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Question of the day // for the dogs

Monday, February 13, 2012

I have a confession. I have been thinking about getting another little rescue pup. Here's my pro/con list.


I know that I'd give the new pup a great life but he thought of Buddy being unhappy kills me. What if he hates having another dog around? He has me all to himself but is one very bored little guy. I do not want him to feel replaced by another male so I'd like to get a little lady friend for him. Is that even an issue?

Buddy came to me with a broken leg and had to have surgery for his grade 4 patella luxation. He was on cage rest for 3 months and needed his cast changed at the vet's office every single week. I can handle this.  But I worry about having to train a new dog and messing up Buddy's perfect little routine. I work all the time but I do work from home so I'd be around to make sure everything is ok. 

 If you went from one to two dogs, I'd love to hear all about it. What were the biggest challenges?

Should I get another dog? 

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48 comments

  1. Yes! (Okay, not having dogs I really don't have a reason to say that...but we have two cats, and believe that the best way to have one cat is to have two. They keep each other company, you know?!) Good luck deciding.

    McKinze

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  2. I've been wrestling with this one too.. sometimes I think that the longer I wait the more difficult it would be to integrate a new dog in, but at the same time I feel too busy now to be able to fully train a new dog. I think the best bet would be to get a somewhat trained adult dog during a time when you know you'll be less busy than normal. I know how much a small dog can end up being like an only child, so if you can do it.. Good luck! -Brenna
    www.soplenty.blogspot.com

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  3. I dont have any dogs either but my auntie recently went from having 1 very loveable retriever whom was used to having the house and the family all to her self to being joined by one VERY excitable little jack russell whom was being re homed at the dog home by an elderly couple who couldnt cope with his puppying ways, my auntie felt so sorry for him she just took the dog home before she even made it to the dog home (she is a taxi driver and was giving them a lift) the retriver wasnt pleased at first but after a week (that quick) he loved the jack russell and soon mothered him - I think it will all depend on how buddy reacts - give it a try at least you can say you tried if it doesnt work out xx

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  4. Buddy might pretend to be sad at first but trust me he will LOVE having another doggie around to play with. I have three!! Never thought I'd have three, two dogs was perfect for us, but then we fostered a little white scrappy one and after about a month she just fit right in, so much so I couldn't imagine taking her from her new dog friends! (But at first our middle dog wouldn't even look at her!!! And then when we got the middle dog the first dog would only let her sleep in the dirty clothes hamper! They are all best buds now though.) If the dogs are small I find food and vet bills to be a minute change. Training, er well yeah, we stuck to rescuing slightly older dogs that have already been trained. Biggest challenge: more dog hair, lol! Sorry for the long essay! I say GO FOR IT!!! :)

    Megan
    www.thenolaruth.com

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  5. i think buddy would like another friend. good luck! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  6. I think another dog is a wonderful idea. We have five at my house and they all keep each other company when we can't. The only suggestion I would offer is to bring your current pup with you to look at the others. That way you can see how they get along and figure out his view on it. Good luck deciding!

    Caitlin Allen
    floatingonabreeze.blogspot.com

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  7. I think you should! You could always find a rescue in your area and be a "foster mom" and try it out. That way you could see if Buddy gets along with this new pup that you are fostering!

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  8. Do you know anyone with a pup that would be willing to let him/her stay with you and Buddy for a few days? Just to see how it goes (for Buddy and for you)? I would give that a shot! I LOVE the photos of the baby Bostons, of course :) Little girl Bostons are so cute and cuddly :)

    Good luck!

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  9. I agree with Jen. If one of your friends can let you 'borrow' their pup for a few days just to see how Buddy reacts to having a new dog around might be a good thing to try. Also, a female might be a good choice, they are easier to train (in my experience) and Buddy might like having the female company around.

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  10. Do you know someone with a small dog you can watch for 2 days to see how Buddy does? A trial run may be a good start.

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  11. I have two dogs. The first one being a Brittany Spaniel (my boyfriends dog - but, basically like mine too :)). I decided to get another dog - she is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles and Cocker Spaniel. I can honestly say it was the best decision for both pups. The first one was 3 when I got my puppy...both of them were GREAT with one another! I think it actually helped the younger one behave better from being around a bigger, older dog from the beginning. They absolutely LOVE each other now!

