|Barked: Fri Apr 20, '07 12:43pm PST |
|Before we had Teyah, Noodle and I lived with a 120 lb great dane for a year, then after that we lived with a chow for about 6 months. He adored both of them. I think that the dynamic was different. he and Miles (the dane) were best buddies and Noodle followed him everywhere. We had an 11 acre lot for the house and lots of tall grass, and although Noodle wouldn't come when I called him he was always ok because Miles would, and he went right where Miles did!
It was so funny to see Miles loping like a deer and just a little behind him, the grass waving as Noodle brought up the rear like a caboose. Miles was so gentle too, he would let Noodle mess with him and chew his face/jowels for like an hour, and as soon as he got tired of it, would just take one massive paw and push him away gently like, that's enough now. the only thing that scared me was that although Miles couldn't have been more sweet and gentle, he was so large that it would have been easy for him to hurt Noodle's back accidentally so they were never allowed to play unsupervised.
But living with him definitely made me want to have a dane someday (when I have a big fenced in yard!)
The chow Roxie was a female and Noodle was very attached to his 'girlfriend' though he had been fixed long before. Unfortunately she was very neglected, bathed about once a year and never groomed for her ears or nails or a. glands and it broke mom's heart that her owner (our roommate) was so blind to the bad condition her dog was in. Eventually it was so bad we had to move, but then
Noodle was so lonely after having playmates that THAT made me start thinking about getting another dog. After about another year and a half I was convinced he would be happier if not alone all the time and we got Teyah Pie. But I debated over it in my head for a long time just like you.
Would they get along? Would they fight? Would he be jealous? How expensive would it be?
Yes (most of the time), Yes (on occasion but not bad), Yes (of course he's the 'firstborn') and surprisingly, not so much more than having one dog alone, plus I really do think they are not as lonely.
NOW the problem is that Teyah is so attached to Noodle he will have to live as long as she does and he's 3.5 years older!
I think with all dogs, the important thing is, try to find one, regardless of breed that suits your situation and needs by size, amount of care needed and above all TEMPERAMENT. Teyah is unusual by her markings sure, but what we really wanted was a dog that was playful but could also chill out, liked attention but could also entertain herself, liked a good snuggle on the couch but also could be alone and not constantly clingy. Some of that can be adjusted with good consistent training but by and large she was exactly what we needed and it worked out great.
That's another good reason to go with a rescue/foster. Having that dog in a situation with a foster pawrent who really gets a chance to observe their behavior and personality with other dogs is invaluable and something you may not be able to get from a breeder with a very young puppy whose personality is not fully formed. Even if the sire and dam are great, temperament can still be russian roulette with a new puppy.
So just be thorough. Watch your dog, figure out if they are more dominant or submissive, calm or hyper, possessive over you, food, toys or more laid back and accepting. All of this will allow you to tell a potential foster exactly what you think would work best with your dog and find one that suits both (or all) of your family members for the rest of that animal's life.
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