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« on: July 11, 2006, 11:08:50 AM »
I have heard that b/c GULC now allows people to apply for both PT and FT, the PT numbers may have gone up... and if it helps, I didn't get in, non-urm, 3.6/167, applied to both, live and work in DC with a job I could keep in legal field, I was waitlisted and pulled myself off, so not sure if I would have eventually gotten in, but I was definitely dissappointed that I didn't get in.
« on: July 05, 2006, 05:48:09 PM »
I'm moving at the end of July... I'm so excited to get down there and get ready to get started!
Can't wait to meet everyone!
« on: June 29, 2006, 05:38:52 PM »
Puppies are hard in the beginning regardless, if you work close enough to home to come home and let them out a few times a day, it's doable, but it is rough. It is a commitment every few hours, all day, every day.
We have had both of ours since they were young, one since 9weeks, the other 9 months, and it really only worked well b/c my boyfriend works from home most of the time. We could maintain a schedule and we crate trained them, so it worked out. A year with the dog before school is good, but I would still think about getting an older pup--for med/large dogs, they can grow and develop into their second year, that means they are still getting a personality and hormones are raging, etc., so they could still be unhappy about your being gone most of the day. But, if you have a good foundation, then anything can work, you just have to be willing to put in a LOT of work and be VERY consistent.
As for breeds, any breed can be trained to stay by your side if you do that training right, labs are very easy to deal with and some are on the small side, some hound breeds can be similar, australian sheps are good, and though larger and rather energetic, boxers are very nice, but you have to be careful about dominance/agressiveness sometimes...and german shorthaired pointers are great, loyal dogs, some can be high strung, but in the house they are more mellow, usually. Look online for suggestions, too, there are some sites that help you pick breeds that fit your lifestyle. Very important!--be honest about your lifestyle--do you have lots of nice stuff that a dog can destroy? Will it drive you nuts to have them running around like crazy? Do you have a place to let them run free somewhere nearby (yard or dog park)? Are you active or couch-potato? Do you want a smart dog, vocal dog, silent dog, goofy friendly dog, etc...
I'll think on breeds, but just so you know, my favorite dog ever (don't tell my current dogs, and I do love them, I just haven't had them as long!) was a mutt--a shepherd/lab and something mix, she was small for those breeds, but had lots of german shepherd smarts along with lab lovability... shelters are great places to find super dogs!
anyway, that's a lot of babbling, I am a HUGE animal lover and think they bring SO much to my life, but definitely be honest about the time commitment... and remember, some of the smaller breeds can be good places to start (west highland white terriers are hypoallergenic, so they are easy to keep in smaller spaces, and rarely are yappy, they have enough energy to run around/go for walks, etc... and there are other small breeds, and they can be much easier to deal with in general, though I know a lot of people don't like the small dogs.)
« on: June 29, 2006, 02:18:19 PM »
I do love Akitas... but german shepherds are the only dogs for me (for now)... we have two, they are great little monsters! I just hope neither one decides to try to take over the neighborhood, that's my biggest fear with them. We don't want them to be wusses, but finding that fine line is tricky and takes a lot, a LOT, of time.
« on: June 29, 2006, 12:43:08 PM »
Yes! Dogs in LS... or cats (I have both!)
As long as you will dedicate time to them no matter what (that means, btw., that if they get sick, you have to take time out to care for them, and then the walks and such, too) and have the room for them... get an older dog if you go the dog route, and get them as long before school starts as you can so that you can bond and know their quirks before school.
People go to LS with kids, you can definitely do it with a dog!
« on: June 28, 2006, 02:56:40 PM »
yup... I'm psyched 'cause we're having a margarita HH on the roof
mmmmm, margs on the roof... that beats just about anything else I can think of to celebrate the finally sunny day... enjoy one (or seven) for me
« on: June 28, 2006, 11:31:40 AM »
After working from home mon and tues, of course today is the day I have to be in the office... grrrrrr....
it is so nice to finally dry out some!
« on: June 26, 2006, 01:59:02 PM »
I just went in my basement and there are at least two toads down there. I have no idea how they got there, though the puddle of water down there probably gives some indication.
now my cats are going crazy b/c there are toads in the basement and I think I just saw a cow float by my window...
« on: June 26, 2006, 01:44:57 PM »
hey DCers... it just started raining...again...out here. damn this weather!
at least I'm at home and didn't have to deal with the metro today, my sympathies to those of you out there who did!
« on: June 26, 2006, 01:16:29 PM »
and, thanks for the great info!
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