I have been giving a lot of thought to getting a second rescued dachshund after we move to the new house. Here’s what I’ve been thinking.
- A properly socialized dog could help socialize Jasmine. I’d love her to learn how to greet other dogs and not be so afraid when one approaches.
- Jasmine would have a playmate and a companion. Jasmine plays, but not very often (maybe once a day). Another dog would engage her to play more often. I saw her play with puppies, and it was so gratifying to see her romp around with them. I don’t see that in her very often, and I worry that she isn’t having as full of a life as I can give her.
- Hubby would have a dog that would be a companion to him. Okay, there’s no guarantee that the second dog would like my husband any more than Jasmine does. However, I’m hoping to adopt a dog that has lost its loving home rather than a dog that has never been socialized or has no known background (stray). It will give my husband the chance to enjoy a sweet, snuggly dog in his lap that’s not scared of him. And maybe–just maybe–that will help Jasmine get over her fear of him as well.
- Another dog is just more to love. Two little faces looking up at me…oh, heaven!
- Two dogs = 2x the expense. Jasmine’s expenses have been high. A lot of that stems from the fact that she is a rescue. We expected that her medical bills would be higher than the average dog. A second dog would double that expense, and we’ll have very different economics after we move (hubby is retiring). Can we afford the second dog?
- 2 dogs = 2x the work. Baths. Poop patrol. Flea and tick treatments. Nails. Boarding. Brushing. Food. Play. Noise. Dirt. Doggie beds. Training. Treats. Walks (well, okay, that doesn’t count). Doggies require time and attention, and two dogs…well…
- I don’t want to take away attention from Jasmine. It may sound silly, but I don’t want to make Jasmine feel that she’s not the heart of my heart. I don’t want the second dog to detract from the relationship she has with me.
- We may not get a mellow, quiet dog like Jasmine. We like Jasmine because she’s so mellow–and somewhat UN-Dachshund-like. She doesn’t bark. While she’s stubborn, she follows commands well. She doesn’t dig or run after “prey.” She doesn’t chew anything we haven’t given her to chew.
We have a lot of time to think about it, so I’m not really going to worry about “having” to make a decision soon. But this has been on my mind…
Multiple dachshund owners, I’d love to hear your experiences of having more than one of these lovable creatures. Or are you too tired to type?