Hubby's Gonna Buy Me a Bow-Wow!

Pip, my childhood companion
@Vivenda (588)
Portsmouth, England
July 28, 2016 10:53am CST
Some of you may remember frequent complaints from me about my dog-less state. I’m daft about dogs, and we always had at least one in the house when I was growing up. However, I have now been married for more years than I’ve been single, and we haven’t had a dog in all that time. Rik says I made absolute fools of the two guinea pigs that belonged to our children and cried too much when they died – and, in any case, it was no fun coming second to a pair of furry rodents, so what would I be like with a furry canine? By the way, his canine history is similar to mine except that he had bigger, more boisterous dogs. And at last his resistance has been eroded. This is partly due to the fact that my daughter has added her blandishments to mine. She has moved in with us temporarily and has recently lost contact with a much-loved dog. (For those who remember her from my posts, Cookie the Chihuahua belongs to my daughter’s “ex”, and she certainly misses Cookie more than the ex!) Anyway, we’re due to go on holiday early in September, but after that it’s Operation Hunt the Dog! There are still problems, of course. Rik has made it very clear that he does NOT want a Chihuahua. He feels that his masculinity might be questioned if he was seen with a Chihuahua on a lead. He agrees that we should have a small dog, but his choice would be a Jack Russell Terrier. Now, while I love Jacks, I think that they might be too, er, enterprising for me to control. I love Griffons Buxellois, but I think they’d meet with the same response as Chihuahuas. The small dog that I really admire at the moment is the Miniature Schnauzer, but I think they might raise as many problems as the terrier breeds. (Note for my US readers: in the UK, Schnauzers are not classified in the Terrier Group, but in the Utility Group.) The other problem is we do rather feel that we should acquire a dog through “rescue” channels, either breed rescue or local rescue. In some ways it seems more ethical to give a home to an unwanted dog. I think it might be difficult, however, to come away with just one dog in such circumstances! Also, as inexperienced dog owners, it might be rather difficult to deal with a dog that has problems due to a bad start in life, and I’d hate to make things worse! I know quite a lot about dogs in theory from when I had the fantastic job of editing dog breed books, but it was some time ago and, anyway, it was just theory! Anyway, whatever the method, the plan at the moment is to acquire a furry, four-footed, canine companion. Squirrels and local cats, take note!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Jul 16
Hopefully you will find a wonderful dog to make you happy soon! We have 2 dogs, a Rottweiler and a Lab-both are wonderful but my Rott is much sweeter than my Lab. The lab we got at a shelter and she was abused. She is very skittish, shy and sometimes unpredictable.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Jul 16
Yes, it's strange how far dogs can go against their breeds' reputations. I once knew a Rottweiler (Monty) who was really gentle with humans and had, shall we say, a healthy respect for Toby, his canine companion, a Jack Russell terrier a fraction of his size. Monty was younger than Toby and, when he was an overgrown pup, once trod on Toby by mistake. Toby never let him forget it! And my cousin has a black Lab of whom I'm decidedly nervous!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Jul 16
@Vivenda Yeah my Rott surprises everyone that meets her! She absolutely loves all children, she's so gentle with them even babies. She loves everyone. =) Not many people believe me until they meet her, then they are shocked by how sweet and loving she is.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Jul 16
@LovingMyBabies When it comes down to it, I guess there's no such thing as a bad breed. It all comes down to training! Having said that, there are certainly breed characteristics, good and bad, that have to be taken into consideration.
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@sharon6345 (135325)
• United States
28 Jul 16
We have a sweet rabbit here named pepper. Well I have her lol. My daughter moved and could not take pepper with her. I am not a dog lover due to fear of them. I would love to see your new baby when you get it. I also understand your point about rescue dogs. maybe you could go visit it for a few trips and ask if you could leave your id and walk it a few times. I am not a lover of dogs but your joy has me excited to find out what your chose. Good luck.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Jul 16
I'm not afraid of dogs in general, but it always pays to be cautious. After all, I'd object very strongly if a complete stranger came along and patted me on the head! I did love my - sorry, the kids' - guinea pigs, though.
@sharon6345 (135325)
• United States
28 Jul 16
@Vivenda I agree and that will never happen with me. Good luck.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul 16
Good luck in your quest. I'd love to have a dog again but we travel too much and it wouldn't be fair on a dog.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Jul 16
We've already had a friend offer to take the dog for the relatively brief periods that we are away, Janet. And my daughter will stand in for us if she doesn't go away with us - that is, if she's still with us!
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@responsiveme (16835)
• India
28 Jul 16
keep us posted and good luck on your 'to be' new addition.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Jul 16
I certainly will! Obviously, there won't be anything to tell until we come back from holidays in September.
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@amadeo (70371)
• United States
28 Jul 16
we have a shelter dog.Make sure you get all the information there.Some hardly have any.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Jul 16
Yes, it's very important to know exactly what you're taking on before you start!
@AutumnSnow (4583)
28 Jul 16
AWE!!! thats great enjoy when you do find him or her
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Jul 16
Yes, I'm really looking forward to it. I'm already friendly with the dog-walkers in the park because I always stop to admire their dogs!
@velvet53 (17323)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Jul 16
What fun for you! I don't own a dog right now but my oldest son (where I am staying) has a Great Dane and I just love him.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Jul 16
I absolutely adored Cookie the Chihuahua, although I'd have said up till then that I didn't even LIKE tiny dogs. When I was an editor, I used to attend Crufts (the UK version of Westminster) every year in support of any of my authors who had signings. In my free time there, I'd be found in the Discover Dogs section, making friends with the Mastiffs and Irish Wolfhounds!
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@velvet53 (17323)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Jul 16
@Vivenda I am not fond of little dogs. I have been bitten twice, one was a chihuahua and the other a wiener dog.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Jul 16
@velvet53 In general, the little breeds tend to be more snappy - probably because they ARE little, and therefore nervous.
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@Rohvannyn (3118)
• United States
29 Jul 16
How about a Shiba Inu? Nice looking, small, and good dogs. I agree with your thoughts about a Jack Russell. (I knew one I called the Jack Russell Terrorist.)
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@sallypup (27975)
• Moses Lake, Washington
29 Jul 16
@Vivenda Jack Russells are adorable and high energy dogs. They need to be doing and doing and doing.
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@antonbunot (9545)
• Calgary, Alberta
29 Jul 16
How about a cute shitsu? Speaking of masculinity, a Doberman would be the best!
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Jul 16
I do like Shih Tzus, but I rather think Rik would reactions would be much the same as to Chihuahuas.
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@DeborahDiane (23017)
• Laguna Woods, California
29 Jul 16
How exciting! You will have to let us all know your final decisions!!
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Jul 16
I will, Deborah! I think I'm going to email breed rescue tonight, before Rik has time to change his mind!
@nomus24g (24392)
• India
28 Jul 16
Good luck for your new possession
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Jul 16
Thanks, Sumon G - It will certainly take some getting accustomed to!
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