Sunday, October 28, 2007

Someone talk me out of this

We are CONSIDERING adopting this dog. Living in the North is new for us and we need some HONEST opinions from people who live up here with these guys. He's a purebred Siberan Husky. He's 4 years old. Our concerns are: What do we do with him when we go home on vacation? What about when we move? I know for a fact this guy doesn't like to be inside so he spends a far amount of time outside in a pen. We have a pen here also that was left by the previous people who had this dog. We have a very short time to consider this, or I will be placing an ad online for them for someone else to adopt him. They are leaving this coming weekend and cannot take him with them. I'm also concerned about the kids around here teasing him if he's in the pen, or other dogs around here that run free. Any input from you who have one * JEN* would be appreciated.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

been there done that and also if the kids get attatched to it and you can't take it with you what then and itis a very nice looking dog poppy

Anonymous said...

DON'T DO IT!!!! What do you do with him when you go home on vacation? What about when you move? I'm also concerned about the kids around there teasing him if he's in the pen, or other dogs around there that run free! What about when he bites one of the kids? What about the vet bills when he gets sick?? Get a pet rock instead!!! LOL

Kara and Matt said...

Sadly I have to agree. Right now where you live it wouldn't be so bad, but once you get shipped further north it may be very hard. Vacations with dogs are hard to coordinate. I know that AirCanada will not allow pets to fly at Christmas time. Trying to find people to dog-sit can be hard and trying on friendships. And if your dog gets sick up here we know that it is over $400 to ship them on their own to the vet in YK. Also if you move further north you will have to buy your dog food a year at a time, so a lot of expense and then trying to find a spot to store all of it!

I would reccommend something like a hamster if the boys need a pet. Small, can travel, easier to leave with people, and easy to replace if it accidentally dies!!

We love having our cats, but it has been hard trying to always find kitty sitters. It is hard to say no when there is a super cute doggy there looking at you. Matt has had to drag me past puppies on the street and I have almost cried!

Good luck making your decision!

Rob & Tina said...

Yes, thanks for all your input guys. As hard as this is, we are not going to take him. We talked long about it last night and it's not fair to the dog. He's currently on YK Trader.

Dusty Boot said...

How about some little fishies if the kids want pets? They're fairly low maintenance. And they have automatic fish food feeder, so you can leave them for a couple of weeks without worry.

Anonymous said...

He is beautiful thought, but I agree maybe not a good idea...
Mary Lou

Jen said...

OK fist of all fish, and hamsters don't compare to the wonders of having a dog. To me having a fish is like owning a house plant, no offense to anyone, my mom has one and loves it. She talks to him everyday, but dogs at least give you some communication back.

BUT that being said, I can tell you from experiance that Huskies are difficult dogs, being that they love to dig and escape. Huskies, like Malamutes are hard to train and a lot of people find them hard to deal with and then give them away. I think you made the right choice, especially because he was 4 years old and probably already set in his ways. If you are serious about getting a dog, adoption at an older age might be too difficult for first time dog owners (are you?). Even though puppies are a pain, you can train them the way you need them to behave.

We travel with an 90lbs mammal on all our vacations, but Tallinn has great grandparents. Do you have people to stay with that don't mind housing a dog as well when you travel down south? True Air Canada sucks, but west jet rocks. That being said Tallinn is a slight inconvenience to travel with, but he is totally worth it.

I don't think having a dog up north is a problem at all, in fact it's pretty easy. It's just the traveling part. If I had to choose all over again, I would always have a dog up here! But if you do think you might give the dog away mid way through his life, don't get one.

It's a shame they are giving him up. I wouldn't give mine up for anything. He is a beautiful boy, but again I think you made the right choice.