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Dogs and the Unconditional Love They Give

Updated on November 1, 2017
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I love writing about a variety of different subjects. I hope you enjoy my view on these subjects and will appreciate your honest opinion.

HELP! I am giving in!

Someone help! I must not get attached again!!
Someone help! I must not get attached again!! | Source

Why I should get another dog

Well it's obvious isn't it? Companionship, total admiration and love towards me and everyone around me, not being able to respond to my moods! Exercise and of course friendship.

Is this enough I ask myself as I fight my thoughts against the idea of getting another beautiful, loving, rewarding dog.

I have had two dogs during my married life and have loved every minute of it. They are so rewarding and such good company. Not only do they become devoted to you but you become devoted to them and you just can't imagine life without them.

If I got another dog I could walk with it, have fun, throw sticks, chase wildlife, meet other avid dog walkers for a chat couldn't I? Then why in my heart am I refusing to let this urge take over my reasons for not getting another dog.

What the rest of the family think

Well, the hubby is fighting his thoughts as well! Which doesn't help me as I was the one who originally introduced him to dogs. He originally was a cat lover and unfortunately the feeling was not mutual so being the wifey I managed both times to get my own way and have Golden Retrievers.

We have not had a dog for the past three years and at first it was not what we both wanted we both new that it was time for a break from them.

Now the rest of the family are saying get another one, you know you both want one so why not? And the grandson is even worse, he has thrown into the works that he would stay more often if we had another dog, and I thought he liked to visit for the wifi!

Look at me, you know you want me!

Butter wouldn't melt! Oh yes it would! I know!
Butter wouldn't melt! Oh yes it would! I know! | Source

Why we should not get another dog!

No, no, no, we must stick to what our thoughts are saying and not our hearts because we are very busy people and we like to ride motorbikes and we like to go out for dinner and we like to go walking.

Ah, there it is. Walking. Walking without a dog is not the same and it is very easy to say, no I don't think Ill bother today! But, with a dog you have no excuse, you have to walk a dog, you cannot not walk a dog because those lovely puppy eyes look up at you questioningly asking when are we going!

Ah, there it is. Puppy. An adorable little puppy, fluffy, cuddly and extremely gorgeous and of course a time waster, when you should be doing things your spending time playing with the puppy and then of course they grow up into a great big dog!

Ah, there it is. Dog. Dog means vet bills, dog means ackyooh to pick up (I hope you the readers understand what ackyooh is slang for!) Dog means exercise, not a bad thing as I could do with more! Dog means more visits from the Family.

Ah, there it is. Family. It wont be the family that has to get up to the puppy in the middle of the night to feed it. It wont be the family that has to train it to be a good puppy. It wont be the family that has to give up time to play with it when they are not about. But the family includes the grandson.

Ah, there it is. Grandson. Now it would be lovely to see the grandson more! What fun he would have with a new puppy, how his life would light up with a new friend to visit and he could see his Nanny and Grumps more.

Mmmmm.... this is becoming harder to challenge day by day!

How will I cope when Spring arrives!

It's bad enough that it is Winter and very lonely at home when hubby is at work! And that it could snow at any minute and I know that dogs love to walk in the snow! But what will we do when Spring arrives and the air is clean and the sky clear and walking with a dog is just the best!

Not much longer, come and get me!

Come on! What are you thinking! I am yours, I will love you forever! I am no trouble! Yeah right!!
Come on! What are you thinking! I am yours, I will love you forever! I am no trouble! Yeah right!! | Source

Reasons not to get another dog written by an avid dog lover

Let's not forget the reasons not to get another dog written by an avid dog lover shall we tlcs.

Reason to get another dog
Reason not to get another dog
Family building
Ouch! Am I winning with my thoughts! I don't think so somehow!

Do I really want to be adding photos of lovely little fluffy adorable golden retriever puppies

Help! how can I say no!
Help! how can I say no! | Source

His Video About Taking Care of a Puppy May Remind Me of the Reason Why!

Your kidding me this Video is making me want one even more!

Please family and friends don't say it! And hubby if you read this hub and watch this video you are going to have a real battle with your thoughts like I have.

What am I going to do!

You the reader tell me!

Looking at my reasons within my hub, should we or should we not?

Should we get another dog or should we not? HELP!!

See results

And then they grow! And are very hairy!

Let's run mum and dad!!!
Let's run mum and dad!!! | Source
And finally we grow old together!!
And finally we grow old together!! | Source

Even giving them a bath doesn't phase me!

And the answer is yet to be found!

I am still no wiser, but I have enjoyed writing the hub although am not sure who is going to win!

© 2015 Trudy Cooper


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    • tlcs profile imageAUTHOR

      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Kallinin158, some time since I wrote this hub! Still struggling, my hubby wants a new bike, I want a new dog! Oh dear dilemma, dilemma!

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      Lana Adler 

      4 years ago from California

      I think the decision is ultimately yours so advising in this matter is tricky. We have 3 dogs and we love them to death, of course, but I do hate that we can't be that spontaneous with traveling and going out, it's always: who's gonna take care of the dogs? Good luck!

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      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      tirelesstraveler I am so envious!

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      We dog sat our son's puppy over the weekend.

      He is almost seven months old. He kept his dad and uncle on guard the whole time he was here. Border Collies We even had a play date with his mother, sister and their family. We had 8 dogs and 7 adults at the dog park. He was lots of fun, but lots of work too.

