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Re: Should we get another dog?

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  June 02, 2002 at 21:33:31

In Reply to: Should we get another dog?
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Posted by:  Lynn Gillum
Posted on:  June 02, 2002 at 18:57:42

Question:

: Our JRT is 3 years old. When he was brought into our home we had 2 cocker spaniels (both 9 years old) and a large cat. Since he was a puppy when he came into our home he has always gotten along well with all three of the animals. His favorite playmate is the big cat (who outweighs him by at least 7-8 pounds) Sadly within the past 8 months we have lost both of our cockers, one to a heart condition and one to cancer. My question is, now he seems sort of lost in the house. He doesn't quite know what to do with himself. We are quite open to bringing another dog into the house, but we don't want to bring in a dog that would not get along with Marley. He's easygoing, but like most JRT he is very protective of my husband and myself. What do you suggest? Another JRT, another cocker spaniel? Do adult JRTs act agressively with puppies? Thanks for your help


Response:

Dear Lynn,

On behalf of the other Forum volunteers, I offer you our condolences for the loss of your beloved pets. We understand the effect that losing two companions in such a short period of time has had on all of you and appreciate that you want to do what's best Marley.

Unfortunately, there really is no way to tell if Marley will get along with a pup. However, since you have a cat, I do not recommend that you get another JRT. Marley may be the exception to the rule about JRTs and cats NOW but there is no guarantee that another JRT (puppy or not) will have his same attitude.

I recommend that you all take some time to deal with your loss. And that you consider Marley may actually "enjoy" being an only dog...

Warm regards,
Leslie