Puppy fever - is there a cure?
March 31, 2008 10:55 AM Subscribe
Hive mind, I have a dilemma. I love dogs and have since I was tiny. I long to own a dog the way some women long to have a baby (ick). I haven't had a dog companion since I was a kid, but I now have just about the best lifestyle I think I'm going to have: we own a home, will have a fenced-in yard (as soon as I can get the contractors to finish the fence; soon, I hope), and have plenty of love to lavish on a pup. But I want to provide the very best possible home, so I'm having some trouble with this decision.
posted by TochterAusElysium to pets & animals (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
First, we have two cats that we love, and like most folks without kids, they are our fur babies. I very much don't want them to be too distressed about a new pet; I understand there will be adjustment, but both kitties are in their middle age, and I just want them to be happy for the rest of their lives. I really don't want to wait until they're gone to get a dog, though. Can dogs and cats live happily together? My reading says yes, usually. There have been some previous AskMes to this effect, so if anyone has gone through this already and can offer advice, I'd be grateful.
Secondly, I worry that with our work schedules, we'd be leaving a dog alone for too long. We both work the usual 8-5, though we don't get home until 6:00 on average. However, I am committed to walking a dog every day, in any weather. Also, we have a dog door that lets out into the soon-to-be-fenced yard. We're pretty active in the warmer parts of the year; we live near a long bike trail, and walk and ride our bikes most sunny weekends. We're hoping that having a dog will encourage us to get even more exercise.
So, sorry for the length, but I guess this is a general advice question. What breeds should we consider? I'm expecting to find a young-ish rescue pup, from puppy age up to maybe 2 years old. I don't want a hyper dog like a Jack Russell, for our sanity and the cats'...a big couch potato that likes a daily romp would be better. Should we avoid very young puppies? Or would it be better to get a baby that will learn that the cats are to be respected? Or, would we be best with a somewhat older dog that's been cat-tested?