Do you Dog?

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I can literally FEEL myself giving in.

#1 son wants a dog.  I don’t hate dogs; I’ve just never had one.  We currently have three cats so a dog is a huge commitment.  Yes the boy knows what he’s getting into since he’s got 2 dogs at his dad’s to take care of but he’s only there every other weekend and there’s a huge difference between 4 days a month and 26 days a month.

So, do you have a dog?  What kind?  How big is it and what’s so special about it?

I’m thinking mid-sized dog, even tempered, sociable etc.  My son’s friend’s step-dad’s dog is having puppies (part catahoula and part australian sheppard) which I’m afraid they’d be too smart and too bored to leave alone all day with three cats.

12 thoughts on “Do you Dog?

  1. Our friends just got a dog, and it is a lot of work (as you know), especially with the training involved. They find it rewarding however.

    We don’t dog because of allergies, alas.

    Best of luck!

  2. We’ve got two dogs. We think one’s a Chow/Shephard mix, and we got him from the pound when my 11yo daughter was 2. He’s a great dog — a friendly type who’d rather make friends with the stray animals who show up in our yard than attack them. And he’s medium-large at 55 lbs.

    The other is a retriever mix who adopted us a couple years ago (read: he was a stray who decided to start camping out on our front porch). He’s a pain in the neck who marks everything in sight, which means when I bring the dogs in from the backyard at night, they both go straight to the garage. No house dogs for us!

    I’ve had dogs all my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  3. I’ve had dogs. Had cats. Had both simultaneously.
    Have had cats living with a very small 7-pound terrier, and a huge 120-pound Shepherd.
    It can get interesting. :yell:

    A lot depends on personalities, I think. If the cats are very territorial, there’s a problem. If the dog is very aggressive, there’s a problem.
    It’s usually better to introduce a very YOUNG animal to an already-existing batch. And if you decide to do this, you’ll wanna implement it when you have some time at home, to keep an eye on things…
    They can actually become very attached to each other! If not, they’ll push to find each other’s limits and, hopefully, respect them. :pleasepleaseplease:
    I think you can also count on it being more work than the kid may realize, so you may need the cooperation of #2 too, lol. Dogs do require more attention, IMHO–but they’re also usually more affectionate.
    Luck to ya, babe. :meow:

  4. Thanks everyone for weighing in! I think, after some consideration, I’m going to wait until we get new floors in before we invest in a dog.

  5. I’ve had dogs all my life, and trained them professionally for years. If you get one, research the breeds to make sure you get one that’s best for your lifestyle–sounds like you’re ten steps ahead of the game already though, knowing that the pup you mentioned might be too smart to be left alone all day! 🙂

    Training and the right dog is the key. Make sure you have time to properly train it from the get go, and that’ll prevent 75% of behavioral problems from starting in the first place.

    On my new website I’ll have articles on how to choose the right dog for your family, and the importance of training (and how!) Let me know if you want the articles ahead of time!

    Good luck! I miss having a dog, but right now since we’re petless (except for the mice) we’re holding off on getting more pets so we can travel easily for a while. But soon, I need cats and dogs and more mice and … anything I can get my hands on! LOL

  6. both our dogs are mutts … one is two different kids of shepards and is 50-60 pounds; the other dog is *supposedly* part German shepard and part St Bernard – but if she is she is the runt of both breeds as she’s only about 40 pounds

  7. Well, as you know, I just got an Olde English Bulldogge. I love him to bits but puppies are a HUGE committment, and my cats haven’t forgiven me and they don’t come out of the bedroom now. You need to be careful of pissing the cats off, one neighborhood cat scratched Salem’s eye in two spots. He’s lucky that cat didn’t scratch the actual eyeball.

    Any dog in the mastiff line are calm dogs. But you’ve got about 2 years of hyper puppyhood before that!

  8. Tracy I totally love your dog but I’m not sure I want something that big!

    Larissa I’ll definitely be hollaring at you!

  9. I have a dog, for the same reason you’re getting one. She’s part sharpei and part shepard, good size, good natured, a pound rescue.

    But trust me, it’s like having a baby all over again, especially if you’re used to cats!

  10. I do not have a dog right now because the apartment complex won’t allow it. I do have three cats, whom I adore.

    I used to have a West Highland Terrier. They’re VERY smart and loyal — and cheerful. It takes a lot to piss a Westie off. I was really little when I had him, and he was very pateint w th me. When I leave this place, I want to get another Westie.

    I really want to adopt ex-racer greyhounds as well — very smart, almost feline dogs, but you need to give them total attention the first two weeks — with an active lifestyle, you might not have the time. But they are one of the most affectionate breeds out there, and you can get cat-safe ones from rescue agencies.

    It’s a big decision — good luck.