To many, adding a puppy to the family simply means finding a name like “Spot,” getting a couple of dog bowls and prepping some spot to keep the furry creature away from your good furniture. For others, it means having a new member of the family and the weight of that responsibility can be a bit daunting. Shucks, Busta will be 10-years old on May 5th and I still remember the day he became my baby. A robust Miniature Schnauzer, Busta does not appear to be an older guy and is as active as the day he arrived home. As I consider adding another baby to my household, I’m pondering a couple of things: First, the added responsibility. Dogs are not some entity that can just be put aside when you’re not feeling them. They require lots of attention and affection; not to mention money. Second, I’m a spontaneous kind-of guy and Busta has learned to adjust to my mood swings as well as my going on vacation and leaving him with his aunt or play-aunts. This is especially acceptable since everyone loves Busta and he’s fairly small at 13 pounds. The new kid under consideration is a Weimaraner. For those of you who are not dog lovers, Weims are hunting dogs and are known to be high-energy dogs. I specifically chose the breed so that I have a guy for morning runs and quite honestly, I hate a carbon copy of what everyone else has – even when it comes to dogs. The new little guy is presently 11 weeks and is already heavier than Busta at 20 pounds. I’ve been thorough in my research of the breed and how he would fit into my family. BD and the Minnie are not really dog people and my love for dogs is sort-of that eye-sore, pin-prick flaw that they find hard to turn a blind-eye to. All said, I love my boys and am weighing everything before making a final decision.
From lowering blood pressure, to cutting the possibility of depression in half, dogs present magnificent benefits to life and health, but there is a dark side to dog ownership. Tell of your experience(s) with dog ownership.
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