All the reasons you want or don't want to add another dog

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  1. Locke

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    Want because:
    - Have a ton of time to devote to another dog (no puppies for me)
    - want/need a dog that can do stuff (hikes and disc dog primarily)
    - still miss the connection I had with Mitch, want to re-create it

    Not because:
    - my copious amounts of free time will be gone once school is over
    - boyfriend wants to be settled in our own house before a dog joins (and I sort of agree)
    - it's getting cold and snowy out...
     
  2. Wickgaga

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    Reasons I want one:

    - I would like a larger dog of my own. I LOVE small breeds, and that's why I have them, but I'd like to move up some, and while I love Miniature Schnauzers & they are my heart breed, there are so many larger breeds I love & would like to own.

    - My dogs aren't as active or into activities as I'd like.

    Reasons I "don't" want one / am not getting one:

    - Currently it would not be the right time as I do not have a job.
    - When I get a job, I might not have enough time for 4 dogs of my own, so why add another until I know how my schedule will be?
     
  3. Dogdragoness

    Dogdragoness Happy Spring!!!!

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    I "want" another dog but I just can't my living situation & financial situation Although "right now" but I don't know how long that will be & 2 dogs is already hard enough when we have to move. Also I don't think I could afford the food bill for three dogs plus Josefina is just how maturing after almost 2 yrs of "puppy hell" lol so no I don't want to do that to myself again & buddy having just been adopted back in march 2012 is just now coming into his own & realizing that he *is* home, so no I don't want to shake them up by adding another dog to the mix right now ... Maybe when we inherit the ranch I will think about it.
     
  4. Linds

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    Want:
    I didn't get my solid Koolie and I drool whenever I see one.

    Do not want:
    Because it's an absolutely horrible idea
    Just got a puppy
    Said puppy is a giant loud alligator demon puppy
    Small House
    Money for everything
    Training takes up a lot of my time with just two
    Traveler would commit suicide
    It's just a horrible horrible idea.
    Already working hard on keeping Didgie from fixating on Traveler's movement. Don't want to double that up.
     
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    WANT
    -Someone to do sports/therapy work with. Gambit just isn't capable, and it's not fair to ask him to be something he's not.
    -Plenty of time to raise puppy
    -Enjoy working with puppies
    -Gambit loves babies and is totally tolerent (a little too much sometimes)
    DO NOT WANT
    -Poor.
    -Poor
    -Poor
    -Enjoy fostering puppies for right now
    -Poor
     
  6. Taqroy

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    Want
    Ummmm....puppy! Fur and kisses and puppy breath and awesome.
    Tipper needs a playmate. I would prefer one within easy access (like in the house lol).

    Do not want
    House training. We suck at it.
    No time for training another dog.
    Two of my dogs are jerkwads who don't really like change (or puppies really).
    I don't think it would be fair to Murph and he's terrible at puppy raising anyway.
    More vet bills? No thank you. Lol.
     
  7. Toller_08

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    Reasons to want: Now is just a perfect time to bring home a puppy. I work somewhere that I can bring her everyday, and that will provide ample socialization and exposure opportunities. My hours at work are not quite F/T, which is also nice. I am not yet going to school. If I decide to go to school next fall, puppy will be almost a year old by then, so I won't worry about leaving her at home as much as I would a young puppy.

    It's been almost 6 years since I've had the type of puppy I enjoy the most, and almost 4 years since I've had a puppy at all. I love puppies and enjoy them a lot.

    Financially, I am way more than prepared for everything. I don't know if I'll be able to say that even this time next year, as there are other things I am also saving for.

    My current dogs are all at a nice age. Dance and Ripley are still plenty playful and will enjoy a new playmate, but they are all also very mature and well mannered and will be an asset when it comes to teaching the puppy proper doggy manners.

    I miss having a drivey, on the go dog with endurance. The Dobes I guess sort of fill that role, but in a different way than I like. I love them, and I love the breed, but they kind of clash with me. And Dance is fun and enjoys doing things, but she gets apathetic about things quickly. She does things best in short spurts. She doesn't even really enjoy going on long walks, on leash or off. She gets bored and looks sad.

    Reasons not to want:

    I do have three dogs. I don't need a fourth. But technically, most people don't even 'need' one dog. I've had four in the past and all was fine.

    A puppy will take way from my Dance time. I always feel so guilty about that. I do already have two more that take away from Dance time, and she doesn't seem to care at all (she's not a needy dog), but I feel bad anyway.

    I feel a little guilty about where puppy is coming from, but am torn because I do really like the dogs.

    One more mouth to feed. More dog hair on the floor. My house is so peaceful with three well behaved adult dogs, and a puppy will obviously disrupt that a little.
     
  8. JacksonsMom

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    UGH, I struggle with this a LOT.

    I want another dog:
    - because I just want another dog lol
    - I just love dogs
    - to have a play buddy for Jackson
    - He is 4 now and I really didn't want to wait this long to add another, the longer I wait, I feel like the longer it takes me to get up the guts
    - to try out a new breed
    - I'm young (22) and currently have the time to raise a puppy and put a LOT into it
    - I won't be working full time for probably another year and a half, so adding a puppy NOW would be better than doing so when I am working full time.

    But I worry about the bond I have with Jackson now. He's literally my 'go to' dog, we do nearly everything together, and my little travel buddy (small trips to run errands, vacations, I dogsit a lot and he comes with me, etc). He is also the kind of dog who I can really do anything with and try out any sport if wanted, so it's not like I 'need' another dog for that sort of thing.

