Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Considering A Dog, Seriously

One of Tiff's co-workers has a 10-month old dog that they can no longer keep at home for two reasons: 1) new jerkish neighbors called animal control the day they moved in when he barked continuously (supposedly) for 20 minutes. Evidently, one more call to animal control by the neighbors and the dog goes to the pound. 2) the kids haven't taken to the dog very much (he smells like a dog, they complain!).

The dog is a black or chocolate lab mixed with something else. I haven't met him yet, but Tiff describes him as tall, black, and lanky. His name is Sirius. I think he's secretly an Animagus. Anyway, it sounds like a really good situation for us, because the current owner has offered to take care of him any time we are out of town on trips and such. She doesn't want to give Sirius up, but she has no choice because of the neighbors and her kids.

We're still trying to sort out exactly how we feel. Do we have enough time and money to take care of him? Probably yes on both counts, but are we ready to commit that much of our time to him? Hard to say. I think we'll at least take him for a weekend (maybe this one, maybe the next) and see how it goes. I think we should also have him for a full week too, since part of the deal will be seeing how we can work our schedules so that he isn't home alone too often.

Any serious Sirius-related comments are welcomed!


El Marco said...

Well, Siriusly, it sounds like a good situation, especially if they'd take him when you go out of town. You do need to spend a lot of time initially with a dog so he'll feel at home with you and not bark constantly. Would the current owners be able to take him for days and perhaps weeks over the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas? Wherever you drive and they accept dogs, you could take him with you. Lots to consider, especially if you're really committed to spending the time with him.

Shane said...

Thanksgiving should be fine, since the current owner will be around then. For Christmas, Tiff will be driving to CO, and I'm sure Jay and Mary will be fine with him.

The toughest thing might actually be the weekdays. But I can work from home 2-3 days a week, and Tiff can take him to work the rest of the time, it seems. We definitely have to try it out to see, but it seems like it could work.

Jessica said...

sounds cool--I know you're going to take the dog. The only point I'll take off your entry is for not tagging that entry "Considering a Dog, Siriously."
would have been so good!

Jeffra Diane said...

Ditto on what dad said and what Jessica said.