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To reDog or not.

Shortly after Reina died, I put my name on the list for another Standard Poodle, which will be available in May .
I am beginning to have doubts. I'm at the age when a large, athletic dog might not be sensible. There is a very real possibility she could outlive me.
I know two other paddlers in the same situation. One has said she is done with dogs and the other is waffling.
Just rambling here.

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  • My wife is the dog lover in my family. I pleaded 'no more' after the last one died. I want to be the top dog around here. My turn, dammit. (and with a name like Rex it's only right).

  • Sorry Rex, old buddy. You have a slight chance of staying at the top. I don't have to compete with animals, just 3 kids and 7 grandkids.

  • I agree that at some point a big dog isn't a good idea. Personally I believe that I need to be able to pick up and carry my dog in case of injury or trouble. So if you are worried about getting a dog that's too big, kudos to you for being aware and sensitive about it. Most likely you could be right. Even if I'm in good health "most of the time" I share that worry.

    Regarding outliving your next dog I'll say that there are many dogs in shelters that are definitely not going to outlive you unless they get rescued by someone like you.

    Regarding the pro's and con's of a dog overall that's a very personal decision. My wife and I would travel more if not for the dog, but that's ok with us. For me a dog is the perfect paddling/outdoors partner. I was thinking of one example to share with you and castoff. One place we often paddle here has a long thin island that runs parallel to the shore for about 1/4 mile. I was paddling upstream on the shore side with Zoey this summer when a deer jumped in the river right in front of us. It startled all of us and everyone just got very alert but stayed still, except for the deer which made a quick u-turn. Zoey just looked at me and it was quite a cool shared experience. The next day we were paddling upstream past the same island on the deeper side of the island. We surprised the same deer which again surprised all of us. I've seen some amazing sights in nature and it always seems like the dog is enjoying it in the same way as me.

    As far as enthusiasm for the outdoors I think the pics are pretty clear. One shot was taken at the exact moment when Zoey got happy feet and exploded for no reason at all...her front half is going crazy yet her rear end hasn't moved yet.

  • edited January 2

    After we lost our dog in 2016 we vowed no more dog
    2017 we got a overweight senior dog
    Bad idea. Her arthritis was worse than ours and she required a handicap
    pet ramp
    She died early in 2018 of infection. She was taking more meds than we were

    No more dog. We mean it

    meet our bouncing 2 year old labraheeler we have had for a month
    Buddy makes us laugh makes us get out and walk and avoid the senior blues. He is strong but not overpowering and is one of thise velcro dogs

    His life expectancy means we have to live to 88. Since that wont happen the kids will be happy to have him. Takes a whole family to raise a dog

  • @kayamedic said:
    After we lost our dog in 2016 we vowed no more dog
    2017 we got a overweight senior dog
    Bad idea. Her arthritis was worse than ours and she required a handicap
    pet ramp
    She died early in 2018 of infection. She was taking more meds than we were

    No more dog. We mean it

    meet our bouncing 2 year old labraheeler we have had for a month
    Buddy makes us laugh makes us get out and walk and avoid the senior blues. He is strong but not overpowering and is one of thise velcro dogs

    His life expectancy means we have to live to 88. Since that wont happen the kids will be happy to have him. Takes a whole family to raise a dog

    B)

  • There are several small islands where we paddle that are perfect for letting a dog run. My sometimes Paddling partner has Jack Russell who is the perfect be size for a boat dog and she loves the beach. JR are too high maintenance for me.

  • @string said:
    There are several small islands where we paddle that are perfect for letting a dog run. My sometimes Paddling partner has Jack Russell who is the perfect be size for a boat dog and she loves the beach. JR are too high maintenance for me.

    Good Size.. Dunking Dog.. Had a Jack Russell on a two week canoe trip. It was a work trip and I had no say in the dogs attendance.. Yappy thing every day at four am and when the wind blew. or for no reason whatever. One day the dog was riding in our canoe and was getting hot so I grabbed the CFD handle and gave the dog a dunk.. Then as we passed a rock mid river, placed the dog on the rock..
    The owners were a few hundred feet behind in another canoe arguing about the line they should take through the rocks and were mortified when they saw the dog on the rock..
    PB is a beech.

