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    I would also think worst case scenario too if they have to be separated from the kids. Don't let them be unsupervised with the kids.
    I will never have my dogs and grandies together, ever. My dogs have relatively no experience with kids, I wouldn't trust the kids either as they may inadvertently
    do something that the dog may react badly with.
    I have a huge pen they can be permanently in for the duration of my grandies being here and they can only meet through wire. It is always good to have plan A and B.

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    It comes down to costs, to me, as far as choosing these 2 or not - but I wouldn't go for that age, with your children. Yes, some dogs with 'histories' can be difficult, with children, but dogs with 'histories' can be devoted nanny dogs, quiet and gentle and grateful for a loving home. I would definitely go for, (my preference), a pair of gentle older dogs, THO" NO ARTHRITIS SIGNS, to cope with the littlies BUT not from the big pounds and orgs. I'd be looking for a rescuer with toddlers, where the dogs have been there for a while, preferably gentle with cats, dogs, chooks... Bombproof, in horse terms. If only getting one dog, still, that would be my major aim. The only other, short or longhaired - whether you have the time and discipline to groom. I will rescue long haired dogs - but would never own them, unless I clipped them.

    I think a small dog would have too hard a time in your family but I would be saying, don't want long hair, don't want little. Give me the ugliest, most overlooked... All I ask is the gentlest, most patient, sweetest dog you've held, for at least 2 months.

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    My first reaction was: if it feels right, go for it. But... you only wanted one dog. And even if they seem lovely and the kids like them, are you sure you don't mainly want to adopt them because you feel sorry for them? Adopting a rescue dog is hard in that regard, but it is always a bad idea to let pity be a major factor in your decision. The dog - or dogs - has to be right for you. If you don't get these two, someone else will eventually. And there are plenty of other rescues to choose from. And I agree with others that convenience should be high on your priority list in your situation. A dog always generates work, but I would choose to get a dog that has less chance of being more work than they are fun, if you know what I mean.

    That is just my thoughts. Whatever decision you end up making, I hope to hear all about your new dog or dogs. And this forum is a great source of advice.

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    The right dog is out there for you. The right new home is out there for them.

    If you're uncertain about taking on two boisterous puppies at their adolescent stage (read a bit deaf, boundary pushers and easily traumatised by little things), then don't. Let them stay where they are until they find the right homes. You don't want to take them on and then find in a month or so you have to take them back because they've completely remodelled your back yard and you can't keep up with them.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    If you only want one dog, get the one dog, and be sure that you can put the time in that you need. Two dogs can be double trouble, especially if you are alreadly very busy.

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    Gee, this is a good forum! thank you all for your words of wisdom!
    and i think that you're right, i am partly making this decision out of pity for the beautiful pups!
    for those who asked, they are part lab, part greyhound, and are remarkably calm (well, calm for teenagers!) and clever.

    on the up side, my husband and i have worked out that we could attend separate training lessons with one dog at a time and as i am home each day, and my husband also works from home, there is alot of flexibility with regards to getting them out and about...

    But on the downside, part of my concern with taking two dogs is that they have each other, and how much would they really want to join in with 'our pack', and the other significant concern is about their anxieties... (as someone said, if they are nervy now...). and weighing heavily is the double feeding costs plus double poo!

    anyway, i think we will be waiting for the right dog to come along...

    thank you so much for all of your advice!

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    It always seems to help me to sort my thoughts by reading other people's. Glad you have come to a decision that sits ok with you.

    I must say that the lab/greyhound mix does sound very attractive, but that is mainly because I am a total sucker for sighthounds. But I am sure someone else out there will come to see that too and hopefully they will be looking for 2 dogs. I recently read a story on FB about someone adopting a dog from the pound and then discovering there was another dog at the pound just over the state border that looked like a sibling of the dog they just adopted . And they went and adopted it too! I saw a photo of them both in their new home and it was such an uplifting story. Just to say, I myself have always been a one dog person so far, but there are plenty of people out there who prefer more than one.

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    I think two dogs is great for a household, but two dogs with anxiety issues in a household that wants to bond with the dogs might not be as good.........there are so many Rescues out there. i am sure there is a dog just waiting for you guys............Sadly there is an endless supply of Rescue dogs.

    good luck in your search
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    Again, my 2c without knowing you or your situation apart from what you have written....I think you are doing the right thing in waiting for the right dog to come along.

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    A gap greyhound might suit you. They are extremely laid back. And don't need much walking. Happy on their own or with other dogs. But they do comes as "older dogs". It's hard to get a greyhound puppy as the breeders always want to know how fast it will be first.

    I think getting a second dog to keep the first company is probably not a good idea. I know lots of people do it but sometimes I wonder if they should have gotten the first dog. There are lots of good reasons to get a second dog. Most of all you have to have room in your life to look after it, don't expect your first dog to do it. And it's generally a bad idea to adopt two dogs from the same litter - as they have been fighting each other for resources their whole lives and that is very hard to break up.

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