Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Dog

So. We're considering one. A dog, that is. CONSIDERING. As in, eventually the troops will peck and peck and peck at my resolve and we'll get a canine for our family so that I will have someone to clean up after to curb my baby-itis.

Anyway. In all of this consideration, we've been looking at the different breeds and discussing what types or mixes of types we'd be willing to adopt. Beagles are close to our top for their cuteness factor and terrier mixes are a definite Maybe because of their non-shedding qualities due to Justin's allergies.

Because I am married to a Manly Man, he would like something a little sturdier than a floppy-eared beagle or long-haired, be-ribboned terrier. His idea of a "DOG" is an animal whose feet can adequately cause all feeling to leave your OWN feet when it's stepping on you. I discovered (via a 5-year-old tattle tale) that he and Corinne visited a pet shop the other day, "just to look around." I also discovered that he has VASTLY different ideas of appropriate family dogs than I do when Corinne sadly declared that she really didn't want a "punching dog".

"A what?"

"A Punching Dog. You know, the ones that stand up and punch." she demonstrates with little curved fists. Pow! Pow! at the air in front of her.

"I have no idea what a Punching Dog is, Corinne. What do they look like?"

"They're just dogs with faces that go like this (scrunches up) and they punch people! You KNOW, Mommy!! PUNCH-ING DOGS." She clearly thinks I am addled.

I pause and pause and think and consider and watch her demonstrate an invisible battle until finally...

"A BOXER?!? A Boxer Dog? Is that what you mean?!?"

"Yes! The ones that punch people! I don't want one that punches people."

Me neither.


Tracey said...

BOXERS ARE WONDERFUL. I had two...they are prone to cancer however and tend to have a shorter life then other dogs. Our first one died of cancer at 5 years. This one is 6 and we have already had 3 cists removed.They are great with kids too.

Jen said...

Consider also the great dane. My brother has one (whom Justin has met) and it's been awesome to watch him grow, and he's just a wonderfully friendly dog. said...

Jen, you are INSANE. I can only imagine the size of the poop that a Great Dane creates... And that ends THAT discussion!

Unknown said...

I happen to know a blogger in Chicago that's involved with English Bulldog Rescue. If you think that might work - just let me know.

Joy said...

I don't regret our dog. At all. She is lovely - a Border Collie, Black Lab mix, with some Terrier (we think) thrown in. She's energetic enough to keep up with our kids, and big enough that the kids couldn't (literally) hug her to death. She's been with us for almost five years now.

As for big dogs, a family I know has an Irish Wolfhound. Now, there's a BIG clean-up! ;)

Kat said...

HAHAHA!!!!! That is hilarious!

It is funny you posted this because I was just reading some of my old posts and one of your comments was how your family was trying to convince you to get a dog. hehehe

We had a beagle. And one when I was growing up too. They are VERY hard to train because they are stubborn and follow their noses too much. And they bark ALL THE LIVELONG DAY. They are some of the cutest puppies in the world, but I would never get one again. I'm just letting you know. ;)

Golden Retrievers are just AWESOME and really good family dogs. Of course, I can't recommend the Goldendoodle enough. The best dog I've ever had and she is still just a pup. :)

Good luck!

Unknown said...

There's a woman not far from you that runs a rescue from her home. We fostered with her last year before adopting a LITTLE dog. Did the big dog thing, I'm so over it, but with kids big dogs are nice. Old people, we prefer lap dogs.

Kamis Khlopchyk said...

Oh boy! I see blog fodder a plenty with this big decision. Good luck!

Michelle said...

LOVE it. But ummm yeah, I wouldn't want a boxer either. I can't wait to see how this one gets resolved. Who cleans up? :)

Clare said...

We're in the same boat! I SO want a dog, but with four kids and a busy life, I keep saying we're not ready, but my resolve fades every time I look at a sweet puppy face. Good luck with your decision - can't wait to hear what you get!

we are reilly said...

you have my crying here -- this is HILARIOUS!!!

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