(Closed) Do you and your SO want a pet together?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We want a dog so much. We talk about it all the time, and every time I see a cute dog I find out what breed it is and think that’s the breed we should get. But we’re probably not going to get one for a while — a dog is a big financial commitment and probably deserves more space than we’re going to have for a while (and it’s much harder to find dog-friendly apartments…).

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Yes please! We’re big time dog lovers. We’ll probably wait a while since the’re such a big responsibility, but I just can’t imagine us without a dog!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

LOL, we put the cart before the horse on this one!  We moved in together and after only a year, he let me adopt a cat (Cali).  Then I thought she was lonely.  So he let me adopt another cat (Uli).  Did I mention he’s allergic to cats?  Neither did he.  But that’s how much he loves me.  He calls them decorations because unless I’m home, they just stay on their condo all day.

Well, he’s always wanted a German Shepherd Dog (GSD).  One day I got a call while I was gone that his coworker’s dog had just had puppies and could he please get one.  I couldn’t help but say yes, afterall he’s put up with Cali and Uli.  (He later said he thought I’d talk him out of it…ha!  Like I can say no to a puppy!!)  So Ryder joined the family.

Now I’m looking for our next dog, we’ve both agreed will be a Doberman Pinscher named Kaiser.  Dobbies are harder to find to adopt, but we’re still looking.  About a year after we get Kaiser, we’re going to adopt our (final!!!) dog, Heidi (Rottie).

We’re huge animal lovers, so of course we need animals!  But I used to work in an animal shelter, so I have to plug it: please consider adoption!!!!  The best dog I’ve ever known was my Rottie that I adopted from a shelter.  Give the big dogs a chance, and consider the Rotties, Dobbies, and black labradors.  BIG BLACK DOGS ARE THE LEAST LIKELY TO BE ADOPTED AND MOST LIKELY TO BE EUTHANIZED.  Ok, end plug.

No matter what pet you’re looking for, I highly recommend http://www.petfinder.com which allows you to find a pet to adopt by location, breed, gender, and age.  They have just about every animal you could want!!

Post # 6
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279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We adopted a kitten together, which worked out perfectly, because my Fiance just happens to be a cat person, he may just be the only guy who is!!

I also have to plug adoption, and to try to make sure you go through a no-kill shelter!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I adopted Gordon when we were long-distance, so he didn’t really have a say. We just adopted Janie 2 weeks ago "together," but she’s very much turning into a daddy’s girl. =)

Another plug for rescuing and Petfinder!! =) 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The boy has always wanted a dog and his family were never pet people. I expect there is one in our future. I’ve always had a poodle and I like dogs, but I don’t love them. I am allergic and don’t care much for cats. I plan on getting a chipoo or maltipoo or some other kind of poo when we are able.

Post # 9
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ MightySapphire: Ooh, I didn’t know that about big, black dogs! That’s so sad. Good thing I’m leaning heavily toward  adopting a black lab. 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are planning on getting one or two cats and definitely a dog when we have more space and time to be home with our pets. We are big animal lovers and we even have names picked out for our future cats

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I totally agree with the others…please consider adoption, but if you find that adoption is not the right fit, whatever you do DO NOT buy your puppy at a store.  Buy from a reputable breeder.  ALL puppies sold in puppy stores (no matter what they tell you in the stores) come from puppy mills, one of the cruelest industries in existence.  Sorry to preach, but this is a topic close to my heart.  We adopted our pup last year, he’s exactly what we wanted and couldn’t ask for a better addition to our family!   

Post # 12
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My Fiance likes to say that my bischonpoo and I were a package deal, and to get the girl he got stuck with the dog.  He talked all macho to his friends about my silly prissy dog and how we needed a manly dog to balance the mix, but then shortly after we moved in together I noticed he had her photo as his cell phone screensaver.  3 years later he’s declared that we are a small dog family… and the dog he "got stuck with" he now calls sweetie when he thinks no one is listening. 😉

And we’re another plug for rescuing and petfinder!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

No. At least not for a while. For one thing, we rent (and in our city, renters are NOT pet owners unless you want to live in a ‘slum’ type of place), but even if we didn’t, we wouldn’t jump right in to having a pet.

I had a cat when we got together, but my mom has her now due to stupid rental restrictions (and she’s a million times happier (and fatter) with my mom. I would not be able to pry that cat out of my mom’s arms, ever!).

What I love about pets: cuteness, companionship, unconditional love.

What  I don’t like about pets: litterbox (for cats), shedding (most cats and dogs),  time commitment (we both work long hours and go to school). Walking them in the winter (dogs) – it’s below zero for half of our winter…, boarding them when we travel (my family are all airplane-rides away) etc. 

We both love cats and dogs, and I’d love to get another cat… but not until we have a house and are a little more settled (maybe out of school?). We also both feel that a child should have pets, so maybe dogs and cats are best saved until we have a family to share them with. 

 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My Fiance and I bought a house over a year ago.  I knew I wanted a dog, I always had *at least* one growing up (My parents still have 4).  Plus the Fiance works evenings so I wanted a companion.  I found a little yorkie/chihuahua mix that I love to death.  I’ve always been a big dog person, but I couldn’t imagine life without her.  She’s not the yappy type and she is so sweet & smart. 

Note: I’ve learned that dogs really are almost like having a baby.  They cost a lot more than I imagined and demand lots of attention!  If you find yourself away from home often then I wouldn’t get a dog.  And yes, please look at petfinder.com or your local humane society first.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I promised that if we moved for me to go to grad school, we could get a dog.  So, we’ve got our Norfolk Terrier.  They are, incidently, the cutest, most amusing dogs in the whole world 😉   And walking him is solid exercise.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Catch. (Our flower dog) Mr. Doctor wasn’t so hip to Berners at first, but he says now that he is a Berner person. (You can’t not be, they are the sweetest big dogs!) I love rescue dogs, but it is also really important for me to have a predictible personality (which you get with Berners). If we ever live out in the country on acreage, we will be adopting a shelter dog.

I’m sure everyone knows that if you do get a dog from a breeder, make sure it is the most reputable person you can find.  Often that means waiting for a long while to get a dog that’s appropriate for your lifestyle. There was a huge puppy mill bust here in Western Washington last week, and we’ve signed up to become puppy foster parents to help with the massive influx of puppy mill dogs.

Meanwhile, here’s a picture of our beast when he was a baby.

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