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    i need some advice!

    i have three children (5.5, 2.5 and 5 months) and a husband that is very keen to get a medium sized family dog. well, i am also keen to get a dog. we have the house with a good sized yard and are all set to go. we have been looking at rescue sites, and would prefer to get an older puppy rather than a grown up rescue dog - just in case there is some history.. (young children around and all..)

    then we found a beautiful 8 month old dog that is up for adoption. perfect. ticked all the boxes. my husband went and met her and she is wonderful... but (and this is the issue), she has a sister and they must go together. apparently they have been separated for brief periods (a week or so) and they didn't cope - one more than the other became horribly depressed. we have been advised that they must go together...

    the whole family met them on the weekend and we all loved them....

    all week i have been flipping from the logical - thinking that two dogs would be too big of a burden at this point, and then flipping to the emotional - they are lovely and are such a special pair, etc...

    am i insane for even thinking about going ahead with adopting not one, but two lab sized, 8 month old puppies?!?

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    Oh geez, thats a hard one alright...first up, welcome to the forum!! I actually have no real advice to give you. In the end, the decision is up to you and your hubby. I reckon if you think you can handle it, go for it!!

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    I agree with Oskar's Mum, only you can really make the final decision! If you guys think you can handle 2 dogs and exercising and training two dogs then go for it. I've got two and haven't ever really regretted it, they are great with each other and its good to have company for Harley.

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    Hi frances and Labradors are great family pets and if bought up around children, forge long term friendships with them. My own personal opinion is 2 dogs are easier than one as they keep each other company (especially you being a busy mum), but labradors are also late maturers at around 2 -3 years, so you could also end up with twice the number of holes dug, twice the number of hoses chewed etc, and as you have very young children, obediance training ......Oops just read your post better ...2 Lab SIZED puppies, not Lab puppies, scrap all previous LAB info.

    What breed are they?

    Breaks my heart to hear they cant be apart, how sad for 2 little poppets to have such a bad start!

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    Holey crap - two 8 month olds, and labs! Sorry but i am screaming that is CRAZY! Lol

    You need to have a really good hard think before making the decision to go ahead. It's unfair for these poor dogs to have to be rehomed yet again in the future. So if you are 100% sure you can give these two dogs a forever home then i say go ahead! I think you are totally nuts if you do (especially at that age) but that is not a decision for me to make.

    I also have two dogs and i will admit that having two means they will always have company & they can always entertain themselves whilst i'm out, rather than pine for me. But it still means twice the training, twice the amount of food, twice the amount of poo i have to pick up in the backyard! I will admit in future i will only ever have one dog after these two have passed because it's just too much work for me. But you could be one of those people just like others on here that will enjoy the company of two dogs!

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    whoops i jumped the mark on the lab assumption too! Do you know what breed or breeds they are?

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    Welcome....you have been given a huge problem, it won't matter what the breed....My only concern is that the dogs are already showing anxiety problems. This could be more difficulties in the future, unless you do a lot of training.

    The dogs are just going into heir adolescent period. Are you very familiar with dogs and have training history?

    Personally if i was in your shoes, being so busy with so many kids, i would really think hard about this.

    There are so many quiet dogs, maybe a little older waiting for homes. And some have been fostered in homes with kids and the foster carers would know how they are in that environment.

    I don't mean to be the negative person...but I get to see so many dogs during adolescent period, with so many problems.

    But like I said, if you do like training dogs and you have the time, it can be done
    Pets are forever

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    My 2c. If, with the kids and your lifestyle you feel that these dogs will get the attention, training, needs met then go for it. In my eyes the 2 together is great as they have each other. Some may tell you they can be bonded to each other and not really with humans so I suggest a trial period of a couple of weeks to suss it all out. Go with head and gut feel then heart.

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    Lab sized teenagers can be a nightmare. They have the strength to be extra difficult lol.

    In saying that, IMO, 2 dogs is better than one. But it will be very hard work.

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    I was offered a 4 month old desexed Bullmastiff x Dane just yesterday. She's a lovely dog and i put some thought into it. The wife shot the idea down in flames. And after todays doggy dramas i realise she is so right.
    The thought of breaking these 2 up though is sad and i couldnt bring myself to do it. Good luck.


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