catlover I can't believe you apologized to that rude person. I guess you are a better person than he is. I would suggest a short haired chihuahua. There are several in the pound. If you are looking for a senior dog it is even easier to find one because for some odd reason people want puppies.
Hey guys-thanks for the support and the suggestions.
Genn-I have 3 cats in the house (used to be 4) and there are 8 cats outside. The ones outside aren't really ours, but they think they are! So we had them all spayed/neutered and feed them and give them vet care.
I know what you mean catlover. My mother-in-law has spent thousands on outdoor cats. It first started with her feeding one cat then the population grew. She had no idea where they came from. She is moving and was afraid the cats would starve so she had them all spayed/neutered and took them to a shelter.
If you're refering to me, I wasn't being rude... also, i'm female. Just for future reference. :) The first comment was meant to be funny/sarcastic. The others, I really wasn't trying to be rude in the slightest.
Obviously, which is why I stopped after the first comment. The later ones, I wasn't trying to be rude in the slightest. My grandma got cancer at 67 years old, of the liver and has been in and out of the hospital for the past 4 months. In turn, she had to part with her dog.. very painful for her, and the dog ended up dying from seperation grief (so, they think). Which is what I was getting atttttttt. Wasn't trying to be rude.
i dont understand why anyone would take your grandmas dog away. was there no one to care for the dog during the times she was in the hospital ? its hard enough for someone to go through cancer treatments, but to lose their pet on top of it ? animals are a BIG part of therapy. if fit was me, i would have someone take care of my animals while i was away and i would want them right there with me even up to my last breath. sometimes other family members, not saying you, think they know whats best for their elderly family members. my parents, and aunts and uncles, put my great grandma in a nursing home because they thought she was "too old" to live alone. at 81, she was more active than some of them ! she was so miserable there and just gave up and died within two months of being put in there. they tried to put bingo, her maltese to sleep because they said he was too old. i took him and snuck him into the nursing home when i went to visit. it was the only times i ever seen her smile after being put in there. we had him another three years before he passed away. i'm sure they are both together and happy again at last.
American Hairless Terriers...I have these guys and love 'em! They make great pets, can be litter box trained, minimal grooming and the majority really enjoying cuddling.
That said, you have the expense of buying clothes for them. They're not a cheap breed to buy initially. Their biggest grooming requirements are baths some once per wk and others receive one maybe once a month(very easy obviously), nails have to be trimmed weekly(they grow very quickly in this breed) and they require routine ear cleanings(again they become dirty very quickly).
If you'd like any additional information pertaining to AHTs feel free to contact me.
My uncle, (whom I might add, is a complete jackass).. took her dog one day when she went to the hospital. I got off early from work, and went to her house to get Frisky (her dog, it was some sort of westie mix, i'm guessing.. just showed up at her house one day about 8 years ago) and the dog was gone. Only to find out that my uncle took it, gave it to a neighbor in Kansas City, and he died. She still cries, we've now got my grandma in one of those paid housing for senior citizens buildings.. and i'm looking into getting her a new baby. Don't get me wrong, I did go to get him. *sigh*
thats sad, halo. at least you tried. i just wonder why some relatives think they know whats best for the elderly. these people have been around alot longer than most of us and have made it that far because they could take care of themselves. they get old, but not all get senile. and then the younger family members take over their lives whenever they see fit. its just wrong. my great grandmother lived in that same house since i was a kid. she was doing just fine. i believe she would have lived MUCH longer had they let her be. if they really wanted to help they could have asked her what SHE wanted instead of deciding for her.
I was thinking pug too. :) LOL. Sorry both my guys need the groomer. In fact I'm still damp from bathing the lhasa this morning. Check the shelters online, a lot of them have pics of some of the available dogs. :)