When i went to pick up Elie and Digger my friend started telling me about a breeder she knows. The breeder raises and shows Pit Bull and Bull mastiffs. She recently had a pit bull puppy that was born with a birth defect. The lower half of its left hind leg is missing. Just below the knee joint. The breeder is looking for a good home to place the puppy in because she cannot show it and will not use the dog for breeding. It is a little black and white female. I called the breeder and talked to her. She said she would need to visit my home. She told me the puppy would come with a 2yr guarentee against hip and elbow dysplasia, a 1 year guarentee against any health defects, and a spay contract. The puppy has to be spayed before the age of 6 months or she holds the right to remove the puppy. She sounds like a really nice person. Next weekend i will be going to visit her kennel and the puppy. Im bringing Elie and Digger with me to.
I called my vet and taked to him about the puppy. He said he would recommend a wheelchair for the puppy until she could be fitted with a protesis(sp?).
My question is: 1)Should i add another animal to my house right now? I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. I have the money and the time to take care of them. Just with recent happenings i worry. Would it be to stressful for the crew? 2) Are Elie and Digger to young to add another dog? They are 8 months right now. I have been working really hard with Elie to eliminate her dog agression. She has recently finished her classes. 3) If i did get the puppy would it take Elie and Digger back to square one with the housebreaking and everything they have learned so far? I have had enough problems with the housebreaking thing already. I dont need to set them back any further.
It doesn't hurt to give it a try. First, get the dogs to meet and see how it goes. The first meeting tends to be a little blunt, but that's normal. Never introduce your dogs to the other dog on your territory. They will get very aggressive about it. Also, remember you have cats. Dont forget them. That is all I have for you.
I dont think the other dog would cause stress or work things up. It might even make them a bit more social. And if they continue fighting for the first couple days, there not used to this other puppy and may be a little pushy. Try to act as though your puppies are in charge and sneak a little attention to the other dog little by little, but dont go overboard.
i would just say go with your gut feeling obviuosly you are a true animal lover and if you feel like this puppy is for you then just give it a try, it can't hurt right? and i don't think there should be a problem with house training because it's usually the younger dogs that look up to the older so if anything i think the puppy will learn house manners from your other dogs! but don't forget about the cats! They might be alittle up tight about the wiggily puppy at first but i'm pretty sure they warm up to him (or a least accpet that he's living with them a now) but go for it! just give it a try! and good luck! I hope everything goes well if you deside to go through with it.
***Edited By: Muttlover on 11/26/2004 9:16:09 PM*** Reason: I DUNNO GUESS MAYBE BECAUSE OFA TYPO!
I agree with everything that has been said. If you are ready the rest will adjust. I dont' have cats, but if they are already living with two dogs I don't see how one more will matter.
Like Aisha said, best thing will be to see if the breeder will let you have a "trial period." It sounds like the breeder is a responsible person and should understand that.
As far as introducing them I have always had the best luck taking the dogs I already have and having them meet the new addition on neutral ground. I use the park across the street from my house. It really has worked well for me.