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  12. Do it! Do it!

    You'll be saving another lovely little animal that feels lost in the world, it'll be your good deed in life and also your dog will have a friend.

    Eda ♥

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.blogspot.com

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  13. Can you foster another puppy for a bit first to see how Buddy adjusts? My grandma did that for awhile and was able to decide after seeing what it was all like that she wanted to officially adopt her.

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  14. The Givenchy bag is amazing, love it!

    Eda ♥

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.blogspot.com

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  15. I say go for it! We had a golden retriever mix who was always alone in the house while we were working, so we decided to get a second dog. We were lucky enough to have a "trial run" where we were able to bring the second dog home for a weekend to make sure they got along before committing to keeping her. At first the two dogs were weary of each other, but by the end of the weekend they were like brother and sister. The second dog was a puppy so the first few weeks were difficult - training her, getting her on the same schedule as the older dog, having different food for them... After that though, everything was fine - now they are on the same schedule, eat the same food, and at least have each other during the day while we are at work! We also opted to have two different sexes (the original dog is male, and the second dog is female) as well - not sure if it matters, but I felt like the older dog would feel less threatened with a female dog.

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  16. I now have two dogs and was in the same situation as you. We actually had to return one dog to the shelter b/c she didn't get along with our current dog. But then we found him the perfect little buddy.

    It is tough having two dogs. It is a lot more work and money. Expect the new dog to be less dependent on you and more on your current dog. It is great having two dogs for the instant and anytime play mate but sometimes I feel like my apartment is a dog race track.

    Sometimes it is overwhelming and I think I should have just kept the one dog. But I try to give each the same affections. I wouldn't never give up my second dog but it is a huge step and one not to take lightly.

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  17. If Buddy is good with other dogs, I would definitely get another. We have two and they are BEST friends. Seriously. We catch them snuggling all the time. I think they really keep each other company during the day. Adding a 2nd dog really isn't as much trouble as you would think. I mean, if you're having to take one out, you might as well take two. : ) Love rescue pups!

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  18. Whichever dog you're considering rescuing, bring Buddy along to see how they got on together. Borrowing a friend's dog is not the same at all. You need to make sure Buddy gets on with the dog you're considering making his permanent companion. I had one dog for about 1-1/2 yrs and then added a friend for him. I took him with me on every visit to find someone that was compatible for him, and now they're inseparable. Good luck!

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  19. I say do it! If you're home to supervise the new pup and make sure they're getting along then that's great! Plus, you said Buddy is bored. Having a friend to pal around with will be good for him. And finally, those pics you posted are just too cute to say "no" to.

    joliejouel.blogspot.com

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  20. I went through the same dilemma this weekend! My fiance and I volunteered at the Commission for Animal Control to help with adoptions. We were so tempted to take one of the sweet dogs home but we knew that our current dog (who is the ultimate princess) would not be happy about it. It's always a tough call. But maybe they will grow to be best friend :)

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  21. We went from one to two back in December 2009, and there was a small adjustment period but it was so worth it! We saved our rescue pup, and he's been a great companion to our older girl dog. We just made sure to find a rescue who was good with other dogs and had the same energy level as our dog. The two of them love playing and cuddling together now - even if they needed some time to get used to one another. If it's truly what you want, I'd say go for it! You sound like a great doggy parent, and any rescue pup would be lucky to have you. I bet Buddy would adjust in time, and be thankful to have a friend.

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  22. What a sweet person you are to even have adopted one adorable rescue pup! I can't offer much advice in terms of your final decision, as I have only ever had one dog at a time. Good luck on your decision!

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  23. i had one dog and because of work i felt really bad he was home all day by himself so i got another one. now theres so much love going on in my apartment:)

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  24. Years ago, when I was still living with my parents, I convinced them to let me adopt a 2nd dog, who I found online at a local shelter's website and could not resist his sweet sweet face. The first month was a definite challenge with training, but after the dust settled dog #1 LOVED dog #2... they would take naps and play together, and there is something truly magical about walking 2 dogs at the same time! In terms of making dog #1 sad, that was never an issue. I think he was more or less just a little annoyed with dog #2's energy and excitement during the transition, but that attitude only lasted a week or two. There are plenty of cons, don't get me wrong, but you can't argue with the pros! Having two dogs is a fantastic experience!

