|10-07-2013 11:38 AM|
|holland||I love the idea of getting a hamster|
|10-07-2013 10:39 AM|
If you feel unsure and feel conflict over any decision, you may just need to take more time to heal.
When I had my first dog ever put down at 15 years of age, I knew that one day I'd have another dog, but wasn't sure when I would be ready for that. In the meantime, I felt I needed something to fill that space in the house that he has left behind, so I got a . . . hamster! Enjoyed the novelty and having a new pet, wasn't a long-term commitment as they are short-lived, and gave me time and space to grieve for my old guy.
It was six months before I started to think about getting another dog, a few more months after that before I felt ready to go down to the shelter and start looking. That is when I got Keeta. At first, I questioned my judgement in getting her, she was an untrained, unsocialized challenge and felt like a strange, intrusive presence in my house, but I knew that I was ready to have another dog, and just needed to work with her. Had I adopted another dog before I really felt ready, it might have not worked out so well for the both of us.
|10-07-2013 08:36 AM|
|JakodaCD OA||well if you get that aussie, I insist on seeing pictures !!!!|
|10-07-2013 01:07 AM|
I am now looking forward to the new pup. He'll be his very own breed and personality.
Next year I may have another GSD and enjoy the fun and work with two youngsters.
Thanks everyone for your input; it has been very helpful.
|10-07-2013 12:46 AM|
|katieliz||a german shepherd dog is a pretty hard act to follow. sounds like you're comfortable so far with your decision tho, and aussies are beautiful dogs. health problems are so rampant in all breeds, but what would life be without these wonderful companions. somehow we have to get thru the loss(es) and be brave enough to love another.|
|10-07-2013 12:27 AM|
|Gretchen||I have encountered "buyers regret" from people who previously owner a GSD and chose to get a different breed. I am not trying to persuade you one way or the other. We will be walking and they see me and my dog, they have this long, long stare, if they could they would probably hug Molly and at their side will be another perfectly nice other breed, but they way they talk about their previous GSD I can tell they wish they got another.|
|10-06-2013 09:57 PM|
I agree. I love our Aussie. She is always smiling and happy. I was reading another thread about Aussies and GSDs as companions together and many here made the comment that the Aussies are the clowns of the family. Based on my experience with our little Autumn I have to agree.
She just has the happy panting smile on her face...all....the....time.
She plays well off the more serious Ilda and gets along with her and my male Smitty.
So....I think having a happy fuzzy butt in the house may be what helps you heal from your loss. Then you can have the great combo of two of the best breeds from the herding group (well o.k. corgis are up there too!) down the road when you are ready.
|10-06-2013 09:14 PM|
I will recognize the "click" when I see "the one". These have been our best dogs.
What I learned from this whole zig-zagging and with the help of you all, is that even though I may end up with an Aussie (given the "click") soon, within another year I will have a GSD. Of course will cherish him and would never consider him "the alternate".
We have had old dogs for a very long time and I need young energy again around me. I think this plan will work for me.
|10-06-2013 08:08 PM|
If I were worried about getting a pup that may not have longevity, I'd look at breeders who have their program based on the lines they've produced 3 generations if possible. And look at what they've produced to see how the health and accomplishments have turned out.
It doesn't guarentee a dog free of issues, but does raise the odds you'll get one with the minimum of problems.
There aren't that many breeders, though who do have more than a few litters from a foundation line.
And I don't mean bottlenecking/repeat breeding, but breeders that use a strong bitch line and use outside studs. Repeats are great, as long as it isn't out of convenience.
|10-06-2013 07:14 PM|
|Carriesue||I love Aussies but there are no guarantees in life and Aussies have their fair share of health issues too... I lost my Aussie to hemangio of the heart when he was 6 years old. But I do understand, when my pup goes I probably will not be able to look at a shepherd for a very long time.|
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