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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 CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on August 6, 2015 at 11:02am

Both hubby and Gracie are going to meet him tomorrow morning (Friday). I have to admit, I am pretty nervous about this. I've been reading about Irish Wolfhounds and there are a few scary health issues. The one that really scares me is bloat. It seems to be pretty common, has a short window for successful treatment, and is unpredictable. One site said about 1 in 4 IWs will get bloat. Geez. On the other hand, here he is, and SOMEONE has to give him a home, and I know there isn't a better home for him than the one he could have with us. I wish the timing was different. I will have less than 3 weeks with him before I will have to go back to school and that means he has that much time to be ready to be left alone for a few hours each day. Because of their size, crating is highly NOT recommended. The unknowns are a killer :p

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on August 6, 2015 at 7:41am

Well, I think you should take Gracie there TODAY!!!  I agree with Dianne...he is already yours! :)

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 5, 2015 at 10:52pm

Believe this dog is already yours, CJ, so you might as well just bring him home, lol!

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on August 5, 2015 at 8:40pm

DO it.... You will not be sorry. Best decision we made was rescuing and adding Brodie to the family. He and Harrison are the best brothers (from different mothers) ever.. I cannot imagine our lives without the  two of them.. Woof is super handsome and I am sure Gracie will love having a brother... Can't wait to see pictures of them together..

Hugs and slobbers 

Brodie and Harrison

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on August 5, 2015 at 5:12pm
CJ he is so cute! I am wondering if I see some bouvier in that face! He looks like a real snuggler.
Comment by Beverly and Eli on August 5, 2015 at 4:13pm

I think you may have a winner!

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on August 5, 2015 at 4:11pm

The shelter called me with an update. He went to the groomer today--licked the face of the first dog he encountered, got raves on his behavior, and now looks, feels, and smells waaaay better. Here he is the day he was brought to the shelter. If this train continues in the direction it seems to be rolling, I will be posting some "after" pictures in the not-too-distant future :p

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 5, 2015 at 8:29am

P.S. - I can't take Trixie everywhere I take Dulcie (she is just not as calm around strangers!), but it works out.  I could never take Eddie anywhere because he was so dog aggressive, but used to take Gracie out all the time - they seemed to be okay with it!

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 5, 2015 at 8:24am

I am a believer in multi-dog families if it is feasible.  Dulcie's time alone between Eddie and Trixie was the only time I have just one dog for any length of time in 20 plus years.  I agree with Beverly - our dogs have always picked us!  I know well that "can't get you off my mind" feeling with dogs, and have always ended up bringing them home. Eddie was abandoned, rescued from the side of the road and I also had a dog named Gracie   :) whom we got from the police pound. They had issues, but nothing attention and love couldn't make manageable and what they contributed to our lives can't be measured.  The really odd thing was that I had owned 2 blind dogs before Gracie and within one year she developed glaucoma and lost her sight over the next year, but at least she was with people who knew blindness is not a death sentence. Funny how St. Francis puts them with whom they need to be! And now we have our little Trixie, who has fit seamlessly into our household and has already given us so much laughter and made Dulcie's life so much more interesting!  As I write this, she is on the love seat, chewing on Dulcie's ears (and Dulcie is standing there on the floor in front of her wrestling back - they have worked out the height thing!).  Fostering sounds like a super idea and will let you know if the 2 dogs are okay together.  I took Dulcie to "scout" with me, just to make sure! Follow your heart, and good luck!

Comment by Beverly and Eli on August 5, 2015 at 8:14am

I see him on facebook CJ. He does look like a doodle as well! He also looks like he'd be lots of fun.

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