Thursday, September 16, 2010

From Fish to Puppies...

Don't worry, guys - I'm alive and well. And so are my fish.

Jackson and Marley seem to have adapted well together and happily share the tank now. Bringing Jacksie home was little nerve-wracking, as my partner-in-crime Brittany discovered shortly after leaving the pet store (and shortly after they locked the doors behind us) that there was a leak in the bag that he had to live in for the next few hours while we did groceries.

He was a trooper though. Not only did he survive and make it safely home, but he & Marley both survived my over-dosing the tank water with a purifying treatment last week. I put in 10x the amount of treatment that should have gone in, but aside from swimming fast for awhile and acting kind of crazy (maybe they were high?), they're still kickin'. In their extra-clear water.

Now maybe it's because I've successfully kept fish alive for the past few months, or maybe it's because so many people I know are having or have had babies lately, but now I've got this new itch to get a puppy.

I have no idea why. My parents had my pet dog Jake put down when I was about 10 years old, while I was away at camp - (and people wonder why I think I'm the scarred middle child) - and since then, I've never had a desire to have another dog. And I think my friends with pets would tell you that I'm not much of a dog person.

But after I stumbled across the picture of a puggle, I fell in love.

Puggles are a cross between a pug and a beagle. According to my Google research, they are a smaller dog (usually never get to be bigger than 25 lbs) and they are very friendly and playful. They have lots of energy and love to go for walks.

I think the puggle is made for me. And I really, really want one.

I keep reminding myself that I don't really like dogs. They are needy and whiny and make messes. When you want to go somewhere for any length in time, you have to find someone to watch them. They bark and jump and annoy me.

Still, I find myself searching Kijiji and other websites for puggle pups for sale in the Ottawa area.

I must be losing it...


Sharon said...

I love puggles too Jill. They are adorable! If I could have a dog, that would be the kind I would get.

Lori said...

I have a puggle named Fiona and she is the light of my boyfriend and my lives. Never had kids so we don't mind the accommodation one needs to make for a dog. Especially in a high rise in a city. But, she is a great size, very funny and smart. They need lots of love and they shed like you would not believe 365 days a year. I will warn you they do grow up and are still cute, but not as cute as so the puppies (mine has an endearing underbite.) If you are ready to be a Mom to a pup, I can't say enough about them, but be ready and have at leaat $500 to spend on shots and equipment.

Jill said...

Hi Lori, thank you for the insider's look at the puggle! The information is appreciated and I will certainly take it all into consideration before making the decision.

Lindsay said...

ha ha your not losing it!! I have the same desire when I got Tucker. And even though it can be work it is so nice to come home to something that is always so happy to see me all the time. He never gets mad, always wants to play and loves to snuggle on the couch with me!! You should do it! xo

Stacy said...

Well as much as I would love a dog and it almost makes me want a Puggle...I am not one for shedding...hate to say it, but I cannot wait till Tinker (my cat) is gone - I want to be HAIR-FREE...blech, I hate hair on my clothes, my couches, just everywhere. Dogs are a lot of work but maybe you need a companion and I mean, you did say way back when, you wanted a dog that could walk with you - maybe it would push to get out and start walking again...;) hahah!