Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Doggerel

I've been thinking about expanding the pack. It's been on my mind for a while. I've been trying to deny the urge, but I spend so much time alone now it's getting hard to ignore.
I'm thinking about getting a dog. I go online from time to time and look at all the shelter dogs. I love dogs. I'm good with dogs. I worry about my lifestyle.
I work a lot. I work 30 miles from home. I have a big house (for one person) and a fenced in yard.
(S)he could stay outside in the daytime, with a plastic swimming pool of course (this is Texas), walk/run with me in the evenings, stay inside at night and we'd have Sunday together. But 9-10 hours a day alone in the backyard? I don't know.
I'm afraid it's just my lonelyness getting to me... But my rottie Rogue was the one who really helped me get over my ex-wife. I don't know what to do. Earlier today I told my Ma that it was hard for me to even ask advice, much less follow it, but help me out here. What do you guys think? If I can't trust you, who can I trust?
UPDATE:
Almost all the feedback I got was positive, the rest merely urged caution making a big decision in my present state of mind. None was negative. So... I've started looking for a dog. I filled out an application at the Town Lake Animal Center and at the Georgetown Dog Rescue. Both places have dogs I'm interested in.
The dog at GDR is a heeler mix puppy (6weeks).
Problems: I just went through that with another heeler mix puppy... The chewing, the peeing, the high energy.
Positives: I just went through all the bad stuff and learned a lot as we went along, this time will be easier because I know somewhat what to expect and how to countermand it. Plus, it's a puppy, I can imprint it the way I want with limited conflict.
The dog at TLAC is a 2 year old cattle dog mix.
Problems: Heartworm positive (so we're talkin' a few hundred off the bat to cure her... If it doesn't kill her). She also has another human trying to adopt her. All involved will most likely be better off if the other person gets her.
Positives: Already house trained. Done with the chewing stage. I hope she gets a good home and makes my choice for me.
UPDATE 2:
Damn... Someone put in an application on the puppy I wanted too.

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8 Comments:

At June 17, 2008 5:15 PM, Blogger Omnibus Driver said...

If you want a dog, get a dog. They sleep most of the day away anyway, so I wouldn't worry too much about the 9-10 hours you're gone. You'll be happier, and you'll make some needy dog happy, too.

 
At June 17, 2008 5:18 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

OK... That along with some phone conversations and we're off to a good pro dog start.

 
At June 17, 2008 5:22 PM, Blogger Walrilla said...

Hey, if the Omnibabe says it's OK, why in Hell ain't you already at the pound?

Walrilla

 
At June 17, 2008 5:29 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

Scared they won't let me out...

 
At June 21, 2008 6:35 PM, Anonymous JRB said...

Notice a trend here?
There are thousands and thousands of dogs out there who would LOVE a good home and a little attention - you don't want ANY of those.
There are two that someone else wants and you must have BOTH of those.
This only confirms that you do, indeed, create your own conflict. Good thing I love the drama.....

 
At June 21, 2008 6:43 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

I look for specific traits in dogs... Would that I were so decerning in women.

 
At June 23, 2008 1:25 PM, Blogger Omnibus Driver said...

Don't get discouraged. Have you tried Pet Finder yet?

 
At June 23, 2008 1:28 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

That's where I found the puppy. Her name is Luna. There are a lot of little coincidences that made me think we were fated to be together... and it isn't over yet, but the fat lady is warming up.

 

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