So, I have the opportunity to adopt a 6mo-old Cardigan (female) from a breeder I live near. I would absolutely love to have her, as Gutie gets lonely during the day while I'm working and he'd love a playmate the rest of his life! I'm going to go visit her (Margo) on Wednesday to see how compatible her and Gutie are.
If all goes well, how do you guys juggle having two dogs in your life? I already have a second crate from when Gutie was younger, I already have the toys, the chews, the food, the preventative care. I have everything I need for a second dog EXCEPT the time off that I'd really want. If all goes well during our meeting on Wednesday, I'd pick her up next Tuesday and have 5 whole days off with her, getting her adjusted to her new home. After that, I would have to crate her 4hrs at a time while I work (with potty breaks/walks every 4hrs, I work 8hr days, but sometimes 10hr days).
Gutie (my 1.5 year old Pem) is fully potty trained and is responsible enough to be uncrated during the day as long as he has chews to keep him occupied. Margo, however, would be crated because I don't yet know her behaviors. I have a feeling she would be crated like that everyday for a few months until I felt she was ready. Is that okay to do? Once she is fully potty trained in her new home and knows the rules, I would let her have free roam to play with Gutie.
I really want another dog and I think Gutie would absolutely LOVE to have another dog around. We're very active and exercise daily with fetch, hikes, swimming, walks, etc. I'm not worried about getting her exercised, because I have access to a fenced-in area that they can just run, run, run, off-leash (however, I DON'T have a fenced-in yard of my own, but the dog park is just down the road by 5 minutes). I just want to know: is 5 days off with her enough time before I start crating her? She is ALREADY crate trained, so that helps tremendously. 5 days would be fast and furious, but I can't afford taking anymore time off. The beauty of it is that I have a set Wed/Thurs off and my other half has Mon/Tues, so she would only be crated Fri/Sat/Sun.
What are your thoughts?
P.S. The reason Margo is seeking re-homing in the first place is because the breeder was hoping to show her and kept her until they could find their Cardigan mentors to evaluate her for show. She didn't meet showing expectations, but otherwise she's super healthy.