  • We have a part JR who I think I'll take paddling when the weather warms. She isn't one that dries easily.

  • After eight kids, 15 grand kids, a dog , a cat, horses, chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, raccons, squireels hamsters, snakes, turtles, guinea pigs, finches, fish, etc, we now just want each other for pets.
    With our traveling life style and love of wilderness camping, as much as we love dogs, it would be impossible.

    Jack L

  • @JackL said:
    After eight kids, 15 grand kids, a dog , a cat, horses, chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, raccons, squireels hamsters, snakes, turtles, guinea pigs, finches, fish, etc, we now just want each other for pets.
    With our traveling life style and love of wilderness camping, as much as we love dogs, it would be impossible.

    Jack L

    I know.

  • 3 months but I can't even think about getting another one yet. I'm still too hung up on the last one.


  • edited January 3

    I thought of our two dogs for literally every day for more than 2 years after they died. Still think of them almost daily even though it has been more than 5 years since that day. So many times, both of us remember what they would do in mundane, frequent situations and say, “The boops would [do this or that].”

    Absolutely no more dogs for us. No other could compare.

    As for the freedom to travel or even just spend an entire day away from home without having to get back to take care of pets, we like having those options again.

  • I don't think you can ever compare dogs
    They are all so different and they all had unique qualities
    Our latest is nothing like our Golden and while we miss her we know that not having a dog will not bring her back
    Our latest found us. We did not go seeking him

  • I had many they are all different like people. I think about them all many times a day. If your dog had a nice life there's always another one needing a home if you want one. I have always had two or more so I carry on for the others when one dies.

  • Ditto on PaddleDog's comment. We have been fortunate that our best 2 had long and happy lives.
    Although those were a Brittany Spaniel and a Standard Poodle, I'm beginning to think smaller. I don't want a hyper yapper so it may take some looking.

  • @qajaqman said:
    3 months but I can't even think about getting another one yet. I'm still too hung up on the last one.


    Pretty puppy.

  • I know it's a little late but don't know what I'd do without my four pack over the holidays (or any day).

  • I removed us from the Standard Poodle pup wait list. I think I'll haunt the ASPCA kennel for awhile.

  • qujaqmans pooch in the top pic looks just like mine though mine does not have floppy ears.
    What sort of pup?

    Daffy acting.. Ours is too. Today he went out and he loves the cold.. We found him curled up in a flowerpot on the back deck.. Must be part cat.. I ought to get a box and get rid of the crate

    Our vet offered a DNA test.. What next in dogdom?

  • @kayamedic said:
    I don't think you can ever compare dogs
    They are all so different and they all had unique qualities
    Our latest is nothing like our Golden and while we miss her we know that not having a dog will not bring her back
    Our latest found us. We did not go seeking him

    Of course “not having a dog will not bring them back.” We know that.

    We just choose not to bring in a new one that won’t fill the gap. The gap can remain a gap without any more dogs.

    Much more likely to happen is a very different kind of animal.

  • Thought about a girlfriend but that's an animal my wife won't tolerate.

  • Everyone has to do what is right for them
    Somehow this turned into a debate

    we hesitated and our kids went to an adoption event . We went to meet their new adoptee.
    And no dog turned into that terrified dog that no one had wanted for two months
    The new light of our life

  • Never thought I would have another dog after eating Otis. My wife is terrified of most dogs. 4 years ago Paris moved upstairs from us and 3 years ago she moved in with us. Don’t think I will ever have a dog as good as she is

  • @kayamedic said:
    qujaqmans pooch in the top pic looks just like mine though mine does not have floppy ears.
    What sort of pup?

