A couple of weeks ago, my husband’s aunt mentioned that her friend’s Dachshund just had a litter of long-haired puppies. She asked if she should keep us in mind. We talked about it over the next few hours and then threw our hats into the ring.
Over the next few days we went over all the little things, good and bad, that would come along with having a puppy.
- CUTE! That is the biggest selling point. Puppies are freaking adorable!
- Will have grown up in our household. Our two dogs were middle-aged rescues that came with some issues that we can’t untrain. Miss Doxie is a racist and Mr. Pug is scared silly of small children for the first hour they are in the room.
- May keep Miss Doxie young. Miss Doxie is 13 years old now but small animals and kids seem to revive her quite a bit. She gets peppy.
- Time. I know I’d be spending significant time every day on everything puppy since Mr. BFS would only be home during the day on weekends and school holidays.
- Money. All of the shots and having a dog fixed adds up to a few hundred dollars right there. Then there are the basics like food and emergency funds to deal with.
- Potty training. I have never potty trained a dog…that would be messy.
- Teething. I remember one of my dogs growing up when it was a puppy – it chewed on everything!
- Interaction issues with our other two dogs – Mr. Pug and Miss Doxie. What if they didn’t all get along?
- Having three dogs at once. It would be alot and asking my in-laws to take care of three dogs when we go out of town would be alot to ask as well.
Okay, we aren’t stupid. I know that those cons completely outweigh the pros, but did I mention that puppies are sooooo cute?!
In the end, it didn’t matter. The puppies’ owners started asking $400 per pup. We didn’t even think about the fact that they may be asking big money for the little cuties. Mr. BFS and I both balked at the price and decided we were better off not starting a new adventure right now anyway. Plus, when we are ready, we rather adopt another rescue…they get puppies too. So, sometimes, things just happen the way they should.
Have you recently avoided a bad decision? Or have been presented with a good one unexpectedly?