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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice - Hav #2 ??

O.k..... I've been offered a Hav pup to add to our household. We have Ricky, as most of you already know, who is 7 1/2 mths. This new pup is 7 mths. old, born 2 weeks after Ricky was.

Hubby was away all week in Orlando, on business so I only got a chance to talk to him about it a couple of hrs. ago. Tonight, we'll be discussing it at length.

I had a lot of questions answered by the owner and am sure this little guy would be a perfect match for our family. My concern is my health and that's why I thought I'd ask members here what they would do.

As much as I know it would "help" having a 2nd dog, allowing Ricky to actually play without me so much during the day when everyone's out of the house exc. me, I also realize that there still is more work with every new pet that comes in. Yes, it's double the costs in everything too.... so that is something we need to think about.

I have a herniated disk in my lower back and sciatica so painful that w/o my meds. I'd be living a nightmare. As it is, I've spent the past two months in extreme pain with only this past week being o.k. and mostly tolerable - new meds are finally kicking in. In the meantime, I keep going to physio and chiro and do some breathing excercises at home. I am thinking it's nuts to want another pet when I'm not sure about how my days are going to be!

On the other hand, Ricky is so bored some days that he's becoming a bit of a 'pest'. I know he is an active one, he loves to run around and goes in and out on the back deck at least 30x/day. He'd love to go for walks all day long, but I can't do that, so I play fetch with him ad infinitum and get him to run up and down stairs, down hallways and the like so he gets some exercise. It would help ME having a 2nd puppy, I think, as it would help keep Ricky busy.

For those of you that have more than one - and I KNOW you all think it's really great to have more than one - I would REALLY like to know the truth about the amt. of work involved. Is it unrealistic for me to think I can do this?

BTW, the other puppy, is sooooooo cute! heeeheee




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I think it would be dangerous for you. All the laughing might do more damage.
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My point EXACTLY !!! It just wouldn't do...... nope, not at all.....




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I don't have 2 but I would like to make one point.....I had horrible back problems for 2 years - put off surgery - did the epiderals blah blah...the only thing to get my life back was Yoga - I truly think it saved me - just thought you would like to know....I had to start out slow - but it was amazing after a few months the diff....I could actually sit without pain..

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I have ulcerative colitis wich has been very active for about 6 mos. So when hubby got me Hav #2, I didn't know if I should hug him or shoot him. I was just too tired all the time and not eating, just really drained physically. But now I think it actually helped somewhat, because Kodi had someone to play with, besides me. It took alot of the demand off me. If you can get past the potty training, and hopefully the new puppy is trained, then it should be a snap.

I also have 3 cats, I am a hobby orchid grower, and own my own business, so I am pretty busy. But I wouldn't trade these Havs for anything. I already asked hubyy when we can get a 3rd
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I agree with Tom . it might do you some good because when you laugh and smile . Trust me on this you will as soon as you see them together - it will increase your endorphins and help with the pain .
There is more work - no doubt about it but if you have to get out a dish for one why not one for two .
I have only had Ahnold for a little over a week and he is older so we are still in a period of adjustment . These dogs are younger and I bet they bond to each other immediately .
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Marj, As you all know, I have 3 Havanese all within 4 years of each other. They were the best thing I ever did?? I do not have the back issues but when Logan came to us Jan 1st this year (at 9 weeks old) I was recovering from bunion surgery in December. I am still in a boot but I would not trade the extra work for anything. The only thing I would recommend for you is that the new dog is potty trained. I am not sure that is something you want to be doing when in such pain. The 2nd pup will certainly keep Ricky busy so you are not up and down as much with him. They will wear each other out so they sleep more, give you more time to rest.
But only you and your hubby can decide. Yes it would be double vet bills, double grooming bills, double food bills. But well worth it for us!!! Let us all know!
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Marj,
I don't have 2 havanese,but I do have 1 and a sheltie and a cat.My husband didn't want a second dog,but it has been really nice.I think you and your husband need to agree(it's easier,trust me).I find it not much different then having 1 dog,except for the grooming and the "in and out"of the house.They are now starting to go at the same time though now.Best of luck!
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I think it would be dangerous for you. All the laughing might do more damage.
ROTFLOL!!! Where is a rolling smiley face when you need one.

I think your Hav and you are going to love having another Hav to play with. I have three dogs all young and they are a blast to watch. They really entertain each other.

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Hi Marj,
I think if you feel comfortable with the cost of a second dog, the pay off in a sibling would be tremendous for you all. If the housetraining isn't an issue, or once it isn't, I don't think the work will amount to much more at all.
I have lupus and don't always have the energy or strength to play with Cooper the way he wants to play, but with Lily around, they can play, play, play! I wish I could get a third.
Just my opinion, but I think if you can do it financially, you won't be sorry getting a second Hav

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