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Old 06-01-2005, 03:43 PM
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Weims tend to be pretty high strung and can be neurotic, I wouldn't recommend one to a first-time dog owner.

If you want a good companion, a retired racing hound is a GREAT idea, we have a couple as clients where I work and I always love it when they board with us. They are incredibly sweet and loving. With your schedule I'd definitely recommend a mature rescue dog, whatever breed you decide on (mixes make great pets too!). You won't have to deal with housebreaking, and the companionship aspect of a relationship with a dog doesn't really blossom until the puppy crazies are over (from my experience at least).

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Old 06-01-2005, 04:57 PM
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I would go for an older, housetrained rescue dog, too. A lab mix may be a good pick, they don't need a TON of exercise, but they do need at least around a half hour stroll every day.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:40 PM
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I'm in agreement with a rescue Greyhound TOTALLY! They are so sweet natured and adapt to inside/outside activity. They're total babies. And ESPECIALLY if you move to Florida! (climate!)
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:48 PM
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Greyhounds are deep loving and gentle souls. I have NEVER met a nasty one. They are living examples of the word "grace." Not to mention so many are thrown away after their racing careers. Give it some thought
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Old 06-01-2005, 09:59 PM
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Weims tend to be pretty high strung and can be neurotic, I wouldn't recommend one to a first-time dog owner.

If you want a good companion, a retired racing hound is a GREAT idea, we have a couple as clients where I work and I always love it when they board with us. They are incredibly sweet and loving. With your schedule I'd definitely recommend a mature rescue dog, whatever breed you decide on (mixes make great pets too!). You won't have to deal with housebreaking, and the companionship aspect of a relationship with a dog doesn't really blossom until the puppy crazies are over (from my experience at least).

Welcome to the forums, and best of luck with your decision!
Well, my parents have owned dogs b4, and my dad stays at home so my family knows what to do. Greyhounds do tend to be big, though. And I just found out I am not moving to Tampa (my mom doesnt want to move, sadly ). So right now, I am only allowed to get a medium or small sized dog. (not a chihuahua, don't care for them)
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:11 PM
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Head to your local shelter and rescue, take your time and find the right mutt for you.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:13 PM
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alright, blue. I'll talk to my parents about it, thx again, guys.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:27 PM
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If not a Greyhound (although in my world they ARE small dogs, lol), then maybe a retired Whippet or Italian Greyhound. They have so many of the same characteristics, just in smaller packages.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:31 PM
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Yeah I allways thought Greyhounds as small.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:35 PM
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Richie, let your dad know that dog sizes versus their energy level can be kind of couter-intuitive. If it's an issue of not enough space, then you should absolutely go smaller. But if you're looking for less trouble, larger dogs like we've been suggesting tend to be a lot more stable and calm. At this point, I'd definitely take a few trips to the local shelter with your dad and visit the mutts. I'm very excited for you! I hope this all comes to fruition!
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