Posted : 3/22/2010 12:33:22 PM
Well, I can see both sides, though I'll never want a puppy again. Shari was a puppy when I got her and had I not been a SAHM, it would have been really hard to raise her. Bear was almost a year old and a good age - housebroken, past most of the chewing, still very trainable.
Agnes, she's old, wasn't housebroken, but now that we have those issues worked out, she is declining due to the heart problems and meds. Had someone not been so stupid to omit her heartworm preventative, she might not be in such bad shape. Despite all that, I wouldn't trade her in. She's the sweetest dog, so thankful to have been given a chance. Yeah, it's a pain having an incontinent dog, but whatever, I'll manage. Here's a dog that might not have lived 2 weeks without care and now it's nearly 7 months later.
I did enjoy having both Harley and Otis stay with me. Both were housebroken, Otis was very playful, and it was fun having a dog squeaking and de-stuffing toys again.
Punkchica, you weren't around when I lost Bear to a severe seizure disorder. He was just 3 years old. My husky(Shari) lived to be 15. Agnes is likely around 14 or so. IMO, there is no amount of time that's enough, but I take the time I do get with them and enjoy it every single day.