|Barked: Sun Sep 26, '10 11:02am PST |
|Up until last November, Casper was the only pup in our house. We had them meet a day before Mak was scheduled to come home, and on the day Mak arrived we let them meet outside in the front yard first. I think it really helped them hit it off. Casper has some reactivity issues, not with dogs per se but sometimes he doesn't welcome strange pups into the house, so the outside meeting was great for us.
I would say that having another pup in the house is beneficial to any pup, especially if you have a frightened pup. I can't speak for all, but Casper has REALLY come out of his shell, and runs around with the zoomies like he's a pup again I think Casper (and myself!) feels really safe with Mak around. It feels SO good to see my pup be happy. So that's one of the pros.
They also tire themselves out more, which means less walks (that's no excuse to not exercise your pups though) I just notice they burn off quite a bit of energy from all the running around all day.
More dogs= more kisses, so that's always good too, hehe. Then there's always puppy breath, and the tremendous amount of love you feel for that little fur ball. Watching them grow is so heart warming for me.
The cons...(IMO don't outweigh the pros but...)
You spend more money on food each month, more money on toys, vet visits, treats, etc. Training can also be expensive if you don't owner train. You also have to make SURE they both get proper exercise. I've found it harder to walk with two dogs, especially since Casper is reactive. For ME, it's easier to walk one dog, come back and take a break, and then walk the other pup for 45 mins, or however much they need.
But it's SO worth it, whenever you see a mini and a huge dog cuddled up together, UGH! the cuteness is overwhelming I'm sure your pup would love a play mate, you'll be surprised how fast they bond together. Besides the money factor, I don't see why it wouldn't be a good idea to add onto the pack. Mak has truly lit up my life, my whole family's! It was SO worth it, I'd give all the money in the world to do it over again The joy a pup brings is just unexplainable.
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