Our search for a dog

    Hamish, a Cairn Terrier, our family dog back in the 80s in Ottawa, Canada. He would have loved all this dig talk on Twitter and Facebook!
    Hamish, a Cairn Terrier, our family dog back in the 80s in Ottawa, Canada. He would have loved all this dig talk on Twitter and Facebook!
    Hamish, a Cairn Terrier, our family dog back in the 80s in Ottawa, Canada. He would have loved all this dog talk on Twitter and Facebook!

    Nothing like dogs to get people talking, commenting and sharing stories and advice!

    Loni and I put out the word, by email to family and friends. And also to the social networks, using (of course) Twitter and Facebook. We were looking for suggestions on breeds, advice on buying, background research, things to think about, etc.

    It was finally time. We were ready to finally bring a dog into our lives. Exciting. I grew up with a warm, friendly, energetic little Cairn Terrier “Hamish”. A Terrier would definitely be on our short list. Then Loni heard good things about the Schnoodle, hypoallergenic a plus.

    We received a lot of useful, fun and helpful feedback by email, Twitter and Facebook.

    My sister in Toronto has two German Shepherds and she has trained Bosco to become a world-class “dockdog”, often placing in the top in competitions across Canada and the US. Some of her tidbits of advice:

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      Another amazing jump by Bosco, Sheena cheers on
    • Young puppies are adorable and fuzzy and cute and all that, but they are like infants, and require a lot more work -they need to pee all the time, like every two hours or so, depending on the age and size of the puppy. At 9 months, they are still cute and puppy-ish, but require slightly less work.
    • How much time do you want to spend with a dog, training and exercising -be honest, because it *will* make your life much happier if you get a dog who’s exercise requirements are met……a tired dog is a good dog -and puppies and young dogs are always going to need more!
    • Whatever you do, please please PLEASE never buy a puppy from a pet store. Never. Ever. Ever…No matter what!
    • If you want a cute little mix, go to the humane society and see what they have….people who breed mixes, especially those poodle mixes, are not on the up and up. they are looking to sell what is essentially a mixed breed dog, at inflated prices purely for profit -not taking into consideration, any health clearances and temperment testing that most/all quality breeders do.
    • Boston Terriers are cute little guys -lots of personality and not too big, nor would it require an unreasonable amount of exercise.
    • Miniature Schnauzers are a nice small-ish dog.
    • Friends of the family: Baxter, Havanese, on left. Sophie, Bichon frise on right.
      Friends of the family: Baxter, Havanese, on left. Sophie, Bichon frise on right.
    • My friend has a sheltie that is a cute little dog, very active, but not insane -you’d have to make sure you found a good breeder, otherwise you might end up with a bit of a yappy dog.
    • Westies -of course, a relative of the cairn, they are adorable…..
    • I love corgis -if i was in the ‘market’ for a small dog, i’d get a corgi…so cute, but still active and hardy.
    • Another good little companion that wouldn’t require much more than a stroll to the mailbox….a French Bulldog -although bulldogs can be stubborn, and sometimes challenging to train, they are cute little companions.

    On Facebook:

    Clinton Stark Our puppy research continues... some suggestions so far: Schnoodle, Terrier (Cairn), Jack Russell, Pitbull, hound dog. Yesterday at 7:12pm via Twitter · Comment · Like  Dana McQuaidCairn terriers are awesome dogs! One of our clients, tashtego is a cairn and he's so much fun. Not a huge fan of the Jack Russells, a few we've had haven't been the friendliest but of course that depends on lots of things (owners, training etc). Hound dogs are nice, but they love to take off when they're off leash! haha Have you considered a poodle-mix? I've got a Poodle Pomeranian, she's a really cute dog and very social (typical lap dog). I guess it's a matter of whether you want a small-more inside-dog or a big dog who loves the outdoors. What about a retriever? or if you don't like the idea of dog hair everywhere, the golden doodles and labradoodles are awesome dogs (golden retriever and poodle or Lab-Poodle mix..neither shed that much). We have both as clients and they are among our favourites :) Great personalities, fun-loving, great with kids and other dogs...sometimes stubborn (poodle influence) but of course they are bigger and need more exercise.. Yesterday at 7:30pm · Delete  Sheena SHey TinTin -exciting times! So many choices, so many decisions..... Yesterday at 8:04pm · Delete  Sheena Si sent you an email....and now i'm going to bed. call me tomorrow! Yesterday at 9:05pm · Delete  Dean MisenhimerDachshunds...smart, friendly, and funny. I prefer the mini's to the full size. Yesterday at 9:09pm · Delete  Amy Espinueva Leeour neighbor just got a 3rd dog and they're overwhelmed. they asked if we wanted their long-haired chihuahua; unfortunately, we have one already. we dog sat "cubby" for 2 weeks and it was great! he's potty trained and responds to certain commands. 1 yr old. 2 hours ago · Delete

