I have heard from so many people that 3 dogs is too many, does anyone else agree with this? My little girl an I did our ususal trip to the pound last weekend and found the cutest, most adorable, old lady we ever could. She is a 7 yrs old Anatolian Shepard(sp?) lol. She is just the sweetest thing but no one wants her due to 3 things, her age, of course, she have a bad eye infection that could take the sight in her left eye soon, and she needs to surgery because she has a cancerous lump in her uterus. I've already had her at home for a few days, and she has been to my vet. He says that she is a great dog, with a great personality despite the life thrown at her. He said he could go ahead and remove the eye while doing the rest of it all at once. Her eye is too far gone to be helped. But heck who wouldn't mind a one-eyed dog, lol, especially a big one-eyed dog. She is such a beautiful dog and I have already decided to adopt her as she gets along great with my kids, our other furkids, and my husband. LOL and she loves the couch already. So does anyone else have that many dogs? it is not like I'm horriding or anything but if I don't get this poor sweet old girl, she will be PTS by Monday and I just can't see that, she has soooo very much to give. I have taken her into the nursing home where I work, lol after we had a bath and went to the vet and got it cleared, and she was just so patient and loving and stuff. It was like she was made just for that job. So what does everyone think, is 3 dogs to many? I just wanna be able to tell evernyone else to stick it lol. thanks all
I agree--it sounds like you are going to give this dog an amazing home. I personally don't think three dogs is too many. The only problem I have is when people have too many dogs and can't take care of them, which certainly doesn't sound like the case with you.
So tell everyone to mind thier own business if they make comments :)
Congrats again, I think you are doing a great thing.
I currently have three dogs and am in the process of making arrangements for a fourth one to be flown in in the next week or so! What's a little more fur? Actually the new guy is going to be hubby's dog, but it will still be four dogs. It is all about personal preferences and ability to care for them, both in terms of time and money.
Thanks Minn, I do have the space and time and stuff lol. She is such a very sweet dog. i don't have much experience with shepards but I do believe someone else on here I think has an Anatolian and I can ask them about her. She is old and I know better than to expect to have her for years but I just can't see them PTS when she has so much love to give. LOL pn the space issue, we have an english bulldog, and a toy poodle, so lol a big dog isn't gonna make much difference. Thanks for the support. I will post pics as soon as I get her and clean her up and get her through her surgeries and such. She is so pretty, I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful dog in my whole life.
I think you are doing a wonderful job by adopting her a lot of people would rule out a dog like that because of her condition but its great your giving her a loving home! As for 3 dogs being too much, i say the more the merrier as long as you can care for them and give them all the love they need so tell people to stick it lol I have a 4 1/2 year old Siberian Husky and i recently got 2 pomchi pups who needed a home, we are all just one big happy family and it seems you are too! Good luck with your newest addition!
My friend has 3 that she cares for all by herself, those are her kids she has little beds and couches for them and everything. She loves it and wouldn't change her situation for nothing. I myself on the other hand only have 2 b/c my county will only allowed 4 of cats or dogs and I have 2 cats I adopted knowing they were sick with FIV and that is b/c no one else wanted them and now I have 2 dogs. I say if you can afford it go for it and thanks for giving her a forever home. At least she will have a happy home and may live longer b/c of it and die happy when it is her time.
Congrats, banchie!! You'll do a wonderful job caring for 3 doggies, don't worry. As for 3 being too many, that's what my hubby says, but we have 3 anyway, lol. Just got the 3rd one on Monday. It's not that much more work, just a little more food than you're maybe used to getting, because the dog is bigger than the others, but don't worry. I say the more the merrier too. We had 1 dog to start out with (Mollie), then decided that she needed a friend, so we got the 2nd dog (Chopper), then 8 months later, we got our 3rd dog, who was 7 and a doberman (Eli), we had him pts in March, due to severe arthritis, and lived with just 2 dogs for 3 months, now we have another dobe, named Lexie.
We have FIVE- and will have a foster or two around when our house is complete. ;)
You do have to realize that 3+ dogs tends to create a PACK in a true sense- and packs of dogs react to things and experiences differently. My normally sweet-as-sugar pups get their hackles up when another dog approaches their territory and they're all together. Seperately? No issue. Together is just different.
I personally think you're more than prepared for a third and wish you the best of luck. I think you're doing wonderfully. :)
I would. It just sounds right and I'm sure if it feels right to you and your family has more room physically and in your hearts, then it was meant to be. The love that will come from your others to her will be so wonderful for her too. Best wishes!
