As you know, I love to be part of a family’s decision and the search for a new dog. In my book, I even recommend you visit your vet before getting a new pup. But, as I speak with my clients — many of whom have older or “senior” pets — many are asking that question, “Is it the right time for a second dog?” I don’t know that there’s one correct answer to this questions, I wanted to share this with you, exactly as it was shared with me: A note from a virtual client.
While you and Duke never met in person, you were a huge part of our health team for him, as well as (now) the rest of our pet family. As you know, we had to put our Duke down after a long, complicated and painful health battle.
It’s only been a couple of weeks but we are now looking for a second dog and wanted to see what you thought.
Smallz, our bulldog, came into the family as a third dog… something we swore we’d never do. He’s now lost Sassy — an alpha female if you’ve ever met one — and now Duke. I’ve never seen a dog so hungry for attention!
We adopted Smallz when Sassy was “aging out.” We knew she’d start Smallz out right under her strong, no nonsense approach to how “her” house would run. She did not disappoint…. and Smallz and Duke were both well-trained, in part, by her.
Smallz is now the only dog and has definitely needed a lot of extra attention since Duke passed. I am thinking the time is right for us to introduce a new puppy to the mix…. again to allow the alpha dog to help train and mentor our newest addition.
We’re excited to being our search for our next new pup and will definitely be relying on your nutrition and health advice from the start with this one!
Thanks again for everything,
Michelle Pippin & family
Is there any precisely right time for adopting a 2nd or 3rd pup?
Not really, but every family needs to decide this for themselves. Michelle’s idea to have a strong older dog help you welcome a new pup isn’t half-bad, though. Whatever you decide, whenever you decide, I can’t wait to meet your new pup.