Are FI and I insane if we adopt another dog?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should we get a second dog?
    Yes! The more the merrier! : (41 votes)
    84 %
    No way! Too much work and money. : (6 votes)
    12 %
    Depends and I'll tell you below : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @weatherbug:  i always think dogs do better in groups, especially if they love other dogs. I have 4 so I am very biased on the matter. I feel like having 2 is much less work than having 1 (more expensive though). They keep each other company. They interact on a level in which we cant. They also help burn each others energy. So overall they get their social, emotional and phsyical needs (some not all) met by just simply having 2. Its not much more work to put a leash on 2 dogs vs 1, to pour 2 bowls of food instead of 1 and chances are you wont even need to change their water anymore often than you already do (especially if you invest in a larger bowl or auto dispenser- which I recommend, because there may be some sort of whacky emergency in which you cant get home for a 1 or 2 days- at least theyll have water). 

    Post # 5
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    800 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I believe that some dogs are happier with a pal, but not all. Rescues (I’ve had many) come with issues that you never know until you’ve had them for awhile. Several years ago I had two smaller dogs that got along great. One was born deaf and I had her since she was 8 months old. The other dog I adopted when he was a year old to be her hearing dog. It was a great combination for many years. Then a friend got divorced and had to give up her small terrier mix. My daughter was in love with him and we took him. The honeymoon period lasted 4 days then the new terrier was hell bent on attacking the hearing dog. I should have given him back but that wasn’t possible. He destroyed the calm pack mojo we had going on and ruined that dog’s life. He eventually attacked and nearly killed the deaf dog when she was almost 15.

    My advice is to be careful and see if you can do a foster to adopt period of a couple of weeks to make sure it all works.

    Post # 6
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    625 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I’d say go for it. Before my FI moved in my pit bull was the only pet. He was happy but once FI moved in with his boxer/pit mix Candy–OH EM GEE–they are BFF’s!! He is a lot happier now that he has someone to play with. We just brought in another puppy a week ago (5 month old pit bull) and they all get along great! We’re done now though, three big dogs is a lot!! LOL

    Post # 7
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    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was nervous about getting a second dog just because I felt like we had a good thing going with the one dog. But we did and she is wonderful and I’m happy they have each other to hang with. I say go for it 

    Post # 8
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    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

    Dogs love company. If I could gte a second miniature schnauzer to be friends with my pup I so would, but the vet bills and food, training, toys, treats etc for one are expensive enough. 

     

    If you can afford it go for it 🙂

    Post # 9
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    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I think anyone is crazy to get any dog :p. That said, sounds like you have a good plan and a good home to offer this dog.

    Post # 10
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    1802 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I am a fan of pets having friends if they are social animals. I think it would be a great idea for you guys to adop the second pooch! Show us pics if you do!! 🙂

    Post # 11
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    1349 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I say do it!!!

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