Post # 1
A family friend of ours has a litter of beagle puppies almost ready for adoption. They live four hours away from us, but we’re actually going to be up there this weekend, so in that regard, the timing is perfect. However… We also have a brand new mortgage that we’re still getting used to budgeting around (it’s 2x our old rent payments, so quite the adjustments… thanks, NYC-area real estate!), plus time sucking jobs and a baby on the way (due in March). We SO BADLY want one of the puppies, but really, is this the time to do it? I know that puppies take lots and lots of time and work, so I just don’t know. Or is this one of those “you’ll never really be ready, so just do it” type of situations?
We also have two cats already, one of which I’m SURE will love a puppy friend, and the other of which I’m SURE will hate a puppy friend. So, as you can see, there are so many reasons not to bring a puppy home right now. But at the same time… We would love that little booger like no one’s business, and he/she would have a wonderful, safe, loving home forever and ever. And our baby would grow up with a doggy BFF!
My heart is trying desperately to overtake my brain on this one. I just don’t know what to do! Well, I know what to do — let someone else give those puppies a loving home. But… PUPPY! lol… So, what would you guys do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
@LoveMikey: I love puppies. But I wouldn’t do it just yet. There is too much going on in your lives right now (and in the near future) that I can’t see it being an easy thing to take on. Especially if the doggy won’t get much attention. 🙁
Post # 4
@LMD: Oh geez, I didn’t even think about the attention aspect of it! You’re absolutely right there — there’s no way for me to predict how much attention I’d actually be able to give the puppy. And considering that babies require SO MUCH attention, that amount would probably be pretty small. And that makes me sad. 🙁
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@LoveMikey: No way. But I would never adopt a puppy in general.
Plus… is this a backyard breeder?
Post # 6
Puppies are a TON of work..I can’t imagine raising one with a baby on the way! Plus, do you and your husband both work? When FI and I got our puppy, he was taking grad classes at night, so one of us was ALWAYS home with her..which is a necessity when they’re really young. I would wait until you get used to your new home, baby and everything else in your life. I feel like taking on a puppy right now might stress you out even more than I’m sure you already are.
Post # 7
@LoveMikey: I’d get the puppy. Like you said, there will never be a perfect time and the puppies need loving forever homes. You can provide that. After you have a baby, you will be even busier. However, if you get the puppy now he will have a good head start on his training and you will be home with him on your mat leave. We are planning to get a second older dog soon and a puppy when I’m on my year mat leave so I can be home to “raise” him.
Post # 8
Puppies are adorable, but SO much work. It’s really like having a baby for the first 2 months or so.
Beagles have a reputation for being hard to train, too. I’ve never tried to train a beagle but I’ve known multiple loud, badly-behaved beagles that were all prone to running away. I think it’s a breed that is meant to work (hunting) so if they don’t have a “job” as a way of expending energy and diverting attention, they can be troublemakers.
Post # 9
@LoveMikey: This has been argued to death around here lately, but I have to urge you to PLEASE consider adopting from a shelter first. It’s not just mutts and old dogs there (although they desperately need homes, so I’d ask you to consider them too) but at our local shelter there are often puppies and purebred dogs as well.
If you did go with an older dog instead of a puppy (and let’s face it, all puppies become dogs eventually anyway) it wouldn’t need quite as much of your attention, if you’re worried about being busy. But with the information you’ve given here, my personal opinion is that it’s probably not the right time to bring home a dog. Only you can make that decision for yourself though. Good luck!
Post # 10
I have 2 beagles. They are the most adorable, loving dogs in the world.
And they are terrible, naughty, pains-in-the-ass. They will lie, beg, cheat, and do whatever they can to get food. They try to escape out of the back fence all the time (and when they see me chase them, they get excited and run even more because they think it’s a game, all while I’m praying they don’t get hit by cars). They love to chew on stuff. They get into the bathroom trash and kitchen trash constantly. I cannot turn my back for ONE second or else I’ll hear something crash and find them getting into something.
It’s not that I’m a bad dog-owner or that they aren’t trained. They’ve had personal, one-on-one training, we use treats to reward them CONSTANTLY, they get plenty of attention and exercise. Beagles are just naughty little rascals of dogs.
