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    5 Should I get a puppy?

    As most of you know, my beloved Hermione has left this world. Aja is inconsolable and frankly, the house is way too quiet. So, I’m considering getting a puppy. Yes, a puppy. I’m JUST young enough to do a puppy one more time, even though I know full well the horror that a puppy entails. The only reason I’m considering a pup is because it won’t have been “damaged” by a previous owner. (By way of example, Aja’s first owners did not treat her well, and because of it, she has significant self-confidence and “cowering” issues. Hermione, being raised by me, was a wonderful, happy, gregarious dog all her life.)

    But I know that a puppy will take at least 500 hours of work during its first 6 months in order to become a “good dog.” That is a very intimidating thought. I’m considering a Shiloh Shepherd this time (see pic below.) I’ve taken no action other than research. I thought I’d toss this out there for input.
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    Yes!

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    Go for it. This breed is on the big side for me.

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    Do what you think best, Dennis. It would probably help both you and Aja. You're working now though, so that might be a bit of a problem, yes?
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    Absolutely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OZARK View Post
    Go for it. This breed is on the big side for me.
    They’re the same size as Hermione. Yes, she was that big.

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    I think you SHOULD get a playmate for Aja. I'm a big believer that dogs should have another furry friend.

    That said, if you're up for a puppy, knock yourself out. I myself am done w/the puppy stage. I believe there are plenty of good "used" dogs whose owners have died or become incapacitated that are not 'broken' but who will be if left in a shelter. I;ve found shelters are very forthcoming with the dogs that had to be surrendered by an ailing owner. All you have to do is ask.

    Puppy or not, I TRULY believe Aja needs a furry friend.
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    Yes!! There’s nothing like puppy goofiness to bring life back to Aja!

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    Note that I say this in the midst of enduring two puppy teenagers - YES!!!
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    Aja needs a friend...

    YES YES YES
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    Those are beautiful dogs. Personally I love puppies as they are a barrel of laughs that will always be there for you.

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    Beautiful dogs. I was wondering how long it would take for you to come around.
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    Yes, I agree that Aja needs a doggy friend. A pup would be loads of laughs along with the training.
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    Dennis, I'm thinking about adopting this dog https://www.petfinder.com/dog/gypsy-...-county-il435/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquonkHunter View Post
    Beautiful dogs. I was wondering how long it would take for you to come around.
    Dude, I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’m just thinking about it, and only because Aja is not handling this well at all. And they’re expensive, as I’m sure you can imagine.

    BE, what a cutie!

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    I vote yes Dennis. You and Aja would benefit from another pack member and I know for sure the new pup will benefit from you! My dog-loving Daddy swore at 80 he wouldn't get another, but he was very, very happy when he finally gave in. Yep it's work - but that short time during the initial phase is also so fun!
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    YES!!!!!! Dennis, what is the average lifespan for this breed, and are there any known "issues"?
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    Weiner dog................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giblin View Post
    Yes!


    Ditto. Get another dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    YES!!!!!! Dennis, what is the average lifespan for this breed, and are there any known "issues"?
    The hip issues have been pretty much bred out of them, and lifespan at the high end is supposed to be 14 years. Since the lifespan of Kings was supposed to top-out at 11, but Hermione made it to nearly 13, I’d hope for 15-16 years with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smith357 View Post
    Weiner dog................
    Um, no.

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    Yes. I think Aja and you need one.
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    When in doubt, get the new puppy! You and Aja would have hundreds of hours laughing at puppy antics, the new puppy would bring endless joy too. And Dennis, Hermione would approve of you doing it. Hermione knew you loved her deeply-and the capacity to love someone or something doesn't leave you when the person/animal you loved passes on.You may be a divorcee-but you still believe in love. The care and attention you pay to your dogs shows a man with a big heart and lots of love to give. Your dogs bloom under your love and care, and Dogs are pure unconditional love wrapped up in 4 legs, fur and sloppy kisses.....so why not give a new puppy a spin?

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    Note that this one would have to be a male; Aja showed a definite preference for Odin over Hermione.

