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Old 06-16-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm caninelover and would like to learn from all you fine folks.

So here is my first post! I'm glad I found this place, I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and am ready to jump in. I've already found a lot of really good information, and hope to learn even more.

I am 37 and single/no kids, prefer to stay that way. My desired retirement age is 55. I currently make between $115K-$125K per year (depending on bonus). I have $200K saved in my 401k, invested aggressively 90% stocks/10% fixed income. There is also a Roth IRA with $8K, plus $45k (about a year's expenses) in cash, mostly in VG money market funds. On the debt side, I have a mortgage with $200k/15 years fixed at 5.5% left on it so it should be paid off when I'm 52. I also have $40k left from grad school student loans, fixed at 4.25%. No other debt.

That's it...I look forward to second post
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
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Welcome! So, what kind of dog(s) do you have?
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:55 PM   #3
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With a name like that you're going to have to give us a lot more information about those canines (unless you're a dentist haha)--and photos would be nice too
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Actually...currently, none. The name is still true...I lost my beloved 11 year old golden retriever two years ago, and still haven't felt ready for a new pooch. Someday...

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Welcome. Yes, do tell us about the canines. I have always had a dog, currently have a pug(Lucky) rescued from the shelter a couple of years ago. I would also like to add a cat or two but my son is allergic, and I do enjoy his visits home every once in awhile. I did a garden tour on Sunday and if what I encountered in the way of dog breeds is any indication of a trend, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is the hot breed to have. Saw a pair of them at one place and singletons at two other homes.
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Actually...currently, none. The name is still true...I lost my beloved 11 year old golden retriever two years ago, and still haven't felt ready for a new pooch. Someday...

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Welcome! Golden retriever owner here. Might as well go ahead and get another one. Tough to see them go......but they are such good companions. I know I will get another when my good friend departs. I guess I shouldn't assume I'm going to out live her.

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CL, it has been two years since our last dog died too and I miss her every day. I think this fall I'll have to remedy that.
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Dawg, I hear you...they are awesome. I love their happy personalities. Eventually I will probably get either a Golden or a Lab. Although WhoDares, those Cavaliers are awfully cute too!
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caninelover, welcome to the forum. You'll get another dog. My wife and I married 37 years ago and we have always had dogs in our lives and in our childrens lives. It seems to grow on you and the family. My daughter now has six dogs, all the way from Chihuahua's to a German Shepard. Since 1995 we have had a Maltese and a Chihuahua. Around Thanksgiving last year the little Chihuahua Sadie (my wife's dog) got some kind of sickness and just died in my her arms. The Maltese Lucy, my dog hung in there until the first of the year. She was so lonesome and didn't have Sadie to lead her around and tell her every move to make, that she just got sick kind of gave up. We had to have her put to sleep the first of the year. We both cried our eyes out and we still miss them. However, our daughter, the great dog lover
without telling us went our and bought us another Chihuahua. We named her Dixie and she is giving us fits. We love her but she is a different kind of dog. Time will tell if she fills our needs.
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Welcome, CanineLover. Lots of good information & advice on this board, so feel free to ask any questions..about any topic.

As for the canine part, I've had dogs (and cats) my whole life. As I write this, my daughter's border collie/shepherd mix is sleeping on my feet, while my pug/beagle (yup, puggle) is apparently having a running dream as her feet are moving around as she sleeps on the sofa next to me, and our black lab is spread out on the other sofa. Unfortunately, our 17 year old cat recently passed away, and we all (including the dogs) miss her greatly.
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It has always been a mistake for us to try and replace the dog we had just lost. Breed aside, they are like people - individual personalities. Last time we went shopping for a little cockapoo type mutt, and ended up with a Doberman.

Long story short, Sophie was the best dog we ever had. She's gone now, and we have taken a 2 1/2 year break from dogs; too hard to lose.
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Here was my girl, lounging on her favorite couch...she was a good dog.
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We have a Belgium Shepherd. Too fat, too pampered, too mistress of the house. But she is a darling. Very social and eager to be with us and not left alone. In a few weeks we are going for a 3 day trip to London. Leaving her with my son. But even so I´m worried because I know she´ll gonna miss us, no matter how much attention my son pays to her.
As for the passing away of our pets....I must confess a terrible secret: I´ve lost a wife, a father and a mother in law. All of whom I loved and got along superbly with. Didn´t shed a tear when they died. 2 years ago it was the turn of my cocker spaniel -grumpy and not particularly affectionate-and I wept.
Terrible, isn´t it.
I fear the dying of my current dog.....
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My wife and I were absolute wrecks while seeing Marley and Me on video.

Our dog, age 2, and our son, age 1, didn't know what was wrong with us...

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