I talked to him last night while we were at my moms work and he said he doesn't want one in the house. A greyhound is what I want, and I want an indoor dog. His only excuses were "You already have a dog" "Your mom had a doberman in the house and when you went to sit down the hair would poek you like needles" We'll be talking about it later with mom, and I KNOW my arguement will be better than his. I don't like his excuse, it's not good enough for me. I want a good reason. I even said it was going to be a christmas present, he said I could have an outdoor dog but I won't let a greyhound stay outdoors.
I don't understand. It's the one thing I want more than anything and I can't have it. I have a hard time asking for a dollar, really. I mean, as soon as I move out, I'll take the dog with me and he doesn't have to see it even again. He buys stuff for himself that make him happy, and tis dog is not going to be his expense. He'll go and buy Tyler (my bro) a video game he really wants for christmas and I can't get this. It's not fair.
greyhounds cant stay outdoors anyway. Their thin skin makes them extremely vulnerable to both heat and cold, and they don't have enough body fat to insulate them in cool/cold weather. However, if you already have a dog, I can sort of see where he's coming from. Some families and people aren't comfortable with more than 1 pet.
Also, buying a dog isn't just the initial adoption fee. There's also vet costs, flea and heartworm meds, food, etc.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 12/2/2004 10:36:08 AM*** Reason: added
He's the only one in this house who doesn't like animals in the house, he likes them but I dunno. It shouldn't have to affect me just because he doesn't like one in the house. The adoption fee just reimbursesthe vet costs. Man, it just makes me so mad. If I can't get this dog, I'm going to a shelter and getting a little mutt! =)
Wait till you move out to get another dog. My daughter brought a cat home against our wishes and now who's taking care of it while she's in college? That would be me! Who has to clean up the hair all over the furniture? Who is cleaning out the litter box? Who is buying the food? Maybe you're not going to college and you won't have this problem but I say it's my house and I have the right to decide how many animals I have. I pay the mortgage, I pay to have the carpet cleaned, I pay the vet bills and buy all the food and treats. You will do yourself, your dog and your family a favor by waiting until you move out.
another thing is rabies. you HAVE to get your dog rabbies shots every year. and some cities charge not only the fee for rabies but also a tag fee as well. where i live to get tags and the shot its 25 dollars... then are you going to get a boy or girl. if it's a girl and it's indoor and you don't spend 50 dollars in getting her spayed, you have to keep her locked up when she goes in heat and she still creates a mess. if you get a boy and not spend 60 dollars in getting him neutered then he'll pee all over the house "spraying" thats all within the first 6 months. it's not just food and water and play.... just think about it hun
First of all, I did not ask what it takes to care for an animal. If I did, then these answers would be worth reading. I was simply venting.
the dog comes to you neutered/spayed. I will take the dog when I leave, it's going to be my boyfriend and I's dog pretty much but it can't stay at his house. I didn't ask to be preached too, I was simply venting. I also don't want to hear the same thing as my dad said "You alreayd have a dog, wah wah wah" what a lame excuse. Many of you have more than 1 dog and love it, well all I want is another dog, I LOVE animals. My cat (almost 14) and dog(10-12 yrs) are getting on in years, and as sad as it is, I know they don't have alot of time left
***Edited By: heffanator on 12/2/2004 1:40:43 PM*** Reason: add
Heffanator, I'm sorry things didn't go well. Some people have different beliefs about pets than others. That's all I really know.
FYI: She was going to adopt a greyhound, spayed/neutreed, first shots, etc. Her bf is willing to finance the rest of the dogs needs. Since she knows greyhounds can't be left outside she was going to talk with her father and see if she could keep it inside.
I understand about kids wanting pets and not keeping up with them, but I don't believe that this is the case here. I also know how painful it can be to want a dog and not be able to get one because when I was little I wanted a dog so bad but my mom just isn't a dog person. Even now she says if she ever gets a dog she wants Lady, not another greyhound, mine! No way.
Heff, you may have to give in and wait. The only other thing I know is that most people have misconceptions about greyhounds thinking they run around everywhere and all that. If it's the hair he is worried about greyhounds shed very little and their fur is very slick and thin, more like hair than fur. Maybe y'all could compromise and he could go with you to see them and learn about them and then make his decsion. It is his final decision, but at least if that is the problem you can try to educate him about it. Don't just tell him, let him see.
