Thursday, November 6, 2008

But he's so CUTE!

I really enjoy reading the comic strip For Better or For Worse, which I have been following for years. In the recent strips, they have acquired a little puppy.

This particular strip of the mom, Elly talking to a friend. Her friend is pointing out that a puppy is only going to give her more work and tie her down even more. Elly's response: "But, Connie... He's so CUTE!"

This made me laugh. I've been there. After having Jera, we swore we would never get another puppy. In fact, when we looked for a new dog, we started out by looking for an adult. I pursued several adult dogs before coming across an ad on Craigslist for a puppy. I fell in love... I knew in my head I didn't want to do the whole puppy thing again, but then when I saw her she was just so cute...

Of course, in my case it ended up being a negative thing. Zoey wasn't a bad dog at all, but she wasn't a good fit for our family. I hope to get a dog someday - after we get a house and a yard - and I won't let myself consider a puppy. I've learned my lesson!

But puppies sure are cute, aren't they?

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Joanna said...

The downside to an adult dog is "baggage"- reinforced behavior problems by bad owners in the past.

It's really a toss-up- do you want to deal with housebreaking & chewing, but start with a "blank slate" or try to "teach an old dog new tricks"?

ashley @ twentysixcats said...

Very true. It is a toss-up. However, I think for us finding a dog that doesn't chase cats is very important. I thought we'd be okay starting from a clean slate, because Jera was good, but Zoey would have NONE OF THAT. She wanted to CHASE CHASE CHASE and we could not get her to stop!

Anonymous Cogitations said...

My in-laws got a kitten a year or so ago. Unfortunately, the kitten was separated from it's mother at a very young age. (They got the kitten from the pound.) Such being the case, Don Juan never learned how to clean himself and smells like stinky cat butt all the time. My mother-in-law tried to teach him but to no avail. It's sad but we still love him.

Anonymous Cogitations said...

Oh, and Don Juan has a completely different disposition than he had as a kitten.