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Thinking of adopting another dog...NVR....

OK, Cali loves playing with other dogs and tonight I got the story of Manolakis.  He is now in Ontario.  I donated some money to help with his amputation.  Someone in Greece chopped off one of his feet.  Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike people???

Do I want another dog?  Would it make Cali happy to have another dog here?

Here is the post.  Just look for his name although reading the post, I am in love with many.

http://www.garcanada.bizland.com/id65.html

I always think if you have one dog, you might as well have 100 because one ties you down.

Needless to say, I am not rushing in to anything.  I could take them all!!!!  But who would and could chop off a dog's foot?

I hope many of you convince me that Cali is a handful!!!!!  On the other hand, would she be happier if she shared her life with another dog?

Davedrum, you are the expert!

Di

Though I've never had dogs, I can speak from cat experience. It took awhile for Lucy to get used to another cat (she had "only child" syndrome), but now she and Joe are best buds and she has a wrestling buddy that she can be a lot rougher with than my hands (or arms or feet, etc.). Plus, we're not home for most of the day, so they keep each other company until we can get home to give them some lovin'. They also clean each other's hard to reach spots (like ears) which is not only cute to watch, but they love the attention from each other. If you have the space, the financial ability, and the time/patience to possibly train another dog, I say go for it. Cali would probably love a playmate!

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Though I've never had dogs, I can speak from cat experience. It took awhile for Lucy to get used to another cat (she had "only child" syndrome), but now she and Joe are best buds and she has a wrestling buddy that she can be a lot rougher with than my hands (or arms or feet, etc.). Plus, we're not home for most of the day, so they keep each other company until we can get home to give them some lovin'. They also clean each other's hard to reach spots (like ears) which is not only cute to watch, but they love the attention from each other. If you have the space, the financial ability, and the time/patience to possibly train another dog, I say go for it. Cali would probably love a playmate!

Thanks so much!  Now, if I only had Cali....  I have 4 cats, a parrot and four budgies.  Cali is amused by the cats although I am sure they are not so amused by her. She thinks they are all squeaky toys and pins them down and eats them.  In a good sort of way.  Huge decision for me.

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Oh, hmm...that makes things a bit more hectic, huh? Well, I think Cali would love it, but I'm sure she would love you to keep your sanity more ;) Keep us posted, and post pictures if you get a new furry!

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Here's what I think DI.... ::)

1-That dog needs a great home.
2-You DO need another dog. ;)
3-Cali needs another dog to romp around and play with!

I know you have mentioned that Cali is quite playful now and likes to get into things and chew things etc. When she has a young companion she will spend much more time playing with him and won't go looking for things in the house to play with. Unless they both decide to play tug of war with your comforter oneday and then rip it up into thousands of little pieces as a present for you when you return from work! ;D

So...tell me DI...are you going to keep the name the rescue group gave the dog, or will you change it? Let us know what day he arrives! I'm sure he is looking forward to his trip hiking in the Adirondacks...3 paws and all! :)

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Adding a 2nd (and 3rd and 4th and so on) is a personal choice.

Your right, one dog DOES tie you down, but it's sooo much easier to take 1 dog somewhere or find someone to watch 1 dog if you need to go away for an extended period.

That being said, I have 3 dogs. My husband and I don't vacation together for lack of having someone we trust nearby.  While we do take the dogs on "adventures" it really is a project getting all 3 ready to go...the car-ride with all 3 can be well lets just say..interesting..they are all seatbelted in but 2 of the 3 make lots of noise.

THe final thing is money. While you don't need to be rich, you have to remember another life is more money you have to shell out for their care.

Having said that..I wouldn't change my life for anything. I love my 3 dogs.

That's awful what happend to this dog.

Some dogs do better being "only dogs", others flourish in groups.

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Did you get him.  The update on the website says he's already in his new home.  If you didn't there's another dog out there somewhere that needs you and Cali!

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Wow.  There are a lot of great animal rescuers out there who don't walk by homeless or hurt animals.  And then there are the foster families.  Of course, other people put animals in the position of requiring rescue.

There are a lot of dogs with those stories out there.  There's probably one close to you.  If you do decide to find another dog, a really great one will come into your life and you'll know.

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If you don't mind answering..

how come this rescue is rescuing animals from Greece? I'm just curious.

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So here goes.  I thought long and hard about adopting the pup last night and today and decided that right now, Cali has to get my full attention to totally heal.  OK, Cali and my other 9 pets!  :)
My place is still being ripped up and so I wouldn't have the proper time to spend with Cali, a new pup and the rest of the critters.  I have to spend more time with Biko, my parrot and get Cali to the point where she doesn't want to eat him.

So the timing right now is all wrong.  Maybe in the future, I will adopt another dog.  I was thinking with my heart and not my brain.  I do that often!!!!!

Thanks everyone for your wonderful responses.

Di

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If you don't mind answering..

how come this rescue is rescuing animals from Greece? I'm just curious.

GAR started in the UK.  There is a lot of animal cruelty in Greece.  I believe but am not sure the lady who started it in the UK went to Greece and was appalled so started to get the animals out of there.  The lady who runs it in Canada goes to Greece often and joined the bandwagon.

Cali is from Greece but I found her on Pet Finders.  When I saw her face and one ear up, one ear down I knew she was the dog for me after losing Isabela, my Mexican rescue.  When I read her bio, I couldn't believe that ...here we go again....I am going to be adopting from a far away place.  I totally made the right choice in choosing Cali.  When I got home tonight, she was sleeping in the livingroom with a pair of my jammie bottoms and a pretty Victoria Secrets nightie!  No wonder I couldn't find it!!!! 

Isabela was so special and although I only got to share 3 1/2 years with her, she had 3 1/2 years with love off the streets of Cozumel.  I figured Cali deserved the same chance and hopefully in 15 years when we are all 15 years older on the board, I will still be telling you what Cali is up to.

I have had many question me with both Isabela and Cali as to why I didn't adopt a dog from home.  I never planned on falling in love with Isabela.  I had two very old dogs at the time and said no more dogs.  I volunteered to walk the dogs at the Cozumel Humane Society one afternoon when in Mexico.  I fell absolutely in love with her and when it was time to leave the shelter, she was the only dog I went back to give a big hug too.  I actually got all the way back to Canada and couldn't sleep so I sent for her.

Cali had such a funny expression when I saw her on Pet Finders.  I wasn't really looking for a dog yet because Isabela had just passed away a couple of months earlier.  Cali's expression totally warmed my heart and I knew Isabela would have approved of her.

As it turns out, Cali is what Isabela would have wanted to be if she had been given the chance.  When I got Isabela she looked 10 or 12 but in reality was only about 5 to 7. 

So back to your question, a kind women went to Greece, couldn't fathom the cruelty to animals and made it her project to start saving them.

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That being said, I have 3 dogs. My husband and I don't vacation together for lack of having someone we trust nearby. 

Wow, Majika, that could have been posted by me!  We do have some close friends and relatives who welcome our whole family (two people, 3 large dogs), but otherwise, we travel one at a time.

Anyway, Diver-Di, I think you've made the right decision.  Unfortunately, there is always a dog in need of a home; you've got to make sure the situation is right for you.

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I never knew that there was such a problem over in Greece..I guess it's not something "they talk about" .  Such a shame.

I think you made the right decision. I think Cali needs you more than any other dog right now .

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