Have I gone Mad? Am I mad?

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Ok here goes, feel free to call me stupid and change my mind.

    I have never really been a dog lover, could never hurt one, but not really in to dogs, cats yes but dogs no. However my mother in law has a basset hound that I have come to like and really enjoy walking her when I am down visiting,

    However, last year we went on a meet at Peterborough, where we met from here dised whom had the most beautiful newfoundland dog that I have ever seen. Anyhow, my oldest som fell in love and played with him all weekend, I on the other hand admired from a distance.
    However I started to really want one and started to do some research in to the breed, I bacame quite amazed at what I found out and what a wonderful breed these dogs were. I started to research character and other traits through the newfoundland website.

    So I know they are a messy big hairy beast that will leave slobber and fur everywhere they go, I also know that life will not be the same and that everything will have to be dog friendly when we go away including our trips abroad.
    I also know they love water and will jump in at every opportunity.

    I know they need exercise and eat a lot of food, I know my car will smell as will my motorhome and I fully expect the resale value to fall.


    So having looked at all this, I still think we have a very loving family home to offer such a dog, Two energetic children to entertain him/her one wife to take care of the hairdressing and of course my self to do all the dirty jobs.

    My mother in law is a dog trainer and I also work with a lady whom husband is a police dog trainer, both willing to give me help.

    I don't think a puppy would be a good idea and have seen a couple that need rehoming (from their owners) for different reasons.

    So has any one any further advice they would like to add offer?

    But please no a dog is for life not for xmas remarks as we have thought this through for nearly 12 months. (although of course I do accept that the saying is a very worthy one)
     
  2. madbluemad

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    Go for it. There are all manner of things that you will not be able to do and places that you cant go but IMO you cant beat a dog for a best mate.
    Jim
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  3. hilldweller

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    You've been had, that's not a dog it's a miniature horse.
     
  4. Yetties

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    As someone who used to own a Newfoundland a few pointers
    Try to get one reasonably young as they dont live to a great age.
    As you say they do drool and drop hair but if groomed often the hair is much less of a problem.
    Take onto consideration they can get BIG ours was almost 14 1/2 stones and not fat as far as character and temperament I have know several and never known a bad one hope all this helps
     
  5. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    it'll certainly keep your feet warm :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  6. Jim

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    I saw that dog, wasn't he a beaut? Go for it Paul, kids love a dog, and they are great for getting you out in the fresh air, big dogs needs lots of excercise :thumb::thumb:

    Little tip -Make sure you get some insurance, vet bills these days are horrendous.
     
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    At least somebody will be pleased to see you when you get home:Smile:
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  8. Terry

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    Hi Paul & fam,We have a rescue dog :thumb: and would not be without him :BigGrin:Not too sure when the time comes as to replacement (long time away hopefully)if we would :Wink:(getting older :Rofl1:) Not too sure if we could put up with all the slaver:Rofl1: but for the love and affection you will all get back in return -- go for it :thumb::Rofl1:
    terry
     
  9. Manouche

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    Hope he won't put you over the limit of your available payload !:Smile:

    You've obviously got people around you who can advise but it does need an awful lot of serious thought.
    We've got a springer/staffy cross and he's great, just the right size for a Hymer bench seat with just enough threatening growl to put off burglars.
    We picked him especially to go with our lifestyle, lots of energy to keep us fit but not so much as to keep him whizzing round the van after a walk.
    Don't forget good pet insurance is a must, but not cheap, (ours broke his foot, £600) cost to us £80.
    Don't forget also the massive food bill, and do you have the space to store all those cans and sacks of biscuits, and do you have the space to leave bowls on the floor.

    Pet passport has to be kept up, that means regular injections, again not cheap.
    There is always the hassle of finding a vet before you return to England, needs extra planning.

    That said a dog is a great partner along lifes road and we wouldn't be without our mate Jake.

