We've always had dogs in our family and JJ is our 5 year old lab mix who's our wonderful hyper dog who does nothing better than fetching and running. I 'd expressed my wish for another dog in our family, but my husband thinks it is too much of a responsibility considering the other animals we already have . ( some chickens. a cockatiel, a cat and a dog ) He also reasons that it will be much harder to find someone to take care of two dogs when we will go on vacations. I got involved with the k9 rescue and decided to foster a dog. We have the room in our house , yard an in our heart. Also I was hoping to fulfill the need for another dog by caring for foster dogs and pups. HOwever, the inevitable has happened. I was asked , unexpectedly, to foster a small pup that had been adopted , but was returned . THis pup was one of my friends foster pups , which I had secretly adored and had wished to adopt. TO make a long story short: Tulip came in need for a foster home when my friend didn't have the room and I had expressed my willingness to foster, but I and the kids have fallen in love with her. JJ, our hyper dog , accepts her as well, although she is much different in character. WE all enjoy their both company, but my husband now says that two dogs will be too much work, too much hassle, while two of my friends have anounced they are very willing to take care of both dogs if we ever leave for vacation time. HOw do we solve this reasonably??
well I have 3 dogs and there is no problems finding someone for vacation. also your friends alredy said they would take care of 2 dogs so that is pretty much covered
also, about the animal thing (with the chickens and whatever else you have): if you start them out young (as a puppy) to get used to being around other animals he/she should be fine.
also about reasoning with your husband: tell him that since you've fostered puppies before it really should be no different, and tell him you will take on all responsibility to take care of your new puppy.
Thanks for al the responses. I did post the message again because I couldn't find it back in the discussion forum and presumed it had been erased. The issue with the other animals is not about the new dog getting used to the other animals. It 's just to say that we already have quite some animals. Personally I don't think we have all that many pets, but there's the issue of finding someone to tend those animals every time we go on vacation. We don't travel much, but we have all of our family live in The Netherlands, and next year my Mom will celebrate her 75th birthday , an event we like to celebrate with her. While vacationing in the USA we altways bring our dog.
Make sure that EVERYONE is ready for a second dog if not it will be a problem. The right dog will come along in due time! I waited for my first dog for two years and wanted to adopt at least four different ones from a rescue, but we my husband and I were not ready or couldn't agree. So, time past I still looked around and then boom Macy came about. My brother-in-laws dog. They are expecting another child and do not have time and my husband wanted to help his brother and I got a second dog. All things to those who wait.