Post # 1
my dh and i have been looking for a puppy so our dog would have a friend and playmate. especially since we are gone 8 hours a day at work.
My husband really wants a German shepherd – i don’t. I realllyy want a golden retriever – he doesnt.
So my dh emailed this rescue that has 2 8week old german shepherd/husky mix puppys. (cant take them home until they are 12 weeks old) Well all of a sudden the rescue called us on friday night wanting to do a home visit saturday morning. – they brought the puppys which i didn’t think they would. My husband and i had said after they called we can’t get a puppy but lets let them come anyway cus we felt bad calling back and saying nevermind.So i wasn’t looking like “is this our dog”
Then OFCOURSE he want one. I was just looking like yea their cute little puppies…. i wasn’t really planning on getting one. But my husband gives me the “pleeeeeaaaassseeee” face and i agree to put down a deposit to hold it for the weekend until we decide.
I was back and forth hesitant the whole time. He really wants it. I just don’t like german shephards – i don’t know why. i had one growing up. he escaped ALL the time and thats how he died. I don’t know i just don’t like the look of them i guess and the fur type isn’t super soft. I cant explain it.They need ALOT of excercise and we don’t take our dog out enough as it is. We just let her out in our fenced in yard. Which is good but i don’t know if its good enough for such i high energy dog.
So my Darling Husband calls me today around noon and says he needs an answer (hes really just waiting for my approval) . i said yeaahhh okay i guess we can get him. Darling Husband ofcourse got all excited. ME- i’m TRYING to be excited but i’m just not. He wins- he gets what he wants. theres no real way around it.I’m looking at pictures of goldens and it makes me want to cry cus he won’t let me get one but he gets his german shepherd. (ofcourse he said we could get a golden next but thats atleast 10 years away)
Should i just shut up and try and be happy. or cause ww2 and tell my dh i changed my mind and call back the rescue and tell them no before they cash our check.
I want to be happy and excited – i want a second dog – i LOVE dogs… but i’m just not.
Post # 3
@Kate0558: what is it that you like in a golden vs. GSD?
because they’re very similar
I worked in a puppy retail before (dont worry, local breeders, no mills)
and GSD are definitely larger but they are still very smart, loyal, dependable, goofy, and happy like golden retrivers/labs
fall in love with the personality, not the look
I never thought I would own a cat, and I’m not really a cat person but I just love MY cat because she’s kinda like a dog and she’s so weird, definitely not a typical cat so I adopted her. You will warm up to the puppy, make sure you pick the personality you want
Post # 5
@Kate0558: Definitely a tough spot to be in! I have a German/border collie mix and you are right those dogs can be CRAZY! Mine has never gotten out but needs a lot of attention and exercise. If you really dont think you can give your new pup the exercise it will need then it might not be a good idea. We crate trained our dog and he was so crazy he moved the crate and put a hole through our wall. Left him out of the crate a few times and he ate our couch, I seriously mean he ate a whole couch! At that point, we put him in day care. If you dont have the time you might want to check into day cares in your area that way the pup can let out some of that energy. I have two dogs too, one was my pick the other my husbands and that was the German. I let him have his way because I already had my dog. Im not sure what I would do if it was the other way around.
Post # 6
@Kate0558: That is such a cute puppy, if someone brought it to my house I would probably want to keep it lol
The pic is of mine, obviously not a puppy anymore, probably around 4 years in this pic! They have the same coloring!
Post # 7
@Kate0558: This face is ADORABLE. I think you’ve going to love him. Think of all the times Darling Husband has given you what you wanted, and just be happy he’s happy. Try to bond with your new puppy and remember not to judge a book by its cover. Congrats on being a new puppy Mom!
Post # 8
@Kate0558: HOLY COW.
gimme gimme gimme. GET IT.
How can that not melt the darkest and coldest of hearts?????
Post # 9
I think you need to find a dog you can BOTH agree on. I can see you ending up resenting this dog and your husband over it. When the dog is crazy and you have to deal with it, is that going to make you mad at DH?
Post # 10
@Kate0558: Oh, he’s a cute little fluffball. I love all dogs, so I would be happy with *almost* any breed. I agree with you that shepherds are not my first choice but then neither are goldens (their fur is way too long for my taste – I prefer golden labs). If my husband had his heart set on it though, I’d get one. I am happy to rescue any dog and he won’t just be a shepherd, he will be YOUR shepherd and I am sure you will fall in love with his little personality.
Also, now you will have a pack 😀 What kind of dog do you have currently?
Post # 11
What does your husband say when you bring up the exercise issue? Because a GSD/husky is definitely going to need more than a fenced backyard.
Post # 12
just get 2 dogs. Why would your Darling Husband have the ultimate say in the matter?
Post # 13
I love german shepherds, I was always terrified of them growing up but realized it was a silly stereotype. We have a german shephered mix (she may actually be a dutch shepherd/malinois) and she is the sweetest puppy ever. They have such sweet personalities, and she was SO easy to train.
If I saw that dog, I would immediately want him.
Post # 14
@Kate0558: That puppy is CRAZY CUTE!!! OMG! Personally when I was looking for a second cat I saw a ton of amazing, sweet, cute as all heck cats but I knew when I found the one that was supposed to be mine I would know. I walked into a shelter and saw a kitty in his cage and asked to hold him and he just MELTED in my arms and I knew he was mine! Maybe it will be like that for you?
Think about it long and hard, pets are a big decision! Good luck!
Post # 15
I really, really wouldn’t
- Both GSDs and Huskys have a double coat. This double coat sheds year round, and produces even greater volumes of fur when the dogs “blow coat” in the spring and fall.
- Both GDSs and Huskys are very independent, intelligent, and need a “job.” Discuss with your Darling Husband whether spending thousands of dollars (and I do mean thousands) to take training beyond Puppy Kindergarten, and basic obedience is something that you want to commit your time and money to. Without this, the dog may well become destructive.
- Both GSDs and Huskys are not inherently loving of everyone. It takes lots of time and effort to properly socialize them to many enviroments, people, and situations.
- Both GSDs and Huskys are escape artists as you’ve already found out. It’s not uncommon to hear of them jumping through windows after a squirrel and killing themselves in the process.
Post # 16
“we are gone 8 hours a day at work”
“we don’t take our dog out enough as it is”
I’m not looking at the type of dog here, but I’m looking at whether or not your lifestyle is condusive for a puppy.
I have been involved with rescue adoptions counseling for 10 years now. You guys don’t sound like you have the best situation for a puppy! Even at 12 weeks old, someone has to come home in the middle of the day to let the puppy out of its crate for a potty break for at least 2-3 months. You said you are gone 8 hours a day. And if you’re not giving your adult dog enough exercise right now, then a puppy is going to need twice as much exercise as an established dog.