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    Easy, YES!

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    I vote YES!
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    Adding my vote for yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    The hip issues have been pretty much bred out of them, and lifespan at the high end is supposed to be 14 years. Since the lifespan of Kings was supposed to top-out at 11, but Hermione made it to nearly 13, I’d hope for 15-16 years with one.
    That is actually pretty damn good. I got longer than average lifespans out of Jim's huskies. Is there a breeder near you? I had never heard of this breed but they look gorgeous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Dude, I havenít pulled the trigger yet. Iím just thinking about it, and only because Aja is not handling this well at all. And theyíre expensive, as Iím sure you can imagine.

    BE, what a cutie!
    I understand. Ours is not handling it well either. She is totally lost without her buddy. Guess I'll go out Saturday and look some more. Sigh.
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    Tough call. I only waited a month myself but it has turned out good. Erin and Mukluk would have had a blast together-very similar personalities and builds.

    Question is-are you ready for another? They can fill a place but never the hole and one has to be aware of not expecting a duplicate.

    You are good with your dogs so that's not a problem.
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    DD -really- wants me to get a dog since I am living alone now.

    Our faithful little miniature Dachshund Rudi passed away about twenty years ago.

    Since then we have had a couple of cats with Max, our grey tabby, now at 17 years of age. He is a great cat but I hate to say, his days are numbered. He is like a little dog. Eats like a mule and always cuddles with you or anybody else in the house. My allergies are too severe to consider another cat.

    Currently I would consider another wiener dog, being small and easy to care for. I love them, they are very special little animals. Ideally I'm looking for a cute female long hair Dachshund. One the other end of the spectrum I would also consider a Doberman as big as a small deer named Heidi or Gretchen.

    I have all kinds of breathing and allergy problems. Thus I am not looking for a big shaggy dog or a new puppy to chase after all day long.

    I'll bide my time and wait for a suitable mature shelter/rescue animal.

    I cannot see chasing a puppy around the house any more.

    That would be my advice to Dennis. Wait for a suitable mature Shepard to become available.
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    Yes, for your doggies sake get a new puppy. He will help heal you as well.

    Nothing like puppy love.

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    I always purchased adult dogs and my Malinois was my first puppy. Definitely go puppy, that way you can train them right and nip any problems in the bud. The Maligator just turned a year and a half old a few days ago and doing a puppy for the first time was a real experience but a good one. With the other dog only being about two years old she has a lot of puppy in her yet and the new pup would be an ideal playmate and with them both chasing each other hopefully you won't have to chase them.
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    I don’t know if I’m ready or not Sat, but puppies in this breed are hard to come by, and there’s usually a waiting list. The thought of chasing a puppy around the house horrifies me, but it would only be for 6-8 months. After that, it’d just be a “pain”. As far as being ready, is anyone ever “ready” to have human babies either? I know I wasn’t, in retrospect.

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    I would advise you to wait.

    As you well know, medical issues can get very expensive very quickly. Let your heart heal and your savings accumulate before you get another dog.

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    Absolutely!
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    Go on and get one Dennis. You know you're going to. We had our Border Collie 12 years until my wife accidentally ran over him last Saturday. Took him to the vet and x-rays showed his spine was broke completely in to just above his hips. No choice but to put him to sleep. I told my wife that would be our last dog but going outside just wasn't the same without him there to greet me. So, one day later, Sunday, we drove 20 miles to the breeder where we got him and got on the list for another one. She also travels the country showing her border collies and wins a lot of trophies. Show dogs are way expensive for us but she sells pet grade ones for $800. Still quite a bit but cheap for a good friend.

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    No..... rescue

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    Do it now. Great looking dog.
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    I think you've done a good job of facing the downsides and difficulties of getting a pup... We got Jethro (Boston) after my daughters other Boston (Elle) wouldn't accept him. We had planned on Harvey (Black & Tan/Otterhound) being our last dog. they had a good time together for Harveys last few years and now I'm glad we have the little (relatively, big for a Boston @ 38 LB) goober around.

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