Thanks everyone. It really does feel right. She is home now and just loves the attention. The kids already realize the she is older and sickly right now and will not be up to par for a while to come, but we are going to take it one step at a time. She is just so sweet and loving, I don't know how she could be dumped at the shelter. From what I was told, was the old owners did not want to spend the money on the surgeries or medicine the poor girl needed. We have changed her name and she loves it lol. We are calling her Skittles, lmao that is the first thing she started eating here with my 5 yr old ddaughter. I had told Katie not to give her any cus I didn't want her to get sick from them and the next thing I know, the 2 of them are sharing a bag of smoothie skittles. It was just so cute that I had to take a half of dozen snap shots of it lol. My vet told me that with the meds and surgeries she could possibly live another 7 or 8 yrs, I told hime it really it doesn't matter as long as she is happy and comfortable, which I truly believe she is right now. She is sound asleep on the living room floor with my little girl right next to her. the pound people said that she didn't come from a home with kids and didn't know how she would be with them, lol to me she is a natural with the kids especially my girl. Skittles and Katie are really close already. I just pray that the surgeries go alright and stuff. I am scared to death of everything and right now her life is really unsure. But we do know the risks or adopting not just an elderly dog but a sick one as well. The vet said that he was going to do the eye surgery and her, I guess spay surgery at the same time but with her blood work doesn't want to chance it. He wants to take the eye first and get the infection uncontrol and then do the other. He said to do both could kill her on the table and none of us want that, I just saved her life not to have it taken anyways. I will post pics once she is all healed up as right now pics just won't do her any justice at all. She isn't very pretty on the outside lol but she is the most beautiful animal on the inside. Her first surgery is scheduled for this coming Tuesday so I am praying that it goes good. This is the one where she is going to lose her one eye that she can't see out of anyways cus it is so badly infected and such. Then we will go from there on when to do the next one. And I will keep all posted on that too. Thanks for all the support from everyone you guys are really great. Oh and if anyone has an info on Anatolian Shepards, please feel free to let me know, this is another new breed to me but has to be one of the most pretty dogs I have ever seen. Thanks everyone!
I personally do not think you can have too many pets unless they are not getting individual love and attention that they each deserve. I say if you are able, and you sound more than capable to handle it. Share the love. But you should be careful because here in Maryland if you have more than 3 dogs you need to get a kennel license. Enjoy your big family!
Here in Illinois, we are allowed to have up to 6 dogs, on the 7th one we have to have a kennel license, or at least that is the laws of the town I live in. Yes we have more than enough love to give each. LOL 1 more and each 1 of us in the family will have their own companion. That ain't too bad. My daughter is totally in love with Skittles. Today she got to play in the sprinkler with the kids and I thought she was just a young pup the way she ran and jumped and stuff, it was such a pretty sight. LOL we did find out that if the kids get to close to the road, she will bark and if she doesn't get my attention, then she grabs them by the pants and drags them backwards til she is comfortable and they are away from the road. LOL we keep going and our family is gonna be huge. Cookie the bull dog is my hubby's best friend, Cali the poodle is my girl, and now Skittles the shepard is my daughter's. My son now wants his own dog, which I am not sure about but heck the more the merrier now. But truly we have to think this one out as I'm not sure I can find yet another couch for the dogs lmao so i can have mine back. Thanks everyone, I won't be on the next couple days cus I have to work tomorrow and then Skittles has surgery on Tuesday but if all goes ok I will be on Tuesday night and let everyone know how it went. Thanks for the support and take care all.
i also have 3 with one on the way, the training director at our club, is unmarried and has 6, granted he lives and breathes dogs more than anyone i personally know. but it is all a personal matter. 4 is my limit. what ever you think you can comfortably handle and finacially afford.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to update everyone on Skittles my new shepard. The surgery went well. She did get a bit sick when coming out of the anistethics(sp?). The said in about 2 weeks we are going to do the spay and get rid of the rest of the infection. LOL she does look quite funny with this cone thingy on her head. They said that is to stop her from scratching at her eye, or should I say what once was an eye. The doc told me that when he got in there and rremoved the eye, he couldn't believe what he saw. He said it looked as if someone had jabbed something really hot in the corner of the eye and through the back of it. I wanted to go find her other owners and just scream and shout and poke something into the back of their heads and see how they like it. But anyways, she is doing extremely well. I slept with her last night just to keep a close eye on her. She has been so sweet throughout all of this and I feel so sorry for her. But deep in my heart, I know that this dog didn't stand a chance at any kind of life without the surgeries or being rescued from the pound. I will let everyone know when her spay is and that. But thanks too all for their support, we really appreciate it greatly. Thanks everyone.