So I was suppose to write a post today about our trip to europe. But my SD card reader apparently died on me and there is no way for me to upload pictures to my computer. Hoping to have a fix within the next day or so. Instead you are getting a blog post about the Ninja family getting a dog.
A little background…
I grew up with dogs most of my life. At one point, my parents were fostering greyhounds and we had 12 dogs in our house. It was crazy and fun… but mostly crazy. Girl Ninja, didn’t have the best of luck with dogs. She had three Maltese’s throughout her childhood. Two which died after a relatively short time frame (couple of years) and one that her family ended up putting up for adoption because of temperament concerns. We’ve always known we would get a dog, we just didn’t know WHEN we would be getting a dog.
Now is that time. Here’s why:
- We’ve never been allowed to have a dog before. All of our previous rentals had a strict “no pets” policy in place. Now that we own a home, we can do whatever the heck we want. Get a dog. Scratch the crap out of our hardwood floors, like I did when I moved the fridge a tiny bit. Paint the walls whatever color we want. You get the gist. A dog is now in the realm of possibilities for us.
- My sister lives 10 minutes away, and my parents 20 minutes. My sister has two dogs and my mom and dad have three. If Girl Ninja and I head out-of-town for a weekend, we can have them dog sit without disrupting their way of life. Our dog gets to hang out with their dogs, and we still can go on vacations. If we didn’t have family and close friends with dogs, we probably wouldn’t be ready for one of our own. Knowing we have a support system to back us up in times of need is clutch.
- I work from home. I’m home a good chunk of the work day and can engage with our dog frequently. This means, our night can still be relatively free. We want to make sure our dog is stimulated and well socialized. If we had to keep it in a kennel from 8am to 6pm each day, we probably wouldn’t consider getting a pup. This also allows us to be free in the evenings. Since the dog will have gotten plenty of stimulation during the day, we can still meet friends for dinner without feeling guilty that we neglected our third family member.
So how did we decide which kind of dog to get? We simply made a check list of likes/dislikes…
- I hate small dogs.
- We didn’t want a long-haired bread. (Girl Ninja sheds plenty for us)
- We didn’t want our house to smell like dog.
- We didn’t want a breed that is known to “nip” or bite. (Sorry herding dogs)
- We wanted a dog that could be active with us (Sorry English Bulldog).
- We wanted a medium framed dog. (Sorry Great Dane)
- We wanted a low maintenance coat. (aka I’m too cheap to pay for grooming)
- We wanted a dog that is known for being trainable and good with children.
After doing a bunch of research, we stumbled upon the Vizsla…
If you are like us, we didn’t know what the heck a Vizsla was. But the more we read, the more we liked the breed. They are “self-cleaning” meaning they lick themselves clean and only need to be bathed a few times a year. They have virtually no dog odor. They are teachable. And weigh between 40 to 50 pounds when full-grown.
The only potential negative we read about the breed is that they are a highly active dog. As in, require daily stimulation and exercise. If you’re looking for a dog that will be a couch potato with you on the weekends, this isn’t the breed for you. Obviously the Seattle area is known for its rain. This could be a challenge for us, considering our dog will need to get outside rain, snow, sleet, or shine.
I’m sure we will run in to situations where we want to do nothing more than relax on a cold winter morning, only to have our dog be pestering us to go throw a ball with her outside. It’s going to be a learning experience for sure, but I imagine this is how parents feel when they want to do nothing more than watch their favorite show, but instead have to run the kids to soccer practice? Am I right?
There’s no going back for us. We are financially committed to a breeder in Southern California. Our pup will be born in Mid October and will be ready to join our family early December. Right in time for the holidays. We are really excited and slightly nervous. Can’t wait to share pictures of Dog Ninja once we get her 😉
p.s. I hate cats