Last week, me and my family got a puppy for the first time. He likes to follow us around the house and is generally near me.
I also happen to have IBS, which has been aggravated by the stress of having a new puppy, and has apparently decided to manifest itself by me farting incessantly. I’m not talking about quiet farts - I mean these loud, lawnmower-engine sounding farts that you would not expect to come out of a very small girl.
Since these farts are rather embarrassing, I’ve taken to jokingly blaming them on my puppy. Whenever I fart in front of my family and he’s around (which is most of the time), I would loudly say his name in a scandalized voice. This would usually result in him walking over to me, so of course when my adorable puppy comes over, I would pet him and kiss him.
Yesterday, I was home alone with him and he was on the other side of the room. I let out a roaring fart, but since I was alone, I didn’t say his name to “blame” it on him. However, as soon as he heard it,... keep reading on reddit ➡
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Edit: spelling of Aww :)
Edit 2: HOLY LORD. I went outside to garden and came in to this. 15k! Front page! I was so afraid to post publicly about this, and the fact that my first outreach touched so many people in any way is genuinely healing me right now. Thank you so much, Reddit. With that, I'm pretty sure mods deleted/locked the post because I mentioned another dog-related sub in my text. I had read the rules before posting and didn't know it was wrong. I'm sorry and it's been... keep reading on reddit ➡
Why YSK: it is dangerous for young puppies to go to a dog park because it’s highly likely for them to contract a disease.
This comes from the last 3 times I went to my local dog park there being not only tiny puppies under 2 months old there, but they were in the pen for dogs over 20 pounds. There is a sign of rules (no dogs under 4 months, no dogs that aren’t fixed, etc) which people regularly ignore. It’s usually not a huge deal, you know maybe once in a blue moon someone brings in an intact male and when he starts getting humpy or rude they leave pretty quickly.
But these tiny puppies? Look, I get it, you want your puppy to like dogs. You wanna get them socialized. But dog parks are an actual cesspool of disease for unvaccinated dogs- and I say unvacced because puppies don’t get their final round of shots till they’re 3 months old, and it’s usually advised to wait another month for the vaccines to set in before allowing them into an area where lots of other dogs are. Hence the... keep reading on reddit ➡
MIL - mother in law
So my MIL decided to take her granddaughter (7yo) on a week long trip. They were planning on driving to this location, which included a very long ferry ride. The total travel time including driving and ferry was about 20hrs. My SD was very very excited for this trip.
In order to take pets on this ferry you have to book a spot for it in the pet area or leave it in the car. Pets are prohibited in the passenger cabin. The ferry ride is about 6hrs. Once the ferry leaves the dock passengers aren’t permitted in the car area (for security reasons).
I have to also note we were going through a heat wave and the temp was around 30 Celsius.
So everything was going well for the drive we were being sent picture updates on how they were doing. The puppy (11 month old small ankle biter) was in its kennel in the backseat with SD.
Then in the evening SD (who has her own phone) called H bawling her eyes out. The conversation went like this;... keep reading on reddit ➡
There is a pet store about 30 minutes from me called Harbor Pet Center. My fiancé and I go there to look at the animals they have, but their puppy section has always bothered me.
These poor doggos are inside glass boxes with grates under them for numbers 1 and 2 as well as hampster like watering bottles drilled into the sides of the boxes. If that's not enough, I have witnessed the staff scream, shove and hit these puppies because they were excited to be out of their boxes. When you ask the staff if you can see them, they put the puppy in an open fenced in area for the puppy to play with you. However, when it is time to go, the puppy will hide behind your leg and beg for you to take them home with you. These poor pups are TERRIFIED of the people who work there.
Here is the icing on the cake, though. All of their puppies are $2500 and in order to buy them, you have to have the exact cash or get your credit score checked and wait to see if they even finance anything at all. (My fianc... keep reading on reddit ➡
My fiancé and I have been on the hunt for basically this entire year -- the puppy pandemic fever is real. It sucks that we're finally financially ready to own a dog, and this pandemic hits, but ah well, what can you do!
