landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
No, not talking dogs. Talking about dogs. Actually, my real reason for starting this thread is to seek advice from those more experienced than I. Here's the background: my wife and I just bought a house, and now that we don't have restrictions on pets, we really want to get a dog. We both grew up with dogs, so we understand the level of effort involved and all that, but I am hesitant since we both work full time. I feel like if we got a puppy, we'd be doing it a disservice by leaving it at home all day.
Naturally, the next thought turns to a rescue dog, and though we'd probably avoid the house-breaking stage with that option, I still feel like we wouldn't be good owners by leaving it at home all day. Maybe that's better than it being caged in a facility all day? We do have some neighbors who'd be able to help us out by letting it out during the day.
With that said, my question to the MGoCommunity is thusly: what have you done in this situation? Especially if you and your spouse work full time. Did you get the dog anyway and find a way to be a good owner? Did you get the dog anyway and are a bad owner? Did you just not get the dog?
And if anyone tells me to buy a cat, I will separate you from MGoPoints.
Totally OT here, but because it happend in Michigan, I wanted to share it. Fortunately the dog will make a full recovery.
I'd really love to meet this asshole in a secluded alley somewhere. It's your dog, yes. You have the right to put it down if you feel that's best. But you take it to a god damned vet and do it humanely, asshole! You couldn't even find a damned shotgun to do it properly? An arrow?
This is Gus:
Gus is a nearly 2-year-old American Bulldog. He enjoys walks, playing at the park, and food. Lately, he also enjoys severe allergic reactions caused by unknown stimuli:
It has happened twice now, both within the last week. His face swells like a balloon, and he develops a serious hives on his legs and neck. A shot of antihistimines at the vet has solved the problem both times, but that's a rather expensive trip to take regularly.
I have no idea what is causing these reactions, but it doesn't seem to be food. The vet seems to think it might be spider bites, but we haven't seen any spiders around the house. Have any MGoDog owners experienced anything similar? Any advice? Preferably advice that does not involve anal glands?
In between reading MGoBlog and staring at my calendar hoping it'll move closer to Sept. 4th simply under the power of my thoughts, I found time to read the book, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (apparently the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter).
I've noticed many people on the blog have dogs or are dog people in general (pics, videos, MGoStalking), and having just finished the book I must say that if you love dogs, you have to read this book.
I won't ruin it by saying too much, but it's a view of the world from a dog's perspective through his/her various rebirths, as well as the search for his/her purpose in life. It will make you laugh, but be warned: it also has the power to many even the manliest of men (not claiming that I am, but hey...) cry. If anyone else has read this book, feel free to chime in.
This weekend my wife and I picked a second dog. We already had a year-old American Bulldog, and the new one is another bulldog puppy. However, the two are off to a bit of a rough start. Our older dog, Gus, has always been extremely gentle with other dogs, including puppies. He's been playing with her, and has generally tolerated her presence. However, he has already growled at her several times, and has been extremely protective of his food.
My question to the MGoCommunity is: have you tried to introduce new dogs to your homes, and do you have any suggestions? Is this a situation where they just need to work things out amongst themselves, or are there any ways to ease the transition?
(P.S. I missed the last few days; Bouje, what the hell did you do?)