Since DH can't say no...I want a DOG!!!!

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Since DH can't say no...I want a DOG!!!!
Wed, 04-02-2003 - 11:00am
We've never had any pets....and my daughters are dying to have one....and I'm thinking about a Jack Russell...he's as hyper as my daughters...I need a dog that is not prone to heart attacks because my daughters would surely can give anyone a heart stroke!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone here with a Jack?????
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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 11:55am
You're a brave woman... not only to get a dog, but to get a hyper one! Eeks! We've been looking into getting a dog, but we're doing a TON of research on what kind of breed will best fit our lives. We're careful to a fault! LOL.

How will your DH react though? I mean, YIKES! Won't he be mad when he comes home?

:) Melissa

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 12:18pm
Mad??????????????? naaaaahhh........

Anyway.........he can't say no to 3 whinning females.........that would be toooooooo much for him to bear!!!!!!!!!
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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 12:28pm
My DH got the jump on me! before he left for Korea, he said, no dogs or cats, besides the cat we have, or any animal of any kind, while I'm gone! ....sniff, sniff! I want a dog, too! waaaaaaaawaaaaa! LOL!

Had a friend that had a Jack Russel, very cute, and obedient dog. I myself want a big dog, Dh does too, but not til the next duty station....sigh! LOL


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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 1:42pm
My brother-in-law and his wife have a Jack Russel and they love her to death. She is very hyper though and jumps on everyone one. But when she is calm she is the sweetest cutest little thing. I would say if that is what you want then go for it. But I would do a little research first just to make sure. We have a Carin Terrier and he is pretty hyper too and very very smart. I read everywhere and the pet store guy also told us that this breed is very smart and wants very much to please their owners so they learn quick. He is also very cute and he loves his daddy (dh) very much and is protective of me. Well anyway just thought I would share! Goodluck and happy hunting!

Cameron Proud Army Wife

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 2:47pm
We want(ed) a Jack Russel years ago (before #3 was even thought of) and we could not get a reputable breeder to sell us one b/c we had children under the age of 5 years inthe house. Each breeder we contacted said the same thing... no to household with small child. These were breeders found through Championship lines.

If your chidren (any) are under tha age of 5 then I would strongly recommend you not go that route. If you want an active dog that is meant for a family try a Labrador, Golden or even an Irish Setter (Those I can guarentee are hyper but protective). We have a yellow lab (named dave) and we love him to death. He was hyper until he turned 5 and then he's calmed down. But gets wound up when we want him to and he can keep up with teh 3 chidlren (he's now almost 9 yo).

We had an irish setter and that was a fireball of energy! lol I loved her so much.

GOod luck with getting a dog. If there is any chance that your dh will be angry about it when he gets home I don't think it would be wise to get one now. THis is something that both need to agree on (in my opinion) b/c it is a life long (dog life) commitment.

Good luck in puppy shoping!


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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 4:06pm

I too wouldn't recommend a jack russell if you have kids. We have always had jack russells and they are so clever and lovely, but we jad to keep them away from kids just in case.

We have a golden retriever who is so laid back, or can I recommend a cavalier king charles? They are so clever and hyper and mischievous. Great nature too.


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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 5:36pm
You have never had a dog? I can only giggle because all of the stories you'll have about what (s)he will do. If you're up to taking him out twice a day, potty training, cleaning up all kinds of stuff it will tear up (if it's a puppy) and the way it likes to always be underfoot. I do say though they are wonderful to have once they are trained and your children will love it. It will be more work on top of raising kids. I hope you find the dog that's right for you.


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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 5:45pm
We've never had a pet..yet...but we indeed had conversations about having one, but then DH got deployed so the "thing" about getting a dog kinda vanished...but the girls are constantly bringing the theme up...and I'm afraid my little storm Alicia will kidnap the neighbors dog....(she would!!I swear she would!!!!!)

But since DH just mentioned the fact that we deserve some time off and alone...I think I'll have to wait until we get from the mini-vacation I'm going to plan. THAT will be a treat for us and it's waaaaaay much needed than a pet!!!!!!!!!!!!