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Did You Adopt a Baby or an Adult?

When misslarue asked my opinion on adopting a puppy or an adult dog, it gave me a great poll idea. I've experienced both and can see advantages of each side. Puppies are a fresh start, but you have to make it through that start and middle before the end result of a good dog, whereas adult dogs can be trickier to train if left untrained for a long time (but easier if you don't have the experience/time to train them yourself). Nothing is impossible with a little dedication and a lot of love, but I'm asking what route you traveled for your furry friends.

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carrieinkeene carrieinkeene 6 years
I have adopted all of my Chihuahuas from rescue societies...one, Butchy, will be 20 years old in april!
airsea airsea 6 years
We have a 6 year old mutt and we bought him when he was around 6-10 weeks old and he was adorable and so much fun to be with! ^__^ Plus I read a book on how to raise a puppy, (it was in our bookshelf when I was bored) and it said that the best times to raise a dog would be when they're a puppy. So in my opinion, a puppy's the best way to go.
psterling psterling 6 years
We have a puppy but actually wanted an older dog. Believe me, they're SO much easier and can still be trained.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 6 years
i got mine when he was a pup. but im def gonna adopt an older dog. they need lovin too!
starangel82 starangel82 6 years
My cat was a stray that showed up on my porch. The vet guessed she was about 5-6 months old at the time. Now she's getting ready to turn two next month!
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 6 years
we got our puppy at 8 weeks old from a breeder. we only have one puppy now, and we don't plan on adopting.
Noelle7176 Noelle7176 6 years
We wanted a dog that was a little older because we're not home during the day and we wanted one that we felt comfortable leaving in a crate during the day. We worked with a rescue foundation that had a 5 year old pug and she fits our family perfectly.
BigPaws BigPaws 6 years
My cat was originally rescued at about 7-8 months by a friend. After 5 years with him she moved in with her boyfriend and Eddie (BigPaws) the Norwegian Forest cat came to live with me. Don't be put off by getting an older cat - they are still great pets.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 6 years
I got my Tonkinese, Neko at 9 weeks old. My parents got their collie at 1 1/2 years.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 6 years
My dog was a present from my Aunt when hers had puppies, and my first two cats were adopted as stray kittens, but my last cat we found when she was probably between 6 months and a year.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
All of my kittehs have been adult rescues, and for me, adults are the way to go. I "babysat" a friend's 3 month old kittens last summer, and while adorable, the two brothers were little bottle rockets on crack. Every morning at about 4 AM, I had both of them chewing on my toes, one on each foot!
scorpiogroove scorpiogroove 6 years
my last 3 cats were all kittens...2 of them were sisters from my parent's cat...i've had them for 12 and 14 years (beegee passed on) and then i ended up getting another kitten right after i lost beegee... i'm open to adopting older pets, i would have the time and energy to deal with training and giving lots of love...it just depends on the situation, a lot of times the animals choose me! =)
chatondeneige chatondeneige 6 years
Well, my SilverBaby was found in the bushes when he was a few months old, and he came inside when he was about 6 months old, so I guess he was still a baby. His brother Fred was a shelter kitty and came home when he was a little over 2 years old. I just couldn't justify adopting a kitten to myself when there are so many adult kitties who need mommies.
MissTiffers MissTiffers 6 years
I didn't adopt. My sheltie was bought at about 4 months old.
mayara mayara 6 years
Most of our cats have been kittens, adopted in pairs. After one of our oldest was gone, we adopted a full-grown, about 3 yrs old at the time. Shortly after we adopted him (and had a full house, no intentions of adopting more), a stray kitten claimed us. Kittens seem to be easier to add to the family -- the older ones are willing to accept more from them, and are used to them by the time they're grown up. But my little bear (the 3-yr-old-when-I-got-him) seems to be doing fine these days.
TaraR TaraR 6 years
Poindexter, whom I adopted a few years ago, was at least 10-12 when I got him. He had one tooth left at the time. Now he's a toothless toy poodle. Cute and fierce though. He will gum all evildoers.
moonlissa moonlissa 6 years
Sadie Grace was four months old, but I would not have considered her a baby. She was basically house trained and crate trained. I don't know if I could deal with a teeny puppy bladder!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
We adopted our cats as young adults (1-3 yrs old)... BUT we foster kittens, so it's the best of both worlds ;)
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
both my dogs were puppies. We rescued B-Bop, someone took his pregnant mama to the humane society so he was born there and we got him at 8weeks. Rocksy we bought from a breeder and we got her at 8wks too. I can see why you would want an adult. A potty trained, not teething dog would be awesome haha
grammiel grammiel 6 years
I usually have two or three foster dogs in my home at a time, usually between 1 and 5 years old. I raised my own dog from a puppy, and won't do that again any time soon. But anything past the puppy stage is good.
TammyO TammyO 6 years
I got my dog Echo off the street years ago(she was an adult street dog just running around in my city neighborhood and no one wanted her) and she was perfectly behaved. I only had to teach her how to walk properly on a leash cause she would be too scared to cross the street at first. But she's a cool mutt of a dog
minhoca minhoca 6 years
i got bailey when he was just over a year old. i was scared to death i wouldn't find a dog right for me if i didn't get him straight as a puppy. boy, was i wrong. he's worked his way into my life perfectly.
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
We got our dog when she was very young for very selfish reasons. We want to have her with us for as long as possible and we figured getting her as a baby was a way to stretch out our time with her.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
Oh I should add that they are both going strong. Clair is now 15 and Frank is 9.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
My first cat, Clair, was adopted at 6 years old. Frank, the devil cat, was 9 months old when he came home.
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