|Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 8:12pm PST |
|Warning- lots of rambling!
So. This is likely never going to amount to much, but hey, why not?
The idea of another dog has been bounced around a lot in the past few years. The answer is always something along the lines of "I dunno, I guess if something comes along?" and nothing ever happens.
Lately I've just been butting heads with Oscar. A lot.
I know I'm being overly critical, I get it. But we just don't really mesh all that well. He fits in the household well enough, he's alright as a pet. But I, personally, am not someone who is interested in having "just a pet". I've got other pets to do that, if that makes any sense.
I've been toying with the idea of another dog, or maybe even getting a dog for myself. I honestly don't know how on board my parents would be with the idea. I know if I came to my dad with the idea of a sport dog he'd be interested. My mom? Maybe not so much. I don't really know.
There are a few problems, and I'm totally willing to admit it.
I'm nearly 17. I'm not going to be living here for that much longer. Though I won't be going away to college, I will probably move out within the next 5 years. I never want to have to live without a dog, I'd gladly move into a trailer or even stay at home than live in an apartment, but honestly I don't know where I'll be in a few years. This, I realize, could be a problem.
Another is obviously, do we have the money? My parents could pay, but I don't know if they would want to. I am currently looking for a job, but have had no luck.
Then there is Spike. It's hard for me to say this but she is slowing down fast, within the past month her hips have gotten bad. At 11, I don't know... she could be around another few years, she could die next week. We were talking about it a few days ago and my dad mentioned wanting another dog after she passed. I can wait, I'm in no hurry, but I feel like it would be easier to bond with a new dog when I'm not upset over Spike.
So, there are a lot of factors in play. It's probably not going to happen and I'm okay with that but I still would like to be prepared.
Here's the fun part, suggest a breed! I understand all dogs are different, I just want a basis of what to look for.
What I need:
-The most important to me is a trainable dog who wants to do whatever I tell it to when I tell it to. It doesn't have to be supersmart, as long as there is no trace of stubbornness. Lord knows I've had more than enough of that with Oscar.
-Friendly. I want a dog that is in your face, wanting attention. I've had enough aloofness to last a lifetime.
-Playful! This is a huge issue with me and Oscar. I could play fetch for hours and hours. Oscar doesn't even like balls.
-Not going to kill other pets. I have a lot of those. Though I'm willing to work through some prey drive, I don't want my cats to live in fear of being eaten.
-An off switch! For my mother's sake ;D
What I'd like, but am willing to forgo:
-Not extremely drooly or shed-y, though I'm willing to work with that.
-Long hair is a plus, but not needed.
-Any size is fine, but I've been playing around with the idea of having a smaller dog. It's not a big concern though.
-Water loving would be fun. I could swim for days, and Oscar won't even go near the water.
-I'd like to be able to get into dog sports, so a breed that excels in that would be nice... but I'm fine if it isn't a common sports breed.
-A generally healthy breed would be a plus.
Reading that, I'd tell myself to get a lab. The problem is neither of my parents like labs. My dad grew up with them and can't stand them, mom thinks they are ugly. Maybe a golden? Though their health concerns me.
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