- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
So this is a question for the bees with more than one dog…do you recommend it?
Darling Husband and I are seriously considering adding another furbaby to our family. Our dog is just over 4 years old, and incredibly social with other dogs. Seriously, he’ll do anything to get another dog to play with him when we take him to the park! My in-laws have 2, and ours has spent quite a lot of time with them, including 6 weeks this summer when dh and I were travelling and had some other crazy circumstances, and he spent the entire 6 weeks playing non-stop. So, as much as we love puppies, we also feel like our little guy would love having a permanent playmate, and the decision would be almost as much about him. We’ve heard from a bunch of people (including mil) that having a second dog is “easy” because the first trains the new one. obviously not completely, we’d still expect to do most ourselves 😉 but is that true?
I’ve been putting together a pro/con list, and my main concerns are:
a) we live in an NYC apt with no yard. the space isn’t actually my concern–our apt is actually a decent size– so much as it’s harder to go in and out for walks, and housebreaking will take more effort since we can’t just open a door and go.
b) we’re thinking of starting ttc in about a year, so 2 dogs and a stroller seems a little overwhelming, though doable.
c) increased vet bills.
d) harder time finding dog-sitters when we go out of town–our 4 yo pup has been spoiled and has still never been to a kennel! however my bff has offered to come stay here with the dogs, so this is semi-moot.
e) will our current dog care more about the new dog than us? this might seem silly, but my mom keeps trying to discourage me by saying our dog will become less cuddly… 🙁 my in-laws dogs are still people-centric…
are there other major cons I’m not thinking of? would you do it? if you have multiple dogs, do you love it or regret it?
eta: and, because what’s a pet post without a pic?, I’ve added one: here’s our guy (the blurry one in the middle) playing tug of war with my in-laws’ dogs