Post # 1
Leroy is 9 months old and very energetic, and fairly well behaved. We volunteered at the spca today and I fell in love with this guy:
I spent quite a bit of time with him, and talking to the lady who runs the shelter. She thinks he’d be best suited to a household with another dog because he has some separation anxiety. He’s 2 years old and fully housetrained. He was transferred to them from a kill shelter 🙁
FI and I are trying to weigh the pros and cons. We have always talked about having two dogs at some point, but is now the right time? Please advise 🙂
Post # 3
@OttawaBride2011: We considered getting a second dog and the main reason we chose not to? Cost of veterinary care and boarding. I’m a big advocate for getting regular checkups and visits to the vet whenever necessary. It’s a big consideration in getting any animal and can really add up. As for boarding, we frequently take off on weekend trips and don’t always have the luxury of taking our Golden. Luckily, we have some good friends who gladly watch him for us. However, I am sure that two dogs would be more than they could handle. We would be forced to board them about 6 times a year.
If you can handle those two things and are able to introduce the two before making a final decision, I’d say go for it! 🙂
Post # 4
@christalynn11: Those are the two things we’re considering. Financially, we’re definitely ok with the added expense. We take Leroy with us in the car all the time, so we’re a bit concerned with taking two dogs with us, and if we can’t take them with us, would we have someone to watch them? Or would we have the money to board them? These are the questions I’m trying to answer!!
FI says he’s apprehensive but totally on-board…
Post # 5
We’ve got two dogs. We got the second one when the first was about 8 months old. They were both puppies though… It was a good decision. Its nice to know they’ve got each other for company when we’re at work. We have people stay at our house when we’re away. (my brother still lives with our parents so he loves having a house to himself for a weekend)
And that dog is so cute!!! Adopt him!
Post # 6
We have 2 dogs. We adopted a Pit when she was 1 from the shelter, and then we adopted a puppy (boxer mix) a few months later from them. That was almost 6 years ago. Vet bills can be a bit much but there are reputable places that have discounts if needed. We do travel with them, they are our kids. There are times we have not been able to take them with us but family or friends are always more than happy to take them for a couple days. They LOVE each other and I can’t imagine not having one of them. I say do it!. We love having 2 dogs.
Post # 7
@OttawaBride2011: OMG he’s adorable!!!
we got our second, Buddy, about a year after we had our first. and honestly, the transition really wasn’t that hard. Buddy was a pup so training was hard, but even that took less time because he’d follow Bailey on her schedule.
i’ve heard the overall consensus that the move from 2–3dogs is hard… but 1–2 is definitely manageable… and for us, it totally worked. if you have the space, go for it! your sweet sweet leroy would probably LOVE having a bud!
Post # 8
Hmm… thanks everyone for sharing!! I guess I feel nervous about the whole thing, we’re thinking of taking Leroy there tomorrow to see how they interact. He loves other dogs though, so I don’t think it’d be a problem!! Eee! Kind of exciting…
One thing holding me back is my mom telling me how nuts I would be to get another one…
Post # 9
I have two and we love it! We got our second one when our lab was about a year old. She was a great help a house training our new dog and they became instant friends. There is a little bit more work involved but I didn’t find it to be too much extra work. We were thinking about getting another dog and then we ended up taking in Thunder who needed a new home asap and it was probably the best thing that we ever did. I say go for it!
Post # 10
We have 3, so I say yes! 🙂
Post # 11
2 dogs is far from “nuts”, I personally think it’s a good number.
The vet and feeding costs will of course increase, but the amount of work involved in 2 dogs isn’t really more than in 1 dog.
I vote “yes” to the dog!
Post # 12
*Sigh* Now my FI is having doubts… we are having trouble getting on the same page. Maybe it’s not meant to be?
Post # 13
I want two dogs but I’ll wait til me and FI live together. I want a big one so he definitely needs to help me with one 😀
Post # 14
Could you maybe take him home on a trial basis for a weekend to see how it goes?
The only problem for me having 3 dogs is going away, but if you have someone to watch them for you, then it’s not bad. I think two dogs is a great number, your guy will love having a buddy while you are working or away from the house. Plus they keep each other occupied even when you are home, so its actually less work in that sense.
The plus side about this dog is that he’s already trained, it shouldn’t be too hard of a transition. Plus he’s not a puppy so all the hard stuff is mostly done. I recently added an adult dog to my house, and it’s been a pretty easy transition. It’s definitely a lot more work with a puppy so this sounds like a great option for you.
I was always a 1 dog type of person, but I could never go back to just one now. Two is a great number, and they’re not giant breeds, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Plus you’d be doing something really good for this dog, adopting him from a bad situation.
I vote yes 🙂
Post # 15
I actually think that having 2 dogs is in some ways easier than just one. I had my first dog for 7 years. When we got married, I wanted my husband to have a dog of his own too so we got a new dog about 2 months ago. there was a big adjustment period, esp b/c the new dog has some issues with guarding her food, but, my old dog loves having a buddy and she’s actually a lot better behaved on hikes and walks and they are turning into best friends. It really has been a pretty easy transition and has ended up being a lot of fun! You should totally do it.