Your experience with your one entire male dog was fine, I know plenty others where it is not so fine. Really cutting nuts off or not makes no difference as to how your dog views you.
A dog doesnt know these things, it just needs a good home with owners who keep it safe and provide the training, care and interaction that all dogs need.
I doubt my boys or girls hold it against me that I cut their bits off. To them I am their world and they are loved and cared for and do just fine thankyou without any added frustrations.
I cannot afford to move out, nor do I actually know if I would be capible of looking after myself completly.
I do however have pets, quite a few of them actually, I have 7 birds, 2 dogs, 1 cat and fish, all which I pay for, all of which are looked after and loved.
You can not judge someone of just the fact that they still live with there parents!
There are only two reasons why mum would need to be involved in my animals.
1. I got a terminal illness, in that case I would rehome them myself
2. I just dropped dead, and in that case dad would have the dogs, my cat and he would rehome my birds.
Yes, I want three dogs, seriously why is that a problem??
Dogs do not cost much to look after... Nor are they difficult
Having two dogs is not any harder than having one, so adding a third should not be a problem.
Yes, I need a permit, I know what is required to get one and its quite simple. Atleast Im not just planning to get another one without council approval.
I have my reasons of why I want three dogs.
Yes, my mum is more accomadating than most mothers, this is because she loves me!!!
She knows that my pets are the only reason I live, the only thing in this world that make me happy.
She also knows that I NEED them, not just WANT them.
And Im seriously considering leaving this forum and never coming back.
So far, most of you only have negative things to say about my posts and I really don't need that.
Dogs do cost a lot. If you sit down and add up heart worm, tick protection if needed, flea control, worming vaccination, food it comes to a sizable chunk. Go and get the prices and do the monthly sums and see how your budget handles it, then you can decide how many you can afford.
Then add in things that can go wrong. My cattle dog did 2 cruciates and if a family member hadnt happend to be an orthovet it would have cost me close to $9000. I nearly lost a dog to pyometra shortly after her heat cycle add another $1000 and then $700 for having a grass seed removed and $300 when my dog cut himself while running, and that is only a sample of the various things over the years. Sometimes you can be lucky - I went for years without problems and then suddenly you can get sone nasty bills for some very simple things. A friend of mine recently spent $15000 on cancer treatment for lymphoma (and no the dog wasnt sterilised, it was entire). My mums old retired breeding bitch that she rescued currently is on treatment for a soft tissue sarcoma.
So make sure you have a savings account to cover if things go wrong.
3 dogs means triple the amount of time training. I know - I have mulitiple dogs as I have working dogs and I am run ragged exercising training and attending to their individual needs. I think for me 2 would be perfect LOL. I found it best to add one at a time once each has been trained. I have 3 young working dogs all at the same time - not something I would personally recommend. Best add them at intervals.
Your mum sounds great and my mum would also do her best by my dogs if anything happened to me. When I need to go away she takes the older dogs and I board the younger ones. At $30 a day it is not cheap times by multiple dogs.
Why not stick around? Being young you have to make your own experiences and decisions but there is merrit in listening to experience, not that I did much of that when I was your age LOL.
Last edited by Kalacreek; 09-14-2012 at 05:46 PM.
3 dogs are fairly expensive when you actually crunch it down, it may not seem like much adding another dog in though. We have 3 dogs, so i will break down our rough monthly spends for you so you have a rough idea - please keep in mind i am not trying to talk you out of it, i love having 3 dogs, they keep each other company and they love each other to bits i wouldn't replace what we have for anything, i just want to make sure you understand what comes with having 3 dogs before you get into it, as it is a lot to take on. And this is also based on 3 dogs ranging from 22kg - 30kgs in weight so it may be different for smaller or larger dogs and what we buy/use.
Worming/flea tablets: $80 per month approx.
Registration: $24 per month($285 for all 3 per year)
Food : $160 per month approx. on RAW (we feed RAW so we make their food for them in bulk and get meat cheap from our local butcher) $200 per month on dry biscuits, when we were feeding it to them.
Treats/Toys etc. : $50 per month approx. give or take.
Total so far: $314 per month at least that we are guaranteed to spend
The occasional things (vet visits, collars, leash, tags, grooming stuff) comes to about $800 + per year give or take, (we usually try to go the vet once a year to get a check up on them all and make sure everything is ok)
So all up we would spend anywhere from $3700 - $5000 on 3 dogs in year.
As i said before, please do not take this as me telling you to not get 3 dogs because we have 3 and we love it, and would not trade it in for anything, but we made sure we had the finances and time available to take on an extra dog before choosing to do so. More training is required not only with the new pup but with the other dogs to make sure they all know how to behave with each other and also walk with each other, and everything takes more time, bath time takes a good couple of hours washing 3 of them, and costs a bit of money if we get someone to do it for us.
Everyone has their reasons for wanting another dog or pet, but sometimes we need to consider our finances and time to make sure we can give the animal everything it needs before we get it. Just make sure you take everything into consideration, the good stuff and the not so good stuff that comes with it, you will also need to take into consideration any of your mums reasons for not wanting an extra dog in the house as they will probably outweigh anything else.
Your registration costs $24 for a month??? Mine is $10 for a whole year...
I'm not thinking of adding a dog right now, it is a consideration in the future though.
At the moment I'm stressed with just my cat, whom depending if he gets better or not may be PTS, so adding another dog right now is not an option.
However, realisticly, adding a third dog propbably will not happen. To have another dog I would need a permit, which is free, but if I was to ever move I would need to re-apply.
I wish dogs were cheap lol 2 is more than enough for me, 3 would just stress me out. I think after these 2 I will go back to one dog one cat
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
You don't know what you can do until you try. Most people can manage living independantly - if they have sufficient funds or get government housing. But I think that the number of pets you have would make it very difficult for you to move out or save to buy a place where you could have all these pets. So this keeps you dependent on your parents - which doesn't seem fair on them to me.I cannot afford to move out, nor do I actually know if I would be capible of looking after myself completly.
Personally - I put living independently way ahead of owning pets. I didn't think I had a right to own critters I couldn't take care of in my own right and that included paying for my own home. I did own some budgies and rehomed most of those before I left. But budgies in an aviary are easier to look after than a dog or three. In my opinion.
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