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post #46 of 90
We have a bulldog. Huge muscles and very gentle, not unlike edmorel.
post #47 of 90
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He is next to me right now.



It is not often that I am wrong, but I stand corrected. I'm actually quite surprised that you would allow such a creature to live in that pristine space you've created for yourself.

EA, our house was never clean again after we got animals. It was my sister and brother that wanted them. Needless to say, they didn't train them properly or look after them. Were I a parent, I would not want the extra hassle of chasing after kids to look after their animals when chasing after kids is already a pain in the ass. Even if you pay for someone else to train a dog, you can still untrain it.
post #48 of 90
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Looks like a pug, but bigger? Bull-pug?
He just looks oddly large in the top pic. He is a pug, and a relatively small one. About 16 pounds.
post #49 of 90
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He just looks oddly large in the top pic. He is a pug, and a relatively small one. About 16 pounds.

Someone brought a pug into my office and it pissed under my desk, splashing my EGs. I was not pleased.
post #50 of 90
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Someone brought a pug into my office and it pissed under my desk, splashing my EGs. I was not pleased.
My dog only pissed on the floor once when he was a puppy. He pissed on me, and the bed, one other time, but that was my fault.
post #51 of 90
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^any breathing issues? i've been warned about any short-nosed pups.
post #52 of 90
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^any breathing issues? i've been warned about any short-nosed pups.
You have to make sure to get a well bred one, but if you do, they are pretty trouble free in that way. The eyes are more of a problem because they are exposed, and they sometimes get poked by things. You would never find a dog that was better with kids.
post #53 of 90
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^thanks. will be taking my chances somewhat as if/when it happens, it will be a shelter dog. i just missed out on a cocker spaniel that a distant friend was giving away.

i'm very upset as i have always looked forward to getting a dog once we bought a house. my wife stands opposed (with 3 small children at home, maybe for good reason). looks like we're at a standstill for now.

i have a month and a week or so to convince her to let me put one under the tree.
post #54 of 90
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^thanks. will be taking my chances somewhat as if/when it happens, it will be a shelter dog. i just missed out on a cocker spaniel that a distant friend was giving away.

i'm very upset as i have always looked forward to getting a dog once we bought a house. my wife stands opposed (with 3 small children at home, maybe for good reason). looks like we're at a standstill for now.

i have a month and a week or so to convince her to let me put one under the tree.

Christmas can be a stressful time to bring a dog (puppy or adult) into the home. You may want to consider giving your son the paraphernalia that comes with the dog, then picking up the animal the next week. Many shelters and breeders will not let an animal go during Christmas.

Shelters are a good way to go, but I would bring your son to give him some perspective of what you're doing by rescuing an animal. Assuming he's old enough to understand.

Or if you're looking for a particular breed, consider a breed rescue organization.

http://www.cockerspanielrescue.org/

http://www.pugrescue.com/hotlinks.html

Talking to the rescue people, making the arrangements, driving a couple of hundred miles and meeting the dog could be a much more meaningful experience for your son than having the dog magically show up under the tree.

Good luck,

lefty

By the way, if I was looking for a dog with young kids, the hands down winner would be a well-bred Boxer. Little bigger than what you're looking for, though.

post #55 of 90
Does your local dog-pound the opportunity to take dogs for a walk? Make your kids do it for 4-8 weeks, every day, no matter what the weather is like (so winter might be a good time to start this experiment). Then you'll see if they still like it. A dog needs to go out 3 times a day and not just for 5 minutes or so. We had a Labrador who still liked her walk of 1,5 - 2 hours when she was 11. Don't get a dog from a breeder, get a crossbreed, as they don't have many health-issues (hip probs etc.). Get one with short fur and rubb it clean with an old towel every time you come home from your walk. Experiment with the dog's diet and cleaning it after every walk and the food wil result in a fairly scent-neutral dog. YOU have to want it nonetheless, because you might be the one who has to take care of the dog, once your kids go to college or move out. Don't forget: if you get a dog, it becomes a family member and you don't desert a family member when it gets old and get's health problems. The years that lead up to old age are simply too rewarding.
post #56 of 90
Thread Starter 
^again, thanks for the great suggestions guys. i just contacted the local shelter and my son said he will happily volunteer to walk dogs for a while before we make a decision. much appreciated folks.
post #57 of 90
I would say get a rescue dog. We have 2 dogs, one from a breeder and a rescue dog. I love them both, but the rescue dog is just such a sweetheart. Thankfully, she didn't come with baggage. Also, look at getting a fenced in back yard if you don't have one. We put it in ourselves (with the help of a friend) and the dogs stay in the basement with access to the backyard all day. If they wake up and have to go out (rarely happens now) I just open the basement door and get back in bed.

FYI, the rescue dog is the big one in my avatar.
post #58 of 90
Thread Starter 
yeah, we're fenced in. your dog looks sweet.
post #59 of 90
Thanks. The best decision we made was getting the another dog (Peyton on the right, not named after the football player) for Peaches. Since getting Peyton they are best friends and play really well together. They keep each other active when we are at work, making it easier when we come home. They are both great, but Peaches never barks unless someone is coming to the door or outside (rarely), never messes in the house, and is trained pretty well.
post #60 of 90
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No. They are dirty and they smell. They will catch threads on your clothes when pawing at you and leave fur all over the house. Did I mention that they smell? Oh, and they also ruin furniture. My father held out for years against getting a dog. When we moved to quebec he caved for some reason. The house was never clean again.


Multiple studies in EU confirmed that average dog owner has not only dirtier house but lower IQ than a family without such nuisance.

Particularly disgusting is the love for dogs practiced in US where majority of people keep poor creatures inside metal cage called cannel (illegal in civilized countries) for 18 hours a day and only let it out for a few hours to defecate on public property.
Dogs are ok, its the dog owners that should be dealt with..
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