For the Dog Owners:

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    May 09, 2008 11:37 PM GMT
    I am about to be a first time DAWG owner of a ridiculously adorable Puggle named Tucker (I am adopting him from his current owners who can not relo him to Florida as the new landlord will only accept one dog)icon_cry.gif

    But it's awesome for me as I have wanted a dog/Puggle for about 5 years now and have been doing my homework for quite a while - including taking care of my friend's pets - but for only shorter periods of time.

    My question to the group at large (and especially if you own a young puggle - dog in general) - what has your experience been negative/positive? How has it affected your life good/bad? Training? (He comes fully trained - MAJOR plus) Etc...

    Thanks for the input in advance
  • Nudista

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    May 10, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    I don't own the same breed as you but I have a 9 YR old Schipperke that I've raised since he was a small pup (see my pics) and just recently took in a 1Yr old Black Lab that my co-worker could not keep any longer-see my main profile photo for a pic of him.

    Both dogs have been an amazing experience overall. I love the outdoors and both these dogs are always up for whatever so its always fun to bring them along. They become like true friends and the bond you create is incredible. When your out people love to chat with ya...so great conversation starter too. It really helps if you choose a breed that fits your lifestyle. You must be patient and responsible with them but its a small price to pay for the tremendous friendship that you will be rewarded with.
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    May 10, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    I can't imagine life without my dog pals.

    I have a beagle (Ethel) and a black lab/Dalmatian mix (Marty) who got the best traits of both breeds. He is bouncy and fun (Dalmatian), but also gentle and affectionate (labrador).

    I wonder sometimes about people who don't like dogs. What part of being adored do they not like?

    Dogs need a lot of attention and affection. If you don't have that time, then it's best not to get one.
  • olden

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    May 10, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    I have had Kerry Blue Terriers for over 40 years. Your life will never be the same. There is such joy in having a friend that gives total love without any strings attached.

    Recommendation: As the dog gets older, look to buying another puppy. The baby will give the older dog a friend and a reason to keep active, and it will give you someone to cry with when the first one passes on. Kerry people call it Crossing the Rainbow Bridge.

    Good luck and have tons of fun.
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    May 10, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    olden said
    Recommendation: As the dog gets older, look to buying another puppy. The baby will give the older dog a friend and a reason to keep active, and it will give you someone to cry with when the first one passes on. Kerry people call it Crossing the Rainbow Bridge.


    Good advice, except let me add this plea:

    There are so many dogs that need rescuing. Why encourage the breed-for-pay industry when you can make some sweet animal's life better? And I don't mean just because he'll have food and shelter---but dogs WANT to love someone. Give a neglected dog that gift. Let him love you.
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    May 10, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    We have two italian greyhounds Ethan and Sebastian.
    wouldn't trade them for the world. I agree with Jprichva they need lots of love, affection and spending lots of time with them.If you have bad day they make all better. good luck.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 10, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    Well I'm pretty vocal and discuss my beagles all the time here on RJ. Love em.

    Congrats on the new dog. I hope you find him as a companion very rewarding!
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    May 10, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    jprichva said[quote][cite]olden said[/cite]
    Recommendation: As the dog gets older, look to buying another puppy. The baby will give the older dog a friend and a reason to keep active, and it will give you someone to cry with when the first one passes on. Kerry people call it Crossing the Rainbow Bridge.


    Good advice, except let me add this plea:

    There are so many dogs that need rescuing. Why encourage the breed-for-pay industry when you can make some sweet animal's life better? And I don't mean just because he'll have food and shelter---but dogs WANT to love someone. Give a neglected dog that gift. Let him love you.[/quote]

    I agree with you JP which is why "Tucker" is right place right time. He was most certainly a puppy mill dog that his current family took in when his first family realized they could not care for him. Now the second family is moving to florida and can not take him with which is where I come in. I (and my half brother/friends) will be the third "family pack" that this dog has had in three years. While I am nervous about this fact, I know that I will make a good parent as many of my weekends I prefer to be in a park or out in the city...wherever. So technically while Tucker was not neglected, he certainly needs a home - otherwise the family may have had to send him to a pound - which would have been dreadful for the little guy...from a puppy mill to a family that couldnt stand him to a family that loved him to a pound. No way. When I first met the "little gentleman" as I call him because he's insanely gentle and generally calm for a dog that is 17 months old, he examined me for a very long time which was comical to me because the dauschund could not care to bits about me...when he felt that i was "cool", he sat right in my lap for the time that I was there. Maybe its karma...I dunno. I have some more pictures that I will post but they are just of him. When I finally take some new pics (desperately need them) I will have some with him as well in central park or something.
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    May 10, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    LaSalle:

    There is a permanent place in puppy heaven for you.

