Should we keep this puppy?
February 21, 2012 3:03 PM Subscribe
New puppy-filter. More specifically: is this new puppy for us-filter.
posted by murkywaters to pets & animals (18 answers total)
I'm staying at my father's house for a semester and last night the neighbor knocked on the door holding a 6 week old german shepherd puppy. He says he bought it from his father and is offering it to us because my father has mentioned to him he is thinking of getting the family a dog. Our household right now is: my dad, his wife, their two children ages 10 and 5, and me. I just got done sharing the duty of raising a labrador from 8 weeks with my girlfriend and I think we produced a well adjusted dog with no food or toy aggression whatsoever, so I do feel qualified to help but do not want the responsibility entirely for myself if I'm not taking this dog with me when I leave.
I am on the fence as to whether this household is right for a puppy at the moment because my father and his wife both work from roughly 9am to 7pm and I am home for a break only once a day. This problem compounded with the puppy being only 6 weeks old is worrying me a bit. I am questionable about my stepmothers commitment, however she works closest to the house and would be the one checking in on the puppy the most. She is looking forward to having a yard dog that will be more of a security measure than a member of the family.
I'm worried the cuteness is clouding my judgement on this one. I really want to keep the dog and try to help them raise it but they may decide to give it away if it is too difficult and I couldn't handle that. Also, first question. woot!
Thanks in advance for reading this, and sorry if it sounds incoherent, this is being decided this evening.