A dog as your house alarm?
I've had sketchy things happen in our 'hood, on occassion. We get some unannounced knocks at our door. Our car has been broken into in front of our house. With my partner out late for work often and with our 100+ year old house getting creaky, I can get scared of dark corners. I have thought about getting a dog to act as a sounding board, but - geez! - aren't three kids enough? Well, an urbanMama recently emailed faced with a similar conundrum:
Hi Mamas, my husband and I are having a dog dilemma. He wants to get a dog to alert us of people on the property. We have had someone in our unlocked shed and in our cars on the nights we forget to lock them. I understand and support his need to protect his family. My issues are that we have a three and a half year old and a one year old. Our house is small but the yard is huge. I am not wanting to take on the responsibility of an animal that needs real care. We have two neglected cats who are outdoor only since my son was born. I don't think it is fair to them to add another animal when they are getting very little attention. The final concern is the cost of having a dog and taking proper care of him/her. I know that I will have to cave at some time but would like to figure out what is the best plan for getting a dog that will be good with the kids and worth the bark. We will not be getting a puppy. I will go to the pound for a dog and have no plans on paying for something fancy. Your thoughts mamas?