Doggin’ it

5 thoughts on “Doggin’ it”

  1. Big fan of that “when in doubt, don’t” type of advice. 🙂

    A few years back my wife brought home a Jack Russell puppy against my strenuous objections. The little bastard is a superlative pain in the ass, type A, OCD, ADHD, Napoleonic Dog.

    My wife seems to need animals around her, other than me. Damn her! It’s nice that you want to rescue, and ironic that you don’t have enough references. Maybe it’s a subtle hint from The Universe?? Who knows?

    [Ah, yes, the Universe. I forgot to factor that in. Will do so immediately. And no, terrier types wouldn’t be on my list; they’re too … uh … PITA, type A, OCD, ADHD, and Napoleonic.]

  2. My neighbor recently gave away her dog–for reasons not related to the bad economy. Taking care of a pet is a huge responsibility.

    [I know. That’s why I’m so skittish about taking it on again. I have a spoiled rotten indoor cat, but cats mostly maintain themselves. Dogs are needier.]

  3. On the one hand, the shelter cannot hand out the animals to just any Tom, Dick, and Harry. They want to screen to find a person who is serious. A person who understands this is a long-term commitment, it takes up a lot of time, and money. On the other hand, they are excluding YOU for this insane reason? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? With 40+ dogs being turned in per day, they ‘aughta count their lucky starts that someone wants to help out. Even if it didn’t work out, at least someone tried, right?

    I don’t know if I ever told you this but we had been in the market for a dachshund for approx. 6 months. I made an appointment to look at dogs in the shelter first (for the same reasons you gave basically) – there was a dad and daughter pair of “English Setters”- I researched the breed, knew their energy levels and their high demands to be exercised but was looking forward to meeting them. PT, are you ready for this? During the “interview” – the woman said, “I see you work nights? How are you going to care for the dog?” – – she basically told us we were “unfit” to adopt due to my work schedule. The huz and I were furious! Just furious that someone was telling us we weren’t good enough to give a HOMELESS dog(s) a loving home. That day we bought Cozmo and brought him home.

    Cozmo IS, the most spoiled rotten, most special boy, most loved and cherished pet…. we adore him more than words can say here. What was that lady thinking? Yes, yes, I know- they have to be careful. I am still a little bitter about it.

    When I get home from work in the morning, Cozmo greets me, I let him out and we go take a giant nap together. *His new little sister Bella is catching on nicely* He is rarely left alone, can do gobs of cool tricks, and has never had to be in a cage. He might be left alone for a few hours a month? If I have to grocery shop but someone is usually always home. He is a part of our life, our family. When I get home from the grocery store- he absolutely must run out w/ me and help bring in the groceries. He knows when the twins bus passes by in the afternoon and barks wildly at the door for his family to arrive. Also, the pups alternate sleeping with my twins. So, they have THE LIFE.

    I want to reassure you of something… at first, a new pup is A TON OF WORK. But, only for a few months. All that hard work and love you put in comes back to you a thousand-fold. If you want to go for it, let me know if you have any questions. I’ve actually gotten pretty good at this *pats myself on the back*

    I have two little sweethearts to show for it. Even my husband is in love with them now. Who would have ever thought that? I’ve caught him playing hide and seek- and also baby talking to them while he gives belly rubs. It’s crazy love! I am a crazy dog lady- and proud of it!

    That letter written from the dog’s perspective- sign me up- I’ll take 20 more! STAT! What a great way to make folks think about it from the dog’s side of view- so sweet, it made me a little teary!

    [I fully understand and appreciate the concerns of those at the shelter. I just don’t have any way to prove to them that I know what I’m doing, that I’ve raised dogs, obedience-trained dogs, know the breed temperaments, and even showed one dog. I’ve owned purebreds and I’ve taken in mutts off the street. Ah well, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and there are literally dozens of shelters and rescue groups in the area.

    Psst, I’d love to see your huz baby-talking your pups!]

  4. @ David – my bff also just got a Jack Russell puppy – the little freak of a dog was growling and biting at her kids faces- she had to be returned to the breeder. 🙁 Just thought I’d share. DOXIES ALL THE WAY MAN!!!

... and that's my two cents