I've been looking into getting another puppy in the distant future (2-5 yrs). This time I wanted a show quality Aussie that I could show and hopefully use for breeding eventually. After looking through several breeders, I contacted one in New Mexico and got a chance to talk to her today. While on the phone she said she had the perfect puppy for what I wanted. She hasn't sold her yet because if I don't take her, she is going to keep her and breed her when she's old enough. I looked at her picture and she is gorgeous!
There are a lot of things that feel right about it... she's the color/sex/temperament I would want. She is even sired by my favorite dog in the breeder's stock. On top of that, the breeder is shipping another puppy from the same litter to the city I live in and said she could ship them together so we could split the cost.
On the other hand, I just started a new job a little over a month ago and I'm not sure I have a full feel for the amount of traveling I'm going to be doing yet and how expensive all the boarding will be. So far its less than I expected, but what if that changes? And Lyla is still only 8 months old. Am I ready to do puppy again? She'll be 9 months by the time the puppy would come home, which is only slightly younger than Sky when I brought her home, but puppies are so draining (and cute)! And probably all of that would even be okay, but I know my mother would have a fit. And I know I'm too old to care what my mother thinks, but the 2 dogs and no husband complaining I hear would certainly be nothing to the 3 dogs and no husband complaing I would get! (silly, I know, but I'm seriously thinking if I could handle her on this one)
For all you people out there who have multiple dogs (or even just good advice)... help!
(And just to add a little taste of how hard it will be to say no, here is her picture)