Post # 1
You know someone is NOT ready for a dog, but insists they need one. Picked a breed that requires alot of attention/care/excersise. Leaves them in the house or kennel all day and then realizes that they are “too much to handle.” <–Firm believer in walks and attention make a good dog!
A family member got a large dog (doberman) and now says she is getting rid of him because she doesn’t have the money for a outdoor kennel and he is acting out. (No sh*t my dogs act out when the rain takes over there walks too. They need stimulation.)
This makes me so angry, as dog ownership is a huge responsibility. In my eyes it is a child and those things need to be figured out early on in the decision making process.
Hehee thanks that helped me not sending a snarky response via facebook status to her.
How do you deal with the dogs not being able to get out on walks in the rain? Do you just tough it out in raingear? My pups would be soo happy if this weather would clear up!
Post # 3
We have a boxer and we just tough it out in the rain… People that don’t want to take care of the animal they wanted need to be locked in a crate all day and see how they like it..
Funny thing about our pup though, he doesn’t like rain so if we dont hold an umbrella over him he will not go out!
Post # 4
Oooh. We play with our dogs inside a LOT more. Well, when I say “our,” I mean my parents’ dogs. Fi and I don’t want dogs yet, we’re not ready for the responsibility.
I also hate it when people get dogs they can’t manage. This one friend of mine is always pawning off taking care of her dog to her roommates, a couple of my other friends. It always irritates me to no end that she really couldn’t handle the responsibility of a dog and now just pretends like she can… because the dog suffers. He misses her and misses the consistency of a routine.
Post # 5
ugh what a frustrating situation!! we specifically got a small dog because we were living in an apartment, and a breed we knew a lot about so we knew we’d be able to take care of our dog (my fi’s parents have had 2 shelties my fi’s entire life–my fi’s dad has had them his entire life too!).
we tough it out in the rain. our pup gets 2 30-45 minute walk every day, plus a mid-day walk by a dogwalker, and a quick walk out whenever he needs to go. he probably doesn’t need that much any more, but it’s just become habit for us…
Post # 6
Oh my gosh… I cannot even express to you the RAGE I feel at this. I think dogs (pets in general) are a wonderful addition to a family, but they are NOT FOR EVERYONE. Do not get a dog if you consistently work more than 8 hours at a time. Do not get a dog if you have no intention of putting the time into training it. Do not get a dog if you don’t have the money to take it for regular check-ups and shots. Do not get a dog if you’re not going to love and play with it every day. Do not get a dog because “OMG ITS SO CUTE” when you have done no breed research.
Wow your terrier is hyper?? I’m shocked.
Wow your weimaraner grew really big and and chews up your stuff? I can’t believe it.
Wow your bulldog–who you have spent exactly no time training–has a tendency to be aggressive? Who could have possible seen this coming?
ARGH. I have a really really really hard time not judging people when they are horrible to their pets. If you don’t have the time/money/compassion for a pet, ok, don’t get one!
Edited to add: Um… I was so rage-ful I forgot to answer your question. My dog hates the rain so I got him a little rain coat. Yes… he looks silly and I feel silly, but he doesn’t give me issues about walking in the rain anymore.
Post # 7
Maybe get some good raingear – boots, coat, umbrella, and go for it. It can’t rain forever, right?
My sister’s dog turns into a dainty little snob when it’s raining… you have to force him to go out (otherwise he’ll just hold it as long as he can) and then he’ll cautiously pick his way through the yard to go, like he’s tip-toeing. Forget about taking him for a walk if it’s raining! It’s so funny.
Post # 8
We tough it out in the rain…makes me really really really want some galoshes though!
Post # 9
I suck it up even when water and mud start sinking into my shoes. Poor doggie!
Post # 10
Our dogs are big babies and refuse to go for walks in heavy rain or snow. 🙂 But if it’s been longer than 24 hours, we force them to go for a walk, no matter the weather. They HAVE to run and stretch their legs or they just get unmanageable.
