|Barked: Sun Mar 16, '14 7:09pm PST |
|Ok, so here's my situation...I recently let go of my 15 year old black lab, Shelby. I've had her since I was 8 years old. She has always been my best friend and my guardian. I have another dog, a medium-sized mutt-puppy who I've always suspected is a lab mix. She's 10 years old and ever since she was 6 weeks old Shelby has been her constant companion.
I'm moving soon and I worry about how Shelby's death and a new home will effect Aries, my mutt-puppy. She's never been alone. I gave it a lot of thought and I think an older dog would be good for her (and for me).
So I did some research and found a shelter near where I'll be living. I'm looking for a sweet, gentle companion to accompany my mutt-puppy in her twilight years and to soothe my spirit. Also, I'm not gonna lie, as a single woman living all by herself in a strange new place... I kinda want a watchdog. Aries, bless her heart, is too docile and gentle for that.
I found a GORGEOUS 7 year old brindle amstaff/lab mix. As soon as I looked at her profile and her pictures, I cried. She immediately reminded me of my Shelby. Big brown eyes gleaming with intelligence, love and mischief. Shelby loved mischief. It was like I was 8 again, crouched in front of a kennel, hands between the bars, scratching the ears of a soulful black lab, begging my dad to "pick that one".
Of all the dogs I looked at, she caught my eye. But I have some concerns.
I'll be living in a two bedroom apartment. Is it big enough for her?
Will she get along with Aries?
Is she gonna be ok for 7-8 hours while I'm at work?
Is this the right breed for me?
The shelter says she'd be good for agility and obedience training...what if I can't provide enough activity for her?
What do you guys think? Is she a good fit? Should I look for a smaller dog?
Edited by author Sun Mar 16, '14 7:17pm PST
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