Im after some advice please, not sure what to do!
A bit of background, I have always been an animal lover, always had heaps of pets. Currently have a dog, a bird, a turtle, two water dragons and some fish.
Our dog, Missy is a 9 year old beagle. We got her when she was 6 weeks old and she has been our baby, an inside lap dog who loves human attention ever since, except for a period of about 9 months approximately 6 years ago when we had to live with my parents and she lived happily outdoors with two other dogs and coming inside only to sleep during that time. When we go out, she gets bored or frets or something, and is constantly trying to find her way out of the yard, and DH has always said that we should get another dog to keep her company. I was adamant that I only wanted one dog, I thought if we got another dog we would lose the bond we had built up with her IYKWIM.
We now have a 6.5 month DS. He absolutely loves Missy, whenever she is around he watches her with a big grin on his face and if she is in his reach he tries to touch and pat her. We have started getting Missy to give him "kisses" which he finds hilarious and laughs hysterically when she does. Missy generally tends to stay away from him, unless we prompt her to go to him. A few weeks before Christmas, SIL came over with 3.5 year old niece. The whole time she was here, she grabbed Missy's toys and was running around calling out to Missy trying to get her to play with her. Missy obliged for about 3 mins then crashed out asleep on the lounge lol.
So my concern is this: DS will soon be mobile and want to play with Missy, however due to her age she just cant be bothered with all that energy. So now Im thinking of getting DS a puppy he can grow up with, probably a rescue around 12 months old which has already been house trained and has had exposure to kids. Im also hoping that it might help with Missy's separation issues when we go out. My concerns are that the new dog will annoy or dominate Missy, or that she will feel replaced and put out, as well as having to look after a puppy as well as a baby being a bit too much to take on at once.
So, I have the following three options to choose from:
1. Not get another dog, and just let DS grow up with Missy.
2. Get him another puppy to play with now, while he is still relatively easy to look after
3. Wait until he is running around and wanting to play with and annoying Missy before getting younger more energetic one for him.
WWYD? Sorry for the long post, but thought a bit of background might help