Keeping Dogs as Pets: My Experience

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During my stay here on Wikinut, I have read many articles about dogs such as guides on keeping dogs as pets or species of dogs. So, here is my experience of keeping dogs as pets. I owned a total of four dogs. But now, I no longer own them.

Woof

Our first dog arrived in 2004. While I was playing outside, a man parked his car in front of our house. In the passenger seat sat a cute little black Labrador. The man took the dog out of the car and stopped in front of our house. I then realized that the dog was ours.

Because the dog barked on his first hour with us, we named him Woof. He was adorable with ears that drooped down over his head.
Over the time, we grew close to him. Although every night, he'd stop in front of our door and began howling. Eventually, he'd go away.
There were some times when I felt afraid of Woof. After his first bark, I had barely heard him bark again so when barked loudly at my face, I ran straight into my house. Five minutes later, I went outside again and spotted Woof resting under the table, as if he felt good scaring the hell out of me!
I sat down on the chair near him and in no time flat, he emitted a bark and and charged towards me. Once again, I ran inside.
When my mom came out, Woof acted all sweet and innocent. In fact, he began licking my leg and cuddling around it. I was afraid that the moment my mom would leave, Woof would turn mean again.
But other than that, Woof was a sweet pet and a fun friend.
I remember, once a car ran over his paw and he was taken to a vet. Over there, that paw was bandaged. He was to stay off it for two weeks.

One morning, I came out and Woof was nowhere to be seen. I was sadly told that Woof was given to my dad's friend because our house couldn't accomodate Woof anymore and he was too much to handle. I thought that was the last I'd ever see Woof.

But months later, my dad's friend visited us and guess who he brought over--Woof!
And my, was he grown! He had doubled his size. His teeth and paws which before didn't inflict any pain on me, had sharpened. But he was still the sweet soul he was months ago.
My friends and I played with him for about two hours before he had to go. But not before chasing a street cat into my neighbour's house.
That was the last time I ever saw Woof.

P.S. The picture on the side isn't of Woof's. I just found it on Wikimedia because I couldn't find Woof's picture anywhere. Luckily, I found one that was completely identical to Woof. But just to make it sure, that is not my dog!

Nikki and Spiky

Nikki and Spiky arrived on a clear night of 2005. Both of them were almost identical and resembled Woof alot. Except that they were smaller. But they were also both black Labradors.
After a year had passed after losing Woof, I was glad to have two more pets.
My sister named one Nikki and and I named the other Spiky. Spiky was slightly bigger than Nikki.
I guess they both enjoyed each other's company because they chasing each other and kept biting each other's tails. In fact,when Spiky would sleep, Nikki would bite its ears and spiky would howl. I thought I should seperate them but I decided that dogs will be dogs.

However, their stomach became upset and they soon grew sick. We took them to the vet and they gave them some kind of medicine of the sort or something. All I remember is that we came back with home. For a few days, Spiky was hyper although Nikki showed signs of drowsiness. She began sleeping more.
Soon enough Spiky began to follow and we ended up visiting the vet again.
I had a feeling we weren't going to keep the puppies for long.
I was right.

One morning, I came outside and I instantly noticed the puppies absence. I was told that they had become too sick and they had to go to some 'special' vet or something, For what I know, I never saw or heard from either of them again.

Hugo

Hugo too arrived in the year 2005 shortly after the departure of Spiky and Nikki. Unlike the first three dogs, Hugo was a black-brown-white German Shepherd. When we got him, he was just two months old.
Hugo was a very hyper dog who seemed to enjoy barking, especially late at night, much to the nuisance of the neighbours.
My favourite thing about Hugo was his love of balls. I had a basket ball which Hugo loved grabbing. He would grab the ball in his mouth and run away with it. Whenever I'd run after him, he'd run away, knocking down anyone who stood in his path.
I think one of his favourite games was to knock me over.
Everytime I'd come out at night, there would be silence. But then I hear the soft steps of Hugo advancing towards me. And before I knew it, he'd knock me aside and run straight ahead.

But at some point, Hugo was dangerous too. At one point, he was forced to put on a dog muzzle.

Once he tried to run away so I grabbed him by the collar. He turned around and bit my wrist really hard. I managed to keep a grip on him until someone else got hold of him. Then I examined the cut.
My writst was bleeding bleedly. Luckily, Hugo was just a youngling so it wasn't that serious. But I still have the mark I got from the cut.

