Another Thing I'm trying to decide about getting my dog

United States
March 4, 2008 5:31pm CST
So, many of you know I am moving out with my sister, and that she said I can get a dog. Some of you also know that I wanted a dog from work, who's owner could not keep him. Now, the man said that the dog would have a home with him until he found someone else to take him. So Jumpers safe, he's well taken care of for as long as he needs. Now, Jumper is a great dog. But recently I started thinking...if I got him I wouldn't exactly be rescuing him, he doesn't need saving. And I really want to save a dog. So what I'm wondering is, should I forget about getting Jumper? Should I just go to the shelter and rescue a dog? They are the ones that really need saved, no one is offering them a warm home. And any dog I get at a shelter will/can be just as sweet as Jumper. What do you all think? *And please don't mention money. Yes, I don't have to pay for Jumper. But I am fine with paying an extra 100 or less to save a dog.*
4 responses
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Well, i know you have your heart set on Jumper and I think that dog belongs with you. I think you would feel really bad if you got another dog and still thought about poor little Jumper who wants your love too.
• United States
5 Mar 08
I do like Jumper, he is a great dog. But I don't think I would feel bad if I adopted a dog from a shelter instead. Because I know I could still find a dog at a shelter with a personalilty just as good as his and I know he'll be safe (and without me-the dog I do adopt could have been put to sleep, for all I know). And right now, Jumper does have a loving home taking care of him, unlike the poor dogs that are stuck in cages at the shelters.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Ohhhh. I thought you said the guy was going to get rid of Jumper and he may not wait the 6 months or so for you all to find a house. I thought maybe he was going to take him to a shelter also. Sorry about that.
• United States
6 Mar 08
No, no! The guy who has Jumper right now is going to keep him until he finds him another home =D That's why I started rethinking the idea of taking him. Because he's safe in a loving house, but the dogs in shelters are't.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Do you want Jumper or not? That's the first question. Is it more important to save a dog or have one you know will get along with your other animals as well as you and your sister? When you get a dog, there is the entire household to take into consideration. So since I don't know your entire household well enough, I don't know what to tell you. You know everyone and only you know what's best for you in your situation. Take care
• United States
5 Mar 08
Yes, I do want Jumper. But for years I have been saying the first dog (and all dogs I ever get) well be rescues. And I know I can be just as happy with a dog I get from the shelter, a true rescue. And I would never rescue a dog that does not get along with kids and cats; but alot of the older ones in the shelters do, so I'm not too worried about that.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
6 Mar 08
OK, where is your heart more? With Jumper or with the rescues? I always wanted wild cats that I tamed myself, but I took a wild cat that someone else had started to tame because my house was being over-run by mice and this guy was cool. I think you could love any animal. I think humans live a long time and to say you will always do something, your life, hopefully will be very long. You have a choice, go with what you want more at this point in your life, but realize that you may need to be more flexible in the future. Take care
• United States
6 Mar 08
I really really want to save a life that needs it. As cool as Jumper is, I'm happy with the fact that he is in a loving, safe home. And I just can't stop thinking about the poor dogs that aren't, and deserve to be.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I think any dog you get will be getting a wonderful new home/person. I do think that by getting Jumper you may well be saving him down the road. After all, he says he'll be kept until he can find a new home, but unless someone does step up to the plate and take him, he may end up having to go to a shelter. Then again, it won't be as immediate a rescue as getting one from a shelter either.
• United States
9 Mar 08
Thank you for the nice comment Elic :) I appreciate that. I got the feeling that the man who has Jumper cares about him, so I think if no one ever took him, the man would keep him. Or he would just look as long as he had too. I can't imagine no one wanting Jumper, he is the sweetest dog!
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
Can you just have Jumper and save a dog at the shelter at the same time. If you could ask me i will save them both. For example I am you, and i love Jumper i could not let him go away. I will take him and if the shelter allow me to save a dog when they know i have one i still save a dog. Try asking the owner of the shelter. And if that is the rule, if you have a dog you can't save a dog, then i will keep Jumper and ask the help of some of my friends to save a dog.
• United States
5 Mar 08
None of my friends or family can save another dog. My mom already has 2, my oldest sister has 3, my best friend has 2....no more for them. And shelters here do allow us to adopt a dog if we already have one, as long as it gets long with other dogs. But whatever dogs I do get I ll be paying for--and I'm going to be paying about 500 dollars for rent and car insurance, so I don't think I can afford to get two dogs.