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Thread: Wishing I Was in the Position to Have a Dog RIGHT Now!

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    Default Wishing I Was in the Position to Have a Dog RIGHT Now!

    Hey Guys,

    I know i dont post much but i thought id pop in and write something for once instead of reading a heap of posts and not much else

    I am really missing having a furry companion to keep me company. I havent had a dog now for the past 4 years after my last boy passed away. Ive had lots of contact with dogs (as im a vet nurse and work in a small animal clinic currently!) but i really do wish i had my own to keep me company when the boyfriend just wont do (for example when he is playing his stupid nintendo games)

    Im not in the position at the moment to have a dog, and im well aware of that and i wont be getting myself a dog until im financially in a position to do so and to pay any vet bills that may pop up due to accident or health problems plus the normal vacc's, desexing bills etc.

    Plus the backyard really isnt ready for a dog either being all bricked (lots of undercover area but no lawn as of yet to play on during the day). We have a front enclosed lawn and a huge reserve to walk a dog in right next to us But really i would rather have everything set up before bringing a dog home.

    *sighhh...* i just really miss having a friend and i guess since everyone here will understand how i feel i though id spill my feelings

    Im happy to bring home an adult dog from a rescue facility or buy a pup from a registered breeder. Ill be looking for a purebred dog but if a little xbreed from a shelter wins my heart then so be it.

    I guess i can only wait until we are fully set up and financially ready to have a dog... and im sure its going to feel like years before i finally get a little doggy friend.

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    Hey Meegz. I know it's not quite the same but have you thought of volunteering an hour or so a week at a local animal shelter or pound? You could give the dogs there some much needed human contact or even take them for a walk...

    It could help in the meantime.

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    meegz

    Set yourself some goals, financially and doggy accomodation wise (remember some can live happily in an apartment on one walk a day - eg greyhounds and other couch potatos).

    Print out the message you have written here, and use it to keep yourself focussed on your goals. Do what you can to save some extra money - pack your lunch for work and cook at home (no more takeaway). Cut down movie nights (or entertainment) to one a month instead of one a week. And keep an account separate to nintendo boy. Some nintendo habits could sponsor a dog's life instead - so you might want to make sure you're on the same page, budget wise, with your bf.

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    I Have though about it NattyLou but unfortunatley im so flat out at the moment, i study 4 days a week and work nights at a vet clinic and on friday and saturday im at work all day. Sundays my only day off and its usually reserved for homework I finish my course in november so that will lighten up the load a fair bit and i might see if i can get some volunteer work then Thanks

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    Meegz, it's really nice to read that someone has a sensible approach to dog ownership or lack of.

    It doesn't help you at all but it is sensible non the less.

    To me you sound like you could offer a Greyhound a home come the end of your course??

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    Don't work yourself too hard. Your course will be over before you know it. There's lots of time ahead of you to spend with dogs.

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    Thanks for the encouragment guys I know it isnt practical for me to have a dog right now and i wont be getting one for a while yet. Once ive finished my course ill be able to start saving seriously as school fees are bloddy expensive! And yes i think ill be stopping the over buying of nintendo games lol!!! I dont spend all that much money on myself as i just dont like too so i can save that way and once im working full time im sure everything will work out

    MAC i have though about getting a retired greyhound actually and i really wouldnt mind one, they are really lovely dogs and as we live right next to the cannington greyhound track we have talked to a fair few trainers about them and met a fair few dogs. They seem to be big softys who really want to be cuddled and smooch around all day lol

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    I say that because I think a vast majority of Greyhounds (not all) are suited to those wanting a dog but are leading busy lives.

    But of course you need to do your own research and only you can tell when you are financially and personally ready for a dog.

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