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

posted 11 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are both very much dog people, and we have two big, wonderful dogs!  I think that our pet adoption will stop at that though for now.  We got a puppy just two months after I moved in with my fiance.  The day we decided to get her was the day I made my lifelong commitment to him in my mind, because I didn’t want to start our family and then break it up.  We’d been looking for about a month on petfinder and drove 15 hours each way to pick her up because she is the perfect dog for us (lab/vizsla mix).  Then we decided she needed a brother, and he is a crazy vizsla but is very loveable. 

We spend an absurd amount of money on them, sometimes out of need (she has health problems that make her a very expensive dog sometimes), but mostly because they are spoiled.  They also impact how we spend our free time.  Now we go on walks at night instead of downtown for drinks or dinner.  But, I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Post # 18
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love dogs and so does Mr. Spin, but we’ve decided to wait until

1. We’re married (sharing responsibility for walks is very important to me, aka winter is cold ^_^)

2. His job schedule is solidified. He’ll be working as a PA and who knows what kind of hours he’ll have at first. There’s no way I can train a dog on my own (never done it before), so I’ll need him around to help.

and 3. We live in a house with a yard or in a very dog-friendly apt. I always feel bad for bigger dogs cooped up in little apartments (unless they’re teeny tiny or not very active and don’t need an excess of space) so we really want to make sure we live in an environment that will be the best possible for whatever type of dog we end up with.

But I can’t wait. All of my childhood doggies have died (the last just on Friday ) and I’m really missing having canine company. Pet time can’t come soon enough.

Post # 19
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Yes! We want a dog someday. I ask everyday for one but we both know right now is not the time. We live in a small apartment and are both at work all day and it would not be fair to the dog. Although my Mother-In-Law said if we decide to get one she would be doggy day care for us.

Post # 21
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have two cats that will become ours when we move in together. As soon as we move into our own house, we’re getting a dog together. Either Dexter the Boston Terrier or Hank the Pug. πŸ˜€

Post # 22
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I really want a Shih Tzu and have convinced my non-animal loving Darling Husband that he wants one too.  Sadly, it is not to be.  We are trying to save money, for one, and we rent.  Secondly we like to travel as well as do things after work, and we see that our dog-owning friends are very limited in being able to do those things.

 Question for the board- those who are considering having kids in the next five years- what are your thoughts on having a dog around a baby? 

Post # 23
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009


They are the best!  They are so mellow inside the house, but when we go for walks or to the dog park, he’ll be high energy.  They’re *really* loving, and their whole goal in life is to be near your side (well that and to eat things off the counter πŸ˜‰  They’re also great with kids.  I have lots of nieces and nephews, so that was really important to me.  Despite their impressive size, they are incredibly gentle with little kids.

They were bred to be Swiss Farm dogs, and they definitely live up to that reputation. Steady, dependable, loyal and they train up really easily.

Catch is my second Bernese.  I could go on and on, but I won’t…. If he’s ever in NYC with me, I’ll let you know!

Post # 24
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We both love dogs, but are still too traumatized after putting our dogs down.  As of now we have no plans for anymore pets anytime soon.

Post # 25
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We plan on trying for kids soon after getting married and we have a little dog who, as of now, thinks that he is our child.  We’re also convinced he doesn’t actually know he’s a dog…but thats another topic.  We aren’t concerned about having the pup around a baby.  It will be an adjustment for all of us, including him, and will require some extra attention and training, but he has been around babies before and with the exception of some curiosity, he is great. 

Post # 26
405 posts
Helper bee

We currently have 2 cats, but we’ve already had fish together! πŸ˜€ We’ll eventually get a dog when we have the room.

Post # 27
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall

We have two Shih Tzus together that we love so much. Mr. SR is such a mush when it comes to his little girls πŸ™‚

Post # 28
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’ll definitely check out petfinder! πŸ™‚


I’ve actually never had a pet, unless you count the ant farm I accidentally massacred as a kindergartener (long story), but P has always had a cat and a dog. We’re going to have to live in married student housing for the first year of our marriage (ick!) but we’re going to sneak in a kitten…he’s such a cat person. And once we have an apartment that allows pets or a house of our own, I’m going to get the dog I’ve always wanted…a shorthair Yorkshire terrier. Although I’ve been told that if I ever carry the dog around in my purse, my mother will take him away until I promise not to do it again…

Post # 29
135 posts
Blushing bee

I would love to get a dog once we are married, but I’m not sure if we will get one right away. 

Post # 30
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My Fiance bought me a puppy as a housewarming gift when I moved in with him, it was the best present i ever got!! She’s a pomeranian-chihuahua cross, and only weighs 5.2lbs so she’s relatively inexpensive to keep. And because she’s so small she gets enough exersize running around the house, so if we miss a day taking her for a walk it’s not the end of the world and she doesn’t end up stir crazy like some of the big dogs my parents owned while I was growing up.


Post # 31
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Just three days after moving into an apartment together we got a dachshund puppy. We "met" him the weekend prior at a graduation party where one of the guests was trying to sell off her remaining puppies. Though we had said we’d wait for six months to get a puppy, we fell in love and never looked back. In a year, when we get a house, we’re getting a collie, and after that, I get to have my long-haired chihuahua. πŸ™‚


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