About 4 or 5 years ago. Two of the most beautiful loving golden retrievers were abandoned on my lot. They adopted me as their own. Since I lost them I haven’t felt like getting another pair of dogs. I had them about 14 years.
We have two right now. They are blue heeler/black lab mix. We’ve had them since they were born a little over 4 years ago. These are the first dogs I’ve ever owned. If I ever get a dog again it will be one that doesn’t shed. I’m so tired of sweeping the floors 3 times a day. Yes! Three times a day or we are all covered in hair. ugh
I am 57 and have had a dog continuously since I was 12. The four years in college my folks took care of my dog but it was still mine.
I am thinking of making Ayre, the 13 year old Border Collie who presently lives with me, my last however.
But we will see.
@KNOWITALL mainly because my wife is nearing retirement and I, for the most part, am just spinning my wheels in construction and we would both like to travel when she does.
And, Ayre became a member of our family as a companion for our other BC, Skye, because I felt guilty leaving her alone for most of the day as social an animal as she was. When she died he became an only-dog and now I feel bad about that. Guess I could get him a couple of sheep to push around but then what would I do with them?
All of fluther is “arbitrary nosiness” (great phrase by the way). That’s probably why we like it!
Now to answer the question, I would never be without one. I always have 2 or 3 of different ages so that I am never left without one to love when I lose one.
@jonsblond – your dogs probably have a medium short coat, right? Go to a horse supply store and get one of those black hard sponge like things, I never know what you call them. I call them a shedding stone, anyhow they are perfect for short coated dogs. You sort of put it on edge so that the point of the corner is on your dog and pull on it exerting moderate pressure. It will pull out all the loose undercoat and leave the harsh topcoat. After you go over them well with that, use a rubber finger brush or any soft bristle brush to get rid of what you have loosened. If you do that regularly for a week and then every couple of days thereafter the shedding will diminish greatly and they dogs always look clean and shiny. If you don’t want to bathe, mix Listerine and water in a sprayer and wipe them down with that.
@rojo – dogs sleep about 20 hours a day when they are mature and content. I leave the telly on but I think they sleep right through it. I have 2 but it wouldn’t matter if it were only one.
Never had one, was never allowed one as a kid because my mum is scared of them.
Wouldn’t get one now because i want to do a lot of traveling over the next few years.
Maybe one day if get married and i have kids I’ll get one.