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April list 22: Pets

Pets if I could have them/no obstacles, in order of achievability!

1. Fox. I have wanted one for YEARS. There are a few obstacles. First, most states don't allow them as pets of any kind; I don't know the legality in my state, but that's OK because second, they're expensive, not just to buy one, but because you need to foxproof your property. Third, they smell. I mean, YES I really want a fox that acts like a friendly dog, but there's so much work involved.

2. Aviary with all kinds of birds. This one might actually be achievable someday! If, y'know, I win the lottery or something. Again, birdproof the yard/aviary, also safeguard it against all kinds of predators/vermin, and then keep things OK for all the birds. But man. That'd be cool.

3. Horse. I like riding. I romanticize the whole "owning a horse" thing. Horses are big and need exercise and work and loads of vet care (apparently) and somewhere to stay and all that. But I still want a horse. And ideally a groom or ostler or someone to take care of the horse the rest of the time.

4. Old fashioned German shepherd. Not the ones with the sloping backs that give them hip dysplasia. These are the old style big boned ones with straight backs. They're pretty and (one hopes) of a healthier stature than the sloped back dogs. Huxrin, AD and I all like GSDs, but Toly doesn't like large dogs and someone has to walk them and exercise them.

5. Dachshund. Wiener dogs! Who don't need as much exercise and are generally of good temperament! And the most likely ones that the entire family could accept! Anyway, you can't really have any "prey" type pets in the same house as a dachshund, and the stairs would be a real problem for their backs. And they do still need to be walked and picked up after.

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Apr. 22nd, 2018 11:58 pm (UTC)
My mom had a Dachshund Chihuahua mix. He unfortunately got more of the Chi temperament. Lucky didn't like strange men, but was fine once they got familiar. As he got older, he started attacking other dogs, so we kept him on a short leash. Oh, and he vindictively pooped inside the house, which I only recently read is because Chis don't like being alone.

I strongly considered getting a couple of parakeets a couple years ago, but am glad I didn't. Like most pets, probably more work (and mess) than I realized.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 11:45 am (UTC)
All pets are responsibility and mess, it's mostly how much you want to take on :P Even a snake needs space and heat lamps (and places to get away from the heat when necessary) and food and cleaning up. "Feed me, then clean up my poops" is a standard for every pet.

And I see a lot of Dachshund/other mixes advertised for sale, and yeah I don't want one for exactly that reason - you get some unpleasant surprises. My brother's "rat terrier" looked an awful lot like there was Jack Russell in there and maybe some other stuff.

The birds are pretty nice though. And I like gerbils. Both of those tend to be self contained but they still need cleaning up and attention. I kinda want a cockatiel next but y'know we'll see. It would have to wait until after these birds are gone, because they can't be housed together.
Apr. 24th, 2018 02:46 am (UTC)
Wow, I see far more Chi/Chi mixes out there than Dachshund mixes. My mom's dog looked more like a Jack Russell than either of his actual breeds. I'll post a picture sometime.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 03:00 am (UTC)
Dachshunds don't necessarily have any problems with stairs. My late neighbour used to breed them. They're quite agile. Be aware that standard size Dachshunds *do* like to run, and need more exercise than you might think. And they're strong. Mom and me babysat our neighbours' dogs occasionally, and I experienced first hand that walking a not-too-well disciplined Daxie is a bit like taking a tiny tractor on a leashed walk. He was pulling so hard he was almost suffocating himself, but that didn't deter him in the slightest. Our other neighbours' equally undisciplined Belgian Shepherd was much easier to handle.

Miniature Dachshunds are also an option. They're roughly the size of a cat. Our neighbour had those when she got older, and they also ran around their multi-level pen with no difficulty.

Old-fashioned German Shepherds, though... <3
Apr. 23rd, 2018 11:41 am (UTC)
We had a wiener dog when I was a kid, and my mom had them when she was a kid, so we do have some familiarity with them :) But this is a 2 story house and it's one single staircase. Probably wouldn't be good for them.

One problem around here is that a lot of them are being crossbred with other small breeds so you get some weird mixes that don't look much like wiener dogs, being sold as them. But I know one of the really purebred ones are both $$ and prone to inbred-health problems.

Mostly tho it's responsibility and work that nobody wants to take on at this moment.
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