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The Kid has expressed interest in getting a dog, and wants something husky-like. I know that a husky would need lots of exercise, but here I have a bored 16 year old ready and willing to provide just that.

The shelters I contacted require us to have a fenced in yard as a condition of adopting, so I've spent the last couple of months reading up on the topic and getting quotes.
Invisible Fence would run about $2,000 and works for most but not all dogs.
Extending our current scrap of fence all the way around the yard, with something that looks really good is almost $8,000.

My question to LJ: how necessary is a fence really (aside from the fact that the shelters require it)?
If I go minimal, what's a reasonable size for a fenced area for a mid-size dog?


Feb. 16th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
This dog is really for you, right?
What are you thinking, Alice?

That kid is off to college in 2 years and then he's outtathere and you're left with a dog... *and* a brand-new EMBA *and* (we all hope) a high-powered job. Where does exercising the dog fit in then?

I know I can do the mean mommy schtick better than almost anyone, but if I had a bored teenaged boy at home I'd be darned tempted to tell him to get a job. What? There's absolutely no work for him on that island? No mowing lawns or pastures or cleaning horse stalls or repairing bicycles? Dang. How about writing apps for the iPhone, then...

Marty is SO lucky he got *you* for a mother.
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
While I like dogs well enough, I'm more of a cat person. I'm thinking two and a half years is a pretty long time, and that four years away for college doesn't seem like that long. There's also the whole "college? really?" thing right now. If he does the Community College thing (very popular around here) he would be living at home anyway.

Re: jobs. The kid has made a fairly serious effort to find paying work, but there are plenty of adults already pounding those pavements, as well as employers who are trying to do without for the time being. The one business with a history of hiring teenagers - the NAPA auto parts store - just closed a couple of weeks ago.
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
I get the big picture about the economy - that's why I suggested shoveling stalls and mowing lawns. He can do it cheap and it would use his energy. My concern is that this will end up being your dog (and yes I know you like cats more). I was trying to make a subtle point that you are really indulgent. But you know that subtlety was not my gift. Sigh. Get him a poodle. Weren't they originally bred as French hunting dogs?
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
A Standard poodle is a great, sturdy dog. And yes, they're retrievers.

There was a nifty mystery series published a while back where the lead character and his wife had a security-trained Standard. The bad guys didn't take him seriously, see....
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
*perk* Author/title?
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
First one is Murder at the War (or Knight Fall), by Mary Monica Pulver. The rest barely mention the SCA at all, but the dog gets good notice. I think she managed to get four or five out before her contract lapsed or whatever happened.

Edited at 2009-02-19 06:32 am (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
Mar. 11th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
Yeah, count me in with the Empress.

Mar. 11th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
Hmmm, I'm not much of a "dog" person, and for that matter was sorta looking forward to an animal-free lifestyle back when I had two very elderly cats - and just before Mike's Mom gifted us with a feral rescue kitten she couldn't handle.

The agreement into looking into getting a dog was more a matter of
1) I said he could get one back when he was 11, but he didn't want one then
2) I do think it would be good for the kid to have a friend, and a dog is a reasonable substitute

As it happens, Mike is still out of work, we aren't going to be spending money on anything like putting in a fence, and the kid has done enough reading to have more of an appreciation about how much work is involved in raising a dog. The issue isn't completely closed, but has lurched much closer to not happening than happening.


after all
Alice Bentley

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