Thursday, 4 June 2015

Should I get Another Dog?

A question people often find themselves asking when living with just one pet. Dog lovers have this problem you see....one is just never enough.We have one beloved dog, then as time goes by the thought of adopting another soon hits. But the question is: Should I get another dog?





There are numerous things to consider when thinking about having a multiple pet household. Far too many pups and cats end up in shelters or re homed because someone thought they wanted another pet, but did not take into consideration that it may not be the right decision for them. Some people think, "hey, I have one, whats one more?"


Things to consider when adding another dog to your home:

  • Pup or adult dog?
  • Am I financially able to have another dog?
  • Have I spoke with my family before deciding?
  • Do I have the room?
  • Is my current dog happy as an only dog?
  • Is my current dog well behaved with other dogs?
  • Do I have enough time to spend with more than one dog?

All those things, and more go into thinking about adding another dog (or cat) to your household. Please take the time to consider the pro's and cons before making a final decision. As a multi pet household, for me, I wouldn't have it any other way. I would own a husky farm if it was financially possible for me to do.


Today we have joined the Multiple Pet Mania Month

Hosted by Wag N Woof Pets, Cascadian Nomads, and My GBGV Life
All month they are hosting a blog hop dedicated to multiple pet households. Both the joys and challenges of living with more than one pet, and June 30'th has been declared Multiple Pet Day!
There are contests, giveaways and so much fun involved this month, so pop by your hosts and grab some details!!

Today is also Thoughtless Thursday.
"Don't Think, Just Link!"
Join Ruckus The Eskie, Barking From the Bayou and me in this fun blog hop!

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41 comments:

  1. Great post! There's definitely a lot to think about when adding more dogs. We would eventually like to get a third but we're waiting until we can get a place of our own. We are sort of maxed out in our rental. :)

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    1. I know, I would love to get a 4'th too, but my city won't let me :( haha!

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  2. Great post - a lot of thought must go into adding another dog to any household!

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  3. People come up to me all the time, tell me they are envious that I have so many dogs and that they want to get a friend for their dog. I usually caution against it with "would you automatically be friends with someone who just shows up at your door one day?" We are lucky if our multiple pets tolerate each other and truly blessed if they actually end up being friends! Your post is an excellent starting point for taking the time, money and stress into consideration when deciding to add a pet at all let alone another one. Thanks for joining in the Multiple Pet Mania- I hope we'll see more of you and the gang throughout the month!

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    1. Oh you will definitely be seeing more of us this month! I have many multiple pet mania things to share!! And you make a great point in saying "would you just automatically be friends with someone who just shows up at your door one day?" So true.

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  4. Great post idea! When mom first got a second dog, she was shocked at how much work it was. She thought if you have one, a second one would be a piece of cake, not! We knew a third would be tough, and it has been, but if you have the desire to put a lot of time into it, three works, it is also much more expensive too. Time and money are the biggest problems with additional pets. Thanks for joining!

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  5. Good info.....adding a pet - even to a house where there are no OTHER pets - is a huge decision but if there ARE other animals, it's an even bigger one. There are a lot of "dynamics" to consider.........I say the more the merrier but then again, I'm an only cat and don't have to share my Mom and Dad with ANYONE !!!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. I'm with you on that Sammy, the more the merrier, but yes, there are SO many things to consider. Lucky you having your mom all to yourself!

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  6. This is great advice when considering adding another pet. I remember when we got our two golden retrievers, my friend who we adopted them from told us two would be no more work than one. She was wrong! Since we already had two at the time, it was a lot more work. We made the best of it, and don't regret it, but honestly, I would not do it again. I love all animals, but I do think three is my limit for dogs. Thanks so much for joining the hop!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. And I think it's great that you know your limit like that, where a lot of people don't. Sometimes it just takes a life living experience to know what our limits are I think.

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  7. The only reason I don't have 3 is the husband. He thinks 2 is enough. We have the money and the space . . . Sigh!

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    1. hahahaha!!! Ahhh, so time to talk to the hubster then!

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  8. A husky farm - now there's an idea we need to run by Mom:) We are both hoping Mom would get us a new pal, but she says this time she has to be strong and try really hard to resist those irresistible urges to bring in a new sibling for us:(

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. Sibes are the worst too aren't they? Everyone says they are likes lays potato chips......can't have just one!!! And omg it's SO true!!!

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  9. We have always been a multi-pet family. I love having a playmate for my dogs. The financial responsibility is the biggest consideration for me.

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    1. That's always been a big one for me to. And something I think everyone must consider when adding more pets to their home.

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  10. Great points to consider before adding another member of the family, especially the financial issue when you think about healthcare, vet bills, etc.

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  11. I love having two dogs...we talk about adding a third, but not sure I could handle it.

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    1. I would love to have a 4'th. I always say 4 is my number, but I probably wouldn't stop there either hahaahaha!

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  12. Hi Y’all!

    My Humans used to have 2 dogs plus cats and horses...definitely multi-pet. Not so anymore.

    I’ve relocated to www.browndogcbr.net. There is a link on http://browndogcbr.blogspot.com .
    Hope y’all come to my new home. I’m still workin’ on it. You need to click the title to find a spot to comment.

    Y’all hurry on by now!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Aw a new home huh? I will definitely come on by!

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  13. We have three now and I want one more pug! I'm a housewife so I have plenty of time to give them. We rescued our Belle from someone who locked her in a cage for 18 hrs a day because they had no time for her. And I'm like why did you get a dog?? Little dogs need lots of love and human interaction and it seems so many ppl don't consider this when adopting one. Great post! :)

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    1. Thanks, and I couldn't agree more. I am also at home every day, so have all the time in the world for my huskies!

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  14. For many years we had two dogs. Then the oldest one died as 17 and we decided it was easier with just one dog. For a couple of years we only had one dog, then our daughter knew a family had to skip there 9 weeks old puppy and we took it. This was Laika. The two dogs had a couple of years together and it was great, but when our old dog died as 14 we decided we only would have one dog in the future. For a couple of years we only had Laika and then we saw this little face (Vaks) on the picture from a shelter. Now we got two dogs again LOL. I think we can't help it :) From Laikas mom.

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    1. hahaha! I'm the same as you. So very hard to resist!

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  15. Getting another dog or cat is an important decision and we hope humans think about it before doing so. Good post!

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    1. Thank you. Yes it is definitely an important decision!

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  16. Important things to consider before adding another pet.

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  17. My peeps had 2 cats and wanted to replace them with 2 more so they brought me and Mitzi home. Mitzi wound up going back to her previous owner, a hoarder. They tried to get another cat a few years later but I’m so jealous of Pop’s affection that TW was fraid I’d kill the kitteh or traumatize her. She went back to the rescue.

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    1. Ah, sometimes that's the right thing to do. I'm glad they made the right decision

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  18. Great things to consider. So many animals are spontaneously bought. It should be well thought out before adding to your family ~Rascal and Rocco

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  19. great things to consider, having multiple animals is a big commitment that one should really think about

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    1. It really is. Thanks for popping by JoAnn :)

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  20. We lived with 5 cats and that seemed a good number for us. But we lost Abby & Gracie in 2013 and only through guidance from Abby did I adopt Annabelle. Now 4 seems like a good number. I am tempted by so many cats who need a home, but I always temper that with what is best for the ones I have.

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  21. The more the merrier! Although I know Kilo wouldn't agree, he loves being an only dog.

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