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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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If you plan on having kids, don't get a dog.

A friend of mine on Facebook shared a link to this article, and I thought I would see what you guys think about it. Although I don't have kids so I can't judge, I can't imagine feeling that way about my dogs if/when I do become apparent. What are your opinions?

Kids and dogs: If you?re having a baby, do not get a puppy.
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 11:08 AM
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Pretty heartless person. Life in general is busy. If I met this person in person I'm pretty sure that we would have words.

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Good thing my mother didn't think that way! Our GSD went everywhere with me when I roamed around the military installations that I grew up on.

Not growing up with a dog? Waiting until the children are grown before getting one? Seriously, LOL? We had my little elderly yorkie when my son was born, and got our first Dobe when he was 4, and then he picked out his own dog when he was 9 (Italian Greyhound). We just lost that little Italian Greyhound this past October at almost 15 yrs old.

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Personally I don't have children, but as a child I grew up with dogs. My parents believed it gave us responsibility, each of us had a dog-job..young and old. My parents only bought the dog food, we did the rest.

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I had two little ones, and got a GSD. We all doted on that puppy, and as he grew, we loved him even more. I got pregnant again when the dog was a year and a half. I took care of him myself, until he bolted after a squirrel, dragging me on my belly down the back deck stairs. I was 4 months pregnant, and luckily didnt get hurt. My kids took over taking care of him, and they loved to do it. He and the new baby became best friends. We never lost interest in him or stopped caring. Sure, his walks lessened because of the new baby, but as the baby grew up, Chief got his " Mom time" back. We miss that dog like crazy, and still talk about him often.

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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 12:41 PM
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yeah, she s... me off - sounds a lot like my step-father.

Some of my best memories of childhood was with my kelpie on the farm - I want my daughter to have those memories As well.

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For a laugh read the writers Twitter page on that article
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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 01:07 PM
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Maybe she shouldn't have had either. Family life with kids and dogs can be chaos at times, but it's also very rewarding. We have 5 kids, 22, 20, 18, 12, and 10, we also had a Labrador and a malamute, both have passed on, and we now have 4 Gsds. With sports and other after school activities, it can become a bit of a juggling act, but I never felt overwhelmed by any of it, certainly never thought of our dogs as she does hers.

Oh yeah, a 4 year should be capable of wiping it's own butt.
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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 01:15 PM
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I don't have children...so I can't say for sure...interesting article. I think what I would say is, probably don't have a newborn baby and get a puppy at the same time. That seems like a lot to handle haha. Also, if you have an adult dog that is high energy, and have one kid, and you are barely hanging on by the skin of your teeth. Why not use birth control? If you are already having a hard time managing the home and kid and dog... Don't throw ANOTHER (planned) kid into the mix. Just wait it out. It is too bad her dog stopped getting their attention and got swept under the rug so to speak. I especially feel bad because now he is 13, getting up there in age and this is the time their attention is needed most.

When I was a baby I had a chow chow named lulu. She was black. One day my parents just opened the door and let her out on purpose so she would go away. They said she was eating our ducks. I wonder if she was really just too much to handle. I never forgave my parents for getting rid of LuLu!!
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Kids and dogs: If you?re having a baby, do not get a puppy.[/QUOTE]

The only thing I got out of this writer is that she is not built to take it and had just lost the desire to deal with it. How many of us have raised kids and dogs [or pups] at the same time? Sure you could have screamed out loud but you kept agoin' for the love of what you want out of life.... There was a dog there when I arrived. There were dogs there when our kids arrived and there are more dogs around now that our kids are having families.

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