Should we get him?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I adopt this puppy?
    YES! You'll work it out! : (36 votes)
    51 %
    NO! If the dogs don't get along then what will you do? Wait for the right time. : (30 votes)
    42 %
    Other (Tell me!) : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’d go for it! We bought two dogs one week after moving into our house where we were doing A LOT of work decorating etc. We then bought a third two weeks after that! If the dogs don’t like each other it will be a long three months till your roommate leaves, but it is doable if you really want this pup! 

    One of my dogs looks like a cairn (but isn’t) and hes super cute 🙂 

    Post # 6
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MrsOwen:  I would wait. Not just because your room mate has a dog, which could be problematic, but also because you will be in the process of moving, and buying your first home, which can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. I don’t think that adding a puppy, who will take up lots of time training etc, into the mix is a good idea at all. I also tend to think it’s best to be settled before committing to something like a dog.

    Post # 7
    182 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m all for people adopting dogs, BUT I think if you’re looking to buy so soon after you would be getting the pup it might be too much stress on him, he may get used to the apartment or be stressed living in chaos, then moving to a new place, it’s just alot. I mean, you also have to realize that with a new house comes ALOT of stuff that has to be done, we’re already a month in our new house and it seems like we haven’t had a day free to just relax, it’s gotten a little rough to spend time with our pets, I’m definitely out in a yard at like 9pm throwing a ball for my dog and walking her in the neighborhood just to make sure she gets good outside/one on one time… but with a new dog that isn’t used to you, it may be a little much. Not to mention if it’s a puppy it will need training and attention.. you may not have the time and attention to give. PLUS small spaces with two dogs, you might call it large, but it’s still an apartment that is being shared with 3 people and a large dog… add another dog into the mix, a new puppy at that, it might be a little much. I’d maybe reconsider until you’re moved and settled?

    Post # 8
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would wait because those first few few months are crucial to a puppy’s development, and while it is good socialize him, I am not sure that your roommates dog is the proper pooch to socialize him/her with. I also would be concerned about keeping your dog in a gated area of the kitchen or laundry room, even though it is big. The dog could deal with anixety of being left alone and unless you crate train I can see your dog chewing and getting out somehow. I am speaking a someone who just got a puppy, and I can speak to how terribly tough it is, at least for me, lol. Sounds like the breed will be awesome for you since you grew up with them, but I would wait until you get a house.

    Post # 9
    1881 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m sorry, I don’t mean to sound rude but it’s just a big pet peeve of mine when people say “adopt” when they really mean “buy”. And hey, that’s fine. I’m not judging, I think going through a breeder is the right choice in certain situatons. But please know that “adopting” is really for when people are getting a dog through a shelter/rescue.

    ETA – Good luck with whatever you decide! I think getting a pup is a great idea so if it’s the right timing, yay for you!



    Post # 10
    6980 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If your roomie’s dog friendly to other dogs?

    And yeah, some breeders get all huffy if you say you want to “adopt” one of their puppies. You’re buying it. 🙂

    Post # 11
    4139 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would check with the breeder… if they’re reputable, they should be willing to take the dog back if it’s not a good fit. It’s not optimal for the dog to move back and fourth though. If you can wait until it’s in it’s own home it would be better. The bigger dog may become aggressive and teritorial with your new puppy, or, they could bond, then when you move your pup may get all stressed out. 

    Also, I’d be concerned about him getting out of they yard if the bigger one can. 

    Post # 12
    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Cairns are pretty notoriously bad with other dogs – it’s a terrier thing.  My friend’s 11-year-old Cairn would attack my pit mix in a heartbeat if we gave him the chance, and the entire two-plus years the Cairn lived with another dog, they could not be left unsupervised together.  Not saying this is the case with every single Cairn – but I think, to be safe, you should have your living situation figured out/stable before bringing a dog home.

    Post # 13
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @MrsOwen:  I can’t imagine life without a furball running around. I will always have a dog and work out the rest because there will always be something going on.

    Post # 14
    24 posts
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I said no but not necessarily because of the other dog, though that could be a problem. I just think that with all the upheaval, it may be best for all of you, puppy included, to wait until you have a settled, secure home for him. 

    Post # 15
    2504 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @JrzyGurl:  +100


    @pearshampoo:  +100

    I would just be patient and get a puppy when you’re in your new house and things have calmed down a bit, it will be better for everyone involved (especially the puppy)!  

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