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Hey bpcyclist I think it would be awesome for you to first volunteer at a dog shelter so that you will be around dogs. You can read to them, take them for walks, and absorb their unconditional love. Then, you wouldn't have to worry about the costs incurred as a dog owner and the time commitment required at home. Dogs are not stationary animals like cats are. Cats don't care how long they're left alone but dogs care. Dogs can develop anxiety and will destroy furniture and your apartment or act aggressive when they are just lonely and anxious.

If you're willing to create a schedule around having a dog (daily walks, feedings, play time, dog park visits) then go for it. Can you apply for a service dog for your MI? That may be even better. A service dog that senses when you're about to have an episode and can help keep you calm.

But having pets is good for the soul. That's for sure. I'm very pro-pet. Decide what kind of commitment you can offer a dog. A dog is for life.It's not something to be returned when it doesn't work out. I know people do that all the time, but if you know you can't consistently be there for a dog because of hospital stays, then don't do it. Just volunteer at a shelter. Small steps. See how that goes.

Edit to add: You could also adopt elderly dogs or register to foster dogs. If you foster dogs, the shelter will reimburse you for dog food and medication.

So, your options are:

1. Foster a dog.
2. Adopt a small dog.
3. Adopt an elderly dog.
4. Apply for a service dog.
5. Volunteer at a dog shelter and don't adopt a dog.
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Hey bpcyclist I think it would be awesome for you to first volunteer at a dog shelter so that you will be around dogs. You can read to them, take them for walks, and absorb their unconditional love. Then, you wouldn't have to worry about the costs incurred as a dog owner and the time commitment required at home. Dogs are not stationary animals like cats are. Cats don't care how long they're left alone but dogs care. Dogs can develop anxiety and will destroy furniture and your apartment or act aggressive when they are just lonely and anxious.

If you're willing to create a schedule around having a dog (daily walks, feedings, play time, dog park visits) then go for it. Can you apply for a service dog for your MI? That may be even better. A service dog that senses when you're about to have an episode and can help keep you calm.

But having pets is good for the soul. That's for sure. I'm very pro-pet. Decide what kind of commitment you can offer a dog. A dog is for life.It's not something to be returned when it doesn't work out. I know people do that all the time, but if you know you can't consistently be there for a dog because of hospital stays, then don't do it. Just volunteer at a shelter. Small steps. See how that goes.

Edit to add: You could also adopt elderly dogs or register to foster dogs. If you foster dogs, the shelter will reimburse you for dog food and medication.

So, your options are:

1. Foster a dog.
2. Adopt a small dog.
3. Adopt an elderly dog.
4. Apply for a service dog.
5. Volunteer at a dog shelter and don't adopt a dog.
Thanks very much for the input. I hadn't considered fostering. I am totally fine with a senior dog. And I will definitely look into the shelter offerings here. I do think I would no doubt qualify, given my illness severity, for service animal, but I know they can be extremely expensive. Will have to look into that some more and see what's involved exactly. Thanks again for the input!!
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bpcyclist:

here's some info for you about service dogs in Oregon:

How can I get a service dog? - oregonlive.com

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There is a shortage of program dogs. Because of this, applicants for these dogs often must wait for a year or more before there is a service dog available for them. Obtaining a program dog can also be costly - many of these dogs start at $20,000, and it isn't unheard of for service dogs to cost $30,000 or more. Programs often require that would-be service dog handlers raise most - if not all - of this money through their own efforts. Some programs, such as Canine Companions for Independence, provide assistance dogs free of charge, but they cannot provide these dogs to everyone that needs one.
cci.org | Homepage

Portland, Oregon chapter of service dog organization:

cci.org | Cascade Chapter

Contact page for Cascade Chapter in Oregon:

Survey - Contact the Cascade Chapter - Canine Companions for Independence

Oregon Laws on Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals | Nolo

https://droregon.org/wp-content/uplo...ce-Animals.pdf

If you have to raise the money, you can do a Go Fund Me or something like that. I bet people would donate to your Fund page for a service dog.
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bpcyclist:

here's some info for you about service dogs in Oregon:

How can I get a service dog? - oregonlive.com


cci.org | Homepage

Portland, Oregon chapter of service dog organization:

cci.org | Cascade Chapter

Contact page for Cascade Chapter in Oregon:

Survey - Contact the Cascade Chapter - Canine Companions for Independence

Oregon Laws on Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals | Nolo

https://droregon.org/wp-content/uplo...ce-Animals.pdf

If you have to raise the money, you can do a Go Fund Me or something like that. I bet people would donate to your Fund page for a service dog.
Hey, that's awesome, SB. Thanks a million! I will dig into these and see what's what. More to follow...
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You may also be able to hire yourself out as an in home animal carer when the dog owner is on vacation?

i.e. the people are gone, but you come by 2X a day to feed/ water/ walk their dogs. Check that their home is not broken into.