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  25. I'm in the EXACT same position. I love dogs, can afford another dog, would love another dog, have a bored dog now that would love a friend (I think) but can't stand the idea of Frankie not being happy or feeling replaced. Ugh. Can't wait to hear what you decide!

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  26. Omg, STOP it with those pictures of dogs, I'm dying...so so cute!! I'm kind of in the same boat because we have one dog, but I feel like she could use a friend...I work from home too, but we do travel a lot so it's hard because it's so much more expensive to board one dog vs. two...but then on the other hand I would love to have another dog! I'm so torn too, so I totally understand your dilemna! Best of luck deciding! Xoxo

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  27. french bulldogs are the cutest!!! I have been wanting one for so long but with all the travel I do and being in school...it doesn't seem fair to have a little guy at the moment but if I worked from home I think I would cave! Such a tough decision.

    http://champagnecocktailscashmeredreams.blogspot.com

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  28. We have to fight off the desire for a second dog nearly daily but since we are city dwellers and likely will be until retirement in 30 or so years, we just couldn't justify further complicating our living situation. If your current pup is bored, a better solution might be play dates or doggie day care (we have a great one in the Bucktown area). And there are loads of ways to help shelter pups without adding a new full time resident from volunteering at adoption events all the way up to fostering. Fostering, btw, is a great way to give a trail run to being a 2 dog house while helping a pooch and letting the little one in residence feel out being a +1. We have Chicago area friends who foster on the regular -- I'm sure they'd be happy to talk to you if you have interest/questions.

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  29. What about a kitten? I had a 10 year old cat when I first got my dog 7 years ago. Then I had to put my cat to sleep this past June and while they dog and cat didn't really play together, I could see where my dog was getting lonely while I was at work and he was being a little bit destructive. About 6 weeks ago I adopted a 12 week old kitten who had been fostered around dogs and it's been beyond wonderful. Yes, you'll have a litter box to clean up, but most kittens are pretty much potty trained by the time they're old enough to come home with you. Plus, most of the time if an apartment will take a dog, they will take a cat...if there are pet fees, it's usually let for a cat. My dog is about 20 pounds and it may not work as well with a bigger dog, but it might be something to think about!

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  30. I have a chihuahua and he hates all other dogs except my mom's chi. I've heard that their breed makes them not the friendliest to other dogs. Who knows. Maybe my guy just doesn't realize he's a dog. But I would definately do a trial run before committing and falling in love with another pup.

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  31. We just got a yorkie puppy a few months back and couldn't believe how much work it was! Everyone I've talked though, has recommended that once he's out of the puppy phase to get another pup. Apparently the older one trains the pup so it's not as much work and they keep each other entertained. My parents said that having a second child was actually more like having 3 kids, but getting their 2nd puppy actually made the first one easier. I say go for it! Plus it sounds like you've already decided to get one :)

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  32. If you are on the fence about two dogs (I have one but also would love another!) You can always be a foster mama! This way you save a life, your pup gets a playmate and usually the vet bills are taken care of by the organization you are fostering from. It's a win/win. Unles you fall in love with your foster, and so does your pup...then it looks like a three way win!! Good luck!!

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  33. I have 2 dogs and in all honesty it's easier to take care of 2 vs just 1. My dogs entertain each other and are much more self-sufficient when they have each other around. It's adorable to see how much they love each other and makes you love them more.

    My recommendation is get a 2nd one - you won't be sorry. :)

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  34. Just like Brooke's chihuahua, mine hates all other dogs, except our pomeranian mix. She was a tiny, tiny pup when we brought her into our home and he was so curious and accepting of her. They play all the time and I feel better that they have a buddy in each other. I have a split leash, so it's easy to take them both out. I love having 2! It may be more work to get a puppy, but most dogs (even ones that don't like other dogs) are usually gentle and okay with puppies.

