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A Boy’s Bestfriend

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Magnet takes her first bath – the wheelbarrow was my son’s idea – ingenious!

After many requests from our son for a dog, we finally got one!   What a dog she is, an absolute delight!

We have nicked named her ‘Magnet’, because wherever we go, she draws a crowd, people stop her for a pat, she is taken off for photographs with children and families, little children line up to take her for a short walks, talk about celebrity!

Many a child and parent are heard to fondly yell out “there’s Schnitzel Von Krumm” – meaningless to you unless you have read the much-loved, Lynley Dodd‘s “Hairy Maclary” series of books; ‘Schnitzel Von Krumm’ is a feisty and endearing Dachshund character, immortalised in many of Lynley Dodd’s children’s books.

We were a bit nervous getting a dog given the allergies and asthma our son has, and the notion of having a dog, seemed to be a stretch and perhaps a recipe for disappointment.   We talked to our son’s Allergy Specialist who suggested we take the dog on a trial basis,  to see how he goes allergy/asthma wise.  In short our strategy was to tell our son that we were just looking after the dog whilst the owner was on holiday – brilliant idea!  If it didn’t work out our son would be none the wiser and he wouldn’t be devastated to give the dog back.

I started researching a low shed, low allergy dog, I was quite keen on a ‘oodle crossbreed that is one of the Labradoodle, Spoodle, Cockerspoodle doggy types; these breeds have a curly coat (low shed) which is good for allergy/asthma sufferers.  My husband was aghast!  He wanted a big dog, a Labrador!  Well that wasn’t going to work because of the amount of shed that happens with their coat, so we compromised with a Dachshund.

A bit of research later (many conflicting reports) and I discovered that short-haired Dachshunds are also low shed and some allergy/asthma sufferers found they had no problems with this breed.   We found an awesome breeder who understood our situation and was happy to take the dog back, if for any reason she didn’t work out.  I am happy to say eight weeks later, all is well and we are keeping Magnet!

My son adores her, he wishes she could swim and fetch – but we can slowly teach her that.  Magnet is an older dog having had three litters, she has come to our home as part of her retirement plan : )

She likes nothing better than be next you, she loves going for walks – but not too far with those little legs!  She loves chasing the swans (who are so much bigger than her), ducks and seagulls at the river, and yes she has small dog syndrome – she barks at the big dogs!

Most of the photographs shown have been taken by my son – who clearly is documenting almost every day of her time with us.

We hope that we will enjoy Magnet for many more years, and watch her grow up with our son, fingers crossed it will all work out, allergy and asthma wise.

Wish us luck!

5 Comments on “A Boy’s Bestfriend”

  1. Alicia Young
    January 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I admire the research you put into choosing the right pet – and because of it, your son now gets the pleasure of a pet without a risk to his health – good on you! Brilliant strategy to say you were just minding her, until you could gauge his allergic reaction, if any. So glad it turned out well.
    Magnet looks like a real sweetie, and I laughed at the reference to the children’s book – my nieces and nephews love them. “Hairy McClarey from Donaldson’s Dairy – and Bitsa Malone”. :-)

  2. Susan H.
    March 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I sure hope your son’s asthma is not affected by the dog…I know it wasn’t until our dog passed away that I noticed a big difference in my son’s eczema and asthma. On another note, I would like to award you with the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ Award! I am inspired by the dedication that you have in creating allergy friendly recipes for your son to enjoy. I have posted the rules today…come on over and check out the other 14 nominations. Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles.

    • intrepidallergymum
      March 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi Susan
      Thanks for stopping by. I feel quite honoured that you have picked my blog to highlight in the “Very Inspiring Blogger” Award, thank you very much!

  3. Kris
    January 18, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Just looking back at your old posts Charmaine. How is Magnet going? She is just so cute!

    • intrepidallergymum
      January 21, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Kris
      Magnet is doing really well, we have had her for over a year now and she has become part of the family!

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