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)

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Comment by christy fry on September 29, 2009 at 3:29am
I have 3 dogs right now and have no issue's at all with the "work & care" part of it although I don't think of it as work at all. I agree with everyone also if this pup feels right then go for it!!! She is awfully cute.
Comment by Beth on September 28, 2009 at 9:11pm
You know, I think what it boils down to is do you have, right now, the time in your life to do with this puppy what you would want to do? Do you have the hours do dedicate to socialize her, then prepare her for the breed ring, then work with a breeder to find a good mate for her and learn all you can about puppy-producing? If the answer is "Yes", then the other concerns are all manageable. If the answer is "no" then you are quite possibly delaying your dream even further if you act now, since you would not be able to do what you want to with this one, and if so then would you be able to get a 4th to be your show/breeding dog?

If showing and breeding are your goals, then your Mom will eventually adjust to the fact that you'll be "That dog lady!" LOL You will at some points probably have more than 3, in that case. So again, can you devote the time now to training and showing and breeding? If so, go for it. If not, there will be another perfect puppy at the right time! Good luck with your decision.
Comment by Bev Levy on September 28, 2009 at 8:06pm
Do you live with your Mom? We are at three dogs since January and I have to say it has not been bad. Even though the third is a doberman that was not liked by one of my corgis. So I did not add a puppy but did have some real challenges to overcome. If this is what you really want I say go for it! (of course I am not real well known for my will power LOL)
Comment by Jane Christensen on September 28, 2009 at 7:43pm
I agree with Deanna! You said you wanted an Aussie and you might regret it if you don't!!!
Let us know!

Comment by Deanna on September 28, 2009 at 7:27pm
Delete Comment Well, my mother's gotten used to my 3 dogs and no husband situation finally after all these years! After the death of my first Corgi/mix, eight years ago, she finally realized that my furkids are not just dogs, they are HER GRANDDOGS! She loves it! I'll be on the phone with her, a furkid will bark for my attention, and I'll say, "SSSHHHH, I'm on the phone with grandmama," and they calm down (took a while for them to learn, but they eventually did.) Personally, I'd take another puppy any day over a husband -- the puppy stage is short-lived for a dog, the material objects they chew/destroy are replaceable, and the happiness and love they give is unconditional. Contrast that with a husband -- a perpetual juvenile that you're picking up after, cleaning up after, and having misunderstandings/arguments with? hmmmmm........ sounds like a no-brainer to me! Besides, it's your life to choose as you wish. Who knows, maybe while you're in training with your new puppy, at a competition, or wherever, you may meet just the right guy who has all the passion for dogs as you.

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