We are looking for the best family dog. Well, because hub and I think the kids are old enough to share in the responsibility of owning a dog. At first, I wasn’t for it, because honestly, I’d rather take care of a fishtank than a pet that drools, poops, and bites.
But then again, why not? Dogs are affectionate, loyal, protective. On the other hand, fish are boring (no offense, Nemo) and mortality rate (at least under my hands) is high!
Plus, I don’t have to do DIY grooming anymore, as there’s a pet grooming shop in the next-door village. There are a lot of dog accessories now that will make pet-life so much easier and more fun. (I went ahead and browsed the net and found these cute pet beds – I didn’t know they now come in all shapes and kinds!)
So we are now on our third week of pet hunting for the best family dog that will suit my kids. Every weekend since three weeks ago, we’ve gone to the pet hubs in Metro Manila – from Tiendesitas’ Pet Village to good ol’ Cartimar in Pasay, and even to the Arranque Market on Recto! (I pity the poor state of the animals at Arranque, by the way. Boo. 🙁 )
In between weekends, I lurk in Philippine pet forums searching classifieds and reading experiences of pet owners.
So far, on top of our choices are:
Akita Inu. Obviously because of that movie “Hachiko” that’s been on at HBO Asia. Besides, we saw an adorable akita pup when we went to Tiendesitas – it was really gentle and cuddly and just too cute. However, my vet-cousin says they shed a lot (not good for Nate’s skin asthma), howl a lot, and because they are mainly guard dogs, aggression could be a problem.
Rottweiler. Despite the negativity the rottie has gotten in the news, touted as the number one killer-dog in the US (according to my cousin)… Haay, yes, husband still wants one. I’m not too keen on a rottie, because I have a young son whose kakulitan could possibly provoke it to anger. And even if dog experts say the rottie is really gentle and loving and loyal, I don’t think I’d risk it.
Goldren Retriever. It seems like the perfect choice – cheerful, intelligent, gentle with children. It’s a medium shedder, though, so that could be a problem for Nate’s skin asthma. A labrador has these similar characteristics too – including the shedding. Either of these two could be our best family dog. Hmm.
In fairness, the mixed breed puppies we saw at Arranque were cute too. We petted a cuddly 6-week old goldador (golden retriever + labrador, though I highly doubt that both parents are purebreds) and we would have taken it home on impulse if it weren’t so expensive. The lady was selling it at P4,500. There were labrarot (labrador + rottie) puppies too, selling for P3,000. Hub thinks we were given overpriced rates, because families with excited kids seem most vulnerable to those tactics. So he will try to go back by himself one of these days.
Anyway, we hope to have finally decided on a pet dog by summer. Could you suggest what is the best family dog for us?