Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?

After school yesterday, my daughter was playing with a friend while her dad and I chatted. I noticed that the girls were having fun finding pill bugs. I remember my daughter used to collect a whole handful of them when she was in preschool. That used to make me really woozy to see. Thank goodness now she's content with just one!

When it was time to go home, my daughter tried to sneak into the car, hiding her hand. I asked her what she had in her hand (knowing full well what it was). She admitted that she was trying to take a pill bug home because she wanted a pet. I explained to her that we can't take care of a pill bug and it wasn't fair to take it away from its family and friends. She put the bug back, but she then started to cry because of her lack of pets (and siblings).

This breaks my heart! It would be nice to have a furry friend living with us. The only problem is that both my husband and daughter are allergic to dogs and cats. I explained this to my daughter, and she understood. She suggested that maybe we can get another kind of pet. I tried to change the topic at that point. The thought of having a pet snake or frog doesn't seem that appealing to me.

After we got home, and my daughter did some of her homework, she went to play on the computer. Or at least, I thought she was playing. It turns out that she was doing heavy-duty research on ferrets! She even made this chart to illustrate the good and bad points of owning a ferret.



In case you're having a hard time reading her chart, she lists that ferrets are indoor pets; they're prone to cancer; they need constant attention; and they're not for babies.

I pointed out that it is illegal to have ferrets as pets in California. She mentioned that she noticed that too! So, next she's going to research amphibians and/or reptiles to see if any of those will make a suitable pet.

It's heartbreaking when I know she wants a pet dog more than anything! For those of you with allergic family members, what type of pets do you have?

16 comments:

  1. What about a gecko, bird, or a guinea pig? Hamsters are cute, although they might bite, but they do have LOTS of personality! Do you read Stimeyland? Maybe a mouse! Okay, I'll go away now.

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  2. Try a goldfish and a yellow mystery snail in a tank, living together. The colors contrast well, and the snail cleans up after the fish. Have a magnifying glass ready, because it's really cool to see the snail scrape the glass with its tongue for algae, and also to try to figue out how it "walks". They currently have both in stock at Aquarium City over on Sherman Way, east of Topanga.

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  3. When my youngest son was just about 6 months older than your daughter he got a guinea pig for his birthday. Guinea pigs are fun to handle, make cute noises, have tons of personality, are pretty easy to take of, live much longer than hamsters and if you go away on vacation you will have no trouble finding someone to take care of it. Our guinea pig lived almost ten years! There are some dog breeds that don't cause allergies. My neighbor with an allergic child has a "snickerdoodle" part schnauzer part poodle.

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  4. I know of some families whose members have bad dog allergies, but have been able to find dogs that don't trigger them. One family has a child whose asthma was triggered by being around a friend's dog and even required a visit to the emergency room as a result, but he now, happily for the last 3 years or so, enjoys the company of a pet canine in his own home. It IS possible.

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  5. My family members have a goldendoodle (golden retriever/poodle). The allergic members don't have any problems with her. I think poodles, as well as dachshunds don't have dander.

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  6. We have dogs and fish. The fish are really pretty boring. But there are some dog breeds that are allergy-friendly. Labra-doodles, I think. There are a couple. How about a pot bellied pig??

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  7. My kids' doctor recommended hypoallergenic Siberian cats. Google them. They are fluffy and gorgeous. Beats the heck out of Mr. Bigglesworth furless cats. The only downside is that they cost a lot of money, as would any animal you buy from a breeder. I am checking into this for my kids. We are fostering a "regular" cat right now and Tessa's allergies are through the roof. Having a pet around has been great for the kids and all of us, though, since Miranda passed in October. Siberian cats could be the next alternative for us. I have a hard time buying a pet from a breeder when there are so many homeless cats and dogs in shelters, but I have yet to find a Siberian kittens through Petfinder.com!

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  8. All pets are pains in the butt and expensive. My dog is neurotic. I finally got Jeff to take the fish tank back to the office since Moe couldn't keep his hands out of the water.

    As others have said, there are many dogs that people with allergies do better with (Havanese, poodles, etc.) but you'd have to be sure before you adopt! Wouldn't want anyone to get too attached.

    How about a turtle? I loved turtles but I wasn't allowed to have one growing up. Also, people love rats as pets (though you'll never catch me with any rodent pet). A parakeet?

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  9. Ann-Kristin, SwedenJune 15, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    I think an aquarium (fish tank) would be a good idea. There are sweetwater fish that doesn't lay eggs but have little tiny fishbabies! You can see the fish mothers grow fat...and you can see the tiny fishbaby eyes through the mothers skin and then watch them be born! I had great joy having a fish tank when I was younger and seeing the fishbabies grow older and have new fish babies of their own. It doesnär involve a lot of work either as longa s you don't over feed the fish.

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  10. Ann-Kristin, Sweden.June 15, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Here's a link http://www.aquariumfish.net/information/raising_baby_fish.htm

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  11. poodles have a type of hair more like humans that doesn't shed as much and because it is more like human hair it isn't allergenic to most people. We are getting a labradoodle for Ryan's service dog and he is said to be less allergenic. However, that trait comes from the standard poodle in the mix, not from the lab. I've heard that Bichon Friz (spelling?) are also low allergy if you prefer a smaller dog. Maybe try hooking up with a foster care for dogs type agency, usually through a no kill shelter, and ask to foster some low allergy breeds for short periods and see who reacts to what. This way you are only the temporary home...just a thought!

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  12. Poodles!!!!! Smart, non-allergenic and cute to boot.

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  13. A fish should be good.... just watched on Dog 101 that Bichon Frises (dog) are supposed to be tolerated well by those with allergies.

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  14. Oh by the way my dog has been great for my son he has become most tolerant of animals as a result oh and small children LOL

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  15. Poodles. The standard kind, not the small ones! Altho they're all hypoallergenic.

    I can't imagine life without a dog in it.

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