Yup, I’ve got it – puppy fever – a hankering for that cuteness overload that can only be quenched with puppy kisses and furry little booty wiggles. So I’ve made the decision to get a puppy, now to narrow it down to “the” puppy. The time is right, I work from home now and can stay with a puppy rather than having to scoot off to work.
Deciding on a breed of puppy is akin to going to a 24-flavor ice cream shop with some flavors in mind and then finding out that they actually have 48 flavors – they all look good – it’s just a matter of deciding which one you want the most. You could settle for vanilla but what about that rocky road drizzled with raspberry sauce that you have never had before? Would that be more satisfying than the tried and true chocolate?
It’s the same with puppies, they come is so many different colors, sizes, shapes, hair and leg lengths that it is a little overwhelming to do an online puppy search. So, I sat down with a piece of paper and noted all of the qualities that I would like to have in a puppy:
1. I want a puppy that grows into a medium-sized dog, after all they can’t stay puppies forever. I don’t want a tiny pooch that is so fragile that it might break it’s leg jumping off the couch, and I don’t want a dog so big that it will knock over everything in sight with its tail. After all, when it comes to dogs, size does matter.
2. I don’t want a long-haired dog that will always leave me looking like a lint roller full of hair. In fact I would prefer a dog that doesn’t shed, if there is such a thing, and yes, a quick search on the Internet shows there are quite a few non-shedding dogs out there!
3. This will mainly be a house dog to keep me company while I work at my computer and go on walks with me, so I don’t want it to have too much energy, which rules out most full-blooded sporting and herding dogs.
So I narrowed it down to either a Havanese, Labradoodle, Doxie, Whoodle, Corgi, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, just about anything crossbred with a Poodle as they are so stinking cute and don’t shed as much, or a Lab cross as I love their dispositions and even though they can have a little more energy, they usually make a great companion.
Then I looked up all of the attributes of male vs. female dogs to try and decide which would be a better fit for me. Each sex has advantages and disadvantage so it kind of cancels out the need to make a decision there.
So I’m off to a great start, well kind of…All of the above mentioned dogs come with a pretty hefty price tag of around $1500 to $3,000. Gulp. I haven’t purchased a puppy in a long time, so I was expecting around $300-$400, guess I have been out of the puppy loop for too long! And even if I wanted to pay that much, they are so far away I would have to fly somewhere to get one and there would be that added time and expense.
The hunt for “the” puppy is a lot more complicated than I thought it would be!
After I made the list and researched and hunted for literally hours (more like days) for the perfect puppy, I realized I’m making it too difficult. I just want a puppy/dog to be my friend and enjoy spending time with me. So rather than spending any more time searching for the perfect breed, size, etc., I’ve decided that I want the one that lets me know it needs me as much as I need him/her. It doesn’t matter so much if it’s curly-haired, short-legged or floppy-eared. It doesn’t matter if it is a mutt or a well-bred dog with French connections. It doesn’t matter if it’s $5 or $5,000 (well, my husband my care about that!) – I want the one that touches my heart. The one that somehow shows me it wants to be my friend…
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