Post # 11
@Kd – That is exactly how i feel, I PERSONALLY don’t crate my puppies but i do understand the need for them. I just got lucky with 2 dogs that don’t chew things up!
@Labor – I pawn my dog to my Mother-In-Law on mondays, but thats strictly playtime for the pups ;p I am glad to hear that you mention your not ready! More people need to realize the hard work that goes into it.
@Finn – That was exactly our situation! Why get a a big dog if you have a small house and no yard for them?! 🙁 What breed of dog do you have?
@Corgi – I love your passion towards this! LOL I felt like writing F*&#* #*^&#^ the whole post! Hahaha. She works long weird hours and the kids are at school all day, not to mention its rain season so the dog can’t be out much. You must be a wonderful doggy owner. Corgi’s are tooo cute.
@Jduck – That is so funny “a dainty little snob!”
@MrsD – Fiance got me rain boots for christmas it was definetly the best gift by far. I haven’t mastered walking 2 dogs yet, i really need to work on that one.
@HisB – Obviously you can feel my pain with Portland weather and the ache for nice spring time walks!
@MrsSp – I agree our dogs do get unmanageable if they dont get a walk for a few days.. Its incredible what even a little walk can do to there behaviors. More people need to understand this. I have the opposite problem we have a new mini schnauzer POODLE and the poodle in him loves water and has to jump in all puddles! Lol
Thanks for feelin my pain girls.
Post # 12
I agree on this, dogs are a HUGE responsibility, and hence I didn’t even bother moving into a place where I’d be allowed to have one, although I really want one, it’s just not going to happen at the moment!
However I can understand that sometimes things come up and you can’t handle a dog you (nonspecific person lol) could. I really don’t think they’re like kids but I do think that a lot of the problems that people encounter that cause them to get rid of their dogs or not provide the right care for them..could be easily prevented by doing the proper research.
Post # 13
Both FH and I would LOVE to have a dog. However, we both work, attend grad school, now planning a wedding and I have an internships. There is no way in h-e-l-l that we have time for a puppy right now. FH has a job in which he probably could get away with bringing a dog and sometimes he gets to telecommute, but as for me, I am rarely home. It just wouldn’t be fair to the lil’ pooch. So alas, we must wait another year or so before we may be ready.
Post # 14
My Future Sister-In-Law and her husband got a German Shepard — the dog is taller than me when it stands on its hind legs — now they have a baby crawling around the house and the dog has to live outside and is no longer allowed in the house at all … because it can completely unintentionally hurt the baby because it’s so gi-normous. No foresight there with that choice of dog …
Post # 15
My husband and I lived with his brother for about a year. One day BIL brought home a pit bull puppy. We already had two dogs of our own and were not interested in raising a third. BIL promised he would take care of it… well that lasted about a week. After we went our seperate ways the dog came with us and has lived with us ever since. We now have a baby on the way and don’t know how we’re going to deal with three dogs… especially since the pit is like Lenny from Of Mice and Men and inadvertently killed the cat. We have been looking for a good home for him, but no luck so far. I know he wouldn’t intentionally harm a child, but I don’t want to take the risk. I wish people would really think about the responsibilies that go along with pet ownership before actually bringing the pet home.
Edit- our dogs are pretty good about the weather. They love to play in the rain or the snow. That’s important though- if you live in an apartment, or don’t have a yard… think long and hard about getting a dog, especially a big dog that needs lots of excersise. Seems like common sense…
Post # 16
*sigh* Aggravating. Really, that is the most selfish thing a person can do. Grrrrrr…
As of last night, our dog is the proud owner of a raincoat since she’s a service dog and therefore has to go out in the rain if Fiance does. Fiance was adamantly opposed to putting her in anything other than her cape, but then it stormed something fierce here in Cali and she got drenched. She’s the sweetest dog alive and doesn’t buck or complain and we couldn’t stand the thought that she may be uncomfortable. We wanted to make sure she was warm and dry, so raincoat!
….and she looks so cute!!!