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Old 03-30-2015, 05:24 PM   #61
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Dogs are great but I would rather not have one as they make random travel (or long travel) more difficult. Add to that DW wants our dog to stay at a friends first and foremost since our experience with someone who is not familiar with our dog (a rescue from Taiwan that has...an interesting personality :P) wasn't so great means trips will be more difficult. We will do some road trips now that I am done but will have to schedule any longer trips (like Europe) well in advance.

I will probably insist on no more after this one is gone (likely in about 10 years) but will likely lose again as DW seems to really want one around all the time...then again now she has me to kick instead of the dog
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I can't have pets but I do have a friend that thinks he's an owl. Who you ask?
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My wife has a fear of flying & nobody else would be able take care of our pets. Although recently she's been talking about going on a cruise that leaves from our city.

I traveled about 3x/year for 2 - 4 weeks ea. to other countries for 32 years so I don't have any need to go anyplace.
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BringFido.com - Pet Friendly Hotel & Dog Travel Directory

This is a pretty cool site that show pet friendly hotels, dog parks, etc in a city you are planning on visiting.
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well we will have to put down our 12 year old tabby today, so we have one less pet to worry about I guess


she had a stroke and went blind and appears to have some brain damage - this morning she sat so close to the fireplace insert she her singed herself and didn't even notice it
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My dog chose whom he wanted to take care of him if something happens to us. He absolutely loves my SIL. She's also our executor.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:23 AM   #67
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Big_Hitter, sorry to hear about your loss. Pets are the best company you can get!
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Our miniature poodle passed away about five years ago. We still haven't replaced him. I have always had a dog (large and small) and will probably get another dog after DH retires and we do some traveling.
I love yellow labs, but will probably go small again. We are both 57, so feel like we still have time for another dog.
Our neighbor got a German Shepard puppy about 1.5 years ago. She and her husband are 70. The dog spends most of the time indoors. They had intentions of taking it for walks, but neither of them is very active. Not sure why they got a GSD?


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Here's a few things I've been struggling with. I'd love to have a dog.

One is I am a renter - very few house owners allow pets. Any thoughts there?

Another is that I have a bit of trouble imagining my dog to be home alone quite alot of the time, and it somehow feels wrong to do that to a social animal. Not talking about the occasional travel, a doggie hotel I'm comfortable with.

I've heard the suggestion to get two dogs, somehow that's a bit overkill, at least initially.

I guess I associate dog ownership with rural living in a house one owns. That's where I may end up eventually, but not right now.

Any thoughts?
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Totoro, I think that's why a lot of folks choose cats instead of dog, as it is easier to take care of two cats than two dogs, in general.

I think lots of rentals would let you have smaller pets, with a deposit, but as you get into more and larger animals is where it gets harder.

I think smaller dogs are the way to go, though, simply for ease of walking them, and portability, as we age. I can't imagine trying to walk a GSD in my 70s!


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I have a GSD mix and a calico cat. My kids are good about pet sitting but it certainly does complicate travel. I'm hoping to get the RV together soon and see how they do traveling that way. Pretty sure the dog will do fine, but kitty hates car rides.
For now I stay at LA Quinta Inns when the dogs with me. They all allow pets and I haven't stayed in a bad one since the 90s.
I have not made provisions for their care, but both daughters have said they would take care of them if needed.

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Our current plan has us trading our trailer for an RV. That way we can transport the dogs/cat with us when we transition back and forth between FL and WI. We have always trained all our pets to be good travelers and it has worked so far.
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Our current plan has us trading our trailer for an RV.
Do you mean trade for a motor home? My 5th wheel trailer is a Recriational Vehicle...

And FWIW, we went the other direction a few years ago. Sold the 40 ft diesel motor home and bought the trailer and new truck to pull it. The truck/trailer combo works well for us, but that isn't the case for everyone. Whatever fits your needs best is definitely the way to go.
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Do you mean trade for a motor home? My 5th wheel trailer is a Recriational Vehicle...

And FWIW, we went the other direction a few years ago. Sold the 40 ft diesel motor home and bought the trailer and new truck to pull it. The truck/trailer combo works well for us, but that isn't the case for everyone. Whatever fits your needs best is definitely the way to go.
Sorry, our 31' travel Trailer is an RV as well. Yes, I meant trading for a diesel pusher. We have been looking for a few years and like the Winnebago Forza and the Thor Palazzo. We also intend to do some long "camping" trips when we retire.

If/when we do this I will miss the Ford F350 as much as anything..............
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well we will have to put down our 12 year old tabby today, so we have one less pet to worry about I guess


she had a stroke and went blind and appears to have some brain damage - this morning she sat so close to the fireplace insert she her singed herself and didn't even notice it
So sorry Big Hitter. It is never easy to make that decision.
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My condolences Big Hitter. Saying goodbye is so hard, but the years of loving companionship are a blessing.
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They don't. I had dogs all my life except for age 18-30, but my last dog died about 8 years ago and overall, I've been there and done that.

They are sweet, they can hunt, some may be be good guard dogs, but they are a giant pita also.

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Would have to largely disagree with the PITA part.

To each their own.
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