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What Is The Worst Thing About Owning A Dog?

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  • Dr. CLK- Owning a dog is a doomed love affair in most cases. One will usually outlive them. The loss of a beloved dog remains forever - much as the loss of a child. Another cannot replace the one who has died. All are unique in personality and character and cannot be forgotten. Would I change the experience? Never - I have three now and with love and sadness remember three.

  • Kelly Madsen- Medical bills can be a real negative sometimes especially with 3 dogs, but I think the biggest inconvenience is not being able to go on vacations. 1) I couldn't afford to board 3 dogs, 2) I don't know anyone that would take all 3 dogs or come stay at my house. Even if any of these were an option, I could never relax because I would be too worried about my "fur kids".

  • Annie- I too agree that the worst part of being a pet owner is the end of their little lives...All of my yorkies have not aged gracefully and i have either had to make the decision to put them down or, recently, i came home and found my 15 year old passed. I still cry every day but i did go out and get a new yorkie puppy and even though its hard to deal with the "puppy stage" of biting, potty training, etc it is all well worth it to see the love they give you when u walk in the door. when she falls asleep on me and snuggles each night my heart is so full it feels like it will burst. I totally believe in obedience training for the puppy as well at the owner and think that really makes a difference in how you react as a new dog owner... Owning a puppy is not something you should rush into. Definitley do your research on the breed and make sure you do have someone reliable that you can count on to watch him/her when your considering traveling, or in my case, take them with you wherever you go!!..i have no children and my pets are exactly that to me...my family who i love more than anything

  • Tara- The worst thing is when I see people who haven't given enough time into owning a pet. On Craig'slist alone, I see so many pets who have become "throw-aways" because the owner(s) did not think things through before buying/adopting a pet. Dogs live an average of 12-13 years. This is a long-term commitment. They require time, attention, medical care, patience, and a lot of love. We adopted a puppy from a rescue shelter and she is the love of our family. We thought long and hard about what breeds would work best for our family dynamic, and how much we would need to set aside for her care. She is a lab/boxer mix and is now 10 mos. old. She is so awesome and does really well with our autistic daughter and her twin brother. She is part of our family. Wherever we go through any moves, promotions etc.. she will be with us. We made a commitment to her and will love her throughout her entire life.

  • Judy- The worst thing about being a guardian to a dog is when that dog crosses the Rainbow Bridge. I really believe that dog takes a piece of your heart with him/her. We just lost one of our beloved redheads in June and are still grieving for him. He left such a hole in the heart. The tears still come

  • Betty Jo Phaff- After looking at the polls, I am convinced that I have a very good dog. If the only thing I could check was pet hair, that's nothing. I bought a Furminator and it works wonders. My dog has never had an accident in the house. I was very lucky that she was house broken at nine weeks. She is just very smart. I can't think of any reason not to have a dog. They are the best friend you will ever have and love you unconditionally. I wouldn't take anything in the world for her.

  • Marilyn- I have a Brussels Griffon and love him to death. His my shadow. He can't have me out of his sight. If I leave the house he sits facing the door until I return. I hate going anywhere without him. I think this is one of the disadvantages of owning a pet. I get too attached so I stay home most of the time.

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