It has been more than a year since our beloved Gold Lab, Luke, passed on. We are ready for a new friend and member of our family. We have been looking at dog rescue sites and breeder sites as well. Here’s the big debate:
Should we adopt a full-grown dog that needs a new home?
Should we get ourselves a puppy?
A full-grown dog means we will be spared of the trials and tribulations of the toilet training, the crying at night, the endless chewing and some degree of property destruction. Luke did chew a lot of our table and chair legs. He also chewed off one of our walls, in particular the wall between the powder room and the family room. There was a 4 X 5 inch gaping hole for a few weeks until we had to move out temporarily to renovate our house. We’re done renovating our home — in this lifetime!
There is nothing like the unadulterated joy and quiet pleasure of raising a puppy to adulthood. I look back at all of Luke’s various stages and I have such fond memories.
The idea of bringing home an older dog that has been given up by its owners, for whatever reason, is certainly very tempting. We know we would give this dog a great home and family life. We have a big yard to run around in. We enjoy taking lots of walks and a dog would be a welcome companion, even our excuse to do it more often. An adult dog is probably a lot more calm, hopefully laid back. We’re pretty laid back when we’re at home.
There is the downside to grown dogs that their habits may be well-established and some may not be so great. We have talked to some foster families who have told us that the dog they have with them will require walking about three times a day because it’s “hyper.” Another dog tends to whine the minute it is inside the kitchen or left alone for any period of time. Yet another likes to dig into pots. It sounds like these behaviors can be changed with training. It will all depend on how entrenched the behaviors are and how motivated an owner and pet are to changing.
We haven’t gone to meet any of these dogs being offered for adoption. We might just bring them all home. We haven’t gone to a breeder with pups either. We know we will not be going home empty-handed. We have been surfing the Internet and making a few perfunctory calls for a few weeks now.
I want to ask you all, my friends and family, to weigh in on this. What do you think? Which route would be better? Please do weigh in. After all, you will be part of enjoying this new member of the family.
- Choosing an appropriate Puppy or Adult Dog (trainyourdogs.wordpress.com)
- Ask Dog Lady: Golden might need a bigger ride (metrowestdailynews.com)
- Letting Go: On Losing a Dog (paws4udogs.wordpress.com)
- An Empty Leash (likeitiz.wordpress.com
- Our Dog Luke (Likeitiz.wordpress.com)
- I Still See Luke (Likeitiz.wordpress.com)