    It’s all so helpful, really impressive to get so many suggestions!

    Kayla: The Orthlieb's loving fifth family member
    Kayla: The Orthlieb's loving fifth family member

    We’re still trying to source the breeder. We’ve settled on a small dog 10-15 pounds since our yard is not large. We have plenty of parks nearby though. Our travel schedules are hectic, but usually one of us will be home to take care of the dog.

    So there you have it… I’m sure we’ll be writing and updating more soon, including photos of our new dog adventure, years in the making.

    What do you think? Any more advice, suggestions, stories, photos…?

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    • Jane Lurie

      OK here's my two cents on this subject. Please search for a rescue dog before you go to a breeder. You can find almost any kind of breed looking for a home. My friends had Jack Russells….very hyper, high maintenance. My next thought, which we have definitely considered, since we are also thinking about this for the distant future: it is soooo handy to have a dog that you can take on the plane with you and put under the seat in front of you. Ariel and Peter's lives changed when they got Charlie (whom I adore). They have to drive back from Loreto to get him to the States. Of course you can put them in pet baggage but in the hotter months airlines won't allow it. Our neighbors have a Cairn terrior. We love him. When his "brother' was alive, there was a certain amount of barking during the day when they were in the backyard. But he has calmed down now that he is alone. His fur is rough, not as cuddly as we would like. But I have spent a whole weekend with him and totally bonded with him. I know pitbulls are very sweet but there's the size thing. I'm not sure how big a dog you can get and still fit him/her on the airplane (you can see we are obsessed with this, mainly because of Loreto). Mostly I would go with a rescue dog..they are usually soooo sweet and grateful. But I would also keep in mind that this is a huge and long-term commitment…that's why we keep thinking of it as a plan for sometime later this century. Jane

    • Jane Lurie

      OK here's my two cents on this subject.
      Please search for a rescue dog before you go to a breeder. You can find almost any kind of breed looking for a home.
      My friends had Jack Russells….very hyper, high maintenance.

      My next thought, which we have definitely considered, since we are also thinking about this for the distant future: it is soooo handy to have a dog that you can take on the plane with you and put under the seat in front of you. Ariel and Peter's lives changed when they got Charlie (whom I adore). They have to drive back from Loreto to get him to the States. Of course you can put them in pet baggage but in the hotter months airlines won't allow it.

      Our neighbors have a Cairn terrior. We love him. When his "brother' was alive, there was a certain amount of barking during the day when they were in the backyard. But he has calmed down now that he is alone. His fur is rough, not as cuddly as we would like. But I have spent a whole weekend with him and totally bonded with him.

      I know pitbulls are very sweet but there's the size thing. I'm not sure how big a dog you can get and still fit him/her on the airplane (you can see we are obsessed with this, mainly because of Loreto).

      Mostly I would go with a rescue dog..they are usually soooo sweet and grateful. But I would also keep in mind that this is a huge and long-term commitment…that's why we keep thinking of it as a plan for sometime later this century.
      Jane

    • Jane Lurie

      OK here's my two cents on this subject.
      Please search for a rescue dog before you go to a breeder. You can find almost any kind of breed looking for a home.
      My friends had Jack Russells….very hyper, high maintenance.

      My next thought, which we have definitely considered, since we are also thinking about this for the distant future: it is soooo handy to have a dog that you can take on the plane with you and put under the seat in front of you. Ariel and Peter's lives changed when they got Charlie (whom I adore). They have to drive back from Loreto to get him to the States. Of course you can put them in pet baggage but in the hotter months airlines won't allow it.

