :)

My husband was not a cat person, but I managed to get one of those. She sleeps most of the time.

Subject: Getting a Puppy
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 3:21 PM ET
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Please DON'T go to a pet store or a breeder, many support puppy mills. Please adopt from a dog shelter or a rescue operation. Make sure you have the time, money and temperament to raise a puppy. If a puppy is not for you, there are a lot of great, trained dogs in need of a home!

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Adopt a rescued dog!   Go to your local Petsmart or Petco.  They do not sell dogs or cats, but they work with rescue groups all the time and give them space for their adoption events.  Or petfinder.com.  If there is a specific breed you prefer, use google.  There are rescue groups that handle specific breeds.  Adult dogs or puppies, rescue groups have them all.

I have two rescue dogs.  One is a siberian husky.  She was approximately 2-3 years old when we adopted her six years ago.  And the other is a mutt who was a little puppy when we adopted him.  Both of these dogs are great. 

The difference with rescue groups vs. "the pound" is that rescue dogs are put in "foster care".  They are living with rescue  people who are able to evaluate their temperament and physical needs, etc.  They do their best to "match" their dogs to a new family.  When you go to the pound, you don't know what you're getting. 

Do research on the breeds you are interested in because they all have good and bad points.  Be an informed dog shopper.  Some breeds need lots of exercise (labs!), and others are more laid back. 

And if you get a puppy, I highly recomment crate training.  I've had dogs all my life, but when I  adopted my puppy from the rescue groups, they recommended it.  I thought it was cruel to "cage" a dog, but it really wasn't.  It was his "cave".  He felt safe in there.  When I would have to go to bed or leave the house, he would sleep in there.  He didn't do any damage, and it helped housetrain him  fast!  Dogs are not going to "mess" where they sleep unless they really really have to.   I think he was the fastest dog I have ever housetrained.  And, he very rarely got yelled at for chewing or destroying things when he was unsupervised. 

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:47 AM ET
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Puppyhood is HELL.

lol, yes, we learned this with our guiding eyes dog, Jeff.  We had him for the first 12 months, for all the training and puppy destructiveness, and now he's gone on to be a great, smart guide dog.  He's the best behaved dog I've ever seen.  But of course, we can't get another dog, 'cause all my dad remembers is the puppy-drama.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:47 AM ET
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Puppyhood is HELL.

lol, yes, we learned this with our guiding eyes dog, Jeff.  We had him for the first 12 months, for all the training and puppy destructiveness, and now he's gone on to be a great, smart guide dog.  He's the best behaved dog I've ever seen.  But of course, we can't get another dog, 'cause all my dad remembers is the puppy-drama.

But they are so freakin' cute when they're little.



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