Okay so on Emergency Vets on Animal Planet this woman lost her 5yr old Golden Retriever to cancer. He had it pretty bad, got some chemo done then went into cardiac (sp?) arrest and ended up passing away. Long story short, she ended up buying another Golden Retriever puppy from a breeder.
So I'm wondering how many of you would get the same breed of dog or a totally diff't one? My personal thoughts/beliefs are I probably wouldnt get the same breed of dog as what I had before so I didnt (in my mind) think I was "replacing" my previous dog. I know you cant replace a life thats been lost but I wouldnt want to constantly compare the new puppy/dog to the one I had lost.
I think I'll always own springers. I plan to get another one in the next year and I can see myself getting another in a few years down the line... so I don't think I'll ever need to "replace" my dogs because I'll always have them around :)
Although I've always loved Dobermans (I've had two), my well-bred Basenji fits into our lifestyle much better, so I'll probably stick with that breed. Who really knows, though? I think I'll always want a dog, and, as I get older, I may decide a lap dog (who doesn't need as much exercise) might be just the ticket!
Very thought-provoking topic!
***Edited By: gbroxon on 12/14/2006 4:51:56 PM*** Reason: Typo.
I will always own, siberian huskies, and the beauty part of the breed is there are so many different colors, and personalities are always unique. I couldn't get another gray & white sibe, after Olympia passed, it's been about thirteen yrs since she passed, and I just last summer saw a puppy that looked just like her, I wanted that puppy. I already had a name picked out, and everything, I emailed the breeder where we got all of our red & whites sibes, and she told me that puppy was spoken for.
I cant be totaly sure. After i lost Mr.Bill I begged hubby to get me a minpin but rocky our boston fell in my lap. I think 90% of my dogs will be dogs that find me so the breeds will probly be diffrent each time.
Dogs cling to me there is always someones dog in our yard, latley its a shihtzu, befor that yorkies, befor we moved Pittys, labs, and a boxer. Dogs always find me and I thik they always will. The pug we are buying (sending down on friday) is the first and will probly be the only dog we buy.
I have had several different breeds and mixes. I have gotten the same breed, but for instance when our very dark Golden died, I got a ligher colored one. When my bi-color GSD died, I got a sable one. When my moms PWC passed, she would have liked another, but at 76 decided a toy would be better and got a Chi instead.
k9luver's concern was "I wouldn't want to compare puppy/dog to the one I had lost". I have had setters since 1982 with a Brit and Corgi thrown in along the line. Although setters have "setter" characteristics, each also had their own unique personality. I really have never compared the current ones to the ones that have passed. I guess I think of them as my children just as I consider my 3 daughters as my children. They are all different. I hope this helps.
I had a cocker spaniel die from complications from diabetes. Her daughter, a cocker, died from cancer. And then I rescued a cocker, who had a severe inner ear infection. I now have a 7 month old cocker without any problems ( knock on wood ), and the girl with the ear problem. So I guess my answer is "yes" I would still have cocker spaniels.
I lost my min pin, this past July had to put him down. I have owned 1 other dog before him of a different breed. But I went with a min pin again. Took me a few months to grieve for my dobydito. But I was ready for another pal. I did get a different color so I wouldn't compare them. All dogs have their own personalities, so I am prepared for anything. I'm getting it to with this new puppy(Bluey). LOL
I will always have a german shepherd, although i love so many other breeds as well! But my problem is, altho i would love to be owned by a bully, or a i was even thinking a mastiff, with the Cavs, a rotty and the shepherd,we already have enough cuddles to go around!
I dont have the problem of comparing one dog to another, but everyone else around me seems to. When i brought Mia home, they were all "gee, isnt she like Nikita" or "they are so alike". One eyebrow goes up,how can you say that i ask? To me they are nothing alike,even tho they are the same breed and colour.
I had a Doberman that my dad rescued from a junkyard when I was 10. I had that girl for 13 years and honestly I have NEVER owned another - I just couldn't. It's weird.....
But I have had many Saint Bernards (hence my screen name) but have never had the desire to own another Dobe because Misty was the epitome of the perfect Dobe.....I can't imagine having another one just like her....
I have had a Min Pin and she was an awesome little spitfire of a dog but she was different from the big Dobe....