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Second dog??(4 Posts)
Just wanted to see if anyone had any pearls of wisdom to impart!
11 years ago we adopted a crazy male terrier when he was one year old. We could write a book about his exploits - but his main issues were that we was aggressive towards other males, used to run away, barked pretty much all the time and was very easily wound up. As if that wasn't enough, 8 years ago we decided to bring a 10 week old JRT cross female into our lives. They hit it off almost immediately and used to play all the time in the house - but rarely outside - she preferred to sniff and keep herself to herself and he just used to bark....
Sadly the male died last September, and initially I think our other dog missed him. She still always wants to play in the daytime with us and is still a very lively 8 year old in true terrier fashion!
A rescue dog aged 2 years has come up that's in foster care. He's described as calm and good natured, and sounds like a good fit. Although we aren't actively looking for another dog, I do still feel that our other dog is missing out not having a companion as she's never been on her own. Part of me though is very anxious - what if she actually likes being on her own??
Has anyone had a similar experience where an older dog has died, and they got another rescue dog to keep the dog that was left behind company??
I just don't want to make a huge mistake that's not fair for either dog!
Would the rescue allow you to introduce the dog to your dog and see how they get on before a formal adoption? Sorry, I don't have any words of wisdom to add, just a bump in the hope someone else can help.
Could you ask for a weeks trial to see how you get on? A good rescue should agree to this to see if it’s a good match. They won’t just let you take the dog without making sure they get on with all resident animals in the house
I'm going to speak with the rescue tomorrow night and will ask them this. As much as I loved our first dog, I can't go through the stress of a reactive dog again, especially now we have another in the house. She's been on her own since last September now, and it's given her time to get used to it! It could be that we have to look at a few before we find the right fit, or it could be that we decide not to pursue it further if she is clearly happily on her own.