    If you have no joy with the dogs you've already seen, try Googling "Newfoundland Resue Centres".
    Best of luck
    (Have you considered a Yorkshire Terrier ?):Rofl1:
     
  10. scran

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    well i just did exactly the same said no more dogs and never had a dog for over ten years but i have a border terrier and he is great best thing i have done in along time we love to go walking and find it workd well with motorhoming
     
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    Yes you have gone Mad never mind a dog how about another sprog? try keeping your socks on and you might get a GIRL:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  12. solitaire woman

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    Think that breed of dog, and yes they are lovely, is just WAY to big for a motorhome! Although the mention of payload was probably in gest,, I think a dog that large could indeed tip you over the payload!! I have a golden retriever and there are times I wish she was the size of a yorkshire terrier!
     
  13. Jan Pendreigh

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    On the plus side a dog is great company, he makes you take the excercise you wouldn't on the vilest of days, he defends 'his' humans against all threats real or in his doggy brain cell, he's always pleased to see you and always loves you.

    HOWEVER, you can't take him on a lot of beaches 1 May to 30 September, some sites won't accommodate him and some charge as much as £3 a night, a lot of pubs won't let him in. You have to think of nights like bonfire night, NY Eve etc when fireworks are going off - if he's as terrified as our Ben you end up spending your nights comforting the hound instead of out enjoying the fun. Also, it's against the rules on a lot of sites to leave a dog unattended in your camper so if you do want to go somewhere for the day that's not dog friendly you have a problem.

    I'm afraid the dog rules!!!!

    Jan
     
  14. Manouche

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    Haganaps,
    The "Yorkshire Terrier" comment was just a joke,......please tell me you've got an RV,
    cos if you've still got the Adria I've just seen in your photos, where in hell do you think this giant is going to sleep ? Just looking at the picture of him laying down full stretch he's going to need the overcab bed to himself. So where does that leave you two.?:Nowink:
     
  15. hilldweller

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    Can I be there when they try and get it up there, please, with a camera running.
     
  16. Sherpa

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    We have a Scottish Terrorist, sorry, Terrier, and we love him to bits. The problem we have is that he travels everywhere with us. Ok thats fine, but oviously there are ocasions when we have to leave him alone in the vehicle. He is quite happy to be left and its never for long periods, nor on hot summer days, but our big worry is that the motorhome may be stolen with him in it or broken into and the dog set free. This would break our hearts; they can have the motorhome and anything in it, but our Scotty could never be replaced.

    Also, as previousy mentioned, the other downside of having to take your dog with you is that you are obviousy limited as to where you can go, ie. most beaches, theme parks and the like, we could never leave our dog for such long periods.

    Also Continental travel is not quite so enjoyable if like us, you do not wish to put your dog into kennels or whatever. If you are able to cope with all this, then by all means get yourselfe ad dog, he will never wish you any harm, but may lick you to death.
     
  17. pappajohn

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    have you seen what Roadrunner has for company.
    unfortunatly, he now only has one Great dane but until recently he hauled two of 'em with him. :Eeek:
     
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    My brother has one and a wonderful dog although crazy about water (great Swan rescuers:Laughing:)

    Please please re home one. So many people buy a big dog as a nice idea then don't want them so I beg to re home one Paul.

    You love having one.
     
  19. Manouche

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    Does Roadrunner have kids and want to spend time surfing and skiing ?
     
  20. dave newell lvs

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    No no no no no, don't do it!!, Your lives will never be the same again (or your own for that matter). Everything you do will have to be organised around the mutt (sorry that should read loving canine). You will have to get up early to walk the brute and will spend half (at least) of that walk carrying a bag (make that a BIG bag) of sloppy, foul smelling doggy doo doos (good hand warmer in winter though:Wink:). All your future trips out in the motorhome will have to take into account the beast and his (or hers) needs. Your house will no longer be your own and your furniture will look like Steptoe and son gave up on it (think Turner and Hooch here)! Your finances will suffer severely as the mouth on legs devours expensively huge quantities of food. Not even your bed will be a safe haven as this monster will soon discover that its the nicest, warmest, softest place in the house and will jump on it at every opportunity, especially when you're in it.

    On the other hand you will discover the most unconditional love and affection ever. He/she will greet you with a slobbery kiss and a wagging tail EVERY time you come home. If you have to chastise the dog it will sulk......................for a few minutes then it will want to play again. It will be the greatest friend and companion your kids will ever know. When you've had a bad day he/she will remind you of what is really valuable in life, love and friendship!

    Oh go on then, get yourself some trouble on four legs:Rofl1::Rofl1:.

    D.
     
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