1L Fall finals dogs

Tula or Harley?

Barring any shenanigans, I move out this Friday.

This makes me so happy I feel like hopping around my room screaming “YES WE CAN” like Kyle’s dad.

I’ve been racking up extra hours (at work and outlining) so I can afford to take the weekend off for the move. The move shouldn’t be too bad because I don’t own any of the furniture in my fraternity room…

…which means a trip to Ikea.

The apartment is really out of my hands at the moment – the landlord is doing the obligatory criminal and credit check. And, again, barring any shenanigans (ie someone stole my identity and ruined my credit) things should be fine.

Today’s task was getting serious about finding a dog. I filled out the applications and did the follow-ups… and there are two finalists at the moment:


Tula is a pitbull. Harley is a mastiff.

There are pros and cons for each dog.

Tula pros:

  • Friendly
  • Cheaper monthly expenses (smaller dog)
  • High energy, but not a spaz (good running dog!)
  • Used to being inside
  • Well behaved

Tula cons:

  • Pitbulls have an extremely bad reputation
  • Tula’s mom isn’t a 110% sure that Tula is house broken

Harley pros:

  • Friendly
  • Mastiff is my dream dog
  • Potty trained
  • Less likely to destroy furniture

Harley cons:

  • More expensive (monthly costs, bigger dog)
  • Foster parent hasn’t been as communicative with me, so I’m relying more on the advertisements for the dog.
  • Mastiffs SNORE…

I know what I’m getting with Tula, whereas with Harley…hm. While I don’t think it would be a disaster per se, Harley is definitely more of a wild card. Oh what ever shall I do?

Tula or Harley?

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    April 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    harley! mastiffs are fantastic. i want one. oh, who are we kidding? i’d take any dog i could get, haha.

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    April 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    You like him even better than Miss Tula?

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    April 23, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Okay, Miss Tula is adorable, very true, but she is a pitbull. Probably better to have when you actually OWN your house and don’t have to abide by anyone else’s rules.

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    April 23, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Then again, I guess you don’t exactly have to tell people that Tula is a pitbull. Could just say she’s a mutt mix and you’re not sure if she has some pitbull in her or not.

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    April 23, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Haha! Most people could see the pitbull in her 😀 She is gorgeous though…

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    April 23, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I’m going to be contrary and say, maybe you should wait and look around some more. I suspect that when school gets out in a few weeks and people have to more, there will be a bunch of dogs who end up in the shelter. Tula is gorgeous, but she will impact your ability to rent in places. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Harley, I’d say this is a no-go, as you need to feel the “click” with an animal that could be with you for a decade or more.

    I have an Aussie, and love him dearly, but he was a handful as a pup/young dog – he chewed things and barked – a lot – whenever we left him for even an hour. But he is pretty much the smartest dog I ever met, and has been an awesome companion for almost 13 years. But I don’t know if I could have handled him as a single-person.

    Good luck, Dennis. And congrats on the new digs.

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    April 23, 2009 at 9:37 am

    True, Tula does look like a pitbull, but if she doesn’t act like one, then maybe the jig isn’t up?

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    April 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Well, I chose my particular apartment because it is dog friendly and there are no limitations on what dogs are available.

    UMN is close enough to downtown Minneapolis that rents/available dogs do not fluctuate too much with the school year (outside of the Dinkytown area)

    Plus may is the busiest month of the year! I have two weeks of finals and then two weeks of law journal petitioning 😀 If I wait on the dog, I need to wait until June.

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