Post # 1
We currently have a 4-ish (they werent sure at the rescue) year old cockapoo. He is SUCH a great dog – super cuddly and sweet and he looooves his mommy (a little bit too much sometimes!). We adopted him from a local rescue group.
I am friends with the rescue group on facebook, and they recently posted a picture of another cockapoo that is in need of adoption (between 1-2 years old). They said shes great with other dogs and she’s already crate trained, etc. and asked if we wanted to come in and meet her.
Are FI and I insane if we get another dog? Our only issue is that we pay a dog walker $10 a walk (so $50 a week) to walk our first dog. I am hoping he would charge us $15 for both, because I think $20 a walk ($100/week) is a lot. We can absolutey afford it but…I’d rather pay $15. Vet bills and food/toys aren’t an issue for us.
Also, our dog is great with other dogs as well. He doesn’t care when friends come over and bring their dogs for overnight stays. He’s never been aggressive with other pups, and has zero interest if they steal all his toys right out from under him. He also doesn’t appear to get jealous if I am snuggling another dog/playing with them.
We also live in a one bedroom apartment (landlord is fine w/dogs) so we have to take the dogs outside on leash to walk them. Will I go insane trying to walk two dogs at once?!
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@weatherbug: Doesn’t sound like there’s any issues. Go for it.
Post # 5
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
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
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
- 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
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
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!! 🙂