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Thinking of getting a dog/puppy ?? The realities.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by RAINYBOW, Nov 25, 2010.


  1. Phoenix&Charlie'sMum

    Phoenix&Charlie'sMum PetForums VIP

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    Also the amount of money that is involved in owning a dog.

    You will never have enough savings! :lol:
     
  2. Souris

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    Ahaha, yes, the joy's of dog ownership! Hopefully he'll let you have some peace for a few hours now- also, hope you get well soon. :)

    It's been snowing here, so this morning at five am when we went out to go to the loo Pixel decided it was going to be fun to play with the snow. I'd gone out in my flip flops and my PJ's, and queue me standing at the door, frozen as an ice-cube watching him spend over fifteen minutes in the snow before he went to the loo. I had to then trudge over and praise him, my teeth were chattering so loudly that I'm positive the neighbours could hear! Not to mention when we went out for socialisation yesterday and it started hailing half way down the road- I came back soaked, whilst he was as dry as a whistle underneath my coat!
     
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    Be prepared for a quick walk down the street to take HOURS because SO many people will want to stop you and say ''aawwww look at the puppy'' and ask how old she is and many other questions.

    Be prepared to stand in the garden in the pi$$ing rain with the lead tangled round your legs and the puppy trying to climb up your legs every time you move away.
    And the weird looks you get for being so excited about POO because when you have been standing out in the rain and puppy finally goes to the loo and you make such a fuss, people WILL look! Lol
     
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  4. RAINYBOW

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    Good point :thumbup:



    :lol: shouldn't laugh but :lol:

    I am lucky that Oscars not an early riser and will often get out of bed when i get up and look at me like i am mad if i open the back door for him :D
     
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    VET BILLS
    If god smiles on you etc, bar boosters you may never have to go there. But, ensure you have good insurance, and be prepared that, hopefully, every time you have to pay for some treatment, it will be just under the claiming allowance. Because at least this means that its never something too serious.
     
  6. RAINYBOW

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    I left my dignity behind the day i threw myself flat on my back in the middle of the park in an attempt to improve Oscars recall, it didn't so then i looked even more stupid getting back up and chasing after him :lol:
     
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  7. CheekoAndCo

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    Bye bye to clean carpets! We were unlucky with Blu and he got stomach problems so couldn't hold anything in. So the carpets aren't as clean as they used to be but whats the point in new ones just now when all that will happen is they get dirty in the middle of winter.

    Falling out with neighbours over the dog barking because they wait 6 months to tell you that the dog barks when you go out rather than tell you the first time!!

    Having to tell people 'excuse the mess' when they visit because of dog toys. You may just have cleaned up the house but it will only take 2 seconds for them to destroy a toy.

    Dirty paintwork from them shaking after walks.

    You will soon realise what neighbours stay up all night at weekends too when you are up at all hours with toilet training.
     
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  8. Leah84

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    god we sound like a miserable lot :lol:
     
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  9. thedogsmother

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    Omg those all sound like terribly naughty doggies, luckily Henrick was an angel as a puppy, he wiped his feet as he walks in the house and never gets very dirty anyway, he virtually trained himself, never stole from the bin and weve never had a moments bother from him....... TDM hastily rushes to delete all the threads about Henrick eating sanitary towels etc and door frames and rolling in mud every walk and the terrible seemingly endless toilet training and the months and months of building his confidence and water skiing along behind a dog whos sole purpose in life is to pull for all hes worth.
     
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  10. hutch6

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    Food - Your dog will eat better than you will. Deal with it.

    Sleeping - You will be stiff and tired because for some reason you have spent all night or your afternoon dose subconsciously "trying not to disturb the dog" and where it has chosen to lay which will generally be diagonally across as much space as it can.

    Hair - This will get everywhere. Yes. There too. I have opened brand new tins of food, loaves of bread, my lunchbox that has been in a locked container, in the fridge and made in a near complete sanitised area and there to greet me is a hair as a way of being told "Enjoy your lunch at work. I'll be dismantling your house for you for when you get home".

    Mud - My house isn’t decorated because I am lazy, skint or useless at DIY, I have bare plaster and **** carpets because it is practical and hides the actual reality of the mess.

    The Smell - People my say you smell of dog or that your house smells of dog. They are wrong. It is the rest of the world that doesn't smell of dog or as I like to put it "It doesn't smell like home".

