Post # 1
I need advice! We recently got a shar pei puppy! She is the cutest little sweetie ever! We paid $450 for her. I was just asked by the breeder if I would be interested in taking her brother (super cute/sweet as well) for free. She does not want to keep him as she already has too many dogs. Currently he stays outside all of the time and it breaks my heart to hear that. We have a 1600 s.f. house with a good sized fenced in backyard. Here is the drawback- we already have a 4.5 year old beagle. Is 1 dog and 2 puppies (and a 13 year old cat) too many?? I love animals and could give this puppy a great home. I just don’t want to be seen as the crazy dog lady!
Post # 3
Not too much! Do it! You can give the puppy a good home! I wish we had a good home for a puppy, but we have to wait a while before we can get one. I love our kitten, but I’m jealous of all the doggie love you get!
Post # 4
@Lolasmomma: Before my boyfriend and I moved in together I live with my grandmother. She had 2 cats and 4 dogs. (3 were chihuahuas and 1 was a toy poodle). I ‘d say take the other dog. Better in your home than outside….
BUT, you must also take into consideration how your beagle would feel about this transition. If all is okay with him, than I would def. suggest another fur baby!!!
Post # 5
If you can provide a good home to a dog who needs one, who cares what people think? I think that as long as you are able to give him as well as your other animals the time and care they need and that you are financially able to do so, you should get him!
Post # 6
OOps- I meant to post this in NWR. Sorry 🙁
Post # 7
I”m all for it as well but don’t forget about those vet bills. We have two dogs and holy cow, it can certainly add up. But they are SOOOO worth every penny.
Post # 8
If you can afford it then do it 🙂
Post # 9
Aww, do it! We still think about our dog’s brother that was left behind. If they had offered him to us for free I don’t think we could have refused!
Post # 10
I would do it too if I had the room and was financially able to do so. If you’ve already got one of them, it’s not going to be that much more work to add another one. You’re already training one, walking one, etc. Might as well be two! =)
Post # 11
If you have the time and the money, I don’t see why not. Puppies are a handful, so two puppies are two handfuls, but as long as you feel prepared for it, go for it!
Post # 12
I think money is the big issue. If you can afford to keep them all fully vetted then go for it! I usually have a one type per person rule (like 2 cats 2 dogs would be my max because there are 2 of us)…. but its kind of arbitrary.
Post # 13
@CorgiTales:Ha – love the per person rule! I agree – if you can handle the vet bills, take the puppy!! if they’re coming together it shouldn’t be too much more stressful for you beagle and cats, plus they’ll have eachother to keep entertained.
Post # 14
Some people may disagree with me, but i think as long as you can support an animal they’re better off with you than homeless (generally I apply this philosophy to shelter animals). It doesn’t matter if people think you’re the crazy lady with too many animals, you’re giving animals a good home! Which I think deserves commendation rather than judgement.
Post # 15
Not to be a debbie downer, but somethings to think about:
Can you afford preventative care (spay/neuter, vaccines, deworming, heartworm testing/preventative) for all of them? Will you be able to afford dental care and blood work when they get older? And emergencies that pop up along the way?
Do you have a plan to care for them when you are celebrating your wedding and any holidays or vacations when you plan to travel?
You have a good heart wanting to give a dog a good loving home, but I have found after working in the veterinary field for 12 years: love doesn’t pay the bills. I have seen so many euthanasias of animals that had well meaning owners, but couldn’t give the animals the medical care they deserve.
Post # 16
Update- We went ahead and got him! Our puupydoesn’t seem to remember him, but I’m sure it will take a few days to get used to! Thank you everyone for the feedback! We definetly can afford the upkeep of 3 dogs. Also, FI sister lives less than a mile away and has volunteered to watch them whenever we need her to! Thanks again!