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Nothing's Happening

weather: cloudy
outside: 5°C
mood: happy
There's really nothing happening in my life. I can't say much about work except that its going along smoothly, there's no craziness at all, even though the project I'm working on is for Microsoft.

I saw my MOH and her dog Minnie off at YVR this past Sunday. She's back in YYZ now. There was another dog (2 year old Doberman girl who vehemently disliked her kennel as well) and a cat on that flight with her. It sounds like Minnie survived the trip okay. She's settled into MOH's apartment, already gotten the idea that that's her new home and barking ferociously when there's a knock at the door now. =)

Husband Guy keeps asking me if I want a dog of our own. I'm not sure... if I think our dumb bird is such a pain in the ass, what makes me think I'll like an even bigger pain in the ass? I love Minnie a lot, I've babysat for Minnie... it's not the same, but still, it means I'm not totally averse to the idea.

It makes me think of what breed I'd like.

I like small dogs, but I heard they're more expensive in terms of medical care. They get injured more easily and their plumbing goes wrong easily. I love the look of Pomeranians and Toy Spitz varieties. I just like that little foxy face =) But they shed. Profusely.

Supposedly, Poodles, Bichon Frises and Malteses don't shed, but I don't know exactly how true that is. They may not shed like Minnie (just looking at her gets you a new white wooly coat), but they're furry and must shed at least a little.

I thought I might like a Border Collie. They're smart and not that small, but not too big either. But they might be too smart and would be bored senseless living with me.

Then I was thinking maybe we could get a young-ish dog (like 2-3 years old)... rescued or something, but already house trained and knows the basic "come", "sit" and "stay". Buddy-Girl-K's Mom once got a grey toy poodle (Taz) through her vet. Some lady had brought Taz to the vet, dropped her off, left fake contact info and never came back. Taz was very sweet and friendly, I never saw her really jumpy, yappy or excitable.


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Jan. 15th, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
Weiner dog! Weiner dog! Weiner dog!

Ah, hell. Get a lab. I have 3. It's fun! Heheh.

Other than, if you end up going to animal shelter, you get some mad respect from the Katester. It's a gooood idear.
Jan. 15th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not much into weiner dogs... Dachshunds and Corgis look unnatural to me. =}

Labs fall into the category of big, smart and bored senseless living with me =P

I'll have to see... =)
Jan. 15th, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC)
Heheh. The best part about weiner dogs is that they are so goofy lookin'! I mean, look at one! I'd just giggle all the time.

Yeah, I suppose labs would fall into that category. But they are so friendly and nice!!! All you have to do is make sure they get enough excercise!

I love me some dogs, yesyes.
Jan. 15th, 2003 03:41 pm (UTC)
Save yourself. Venture not into the realm of the border collie.

I love mine dearly, but when I think back on her puppyhood, adolescence, and early adult years, I have no idea how we survived given our complete lack of dog experience. You learn about dogs damn fast with a border collie or its kin under your roof. And they're even faster to learn how to get around you and your clever attempts to foil their theft of garbage. They get bored, they can be destructive, they can be aggressive, and they can take a lot of work to keep from becoming stranger-shy; no two are remotely alike so you never know what you're going to get... mine, for example, routinely climbs trees and has to be rescued. With respect to medical bills, while as a breed they're generally healthy, they are also remarkably accident-prone. It's not that it's usually anything serious, just that it is so very often.

I'm a fan of cross-breeds. They tend to be healthier, but there's that element of surprise because they won't perfectly fit a breed profile.

Poodles etc. aren't supposed to shed because they have a wiry hair instead of a fur. They shed as much as you do. What about a schnauzer? They don't shed either. The Standard Schnauzer is more border collie size, but much calmer. The miniature schnauzers are prone to barking.

Rescues are a gamble too. My sister has a golden retriever-sheltie cross she got from a shelter. She's a sweet dog, but she's obviously seen some bad business because she's a bit messed up in the head and certain things can trigger her. But the good thing about rescues is you miss that puppyhood stage.
Jan. 15th, 2003 03:52 pm (UTC)
Aigh... =) *crosses Border Collie out of my mind* Thanks =)

I'm a fan of cross-breeds. They tend to be healthier, but there's that element of surprise because they won't perfectly fit a breed profile.

Yeah, I know that you can't just look at the size of the mother to judge, but a small breed crossed with a small breed will still give you a small dog, right?

But, behaviour-wise, you wouldn't know what you're getting =P

What about a schnauzer? They don't shed either. The Standard Schnauzer is more border collie size, but much calmer.

That's another possibility, yeah...

Rescues are a gamble too.

Yes, I was thinking that just as I posted. =)

Thanks for your input =)
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Jan. 15th, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought about cats too.

So many choices, so many things to think about =D

Thanks =)
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Jan. 15th, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
Cool, I'll definitely keep that in mind =)
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:07 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for a great small dog, I'm completely bias for the Lowchen. Besides being cute as can be, they are also hypo-allergenic.
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC)
Heh, they _are_ cute, thanks =)
Jan. 15th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
Raises eyebrow
No Harry Potter announcement???
Jan. 15th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Raises eyebrow
Well, I thought everyone knows about that already =D
Jan. 15th, 2003 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Raises eyebrow
true..I was just shocked not to see an announcement from my fellow "potterite"
Jan. 16th, 2003 03:58 am (UTC)
As a dog owner in the honeymoon-is-wearing-off stage, think carefully. I still feel like I made the right decision, and my lab-cross is lovely, but the amount of time taken up with walking, playing, and generally making sure he's happy is a big chunk out of my limited spare time - I have about 2 hours free on a weeknight, and now 30mins of that goes on dogwalking - it would be more, were it not for my very helpful partner. And the difficulty of, for instance, getting to go to shops when they don't allow dogs and your dog can't really be left outside, or going on holiday, etc, should not be underestimated - especially if you and your husband are both working.
BUT - dogs are so lovely! Personally, I like the bigger ones better, though. FYI, ours is a rescue dog and is remarkably well behaved - aside from the hatred of cats, and being nervous of being left on his own for more than 3 hours...
Jan. 16th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
*nod* Thanks for the input! =)
Jan. 18th, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
Here's my impute, Shih Tzu's are small, they don't shed and are very smart (also stubborn). They work great for houses, apartments, you name it. They do however take a small (or large depending on your view) amount of care (as do all dogs). Plus they are adorable!

This site has some great pictures of Shih Tzu's. If you keep there hair cut, they can always look like the puppies.

This has a lot of great info on the breed.

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