Well yeah if I needed an adult I'd buy one (which I've obviously done in the past), but I take great joy in raising mine from puppyhood, knowing the complete history, raise it like I want and just being there to see it grow up. To know that you've succefully raised it to hopefully its full potential.
Thanks for all of the feedback. I agree with everyone now that I think about it. My pound dog really does realize that he has it made in the shade now. He really does appreciate his new home and loves us soooo much. I do have a bond with him because I have always wondered what his life was like before coming home with us and want to make his new life a one of luxury. (Someone had cut aff his tail right before the humane society picked him up off the street.) Here are his pictures: http://www.dogster.com/?54526 But...it's like someone said, I don't feel like he's all mine. He is loved by parents who actually come to visit him--not us. They will come pick him up and let him spend the night with them, leaving my daughters wondering why they can't go, too. Puppies tend to be my babies, while the pound dog is my little man.
i rased my dog from puppy hood i thot i had raised the perfect speciman of dog until i foundout how jealous my dog can be . I had another lil dog round the house and i was in bed lying with suzy at my feet the other lil dog went to jump up and my dog suzy sat up so fast and started to bark in this extremely high pitched tone it was ear piercing. But wen the lil dog stopped and lay on the floor my dog went bak to sleep. She's a very very jealous doggy
Sue...that might have been more of a dominance thing than a jealousy thing. I'm sure others on here could give you better info than I could on this issue, but from what I've heard, dogs sometimes see being allowed on furniture as a status symbol.