Thank you all for your patience with my seemingly endless threads about adopting a dog. This should be the last one - or, the second-last one, if you want an update when I finally get one!
I am ready to adopt one. Yesterday I went and bought this book, preparing to go to the Humane Society and pick one out. I showed the book to a colleague, and he told me that another colleague, that very morning, had told him about a dog that she needed to find a home for. She just got the dog and then found out she was pregnant, and she and her husband decided that they just couldn’t keep him, given their new baby and their other dog.
It looks like a great setup. She wants to give him away to a good home, and they’re so attached to him that they want him to live nearby so they can come visit. I live nearby. They also would be happy to dog-sit on weekends if I ever needed to go away.
The problem is, he is not the kind of dog I had in mind. He is a little dog: a pug/boxer cross, about 15 pounds. I am not a small dog person, I am a medium- to large-dog person. She says he doesn’t bark much, but he is highly energetic.
The timing is perfect. I would love to help out my colleague, and I would love to get a dog that someone I know has lived with and can assure me is not a psycho. He’s housebroken and everything, and he is terribly cute (sort of pug-shaped but with a longer snout, and brindled) but he is LITTLE.
I’m still not sure he’d be happy in my house while I am away at work all day. Currently he has a dog-sitter three days a week but that’s more than I can afford. This could be a deal-breaker - I won’t take him if I can’t give him the attention he needs - but if my co-worker thinks it’s do-able, then it will be hard for me to say no.
But I am still irrationally prejudiced against small dogs, and so is (frankly) almost everyone I know. I am getting over it, though. Small dogs are cheaper to feed, right? And they can’t cause as much damage to my home. And I would love a dog I could carry around in a bag on my bike, because that is my primary means of transportation. My partner and my family and most of my friends don’t like small dogs.
So, small dog people, talk me into it. I’d love to take little Jack home with me but I need some persuasion.