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Rodent for daughter with two dogs? (5 replies)

Ella5512
1 year ago
Ella5512 1 year ago

My family has two dogs. One is a normal dog; he likes to go on walks, eat food, etc. But he never really got trained fully...These were our first two dogs. He runs away if the door is open (just to the neighbor's, and always the same spot. We can lure him back with treats or he'll come back after 10-20 minutes). He's about 40 pounds. Also, he gets excited and jumps on new people, and barks ferociously at other dogs(although he's never bitten on purpose, only once on accident...I gave him food but stuck my fingers practically in his mouth). 

My other dog hates walks, doesn't like most treats except chicken, and gets scared easily. Loud TV noises, text messages, fireworks, etc. all scare him. When he's left with just one of my kids, he'll often shake and lick the couch or my other dog, and get freaked out. Sometimes he's scared for no reason. He's only 15 pounds I believe. However when we give him people food, especially chicken, he'll dart after it, whilst my other dog doesn't really care. 

So, my question is, would I ever be able to get any small rodent for my daughter? My son doesn't really care, but the dogs follow me around-I'm the alpha. She's been asking for a pet of her own for a while (fish and aquatic animals are out due to our bad history with them-we got a carnival fish...) and I'm considering it. Obviously not during Christmas; I heard that's a terrible time for new pets. But due to my small dog either getting scared of it or possibly darting after it and trying to eat it, and my big dog barking at it/also trying to eat it, I don't know if getting a rodent would be a smart option. 

I know my daughter can handle taking care of one, although she wouldn't' want to confine it to her room (which is what we had to do when taking care of someone's guinea pig, as well as locking the door and putting the cage on her shelf-our big dog figured out how to open the handle to get at the guinea pig). 

Because of this, I don't know if I can get her a rodent, but I'd really like to get her one. What do you guys think?

Ella5512
1 year ago
Ella5512 1 year ago

Also, forgot to add-my daughter is 14 but sensitive and hates change of a "bad type"...I know rodents don't live long, I don't know how she'd handle their death.

Melissa Smith
1 year ago
Melissa Smith 1 year ago
1 like by Karen Doll

Hi Ella! I am not overly familiar with the rodent set, but generally you're looking at about 1-3 years for a pet mouse. A guinea pig (according to the Humane Society) lives about 5-7 years. Would she consider a guinea pig? I know it's weird to think about, but remember that in 4 years she'll be graduating high school and looking to go off to college! 😮

Karen Doll
1 year ago
Karen Doll 1 year ago

I agree Melissa...Guinea Pigs make great pets! Never had one, but we know several other families who've had them as pets and simply loved them. They're quite the characters and are apparently very vocal and social little critters. Great suggestion! A while back I did some research about Guinea Pigs as pets for a freelance assignment and they're quite interesting and do make good first pets or pets in general.

Melissa Smith
1 year ago
Melissa Smith 1 year ago

I had a friend in high school that had one, and it was pretty cute! Ella, let us know what you decide, I'm curious!

Dr. Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS
1 year ago

Guinea pigs are epic! 

They really are great characters. One of ours used to express a preference for watching cartoons on the TV. When having cuddles on a knee, when kids cartoons came on, he had a special happy squeak. If you changed channels he'd stop, and that start singing again when you changed back to the cartoons. They also call to you, if they hear your voice in another room and they fancy some company. 

They are very social but do like company. It's a good idea to consider getting two, so they can keep each other company - or be dedicated to spending time handling and playing with them every day. 


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