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Finding A Pet (Dogie) For My Grand Daughter



Have you ever searched far and wide for anything? Well this is a never ending search for the right animal to become a pet for a six year old girl. If you think shopping for a wife is a job, try shopping for a child who wants the right dog! When we think the search is over we discover the dog is not a male which is what she wants.


Right now I'm taking a break to help my wife get ready to set up for a church sale. Getting the right table and racks for shoes is important as space will be limited since it takes place in one of the halls if it rains and it's expected to rain. Of course it it doesn't rain then the east parking lot will be used with more room for tables.


Other churches were invited to sale too with a part of their proceeds given to our church. We are in the process of building a new church in a different location and these proceeds go toward that project. A drawing of the church was shown to the congregation Sunday and many applauds were given. We need the room as our membership has really grown just since 1998 when my wife and I became members!


This week I take a break on the pet hunt but will no doubt resume next Monday or Tuesday. The hard part is getting her after school to see the dogs before the facilities close. By the time we leave one the other ones are closed. That means another day of looking and each day I look, I have to wait for school out so she can go take a look.


That made me start thinking...She's in school all day 5 days a week, who cares for the dog all day? The answer was me!! I have appointments and in home care three days a week and the dog will have to be house trained and car trained too! Wow, maybe I'm biting off more than I can chew? So for now everything is on hold even her mom says hold up on getting the dog. I'm the only one home all day.


My wife says I can't handle training a dog, taking him to a vet, making sure he gets the correct training and we are in a two story house. I think she knows I don't go down stairs to often during the day. :big_grin: Now, at this point I'm not sure if I can find the right dog (Mr. right) or if the search will continue. Her mom tend to think it will get in the way of her home work and chores after school at this time.


God knows I don't want to slow her schooling down, she is very active in her class work and already a grade ahead of her age group. The shortest and smallest girl in her class as she's with 7, 8, and nine year olds, and she's only six.


Some of you that may read this blog and have/had kids this young, did you get them a house pet at 6 years of age???? She had a hamster, fish and a bird but now she wants a pet she can hold, ride him in her little car, and play with after school. She tells me she gets so bored not having a sister or brother to play with.


When she finishes her school work, I'm her outlet for playing with her while her mom gets her own school work done as a teacher. So, as I said, I'm having to rethink the whole idea of her with a small pet dog at 6 years old.


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Honest opion - getting a dog for an only child, six years old is way too young. For their are no brothers or sisters to fill except for you. I noticed you asked yourself the question about who takes the dog out if the child is in school 5 days a week, you. Your asking the correct questions and your answers always come back to YOU.

Fred I'm sure you love animals(dogs) but your mobility is probable not feasible. Your on the right track to put it on HOLD for a few years. Remember, your dealing with a kid that wants something from Grandpa. How about changing her mind to a kitty or cat. Cats pretty much take care of themselves. she is able to have something to hold. If you are so incline to get her a pet.

Good luck in the pet endeavor.

I would love a dog again but I know for me it's too much work, taking care of myself is enough for me and I'm an remembertolaugh, Jeanniebean :cocktail:

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our son wanted dog too, but we told him no, cause he will take care of pet for a day & then it will be my job & I don't want any pet to take care of. My first priority is my family then my health & exercise & pet will come last in that regard. So we told him he can get a pet when he turns 21.



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Fred, A dog is a lot of work that might weel betoo much for you to handle. The alternative is a cat. They are much lower maintenance than a dog - don't need to be walked, don't even need to go outside, and self cleaning litter boxes can be bought so that isn't a big hassle either.


Cats, if handled every day, can become very affectionate. For example, we have 1 cat that we call "co-dependent" because you cannot open the bedroom door without her running in, jumping up on the bed and insisting on giving you as much love as she wants you to give her.


If you are worried about pet allergies, just like there are dogs that are good for people with allergies, there are cats that are also good for people with allergies.


If allergies are not a problem, I suggest adopting a cat from a pet store or shelter. All of my cats have always been rescues.


Just an alternative you may not have thought about.

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She has the little stuffed dogies she loves and sleeps with now, so for a few more years she can hold on to them, there are 4 different ones, all small and colors I bought for her! She's scared of cats even the pictures of big cats (Tigers) her grandma got hanging on the walls everywhere in the house. She say they are looking at her, their eyes follow her, so we tell her don't look at them.


A dog is lots of work and training, so I'll wait for now and she will too! She agreed to wait, I'm glad.

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Fred good idea. I agree. William wants a dog. but, I could not work that into my schedule. i would have to take care of the dog and train it. I don't have enough time now. That would do me up. No. Not until William can take care of the dog himself.



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Cute Dog Quotes...Oh Well!

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. - Anonymous


Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers


If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers


A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings


The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. - Andy Rooney


I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. - Rita Rudner


A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. - Robert Benchley


Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. - Franklin P. Jones


If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise. - Unknown


My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money. - Joe Weinstein


Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! - Anne Tyler


Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein


You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look hat says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!' - Dave Barry


If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them. - Phil Pastoret

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