(Closed) I want a puppy :(

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I didn’t think we would get a dog until after we were married b/c we wanted to take a 10-14 day honeymoon. However, my fiance started working from home, and he signed up to be foster home for dogs through PAWS. Of course, we ended up falling in love w/the first puppy and adopted him. I fell in love w/my fiance even more after seeing him train and bond w/the puppy. Since you’re unemployed for the next several months, I think it’s a perfect opportunity to adopt a puppy. However, I am not sure since you will be living under your in-laws’ roof. I can understand how your fiance is worried about the burden possibly falling on his mom. You should probably talk it through w/everyone. You can also foster a dog – there are plenty in need at PAWS, assuming that you live in Chicago.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i honestly  would wait until you are SURE of what your plans are! i want a dog too, but at the moment we live in a condo, so we dont have enough room for it, we have also 2 kitties right now, and we both work. a dog is way more work then a cat, just because he needs to be walked and stuff… i want a puppy husky sooo bad, but i think we might get one once we decide to have a baby, cause im planning to work part-time or stay at homemore often… i think you should wait til you are back from the honeymoon and see where you are… your wedding is only 3 months away, so if you are going to get a puppy now i think it could be hard both on you and the puppy leaving him home because you have to leave for the honeymoon…and also you need to keep in mind that  your Fiance doesnt want his mom to take care it

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If you were living in your OWN apartment, i’d say now is the perfect time b/c you have a chunk of time off. But since you’re living with the in laws, I’d wait. They probably would rather have the whole crew out of their house, no? πŸ˜€ The dog might not be as welcome as you think, especially with a wedding and honeymoon coming up.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree with brwneyedgrl- I think right now is a great time to get a puppy so long as you discuss it with everyone involved. I am trying to convince my husband that we should get another dog as I am currently unemployed as well and think it is the perfect time to get a puppy and train it. Unfortunatly we are in an apartment right now and two dogs in our apartment isn’t ideal and I can’t argue him on that point.

I think if you talk to him, lay out all the great points that you made here and tell him that you will talk to your in-laws with him and see what they say. I could see a problem with the wedding and honeymoon, as your in-laws may end up having to take care of the puppy during that time. However, there are boarding places that you could maybe take the puppy to if they aren’t willing to puppy-sit. Good luck and hopefully you’ll get a puppy soon!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

This changes everything – hey if they want you to, i’d do it now!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Puppies are a HUUUUUGE responsibility. We didn’t realize how much work it was until we got one. It was like having a baby, but a baby that could run around and eat your shoes and pee on the floor. He woke us up at the crack of dawn every day. It was exhausting.

I’d wait until you are 100% sure that it’s the perfect time to get one.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Ditto @danadelphia.  I love my pup and we did a lot of research and prep but it’s still a lot more work than you think it is.  The biggest thing is that I feel like I have a lot less freedom because I can’t leave the dog stuck in his crate or cooped up in the kitchen all.day.long. No more drinks after work for me because I’ve got to get home and feed my hungry pup.  I assume you are actively looking for a job rather than just planning to live off unemployment so I would say this probably isn’t the best time to get a puppy.  Maybe you could adopt an older dog who is already house trained and a lot calmer and therefore not as huge of a responsibility.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We already have a dog.. she is going to be 3 years already πŸ™‚ and we had a 10 month old rottie but he died.. My Fiance just called and asked if he can keep his cousins pit.. UGH not a fan of pits.. and i would rather have a puppy so you can train them to your lifestyle.. I told him to wait and we will get another puppy. Im just not ready i really miss my boy πŸ™ i know he thinks this will help me coop with loosing our rottie but i dont think it will i think it will make me miss him more πŸ™

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

We are getting married in 11 days and we got a puppy last Wednesday. We both work – I’m full time and he’s almost full time. Neither of us has slept a full night since we brought him home. We love the little guy and we were prepared to put the work in, but DAMN it is A LOT of work. He’s only a baby, so he gets up about twice a night to go to the bathroom which means throwing clothes on and being ready to scoop poop at 1am and 4am even when you’re getting up for work at 7. My younger sister stops by around 1-2pm to take him out on days when Fiance and I are both at work. It won’t always be this intense, but I don’t expect the schedule to let up for at least a few months as we are crate training him and it’s really important that he gets to go out and gets enough excercise that he’s not bored or in danger of soiling his crate from being left alone too long.

Having a puppy is really hard work so far – more than I even realized – and it’s only been a week. Be sure you know what you’re getting into before you do this. There are so many dogs who have been thrown away because their owners didn’t realize what they were setting themselves up for when they brought home a little ball of fluff. With so much on your plate, maybe consider adopting an older dog who won’t require so much intensive work?

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I’ve had dogs my whole life, but never a puppy.  My family has always adopted older dogs between 1-3 from shelters.  I adopted my own dog in January from a shelter, and he’s somewhere between 1 and 2.  He was already housetrained and crate-trained when I got him.  It took my dog about 3 days to get adjusted, and since then, he won’t stop following me around the house! haha.  I know puppies are cute, but they are a TON of work, and there are so many dogs that are young, but won’t be adopted because they’re not puppies.  I would consider getting one slightly older if that’s something you’re open to.  Even older dogs are great dogs! πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re in the process of adopting, and we’re getting a slightly older dog (1-3 years) precisely because we’re both full-time students with part-time jobs and don’t feel like we have the time for a puppy. There are plenty of great rescues in the area you could look into!

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