    Ostensibly a yellow lab, but based on his long legs, piercing eyes (not so evident in that pic), and how he behaved (very, very, very poorly) and super high energy I strongly suspected some Weimeraner.

    @string said:
    Thought about a girlfriend but that's an animal my wife won't tolerate.

    I'm not ready for another dog but I also miss having one to walk, so I'm looking for a girlfriend with a dog I can borrow.

  • @Chuck von Yamashita said:
    Never thought I would have another dog after eating Otis.

    I hope you aren't hungry for more.

  • edited January 4

    @Chuck von Yamashita said:
    Never thought I would have another dog after eating Otis. My wife is terrified of most dogs. 4 years ago Paris moved upstairs from us and 3 years ago she moved in with us. Don’t think I will ever have a dog as good as she is

    Jesus H. Christ on a stick! I used to think you were joking about the, uh, canisphagia, but now I don’t think so.

  • @kayamedic said:
    Everyone has to do what is right for them
    Somehow this turned into a debate

    we hesitated and our kids went to an adoption event . We went to meet their new adoptee.
    And no dog turned into that terrified dog that no one had wanted for two months
    The new light of our life

    What debate? People can say they do or do not want to get another dog, hopefully without any passive-aggressive or judgmental comments.

    Yes, everyone has to do what is right for them.

  • RexRex
    edited January 4

    Hey Chuck v Y. You told her to wok the dog.

    And String, one last thought; all that money spent on vet bills, dog medicine, grooming, dog food... that could be play dough for YOU! That's what AHM talkin' bout.

  • @qajaqman said:

    @Chuck von Yamashita said:
    Never thought I would have another dog after eating Otis.

    I hope you aren't hungry for more.

    I missed that story! Maybe I should not enquire.

  • Had the "what will we do when dogless" conversation recently. We have always had multiples( going back to the mid 70s)and fortunately the acreage and space to do so. We are down to 3-- 2 boxers who are deaf and an Olde English Sheepdog. The motly crew will be 11, 10(boxers) and 8(sheepie) this year. Our double lot in the city is fine for sizing now as they group is starting to age a tad.

    I am sure even those people who say no more dogs--- will at times question that decision. The sheepie is a long lived large breed--past experience with sheepies suggests/hope he will be around for another 4-7years. Guess we will cross that bridge at that time.

  • @Rex said:
    Hey Chuck v Y. You told her to wok the dog.

    And String, one last thought; all that money spent on vet bills, dog medicine, grooming, dog food... that could be play dough for YOU! That's what AHM talkin' bout.

    OOF, hope he did not ask for cat-sup.

  • No more dogs for me. It's tough traveling with them, what I'm finding out is that a lot of house rentals down south are not dog friendly.

  • "to redog or not"..... Obviously you are not married to my wife. Otherwise you'd already have another dog.

  • I'm the animal lover. My wife could care less. We have another 10yo dog and a 14yo cat who is really showing his age. Wife suggests "we" wait until these 2 are gone before looking at any others. We've lost a cat and a dog in the last few months.
    I'm tending to agree with her.

  • @string said:
    I'm the animal lover. My wife could care less. We have another 10yo dog and a 14yo cat who is really showing his age. Wife suggests "we" wait until these 2 are gone before looking at any others. We've lost a cat and a dog in the last few months.
    I'm tending to agree with her.

    It's tough. Dogs have been in my family since childhood, but I haven't replaced my beloved standard poodle since he died some years ago. Would love to have another standard because it's such a great breed, but it wouldn't be fair to leave him home alone while I'm at work. Or paddling. Fortunately a relative has a goofy Irish Water Spaniel pup, so I can play with him.

  • Careful with that 'good breed' thinking. My wife had a Cocker Spaniel that was extremely intelligent and obedient and had a great temperament. When it died she replaced it with two Cocker Spaniels (brothers). Dumb as doorknobs and didn't care one bit about obeying anyone.

  • My mother liked Cocker Spanials. I have scars on my fingers where one bit me when I was a toddler. I've never owned one.

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