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Should I get a dog?
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Franky    Posted 02-20-2002 at 18:19:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm single and 58 years of age. I haven't had a dog in thirty years. I'm wondering if it's too late in life to get me one. It would be quite a change.


francis    Posted 02-24-2002 at 17:11:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dog or man, all the same but you can put the dog out t night.


KY Plowgirl    Posted 02-21-2002 at 17:38:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Get a dog. Go to the nearest pound and find one that likes you. They need homes too. Dogs are a nice animal that will be there to listen to you when no one else is there, and they don't go blab to someone else.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 02-21-2002 at 16:00:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Franky If you don't travel much I'd suggest a pig, (check out pig saves woman ) on the net.
We had a lovely potbelly for 11 1/2 yrs. She was great but you need family to stay with them, they don't like strangers. They feel they aren't part of the litter you know. Be careful what people say around them they understand and can get very aggressive to people they think don't like them. They are very friendly to the people they like and a great pet, we miss our's very much. But since the kids are grown up we will not get another right now. They are not for everyone but if you have time for them they are good company for you.
My thoughts Pig


Sam    Posted 02-21-2002 at 18:00:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reminds me of a neighbor of mine.

I went over to his farm and saw he had a pig with three legs walking around the yard. I asked about it and he told me that the pig had once saved the whole family by going into their house and waking them up when the house caught on fire...dragged the baby to safety first.

Was that how he lost the leg? I asked.

Nope, but he once saved our seven-year-old son from drowning in the pond - jumped in and dragged him out before the rest of the family even knew what was happening.

Was that how he lost the leg?

Nope, but he once defended the house from burglers. They broke in and were about to steel everything when the pig came in and chased them away.

Ah, I said. That was how he lost the leg.

Nope!

Well, how did he lose the leg?

Well... you don't eat a pig like that all at once!


Bob /Ont.    Posted 02-26-2002 at 20:34:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Like that joke to Sam. I was serious about the pig saving her owner. It happened in a trailer park on a large island near Erie Penn.Check out the story, Pittsburg post gazzett. Story and picture, pig looks like ours did,same markings.
Enter "pig saves woman" and you can still get it.
So long.Bob


Fred Tx    Posted 02-21-2002 at 12:47:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm 64 years young and I have always had dogs. Just got a nice Brittany Spaniel in November and love her already.

There is a commitment once you adopt a dog. When we get a dog, it is for the life of the dog and we have had plenty.

Get one that suits your needs. If you have property large enough for a an active dog then get one. If space is limited, get a small dog.

Don't be a wuse. Get a dog. :>)


BB    Posted 02-21-2002 at 10:26:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are many positives to having a dog. There are also negatives. We have a cocker that is 13 years old. We got her as a pup. She is like a 3rd child. She loves us unconditionally. She is always at the door when we come in. She has slept with us since she was a pup. It is relaxing to have her lay in our laps and pet her.
BUT!! We have to find someone to look after her if we go away. It has cost some sums of money for her health problems. And now, at 13 1/2, she is approaching the end of her days. My wife and I will be devastated when she passes.
If you decide to get one, find a good source book on dogs. Try the library or ask at the local ASPCA. Different breeds have vastly different personalities. Make sure the breed you chose will fit your personality.


liz    Posted 07-15-2005 at 08:58:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
get a nother dog before your dog dies so she has a dog to love that is what i did and it helps


Larry    Posted 02-21-2002 at 23:19:14       [Reply]  [No Email]

BB,

We have a Cocker Spanial too. The nearest we can figure is she is somewhere around 17-20 years old. Her hearing is about gone and her eye sight is getting bad too. I have to soak her food now because her teeth are so rotten. She has a habit of sitting near me(she's doing this right now) and licking her front paws. With her bad teeth she really stinks the place up. Oh,I almost forgot. When she gets exited she has slight sezures. Even though it sounds like she is in bad shape,she gets along real good. Follows me every step I take. I have to leave her in the house if I'm going to run a tractor. I'm afraid I might run over her if she doesn't hear the tractor in time.


BB    Posted 02-22-2002 at 04:41:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds a lot like ours, Larry. Ours is also going deaf. She has arthritis. But like yours, she is always right there wagging her little stump. She still has good teeth, but my wife has to feed her a special diet since she has stomach problems. She loves to lay in my recliner beside me a night. She is still in pretty good health overall. Just like raising another child. I hope she can live as long as yours.


Tom A    Posted 02-21-2002 at 04:10:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Franky:

I think if you're able and willing to meet the dog's needs (food, medical care, and friendship), then by all means get a dog. They're great friends. It sounds to me like your biggest concern is your own age...not outliving the dog? My wife's parents decided, when in their mid-50s, not to get a dog because of the chance they might not outlive it. Now 20 years later, they're envying us our great dogs and looking back wishing they'd gotten one back then.

If you're really worried about it, then consider an older dog. The dog pounds are full of them--we've adopted several over the years. On the plus side, they don't have the excess energy and training problems that a pup has, every one of them has been 'grateful' and made wonderful companions. The sole negative that we've seen is the fact that older dogs tend to require more health care (I think we've personally financed our vet's kids in college!!). But if you can handle those demands, adopting a middle-aged or older dog benefits them and you.

Bottom line: Dogs a great pets. Pets make life better. Some science indicates it makes pet owners' lives healthier and longer, too.

Good luck,
Tom


Ole Cuss    Posted 02-21-2002 at 03:08:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you have a friend with a dog that you like, ask to babysit it for a weekend in your home. Some animal shelters like ours need foster homes for dogs when their kennel space is short, or for dogs with special needs (disability, diet, TLC), and this can also be a short-term, temporary exposure to life with a dog. Either way will give you a taste of the committments in time and energy. A dog can add much to one's life, and I would be miserable without them in my home and on the farm.


Donna    Posted 02-20-2002 at 21:29:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I take it, it would likely be a house pet, small to med. size, We have an automatic dog feeder for our yard dog, and we feel it about once
a week, and Water, a few treats, to make you feel good, hehehe, My grand parents had several through out their life time, they always had a house dog around, and they truly did enjoy them.
And no you still have lots of time left to give a lot of love to a great companion, My Grandparents 1st one that I can remember was a Dachshund, he was great, but he did have some problems with his back, they also had an Lhasa Apso, I hated that stupid dog, {he would bite my grandfather}, and then there was the Miniature Schnauzer, She was sweet natured, but her had hair to be clipped, a great little compainion dog I think you would like would be the terrier breed, they are smart and they will bond to you really quick, and they love so easy and they are great watch dogs. I had a Cocker Spaniel, sweet dogs, but they do shed,{OF CORSE THE BULL DOG}, there that settles it, You need a BULL DOG!! hehehehe Just funning with ya. Hope I have helped, I have the Great Pyrenees Oh God Ya gotta love um. I have three. I do love them.


Les...fortunate    Posted 02-20-2002 at 19:22:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I prefer a tractor to a dog. They don't make near as many demands on your time and they don't even cost much to keep.
But why wouldn't you want a dog? They're still the same as they were 30 years ago. If I didn't have a family, I might have one. But they can be a nuisance a tie you down somewhat.


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