|Barked: Sat Oct 20, '12 8:14am PST |
|There are many questions you need to ask and answer realistically.
Do you have enough money socked away for a big emergency, say $2500? Or do you have pet insurance, which would be a great idea for you with pets so young? I had never had an orthopedic or internal organ issue with my pets before this current crop. First, my third dog (2nd rescue), needed knee surgery (TTA) for 2700 bucks. Then my original dog showed up at 5 (!) with an extrahepatic liver shunt. That's even costlier to treat, plus requires a special diet.
I was just lucky, I suppose with my previous dogs. Now one of mine just had an abscessed tooth, that was $500, and his teeth had always been in very good shape. Add in flea and tick prevention/control, the possibility of allergies, preventive care visits yearly, feeding a good diet.....
It's a good idea to crunch the numbers really.
There are two of us humans, and 4 dogs, 1 medium, 3 large, from 6 1/2 to 3 years old, plus a roommate with one very large dog. But we have a large fenced yard, live in the country, live in a town where owning this many dogs is allowed, and own our house. Still the dog bills are killer. And I hazard a guess that I am a good bit older than you, as well.
As far as the actual work of taking care of them, making sure they get exercise, play, training, that is not terribly difficult, and is, in fact, quite enjoyable. And I just got the 4th dog about 7 months ago.
As Sq'mey said, it's just not appropriate to surprise someone with a dog. This needs to be a reasoned, considered decision by both of you. And you need to be in a very stable situation in all facets of your lives.
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