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    Just after your thoughts...

    I am hoping to get a puppy for my next dog (who knows though I might end up getting another older dog from a shelter).

    However I won't be able to get another dog for at least 3 years, by which time Taya will be 9 (eek!).

    I'm wondering if introducing a puppy when the first dog is getting on in age would upset the older dog too much. Would it be kinder to wait until Tay has passed on? (I hate even saying that - it sounds like I'm wishing her dead!)

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    Would Taya like to have company, or would Taya get jelouse of a new pup.

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    Hi Loren,
    Dogs in their senior years slow down, they're usually not as playful and illnesses and disorders appear...one of the common ones being arthritis. I personally would not introduce a puppy to a senior dog that has been the only dog in the family all it's life...the poor dear will constantly be bugged by a playful pup...the senior dog might feel like it's being replaced too. ( my personal opinion only). This is why i got my pup when Misi was 4.5yo. and wish and wanted to do it when she was 1.5-2yo. She was alot more playful.
    Having said that...I have heard that a pup can make an older dog feel young again
    I'm sure that when the time comes you'll know if getting a pup is right thing to do, and if Taya is a happy, healthy 9 year old, introduced properly to the right pup/dog then...why not?

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    I got Falcon when Jess was 8. She was still fit and healthy...she was a great "nana". She loved having Falcon around and if he ever got too much, she'd growl at him to let him know she'd had enough...she'd never hurt him though, she was soo gentle. I didn't need to teach Falcon much...he learn't it all from Jess! He did really miss her heaps when she died...he didn't frett, but you just knew he was sad.

    Falcon is now 7 and I have got Candy...it took Falcon about 8 weeks to chill out and start playing with Candy..before that he was always bareing his teeth and growling at her...but they are best mates now

    I wouldn't do it with dog that is old ..but 9 yrs for Taya isn't old.

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    I was going to post the same question!
    Thank you

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    Haha well there you go! Great minds think alike.

    Thanks for your replies, I think they are all very valid points. I guess I will have to assess the situation if/when I am able to get another dog.

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    do you have friends with younger dogs/pups maybe get them to bring theirs over and see how your dog intereacts with the other one maybe that will help show how she will take it. also see how she is when the other dog/puppy leaves

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    I don't think anyone who doesn't intimately know your dog can answer this. One dogs 9, isn't another dogs 9. I would base it completely on how Taya is at that point. If she's still playful and happy and healthy, then think about it, but if she's starting to slow down and little and have some health issues, then maybe wait till she's gone to rainbow bridge!!

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    Ill bringing a pup in here and I hope Flash and Billie are still well and truly rocking and rolling as they will make great foster parents for a dog.

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    Being me I like to get to know all the local dogs. There's one particular older dog (around 9 or 10) who is usually in the front yard of his home when I am walking with the boys to catch the school bus in the mornings. He is a black and tan mixed breed, definately lots of Corgi in him and perhaps a bit of Lab and Kelpie. I have met him walking with his owner and although not aggressive towards other dogs he is not what I would call a sociable dog. A bit of a loner I always thought.

    About 2 weeks ago the boys noticed a new puppy in the front yard. A little yellow Lab x. She was frolicking at the fence and Mr. Black & tan was sitting with his back to her, sulking. He didn't come to the gate for his usual pat. Three days later both dog and pup were at the front gate but as we walked past Mr. Black and tan put himself in front of the pup and barked at us. He was obviously not very fond of the pup yet but she was his and he was protecting her.

    This morning both Mr Black and tan and the pup came to the gate for a quick pat and then were back into a game of tug of war with a rope toy. They were still playing when I was walking home. Old Mr Black and tan was almost a pup again and having as much fun as his new companion.

    Just thought I would share this little story with you Loren.

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