Owning a dog before you have children?

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Owning a dog before you have children?
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Thu, 10-13-2011 - 8:38pm

Hi all,

I have a quick question for you, and personal experiences would be appreciated!

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 4:24pm

I am sure you have gotten a lot of good responses and I am a bit late to the party, but I wanted to throw in some BTDT experience.

We bought a dog when we first got married (2005), we had our first baby in 2010. I am glad I got her when I did, but I think if it was closer I wouldn't be getting a puppy. We worked hard on obedience with her (she still needs some work on things) but overall she is great with Gabby (who is 14 months and we are TTC#2). She licked everything that was her stress relief when we brought Gabby home. We let her sniff things, we brought her around other kids (of all different ages). We brought a receiving blanket from home and when we came home we both greeted her before bringing in Gabby. We never leave them alone in the same room. It's definiately more work, but I think because of Mac's (our dog) age that helped. Personally if it were me in your situation - I wouldn't get a dog until after. Dealing with a puppy and a baby would be a lot of work. Also just make sure you research the breed of dog you get. Some dogs are more apt to be good with kids than others. Our dog is a Corgi, and she is a herder, so we had to try to break of her nipping at heals so she wouldn't do it to Gabby when she runs. We did that with us and brought her around other kids so she could run and be chased. She does surprisingly well with them.

Good Luck!! whatever you decide I am sure it will work out. Good Luck on TTC too! How exciting.

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 2:31pm
Oh, I've been meaning to answer you post for days, but I got late! LOL! Anyways, congratulations on adopting a dog... all my pets are adopted, and they have been/are all wonderful in their own ways! Just a little warning note: My first pet was a cat. She came to my life in a moment when I needed desperately someone to love (masked baby fever maybe??). Anyways, she was my "baby", slept with me, napped in my lap when I was at the computer... that kind of stuff. She disappeared 4 months after Fede was born... Of course, it could have been for a number of reasons, but part of me feels guilty for not giving her the attention she was used to once the baby came. I'm sure she suffered for that. So my tiny bit of advice would be not to treat your pet as a baby, because once your (human) baby comes, your pet will fall to a second place, and that is very hard on the poor things.

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 11:37am
He's gorgeous, Katja! Make sure you post pictures of him as he grows; puppy pictures rock! :)
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 10:12am
Congrats, he's adorable! We have a black lab mix we adopted and he's so good with the kids. I'm sure he'll do great, have fun with him :)

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Sat, 10-15-2011 - 11:09pm
What a cutie! Great Danes when trained right can be wonderful family dogs! And thank you for adopting a dog! As a Animal Control Officer, that is something I think is a wonderful thing!

 Cassie 

     

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Sat, 10-15-2011 - 6:08pm
He's adorable!!! I don't know much about Great Danes, but Labs are great family dogs. Congrats!! :-)

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Sat, 10-15-2011 - 5:30pm
What a cutie!!!!! Congrats on the new addition to the family!
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Sat, 10-15-2011 - 2:04pm

Thanks for all the feedback ladies!

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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 10:57pm

We have one very needy cat (Ruby - sounds just like yours! haha) but I grew up with two Beagles and was a dog-walker last summer/fall. Forgot who mentioned the Puggle but you are right on. One of my clients had a Puggle, a Beagle, and a Chocolate Lab and it was so chaotic to walk all three of them at once because the Puggle was a spaz! So I definitely think it depends on the breed.

Our cat is 7 now so he was an adult when Selin came along. We had two cats at the time actually but had to give his sister to a shelter because one day she just decided to hiss at anyone and anything and it was right before Selin started crawling so I was worried. The remaining cat has done fine with Selin, he's not crazy about her, but he'll let her pet him, etc. Selin of course ADORES him.

We've actually been thinking a lot lately about whether to keep our cat because he has become SO needy since we gave his sister up last summer and I feel so guilty that there are many days that I don't even have the time to pet him. After working all day then taking care of Selin, I don't need another thing to take care of at night. I know that sounds horrible but most likely we will keep him because I told DH no one is going to adopt a 7 yo cat and he also has major behavior issues with strangers so we can't even give him to someone else. I just can't live with putting him down for the sake of convenience.

We travel a lot, mostly internationally, so having a cat works better for us than a dog because we can leave him home alone for part of the time we're gone. I do miss having a dog though but I think it's going to be a long while before I can convince my DH to get a dog. ;-)

I say go for it! GL!

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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 7:16pm
Dog Warden, I like that! I'll have to remember that the next time I "bail" a dog out and release it to their owners. Oh and YEAH for Adoption! Coming from someone who runs a shelter. Shelter dogs (and cats!) can make wonderful pets!

 Cassie 

     

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