I hate to say it but as much as you do not like it, honestly, it is the truth. As much as you do want a dog indoors, your dad doesn't. My fiancee' has to deal with me and my animals but when we go over to his parents house, the dogs stay crated in the car. We take them out for walks and play with them and they are allowed in the backyard but she does not like dogs much at all. She likes our dogs but she doesn't want them in the house. And we respect her wishes. How old are you? I can't imagine that if you have a boyfriend that you have too much longer to wait and then, you can pick out any dog that you and your boyfriend want. Trust me, if your dog is getting older, it needs you more right now and you should cherish the time you have left with your dog.
Heffanator, I always wanted a puppy when I was in high school, too (we had an older rott and an older GSD), but my mom always told me "no", too. At the time, I did not think it was fair, but it was her house. Just because your dad won't have to pay the expenses, he does not want a dog in his house. He pays the bills of the house so basically his rules apply. If my kids want a cat I would tell them "no" because i don't like cats. Whether they pay for it or not, my house and I would say no. Good luck changing his mind =-) BTW, do you have a job? If not, you should tell your dad you want to get a small part time job so you can pay for food, etc. Show him the dog will be 100% your responsibility. Even then, though, it may not matter. It doesn't sound like money is the issue, sounds like he just doesn't want another dog. You may have to respect that. Good luck!
Really Gina, I tried to tell him last night about them being low-shedding, etc but he didn't want to listen. I'm not just saying that cause he made me mad, but really, he didn't listen. Mom knows alot about greyhounds and she got me interested in them and I swear, I've done so many hours or research, reading stories, on dogster, etc. Mom said maybe you can cry and that'll win him over, I thought that was funny(but it would work). I did cry last night, but I don't like to show it. It means so much to me and I know I could give a new dog a great home. I'd love for my dog to have a pal, keeping an eye on them, of course, cause he doesn't know his own strength. It would be great if I can't get a greyhound, to go to a shelter and we pick one out together someday. If we could keep it at his house, it would be great, but only animals 20 lbs and under are allowed. We've had long talks about "us" and he's almost asked me to marry him many times already so, I say that sorta finalizes things with us. Mom and I are still going to give him time to think about this, I'm not forcing him.
I thought about getting a baby gate and put it to where it can't get into certain rooms, which would most likely be his room and the study. No I don't have a job, (I forgot who asked) I'm doing an at home course right now and I think that since I do work here, I can give a dog the attention it needs. I'm here all day and I always walk my other dog, do his grooming, feedings, etc. He also asked me "Can you deal with all of these animals?" and I said "Yes, you know I love animals" ....I didn't say this to him but, I'm going to be a vet assistant, why do you think I chose that? I love animals! He's all about technology and crap and talks about it to me when I don't really care. I think I deserve this dog, I never ask for anything and when I do, I feel bad. It was even harder asking for the dog, but I knew it was time. Please everyone, understand my situation before you post.
I know it's driving you nuts because you want it now, and are being told that you will have to wait. That is one of the stinky things about still living at home. I remember it was so irritating when I was a teen having to obey the house rules at home, whether I agreed with them or not. I would say "That's not fair!" and Daddy would say "Life is not fair." It stunk , but I was on my own soon enough with my own rules and decisions. And for all the aggravation, i did learn that indeed, Life is not fair. Sometimes I say it to my kids now.
If I said no to a new pet, no matter what my reasoning, and my child kept trying and trying, I would let them know that I didn't want to hear another word about it. I'm not a meanie, but I am the mom.
Honestly, I think you will be happiest waiting to get yourself a greyhound until you can have your own place. Even if dad did give in, it would be awkward having the dog in the house and knowing that dad resents it being there. Sounds like you don't have too much longer before you are out on your own. There will always be Greyhounds. And one will be perfect for you.
just thinking of something different here but don't you think your current dog may get bent out of shape if he sees your new dog always being allowed in the house and he isn't ? i would think he would .
you could also just confine your dog to your room.