My husband has allergies. My daughter has wanted a cat or dog for several years now. She is now 8 years old. We recently added to our family. We have a son who is 3 months old. My husband and I both work full time and if we got a dog it would be not feasible to stay at home with the dog during the week. A cat is out of the question for dander reasons and my husband seems to be more allergic to them than dogs. A friend of ours recently got a Chihuahua and he seemed to be fine around that dog. I think we could get away with getting a small dog like a Chihuahua. I found this site and decided to join and see if anyone had any opinions. Should we even get a dog? My daughter really really wants one. I kind of want one too but I don't want to make things more crazy at my house than they already are with a newborn. Can you help?
I'm starting to think all the threads are jokes now.
In all honestly I would never get a dog at this time. You have enough on your plate and the dog will only end up at the shelter. If hubby is allergic get rid of the hubby and then think about getting a dog. Other wise it will NEVER work.
Hi Cindy. Welcome to TP. You will get some good assistance with people familiar with small breeds. I work with large breeds so that part I can't help with.
One thing I can say, puppies take lots of time and energy. Time being the key. I do not think it's responsible puppy ownership to just leave a baby alone for 8 plus hours. Of course we all need to work, but do you have the ability to get help for a while, maybe someone come over once or twice a day? Or, can you get home during lunch? Another suggestion I give to teachers and such is to take delivery of the puppy just when school is letting out so they have the summer. I just can't see getting a puppy and leaving it alone all week, all day. :-( JMO (just my opinion)
Cindy,I can see where it would be a good idea for your daughter to have a dog, but right now seems like pretty bad timing. Who would train the puppy and look after it when you and your husband are at work? A puppy takes up a lot of time and attention, as does a baby; so my opinion is that I would either wait, or try and find a rescue dog,that is already trained, but that has no temperment issues, obviously, and won't mind being left alone a good part of the day.
Sounds like you are pretty busy. It would be like taking care of 2 babies. I agree with everyone else, it just doesn't sound like the right time. Just wanting one is not a good reason. I just lost one of my babies 2 months ago and found a schnauzer rescue I would dearly love to adopt. I know with the other 2 and my health like it is that it would not be the right time for me either. You have to think ahead and think of that new fur baby you would be getting. A life time commitment. Not just something to toss aside of things don't go right.
Many larger breeds actually are lower energy than toy breeds. There are several types of medium to large dogs that wouldn't mind being left alone all day. These dogs would be a better companion for your eight-year-old than a toy. Toys tend to be fragile and are often not very good with children.
Why don't you "share" the Chi with your friend? Your daughter could learn to "walk" her, you could visit and enjoy the dog without all the ownership responsibilities.
Whatever dog you get, I don't think now is a good idea. Wait, do your research, and then see if you want a dog when your youngest is a year old.
By the way, I have friend whose children are mad to have a dog. She does not want one at all. I told her that I have a houseful of animals and most of them really like children. I told her that she could bring her children to my "private zoo" any time.
Cindy, There are lots of low dander dogs that would not bother hubbys allergies as bad. A puppy with a newborn, whew! You have more guts than I. Maybe give it a few months when everything calms down. You could also ask to borrow the Chi for a day and let your daughter see how much work a pup really is. One time on pooper scooper duty might cure any desire for one of her own. =)