Is it better to have two dogs? This is a question that many people ponder at one time or the other. It is always a personal decision based on your time, space, and if you can afford another mouth to feed. This is not a decision to make lightly or impulsively. We are going to be a one-dog home when Pierre moves home. I know that Bentley is going to miss him as much or more than we will. They are buddies. My first impulse is “SQUEEEAL!! Let’s get a new Basset Hound puppy…a little girl that I can dress in cute clothes.” Sometimes, it is best to make a list of pros and cons of a two-dog family.
Pro: Two dogs can play together and keep each other company.
Con: Two dogs can get into twice the mischief.
Pro: Double the doggy love.
Con: Double the doggy poo.
Pro: Twice the dog guards.
Con: Twice the barking
Pro: Walks are more fun with a friend.
Con: Friends become tangled in each other’s leash, then wrap around you.
Pro: It is very impressive to have two obedient dogs.
Pro: Cars have windows on both sides, so each dog can look out.
Con: You have two dogs that recognize the vet’s office when you pull into the parking lot.
Pro: Some veterinarian offices give you a discount for a second pet.
Con: Second set of vaccines, heartworm medicine, and healthcare.
Pro: Double snuggles, belly rubs, and kisses
Con: Snuggles, belly rubs, and kisses MUST be given at the same time with the same
Pro: An older dog can teach a younger dog the ways of the canine world.
Con: Young dogs pick up bad habits too.
Pro: Two dogs are just fun, funny, and worth the cons.
You can tell it is a pretty even debate, but I think a second dog is just a must-have for us. It won’t be right away, but we will add to our family. I am trying to be reasonable and patient. I am an adult and that’s what I’m supposed to do, but SQUEEEAL, a little girl Basset Hound in pink footie pajamas? Can’t you just see her?