Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Help...do we get another one???



  


Our dog, Rudy, will be 7 next month.  It seems like we just got him!  We got him when he was 10 weeks old. He was a teeny tiny peanut, less than 2 pounds.  He is a Maltese.  Yes, I know he doesn't look like one. We keep his hair short.  His mom was 5 pounds and his dad was 4 pounds.  He was supposed to be little, but his body had other plans.

Luke had just turned 3 when we got Rudy.  Luke adored him and wanted to carry him EVERYWHERE.  He did not like when anyone else held him or played with him.  The joke at our house is that Rudy is no fool.  He purposely grew to 16 pounds for mere protection from a little determined 3 year old! :)

The question circulating our home lately is should we get Rudy a playmate.  We are considering rescuing a dog from a shelter.  We wouldn't want one larger than 20 pounds.  Also, we don't want a puppy.  We think a puppy would drive Rudy insane.  Rudy has tons of energy, but we don't think he would take too kindly to a puppy who was insistent on nonstop play.

Rudy has always been a great dog.  He potty trained super easy.  He came to our family already crate trained.  He has never chewed on furniture, walls, etc.  He knows to stop something when I say his name a certain way.  Once, he went out the back gate that had been left opened.  He had been hanging out on the back patio relaxing in the sun. He is an inside dog, but enjoys some fresh air on occasion.  We had no idea he had gotten out until we heard scratching on the front door.  He could not get back into the gate (it had shut on it's own due to wind) so he was smart enough to go to the front.  He's just an awesome dog.

We just can't decide what to do.  My husband is even on board with getting another one.  That alone tells me we should because he did not welcome Rudy as lovingly as the rest of us.  He tolerated him at best.  Now, he really does love him.  

I would surely appreciate any and all advice!!  Please share your stories with me.  :)  
Thanks!!


8 comments:

  1. I say get a little friend! A sweet little one that you rescue! Our furbabies are rescues and the bright spot in our lives.
    xoxo.

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  2. I say go for it! just know that the new one might not be as great as Rudy until Rudy teaches him/her!

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  3. We, too, thought about getting a second dog when ours was 7. Our son was about 18 months old, and we just really wanted a second dog to join our family. We found it to be a lot harder than we imagined, and we ended up deciding that once our dog passes away, then we'll get two dogs at the same time. The problem really was that we not only had to find a dog who got along with our dog, but also a dog who got along with our kid as well as with us. We also wanted one who was crate-trained and new some basic commands. We did some test runs with a couple dogs before finding that it was going to be harder than we expected. One dog seemed perfectly fine with our dog and with our family, but turned out to have major territory issues and ended up jumping over me and my husband to attack our dog while we were sitting with them in the living room. We were just thankful our son had already gone to bed at that point. I'm sure it can be done, just know that integrating a new addition isn't always easy. Good luck!!!

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  4. Cute little dog. Did you ever got my email about guest posting a week ago?

    ~Shanay~
    www.myuniquegirlz.blogspot.com
    myuniquegirlz@hotmail.com

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  5. Rudy sure is adorable! Sorry I don't have any advice to offer. I'm clueless about having more than one dog.

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  6. our dog is 5 and we've talked before about getting another dog because we feel like she would be so happy to play with another dog! But I can't imagine double the dog hair!

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  7. What a cutie! No advice from me, but I do wish all kinds of good luck!

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  8. How funny! We were commenting on one another's blogs at the same time! Actually, we tried to find the owner, but he finally had to go to the pound where I hope he was rescued by a family just like yours!

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