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Q: Should I Adopt or Wait

October 13, 2008 | By Fnfodom | 31 answers | Expired: 2183 days ago

This is kind of a multi-topic question. I volunteer at our local animal shelter and there are 2 dogs, one of which I would love to adopt - a long hair daschund and a yorkie. My son and I would really like a small dog. The problem is that we have an 11 year old australian shepherd/border collie that I think is nearing her final days. What's anyone's opinion if I should wait until Annie passes, or if it would be o.k. to adopt one of the little sweeties?

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ChicoanVolunteer
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Oct 21, 2008

If Annie likes the new dog, and is not stressed or loved less because of him/her, them go for it. Having another dog will help you a lot with Annie's passing.

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Jessica P.
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Oct 17, 2008

I agree that you have to take your dog's personality into consideration. Do they like each other? Do their energy levels match or at least are compatible? I, personally, have the mindset that as one dog ages to get a "puppy" (for me it rarely is an actually puppy age wise, just a young dog) so the older can help 'train" the new one, and have a friend to do the canine comfort in their last days...also completely putting human emotions and thoughts onto a dog I think that some dogs like to know that their humans will be taken care of after they move on. BUt you have to decide for yourself, as only you know your current dog, which of course needs to come first....

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Gina S.
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Oct 14, 2008

I think that if you find the right dog for you, there may not be much reason to wait. You might need to get them together to make sure the new one wont make the old one too miserable.

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Debby
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Oct 14, 2008

only you can answer that.. my thoughts would be does it add to the quality of life of the animals I have now. If it will enhance and give them companionship then I would. If it will cause undue stress then I would wait.

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Cindy
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Oct 14, 2008

Only you can make that decision. I would think it would depend on how close your other dog is to dying. I devoted the end of my previous dog's life solely to her. I didn't want her to feel that she was in any way being demoted to second place.

On the other hand, if your older dog is not irritable due to failing health and wanting to be alone, and could benefit from the companionship of another dog that isn't too "jumpy" for her, I would suggest considering adoption so long as you test the two of them together first and see how they react to one another. Wow - long sentence - sorry about that.

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Maegan D.
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Oct 14, 2008

I feel it would depend upon the temperment of the small dog(s). If they are bouncy and have the tendency to want to play a lot, your older dog probably would not appreciate his final days being spent tormented. It is wonderful that you are willing to adopt, and there will always be dogs out there that need you, but it seems like you devoted your life to your older dog first and should probably do what makes the remainder of his days the best for him. That's a tough one though so good luck!

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Jrayburn
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Oct 14, 2008

i think you should adopt if the two dogs get a long. in my experenice i have found that having more then one dog is good because they provide companship to one another

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Oct 14, 2008

I think this decision is totally based on you and your son. I will say that it may be good for your older dog to have a companion in his/her final days. It may also help you and your son to grieve when that time does come.

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Oct 14, 2008

Thats a tough question. It would be a positive thing for your dog if you adopted another one if: The dogs get along good and if you make sure no one pays more attention to the new dog. The last thing you want to do is make your older dog feel unwanted or like he is being replaced. This is very important! If he likes the new dog and if you give them equal attention, then it can be a very positive thing and may make him feel a little younger again. I was kind of in this situation too and luckily my older dog gets along great with our new one and he tries to play with him too. They both act like they have always known eachother. It definitely was a positive thing for him. Good luck!

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Jenna
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Oct 14, 2008

Make sure the dogs get along first, but I would definitely adopt. My family adopted a new dog when our dog was old, and I think it actually kept him alive for a bit longer! The older dog will also let the younger dog know where boundaries are!

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