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Old 04-06-2004, 02:14 PM
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Default Thinking about getting a puppy....

Hello. My wife and I are contemplating purchasing a puppy. We currently do not have any other pets. She had a dog growing up, but I've never owned one. We would like to purchase a beagle, but I'm not sure if our current situation is conducive to raising a puppy, so I thought I'd seek out those with some expeience to answer some questions.

We both work all day so we're out of the house for quite a while. The puppy would be alone approximately six to eight hours each day. I've been doing a little reading and have found out that beagles, in particular, howl when they are lonely. I'm worried that the puppy would have problems if left alone for that length of time especially on a daily basis.

My other concern is the fact that we're in an apartment for the time being. Does this present any problems specifically for a beagle?

Lastly, just out of curiosity and because I'm unable to locate this information anywhere else, what is the estimated yearly cost of dog ownership? I understand it'll vary by breed and the age of the dog, but what are the average costs? Also, what happens when they get sick? Is health insurance for dogs offered?

Thanks for your help.
Brian
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