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A dog and teaching

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Bonnie23, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    I've ALWAYS wanted a dog! It's just not fair though to leave one all day everyday. Some days you will have no time for it at all.
    I've Got a cat, I'm sure it prefers its own company. It also loves its visit to the cattery each year; its one where each cat has its own outdoor run.
    When I retire I'm getting a dog!
    So, no don't get a dog.
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Put it like this - a breeder/puppy farm will likely let you have a puppy. Some won't because they wouldn't want their babies to be effectively abandoned.

    A rescue centre wouldn't give you the time of day. You are not suitable for a rescue dog. A rescue dog is still better in a rescue centre than in a home where there's...nobody home.

    You are not a suitable candidate to be a dog-owner.
  3. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    How about borrowing a dog?



    This way, you might be able to have a lovely doggy pet for walks but it won't be left on it's own for ages?

    My sons are desperate for me to get them a dog and a cat, but I know that it will be left on it's own for long periods of time. I couldn't leave it to be distressed. I would love to borrow a dog, but with two feisty boys, it's would have to be quite a calm dog!
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    There's a BBC programme. It was on the other night.

    Chris Packham left his two poodles for 40 minutes. They cried for most of the time (even though they had each other) and their cortisol levels were elevated due to stress and separation anxiety. He was mortified.

    And he very rarely leaves them anyway! And he felt terrible!
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  5. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    A neighbour had two dogs and I hardly heard a bark at all while she was at work.

    Unfortunately, one of them died. The remaining dog howls out of grief and loneliness. It is awful to listen to. It's quite a big dog and not used to children, or I may have offered to walk it and keep it company if I wasn't at appointments.
  6. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for the feedback. I thought it would be difficult but I was hoping someone had a way of working around it.


    It wouldn't be fair to a dog. I'll think about a cat but the whole cattery thing still bugs me also; mainly because when I visit my parents it's normally for a week or two at a time. In the summer holidays it's even more.

    Thanks for the advice.
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  7. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Louise, you've made me all weepy!!! :( :( :(
  8. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Adopt two cats from the rescue. Then they will have each other in the cattery. As well as the benefits of two pets keeping each other company it is really entertaining to compare their different character traits.
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  9. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

  10. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    The previous post should have been crying face!!
    Get a cat, don't worry about the cattery, the cat will quickly get used. They always have lots of little helpers who will cuddle and love your cat. When I was having work done on the house my daughter went round to the cattery to visit, she couldn't get a look in with the other cats.:):)
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  11. happypug

    happypug New commenter

    Ahh that picture! Think that's my dog's thoughts exactly.. he even follows me to the toilet...

    I've had to move house purely so that he has the company of my mum and her dog while I'm teaching, otherwise it just wouldn't be fair. Think you've made the right decision. Good luck with your cat!

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