Post # 1
My SO’s friend’s dog had puppies. They are min pin/jack russell mixes. He and I have talked before about getting a min pin before to add to our home, since he likes dobermans, but I would like to have something smaller. We currently live in a townhome with a fenced backyard, and have a 50 lab mix, and two cats.
The pros would be that we would be helping out our friend’s rehoming a puppy, assuming all goes well my dog would have a companion, and I love all animals so a small zoo in our house doesn’t bother me.
The cons would be the increased financial responsibility and the time consumption needed with a puppy.
I’d need to make a decision quickly, because if we decide to get one, we would like the tail docked, and it would need to be done immediately while they are still only a few days old.
Post # 3
Nevermind – it doesn’t matter. I called the vet and got the pricing for shots and neutering which is all fine and dandy, and then discussed it further with SO. I asked him how he planned on contributing to raising this puppy and he just dodges my questions about it and then gets mad at me. It’s so frustrating. Instead of picking a fight with me, just tell me you’re the one not ready, instead of telling your friend that it’s up to ME, and making me look like the jackass.
Post # 4
Whats the reason for tail docking?
Puppies are a lot of work, but since you have a big dog I’m sure you already know lol
Sounds like your partner is not ready for the responsibility so I say avoid the new dog! It will be a constant reminder of how frustrating he is
Post # 5
@sleepingbeauty88: I love Min Pins and would probably end up getting one even if Fiance wasn’t gonna help with the puppy. Just cause they are SO CUTE!!! But I agree the puppies can be alot of work. I don’t envy you the decision and the fights that are coming from this. Puppies chould be happy things. (((((HUGS)))))
@Eva Peron: Tails are docked for several reasons. I have a Dobie, and had a Rottie in the past. Both of those breeds have docked tails because they are “guard dogs” and there is less chance for the tails to be grabed by an intruder and the dog get hurt. It also helps with their balance. That is also why the ears are docked on Dobies. My Dobie had really big floppy ears as a baby, and the vet agreed that cutting the ears would also help prevent ear infections due to fluid build-up.
Post # 6
@Thrakena: Yes there are def breeds that serve a purpose. Just wondering why such a little mix dog like that would benefit, other than aesthetically?
I have a German Shepherd, i hear you on the guard dog /protection stuff logic.
Post # 7
If you can’t get a dog from a Code of Ethics breeder, then I would suggest a dog from a shelter or a rescue group.
Getting one of your friend’s puppies would just be condoning BYB practices.
Sorry, I’m in the dog business. I’ll get off my soapbox now, since ultimately the decison is up to you and I can’t convince people (your friend) to be responsible with pets. 🙂
Post # 8
@Thrakena: Ya, he and I have talked it over further. This isn’t the first time that this argument has come up, it’s just reared it’s ugly head again now that a friend has puppies.
After a lot of thinking, I think that the whole reason I want another dog (we already have one, and two cats), is because I love the affection they give. My current dog is a big baby and loves to snuggle, as does one of my cats. However, the other cat is terrified of everything which leads him to hide in the basement all the time and I feel awful. I think that because I’m not getting affection from that one cat, that I’m trying to compensate.
No puppy for me. It’s not the right time.
In fact, I think we should even downsize. If I could find an amazing home to give my affectionately nickname “fat cat” too, I wouldn’t even doubt it for a second. I feel so bad for him. He is very large, but is not diabetic or has a thryoid problem. I have taken him to the vet and verified. As a result of his size his fur mats up. But, because he is so scared of the dog, he never comes out of hiding and therefore I can’t ever brush him. He is a very sweet cat and would love to snuggle and be petted all day. He really deserves a better home where he can be loved and not live in fear. I think I will be looking for a new home for him.
Here is a rare photo of him on the couch.
Post # 9
@sleepingbeauty88: I don’t have anything useful to add, but your big cat reminds me of Bustopher Jones from the musical Cats. 🙂