    I mean it.
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    May 10, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    Thank you JP - I certainly hope so. I'm super excited about Tucker...so its just a matter of time. I'm sure I will have plenty of stories about him soon enough haha.
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    May 10, 2008 7:47 AM GMT
    We have Rat Terriers -- and my boyfriend needs calming pills. But the boys are fine, lovely, actualy.icon_biggrin.gif

    Get a dog -- you'll be happy.
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    May 10, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    Well I have 3 dogs, and waiting for the forth. Jack Russell's were my top breed for many years. But the Border Terrier has top billing.

    I get out of bed for my dogs. If there is a time, I feel like calling it a day. All I have to do is look at my dogs, and I know I could not leave them.

    I love the welcome I get when I get home, even if I've just been out to the mail box. I truly would be an orphan, if it was not for my dogs.

    I have two cats too. They get good care, and were two animals indeed of a loving home. But I am not a cat person.
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    May 10, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    My grandfather, in his Evil years, would tie two cat's tails together and hang them over a clothes line... must have been when he was in the Navy.
    He was a good man.
  • vindog

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    May 10, 2008 5:19 PM GMT
    I only adopt dogs from the pound, as I like mixed breeds best. They tend to have fewer health issues, are more mentally balanced and I like the interesting mixes (physically) that come out. Obviously those characteristics aren't always true, but after 5 years as a vet tech that was my thought.

    My first dog is a lab/pit bull/chow/shar pei mix. I got him when he was 5 years old from my friend's rescue group who got him hours before getting the needle. I can say HE SAVED MY LIFE! I was partying really hard at that time and would go on benders for days. Getting this dog gave me a reason to not do that. He's the calmest, sweetest dog ever.

    My second passed away in October, a rott/lab/chow who was my older dogs girlfriend.

    I just got another lab/pit mix from a woman who lost her job and have to give away all her pets. This dog loves everything and is the most lovable thing. When she sleeps on the couch I can put a pillow over her and sleep on her.



    PROS: the friendship, the hiking/traveling buddy, seeing a timid, scared dog sprung from the pound become a trusting, loyal friend.

    CONS: House messes (they happen from time to time), not being able to go on 2+ month vacations (that around the world trip is OUT).



    ADVICE: GET PET INSURANCE!
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    May 10, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    getting a dog was my greatest idea! i took him everywhere, he's been my best friend for years (seriously!)...training is fun and rewarding for you and him...at least true for a german shepherd ! life changing in a good way...it's like getting a new boyfriend without the whining...oh and without the sex too...lol
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    May 10, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    Experience? Well, Octavian is a member of my family. And he is far less troublesome than most. :-)

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    May 10, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    Matt knows that Remus (Plott Hound) and Nana (Shepherd/APB) are my two true loves.

    In the last few years I've seen various Plott Hound combos in the area, so I keep suspecting there must be some scummy breeder in the area experimenting. Remus likely ran away and lived on the street before ending up at the pound.

    Nana is a fur-ball of energy and was returned to the pound when she was about 1 year old because she was too much to handle. But she is the sweetest thing and just wants to play and while we're not out of the woods yet I think we're getting close with her. Providing sufficient exercise for such a dog is a must, so you have to make sure you have a dog that matches your lifestyle (I think Nana's previous owner had an 8-5 type job and so she'd be crated about 16 hours a day. Is it any wonder she was wild when she could be?).
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    May 10, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    I think what will surprise you the most is how much you will love the little guy! Can't imagine life without Chubby & Squeaky!
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    May 10, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    atlnvmasc saidI only adopt dogs from the pound, as I like mixed breeds best. They tend to have fewer health issues, are more mentally balanced and I like the interesting mixes (physically) that come out. Obviously those characteristics aren't always true, but after 5 years as a vet tech that was my thought.

