17 Responses to “Some people have baby lust…”

  1. Annie October 23, 2007 at 10:52 AM #

    I hope the hubby relents. Dogs are such wonderful companions and while I’d love to murder mine on occasion (heehee), I would be totally lost without him.

  2. Erin October 23, 2007 at 11:59 AM #

    Don’t do it, Angie. Don’t. Do. It. :giggle:

    I’ve been in your shoes so many times I’ve lost count… only, my husband and I are both too impulsive for our own good, so we always end up with a dog (or dogs). And it takes me about a week before I start regretting it.

    The idea of a dog is fabulous. And the reality of a dog is sometimes fabulous, but more often than not, it’s not. I love my dogs (even though they ARE pet store dogs, lol), and every now and then I have a moment when I’m GLAD they’re here. But most of the time, they’re just a PITA and I long for the peaceful days before they entered my already chaotic life.

    Whew. Sorry. I didn’t mean to dump all over your blog, but wow, I must’ve needed that. lol

    Oh yeah, and you can borrow one of my beasts anytime you need a dog fix. They’ll cure you, I’m sure of it.

  3. RG October 23, 2007 at 11:59 AM #

    I do the same thing!! Look how cute this puppy is!
    My hubby is a dog lover-but we are so financially strapped right now that we can barely afford to care for a potted plant. I know its the smart decision. But I want a puppy!!

  4. you know who October 23, 2007 at 12:01 PM #

    …why am I the bad guy here…


  5. Angie October 23, 2007 at 12:06 PM #

    You’re not the bad guy! No bad guys. Does anyone think he’s the bad guy?

  6. Angie October 23, 2007 at 12:07 PM #

    Erin, I TOLD you not to get a min-pin. I told you so I told you so I told you so. :wiggle:

  7. Christine d'Abo October 23, 2007 at 1:03 PM #

    I’d love to have a dog, but there is no way I can get one. My husband is the one who works from home and he doesn’t want to have to look after one on a daily basis. Oh well…

    I hope you’re able to get one!

  8. Tamara October 23, 2007 at 1:07 PM #

    You have the energy to take care of/clean up after a husband, small daughter, home, cats, full-time-plus career, *and* a dog? That’s impressive. Sincerely. I can barely keep up with husband, son, 1 cat, house, and part-time work.
    Is it the coffee? Cuz I don’t drink coffee. Maybe it’s the coffee. 😀

  9. RG October 23, 2007 at 2:24 PM #

    I dont think you know who is the bad guy. There’s no bad guy. Only cute tempting puppies that cost a lot and chew up all your furniture after piddling in your shoes. But…they are still cute! :doglick:

  10. Angie October 23, 2007 at 2:32 PM #

    lol, RG. Actually, the one thing I didn’t make clear in my post was that I don’t want particularly want a puppy. I had planned on a rescue dog and figured on a younger dog, but an adult, not a puppy. If I got it from a rescue that fostered dogs and knew the dog’s temperament. If I had to go the route of an animal shelter, probably I would want to do a puppy but in the end, I’d rather go through a rescue and get an older dog.

  11. Bonnie Vanak October 23, 2007 at 3:31 PM #

    Hey Angie, happy birthday to your beautiful Brianna. Dogs are wonderful, but they are a lot of work. If you get a shelter dog that’s older, try to get as much history as you can. Older dogs are great, but they also have the risk of more medical problems.

    We adopted an older Shih Tzu in January after losing our Tia to cancer and now Rainey, our adoptee, is also dying from cancer. Turns out she’s not 11 as the shelter said, but 15 or older. Let me warn you, you don’t want to go through that heartache, especially with your sweet little girl. But there are lots and lots of older dogs in shelters that would make great pets. Some just need a good home.

    Good luck in whatever decision you make.

  12. Angie October 23, 2007 at 3:43 PM #

    No! Bonnie, that’s terrible 🙁 Losing Tia was so hard on you, I remember, how horrid to find out about Rainey. I’m so sorry!

    I was thinking a dog around 2 or 3, just past the puppy years but old enough to be around for awhile.

  13. Elle October 23, 2007 at 3:53 PM #

    Our rescue dog was wonderful until we had to put her down (from a brain tumor). Some of the things we found out about her temperament were right and some were not. (For example, she was a sweet dog, but an alpha female and younger than we were told). While we love dogs I think we’re holding off for a few more years –even though I still get that itch every now and then that you talk about.

  14. Jennifer Elbaum October 23, 2007 at 5:20 PM #

    Just wanted to commend you for considering adopting a rescue dog (after all MILLIONS of dogs are euthanized at shelters every year).

    I adopted my first shelter dog when she was two and she was a wonderful companion for 12 years.

    My current mutt was 5 years old when I adopted him two years ago, and he’s the best!

    Just two quick thoughts for anyone considering adopting:

    Puppies are cute, but they don’t stay puppies (and they’re not house-trained, many shelter dogs are).

    Do your research about breeds. Know beforehand if the breed (even if it’s a lovable mutt)is a fit for your family. Does it need lots of exercise or attention? Will it have specific grooming issues? Is it good with young children?

    Okay, climbing off my soapbox now…sorry!

  15. Erin October 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM #

    Angie, the evil min pin is the one I don’t mind so much. It’s the big, dumb Golden that’s a pain in my rear, lolol. (of course, you know I love them both to pieces, and I talk a big game, but I could never part with either one… so really, I have no point, lol)

    But, they are A LOT of work, headache, etc. And I DO long for those peaceful days pre-Lizzie and Comet! I also long for the peaceful days pre-Damon and Avery, though… and clearly I won’t be giving them up anytime soon either. 😉

  16. Chris Redding October 24, 2007 at 9:32 AM #

    I’m with Erin.
    I wasn’t truly on board about getting a dog and frankly when we are gone and he’s in the kennel, I don’t miss him.
    I love him, and I’d be sad if he were gone, but I wish I held my ground.
    In terms of adopting, that’s what I had chosen to do originally. We had never had a dog and I think it would have been easier to get uranium to build a nuclear weapon than adopt a dog.

    We had to have references. We didn’t get a bout four different dogs that we wanted which ended up pretty traumatic for the kids.

    If they shelters told me I had to go through training before I could get the dog or that I had to do something I would have, but we were never told why someone else got the dog.

    Then when we did adopt the dog ended up biting my son. He was only in our house for 12 hours at that point. Not a good scene.

    So we went for the puppy.

  17. Lesley October 24, 2007 at 3:10 PM #

    You need a dog! Everyone with toddlers needs a dog. My dogs just love my son, because he is forever dropping food. Think of all the cheerios you won’t have to clean up!

    Seriously though, I agree with doing research beforehand. Some breeds are adorable and you get them home, and they rip your house to shreds. I did lots of research…then I went to the pound and this adorable black puppy with GIANT paws put his little puppy legs around my neck and licked my face, and I was sold. We’ve had him two years, and he has his issues, but I love him to death. He’s also as tall as I am! Okay so I don’t follow my own advice, but research really is a good idea. LOL

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