I Can Hear It Yapping Already


Real fire! We changed our gas fireplace to a “real” one for this winter. Ever notice how a fire attracts the children? Maybe we should go back to gas……:shock:

Speaking of Christmas gifts (I’m so glad to hear so many of you have also NOT SHOPPED yet), I was handed The List from my daughter. All that was on it were five DVDs. Inuyasha (bet I’m spelling that wrong) Yu-Gi-Oh, etc. Can it be true, can it be this easy? I think she’s setting me up. At the last minute, she’ll want 20 more things that can’t be ordered from Amazon……….. Like, a horse.

But it’s her birthday in January that I’m really worried about. She’ll be 10. When she was six, she asked for a little dog for her 10th birthday. Since I couldn’t imagine her actually turning 10, I agreed. OHMYGOD, she’s about to turn 10. How did that happen? But I promised. Now I have to start looking for a little dog. At first, she wanted a toy poodle. Then it was a miniature dachschund. Now she’s not sure. She just wants it to be a dog and be little. Any suggestions?

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  1. TeresaH says:

    How about a Yorkie? They’re cute little dogs.

  2. Margery says:

    Bichon’s are sooo cute! Like little white pompoms. Be thankful you don’t have to buy Christmas gifts for full-grown boy children. Ack!

  3. Michelle says:

    Not a Pomeranian–they’re too territorial. Maybe a Chihuahua? I don’t know. Yappy little dogs tend to annoy me. πŸ™‚ I like Labradors. :wave:

  4. Le Ellis says:

    I’m a lab fan too! They start out little! And mine wants to be a lap dog. πŸ™‚ I have two shihtzus (besides my lab)…but they’re pretty stubborn about housebreaking. and they require a lot of grooming. Go for something that doesn’t require grooming. πŸ™‚

  5. MartyK says:

    Daschund. Short hair, friendly, low maintenance. Except for back problems…and poop…

  6. Sandy J says:

    We have had daschunds for years. They are so lovable and fun. And the short hair ones don’t shed much. :heart: Not that you can see, anyway. LOL! They live to eat so you have to be careful and not overfeed them.

  7. Robyn says:

    I say a toy poodle. Mine is such good company, does many tricks that hubby taught
    him and does not shed. He weights app. 6 lbs. so can be carried around or held on your lap which he loves(all of the above).:yes:

  8. Melissa says:

    Any small dog from a pound or shelter. They all need good homes.

  9. Melissa Marsh says:

    We have a Basset Hound/Miniature Pincher mix. He is such fun! But I also think he’s probably one of a kind. But I think mixed breeds make better pets.

  10. Eve says:

    I’m with Melissa – save a dog from the pound.

  11. Jill says:

    Pretty living room! And I vote for the pound too …

  12. Mary says:

    Get a pound dog. I don’t like those little yappy, expensive dogs. Get a big mutt that needs you.

  13. Peggy says:

    Kids and fireplaces? What’s with that? My daughter plants herself in front of ours all the time. . .and it’s electric!

    Okay, dogs. Well, I absolutely recommend German Shepherds. Best dog to train you will ever find. Get it as a puppy and they are so adorable. But they do get big, but are so worth it. Very loyal dogs.

    But, then again, I’m all for saving a dog from the pound. And too boot, then often come “finished” (trained and neutred).

  14. Mik says:

    How about a Shih Tzu (as far as small goes). They are sooo sweet. A little high maintenance as far as their long coat goes – but I always kept my boys shaved. Otherwise, I’d get a lab or a golden retriever. THEY are sweeeeet too.

  15. Tori says:

    A pound puppy gets my vote, too. πŸ™‚

  16. catslady says:

    I’m also in agreement about a pound dog. Besides saving a life, I’ve had a pedigee beagle and a mutt and althogh I loved them both, our mutt was the best tempered, loving dog ever.:yes:

  17. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Jack Russell Terrier gets my vote. They’re small. Sometimes you can find one at the pound. They are not yappers, and easy to train.

  18. Kendra says:

    Love the fireplace! Maybe the pound dog?:wigglebrow:

  19. Teresa says:

    All fabulous sugestions. Can’t wait to see what you get. And I love real fires. And I’ve started holiday shopping.:hyper:

  20. Emma S says:

    I say go for the pound dog, but the last 2 dogs my family got at the pound, they said were small dogs but actually ended up being bigger than expected.
    So, be careful.

  21. Jordan says:

    Kids never forget a ‘yes’ answer.:rotfl:

  22. Toni Anderson says:

    I love highland terriers!!!

    Pound’s always good too πŸ™‚

  23. Lis says:

    Shih tzus are adorable. But watch if their crossed with something they can be bigger (ours was apparently crossed with lhasa apso and something else).
    When we got ours 8 years ago the guy assured us he’d get no bigger (he was only a puppy, fit over my hand when I held him) a year later he was as big as my leg when he stretched out beside me. πŸ™‚ He was housetrained almost instantly and we trimmed him once a month or so. If you’ve got a good dog and one of those electric dog razors, you can do it yourself at home.
    Love the fireplace, btw! :thumbsup:

  24. Crystal* says:

    Christmas shopping?
    Suzanne, you’re so droll. Really. :rotfl:
    Geez. It’s November, isn’t it? :rolleyes:

    The fireplace rocks. And I bet the smell is heavenly.
    Don’t read too much into the list. Give it a couple of years. I promise you’ll be pulling out your hair then. :yes::yes::yes:

  25. Nicole says:

    Humane Society or pound.

    Or a Bichon. My in-laws had one and it was the only little dog I ever met that I could stand.

  26. Michelle says:

    As for the puppy trick, my daughter pulled the same thing on me two years ago at Christmas. I ended up getting a poodle. Which I already had one. They are minatures. I personally wouldn’t go for the toy or teacups because they are so delicate. You also have the kitty. The grand total of animals in my house right now is four. (yeah, I’m insane) I have a cat (indoor) two mini poodles and just rescued a black lab/retriever puppy. Poodles do take some maintence (I’ve had them for years and some of them can be yappy. Watch out for ear problems-but they are great pets. My poodle and the cat play tag and wrestle and in general make a terrible mess. But they are fun. Dixie (the lab/ret mix :thumbsup:who was a rescue, I have to say has been the easiest to potty train) She is calm and probably the sweetest dog I’ve ever owned. So anyway you go your little girl would be a happy camper. I would suggest going with a young puppy. (but potty training is the pits) Good luck and hope you find a great dog. Btw…Project Halo is still going strong here in Charlotte and they are getting about another sixty dogs from MS here in another week.

  27. glenice says:

    hello! got here from Eve’s site πŸ™‚

    I have 2 dogs both of which we rescued from the Humane Society…both are wonderful dogs πŸ™‚ they are like my kids, except they don’t sass me!

    The dreaded Christmas list!!!! We have decided that we are going to go to Disneyland for Christmas this year. So the gifts are going to be small this year πŸ™‚

  28. Biddy says:

    Go for a dog from the pound! If my life was a little less hectic (and I had more space) I would get one.

  29. Melissa says:

    Coffee mug for the pound comment? πŸ˜€

  30. Angie says:

    Definately a mini-dachshund. They are smart and funny and will devote themselves completely to you. Or whoevers feeds them, whichever is most beneficial to them at the time….
    Seriously, I have 4 mini-doxies and I adore them! they also like to sleep under the covers with you..perfect foot warmers on those cold winter nights!
    The perfect solution would be doxie rescue. One of mine is a rescue dog. You would be surprised at the popular breeds that are available thru rescue.

  31. Anna B says:

    Pound dog, definetly. Not only do you get a new family member but you get to save a life in the bargain.