    My first dog is a lab/pit bull/chow/shar pei mix. I got him when he was 5 years old from my friend's rescue group who got him hours before getting the needle. I can say HE SAVED MY LIFE! I was partying really hard at that time and would go on benders for days. Getting this dog gave me a reason to not do that. He's the calmest, sweetest dog ever.

    My second passed away in October, a rott/lab/chow who was my older dogs girlfriend.

    I just got another lab/pit mix from a woman who lost her job and have to give away all her pets. This dog loves everything and is the most lovable thing. When she sleeps on the couch I can put a pillow over her and sleep on her.



    PROS: the friendship, the hiking/traveling buddy, seeing a timid, scared dog sprung from the pound become a trusting, loyal friend.

    CONS: House messes (they happen from time to time), not being able to go on 2+ month vacations (that around the world trip is OUT).



    ADVICE: GET PET INSURANCE!


    The pet insurance has been bought - I get a nice discount through my company so it was only 23 dollars. The around the world trip has always been out until I retire haha.
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    May 10, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    My ex and I had a fox terrier for 5 years. We gave her to my ex's grandmother who had lost her husband and her dog within a month. She passed away last week, so we are welcoming Chloe back into the house. I am interested to see how she will get along with Disko, a 1.5 year old giant schnauzer puppy.

    Both are the loviest dogs. Right now Disko is taking a nap with her head on my lap. She follows me everywhere and gives me many excuses to get out of the house. Sometimes she finds books or shoes to tear up, but its my fault for leaving them out. I have her somewhat crate trained, but it seems like your new buddy is all trained and ready to go.

    I think you will really enjoy your new friend. They will become a huge part of your life and change the way you do things. I could never imagine living without my dog.

    As for the adoption vs. breeder argument, its a matter of choice. Personally, i found one of the best breeders for my giant schnauzer. She had 50 years of breeding under her belt and has become an authority on the breed. She has guided us through a natural diet and has bred many of the illnesses and disease from her dogs. I find pound dogs to bring just as much joy into the lives of their owners. Its just that they are a little bit more unpredictable. All in the joy of being a dog owner.

    I despise when pound or adoption folk try to put pure bred owners down for wanting a pure bred dog from a breeder. Like I said, to each their own.
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    May 10, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    Dogs are my favorite kind of people. Without them. I would of never known unconditional love.
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    May 11, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    I don't know what I would do without my Westie.
    She is so much a part of my life for the last 11 years. I spoil her rotten, she is like a child to me. I know that is strange, But she is really the only one that gets me. Lets me talk to her about anything and can keep it to her self...
    You will love it...
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    May 11, 2008 5:45 AM GMT
    My yellow Labrador, Rosie, has just turned 7, and she has been the best thing has come into my life in the last 8 years.

    She's curled up at my feet snoring loudly right now - the only thing that has managed to improve my mood today.

    She is so much part of my extended family that she was mentioned in my grandfather's eulogy last year as the first great grandchild.

    I was lucky with the training side of things... she came home to live with a jack Russell and fox terrier already in the house... they really help socialise and "show her the ropes" as such. She is a very well behaved pup.

    We had a cancer scare with her last year (luckily it was just a scare) but my heart sunk and my mood was so down at the thought of losing her.
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    May 11, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    My Pug Hudson Titts Magee is such an amazing dog. He makes sure that he walks me at least 8 times a day. Loves to shower with me and especially loves to cuddle at night. (you can see a pic of him in my profile)

    He is also great to greet me at the door whenever I come home.

    He's also attracts a lot of hot men. Although I'm a little disappointed right now. I just found out that he is hetrosexual. Caught him sniffing a vagina. I'm sad, but I know that he can't help it. It's just who he is.
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    May 11, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    H. Titts Magee (nickname in my mind: little titts) may be the greastest dog name I have ever heard.

    "Here little titts...little titts, get out of there...come cuddle little titts and you'll get a treat..."

    The possibilities are endless. icon_wink.gif