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Are two dogs better than one? Opinions please.

So...a very dear friend of mine manages a local humane society/shelter, and today I went by to drop off a dehumidifier that we donated. Well...I met "Woofie" a very young (likely about a year or so) Irish Wolfhound--mix maybe. He's not HUGE, but he's very, very big. He was found just two days ago along the river and he's in rough shape. Pretty skinny, infected eyes, ragged coat, skin irritations, a hematoma on his elbow... Here's the thing though, I played with him for a short while, and he is an absolute doll-baby. All he wanted was love and belly rubs. He sits and goes "down," so someone did or does care about him, but it doesn't seem that anyone is looking for him. Bottom line, he melted my heart, and I can't get him off my mind, and I am battling with whether or not to adopt him if he remains unclaimed, and I am at the point where I am considering taking Gracie to meet him.

So, opinions/experiences please on adopting a second dog with the idea that we have had Gracie for almost 5 years now, and she has always been a very doted upon "only child."

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Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on August 10, 2015 at 12:48pm

CJ so fun to read the excitement in your post.  Of course there will be challenges....isn't life full of them, but this will be so rewarding and you will get soooo..... much back.  Enjoy and keep us posted!!! and...pictures, pictures, pictures please!!

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on August 9, 2015 at 10:52pm

Spent about 4 hours at the shelter with Quinn yesterday and then a couple more hours today. I am just itching to bring him home. Three more days! I have no doubt there will be challenges, but he is just the sweetest, sweetest boy and we will take it slow. First step begins tomorrow - Wolfhound proof the house!!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on August 7, 2015 at 6:25pm

so happy for you and husband....   I'll check videos ....    every once and while I ask myself why I took on a 100 lbs of dog myself...   then he smiles and brings me he's blanket...  

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on August 7, 2015 at 6:18pm

Got the video uploaded. It's on the main page under "latest activity"

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 7, 2015 at 4:36pm

to add a video, go to your home page, look for "Video" under "Photo Albums".  Hopefully the instructions will be clear once you click on that (I've not done it yet, lol ;)

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 7, 2015 at 4:34pm

Congrats!  Gracie & Quinn has a nice ring to it. ;)

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on August 7, 2015 at 4:20pm

YIPPEE!!!  I'll bet that Gracie and Woofie/Quinn will be great pals in no time!!  I'll reserve the congratulations until you make a 100% decision, but I am so happy for you all! :)

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on August 7, 2015 at 2:04pm

Meet and Greet...CHECK! Gracie and Woofie/Quinn were just fine together. I got a short video, but can't see a way to post it here. First we put them in side-by-side enclosures, which I thought was also a good way to see if Quinn was inclined to jump. It was good to see that he didn't even put his feet up on the fence. They were both excited about the other, but no aggression or real crazy behaviors. When Gracie joined him, they ran around quite a lot with Gracie in the lead most of the time (amazing). But then she would suddenly lie down and Quinn would come barreling up and just bound right over her. They didn't really play, just did a lot of running around until they were both so hot, they just laid down with tongues hanging out and that was that! So I can't say that they loved each other, but they certainly liked each other and I have no doubt they will get along. I asked about Quinn's behaviors so far and was told he does not soil his kennel--he waits to be walked to do his business and he has not once chewed on his bed, which I guess is a common behavior with dogs in shelters. She said that he has a calm attitude when they arrive in the morning and doesn't seem the least bit anxious. Apparently there is some confusion with the IW Federation people because they did indeed send a representative to the shelter on Monday and that woman said he is a mix, but there's a lot of IW in him. I still like hearing the mix part as it may help him to avoid the health issues.

I know what you mean about bouvier, Kathy, but if you saw his head in profile, I think you might change your mind. He has the typical roman nose of the wolfhound. And yes, Beverly, I am definitely planning on a DNA test.

So, he is scheduled to be neutered on Tuesday. He will also be updated on all his vaccines and he will get a chip. I can pick him up on Wednesday. I still can't bring myself to admit 100% that this dog is to be ours--a very small voice pops up now and then saying, "What are you doing!!", but then there is a more persistent voice that says I must bring this boy into our family. At this point, my husband is resigned to the idea. I think he is a little afraid of the unknown, as am I, but I know he has the capacity to love this guy to pieces. I'll keep you all posted, and again, I can't thank you enough for sharing this with me--it really means a lot :)

Comment by Lorie & Piper on August 6, 2015 at 11:59pm

oh, what a lucky dog he would be to go to such a great family!!!  I wish all dogs had amazing homes (:

Comment by Beverly and Eli on August 6, 2015 at 10:20pm

If you do adopt Wolfie, you can have his dna tested to find out what his mix is!

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