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View Poll Results: Do you own dogs because you don't have kids or feel lonely?
I have children 27 29.67%
I don't have children 8 8.79%
I am lonely thats I why I need dogs 5 5.49%
I have dogs for other reasons 51 56.04%
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:41 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I've never had dogs until now. I've always wanted one but just wasn't able to get it. Now that I have Schatzi and my new boy Cudi I can't see my life without dogs in it. I have no kids and I live alone. But that was never a reason to get one. I just enjoy making a fool of myself in front of my dogs and not having someone judge me. Majority of my friends have kids or are in serious relationships while I'm just all over the place with my dogs. I can say my life is filled with happiness thanks to Schatzi and Cudi.

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:15 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I'm another one that there is multiple correct answers so I am not sure how to vote.

I don't have kids and I don't plan on ever having kids. I didn't get my dog because I was lonely but at this point I think if I didn't have a dog in the house I would be lonely. I have a couple of friends that I try to meet up with once a week but other than that I am usually home by myself. It is nice having Bru in the house to keep me company. At the very least I can claim I am talking to her so I don't seem like the crazy person that talks to herself.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:53 AM   #43 (permalink)
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I have a daughter and a bunch of other pets but I have a dog because I can't imagine living without one. I've had pets my entire life from horses, ponies, chickens, ducks, rabbits, cats, dogs, iguanas, to raccoons not counting fish, hamsters, guinea pigs etc. My life would not be complete without at least one dog, preferably two.

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:42 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Dogs for other reasons. We fostered and then adopted a teenage boy. We've had dogs since before we were married. If I didnt have Lucky I would be lonely. Living w/ and working w/ teens I really appreciate the fact that dogs dont talk. have a drivers license ,get a report card and in general are not human. We thought we would have children but that didnt work out. The dogs were not gotten as a surrrogate for a child ,not intially but as time went on perhaps it moved this way. I have to say on certain days Lucky is the favored male in my life.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:12 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Yes, I had dogs to fill a void in my life. There were times throughout my life I lied to myself and said I hated kids, dogs were it for me. I have a child, she is my whole life, I have 2 dogs, right now shedding and muddy paws are the other pat of my life. My dogs were there when relationships didn't work out (well Sandi, Oz has only been through one break-up), they were the fur I cried into, the support that kept me moving. Now they are dogs, they can get dirty, they can make messes, they can lay outside all day if they want, they can be dogs. I will admit, at one time, mine were an emotional crutch.
Having said that, I did grow up with dogs, I have always had or wanted them and probably always will. I love the relationships I have and have had with my animals, I want DD to experience the same, I think they enrich your life, they make a house a home, but it took a lot of healing and personal development to get to the place I am now.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:08 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by sparra View Post
My husband grew up in a pet free home. He, like me, was raised on the land but they just never had any animals.....just grain.
Well he got a rude shock marrying me We have a menagerie now AND run sheep on our grain farm......he loves it and admits he missed out a bit growing up without the joy of animals.
You and me both! I grew up with animals but my husband didn't. He was agains any pet in the house,well after being married for a month I made him get a cat, then after 3 years got our first GSD and now after we move into a house will get a second dog. He said he never knew how much love he can have for an animal. Pets bring us joy
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:54 AM   #47 (permalink)
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My husband and I don't have children, but that is not why we have dogs. I have wanted a dog all my life, but was not allowed to have one when I was a kid, and then I met my husband in college and we waited until we were settled and okay financially before we finally got dogs not quite four years ago. I had to wait a long time (I was 33 when I got my first dog lol), but a childhood dream has finally been fulfilled.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:02 AM   #48 (permalink)
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I have kids and dogs! Part of what I enjoy with my dogs is having another "adult" around during the day.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:55 AM   #49 (permalink)
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We've had kids longer than we've had dogs. We still have a child and dogs at home with us
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:50 PM   #50 (permalink)
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I've had dogs on and off throughout my life, but never had a relationship with a dog until my son moved out of our home and on with his life. Empty nest was very difficult for me. That's when I got my first "real" dog and it does help very much.

So I answered I have dogs because I am lonely. But that doesn't really fit. I have dogs so I can continue to be a "mom" in some respect, I need that nurturing activity in my life. I'm really not lonely at all. I'm single and I'm happy, but I do need my dog(s).
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