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      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Timetraveler you are so right! And, believe me I think this is my main reason for not getting another! Oh, how lovely they are though and good companions!

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      4 years ago from USA

      You forgot the most important reason to not get another dog...they do not live long lives. I used to have dogs (sometimes 3 at once), but as each one died and my heart broke more and more, I realized I just could not go through losing another beloved pet again. It just hurts too darned much!

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      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Very in depth response thank you. Having had two dogs previously I understand how to take care of them and the rewards that they can bring, your comment has made me think even more about my reasons for not getting one at the moment. The main reason being time. If I were at home full-time there would be no contest, my other two dogs had my children around too but as they have now left home the pet would be on it's own and I don't agree with leaving pets on their own. Thanks for your thoughts very good comment.

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      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Thanks for that Luke, there is doubt, but only a little! If my family were at home it wouldn't be a problem at all, but with me still working part-time I have to think about that. Leaving a puppy at home on it's own could cause real problems as you and I both know, re kitchen units being chewed in the corners with Lady!

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      4 years ago

      I think that you should follow your heart! Ask your self the question do I really want a puppy, dog, friend, loyalty etc and then with what ever you think weather it be yes or no just follow.

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      Amber Davis 

      4 years ago from Texas

      My main deciding factor for a new pet is always "can I afford the expense for the breed I want." You can always make time to play or clean or any of the other factors. You can always decide on a different breed that doesn't require frequent walks and have the large poo to pick up. The expenses is always the main thing. Can I afford the vaccines, food, toys, surgeries, grooming, etc every year for the pet that I want. My preference has always been large dogs. I have my small pit mix, that chews when she's alone and breaks teeth.(Dental costs on top of normal, but no grooming or toys, she's short hair and eats any toys, so she gets sticks from outside and nothing inside. Even trade.) Next is my mastiff, who is the biggest couch potato ever. I have to drag her out of bed, literally, every morning just to go potty. Normal expenses, no grooming costs, but saving up for possible hip or joint issues that comes with the breed when they age. Lastly, I have an 11 month old great dane puppy. Major expenses out of the gate, she had a hernia when I bought her, so I got that fixed during her spay, plus I added in the stomach tacking to help prevent bloat and gastric torsion, which is common in the breed. Special food, special bowls, special collars, etc makes her my most expensive breed. However, she takes after her mastiff sister in that she is an enormous couch potato, doesn't chew, and has no grooming costs. I bathe, trim nails, and clean ears all on my own for all three. Once my puppy finishes growing, she can go on the large breed food I feed the other two, saving in food costs. The collars will fit her adult neck, so it's just a matter of "keep the small one from chewing it off." The bowls are the proper size and height now for the rest of her life. All in all, my dog costs by month are around $200 for food, treats, shampoo, and whatever extras I my find that I want. Semi-annual vaccines for the three are around $500, depending on which Heartworm preventative I go with. As for time, when it's my relax after work time, it's also my "spend time with the pups" time. We all cuddle on the couch, do our brushing and minor cleaning, and maybe even toss around a coffee can or play with the laser pointer. My dogs enjoy that more than my cats, and they run around like crazy. Highly recommended. A few times each evening, we walk the fence, which I have a little over an acre fenced in for them to run and play in. My small dog shows me the places she likes to climb to play in the pasture, and I block them up so she can find more. I don't walk my dogs very often, the bigger two don't want to, and the smaller one is just as happy walking the fence without a leash. We do go to the dog park for a few hours each week though, so they get their socialization and smell discovery. Believe it or not, time is not really an issue with my family, because they're just another part of the family. They're my extra kids, my three boy's sisters, my youngest's pillow, my skunk and raccoon repellants. If you're meant to have dogs, time won't be the biggest issue. Even patience won't be an issue, especially if you have kids or grand kids. Dogs, on average, have the mentality of a 3 year old child. If you can handle that, you can handle a dog. And training doesn't take any extra time either. Turn one of the walks into potty and train. Puppies only focus and retain about 10 minutes of training before they can't take any more. What I always did with my puppies to teach sit, was to take them on their frequent potty breaks for house training, but before going inside, start teaching sit with the jackpot method. Don't push, don't repeat, do the motion of holding the treat in front of the nose and when they try to get it, move it back above their head until they do the normal reaction of sitting, they say sit, praise, and offer 4-5 more treats in addition of the one that you already had out. They learn very quickly not just to sit, but to sit down at the door to go inside once they're finished outside. You can also do this for lay, paw, stand, jump, etc. Jackpot method has always worked wonders for me. But back to what I was saying, expense has always been my deciding factor. If I can't afford the initial costs of boosters, spay/neuter, exams, bloodwork, new food bowls, food, leashes, collars, etc, then I didn't need the animal at that point in time, no matter how much I wanted it. And I wouldn't take to heart the advice of random strangers like me, or even of family and friends. All in all, it's going to be your responsibility, you're new family member, if you're not ready or having doubts whatsoever, wait. If you look over everything, find the perfect match, and think you can handle what's needed, go for it! Just remember, there's plenty of well behaved adult dogs out there that need homes too. If you want to skip the puppy phase of chewing, playing rough, accidents in the house, and changing foods, go with an adult. A lot of rescues will give you discounts on obedience classes in your area for training, if they're not already trained, as well as coupons for new supplies, plus they're already fixed, vaccinated, and given a clean bill of health. Adoption is well worth the cost.


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