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11/13/09 4:04 P

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I guess regards humane shelters it depends on the shelter and the people who operate it.A retired? vet manages ours here and he's a super nice guy and an animal lover.All the people there are volunteers.They just opened it worked and raised the money to build it etc.While it isn't officialy a no kill shelter a dog has to be in really bad physical shape and or very aggresive before it's put down There are a couple there with do not touch signs on the door but they're up for adoption for folks who want watch dogs in the country or factories. emoticon

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11/13/09 7:13 A

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You should take into consideration: 1. what type of dog is the lost dog, 2. Would your schnauzer and it get along,
I have had a Lhasa for 3 yrs (very spoiled), recently took in my daughters Boxer. My Lhasa started off hating the situation, but now when the Boxer is not here for a couple of hrs he goes nuts. Still acts like he doesn't like her and is very bossy of her. But doesn't like it when shes not here. Might be good to socialize the 2 dogs. even if they are enemies at first but keep close eye on them. Maybe your hubby wants a dog of his own.

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11/13/09 1:32 A

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how awful emoticon
especially since i know that the "aggression test" is not very reliable... sometimes the dog is only "aggressive" with food because it has been starved / underfed before and can get over that habit. (number one aggression test involves trying to take the dogs bowl away while it's eating)

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11/12/09 5:14 P

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hi all - just to update everyone: my husband talked to a woman at the mspca where the dog is being kept. unfortunately, the dog failed the aggression test and will not be made available for adoption...i feel so sad as i know what happens to these animals. emoticon

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11/4/09 9:07 A

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Well in the past dogs that I had would accept another as long as you gave them as much or more love and attention as you did the new dog.Baby has a diffirent personality although he loves humans espically children. emoticon

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Give it a try and I agree with getting them to meet on neutral ground.

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Meet the dog and have your schnauzer with you. You may be surprise that they get along. It depends on the the temperment of each of them

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11/3/09 9:40 P

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I WILL GIVE YOU A SUGGESTION ON WHAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO...BUT, MINE WAS WITH A CAT AND IT COULD BE DIFFERENT...I HAD A CAT WHOM I ONLY HAD FOR A YEAR AND I DECIDED TO GET A NEW PLAYMATE FOR HER...THE SPCA SUGGESTED I KEEP THE NEW CAT IN A ROOM FOR A WEEK AND LET THE OLDER ONE HAVE THE TERRITORY OF THE HOUSE...THIS WAY THE OLDER CAT WILL GET THE SCENT OF THE NEWER ONE THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF A DOOR...THEY SAID TRY THAT FOR A WEEK IF IT DOESN'T BRING BACK THE CAT TO US...IT REALLY WORKED...TRY IT THOUGH AND TAKE THE NEWER DOG OUT FOR IT'S WALK OR EATING AREA WHEN YOU & YOUR HUSBAND IS HOME TO SUPERVISE...

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11/3/09 9:10 P

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thank you all for your input! i am going to meet the dog before i make a decision. i'd like to see what kind of temperament it has. we have babysat our relatives' dogs upon occasion and my dog does okay with them. but in september we rescued a rabbit and my schnauzer seemed a little miffed...(the rabbit was in a pre-k classroom and i guess the kids chased it all day...). i just don't want to overload my dog with new arrivals...when i was growing up, we took in stray & unwanted animals constantly. at one point we had 3 dogs, 7 cats, 5 birds, ...all strays or abandoned...

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11/3/09 8:50 P

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First, the Sarge sounds like a sweetie! If I were you, I think I would try it. I've wished several times I had two dogs but don't have the time to break another one in at the moment. When it comes time for Baby's replacement, I'm sort of planning on getting two rescue chihuahuas.

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Does your dog accept other male dogs? Baby my yorkie/maltese loves all females (even though he's nuetered) but any other male he will fight instasntly if I let him but I keep him on a leash.He is 8 now but he has always been that way. emoticon

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I agree I would try introducing the 2 dogs away from your home and see if they get along. I ha 2 older dogs when I brought Maddy home a year and half ago and they were very excepting. Best on what ever decision you decide to go with. Yes there are to many animals just being abandon because people can't afford them.



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I understand your reluctance because your dog is into his senior years and sometimes another dog can be stressful especially if they have never been fond of other dogs before. You know your little guy and I think you know the answer that will work best for your situation. Maybe they would allow you to try him for a week to see. Good luck to you!!!
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Do what your heart says to do. Maybe the dog will be great company for your dog you now have. At least give it a try since your hubby seems to want to do it. Talk it over with him as far as shared responsibilities, and of course, financially. I agree with you on not wanting to see it end up at a shelter. Never a good choice. Let us know what you decide. Either way, you have to do what's best for you and your older dog.

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I agree there are far too many animals in our shelters. We volunteer there, and even keep some of the animals on the weekends just to give them a little break. Have you introduced the two dogs yet? I think of it like this, a new dog is not something that should be an impulse decision. It's a long commitment and a lot of work, not to mention the costs. Take your time and think it through, make sure you're still going to think it was a good idea in 5 years. Good luck and keep us posted!

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hi all -- my husband is a police sergeant and has learned of a lost dog. the animal control officer has been looking for the dogs owner, but it is going to a shelter if the owner isn't found soon. my husband has been hinting that he'd like to adopt the him. however, i already have a 12 year old schnauzer and i'm not sure it would be okay to bring in the 2nd dog. but i am an avid animal lover and hate the idea of any animal going to a shelter. there are so many dogs, etc. being abandoned because people can't afford them. my heart is torn! what is the right thing to do?

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