|Barked: Sat Dec 24, '11 5:41am PST |
|Once upon a time I fantasized about having twin children. With kids, you have one child and you get one child's worth of trouble. When you have a second, the trouble isn't doubled, it is tripled or even quadrupled. I imagine that with pups the the outcome would be similar.
I am NOT up to the task of raising two pups. Keeping the one mostly well-behaved pup we have out of trouble is enough for me. His biggest problem is his fetish for Barbie body parts and my daughter not keeping her Barbies in her room where they belong. If we had two pups, our house would probably look like a Barbie homicide crime scene.
Having multiple pets now made me think of another thing that no one else brought up yet... vet bills. With our regular vet, the shots, heart worm meds and annual visits for our brood (2 dogs and 2 cats) is easily $500, not including prescriptions and supplements for our aging pets. Then you toss in the occasional incident for each one and we start looking at thousands. Example 1: one of our cats had somehow sliced his leg open very badly as a kitten. The emergency vet bill was around $1500 for the surgery to put him back together. Example 2: our foster dog decided that Tyson correcting her (she wasn't injured at all) for rude manners was not acceptable and put multiple skin-breaking bites on the back of his neck. The normal vet bills from that totaled around $500 due to infection that set in.
For me, if the choice was between the two pups, I would go with the one I chose for myself unless the other was the same breed but had better breeding. There are certain things I look for in a breeder and if the friend-pup didn't qualify, it wouldn't come home. I refuse to support BYB's and puppy mills. Our current pup is from the shelter/pound as was our older dog.
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