I would SERIOUSLY caution someone against adopting a beagle puppy if you’ve never owned a dog before and if you’ve just moved into a new home and have a lot going on. They can be very difficult to house-break and they are just a total handful. Wait until you have your life more settled.
ETA: I adopted both of my dogs, one from a shelter and the other from a beagle rescue. If you really want a beagle, please consider a rescue – there are sooo many beagles out there who have been abandoned and need good homes, and an adult dog will be much easier to deal with than a puppy.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t get a puppy with a baby on the way. They’re enough trouble on their own.
Post # 12
@LoveMikey: I wouldn’t do it right now since you’re expecting. Puppies are A LOT of work. Potty training is like having a newborn – my husband slept on the couch for a few weeks straight, waking up every few hours to let her out (she’s super well trained right now but it wasn’t easy!) I can’t imagine wanting to do that rightn ow with being pregnant. They chew things, have accidents, you have to puppy proof. They need lots of attention.
You’ll also have to train the puppy in a few months to get used to bringing baby home. It’s easier to bring a dog into a home when baby is already there then to bring a new baby into the home.
Post # 13
Doggies take a lot of work. Not just when they’re puppies. They need walking and attention and care their whole lives. Unless you’re completely prepared to do that for the next 14 years or so, do not take one home. That being said, they are so, so worth the effort.
Post # 14
Doesn’t sound like it’s the best time for you guys. There will always be more puppies, getting a dog shouldn’t be an impulse decision.
Post # 15
I’m not going to argue the shelter v. responsible breeder route. I have one dog from a rescue and one from a reputable breeder. I’ve trained both of them from puppy-hood to reach AKC tities.
I know they’re cute, and adorable, and I was so crappy at resisting puppy face/breath/squeaks. Beagles are horrible first time dog owner dogs. They’re escape artists, they make a ton of noise, they need a job and loads of exercise. They need training beyond puppy class such as Nosework classes, and lots of consistency and discipline to be a member of the family.
Congratulations on your baby! That being said, I can’t imagine raising a puppy and a baby at the same time. Puppies go through a horrible, horrible adolescent phase from 6 months – 2 years and your perfect, happy go lucky puppy would be hitting that phase around the time you have your baby. They forget training, they regress in mouthy/potty/behavioral areas, their hormones start ramping up — as does the need for time, attention and exercise.
Enjoy your vacation! Enjoy the puppy breath, and free puppy snuggles. Wait on the puppy for now.
Post # 16
Thank you to every one of you who replied! I have officially been talked off the ledge. 🙂 I KNOW it’s not the right time. I was just blinded by adorable puppies who needed homes! Those who said there will be more puppies, you’re spot on. We’ll get one (or an older dog, no qualms about that whatsoever) eventually. Just not right now.
@HappySky7: Yeah, the lifetime of care does zero to scare us away. We are prepared for that without question. It’s just starting that lifetime RIGHT NOW that’s the hard part.
@mchitt329: Not sure what the story is there. I do not think it was intentional breeding, and in fact, they could be mutts as opposed to purepred beagles. That was all part of the line of questioning we were going to ask if we decided this was something we really did want to consider seriously.
@swanks4tw: Oh, yes! I’m with you 100 million percent! We are shelter first all the way. We rescued our first cat from a family who could no longer care for him so that he wouldn’t have to go to a shelter, and then our second we adopted from a shelter as a baby. When we’ve talked about adopting a puppy, we always just assumed we would go back to the shelter where we got our second cat. We never even discussed any other options. But then these puppies just seemed to fall into our laps, and so we were intrigued. But, as we are not adopting one of these little guys after all, the shelter goes back to #1 on our priority list without question. We also have absolutely zero qualms about getting an older dog. That’s my preference, actually. I’ve never owned a dog, so for my first, I would strongly prefer an older guy who’s already trained so I can get the hang of dog ownership before taking on a puppy. But again, when the prospect of these puppies crossed our path, we just got sort of blinded by the idea of them. (And, if that person had said to us, “Hey, I have a bunch of 8-year-old mutts that need homes. Want one?”… you bet we’d have had the same reaction.)
@sailor_girl: Thank you for sharing your experience with your beagles! You’ve definitely opened up my eyes. Your little ones sounds precious. 🙂