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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 Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on August 6, 2015 at 10:05pm
Excited to hear that the IW person says maybe not IW. After my two beautiful bouvier girls, I looked at the fellow and I could swear I see bouvier - it's the eyes and the shape of the face. The undercarriage does look like poodle (could have been wolfhound I guess). Around where I live there are a lot of people breeding various designer poodle mixes, and bouvier X poodle is extremely popular. The personality you describe also sounds very much like my girls were.
Whatever his genes are, he looks and sounds like a real keeper. I could swear he is smiling in the one picture. Crossing my fingers that all goes well tomorrow.
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 6, 2015 at 9:46pm

Quinn is an excellent choice too. :)

I guess Gulliver came from the fact that "Wolfie" was found traveling along a river...  Well, that, and he's a big boy (in the land of Lilliput).  Then again, Traveler would be a good name too, lol ;)

Best wishes on the meet & greet tomorrow - after all, Gracie is going to be the final judge. :)

Comment by Lois - Izzi on August 6, 2015 at 8:11pm

lol  if you are looking for someone to talk you out of a rescue you are probably asking the wrong group....LOL

Comment by Lois - Izzi on August 6, 2015 at 8:09pm

I came home with both Izzi and Charlie same date and age...

since then I've added a third.....    I would certainly claim him, but every house is different.... Lots of us have at least two...   

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on August 6, 2015 at 4:35pm

You guys are too much, and I mean that in the best of ways. If I was looking here for someone to rein me in, I guess I went to the wrong place-ha! Although we haven't been to see him yet, I do have a bit more information to add. First, late yesterday, I talked to the groomers who cleaned him up. They LOVE him. Both said they would take him home if they didn't already have so many dogs. They said he was amazingly sweet and loved all the other dogs. They let him loose, which they swore they never let an intact male loose, and he never lifted his leg or was inappropriate in any way. He was just happy to be near everyone both 4-legged and 2-legged. They made me promise that if I adopt him, I will bring him in to visit. Then today, I contacted the Rescue Coordinator for the Irish Wolfhound Foundation, and had a long and interesting conversation with her. They are amazing people. They actually keep tabs on rescued wolfhounds and they go around retrieving them from shelters. She felt pretty sure she knew about "Woofie" already and she immediately said he is not an Irish Wolfhound. After I shared a bit more of his story, she was then not positive this was the same dog, so I emailed her the photos from the shelter. One look and she again said, no, not a wolfhound. She thinks he is part.....POODLE! She noted the shape of the crown of his head and the shape of his eyes, neither of which fit into the IW characteristics. She wasn't 100%, said it's possible he could be part IW, but if he is, he's a terrible example! Ha! I told her not to be insulted but that was the best news I've heard so far :) She of course understood I was referring to the health issues. Anyway, she did acknowledge that he looked like a sweet boy and that from what I said she gets the impression he will be forever grateful for his new circumstances in life and will be a fabulous and devoted addition to the family. She wants to stay in the loop and hear the outcome. This boy is like a magnet!!

You are absolutely not too bold Jan, but to be honest, I have been calling him Quinn (the mighty Quinn) in my head since that first afternoon. I wanted something Irish and I figure I can also call him Quincy which has a nice rhythm with Gracie. I have to say though, I do like Gulliver, and there's that giant connection...hmmmm 

Thank you guys SO MUCH for being excited about this with me. Some think I am crazy, which I may be, but hey, it's crazy in a good way ;p

I'll post again soon. You can count on it!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on August 6, 2015 at 2:17pm

CJ, I will add my voice to everyone else's though our Family is a one family dog because I've let Glen convince me that we don't have the space, the time... blah, blah... I should follow the advice and the happy stories that I see on this site all the time. I think you are adding yours. He is beautiful and if I was already moved by the story of how you met him, when I saw his photo, I just melted. I think that you and your hubby and Gracie can provide him the loving home that he deserves and you will only get lots of love in return. I got the feeling that our Doodle Family here has already adopted him!

Looking forward to hear how the introductions go tomorrow and how the rest of this beautiful encounter unfolds. Thank you for sharing!

Loving paws from Pedro

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on August 6, 2015 at 12:51pm

Good luck.  Doodles are prone to bloat also (thank goodness we have not had this trouble!!) and maybe whatever he is mixed with will prevent him from the bloat issue.  He sure is a nice looking dog, sounds like a real sweetheart also and we never looked back after getting Jackson, his little sis, Delilah!!  Best thing we ever did for all of us.  Keep us up to date and good luck with the meeting tomorrow.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 6, 2015 at 12:22pm

Best of luck tomorrow morning.  Sounds like a good match for your family.

If I might be so bold as to suggest a new name - Gulliver

(not sure why that name popped into my head, but I think Gracie & Gulliver sounds pretty good, lol ;)

Comment by Beverly and Eli on August 6, 2015 at 12:19pm

There's always an adjustment. Poodles are also prone to bloat so we run the risk with our Goldendoodles as well. And...good timing never coincides with reality! Let us know how it goes, we'll be anxious to hear!

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on August 6, 2015 at 12:08pm

Can't wait to hear how the introductions go!!  We will be on the edge of our seat!! :)

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