Monday, November 21, 2005

Dogs

If you read my wife blog you may have read that it appears we may get a dog. I have a few concerns regarding this situation, obe is I hate dog hair. The other is about Jonah and how he would react with the dog.

This Shabbos we spent in Pittsburgh with the Siedmens, friends of ours, who own two monster dogs. Second things first, for the most part Jonah was great with these two dogs, except when they barked really loud, he ran to them petted them and threw toys at them. SO that concern was eased.

My first concern wasn't solved, these dogs are crazy hairy, hair everywhere, in the beds, on my clothes I can't deal with that. From what I hear teh dog we may get, a chochlate Labrador, is a short hair dog and shouldnt be a problem.

13 Comments:

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Nooch said...

There are halachic considerations as well.Not that it should deter you,just that you know to ask.

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dog (and cat) hair is totally disgusting. There is nothing worse than going over to someone's house and having nowhere to sit because all the couches and chairs are covered with fur. And then you see people walking around in public with their clothing covered with animal fur and that is just NASTY. Long hair, short hair...makes no difference - they all shed and they're all gross. Don't get a dog...your friends may never come to your house again.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Just Shu said...

which friend may we lose?
SHOW YOUR SELF

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Rolling hills of green said...

oooh challenge.

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Krunk said...

short haired dogs are generally very good when it comes to shedding...cats on the other jand are horrible.I know trust me.

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Zwicker said...

Shu,

After the Thanksgiving weekend, we will get Quagmire over to your house for a test run.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Anon, not all dogs shed, and that's a fact. There are even long haired scruffy dogs who don't shed, and Labs are mainly non-shedders (unless they're 13 years old and start going bald from old age). Just, no matter what you do, don't get a husky. They shed like you wouldn't believe. You could probably make a whole new wardrobe from what they shed. They're bred to be mush dogs in Alaska and other frozen climates, so any other climates they just let their fur go in chunks to cool down. Don't listen to this anon guy. He doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. If you study up on which dogs don't shed, your biggest problem will be with Jonah. As, I've said on doughnut's blog, a lot of people say it's important and a lot easier for a dog to grow up with a kid. So, that should be the main concern to answer.
-OC

 
At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saying that "not all dogs shed" would be about as accurate as saying not all humans shed their hair. There's no such thing as an animal - or a human - that does not shed at least some of their fur/ hair on a regular basis. It's the natural cycle of loss and regeneration. Amounts differ, of course, as does how gross it is, depending on the type of fur/ hair (long, short, curly, bristle-y, etc.). But it happens no matter what. And THAT'S a fact. Furthermore, labs are certainly not "non-shedders" as OC claims. I've been around plenty of labs and of course they shed. In fact, they're average shedders according to this site's description: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htm

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Geese, anon, you want to pick at hairs, that's fine. Not all dogs shed, as you described. Shedding, as you were referring to, is much different than losing small bits of hair natuarally. In what you're referring to, we might as well get rid of all humans, put plastic on all the clothes and furniture, and make sure not to come into contact with other people. G-d knows we wouldn't them shedding on us. That might lose us friends.
-OC

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need for sarcasm, OC. There's no comparison between animal fur and human hair. We're not talking about someone with OCD who feels compelled to live in a plastic bubble. Dogs that have fur, shed. Period. And if you don't like animal fur all over everything in your possession, like Shu described in his post, a dog is not for you. One of a very few exceptions might be the Hairless Terrier, a genetic mutation of the Rat Terrier, which gives you a pretty good idea of what it looks like.

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger DonutsMom said...

Who ARE you Anon? And why such a hater?

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Mrs. AP said...

i must say, i kinda agree with anon. it's been almost a year since we had to give barkley away and there is no end to the dog hair! and she was a "short hair" dog (rotty mix). it's gross. but don't worry - as long as quag is nice to jonah (and noa!!) we'll still come over. ;)

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger Just Shu said...

Nooch, I just read a halchic weekly that talked about owning pets. And it's not a problem

 

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