My aunt is very sick again , she was feeling better. She has brain cancer and hubby thought a puppy would give her something to do everyday, But the puppy is just to much for her and shes again been in and out of the hospital and she called me knowing how much i love my dogs and asked if i wanted her puppy. Hes a maltese, pure bred and hes 12 or 14 weeks old i dont remember what she said. She was going to list him in the paper if i didnt want him and if she coudnt find a home then she was going to take him to a maltese rescue- But of coarse i said i would take him and me and hubby are going to get him tonight after he gets home from work, She lives a hour or so away. Daisy and Bentley are close in age - Bentley is a year and a half and Daisy will be a year old in a week or so. Will they bond with the new puppy? Will there be any problems with Bentley and the new male in the house?
I hope this is a good idea and im doing the right thing. I do think i am giving this puppy a home so he doesnt end up in a rescue or pound or something. I can afford to care for a puppy money isnt a issue, its just i dont want Daisy and Bentley to feel left out, seems hard when i think about it in my head to care for 3 small young dogs . Im not paying for him she is just happy that i will take him and she paid 1200 for him from a breeder out of state and the breeder flew him here.
What should i look for to make sure he is healthy? I guess even if he looks sick i cant just not take him and say well he isnt healthy i dont want him. I guess i would still take him and get him healthy im sure my aunt would help but she said hes up to date on all shots and dewormed and declaws removed ect- said hes pretty healthy, but ive heard that before to. and i ended up with a sick puppy.
wish me luck. i will try and post pic of the puppy and Bentley and Daisy. Im not good at all with posting pic - im sure i can have my daugthers do it for me tho...lol
Good point Irish! Make sure you check the contract first.
Personally I would never have two dogs around the same age let alone three. Not that this is going to change your mind but they will all age roughly the same rate. Older dogs have much larger and frequent vet bills. Worst of all you tend to loose them all around the same time. For me that's unacceptable. I need years to recover before losing another one.
as a breeder, I have to say Irish is correct. I have the same option with my clients, contractual agreements signed by both parties, and in a situation like this, I want 1st right and to be notified. IF there is a contract with the breeder, please be responsible AND HONEST and do the right thing at least notifying the breeder and asking before any and all decisions are made.
A 12 week old maltese is not going to be difficult to rehome. You can take your time and choose a responsible, loving home. Yes, you may need to do SOMETHING here, but keeping the dog does not need to be the somthing that you do. I agree that you look into the contract, and then consider finding the dog another home. If you want a third dog, then that's just great. But, if you just feel like you have to, I TOTALLY know that feeling. Think about it a while and do what is right for everyone. I don't know what that is, but there are lots of ways to ensure the litte dog doesn't end up in the shelter.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
Guess i should of figured - You call come across like im some negletful pet owner or something. My dogs are well cared for and are taking to the vets when needed also have everything they need. Yes my aunt talked to the breeder and the breeder called me a few days ago to talk me, which i have been in contact with her by phone and email for a few days now and she is happy that i do have the puppy and said she would be happy that this puppy has found a good loving home. Yes of coarse i was honest what would i lie about?? that ppl on tp pet forum think im dumb because i already have 2 young dogs and i basically cant handle anther? Maybe being a new pet owner when i got Bentley i asked alot of questions, and also Daisy but trust me i dont ask things that i would like to ask or really put myself out there any more. Knowing that because of where i got my dogs from im not in the popular crowd here on tp. I didnt know anything about Daisys where abouts till i got there, maybe you think i should of walked away but i coudlnt and didnt and yes i had to deal with a sick puppy for months- believe me i heard the i told ya so's in every email- I do think this is a differnt situation and NO differnt in me taking in a rescue puppy or a pound puppy. I didnt go looking for this puppy but i was happy to have the chance to give him love and raise him with my other dogs. what do i need to be honest about?? oh trust me i told her i had 2 dogs and their ages. The breeder said she could tell how much i loved my dogs and shes happy that "louie" will be cared for. What did you all think what this breeder would say oh i dont think so and make me send the dog to her? I dont want the dog for breeding and he will be neutered as soon as he is old enough. Just anther puppy to love and im sure i can handle this. I have 3 daughters all 1.5 years apart so i guess im use to it..lol Why cant anyone just for once tho be happy for some one? Im happy, over welmed yes, but my gosh its my aunt and if i cant help her and take her puppy when she needs my help the most then i think thats me doing wrong. This puppy will be just as loved as Daisy and Bentley. I still might be learning the basics of the doggie world but my dogs are all very happy and healthy. (even tho it took Daisy a few months to get there) Well thought some one would be happy for me even tho it is a handful but a welcomed handful and we do have tons of love to give. Pope- nope no fence, dogs have been doing very well and staying in the yard, we do have a large kennel we put in next to our garage tho for them but i dont leave them out there by themselfs. They go in and out with me as they always have. and Daisys skin itchy problem was hot spots and is doing fine now . thanks for asking-
First of all, I resent being accused of never being happy for any person or animal. If I didn't care, I wouldn't have glanced at this thread, never mind take the time to put some thought together and respond to it, TWICE.
