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!

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:

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 temperament 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…?

Clinton Stark
Clinton shoots videos for Stark Insider. San Francisco Bay Area arts, Ingmar Bergman and French New Wave, and chasing the perfect home espresso shot 25 seconds at a time (and failing). Peloton: ClintTheMint. Camera: Video Gear