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Old 05-06-2013, 08:48 AM
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With all the life insurance conversations Josh and I have been having with his new job, it got me thinking about how I would manage if he ever passed away (tragic and weird, I know).

So what was/is your ideal for single life? Mine would be two MAX. Ideally, I would only want one dog. But in a serious relationship, I see us having at least four, easily.

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Old 05-06-2013, 09:22 AM
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Well I am single and one is actually really really good for me and my lifestyle right now. With that said, I do want a second, it's just not the right timing.

2 is my max by myself.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:30 AM
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I was just talking about this yesterday with my friends when we were hiking. Single I think two would be my max. In a serious relationship I thought only 3, but after having 3 for a while now I could see us adding a 4th in a few years.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:32 AM
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One or two. I've always had one or two of my own and we have four together. He would positively only own one by himself.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:37 AM
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Well I am single with two dogs and a third definitely planned. Lately I have been even contemplating a fourth. But I am not sure that is a good plan. We will see what happens with three. I think i will aim for 2-3 always. I dont like having only one dog. All I know is 6 was too much lol.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:45 AM
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I'm single and have 2, but I had 3 dogs for quite awhile. Only 2 feels weird. I wouldn't like to go below 2. The amount of dogs I have is bounded more by space and money than anything. If I had the right set up for it, I could easily go 4 or 5. It's just hard when you travel, so I'd have to also have an RV so everyone could come.
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The dogs are definitely mine but one doesn't live with me. She's an exception... I think I could handle two, if they were stable-ish dogs.
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Well, I currently have three, four if you count Georgie which I only do about half the time since she's really not mine except for the training work I do with her. And I will have a fourth of my own in a few years, which is the limit in the city.

I don't have a limit number if there are two of us. The plan at that point would be to live in the country where there's no city limit, so. Yeah. I dunno. Six? Seven? It depends on the dogs too. I never intended to have four, I intended to have three. Pepper threw a wrench in the plans. I don't know if it will eventually become three down the road or not. Right now the three I have is not what I want. Retired Auggie, Pepper just being Pepper, and Payton the only active sports dog? Boo. But Auggie and Pepper are both so ridiculously low maintenance, really, that it's a non-issue. Four Paytons would be terrible OTOH.
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Its not the dogs I worry about! I could handle the same amount of dogs and afford them just fine, but the horses are another story. Money is not so much the issue but not having someone to help with moving hay and cleaning stalls occasionally makes all the difference. I would likely get down to one or two vs the three I have now and the more I want.

On the other side I have told my husband my life insurance money is so he can support the critters since he can support himself. I told him I would haunt him if he sold them.
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Well, I currently have three, four if you count Georgie which I only do about half the time since she's really not mine except for the training work I do with her. And I will have a fourth of my own in a few years, which is the limit in the city.

I don't have a limit number if there are two of us. The plan at that point would be to live in the country where there's no city limit, so. Yeah. I dunno. Six? Seven? It depends on the dogs too. I never intended to have four, I intended to have three. Pepper threw a wrench in the plans. I don't know if it will eventually become three down the road or not. Right now the three I have is not what I want. Retired Auggie, Pepper just being Pepper, and Payton the only active sports dog? Boo. But Auggie and Pepper are both so ridiculously low maintenance, really, that it's a non-issue. Four Paytons would be terrible OTOH.
Yeah that's kind of where I'm at. My two are low maintenance these days. I'm enjoying playing with them so much and I am glad I am. But hopefully next year will add a young sports dog to the mix. Then once summer retires i could see another sports dog added. City limit here is four. The plan was never four dogs.

In my daydream relationship he and I both have lots of dogs and live in the country. I am still waiting for the border collie agility guy...
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