      Our neighbors have a Cairn terrior. We love him. When his "brother' was alive, there was a certain amount of barking during the day when they were in the backyard. But he has calmed down now that he is alone. His fur is rough, not as cuddly as we would like. But I have spent a whole weekend with him and totally bonded with him.

      I know pitbulls are very sweet but there's the size thing. I'm not sure how big a dog you can get and still fit him/her on the airplane (you can see we are obsessed with this, mainly because of Loreto).

      Mostly I would go with a rescue dog..they are usually soooo sweet and grateful. But I would also keep in mind that this is a huge and long-term commitment…that's why we keep thinking of it as a plan for sometime later this century.
      Jane

    • Sue Morganroth

      We have a 4 year old Cairn girl and she is the joy of our life and of the neighbors. Perfect size, loves to play and walk and give wet kisses. She started out dark, but slowly turned very blond except for her ears. By the way, one ear never stood up….very cute, but will never be best in show. Another plus is that she doesn't shed, with the double coat, just brush regularly to remove old hair. See a picture of her on CLB. Maybe you will meet her in Loreto someday…….Sue

    • Sue Morganroth

      We have a 4 year old Cairn girl and she is the joy of our life and of the neighbors. Perfect size, loves to play and walk and give wet kisses. She started out dark, but slowly turned very blond except for her ears. By the way, one ear never stood up….very cute, but will never be best in show. Another plus is that she doesn't shed, with the double coat, just brush regularly to remove old hair. See a picture of her on CLB. Maybe you will meet her in Loreto someday…….Sue

    • Sue Morganroth

      We have a 4 year old Cairn girl and she is the joy of our life and of the neighbors. Perfect size, loves to play and walk and give wet kisses. She started out dark, but slowly turned very blond except for her ears. By the way, one ear never stood up….very cute, but will never be best in show. Another plus is that she doesn't shed, with the double coat, just brush regularly to remove old hair. See a picture of her on CLB. Maybe you will meet her in Loreto someday…….Sue

    • kate bampton

      "Ditto" to the rescue dog idea.. We have a "mutt" adopted from the pound at approximately 9 months old. Nobody actually knows!. He had been abandoned by his previous owners. He is a cross between a beagle/labrador/dachsund. Nobody actually knows.! He is a little too big to be on the plane with us and definitely would not like it in the cargo hold. He is probably 10 years old Nobody actually knows! but he still acts and looks like a puppy. He has yet to go to Loreto——–but I'm sure it is in his future. We will have to drive and stay a little longer than our customary week at a time. He has absolutely changed our life and I can't bear to think what would have happened to him if we hadn't turned up to "look" at the dogs at the pound. It's great to have a member of the family who unconditionally loves you no matter what! Kate Bampton

    • kate bampton

      "Ditto" to the rescue dog idea.. We have a "mutt" adopted from the pound at approximately 9 months old. Nobody actually knows!. He had been abandoned by his previous owners. He is a cross between a beagle/labrador/dachsund. Nobody actually knows.! He is a little too big to be on the plane with us and definitely would not like it in the cargo hold. He is probably 10 years old Nobody actually knows! but he still acts and looks like a puppy. He has yet to go to Loreto——–but I'm sure it is in his future. We will have to drive and stay a little longer than our customary week at a time. He has absolutely changed our life and I can't bear to think what would have happened to him if we hadn't turned up to "look" at the dogs at the pound.

      It's great to have a member of the family who unconditionally loves you no matter what!

      Kate Bampton

    • kate bampton

      "Ditto" to the rescue dog idea.. We have a "mutt" adopted from the pound at approximately 9 months old. Nobody actually knows!. He had been abandoned by his previous owners. He is a cross between a beagle/labrador/dachsund. Nobody actually knows.! He is a little too big to be on the plane with us and definitely would not like it in the cargo hold. He is probably 10 years old Nobody actually knows! but he still acts and looks like a puppy. He has yet to go to Loreto——–but I'm sure it is in his future. We will have to drive and stay a little longer than our customary week at a time. He has absolutely changed our life and I can't bear to think what would have happened to him if we hadn't turned up to "look" at the dogs at the pound.

      It's great to have a member of the family who unconditionally loves you no matter what!

      Kate Bampton