Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Unwelcome House Guest?

A wannabe dog owner is moving into a friend’s home – is this the right time to adopt a dog? The Hairy Dogfathers offer these housewarming tips (in lieu of a crappy gift you’re only going to bring out when they come over for a visit).

Dear Hairy Dogfathers,

I am moving into a friend’s house this summer. It’s a win-win for everyone. We get along great. My rent will help pay her mortgage, and I will be able to save up some money for a house of my own. Now, I really want a dog. I think I know just what kind of dog I want, too! My soon-to-be-roomie isn’t too keen on the idea, because she has an older cat, who is pretty settled in his ways. How do I convince her that a dog in the house would be a good idea?

Signed, Wannabe Dog Owner

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André says:

Dear Wannabe,

Congrats on the upcoming move, I always love a good win-win situation. But when it comes to getting this dog, what makes you so sure it’s a good idea? I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad idea, but I’m not convinced you have thought this though. First of all, being a good dog owner can get pricey, and if you’re trying to save up for your own house, you have to realize that getting a dog at this point in time means it will take you longer to achieve your goal. Secondly, it’s not your place, so show some respect – if your friend has already given you a firm no, don’t try weasel a yes out of her. Thirdly, if the cat isn’t good with dogs, then why would you force a dog to live with him?

My advice is to stay a wannabe for a little while longer, save up quickly, buy your first house, and then look for a canine companion to share your new home with.

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Kevin says:

Sorry to say, but the cat came first! You don’t want to ruffle any feathers – or fur, in this case – when it comes to your new roomie or cat. Go easy on the dog issue for now.

Why not go and volunteer your time at a local shelter? You’ll be building up your dog walking muscles, and brushing up on your training skills. When the time comes, you’ll have the keys to your new house and a ton of new doggie experience to help you out! Maybe your new roomie will join you for some walks when you take out the shelter dogs!

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