I have been thinking about getting a dog for quite a while. I wanted a puppy at first and I know I want a german shepherd. I was looking at petfinder for the local humane society and found a male German Shepherd which is what I want and he was a year and a half old, already neutered and housetrained. Now Im thinking an older dog would be a way better choice for me than a puppy. Now heres my concerns, I know I could do this but would it be a stupid decision on my part? My parents are divorced and at the time being Im switching houses often. My mom isnt supposed to have pets at her house because she rents so the dog would stay at my dads at night. Ill be 16 in May ,which is when i would get a dog if I decide to, and will be able to stay where I want. After highschool I will be going to college but because Im starting college classes my junior year Ill be starting as a sophomore and living off campus so I can take him with me. I know money is a concern and I can afford a dog. Im working for my cousin for the summer and will be getting a serious job in September. With my cousin I can take the dog with me. I knwo this might not cover a huge vet bill in an emergency situation but I am 15 and my parents would be willing to help out with things like that.I believe I can do this but I dont want to jump in too soon or wait too long. Can I have some advice on all this? I guess I just want opinions really. Most people I know always get puppies so is getting an older dog a good choice? and what if it has a terrible name, could I change it?
getting a older dog is awsome, i got my baby at a sheltor, she was 3 years old when i got her, and yes you can change a dogs name,they said i could change brandi's name but i didn't want to i liked the name hope this helps!
***Edited By: huskies4ever on 3/26/2010 1:48:27 AM*** Reason: *
get real get a husky, brandi is best,its to bad every bodys husky aint as good as mine
Make sure that you have done all the research on what a German Shepherd requires regarding space, energy, food, health issues, ect. Make sure that your parents are educated on this as well. Also, just to be on the safe side, make sure that your parents are willing to care for the dog if, for some unforseen reason, you are NOT able to take it with you.
Remember, purchasing/adopting a dog is one thing, taking care of it for the long run is another. Make sure that you are ready, willing, and able to take excellent care of this dog for 10 + years.
If people had emotions as pure as animals, our hearts would have to tripple in size.
Have you checked with the colleges you're applying to? My son is in the same situation as you, and we've found out that regardless of credits, first-year students (freshman or not) if under 19 are required to either live on campus in a dorm or apartment with an RA or live off-campus with a guardian. It's your age that matters, not your credits.
Also, are you sure all of your credits will transfer? And that they're applicable to the major you're going for?
That said, be very careful when choosing a GSD, as there are many irreputable breeders that can lead you to heartache.
Im pretty well studied up on GSDs. Theyre my dads favorite as well. He has one now, shes 2, and he had one when I was younger. They are the greatest in my opinion..smart and sweet. I also know they arent always so sweet. My aunt had one that she had to give away to her brother in law. It couldnt get along with her older dog at all. I know they can have hip problems.
Ive talked to my school counselor and she checked and said my credits will transfer to my college of choice. Im almost 100% sure you just have to be a sophomore where Im going..
Thanks for all the help everybody. I really appreciate it!
when i was a teenager i wanted my own dog. we had family dogs but i wanted my own. i trained him named him he slept with me i took him every where but i was young and would hang out with my friends a lot and do sleep overs and go to school and my mom would take care of him when i was gone. whne i was old enough to move out. she would not let me take him. she got attached to him plus i didnt have a lot of money so he stayed and i ssee him all the time. but i just realised i wasnt ready im glad i have him in my life but im glad i had my mom too. now i have my own dog for real because there is no one else to take care of him. i think iv stayed out twice and he is now 2. every month im buyhing him somthin eather its another bag of food, a new toy because he goes threw those veryy fast, tic and flee medicine this month i need more heart gaurd.
i think you should talk to your dad about getting a dog because you will be 16 your going to be driving around and going out with friends and i remember college i wasnt around too much a german shepard needs things to doo and room to run. but it is a very nice dog. good pick!
I know when I was your age I wanted my own dog also. Having a family dog wasn't enough I wanted my own. I am glad my parents wouldn't let me get one. I was glad they didn't because with school, then college, etc. it really wouldn't have been mine because I was never around to really care for a dog as if it were solely mine. Whe i was out of college I got one. I had more time and he really was my dog.
My son is your age and he wanted his very own dog also. I remember what it was like to really want one and not be able to have one so we caved and got him his own dog. Well for all the same reasons my parents wouldn't allow me one, I am experiencing with him. He is too wrapped up in school and friends, etc. to really devote the time to him. He cares for him and all but he doesnt spend the kind of time with him that I want him too.
I kinda knew that would happen so I was prepared to care for him myself. If your parents are able to care for the dog, and wont renig on that, then it would be ok I guess.
I can say I was the exception to the rule. After my childhood sheltie was put to sleep, I wanted my own buddy. I was around 17. My parents had some guidelines I had to live by, one was I had to purchase a fence to put my dog out into when I wasn't home. I looked at many breeds, and did a ton of research on all the breeds I wanted. I also had horses at the time. I had not found anything, when a breeder where I boarded my horse has aussie puppies. I could not afford one, nor did I have my fence yet, so I passed. Several months later, one of the pups came back to the breeder, and he asked if I wanted it. I talked to my parents, and found a chainlink run in the paper for sale. My parents said ok, and helped me put up the run. Brandy was everything I had wanted. I took her everywhere, she was mine. My parents didn't help me, except on a rare occasion. If I went away, I took Brandy with me(I refused to board her until I started working as a groomer lol). I went to grooming school, and she was right along side of me. She passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 13yrs, and I still miss her.
I wanted my own dog, and I took responibilty for my own dog. She came first, even when buying a house, I thought of her needs and a yard to run in. There were several times I wanted to do somthing with friends, and couldn't becuase of her. I never regreted her. Having a dog is choice you have to make, and you have to decide if you are willing to give up something becuase you have to take care of a furbaby at home. I do it now with my 5 dogs.