I stumbled across a post on Craigslist for a dachshund that needed rehoming, and after talking with my husband, I answered the ad. The cute little black-and-tan boy needed a new place to live because of a family health situation. The owner responded to my inquiry, and I called her to talk to her about the dog.
The dog, a 4-month-old puppy, is a happy, healthy little guy that just needs more than the family can give him in the coming year. I understood their decision to find him a new home, and I asked the owner a bunch of questions. The original ad didn’t state that the dog was still so young, and I was a little concerned that a puppy would be a bit too much for Jasmine. However, Jasmine is great with puppies (albeit, much younger than this dog). We talked a bit about our situation, and then scheduled a time to meet that afternoon.
Hubby, Jasmine and I went over to meet the family and the dog. The dog is a very well-mannered, beautiful boy. He loves being held, but he’s coming into maturity and has started, um, practicing for the future. He even tried to “practice” once with Jasmine. However, he was very friendly, curious and not at all hyper like some dachshunds (especially puppies) can get.
I watched Jasmine carefully, and unfortunately, she didn’t relax at all. She was stressed the entire time we were there, and she spent most of the 1 1/2 hours we were there huddled in my lap or behind my legs. I thought that she would be okay after more time and we really liked the dog and wanted to give him a home, so we arranged to take him in.
That night and all day the next day I thought about how this new dog would impact Jasmine. He’s sweet, happy and very well socialized and would provide Jasmine with some lessons on how to be a dog. However, he’s also very dominant and given his current hormonal situation, he would definitely be jumping on Jasmine quite a bit. At 18 weeks, he already outweighs Jasmine by a few pounds and a few inches. My main fear was that he would undo much of the progress that we’ve made with Jasmine and push her further into her shell. She’s just starting to come out and show more confidence, and I didn’t want to undermine all that it has taken to get her to where she is today.
I called our pet-sitter (a former dog breeder and trainer) and asked her opinion. She told me that given what she knows about Jasmine, a puppy with dominant tendencies and one that’s coming into maturity would probably be bad for Jasmine. She told me that a calm, quiet and older dog (preferably male) would be the best companion for her–not a dominant male puppy.
While I really wanted this beautiful dog, I needed to take Jasmine’s best interests to heart. I called the owner and told her our decision to decline to take the dog. I know my husband wanted a dog that would be more of a companion to him, but I think this dog wasn’t the right one for all of us. So, we’ll just wait until we’re moved and then look for a suitable friend for Jasmine (and hubby).
And yes, I think the “do we really want a second dog” question has been settled ;-D