(Closed) NWR- I want a furbaby!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Don’t worry you’re not crazy (or maybe you are, but that means I am too!)

I am exactly the same, except for the baby thing. I stalk dog rescue websites (I have every single one in my state bookmarked and check them at least weekly for new ones), pick out the ones I want, volunteer as a dog walker so I get to play with them even though they are all at least 3 hours drive away, take hundreds of photos like a proud mummy, and cry when the ones I love get homes! Oh and I have rescue doggie wallpaper. And I am living in a rental unit and aren’t even allowed to have a dog! I am lucky that my mum doesn’t think I’m crazy because she is the same. She has already rescued 4!

Good luck, I hope you get your baby Dorkie!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Aw. I completely understand. I had puppy fever for YEARS before we found more time in our schedule to actually adopt one.

Please. Please. Please. ADOPT!!!! So many pups in shelters need good homes. Frown

I’m sure you already know this but be sure that you are financially and emotionally able to commit the time, love and money the pup is going to require. The first year means lots and lots of vet fees.

And IF your pup has any issues that means even more vet fees. When we adopted our pup she had demodex mange which meant that for the first two years of her life the pup was in and out of the vet office every other month and on meds every single day. That cost us $$$$$$$.

Best of Luck in your puppy search!

P.S. If your serious on the beginning the search I suggest scouring pet ads now and buying a crate when it’s on sale and food bowls and a leash, etc. Most shelters will send you home with a small bag of food. I would wait on the food because it all depends on what kind of pup you end up getting (adopting!).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

http://www.petfinder.com

This site has rescues/shelters, etc.  This is where I found my two pups almost 2 years ago.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I did the same thing! For like 2 years until I was able to get a dog! haha. I found my guy on petfinder.com and he has been the best dog ever!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was SO ready to be a fur-mom at 22 (ok at like, 18 but i had to have my own place first) and ended up with two fuzzy bundles of joy. SO not ready for kids, but definitely love the furboys.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Petfinder is really awesome.

My dog was rescued from a legal puppymill that feeds most of the pet stores in the US. Without going into details, I just want to throw out there that backyard breeding and pet stores are NOT the place to go. If you don’t adopt, PLEASE find a reputable breeder that health tests and genetically tests their dogs. They should only have a few puppies at any time, often you will have to wait for the next litter for a few months, and they should live in the house with the breeder as a part of their family.

Petfinder will help you find many needy pets near or far from you. You can search by breed and age. Almost all SPCA’s and Rescue Organizations are on there, so it’s like the Kayak.com of finding a pet.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

A lot of times near a military installation you can get pets on craigslist, just watch out and make sure you and the current owner come to some agreement about getting the dog checked out by a vet before everything is said and done. I got my little baby on craigslist, from a woman whose dog had puppies and she had no clue what to do with them.

If you get a puppy, PLEASE keep them isolated from other dogs until they have had ALL their shots. Our lab ended up with Parvo when she was 4 months old. It was awful. I have NEVER seen my hubs so distraught!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Getting a puppy is the best test for a baby in my opinion. I’m so happy we did it before having a baby!! We were really sleep deprived for a couple days. Should slow down your biological clock real fast..

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I got a dog for kind of the same reason.  I don’t want a baby right now (or in the near future, like 10 years!), but I definitely felt my biological clock kicking in and the need to nurture.  I just adopted a dog 2 months ago that I found on petfinder.com, and he’s the best.  Just do your research and make sure you get a breed that fits your lifestyle.  I know that Dachshunds are notoriously hard to housebreak (not sure if that trait is in Dorkies), but you should definitely keep things like that in mind.  I adopted a mini poodle that is between 1 and 2, and he was already crate-trained and housetrained.  If you work fulltime and don’t have time for housetraining, this may be something you want to consider.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree with everyone above, def check out petfinder.com – it’s what we used for both of our dogs AND my mom’s!

We (I) totally treat our dogs like our kids, and I’m not ashamed to admit that they do somewhat sate my biological clock.  I have this overwhelming desire to take care and nurture, and trust me, these 2 (and Fiance…) need it!!  That’s not to say once I have kids, they’ll have served their purpose of course.  I grew up in a house completely overrun with all sorts of pets, so animals will ALWAYS have a place in my home.  I’ve already told my fiance to just watch out once we actually have a real yard…

 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I definitely have puppy fever too! I’ve lived in a condo the last 6 years and just don’t have a proper place to house a dog. Now, my fiancé bought a house this past summer and he knows I want a dog (how can he not when I talk about it constantly?). I promised him that after we get married I won’t mention it again and it’ll be HIS decision on when. Last night he made a comment that it wouldn’t be for a year *cry*. In a year I want to start trying for kids and wanted to be over all the dog settling in phase. Sigh.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would give my right arm to have a puppy!  I have to wait for a house and a yard 🙁

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Me too!  I have puppy fever something fierce!  I have been researching breeds for months and months.  Like wulfin, I want a puppy soon, so that in a year or so when we’re ready to start TTC, we won’t have puppy stuff to deal with.  I (should) graduate in September, so I’m hoping that will be a good time for a puppy.  Especially since if I don’t get one fairly soon, I’ll probably have to wait until we’re done having kids, and I’ve already waited 16 years since my last puppy, (our current dog was adopted as an adult, so I missed his puppyhood). 

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