Going to the Dogs

My nephew John is going to be 2 in one week. For his birthday my sister said I could get him a dog. I know, many of you are probably thinking ‘why would you get a two year old a dog’? Well, here’s the thing. They have a dog, but she’s a pekingese and isn’t fond of kids. Not much fun to play with. I have two dogs, a beagle and a basset (Lucy and Ethel) and John LOVES to play with these dogs. They are planning on having more children, so I’m not sure when there will be a better time to get him a dog and my sister would like to not have a puppy and a baby to deal with at the same time.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? You are probably thinking ‘Just buy the kid a dog – why are you writing about this???’ Here’s the problem. We can’t settle on a breed. I have researched every site I can find and the more I read the more complicated it gets. My sister wants a small dog (ideally around 15 lbs) that will be well behaved, but sturdy enough to play with John. I want to get him a boy’s dog. No Lhasa Ahpsos, Pomeranians, etc… I would love to get him a beagle, but my brother-in-law vetoed that idea – doesn’t care for Lucy’s baying. I thought I had settled on a Sheltie. At least on site I read said they are good with kids and a good family dog. They are a working breed so should be fairly sturdy. Unfortunately my sister visited a family member this week that told her they are terrible with children, plus she didn’t think a puppy for any child under 5 was a good idea, so I’m back at square one. As I said, I have 7 days to find a suitable pet (actually I’m not really that worried about any deadlines).

So, now I have a decision to make. My latest plan is to visit the local humane society(s) and rescue shelters. Perhaps we would be better with a young dog (2 years) rather than a puppy. My concern is some rescued dogs have been abused and are more neurotic than usual. I want to find them a good dog – mostly because it will probably end up at my house if it’s not good. If anyone out there has suggestions or ideas, please let me know.

Bob Weber

My name is Bob Weber and I live in Greeley Colorado. This blog is my personal views, ideas, comments, etc.. You will probably learn more about me by reading the entries here than you will in this bio.