Wondering if I should get another dog

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We had to put our dog of 14+ years down and I am now faced with the question - Do I get another dog. My son was watching Toby who had been failing for quite some time. We said our goodbyes before coming here to Florida for 2 months so we will will arrive home to a house without a dog. In many wayas life will be easier for us with no dog.
My instinct will be to rush out and get another dog at the shelter. That is what we did in 2005 when our previous dog died. The house was so empty without her there. But I want to think more rationally this time - I hope I can.
One way I am doing this is to tell myself I want a particular type of dog. It should be a few years old, not a puppy. It has to be small, pretty much no (or low) shedding. It has to be affectionate, like small kids and other dogs. It should have medium hair - like a yorkie.
I wonder if I will have a dog in 4 months.
 
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Allan, have you always had a dog? I got my first dog 4 years ago and I am totally smitten. At this point, I simply cannot imagine my life without a dog. If you can commit to the time needed to love and care for another dog, you shouldn't hesitate to get a new one.

Good luck in your search. I would put a pitch in for a maltipoo. Mine is 18lbs, never sheds and is a wonderful companion. Smart and affectionate.
 
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We had to put our dog of 14+ years down and I am now faced with the question - Do I get another dog. My son was watching Toby who had been failing for quite some time. We said our goodbyes before coming here to Florida for 2 months so we will will arrive home to a house without a dog. In many wayas life will be easier for us with no dog.
My instinct will be to rush out and get another dog at the shelter. That is what we did in 2005 when our previous dog died. The house was so empty without her there. But I want to think more rationally this time - I hope I can.
One way I am doing this is to tell myself I want a particular type of dog. It should be a few years old, not a puppy. It has to be small, pretty much no (or low) shedding. It has to be affectionate, like small kids and other dogs. It should have medium hair - like a yorkie.
I wonder if I will have a dog in 4 months.
Get another dog.
 
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We had to put our dog of 14+ years down and I am now faced with the question - Do I get another dog. My son was watching Toby who had been failing for quite some time. We said our goodbyes before coming here to Florida for 2 months so we will will arrive home to a house without a dog. In many wayas life will be easier for us with no dog.
My instinct will be to rush out and get another dog at the shelter. That is what we did in 2005 when our previous dog died. The house was so empty without her there. But I want to think more rationally this time - I hope I can.
One way I am doing this is to tell myself I want a particular type of dog. It should be a few years old, not a puppy. It has to be small, pretty much no (or low) shedding. It has to be affectionate, like small kids and other dogs. It should have medium hair - like a yorkie.
I wonder if I will have a dog in 4 months.
Sorry to hear about your loss. It is never easy.
I've always had dogs, and I cannot imagine a life without one. At one point we had up to 3. In total, I've had the pleasure of raising and living with 8 very unique dogs both AKC recognized breeds and mutts. The mutts always seem to have way less health issues.

Dogs are great companions and awesome protectors. I wish I could give you a definitive answer on if you should. That is only something you can answer.

I will add info about breeds. My sister in law has a son who loves dogs but is highly allergic. They finally settled on a Bichon Frise. He has been a healthy dog and loves everyone!

Not sure you'll find one of those at a shelter, but that is where I go whenever it is time to add a new member to the family. The next dog we are going to get is a doberman, and luckily here in Ohio there are 3 Doberman rescue organizations. Perhaps there is a rescue near you that specializes in the breed you decide on.

Best of luck!
 
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That's such an individual decision I won't even try to advise.

We absolutely love dogs, ours and other people's. But we also love to travel. If we didn't have a dog we would probably live abroad for a couple of years. We'd love to spend some extended time down under but both Australia and especially New Zealand make it near impossible to bring one along. Not to mention the stress of the travel even if we could. And leaving her to the care of others simply isn't an option we will consider. The one we have currently is eight years old and is fairly common for her breed to make it to 14-15. Our last two both made it past 15. Heaven forbid she should pass prematurely but if she does we've already decided we will not replace her until we are more settled. If she lives out a full life we'll be past the window of doing as described so will probably bring another one into our lives in short order. People who haven't lived with dogs probably read this and think it's crazy to let something like a dog limit your life choices. It's not rational. But most of the really big decisions we make aren't. And honestly most of the big decisions that I've regretted in life have been very rational.

So whatever choice you make enjoy the result and don't look back.
 