    You Know It's There - this is usually a stain of some kind or a bit of structural damage that isn't noticeable to anyone except you - the one who has to repair/clean it, or the dog - the one who is most proud of it. It is still there. You can't hide it.

    Alone Time - Sounds like "along time" and so it should as it will be a long time until you have alone time. You can't sit alone, read alone, do a jigsaw alone, crap alone, have a bath alone or ;) alone together or on your own, but you're not on your own are you? Dogs have no concept of rooms, everything is open plan to them including your house. Yes you may have doors but these are no obstacle to a dog not with the powers of sneak, whimper, bark, hold your best things hostage and of course that worrying moment when everything goes quiet, really quiet. Things don't go really quiet unless two things have happened:
    1. The dog is about to do something that is worthy of the lethal injection.
    2. The dog has just done something that is worthy of the lethal injection.
    Having a nice romantic kiss goodnight with your loved one are we? Someone forget to shut all prison doors between the dog and the bedroom did we? Just about to fulfil your sexual desires are we? Not with a cold wet nose on your ass wondering what the hell you're doing you're not. It happens to the best of us.

    Days Out - "I love to be spontaneous, just go with the flow, do what I like and when I like". Sorry love, you're just not my type, you were, I just have dogs now so I can't just drop everything for a day out somewhere unless I can bring them with me and you don’t mind if I don't come to the changing rooms to give you my opinion as they aren't guide dogs. You see that patch of grass over there? We'll be waiting for you there.

    The Seasons - You will notice them and you will understand what every single individual note played by every single individual instrument means in Vivaldi's masterpiece. Not only will you see more sunrises than sunsets but you will see some of the most amazing weather, skies and "things" you will ever see in your life. I have chased fog whilst walking along - 3ft high thick fog in front of me, clear as a bell behind me and moving at the same speed as me. Your wardrobe will expand to combat every possible combination of four seasons in one day. You will be cool when it is 28 in the sun but dry when it belts it down 2mins later. You will be warm when it's -11 and return home in just a t-shirt to the amazement of your neighbours.

    Work - It used to be what you were focussing on, to make something of yourself, to succeed, to make your millions but now it something you have to do to pay the bills and it just gets in the way of spending time with your dog.

    Conversation - You will become a master in the art with the amount of people you are going to be talking to. These are mainly other dog walkers who you start off on common ground with but suddenly you become entwined in their daily lives and understand them on a deeply personal level but the trouble is when anyone asks who you mean when you mention them you can only respond with "You know, the woman with eh big long haired GSD. Harvey's (the dog) mum!"
    You will start conversations not knowing how involved you are going to be with "He looks like he wants to play. Just let them run around for 5mins..." and it will end with "Well no doubt catch you tomorrow. Really hope that your neighbour's cousin pulls through after the op and your daughter finally breaks her methadone habit. Good luck at the Judo World Championships and I'll look out for your husband next time I'm in Dorking." You won’t want to but you will bare your soul.

    Picking up **** - not glamorous but then again he has warm hands from picking up fresh turds on a freezing cold day is richer than he who wears one glove to play golf.

    Water - You need it to live, your dogs need it to live but there is an equation that allows dogs to submerse themselves in it without causing you grief. This will be because they will be wet and muddy when either back at the car, back at your house or just before the show ring of some kind. I won't spoil it for you here but you can work it out with trial and error.

    Clothes - PETA would throw fake blood on you if they saw how much real fur you were wearing!! That's right, every single piece of clothing you own will be covered in dog hair. If you have a jumper that has come into contact with your dog for a nano second and you put that jumper in the washing machine then any item of clothing thereafter will come out looking like a rug. Do not worry though, there are a number of practical solutions to this:
    1. Burn the jumper or any item of clothing after use around dogs.
    2. Get a new washing machine after every wash.
    3. Buy shares in Cello tape and dab it on every square inch of material after every wash.
    4. Keep all your best clothes at a friend's house who doesn't have dogs and walk round there in just a towel if you need any, remember, you can't wear any of your old stuff as that has hair on it thus contaminating the "safe area"
    5. Don't get a dog that malts i.e. don't get a dog.
    6. Cast clothes aside as objects that only cause to increase the barriers we impose on others by projecting an image of worth, wealth and power to others through what and how we choose to wear our garments. Just don't bother with clothes at all.
     
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  11. Plabebob

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    Some puppies are extremely demanding, have full of energy, and they except for everyone to entertain them, this isn't always the case. Also, I have had a couple of puppies in my lifetime, if you are driving them around, Benadryl is a life savor. It will keep them getting sick in the car if they are not use to it.
     
