My husband and I are considering adopting a second dog. My parents are discouraging us from doing so because they think a there shouldn't be more than one dog in the house. We already have a 1 year old terrier mix that is extremely well behaved and house trained. Are my parents right or shouldn't I worry about it? We both love Daisy and definitely have enough energy, time and money for another little critter in the house. We also have two guinea pigs. After reading through this post again I think I realized I have my answer, but just wanted some other opinions.
Especially if you are going to rescue a dog, I don't think you're going to find many people here to discourage you from getting a second dog. Many of our members have a bunch! You just need to think long term over the life of the dog. Do you have any plans for the future where you wouldn't be able to keep them both? Is your career choice stable so you will always be able to afford the vet care for two? Will you be having children soon and decide the dogs are too much? Things like that are the only issues I can think of for not having as many as you want. People are losing their homes because of the real estate problems and abandoning their dogs because apartments won't allow them. People decide to have a baby and give up their dogs because they don't have time. But if there is no valid reason other than your parents think one is enough, go for it!
Do you live with your parents,do they provide financial assistance, are they responsible for the care of the dog you have when you are at work or go away? If any of the answers is yes then their opinions are important. Otherwise as long as you can provide for another dog I think it is a great idea. Be sure if you decide to adopt an adult dog that the two meet for the first time in a neutral area not in your home.
MaxandAllie, those are great things to consider. I even shared the post with my husband and we are talking about them. We definitely have enough space for another dog. Stable job is check. I wouldn't raise my kids without dogs because that's how I was raised. We'll think everything through for a while and make sure to find a pooch that fits well with our family--especially Daisy. I will keep you all posted on what we decide and will post pictures if we make the choice to adopt another family member. Please, if anyone has anything else they think we should consider, please share. I really appreciate having TP members advise. As far as my parents go, they really don't have one reason why we shouldn't have another pet. They just think it's not the way they would go. My family had four dogs when I was growing up on the farm, but only one of them lived in the house full time. Thanks to all!!
I say definitely! Seriously after owning 2 dogs I will never just have one again. Not only do I have even more to love but I think that Lucy is a lot happier now tht Duke's here. That way there's always someone for them to play with, etc.