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I have had dogs since growing up on a farm in the country. Many were working dogs but all were part of the family. In the middle of my working career I went without a dog due to impossible schedules. Once I retired I got back into having one (then two!). To be honest, they are an anchor tied around your neck. You have to schedule your life around them. They get expensive with vet bills, boarding, food, etc. One should think deeply about having, or not having, such a pet.
That said, there is never a day that passes that I don't get a smile from these two. Yes, they are a pain in the @ss at times but then many good things are. BUT, one needs to be well aware of the responsibilities that come with them. They are totally depended on you.
Ten years back when darkness came into my life and I fought a battle with cancer my Border Collie, Maggie, stayed by my side day after day until I recovered. I promised her to always take care of her and now she is old and needs me more than ever. I gladly adjust my life for her. (The black one). The Blue Merle Aussie is attached like velcro to his humans and keeps an eye on us day and night. He is a partner. BUT: You have to love them and appreciate them for what they are, loyal partners who give what they can but need you to care for and love them. Its a personal choice and I will never advise anyone to get, or not get, a dog. They are not a possession or a toy, they are part of a family unit.

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Only you will know if you want or need another dog, as they will want to be part of your family, and they will completely rely on you for everything, good quality food, a comfortable bed inside from the elements, time spent with them for walks in the park, play time with them and especially, all they will really want, is to be LOVED…

We’ve had dogs all our lives, and we do devote a huge amount of time for them, but they bring us so much joy & love we think it’s worth it.
But if you’re not able to devote the time, I would seriously re-think why you are getting this living loving dog that all it wants is to be included in your family and all their activities…
But I wish you all the best on your decision, & love that you had a rescued Dog & gave it a 2nd chance at a beautiful life... (y) :)

The most we have had at one time is 7 Golden Retrievers, but over the years we have lost & gained some, and we now have 4…

#1… This is when we had 7, one not in the photo as she was standing behind me.

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#2… This is a gang now, love ‘em all to bits… ❤ ❤❤❤
L>R: Mattie (Mum), Murphy (Son), Moe (Dad) & Maecie (Daughter)...

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Money can't buy love, but a dog will give it to you and ask nothing in return. Every time we think our dog is getting old, we get another one. Sometimes this means having two dogs at a time, which means we are doubly blessed.
 
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We are soon going to be faced with the same issue our little dog is a cavalier King Charles spaniel is 13 years old and what we plan to do is to be without a dog for a year or two and try it but then I think we will get another one again.
 
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Getting a dog is a longterm commitment as you know and it's a decision worth giving some time to mull over. If you are looking for a particular breed (or a particular mixture of breeds) you might want to check this:
rescue me
or the AKC rescue network:
AKC rescue

And I always like to reference this article (as my spouse is a Hypertension specialist):
BP K9
 
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First let me say sorry for your loss. We've been down that road many times in the last 42 yrs. We've had dogs since 1978 when we got married. Our last had to be put down a couple years ago. It's been a quiet home with out a fur baby running around but, now that we're retired, we like to travel on our motorcycle. Nowhere for a dog to join us and it's not fair to the dog, to be put in a kennel weeks at a time several times a year. There are days that we'd like to go out and get a dog at the pound and there are days we are thankful that we don't have to board a dog for several weeks. Thinking rationally, we choose not to have a dog but deep down inside, it's killing us to not have a dog- There is no good answer. It's something you have to decide for yourself. Meet my buddy "Bear". He was part Rottweiler & part Labrador.
 

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Very sorry for your loss Allan. Our dogs have always been considered members of the family.
When we even drop them off at the groomers for a few hours the house just does not sound the same. Way too quiet. When we go on road trips we load them in the SUV . We find pet friendly hotels and there are many great ones out there. When we get to the hotel the dogs sleep in their respective kennels in the hotel room. There are some very nice pet friendly hotels that give the dogs their own bed using a special pet quality sheet. As far as dining we try to find pet friendly restaurants. There are many out there. If we are not able to locate one we will go to a drive through restaurant and order for the dogs as well.
 
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We had to put our dog of 14+ years down and I am now faced with the question - Do I get another dog. My son was watching Toby who had been failing for quite some time. We said our goodbyes before coming here to Florida for 2 months so we will will arrive home to a house without a dog. In many wayas life will be easier for us with no dog.
My instinct will be to rush out and get another dog at the shelter. That is what we did in 2005 when our previous dog died. The house was so empty without her there. But I want to think more rationally this time - I hope I can.
One way I am doing this is to tell myself I want a particular type of dog. It should be a few years old, not a puppy. It has to be small, pretty much no (or low) shedding. It has to be affectionate, like small kids and other dogs. It should have medium hair - like a yorkie.
I wonder if I will have a dog in 4 months.
i lost my Lab 2 years ago and haven't got another. I really miss her but we enjoy the freedom to travel we didn't have before. We will probably get another dog later on, but not for the moment. Why not wait a few months and see how you go.
 

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