Hugo really loved tearing up newspapers. My dad had to keep a watchful eye on him every morning until the newspaper came in. He even tested Hugo by placing the newpaper outside to see if Hugo would tear it apart. But Hugo was smart and didn't fail the test.

Hugo was scared of a number of things including:

  • My remote control car
  • A little dog (certain)
  • Turkeys

As Hugo grew older, he began adopting new hobbies such as barking late at night or scratching brand new cars.
And it was this act that had forced Hugo to another home. My family was tired of Hugo's actions and the fact that he constantly scratched our cars.
Same ending: One morning, I came out and Hugo was gone.

We had smaller pets like fish or turtles or chicks. We still have two turtles but they're so...boring. They're just not as fun as the big stuff!

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Chick, Dogs, Fish, How To Keep A Pet, Pets, Training A Pet, Turtles

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Dec 2010 (#)

I remember dogs we had as kids too.
Now we do not have a dog because to be able to care for them properly - with obedience lessons and such - is too much time that we dont have.
So we have easier pets, like cats, ducks, and sheep!

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author avatar SiddiQ
8th Dec 2010 (#)

That was the issue with us. We now live in a house with barely a garden so dogs are no longer an option for us. Although cats do frequently visit us. Thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar D in The Darling
8th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks for sharing!
I got scare when you mentioned the bite! I'll never keep any dogs.
A friend lost a child, I nearly lost my wife to a neighbour's dogs. Very bad experience indeed!

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author avatar SiddiQ
8th Dec 2010 (#)

I'll agree that dogs can be vicious, especially stray dogs. But with TLC, we might actually befriend them. After all, dogs are a man's best friend. :)

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author avatar Denise O
8th Dec 2010 (#)

Oh ((((SiddiQ)))), hugs to you my friend.
I'm so sorry for all your loses.
It was very brave of you to tell your story.
Maybe one day, all things will be right and you will once again, have one of man's
best friends.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar SiddiQ
9th Dec 2010 (#)

Thank you for the warm comment, Denise O. It's sweet. Yes, I also hope that I am reunited with man's best friend ;)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Dec 2010 (#)

I remember my first dog, Nellie. She was a Collie that looked just like little Timmy's Lassie of TV and movie fame. Nellie was my best friend, my playmate, my protector. I used to ride her all over our farm like she was a pony and she loved it. I was only five or six when she died of a stomach tumor. She died a long, slow, painful death because of me. My uncle would have taken her out and shot her but somehow I knew what he was going to do and I would throw myself across her body to protect her when, in reality, all I was doing was prolonging her suffering.. Over the years since then I have had to have many pet companions put down and every time it has been like losing a child or a grand child.

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author avatar SiddiQ
9th Dec 2010 (#)

I'm sorry about the lost, Jerry. I also hate the thought of losing a pet. Especially after we've had it long enough to create an iron bond between us. I remember I had a large turtle, Razor. He was pretty fast for a turtle and he had an unusually long neck. He was there when our family switched houses. But one day on July 2009, I came out and looked for Razor. I saw him...he was floating upside down...eyes closed :(

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author avatar christopheranton
8th Dec 2010 (#)

SiddiQ. Sorry to hear you had
so much problems with
your dogs. Mind you it must have been
a nightmare living next to you.
You should get a cat. They make
perfect pets, and they are
a lot less trouble.

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author avatar SiddiQ
9th Dec 2010 (#)

My Dad also suggested a cat. We might consider it. Thanks for dropping by.

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author avatar ppruel
9th Dec 2010 (#)

I love reading this piece.

Your experiences with those handsome dogs really amazing.

Though they are already gone, there is still love you feel for them - and even you missed them.

great article dude - I'll send this off to twitter and facebook.

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author avatar SiddiQ
9th Dec 2010 (#)

Thank you, ppruel! I still miss them. Thank you for spreading it out ;)

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author avatar ppruel
13th Dec 2010 (#)

as always - you are always welcome.

at this time I'll share this directly to facebook.

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author avatar SiddiQ
13th Dec 2010 (#)

Once again, thank you. Well appreciated ;)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
13th Dec 2010 (#)

Sorry to hear you lost your dogs SiddiQ; they sound like they would be greatly missed.

You've written a wonderful article. Congratulations on the star :)

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author avatar SiddiQ
13th Dec 2010 (#)

Thank you, Angelique! They were greatly missed!

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author avatar Humza
13th Dec 2010 (#)

hmmm nice one siddiq

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author avatar SiddiQ
14th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks, Humza

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