We got a puppy. Was this a bad idea?
September 19, 2011 10:15 AM Subscribe
Should we keep our puppy? What do we do?
posted by rybreadmed to pets & animals (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We recently bought a house. I wanted the house so we could have a backyard for a dog to play in. I wanted to wait until December AFTER some work was done on the house (kitchen renovation), the current school semester ended (in grad school), and things slowed down a bit at work (my wife and I both work full time). I love, love, love dogs, and try to donate money to animal rescues when I can. However, it's a living creature and I wanted my doggy decisions to be well thought-out and deliberate.
My wife's nephew called us this past weekend. He'd adopted a German Shepherd puppy (not even 7 weeks old), took it home, and his mom freaked out. She said to get rid of the dog, or she would. So he'd not planned this out well.
The nephew called and BEGGED us to take the dog. They knew we wanted a dog, but I never wanted a puppy. I wanted a dog that was at least a year or two old. But then my wife's brother called and begged. I was afraid where the dog would end up (what kind of family or shelter) if we didn't step in, so we caved. That was this past Friday.
So now we've had this puppy through the weekend, and my well thought-out doggy plans are shot to hell. I knew it'd be like having a baby, but it's harder to experience than to just KNOW. He needs constant attention. He wakes up every 30 minutes to an hour through the night and needs attention (usually after peeing or pooing).
So here are the pertinent facts that I worry about, followed by a couple of questions:
1) Wife and I work. I leave for work at 6:30 AM, and return at 5:30 PM. She leaves for work at 9:30 AM and returns home at 7ish PM. In between those times, there's nobody home (please don't rob us).
2) We have no other pets.
3) We just moved to this neighborhood, so we don't know our neighbors well enough to ask them to come and look in on the dog through the day.
4) I want the dog to be happy and well adjusted. Our schedules are incredibly busy.
5) My wife has never had a dog, and doesn't seem to understand how much furniture and things the dog will chew up.
6) He's a purebred German Shepherd. I wanted a rescue mutt, but I do like German Shepherds.
7) I can't imagine it would be too hard to adopt him out, if necessary. Again, I worry about the freakshow who might adopt him.
8) My wife has already developed an attachment to this dog. Out of the two of us, in this case I've been the more practical one. Sure he's cute, but he's a pile of responsibilities.
9) The dog is only 7 weeks old. I was told he can't go out for walks until at least 4 months, and can't even go into the backyard for another week.
1) Are puppies best for people who always have someone home?
2) Do you have any recommendations of what we should do?
3) Should we find a family who could offer the kind of time he requires?
4) Is there any way you can see of making this work out?