DH and I went to the Vancouver pound and saw 2 dogs, one a very cute mutt puppy shepherd/lab mix they say (but they really have no idea) named Timber and the other a large, lab/Newfie mix, 1 yr old. Thought I might like raising a puppy. Having a hard time making a decision. I guess I'll never get over Sampson, but it's so hard to make up my mind. The puppy doesn't look anything like Big Boy (which is nice in a way), he's brown, has a dark muzzle, very good disposition, two white toes on one of his back legs, comes when you call him over, but he seems calm, manageable. I was quite impressed with his disposition. The other one Sylvester, we didn't spend any time with but I'm feeling like no one will take him cause he's so big. And of course, he reminds me of you know who. http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=12993336Well, his head is big, his body is slender and has no training but when I went over to his cage, he came over and he kind of howled a wookie (in Star Wars) does. This is why I don't like going to the pound or looking at pictures, I feel bad for them. I even saw one lab female, 8 yrs old with arthritis who looked like she could have been Sampson's sister, she had those eyes, she just lay there looking up at me and I started crying. DH pushed me pass her cage. Seriously, I can't even watch dog rescue shows without crying.
Large breeds don't live as long, Newfie's are lucky if they make it to 10. Yet, I'm naturally attracted to him because of prior experience. So, it's the Heinz 57 puppy or the big dopey looking guy. Who will shed a lot, I'm sure. And slobber. Argggh! DH keeps sending me pics of dogs at shelters and I have to admit, when we drove up to the shelter, I was really tense (like I was going to the dentist). Part of me isn't over Sampson and part of me wants us to have some bundle of joy - human or canine - I don't care! Yes, I know puppies are a lot of work, but because it will really be me doing all the work during the day, DH is leaving the decision up to ME! Perhaps it would be good training for me, a puppy? And he doesn't remind me of Saint Sampson at all. Sigh. I'm seeing the parallels already - baby or older child, housebroken or not?