Gettin' a dog...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today we get a dog. We are very excited.

A friend of mine found themselves in the position of needing to find a new home for their 10yo female Beagle. Apparently she has a little bit of arthritis, which isn't agreeing with the couples 3yo toddler. I guess the kid, as kids will do, wants to play with the dog and climb all over her, but the dog can't handle it because she ends up getting hurt.

Over here in our house, we don't have small children. My husbands twins are almost 11yo and my son is almost 17yo. So they are certainly old enough to be gentle with an older animal. On top of that, the kids don't even live with us full-time. 80% of our month is just my husband and I. So giving an older dog a nice, quiet home is right up our alley.

She can still walk and everything. The arthritis doesn't act up all the time. Just sometimes when she runs the wrong way or when the kid climbs on her. So it sounds like I will have a walking partner for when my husband comes up with one of his 12,000 excuses to not walk with me. Also, I do a paper route by myself every Saturday and being in the car for hours on end with no one to talk to can be lonely. I was told she rides good in the car, which will make her a great companion for me.

In addition, we don't have any stairs in our house that she will have to climb. We do have a basement, but there would be no need for her to go down there. We have a huge, fenced backyard for her to run around in.

Our friends said that they will take her back if things don't work out. They do NOT want her to end up in a shelter. So that's good.

So pray for an easy transition for the dog and for us! Seriously.


I've seen and had dogs that did NOT transition well from one home to another (separation anxiety) and it is NOT a pleasant experience for anyone.
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    I hope things work out. After reading a blog above, I wonder if the reason she growled when you hugged her is that it hurt her with her arthritis. -- Lou
    2038 days ago
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    2039 days ago
    emoticon it is really (aaachooooo!) nice of .... (aaachooooo!) ..you to take in .... (aaachooooo!) (aaachooooo!) ... a dog who needs a (aaachooooo!) home. I know I (aaachooooo!) couldn't.

    2039 days ago
    My dog is almost 10 and has arthritis also. DJ is an Alaskan Malamute who had a very severe hip injury 3 years ago. He is my constant companion. I've had him since he was 3 months old.

    Since he can no longer jump up into my tuck, I bought a vehicle so he could go places with me when the weather is cool/cold enough.

    During the colder months he take a pill from the vet for his arthritis called Norvox. It made an amazing difference in his ability to get up and down.

    Have fun and enjoy your new buddy.

    2040 days ago
    It's so nice to hear someone taking in a senior. I've seen 9, 10, even 13 year old dogs and cats turned in to our local shelter for a variety of reasons ranging from suddenly developing allergies to moving. Even had 1 cat turned in because they redecorated and the cat didn't fit the new theme. I kid you not. I haven't had a puppy in about 25 years. The last 3 dogs were 12-15, 8 & 8 when I adopted them. I just can't resist a hard luck case and there isn't much harder luck than finding yourself homeless in your old age, especially if you have medical problems. Bless you. I hope everyone adjusts easily.
    2040 days ago
    Just lost our dog last year, but I have my son's two little dogs (my grandpuppies) that I watch or see during the month.
    I remember having to give my cousin's German Shepherd aspirin for his arthritis. Maybe the vet would be able to tell you if that would work. The walking should encourage good circulation, which will help, too.
    Have fun with your "new" buddy.
    2040 days ago
    Congratulations!!! I am so jealous! We have been without a dog for several years and I'd love to have one, but my husband doesn't agree. He says it would tie us down. REALLY??? We hardly ever leave the house, except to go to the grocery store!

    Just consider your dog moving into a nursing home in its old age. As a matter of fact, your home sounds so peaceful, I'd like to move there!

    Have fun with your new pet.
    2040 days ago
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