I have always been a dog person. Imagine my surprise to discover that not only was I allergic to cats in my 40+ years but I was now allergic to dogs as well. I love dogs. As I child my parents kept German Shepherds as guard dogs in the yard. Believe me, they were all looks and bark and no bite. Prince I and Prince II ( Yes, I know that’s confusing, but they let me — the 6-year-old only child — name them) were complete pushovers. One good belly rub and the dog was yours. The worst thing either of them did was pen me down and lick me. I do not recall having a runny nose or that hair ball sensation in the back of my throat in those days at all. That came later.
Now it was imperative that we find a hypoallergenic dog for the boys. We couldn’t get out of our commitment using the paltry excuse of an allergy. In response to my half-hearted attempt to renege on the deal, my steely eyed 12-year-old said one word, ” Benadryl”. I had a choice — spend the next 10 or 15 years popping antihistamines to deal with my itchy runny eyes and nose or get a hypoallergenic dog. Thanks to President Obama we knew that such animals did exist. But how to find one? I doubted the Kennedy’s were going to oblige our little family and send us a little blue dog.
How did we find one? We did what any red-blooded American family would do. We googled it. We found lists and lists and lists of such dogs. It turns out that there are lots of breeds out there that fit the bill. Just about anything mixed with a poodle or a terrier will do. Just to be helpful, here is the link to one of the more helpful websites http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/allergy.htm
We started out wanting a labradoodle. We searched high and low for one in our area that met our search criteria. However, they are very popular dogs. We couldn’t find one within 100 miles of our house. There was no way we were going beyond that. We live in a small town within a very big city. Overpopulation of dogs is a huge problem. Travelling beyond a 10 mile radius seemed a bit excessive to us. Luckily, we had other breeds to choose from. It was just as well, because we had more criteria in our pooch search than hypoallergenic. The dog had to be medium-sized, have a good disposition and fit our family unit. We took a quiz that listed the breeds that were good for us. I’ll give you that site in a different posting.