Unconditional LOVE...and Dog Tips
October 2, 2009 1:41pm CST
I just bought my first dog last Feb. and I'm 28 years old. I didn't grow up with pets because I am allergic to most of them. But let me tell you that I haven't felt anything better recently than the unconditional love my dog gives me day in and day out! I can't be having the worst day ever and come home to my dog that can't get enough of me. She puts a smile on my face every day and I love her for that! So being a new dog owner...anyone have any tips on raising dogs that I should know about? Although I think I'm doing a good job:) My dog is a Shitz Tzu/Bichon mix.
• United States
2 Oct 09
Congratulations. Get prepared, because you will always have a friend. I have had dogs my whole life, and can't live without them. I lost my best friend in Feb. and with cushings disease and my world fell apart. She was a mini dachshund and I swore I would not get another. 3 days later I purchased another mini dachshund and she has completely stollen my heart all over again. She is my sun that rises every morning. My best advice is feed her a good quality feed (natural if possible, absolutely no meat by products), give her regular vet checkups, get her microchipped (if not already) and love her like there is no tomorrow. If you can't afford regular vet checkups, check into pet insurance. It's really reasonable and if not for insurance I would have lost my puppy a few months ago due to flea control poisoning.
• United States
2 Oct 09
Thank you so much for the advice! I do give her regular vet check-ups, but how often is considered "regular"? She's had all her shots, spade, microchipped and I have the pet insurance. So I think I'm covered. I might change her food based on your suggestion, but I would do that gradually. Thanks again!
3 Oct 09
congratulations on your pet!be prepared for all the love and friendship from your dog.I think you are doing well,taking care of her.just what they said - giving her the best dog food,trips to the vet for check-up,spaying/neutering,microchip,and exercise will make your dog happy and be with you for a long,long time.the most important is love her with all your heart.
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Oct 09
I think you are already doing it and that is showing her love. I have 2 dogs, since I am divorced, and they are very good companions. One is a bichon who will be 3 in February of next year, and the other is a pom who will be 2 in March. I had the Bichon 2 years before I got the pom. I bought the pon, because I wanted to give the Bichon a playmate. They paly very good together, however, I do have a problem with the Bichon getting aggressive once in awhile, but all in all she is a good dog. Whenever I do away, they wait for me to come home, but watching out the window, and when I pull in the driveway and into the garage, they are at the side door barking like crazy as they are happy I am home. Mine both follow me around in the house. In a way it drives me nuts, but I am used to it and don't let it bother me all that much. I can't go anywhere in the house without them at my heels. I am glad I have them though as they have helped me so much and when I am donw and out, they are there, ready to be loved. I don't know what I would do without them. Take care, and happy mylotting.