Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Pros and Cons of a Second Dog

   The decision to add to your family is very serious. I’m often asked if I think it is better to have two dogs. Frankly, there are pros and cons to having two or more dogs. Here's a short list to help you.
Westie and Basset relaxing in the yard
Pro: Two dogs can keep each other company.
Basset with garbage can lid on his head as Westie watches
Con: Two dogs can get into twice the mischief.
Westie and Basset getting their bellies rubbed
Pro: You get twice the dog love.
hand holding dog poop bag
Con: You get twice the dog poop.
Westie and Basset looking out the window
Pro: You have two dogs guarding your home.
Westie and Basset jumping up on tree to catch toy squirrel
Con: You have two dogs barking while guarding your home.
Basset and Westie sitting up for treat
 Pro: Your dog will have a best friend.
Basset and Westie wrestling
Con: Best friends have disagreements.
Basset and Westie trying to grab tiger toy
Pro: Having two dogs is twice the fun.
Westie and Basset asleep on the couch
Con: You never have a place on the couch!

   The truth is, I cannot imagine only having one dog. If you can afford a second dog, have the time to devote to both, and have the room, two dogs really are twice as nice.
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  1. Just don't make the mistake of thinking if you have one dog a second it no big deal because adding a second is a big deal that takes a lot of adjustment, but once adjusted, you feel almost bored with just one. More than two gets even more weird! You boys are a perfect pair!

  2. Love it! Definitely agree and in my case I have three times the fun and love :-)

  3. Two frenchies is like 4, BOL
    Lily & Edward

  4. we have always believed in two dogs together

  5. At our house 2 is the rule!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. We think it's wonderful to have company in our mischief so we don't get lonely.

  7. There has been thinking going on over here about a second dog. I don't think I would mind having a brother or sister but ma and Daddy-dog have decided to wait a while since they will be traveling a lot the next couple months. Adding a second dog now just wouldn't be fair.

  8. Good pros and cons, and I agree. Acquiring our second dog, Ethel, has been wonderful, but also harder work than just having one. You have to think really carefully before committing yourself to ANY amount of pets.

  9. We couldn't agree more but with three instead of two! ;)

  10. Having four dogs is twice everything that having to is and a hundred times more than one.

  11. And three is three times as much fun! Honestly though, we're always trying to figure out just what the right # would be, and we haven't yet! Because Luke can have issues with other dogs, it's something we think about since both girls are older. But hopefully we don't have to face that for a long time.
    Jan, Wag n Woof Pets

  12. When Hazel joined our family in 2004 that made 5 pugs in the house. As the older ones passed on we eventually got down to two for a couple of years. Butt mom had a hankering for a puppy, so it has been 3 with Angel Greta and now Mabel
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  13. Your boys are so cute! <3 We've always had multiple dogs!

  14. Great list - I too can't imagine having less than two...more? Maybe, but not less.

  15. Unfortunately, we can only have 1 dog. Partly because I am going to be a service dog and partly because we would have too many pets for the apartments rules. Only reason we are allowed to have the 2 cats and me is that I am not considered to be a "pet"--bol

  16. For me the pros outweigh the cons and I like to have dogs two at a time.

  17. Y'know, the same applies to cats, too. And the mom says she loves having all three of us. :)

  18. The only thing stopping us now is space :)

  19. What a great post! We swore we'd only have one dog... We are now up to 3... And loving it!!

  20. We really want another pug once we move. Military Husband has promised me, possibly a white one!

  21. I can't imagine having only one dog either, now we are up to 4 lol

  22. Ditto for cats! We agree - can't imagine having an "only child" family.

  23. I would have 50 huskies if I could!!!! hahahahahahahahaha
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  24. Such great photos! We feel the same about "cats" - you can never just have 'one'.


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