|Barked: Sun Feb 28, '10 1:39am PST |
|So I have an Australian Shepherd that is nearing his 2nd birthday, and I adore him to death. At the moment, we are doing agility training together, just started herding training, and he comes to work, to the barn, to just about everywhere with me. We also do conformation shows for fun.
I am in the process of looking for new housing, as my roommates and I have drifted far apart after 2 years. At the moment, none of my options involves anyone with another pet/dog. My dog has lived with other dogs his entire life, so I'm not sure how well he will adjust. I also have an senior cat with the beginnings of kidney failure (but he still has probably 2-3 yrs at least). I am a full time student and I work part time, but I spend a LOT of time with my Aussie. I plan to apply to veterinary school in about 2-3 years, and I know that when I am in vet school, I will be home a lot less.
So I have thought for a long time about it and decided it would probably be a good idea to get a 2nd dog (Aussie... I'm addicted to them, lol) so that my current dog has a buddy. (and on a selfish level, so I have double the aussie love!) I have been thinking about this for over a year, and I want to get the 2nd dog well before I apply to vet school so that I can ensure that it gets a great foundation and we work out any behavioral kinks.
All my time outside of studying/school is spent with my current dog.
What I'm wondering is if you think this is a good plan and that I'll have enough time for 2 Aussies? (I am usually only away from my dog about 20 hours a week)
I wouldn't get the 2nd dog right away, but I am keen on a female Aussie owned by two women I know, and I like the Aussie and I really like the two women (they have very well rounded dogs - agility, herding, obedience, conformation, their dogs do it all) and all the dogs have ALL their health checks. It's the only litter that have planned for the next two years, and I was very impressed by their past litter.
I guess I'm asking for opinions on whether this sounds like a plausible situation - if I got a puppy at a time when I have a break from school/work, and if people think I would have enough time to spend with 2 dogs.
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