Second, You're welcome that I asked about your dogs. Trust me, I want nothing more than for you to live a happy, peaceful, eventful, (in a good way) long life with your dogs. If you all think you are ready for this puppy, then bless you.
I have three dogs myself, why would I piss in someone else's Cheerios? I've always tried to help you when I felt I could, and lend an occasional kick in the rear. It is only done out of genuine concern and caring. Do I get frustrated and sometimes type nonsensical harangues? You bet.
Now, I still think you desperately need some sort of fencing...especially now, with a chaotic three. Get it under control before something dreadful happens. Not to mention, make it easy on yourself! I am sure there are several people in your home and that means several people taking over the responsibility of going outside. That would make me a nervous wreck!
And yes, three will be a heck of an adjustment, I speak from experience! Two, no biggie, three... is where you begin to wonder if you've met your match.
Glad to hear Daisy is feeling better, would be nice if you would post those pictures.
There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
Sorry if i came across pissy, Just tired of defending my self on the forum. I do understand where most ppl come from when posting. but i get the hint tho in some posts that ppl think im dumb or something and cant care for 3 dogs . Yes im sure its a handful but a handful i accept happily- Yes yes yes we are working on fencing. I dont want to do underground fencing. Im the only one that the dogs will go out with. THey will go out side but stand by the door wanting back in when i dont go out with them when hubby tries to take them out. And some times my daughters will take them out but not very often. But me and hubby are pricing fencing now and what kind we want and now big ect. Life would be easier and more relaxing instead of me on their tails when we go out and making sure they dont run into the neighbors yard or anything but they are learning and havnet even tried to go over in awhile and now i just say their name and they dont even attempt it. But i would love to beable to sit and enjoy being outside instead of pacing the yard like a correction officer...lol of coarse i will always go out with my dogs just it would be nice to just let them run and play with out being up their butts incase one of them was to wonder over.
Louie is doing great, so playful and healthy and is a happy puppy. Hes sooo small. He has a vet appt tomororw just to check him out and see how hes doing. He seems to be a pound if that, very tiny. The breeder said he would be about 4-6 pounds when grown, so im assuming this is why hes so tiny. my daughters hampster she had years ago was bigger then louie is now. He eats hard food and loves his crate and i have it set up in a xpen so he can come out and eat and play and go potty on a pad which hes doing pretty good. already had a bath, had poop all over him- he seems so fragile, Daisy is following him around and Louie wants to play with her and she isnt to sure yet, but she will mother hen him tho when he is out playing, of coarse im with them and they are never left alone- Bentley is mad and hasnt been to happy about the new puppy. He wasnt tho either when we got Daisy so i know he will come around soon. Bentley doesnt even come down to sniff the pup or anything he keeps to himself on the couch or some where else. Kinda like hes upset and saying not again mom...lol Being both are males i hope i dont have any trouble but being closer in age i hope they are great freinds like Bentley and Daisy are. Were very happy that we have Louie and look forward to many long years of happiness with all my dogs. Im doing this right with Louie,lol no spoiling and were crate training him and hoping house breaking is easier this time around, hard food no soft food. He was on royal canie the small dog indoor stuff and its super tiny and he loves it so im jsut keeping him on it. Hes very very cute. He lets me cut his hair and brush him , this is a first..lol
Never did I personally say you were stupid or anything like that. I was expressing my opinion that is based on many, many years of owning and training dogs in addition to the 10 years I worked in the veterinary field.
You're going to do what you're going to do and people are going to have an opinion about it. Maybe if you would LISTEN rather than automatically jumping to the defense you would see where people are coming from and learn from the intelligent responses you receive. IMO