We take dog ownership very seriously and have been checking rescues religiously, hoping for the right fit. But each dog has either been outside of our abilities to take care of properly or has about 50 applicants and each breeder I've contacted has a waitlist of about 100 people.
I've also been checking Kijiji for any families or farms that are rehoming their pups, or even people who have accidentally had a family litter.
But last night was awful- guy said he had a farm with Aussie Sheperds (makes sense, they're herders) and his dog had a litter so we went to check it out. I asked him to have the papers for the vet check, vaccination, deworming and microchipping ready, he also said he had 'Purebreed Registration Papers' and I asked to meet the parents. (Spoiler alert... keep reading on reddit ➡
Last night we pulled up near an ATM and while my boyfriend jumped out to get some cash, another car pulled up right next to us and the passenger gets out of the car just glaring at me and my puppy who's sitting in my lap. He walked up behind my bf and asked how much we paid for our puppy, and my partner just responded why? So this guy starts yelling at him about how awful it is that we bought a puppy and how horrible we were for not adopting a shelter dog. My bf was kind of just stunned and came back to the car but I was so angry after seeing this go down. I could hear him talking shit about us to another woman waiting in line as we drove away.
I know it's not the most socially acceptable thing to buy a puppy these days, and I am 100% planning to adopt shelter dogs in the future. But neither myself or my partner has ever had a dog before, not even family dogs when we were kids. It just didn't seem like we would know how to handle a dog with issues stemming from past neglect or abuse... keep reading on reddit ➡
My fiance and I have been trying to adopt a shelter dog in recent months. We prefer a rescue to a puppy from a breeder because the idea of second chances for rescues is really important to us, and feel that all dogs deserve a loving, stable home. But it’s starting to feel like rescue places around here will literally never let us adopt a dog. We rent a nice, quiet house near lots of parks and walking trails, no kids, we’re financially stable, have tons of time, love, and patience to give. We’ve filled out tons of applications, but it always comes down to two things: either they don’t want to adopt to a renter under any circumstances, or they don’t want to adopt to a person without a fenced-in yard.
We just totally don’t get it. Only homeowners can have dogs? What about people who live in cities with no access to yards at all? Why is a fenced-in yard a necessity when the plan is to walk the dog several times a day, hang out at the local park, etc? We’re really starting to see why some... keep reading on reddit ➡
This is a weird subject but it’s been on my mind lately for some reason. I (22F) have always said I wanted 2 kids - a boy and a girl like my brother and I. After having my pup... I don’t even know if I want kids anymore. Not because my puppy is so much work (and she is...jesus... she is.), but... I don’t know. I want to experience life with her, I want to dedicate a lot of my time to her, and I eventually want a border collie to train and do agility with and travel around and explore with.
That’s not to say I couldn’t do that with kids, or that other people couldn’t. I just don’t even know if I’d want to. I dedicate so much of my life to my pup right now, and I know I would continue to do this for future dogs. This just might be the rantings of a crazy and exhausted grad student, but I absolutely love that things are just me and my gal right now. I’m literally even refusing to date anybody for the time being (also pandemic, but you get the picture) because pup and I have had poor exp... keep reading on reddit ➡
My puppy still sleeps in her kennel, and every once in awhile I have to put her in there for a bit so I can do something important. Today I put her in there for about half an hour because my mom needed help with groceries and she could’ve run out the door if I left her out. Anyway, whenever I let her out I sit on my floor and open the latches cause she likes to sit in my lap so she can lick my face and stretch. But today I just left my door open and opened the kennel, and she just laid there and stared me. After like thirty seconds I sat on the floor and she immediately ran out.
Tldr: I always sit on the floor to let my dog out of her kennel and today I didn’t and she stayed in there until I sat.