(Closed) NWR – question for dog owners…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What size are your two dogs and how large will the puppy be?  When you adopt a dog from the humane society (and you probably already know this), they will make you bring all people and any other dogs you currently own to make sure everyone gets along.  If they don’t, I’d be leary of that shelter.

Adoption is a wonderful thing.  I adopted my two at the same time and even after a year later…it’s a lot of work for me/us.  Just make sure you’ve thought it through.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I agree that it has a lot to do with the size and temperment of your two current dogs and the puppy at the shelter. We have a Westie who is my DARLING and we wanted to adopt another dog. We fell in love with a Corgi at the shelter who was about 3 months old. We brought him home, spent money on him, fell in love with him, and 2 weeks later he get distemper– BAD! He had it when we picked him out, but he wasn’t showing signs. That is a risk you take when you adopt a young dog from the shelter. If you are open to adopting an older dog (even just 1 year or older) it will save you from that possibility. It broke our hearts to have to take him back. I sat in the parking lot and bawled like a baby on the curb…..

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

How old is the shelter dog?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think if you can have the puppy meet the your other two doggies at a neutral location and see what happens, that might be an option…as opposed to what happened with @texaslawgirl.  That’s so sad.  I would’ve been crying too!  Sorry that happened.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just think that if you make sure you give them attention (as I’m sure you will), they’ll be fine.

The puppy will always get more attention because it’s just a little thing.  I really think you’ll be good to go.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@stephin    Our little Westie DID go up to the shelter to meet the Corgi. They lovvvved each other! They really got along great. Its part of the reason we decided to go ahead with the adoption. The dog looked healthy, was sweet, loved our Westie, etc.

But distemper has no signs for up to 5 weeks and dogs in the 3-9 month range are most at risk for it. I wouldn’t ever adopt a puppy in that range again personally. Too much heartbreak and if we had gotten a slightly older dog they would have likely been immune to the virus (as dogs age, their exposure to the virus means that they don’t become infected later in life, even if they have been exposed.) A 4 month old puppy would be especially vulnerable.

Distemper is rampant in shelters, and its fatal. No amount of money can save them. If you are sure that is a risk you want to take, then thats a decision only you can make.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

That’s so sad and such a shame.

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