Thinking about adopting a puppy?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you adopt considering my current circumstances?
    Yes! Dogs are awesome and will adjust to the differences! : (17 votes)
    81 %
    No! Your right in saying it would be mean to the pup. : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Other? Please explain. : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    Hostess
    15072 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    She’s young enough she’d be fine without the other two. Actually, the longer she stays with the other two, the harder it gets to take her away when this lady does leave. Plus, I’d bet she’d find a buddy in your cat after an adjustment period. She’s so adorable! Bring that girl home. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    232 posts
    Helper bee

    It’s not mean to adopt a puppy,it’s wonderful! The other dogs are senior anyway, so she would have to get used to living without them sooner or later. Puppies can do fine alone for some time, as long as you can spend time with them and walk them when you are home. If you are ready for the commitment, you could bring her home on a weekend or when you have some time off work, so that you can leave her alone for shorter periods of time and she can get adjusted gradually.  As for travelling, we take our german shepherd with us when we are travelling inside the country and make sure we go to places she is welcome. If we travel abroad, there are friends who can take care of her and the rescue we got her from will take her for free. Or you can board her somewhere for a few days,it might be a little stressful but it’s not the end of the world. Travelling is hard when you have babies too but noone tells you not to have children. I would worry more about the cat. Give them time to know each other in a neutral place and have patience.

    Post # 4
    Member
    825 posts
    Busy bee

    The only thing I can say is that make sure both you and your hubs are both 100% on board with this decision. There’s really no going back. Maybe see if your friend willl let you have Mojo for a weekend (if I have the geography right). This can let you test the interaction with your cat — they might not be best friends in 48 hours, but you can see if it’s going to be a serious problem. It’ll also provide a testing ground for whether you and hubby are on the same page about doggy rules, doggy chores, and what you’re looking for in a dog.

    As far as your other concerns, she’ll be just fine without the other two dogs. Puppies can (generally) hold it for an hour for every month of age plus an hour, so if she’s significantly under one year, that could cause some issues. And travelling can be a challenge for some, but we bring our dogs with us on car trips and board them (we have a really awesome place near-by with an automatic tennis ball launcher, pools, etc.) and they love that place more than being at home for an extended period of time.

    Good luck!

    Post # 6
    Member
    7075 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d see if your friend would let you do a trial week.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I agree– ask if you can have a 10 day (Two weekend and work week period). Then you can get a taste if it is a good fit for your family.

    We adopted a 1 year old puppy two months ago and it has been great, but a huge adjustment. It has totally changed our day to day life. It is mostly for the better, but I miss some of the care-freeness of pre-dog life. We were willing to make it work, but it may not be the right fit for you.

    Post # 9
    Member
    734 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I personally wouldn’t leave my pup alone every day for such long periods of time. I think the longest we have left her by herself was around 6 hours and that’s exceptional. I work from home most of the time, and DH takes her to work with him once in a while. If it doesn’t work out, we take her to daycare (we usually take her anyway once or twice a week at least so she can run around with her puppy friends… She loves it!) I would look into having a puppy sitter coming over to your house to waslk her and interact with her once in the middle of the day and maybe take her to daycare once in a while. 

    We travel sometimes for extended periods of time when we go to Europe to visit my family and leave her with my in-laws or some trusted friends. We pay for her to go to a daycare nearby everyday when she is with them so they don’t have to deal with her all day long. They also have 2 other dogs she is very familiar with. I guess we could board her if needed, but we haven’t had to in the past 2 years with have had her.

    If we are gone just for a weekend, we usually try to take her with us and stay at a dog friendly hotel or AirBnB, and go hiking, explore a city, road tripping, or something where she can be included and only spend short periods of time alone in the car (weather permitting of course!). We research dog friendly restaurants, off leash parks and such ahead to be prepared. 

    I would say having a puppy in your situation is doable as long as you SO is 100% on board with it and research your options to make your life more puppy friendly. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1389 posts
    Bumble bee

    If finances are an issue, why don’t you foster?  

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