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  35. Starting a post off with adorable photos like those makes it VERY difficult to say no! haha (Just saying) Anyways, I had a similar issue before (but with a cat... I'm a dog person for sure but because of my living situation I wasn't about to have one :( ...) I had one cat for about 3 years at one point and wanted to get her someone to play with when I wasn't around. I had a VERY similar pro/con list especially since I only get rescue animals as well. I decided to hold out mainly because of the $$ but then a friend had a kitten that needed a home. Three years later and I couldn't be happier! They're both females so they are not BEST friends but they keep each other company and my new kitten tamed my once HORRIBLE cat! Overall the cons of the extra vet bills, moving around (which I did when the new kitten was only a few months old) and the fact I'd have TWO animals is totally worth the fact that I now have TWO amazing cats that have each other to play with and I also know I ended up saving one of the most amazing pets I've ever had!
    Good luck with your decision... I say go for it! :)

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  36. There seems to be some kind of puppy fever going on!
    My cousin will get a puppy this weekend, my friend is planning to have a puppy... And those people are not normally dog persons!

    Have to admit they are so cute!

    Greetings
    Tibs

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  37. I think animals need companionship just like humans do. I think Buddy would love to have his own buddy. Have you thought about maybe going to a training class, that may help with your busy schedule, in training the new pup? I know of a few places in the city if you are looking. Plus, I also know that the little one will learn from buddy.

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  38. you know my vote! yes yes yes yes!!!

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  39. We actually got our second yorkie when our Maxi was 6 years old. I had the same fears as you, but decided that maybe just maybe it would work out. Oh, Maxi was upset at first. He eventually came around and now they lay by each other and play all the time. We decided to get another pup because we aren't at home as much and felt like Maxi needed some company. If I had to do it again, I would. I would just do it much sooner. Good luck to you! You are a great mom.....

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  40. get the dog! thats just my opinion.

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  41. You should definitely do it. My boyfriends family dig was a really happy dog until they got another one. He hated her and would poop in the floor and just all around be cranky about her existence. A few months later, you could never see one without the other. When we take them to the park, he protects her from other dogs. And when she gets spanked and put in her crate and cries, he waits outside of it for her. It is the most precious thing. Dogs are very social animals and they thrive with companionship. And since I got my dog from a shelter too, I definitely vote for saving another little life.

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  42. I think giving Buddy a sister is such a sweet thing and shows how much you love him and the love you could give to a dog who needs it! It's definitely an adjustment and would be trying at times, but the end result totally outweigh the adjustment period. We had a lab mix that my parents took on because our condo wouldn't allow dogs over 25lbs. They didn't have to train him, but my parents puggle (she's not designer, we adopted her 10 years ago when she was just a mix) warmed up to Beckett almost immediately and loved having him (and in my opinion was like a puppy again) until the day we had him adopted by a great family.

    Good luck and take you time to think about it. You'll make the right decision for you and Buddy!

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  43. Oh!! I just love Frenchies! I say get another dog... :) the more the merrier!

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  44. I may have a solution! Ask to watch a friends dog for a few days during the work week to see if he likes having a buddy or if the novelty wears off!

    ~Cara

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  45. I have two dogs and if your first dog is well-trained, it makes it much easier with the second! I'm happy my dogs have each other because like you, I work all the time, and if I'm not working, I'm spending time with my daughter and husband...poor dogs! I say DO IT (post-launch, that is!)

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  46. My mom has a rescue pup, named Bear. I think it was the happiest decision she's made in a long time!

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  47. My boyfriend and I have two rescue pups and I say GO FOR IT!

    We adopted Little Greg (a 40 lbs lab mix) in August 2009,and he was definitely in need of some tender love and care. He lived on the streets for the first year and a half of his life (with his dog "mom" and "dad"), had scars on his body from who knows what (allegedly defending his mom when she was in heat), and so he was super scared of people. We invested A LOT of time in him and he definitely came out of his shell (it helps that he's the absolute SWEETEST PUP EVER!). THEN -- a year later -- my boyfriend had the great idea of getting him a friend. We both work all day and everyone said it would help his frightfulness. SO we adopted Peggy Sue -- another 40lbs lab mix -- she was younger -- 8 months old -- and she was/is CRAZY (in a good way!). She's the happiest dog I've ever met and she brings so much joy to all of our lives -- and Little Greg LOVES her. He's definitely in charge and puts her in her place when she gets a little crazy and runs around the house but they cuddle and hang out all the time.

    SO LONG story short -- TWO DOGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

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