Puppy for a lodger...

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by minkee » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:41 am

Can I just say again, thank you everyone for all your suggestions! Nothing has been ruled out so far, he's just considering all options and outcomes (including whether it's viable at all). There's been a lot of suggestions that we would never have considered otherwise.

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by minkee » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:35 am

Wuf Wuf just mentioned rescues to me again, prompting me to look at the RSPCA website and finding old dudes like this one

http://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/detail ... 10/rehome/
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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by bendog » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:16 pm

I was just about to pop in and suggest an older rescue too.
There are some very mellow dogs out there from around 5 years old who would be perfect I bet.

I'm not fond of staffys. But only because the 4 I have direct experience with have been at worst aggressive and at best "unpredictable" with other dogs. And they do play quite rough and I'm not sure Breeze would enjoy it.

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by WufWuf » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:30 am

bendog wrote:There are some very mellow dogs out there from around 5 years old who would be perfect I bet.
haha great minds 'n all that! That's pretty much what I said (though I said from 4 up).

Love staffies - will never have one though as although they are often the MOST loving dogs you can meet when they do lose their temper it can be spectacular. I also think they can be a bit over baring with other dogs which I suspect that neither Scout not Breeze would be too keen on.
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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by Nettle » Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:22 pm

Staffs are lovely with people but they don't care for other dogs as a rule, specially not living with other dogs. Also a bit too steamroller-y for an office environment, I think.
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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by Ari_RR » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:49 pm

minkee wrote:Can I just say again, thank you everyone for all your suggestions! Nothing has been ruled out so far, he's just considering all options and outcomes (including whether it's viable at all).
Hope the good lodger realizes that after all this excitement here not getting one is simply not an option.

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by gwd » Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:20 pm

Other than the size............i'm going to throw in a zoi! They are great at lounging about and making themselves comfortable........ they also will be happy to just be with lodger and should be a low maintenance dog for an office (not requiring tons of interaction and thus allowing him to actually work)

emmabeths deerhound suggestion would also work............ as would a greyhound.
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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by minkee » Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:24 am

After meeting up with our friends who have a baby Springer Spaniel puppy this weekend, Lodger has been considering one... (and I've been smitten, too, to be honest!)

So, we know that they're hyper-hyper, but I honestly think he would enjoy that, going on long walks and exploring with it. But what I don't know is about grooming. We've only had short haired dogs as you know. GWD I'm looking at you! We won't be looking at fancy-pants show style grooming, but just keeping them looked after and practical. What can you tell me?

And anything else we should know?

He has a lot of holiday saved up that needs to be taken before Christmas, and then Christmas off too, so now is as good a time as any!

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by minkee » Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:25 am

(I *may* have volunteered to help out while it's a puppy, until it's old enough to be trustworthy enough to have a trial run at the office)

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by bendog » Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:50 pm

Springer ears manage to pick up every sticky bud, bramble twig, or dirt going and can get very matted. As can the tail, and under the armpits! Otherwise a quick brush over once a day (you'll need to anyway to get the mud off!) and they are not too bad.

Would it be a working or pet Springer? I've only really known workers and they are mental for the first 18 months at least. The one I walk most comes when called but doesn't really engage with me on walks in the same way my dogs (and Scout) do - he is more interested in bombing around everywhere at a million miles an hour doing his own thing. He'll come, and fetch a bit, and generally do what he's told, but his biggest reward is being released to go and run again. I wouldn't really consider them an office dog, unless they were much older, or a more docile calm type than the ones I know! Pet/show ones do seem a LOT more chilled though!

*My* one can't even be trusted in the living room with his owners because he spends the entire time trying to play or train, or tugging your trouser legs if you won't oblige - and that's after 2-3 hours of off lead walks, and some training etc. He only really settles when no-one is with him and then he will go and sleep in his crate.
However he did settle eventually when I house sat for him after a good few hours walking and a few rounds of scentwork games, a chew and some T Touch, and although his owners are brilliant, I think they may have neglected to teach an off switch when he was young and just relied on crating him instead.

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Re: Puppy for a lodger...

Post by minkee » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:06 am

Thanks Amy, I think you and Wuffles are both right and they were not the right match for him (or the rest of us here). Those puppy faces have a lot to answer for!

Lodger decided to wait again, though, so we're free and clear for now! Perhaps next Summer, apparently. No decision on a breed but I did have to veto Rhodesian Ridgeback - I can't handle another big hound yet!

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