Comments on MUTTerings: Double Down on Dogs

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Donna   Douglas, Alabama

4/25/2014 5:39:38 PM

I just fostered three 10 week old puppies and their Momma. Sorry, but I really thought 4 was a lot more work than the one lab mix dog I already have. Training and playing took my entire day! It was rewarding though. Found Momma and 3 babies walking down the middle of a country road where someone dumped them. Now they all have good forever homes where they will bless their new families with love.

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Colleen   Oshawa, ON

2/3/2012 5:35:18 PM

Hi, I have three small dogs - Pomeranian, Havanese and a Toy Australian Shephard. I got them all when they were puppies. One is 5 years old, one is 3 years old and the youngest is just over 1 year. The cost is the biggest factor, but I have been able to afford it. Play time is just three times more fun when you have multiple dogs. But our pack is happy and content with their lives. We do agility, obedience and recently Sheep Herding - I love to play and spend time with them all.

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Lisa   Asbury Park, NJ

2/3/2012 3:08:29 PM

You seem to be forgetting the money for good vet care ( a dental runs cose to $1000 here after they pull a couple teeth)(and good food). The more dogs, the more money. After spending $6000 (yes that's $6000.00) for my first Italian Greyhound's care for cancer that only gave him 2 months, and now an unknown amount so far for my 16 1/2 yr old Chinese Crested who has heart disease, 1 dog is the perfect # for my wallet.I had 3 dogs at once and true it wasn't much more work, then had 2, and till have 2. My Italian Greyhound now isn't crazy about other dogs. He loves my Chinese Crested but that's about it.So when she goes, he will be fine as an only dog. He will gets lots of love and attention from us.

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Dee J   Hillsborough, NJ

2/3/2012 8:14:21 AM

I had 7 poodles at one time and they were less work than the two I have now. They took care of each other. Yes it is more costly. Vet's,
food.
The older ones taught the younger ones. I saw it; I know some won't believe it but they did. The one male taught them not to bark, it hurt his ears and he was top dog. I have pics of them all and have shown them to folks who didn't believe me. We went camping together & they worked
miracles.
One older couple moved away at first but then the next day came back and visited from then on.

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Carolyn   Hanover Twp, PA

2/3/2012 8:10:24 AM

I now have three dogs who get along well together and have their own little pack. The last 2 are rescues and are always happy to get that extra love. I walk all three of them at least 2 times a day in all kinds of weather. People with pets live longer.

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Donna   Whitney, TX

2/2/2012 7:57:58 PM

I am a senior on Social Security and have 2 chi's. I would get more but have already incurred Vet costs and can't afford to get any more because I want to be able to do the best for the ones I have now.

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VeeElleCee   Sudbury, ON

2/2/2012 6:40:55 PM

We live in the city and have 8 Chihuahuas, 1 Papillon and 1 Cock-ah-Pooh. The youngest is 4 months (Chihuahua) and the oldest is 8 (Cock-ah-Pooh). I started with three Chi's and then the others just got added as I went along. The oldest came into my pack when my boyfriend and I moved in together. We tend to be the place where the special needs pups go. We have a large fenced in backyard which all of the dogs enjoy and run around for all of the seasons. This makes the exercise issue very low. We free feed, kibble goes down at eight am and is taken away at six pm. Our vet gives us a multiple pet discount on visits when I bring in more than two at a time. The thing is keeping up with the poop scooping, you gotta stay on top of it. But that still can't take away from the love and giggles they give me everyday. Unconditional love is like that I guess.

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Eileen   Westhampton Beach, NY

2/2/2012 6:18:53 PM

Due to normal attrition, I have at times had only one dog, but when I added a second or third dog, the first one always seems more content.

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Debbie   Auburn, NY

2/2/2012 5:21:34 PM

hahaha! I have 4 dogs! Yep, I'm a little crazy....crazy for my dogs! I'd have more if I could! 4 dogs? = 4 times the love. The more dogs you have the more love you receive in return!

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Sue   3 Oaks, MI

2/2/2012 12:52:23 PM

Yes, dogs are a lot of work & getting a dog should not be taken lightly! I love my dog & would like to get another, but realize that unexpected financial issues may occur, especially if your dog develops a health problem. That, among other things should be seriously considered before getting a dog. Time & patience are critical to owning a dog :)

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AA   hollister, CA

2/2/2012 12:37:12 AM

one dog is complex enough

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Ellen   Madison, WI

2/1/2012 5:45:02 AM

I'm more worried about the people who don't think having a dog is complicated at all - those are the dogs that get abused, neglected, or put in animal shelters. There seems to be many more of these people!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

1/31/2012 10:46:58 PM

I do believe that owning a dog is complicated. But what a joy that complication brings! And I should know, I have 5 of them! And I wouldn't say no to another either. But, 1 dog or 5 doesn't much change the work involved. With that I'd agree.

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