    Honestly, financially, I would be okay. I would just have to spend less on a lot of the 'extras' that I buy for Jackson ... and he gets wayyy too much unnecessary stuff! LOL. I just worry that maybe it would be smarter of me to wait until I am in my own house/apt and more stable on my own. But then I think I cannot wait that long and want one NOW.
     
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    I don't want another dog right now.

    I decided a while ago that I most likely wouldn't get another dog while Miss Abby is with me. Certainly not a pup. She is very happy in the setting she has now and that's important to me.

    I'm loving the fun I'm having with two (and a half - grandma's whippet Locke features heavily in my life - walking, playing, visiting my home etc.)

    Locke I would take on full-time if the need arises - it works, or at least is 85% close to working harmoniously. His personality suit Abby to a tee.

    With looking after the 3 of them, plus uni, plus full-time work... I've got my hands full. Not in a 'oh my goodness, I can't cope' kind of way. But we have certainly found a great balance and they keep me busy enough and vice verse.

    In the future I would love to get a dog to do classes with and even compete with perhaps (obedience, agility, tracking), but right now I'm happy to dabble with the dogs I've got.
     
  10. Moth

    Moth Mild and Slightly Nutty

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    Want:
    I have had three dogs and found it to be a good number.
    I fall in love with puppies and cute dogs in need of homes all the time :)
    There is a girly on petfinder that looks oh so awesome.
    I have the time to invest.
    I enjoy spending my time with the dogs.

    Does not want:
    My two are so nice together...I would worry about how the relationships in my house might be affected.
    My better half already feels overwhelmed by two and a cat at times...
    More vet bills...
     
  11. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Don't want:
    - Rosey is 16 and would be annoyed by a puppy.
    - I'd want to adopt at this point, and nobody would adopt to me anyway since Rosey is intact.
    - No place to PUT a puppy.

    Want:
    - Rosey is old and I feel bad making her do the 4 hour hikes nowadays, and would like a dog to do that with (ferrets make awful hiking buddies)
    - Financially at a point where I *could* afford to add another.
    - Want a little dog so I can dress it up :p
     
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    Want:
    - I've wanted a well bred working line pup to raise from the ground up since shortly after I first got Lily. I've been very patient!
    - I work very close to home and at worst no one is crated more than 4hrs at a time. My boss would let me run home to potty puppy. Heck I could maybe bring it to work even if we were to work toward certifying for therapy work. ;)
    - There is something wrong with me and I want a Malinois BAD! lol
    - I would be able to give everyone one on one time again with a third dog in rotation, since Scout freaks if left behind alone.
    - I love my rescues, but it would be downright luxurious to have a solid dog with good drives for tug/ball, etc. to work with.
    - The girls are 4.5 and almost 6 respectively which is a good bit older, but not too old to be cranky at puppy.

    Do Not Want
    - Not done saving up yet. :)
     
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    Don't Want:
    Our condo has a two-pet limit.
    I have no more money to throw at classes/trials/food/toys.
    I already have one very active, time consuming young dog in training.
    I have no more time to train/play.
    Meg would either kill me in my sleep or run away from home.

    Want:
    Can't think of a single one! I'm very happy with my pair.
     
  14. JustaLilBitaLuck

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    Don't Want:
    Financially, it would be hard. Day to day care (food, treats, toys) would be fine, but I don't want the added (possibly emergency) vet bills of a third dog.
    I don't want to take time away from my current dogs, especially Jack.
    I don't know where I would PUT a third dog - right now Jack and Missy are confined in seperate bedrooms when we leave...but we don't have a third bedroom.
    Everything my house is very calm and collected right now, I don't want to disturb that.

    Want:
    My dogs are getting older (5 and 6), and so is the cat (11). It would be nice to have a younger dog around again!
    That's about it.
     
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    That's (the bolded) is a big one for me too. lol. It's hard to fathom all the commotion that a new puppy would bring, cute as they are. I've gotten spoiled (and lazy) with my seasoned and well behaved adults.
     
  16. Babyblue5290

    Babyblue5290 Happy Meal. Yum.

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    Don't want:

    - Just got a new puppy and now both my dogs are under 5 years old. Going to have my hands full with training for both.
    - Two is the perfect number for us, three would be hectic.
    - Renting with anymore than two is HARD!
    - School will not permit anymore with as much time I'm going to have to put into that.
    - Financially, adding a third is not a good plan.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Awesome!
     
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    Want:
    I'd like a solid, friendly, focused dog for pursuing sports and activities with.
    Zoie is older and has bad knees. Romeo is going blind. Skye is...Skye. Every time I'm like aw just stick with Skye, maybe if you worked really hard she would learn to love sports..and then I go and work with her and it's just.. no. It's like trying to train a llama.
    Okay so I want Romeo with good eyes :(. My three are all 6+ years old and it would be good timing in that aspect.

    Do Not Want:
    Bad timing. Living with mom...it's good the dogs aren't alone for too long, BUT, a puppy would be growing up with her....not good. I already segregate Romeo and Soldier and worry about adding another strong willed dog of either sex. I'm working and going to school full time. I'm looking into moving. The house is relatively stressful lately.

    I was planning on a puppy for the Spring but I'm not going to. It might work out in the end but..I'm not going to complicate things for myself. I'm pretty much settled down to wait.
     
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    Bahaha, no kidding huh! :rofl1:
     

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