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Jul 15, 2019 08:34:41   #
JoanDL
 
So here we are, he is 88 and I am 72 next month. We both miss our former dogs ( 3 westies over the years) We have talked this subject to death. He is concerned we won't be able to afford the care of a dog. Each time I mention it he brings that up. Last week I showed him a pic of small dog at the shelter and he said no. I felt that I was probably lonely being at home alone while I am off so gave up that idea. Then yesterday he showed me a pic of small dog, an 11 month old Maltishi that is available for rehoming. 5 minutes later he showed me pics of a litter of Westies! Then I mentioned that maybe not such a good idea to get a dog that will outlive us. He said my work at a Hospice is coloring my thinking! I am off work due to my broken arm and will be going back to work probably next week. If I said I really wanted one of those westies we would probably have it. I can't manage a puppy right now as it would all be up to me. Plus we are moving in the next month or so to 5 acres.He can't seem to make up his mind!! Thanks for letting me vent.
 
Jul 15, 2019 08:40:11   #
talulakat (a regular here)
 
Why not adopt a senior dog if you decided to get a new family member. These little ones are harder to rehome and they certainly deserve a loving home.
Jul 15, 2019 08:41:24   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
If I were you I would wait until I was better, move house and get settled in then adopt one, or even two, small older dogs. Make arrangements that if anything should happen to you they should both be rehomed together. That way they would have each other.

Dogs are wonderful.
Jul 15, 2019 08:42:22   #
Candycounter1 (a regular here)
 
Yes dog,
Sounds like their might be a furry thing in your future. ❤️🐶 Helping a rescue or one that needs rehoming might be the best choice. You two just haven’t figured out the details yet.❓🤷🏼‍♀️❓😁
Jul 15, 2019 08:43:21   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
Well, it's hard to advise someone on this issue, if it were me, and I have Mr Charlie, he's about 9, but if some happened to him, I'd get another dog, just not a puppy, a nice rescue, a bit smaller than Charlie as his 65 lbs knocks me off my feet, lol.

As to venting, why not, I do it here often,

Janallyn
Jul 15, 2019 08:51:21   #
pfoley
 
At your ages I would adopt an older dog; not a puppy. The puppy might outlive you and will require lots of care, training and patience.
There are so many older dogs that at one time had good homes and were well cared for and ended up in a shelter, because their owners either died or had to go to the hospital and unable to care for them anymore. I always feel for them because they must wonder what happened and why were they suddenly abandoned and dumped off in such a miserable place.
I have seen lately, though, more people adopting the older dogs at the rescues.
If you like Westies, check their sites to see if they have any older dogs that might be of interest to you.
 
Jul 15, 2019 08:53:21   #
Clarabz
 
I think that's a wonderful idea. You'll have enough to do with moving to worry about acclimating a new dog into your life right now. When you're settled go for it.

Dogs are wonderful.[/quote]
Jul 15, 2019 08:53:46   #
Lobax (a regular here)
 
I agree with others that an older dog would be great for you when you get settled. I hope it works out for you both!
Jul 15, 2019 08:53:56   #
esseike
 
Byrney wrote:
If I were you I would wait until I was better, move house and get settled in then adopt one, or even two, small older dogs. Make arrangements that if anything should happen to you they should both be rehomed together. That way they would have each other.

Dogs are wonderful.


Amen
Jul 15, 2019 09:04:07   #
sylviaelliott
 
in my opinion, don't get a puppy (dare i say it, "at your ages"). get a rescue senior dog. a puppy will be too much work for you both. training etc.
Jul 15, 2019 09:07:32   #
JoanDL
 
Thanks everyone, I agree that waiting till moved would be good. My DH would have taken the neghbor's dog (neighbor at the 5 acres) if he had known they were getting rid of it. It was a big dog but so friendly. It kept getting out and coming over to us. Treated us like we were it's owners and was so happy to see us when we went out there. He even decided on a name for it. so maybe a bigger dog is on our future.
 
Jul 15, 2019 09:08:44   #
kvb
 
This is very close to my heart as I had to make the decision to euthanise my much loved dog on Saturday due to an incredibly sudden onset problem that couldn't be treated. I've had dogs all my life so have had to deal with this before but this time I thought I cant do this again & as yourself I'm no spring chicken.
That lasted until yesterday evening - I know everyone is different but for me a dog makes a home so another will definitely be arriving. It will be a rescue as all my previous ones have been & will be a bit older as I really don't want the "shoe" chewing stage etc but the emptiness in the house & no happy wagging tail is not something I feel I can manage without - go on girl if you want to then I think it will be right for you.
Do let us know what you decide
Jul 15, 2019 09:14:38   #
dauntiekay (a regular here)
 
All the suggestions above are all great ideas--why not visit a shelter just to see what is available and to see if a doggie is attracted to you--maybe go a couple times after you get settled. Good luck, and let us know when you finally decide!
Jul 15, 2019 09:18:37   #
annweb170
 
Try to get a small non shedding dog which doesn’t leave hair everywhere .Also consider if it needs grooming by an expert as that adds to the expense.
Jul 15, 2019 09:23:37   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
Since you work in hospice why not find someone's beloved pet that needs a home? I will never go without the love a dog provides. Nothing else can supply that kind of love. As we become seniors it is important to find godparents that will care for your pet if it survives you. And as seniors, a smaller dog is easier to care for in case of an emergency.
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