Ep. 23: Choosing the Perfect Dog

Join Marissa, Kayla and Ursa discuss the process of choosing a dog, introduce topics to consider and learn how they chose their loved ones!

Things to Consider:

  • Take your time and don’t rush!
  • Do you have the opportunity to foster from a shelter or rescue in order to try this on?
  • Be aware of your internal process. Ask yourself and your family questions:
    • What is our current lifestyle?
    • How would we like to spend time with this new dog? 
    • What qualities are a must have?
    • What qualities are deal breakers? 
    • What qualities  are negotiable?
    • Does breed matter?

Links and References

The commercial that Niko featured in
The video that Kayla took of Barley to show her boyfriend and ask to adopt him.

Comments 4

  1. I can’t tell you how timely this podcast was for me! I had gotten a call from the shelter that the dog for which I requested a hold was ready for a meet and greet. I met the pooch and also had a long conversation with the shelter rep working with me about my must-haves, what I want to do with this dog, etc. He has a lot of experience at the shelter and explained how her temperament and behavior is likely to blossom outside of the shelter into a perfect dog for someone (with different needs and expectations) but maybe not for me. He listened to all of my temperament must-haves , etc., and he is going to watch intake for a better match for me. And I didn’t feel badly about not taking this dog (as I likely would have if I had not listened to you beforehand.) Thanks so much!

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      Wow, Cameron, that’s great to hear! You’ll find the right pup soon enough. It’s hard to pass up on those almost-right ones, but it’s SO worth it to get the right dog.

  2. Oh my gosh when I heard Ursa say “a Malamute with Corgi legs” I came STRAIGHT here hoping to find a picture, because I instantly thought “she’s literally talking about my dog!”

    I have a Siberian/Malamute/? mix, that I always jokingly say is probably part Corgi because she’s a little sausage! Out of curiosity, did you ever do a DNA test to find out what breeds Niko is? I’m so curious about my dog’s breed, she’s so unique. She looks a lot like him, just blue-eyed and agouti. And I have also have the thought “my future dogs will never be as perfect as she is” haha. On a similar note, I cracked up when Ursa said “I like my dog’s fluffy and pointy” because that was exactly what I looked for when searching for my dog! So many similarities, it’s uncanny!

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