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  12. Plabebob

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    Hutch6 your post made me lol repeatedly! All very true :)
     
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  13. xhuskyloverx

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    Great post, made me laugh all the way through!! :thumbup: So true, everyone we know in the village is reffered to as so and so's mum/dad. A convo normally goes, 'o you know Kate' 'no...' 'franks mum' 'o yeah yeah I know who you mean' :D
     
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    Great post sounds just right
     
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  15. Cat_Crazy

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    Havn't read the whole thread so someone might have said it but REALLY think about it if you are proud about your appearance.

    I used to be, once upon a time, but the amount of times I spent hours getting all nice and dressed up only to come downstairs and have one dog drool on me, another wipe their nose on me, step in spilt water bowl / discarded food and then end up covered head to toe in dog hair!

    I have now given up and go for the ' have spent all day playing with the dogs' look.
     
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  16. newfiesmum

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    My dogs' breeder had a few brought back because they got too big, but if they had met Harry, their enormous one, they would have had an idea. They make sure they see the adult males, but I suppose they all look smaller outside. Made them angry, I know. Makes me angry too. I had a woman once when I was walking Ferdie if I knew he was going to get that big, and he wasn't even full grown then.

    The other thing people don't realise about newfies is that they don't come beautifully groomed like the ones at Discover Dogs! Damned hard work that is.
     
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    Cheeko loved sanitary towels as a pup. More so when people were visiting because it meant we would all get red in the face about it.

    They also love to poo at times you would really rather they didn't like when you are at the park for a day out with leads, toys and a bag to carry. You have to try balance all of this while finding a bag, picking it up, keeping your eye on the dogs. Often after going through all of this the other dogs decide they need aswell!
     
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    Was this meant?

    Did he shake them about or soemthing?
     
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    Mostly just reiterating what others have said, but:

    Toilet training - Just because some ad on google claims you can "housebreak a dog in 7 days" chances are it will take your dog up to 6 months old. That is around 112 days of pooh and wee all over your floor.

    Walking in the dark - walking in all weathers can be overcome by wearing the right gear, but walking in the dark can be difficult - especially if you are a woman with a toy breed. (My mum is "not allowed" to walk Solo on her own after 9pm because it is "not safe") Or perhaps you have a high energy breed that needs time off leash in an unlit park - and is black! Serious consideration if you work.

    Attitudes (outside) - Get a working or giant breed and expect people to shout abuse, cross the street to avoid you, and generally give you a hard time. Get a small and / or "cute" breed and expect people to either run over squeeling to hug him (often young girls IME) or to make snide remarks about it not being "a proper dog". A terrier - must be nippy. Collie - must be hard work. Everyone is an expert.

    Attitudes (in your own home) - Training dogs is a hell of a lot easier than training people. Expect one family member to always encourage jumping up, another to always give tidbits from the table, one that will always excuse any bad behaviour but another that will nag at your dog for something he did days ago. And don't expect anyone to do the things they promised!! When it comes down to it, all the training, all the grooming, all the poop-scooping will be left up to you. And remember - when he is looking his best and behaving, he is "their" dog. When he is naughty, noisy, covered in mud and trying to hump the neighbours old gran - he is "yours".
     
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  20. Rolosmum

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    So true, I have spent a small fortune in the two months we have had our pup, perfecting my all weather wardrobe.

    I have never spent so much time outside and this is with a puppy, so having an english springer I am thinking it might be better to just give up the house and move outside.

    Oh and getting used to the smell of fox poo is seemingly like the easiest option! Cos i have worn it whilst trying to attach a lead through it, i have had it in my car and my house.

    I can rarely sit on my own or let my brain relax, i worry as much as i did when my kids were babies, watching the breathing, hoping that when you let him off he will come back, worrying about can we cope with a teenager (child and dog in the same house!), etiquette when walking, onlead, offlead, him not listening, how much time to let him spend with other peoples dogs when out without them thinking he is a nuisance, how much should you let them get on with it or intervene etc, it is endless so much harder than trying to socialise young children.

    You worry more about their poo than your own or your childrens, you tell more about your dog to other people than you ever did your kids.

    But if you really are sure you want it you can have the best time ever and find someone else to love, My puppy has been here two months and it is one of the best things we have ever done.

    Lets hope we are still saying that when he hits teenagehood, in the coldest part of the year!
     
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