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Am I crazy?

I know this is probably the wrong group to ask but.....
Just how much harder is it to raise 2 puppies? I am soooo in love with Carly, my little girl...but I'm crazy about her brother, too! As it turns out, he's available... (the others are spoken for) I am seriously thinking I might get him, too. What is the downside of two????


I mean...look at these faces....
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I have heard that it is best not to get littlermates as they will bond with each other and not you. I have no experience on that, though.

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I've heard what Judy said too... but I am going to be no help. They are just so cute!!! would you call him Simon? or James (Carly Simon/James Taylor)




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Hmmm...yes, now that I am doing some research, I see where there might be some trouble with bonding and socialization. Anyone have experience doing this or is it always a bad idea?
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My breeder told me the same thing about them bonding to each other and not to you....but oh, I can see how you would be tempted, what dollbabies, both! After watching Oliver with my chihuahua, I think she is probably right. If Ruby had been willing, Ollie would have completely bonded to her and ignored me....he SOOO loves her.

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I've heard that said as well, but that's not been my experience. I've had littermates twice before and it worked out extremely well both times. They had each other, which was endearing to watch. There was definitely a bond between them and they watched out for each other all of their lives. Did that take away from their love for me -- not at all. I often felt like the Pied Piper having them all follow me around wherever I went.

As far as I'm concerned, you may have come to the wrong place, because I say go for it.

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Well, I got my 2 shih tzus within 1 week of each other...they are 10 days apart. While they really enjoy playing with each other, I can't say that we haven't bonded as well. My male follows me EVERYWHERE, and my female is perfectly content to sit in my lap as long as I'll let her. They are so cute, I know that there's no way I could resist getting both.

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I've heard the same thing. However do you have a friend nearby that can adopt the second one? My friend and I have brothers from the same litter.They are great buddies

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I don't think there really is a downside to getting two. The only thing I can remotely think of is that in the first year you have double the vet bills. But I think in the long term having two will probably keep your dogs healthier.

I got Brando when Bogie was about 14months, who's now just about 2yrs and he is so much more playful ever since I got Brando. I think it keeps them young and fit since they are constantly playing. It was the best thing I could have done for Bogie...and myself.
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I heard the same thing, not to get two at the same time. Dont worry it just gives you something to look forward to next year another new puppy!

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