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    Getting a dog...should I?

    As much as I like the pup, my gut keeps telling me to pass on him. I have some reservations and he is not "exactly" what we want, like Jolie said. I think I have an emptiness inside me that I'm trying to fill with a cuddly dog, but that's not the right reason to get a dog. Plus, we really want a female. The whole leg lifting experience I had with my previous dog was horrid. So, I am going to pass on this little guy at this point. I'm sad that it wasn't a perfect fit. But, my friend's secretary really wants him, so he should go to a home that has no reservations rather than our home. I need to find a low maintenance animal that will satisfy my nurturing needs. My cat right now doesn't fill that. And, my other cat has been MIA for about a month now. I love animals and it feels so weird to only have one cat right now. At one point we had two dogs and three cats - that was too many.
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    Getting a dog...should I?

    Hi. So, we went and met the BT puppy last night. He is a love, but I didn't get the "OMG I must have him feeling!". My husband and I talked about it. He said he would prefer a larger dog, but he is leaving the decision up to me. I slept on it last night. I'm torn because I love him to pieces, but I know how much work, time and responsibility having a dog is and I don't want that in my life. I want a simple life. Maybe I should just stick to cats for a while - they are easy. So, I am still thinking about it and will make a decision by the end of the day. Since he is 1.5 years old, there are some unknowns, and I worry about that. Plus, I worry about the stress it'll put on my already anxious cat - although she lived just fine with the dogs we had before. Oh, I don't know....I'm just torn. He could turn out to be a perfect little match for us. He doesn't dig, stayed in a crate all day at the vet, ignores cats. Have no idea about if he is housebroken. I wish we could take him for a trial period and give him back if it doesn't work out.
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    Getting a dog...should I?

    Wow! I had no idea I'd spark such controversy. LOL. Thanks anyone for their input - and I'd appreciate more. I am taking what everyone said to heart. We had two dogs in the past and have been dog-less for about 3 years. We are ready for another one, but I was just wondering if it would be fair to the dog to leave it for long periods of time. Our previous two dogs did fine. We have a large yard, a covered patio - so lots of shade and lots of area to run around. My husband travels about 4 months out of the year, so it would be during those times that I would have to arrange for someone to check in on him/her when I'm at work. Otherwise my hubby works from home. My friend called the other day about a super-mellow Boston Terrier that she saved the other day - it was being chased by coyotes. She lives in the country and already has too many animals to be able to keep hm. She took him to the vet - no chip - and he is about 2 years old. She says he is super mellow, hangs out with other dogs and cats, likes kids and men, and rarely barks. He sounds like a good fit for us. We are going out to meet him tonight. I'm just nervous about whether this would be the right decision.:paw: Thanks everyone for the input! :yeah:
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    Getting a dog...should I?

    Hi everyone! Ok, this is a random question (:confused:) but I would like to know what other nurses feel about this. I have been a nurse for 2 years, so, with that, I work 3-13 hour shifts per week. The other 4 days per week I'm in an out of the house, sometimes home all day, sometimes gone a lot. My husband usually works from home, but he does travel here and there. So, there are times when no one is home for 12 hours per day. So... my point is, should i get a dog? Right now we have a cat and lost our last dog while I was in nursing school. I knew I wanted to wait until nursing school was over. So, I waited. I consider a dog as part of the family - we don't have kids and are not going to have any - so I know what it takes to be responsible for one. I am just wondering what other dog owners think about having a dog and being gone for good chunks of time each week? Is it fair to have a dog when potentially they can be alone for good chunks of time? Any input is appreciated! Thanks!:nurse:
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