Based on:
Dog boarding Portland Oregon Prices

Boarding
  • Dog: $39.00 per day*
  • Your two (2) dogs in the same run: $34.00* per day, per dog.
  • Cat: $22.00 per day.
  • Extended Stays: Special prices may be arranged for boarding periods exceeding 30 days.
You could make your rates a little bit competitive and the owners would have peace of mind that their pets are in their own home and won't contract diseases elsewhere, which despite the regulations at kennels can occur.
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Itís a lot of work but it really does help with anxiety.
Here are some of the pitfalls(I have a house with a yard, dog park a few miles away)
It is a lot of work because they need to be exercised and poop scooped unless you live by a wild area like a forest, where no one will step in the lovely surprises.
If they are untrained you will need to do that.It is hard to tell in the shelter how much training they will need. A large city shelter may not be honest about their level of training. Why be totally honest if they mite save the dogís; life.
Yes, do volunteer at a shelter to learn about dogs.
Research the various breeds.
If you want your dog to run beside the bike or jog with you, you do want at least a medium size dog. I just rescued a terrier/poodle mix that can walk at least a mile in warm weather and jog if I am wiling to risk my knees
Some dogs shed a lot and some donít. Grooming needs vary widely.
An adult dog may be potty trained,but senior dog means old and you
want to go through the heart ache of medical problems and normal passing away when you have only had your pet for a few years.

The pluses are that mine is very funny and cute. They make you laugh.
They adore you . Mine sleeps with me and I find that comforting, good for anxiety.
He is very smart. He is not one of the stubborn breeds. He wants to please me.
However, we are training him and it can take a while.
My cat can tell when I am really upset and comes close to comfort me.
My young dog cant tell yet when Iím down but will because he is very smart.
I personally would stick with cats for apartment living,(with the house he can just go out his dog door to the yard if I have to skip a walk for some reason)
if you dont mind taking a dog on a potty walk on a cold morning, go for it.
You could offer to take a neighbors dog for a few days as an experiment.
Cats are not just aloof blobs if you give them great massages or whatever they like
My cat actually alerts him if my ex has low blood sugar. Amazing!
A pet is very helpful for anxiety, but go slowly and get the right one!
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Itís a lot of work but it really does help with anxiety.
Here are some of the pitfalls(I have a house with a yard, dog park a few miles away)
It is a lot of work because they need to be exercised and poop scooped unless you live by a wild area like a forest, where no one will step in the lovely surprises.
If they are untrained you will need to do that.It is hard to tell in the shelter how much training they will need. A large city shelter may not be honest about their level of training. Why be totally honest if they mite save the dogís; life.
Yes, do volunteer at a shelter to learn about dogs.
Research the various breeds.
If you want your dog to run beside the bike or jog with you, you do want at least a medium size dog. I just rescued a terrier/poodle mix that can walk at least a mile in warm weather and jog if I am wiling to risk my knees
Some dogs shed a lot and some donít. Grooming needs vary widely.
An adult dog may be potty trained,but senior dog means old and you
want to go through the heart ache of medical problems and normal passing away when you have only had your pet for a few years.

The pluses are that mine is very funny and cute. They make you laugh.
They adore you . Mine sleeps with me and I find that comforting, good for anxiety.
He is very smart. He is not one of the stubborn breeds. He wants to please me.
However, we are training him and it can take a while.
My cat can tell when I am really upset and comes close to comfort me.
My young dog cant tell yet when Iím down but will because he is very smart.
I personally would stick with cats for apartment living,(with the house he can just go out his dog door to the yard if I have to skip a walk for some reason)
if you dont mind taking a dog on a potty walk on a cold morning, go for it.
You could offer to take a neighbors dog for a few days as an experiment.
Cats are not just aloof blobs if you give them great massages or whatever they like
My cat actually alerts him if my ex has low blood sugar. Amazing!
A pet is very helpful for anxiety, but go slowly and get the right one!
Thank you for all this--it is very helpful! I do love cats, but I really feel like a dog would be better for me with this illness. More interactive,at least more than the cats I have had in the past. We shall see...
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