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Big D   

We have been thinking about adding our next dog to our family.

We have two Flatties, Jasper 14 and Chloe 7.
Am thinking of perhaps a Goldie.

 

There are good reasons for getting any new dog before Jasper passes, but what is very important to me, is that Jasper (14) never feels that he has been supplanted. I THINK Jasper would accept/love a puppy. He still loves to play, and I think he would be good with a puppy.

 

We have been "fortunate" in that both Jasper and Chloe were "rescues." Would love to rescue again, but thinking that would be hard with Jasper and Chloe.

I highly doubt he would accept another adult dog.
And even a "young adult" would likely be too mature for Jasper.

LAST thing we want to do is support a BYB, so may have to wait until a good breeder has a pup available.

My big concern is how fast the puppy will grow up, and whether it would quickly become too much for jasper?

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Tassie   

Love the way you're thinking.   It sounds as though a Goldie pup would be a good fit.  and really, it would be a matter of observing and managing to be sure Jasper is not being overwhelmed.  With puppy pen, and crates, it should be very doable, I'd think.  Your hope would be that the pup would be playing with Chloe .. so maybe a male pup would be good.   I got 2 pups .. 7 weeks apart (not intending that they would be so close) when my first dog was 14, and ageing gracefully.   She really enjoyed her last years, lying around watching the youngsters, and occasionally joining in.    In your situation, I'd go ahead with the plan.

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Sounds good for a puppy.  14 is old, and Jasper could end out with pains before the pup is mature, but flatties tend to be very tolerant, and older dogs can teach a puppy to back off.  Presuming the puppy is reasonably sensible. If you have trouble finding a Goldie, you might consider either a lab or a pointer (not a GSP, they're inclined to be very rambunctious)... or another flattie. 

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Dogsfevr   

Can you get council approval for 3 dogs would be my first question given your WA .

 

Personally if your 2 are happy I would enjoy the time you have with your oldest still feeling special ,

Yes it could work ,it could also not work ,the 3 dog will take valuable time away from your oldie 

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Big D   

I should have mentioned that I have 4 Adult children who all love dogs, so much so that there is competition between the humans for doggy affection.
The new dog would "blong" to one of them, even though it's one big happy family.

Jasper will always be my favourite.  I just want to be sure he always knows that.

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For me it’s about management. Can I make sure the older dogs are not constantly harassed by the younger one? Can I be certain that I won’t use the older dogs as a “baby sitter”? How am I going to keep them separated? How am I going to keep the youngster entertained, trained and exercised given that all 3 dogs will have vastly different requirements? Am I prepared to walk, feed and socialise them separately? Can I afford the vet bills given that very young and very old dogs will likely have more vet visits? Etc....

 

 

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