Originally Posted by Scarlett's mom
Thanks for your input. The puppies would be 8 months apart. I guess I'm thinking if I am training one what's one more? A friend got her second one when the first was 9 years old. They don't really play together. That's why I was thinking closer together while Scarlett still wants to play. I am home full time now so I do have the time. I've never had more than one dog at a time as an adult so I can't speak from experience. I won't be rushing into this without a ton of thought.
Well, there's a HUGE difference between 8 months and 9 YEARS!!! LOL! There is plenty of room for a happy medium.
"What's one more?" is a HUGE question. Puppies, if you intend to raise and educate them properly are a TON of work, even one at a time. Two can be exhausting. Believe me. BTDT.
Kodi was 6 when we got Pixel, (she arrived on his birthday... SURPRISE!!!
) He played with both puppies, and continues to play with them now, at 8 1/2, though it is true that the girls play more with each other than they do with him. But they all get along, and will curl up on the bed together with us.
I'm not saying you should never do it... I had no intention for getting another puppy when Panda came along, but sometimes the right puppy comes along at the wrong time, and you make it work. I don't regret, in the LEAST having both girls. But it's not just "What's one more?" It's a TON more work, and having two dogs is a LOT more than just one, even if they are not so close together. It also means that you can't FULLY appreciate and enjoy either puppy the way you could one at a time, because you are always doing "crowd control".
So think it through carefully. There are no GOOD (dog) reasons I know of for PLANNING to get two puppies so close together, and there are lot of reasons why it's better to wait. If life-circumstances are such that this timing makes the most sense for YOU, then, yes, as I've said, it certainly can work. But go into it with your eyes completely open. Know what you are getting yourself into. Just sayin'.