I am wondering if people will help and support me if I choose to get another dog against everyone's advice?
thanks for your advice re bringing Sass inside, we have bought a bed for her and she comes in of an evening now to be with us more.
In the end of it all. No one can tell you to not get another dog.
If it feels right to you then it is the right thing to do for you.
If you are wanting to get acceptance from here then i don't think you should get another dog.
You are the only one that can truely say if you want to or not.
And I am sure no matter what you do most will go along with it.
Still imo i feel that a dog should always have another dog around, if the situation allows!
As I said, at the end of the day you will do what you want. If you do I'm sure we'll all do everything we can to give you advice if and when you need it.
If you can put in a plan to manage the time needed for training individually as well as the two dogs together, to ensure that they don't become so bonded to one another they cannot be seperated and to ensure that they are mentally and physically stimulated as much as they require, then I'm behind your decision 100%. If you honestly can't though, it's not just your life that will be suffering for it. It is their lives too. They need to come first in this instance.
As I always told my kids when they became adults, ask advice whenever you need to. Sift through the replies and throw out advice..including mine if it doesn't fit as only you know the situation.
If you get another dog, find out it is twice the problem and then come here for advice then yep, you may have some problems.
On the other hand it may also work out very well.
I had 3 blue heelers. I thought long and hard about adding their litter mate back into the mix after she and her sire ran off from my FIL's farm for 5 nights and there were sheep killed during that time.
There was the chance that she might somehow escape from the dog yard (the others never have in the year that it has been built) and take my dogs with her and any or all of them could have been rightly shot by a farmer if they were with sheep.
All has gone very well and she slotted back in as if she never left.
If you do get a second dog hope for the best but be prepared for any worst case scenarios like they want to tear each other to bits so they would have to be permanently separated.
If you get a second dog and then months later decide to rehome it due to problems then you will not get a very good reception at all.
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
or if you rehome the dog just dont mention it on here
But I think the point we have been trying to argue is also that it is better to rehome a dog if you cannot cope than to let them suffer. So even in that situation I think you would find support here.
I am very happy that the dog now spends more time with you. I hope he's adapting well to the change in situation.
I would love to know what you get out of owning a dog if you only spend one hour a day with it? What's the point? It seems to me that it would only be a drain on your finances.
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