I must NOT get a dog *repeat ad infinitum*

cocker spaniel puppy

I have been pondering getting a dog for quite some time. They’re such fun animals to have around the house, and I think Zack and Max would both benefit from having a furry friend around as a companion.

It’s definitely *not* the time for us to actually get a dog though. Here are some reasons why:

  • The cost. These days it’s hard to get a dog for ‘free’, and even if that’s possible there’s still the initial starting-up costs that come with owning a dog.
  • Can you imagine me going for walks with Zack in one hand, pushing Max in the buggy, AND having a dog on a leash? Yeah… me neither (although it could be rather amusing to watch!).
  • Max may need many appointments over the next year or so to help find out what’s going on with his hearing, not to mention speech therapy etc.
  • We’ve just moved to a new town. Getting a new dog could be a good way of meeting people, or a really *awful* way to end up having people avoid me.
  • Did I mention the cost?
  • The doghair. Mind you, I have a long-haired cat already, so it couldn’t be *that* much worse, right?
  • Having even less time for myself. I’m finally starting to be able to chill out in the evenings with the boys going to bed by 7pm. I’m betting I’d end up with a dog that was hyper and wanted to play once they were in bed instead of just falling asleep in front of the fire. Not that that says anything about my general demeanor or lack of leadership skills *cough*.
  • Once the boys are at school I will be looking for a job of some sort. It wouldn’t really be fair to have to leave the poor mutt alone while I’m working now would it?

So… for all the reasons above I must NOT get a dog.

How long do you think it will be till I crack and get one anyway?

A few months…

A year…

5 years…

5 weeks?

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  1. October 10, 2009 / 3:37 pm

    Hiya,

    We got a black lab 7 years ago. My brother and I thought we would loooooove a dog so much and we did – we loved him so much that we never trained him. This resulted in the dog becoming a bit naughty. Actually, he became really naughty. We let him on the beds, gave him table scraps etc because he was a cute little puppy and there’s plenty time to train them, right?

    With nobody but ourselves to blame, he grew up to be a lab who literally ran for the hills whenever he got the chance to get out of the front door (my parents stay kinda in the country, meaning that when the dog escaped it was hours before we got him back), he chewed furniture, ripped up neighbours plants… he wasn’t vicious, just incredibly hyper and undisciplined. I moved out to go to college, my brother worked full time as well as my parents so leaving him on his own got him too pent up, his behaviour just got worse, he would bark all day, driving neighbours mad. My mum decided to give him away. It broke her heart, but he just wasn’t getting the care he needed, which is so embarrassing for me to admit, poor dog! We gave him to a couple with their own farmland, and hear from them from time to time though 🙂

    We did learn though, we have a black lab now who has been trained since we brought him home. He doesn’t get upstairs at all, not on the beds, no table scraps, he sits at the road before crossing on command, lies in the garden without being pinned down – sounds great? It took so much time to train him to be that way. I spent the 5 months summer hols from uni taking him out every day in all weathers for at least an hour for training! It is definitely hard work. Also puppies require feeding in the middle of the night just like babies do, and often cry/whine a lot when left alone at night, it can take a while to train them out of this, definitely a few sleepless nights!! I’m sure you know all this already, lol! My mum actually said she would rather have another baby at one point!!!

    As with all animals, you get out what you put in. The ideal dog is a great idea, but I, along with many others, didn’t realise just how much putting-in you have to do to get that perfect dog out.

    I don’t want to put you off, lol! They are great for kids and security. There is one woman I know who has neglected to train her dog so much that her children are forbidden to go near it, and it spends most of its life outside. What way is that to treat an animal when it’s her fault?!

    Dogs are brilliant, but only if you really have the time to put into training them I guess lol 🙂

  2. Faeldray
    October 10, 2009 / 5:59 pm

    I have to say that I have a different experience with Kirsty. We got Blacky our black Lab (I didn’t name her) from a family in the city who had trouble with her jumping over fences. Blacky escaped the first night and wandered around our very small town…but was back the next morning. She never ran away again, not when we were around. For the first year we did have to make sure she was tied up when we left because she would attempt to follow us otherwise.

    I never really gave her any formal training…she knew how to sit for treats and not snap for them, and mostly came when she was called, but that was about the extent. In the first couple months she would chew some things and she occasionally dug in our numerous gardens but other than that, she was a very mellow and nice dog. After that first year, she wouldn’t try to follow us everywhere any more so we were confident about leaving her untied all by herself while we were at school or work.

    If she had any excess energy, it was taken up by hunting field mice in the fields right next to my parent’s 2-acre property. For the most part, she was content with hanging around with us when we were outside and laying outside the glass patio door when we were inside.

    Blacky was an outside dog except for the rare times it was dreadfully cold outside and my parents brought her in to sleep in the laundry room. But she was the kindest dog I have ever met and well-behaved for the most part. I would have trusted her around the smallest child.

    So really I would have to say it all depends on the dog. They have different personalities just like us.
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  3. October 11, 2009 / 1:57 pm

    It’s the lack of time that I’d be able to spend that puts me off getting one at the moment. Maybe once Max is at nursery, then we’d have a good couple of hrs a day for training and walks etc… we shall see!

  4. October 11, 2009 / 1:59 pm

    Thanks for telling me Blacky’s story – it’s good to hear!
    As I said to Kirsty, I think I’ll wait till I have some more time to spend with a dog before I get one. Maybe a year or so… by that time we’ll all be that bit more settled with Zack at school and Max at nursery. That’s the idea anyway 😉

  5. October 11, 2009 / 2:01 pm

    That’s something I’ve been thinking about too!
    Gotta stay strong for now though, as it wouldn’t be fair to a dog at the mo when I can’t spend enough time on them.
    Lets see what’s going on this time next year eh…? hehe

  6. taz
    October 13, 2009 / 9:55 pm

    dogs are great for kids who have difficulty responding i agree with veronica on that one.. 🙂

    i think you will crack soon…

  7. October 13, 2009 / 10:10 pm

    Must wait till Max is at nursery this time next year so I can take a dog on walks properly etc and have more time to train one etc.

    So… we shall have to wait n see! 😉

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