July 22, 2008

Tuesday's Time Waster - Shopping for a Bichon Frise

I'm not a big fan of pets, but only because I have allergies. However, I have discovered that some breeds of dog cause less of a reaction than others. I also took allergy shots for a variety of things like weeds and trees, as well as for dogs (but not for cats as I was broke at the time 20 some years ago and I really don't like cats enough to pay for an extra shot). So I figured that I'd look into what it would take to adopt a dog.

I did some research awhile back and found that my best bet for a dog was a Bichon Frise. They are small, intelligent, lovable and generally quiet. They do require brushing out a few times a week and, while they're a good dog for condo's and apartments, you still have to take them on walks. Considering I need to start taking me on a daily walk, this could work out well. They occasionally have health issues, but not generally and the cost to adopt varies from around $500 to $1000, depending on where you go.

And that's what took all morning! I looked on the internet to find where in Colorado I could go and at first, I kept finding the same two breeders. Eventually, through creative googling, I was able to find several breeders. I called a few to see if they had any expected litters. One location is expecting a litter to be ready for adoption right around my birthday (late August to early September)! So I'm thinking that maybe that's the day to do it...or rather the day after. Many of the websites suggested spending some time with the dogs first to make sure the allergy stuff doesn't flare up. So depending on the school district stuff (check back on Thursday for an update) I might be adopting a doggie!

8 comments:

citizen of the world said...

They are cute. I hear ppdles are nonallergenic. I'd love to have a big standard poodle.

LostInCO said...

You got to get a doggie, they are the best.

TheWeyrd1 said...

Citizen...I considered a toy poodle for the allergies and for size appropriate to condo living, but they tend to be yappers while Bichon's tend to be quiet...

Lost...I think it would shut up my critics who think I hate children and animals...lol

The Gentleman said...

please... puppies are way better than children... at least they don't grow up despising everything that you did for them! lol

btw Love the Bichon, it's a lovely breed... plus you know puppies are the ultimate chick's magnet :)

yenbar said...

Are you sure this is the dog for you?..seems to be alot of up keep with the brushing out a few times a week.Do you have time for this?
Get a cat instead..so much less trouble and they are affectionate if you get them as a kitten and start from scratch.
The walk thing..not sure..don't think I've ever seen a cat go for a walk on a leash..at least not willingly!

TheWeyrd1 said...

Gentleman...chick magnet, another reason to get a cute puppy!

Yen...did you miss the part where I mentioned my cat allergies and I don't like cats anyway? Besides, with all the tv I watch, surely I can multitask doggy brushing...lol

yenbar said...

WEYRD..take the damn shots for the cat allergies..you seem much more a cat person than a dog person to me.A cat is much more suited to someone who watches so much tv.Try it..you'll like it..LOL..sorry couldn't resist giving you a hard time.
Are you back from Texas now?

Jdancer8 said...

if you get a dog like that I better not see pictures of it in a brightly colored bag. or any sort of bag for that matter....I wish you could get a cat...you seem more like a cat person to me....well besides the whole deathly allergic thing