excerise with a puppy?

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   Posted 7/1/2011 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
How cute! My hubby got me a puppy to keep me company during the day and to help me get back in shape after my scs unit was just put in. On a side note real quick I would like to say, we've been married 23yrs and he knows everything about me, like I really, really don't like small dogs. Guess what he got? A beagle! That means you have to bend down to your toes to play with a puppy even when it rains! Even on a good day our puppy wakes up at 6:30am to play outside when the dew is still on the ground. Moisture is moisture. And I'm sure everybody knows that puppies don't come housebroken!

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   Posted 7/1/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   

You are one very fortunate woman! To have a spouse who loves you so much is a precious gift. And that puppy sounds like a little doll...with 4-wheel drive!...lol Our 'puppy' is about 1-1/2 and we're hoping by the age of 3 she'll act a bit more grown up. She's a Golden Retriever (which we've had over the past 25 years) but this girl has go power like I've never seen. She does keep me moving and curls up by my feet while I'm on the computer. Isn't if wonderful to have that unconditional love we get from a pet? It keeps me going. Nice thing about having cats too is when I don't feel like being run over by a dog I can have a cat who curls up under my chin while I'm in my recliner and the purr of her 'motor' is way better than any chair massager!

Glad you brought up this great topic,
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   Posted 7/1/2011 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kat,  thought I would chime in here and have a say concerning dogs, for that matter animals in general.
I am not a pet person, about 2 1/2 years ago my daughter (whom I live with) bought a dog, she is a Yorkshire Terrier.  When we first got her she was 8 weeks old and could fit in the palm of my hand.  It was the craziest thing, she was flown into BWI (Baltimore airport) from Kansas, from a women who bred these dogs.
Of course by now I could not imagine life without her, her name is Roxie and she is a little ankle biter, not really but she does yap alot.  We live in an apartment, and every morning like clockwork, the woman comes in the hallway and cleans, vaccums, etc.  And every morning like clockwork Roxie barks her tiny little head off.  My daughter works, so we are home together all day, every day.  I can honestly say I love her very much, she really is a part of our family.  Believe me when you are home much of the time due to my disabilities, she is great to talk to, and a wonderful listener.
So Kat, enjoy your little dog, I hope your dog is as much a comfort to you as my roxie is for me.
Hope you are low pain day and many more to come.
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   Posted 7/2/2011 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kat,

I hope you enjoy your pup - I would have given up long ago if not for my dogs. If you can excuse me putting in a word of warning - Beagles are a LOT of work. They are lovely dogs, but they can be very hard to train - I think the problem is that something they're bred for is their intelligence - and BOY can they use those brains! They're also a real pack dog - guessing that you're going to be around a lot so this probably isn't a problem, but beagles really don't like being left alone. Ignore me if I'm teaching you to suck eggs - but if you've not had much experience training dogs, can I suggest basic obedience - maybe 'puppy pre-school' before that as well?

Chutz - do Goldens ever quite grow up? I've got a 4 1/2 year old lab - had her since she was a tiny pup - and she's still not grown up. Our cat can hit her 'silly button' like nothing else I've seen... Mine does something we call the Keldy Dance...she can pull moves that you'd not imagine a chunky, hip-less runt labbie would be capable of. Between her dancing and my Eydis dog (mastiff x lab) who sings - it's a mad-house here.
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   Posted 7/4/2011 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I've made myself quite clear. My husband got a "beagle". I really, really don't like small dogs. Really. My last dog was a Rottweiler, her name was Chloe. Not counting the obedience training that I gave her, she had awards for basic & advanced obedience training & a special award for a "canine good citizenship" all specific for rottie's by the AKC. I know there are people not too fond of the breed. My point is, I really don't like small dogs.

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   Posted 7/4/2011 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kat...

From the sounds of your posts...and considering the one above, I would implore you to find a way to either give the dog back to the breeder or find another home for the puppy immediately....

This puppy deserves to grow up in a home where it is completely loved and adored and where someone has the time, patience, and energy to be able to care and train it...

And not only are you saying how much you dislike this type of dog, but that it would be too hard on you physically to train, walk, and care for this dog daily....

So it sounds like an honest talk with your husband asap about how it was a sweet thought, but that you really don't think this is a good fit..

Again...not only would it be unfair to you to try and 'pretend' you like this dog and how difficult it will be to train it, but it would be unfair to this poor puppy who deserves a home where it can thrive, be trained, and especially, be loved 100%...

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   Posted 7/5/2011 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny you have this somewhat right. I don't like a small dog. Somewhere along the line of our marriage my husband lost his mind. He thought it would be neat to get a small dog. He and my two teenagers love the puppy dearly as does everybody else. My niece and her daughter come over at least 3 times a week so they can play with her and there are two little girls about 8 or 9yrs old at the end of our street that play with her for a few minutes when I walk to the little church field at the end of our street. So I know that Bella(puppy) is getting all the love that she can stand. But as I said before, I am not physically ready to take care of a dog yet. My teenagers do help out if I ask but for the most part they leave everything to me. It was bad enough when I was in pain because of my back and had to ask for help so to have to ask for help now, even though it's for the dog just feels like I'm right back where I was before my unit was put in. So like I said before, it's not a matter of being unfair to Bella as much as it is being unfair to me.
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