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    Default Are 3 dogs too much?

    We have two dogs, one lab, 8 years old, and a Jack Russel, 3 years old. I've been thinking of getting a 3rd dog (adult, about 5-10 years old) for a while now, but I'm wondering is 3 too much? Our dogs get walked frequently & plenty of attention, I would just love to have an older lady by my side. DP has his old girl, DS has his cheeky boy, I just feel like I'm missing out a little.

    Am I crazy for wanting a third?

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    Nope. I love dogs! Some people want more than 2 kids... It's totally up to you to decide what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Best Things View Post
    Nope. I love dogs! Some people want more than 2 kids... It's totally up to you to decide what you want.
    Yep, this! Just make sure you check with the council about how many you are allowed on your block.

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    Thanks , I'll ring them & ask, I said the same thing about kids to DP. He's not sold on the idea as of yet. I think we need to find the right dog for all of us. The only worry is because I do want an older dog, and I have a child, and other dogs, that it will be hard to find a lovely older dog that's fine with both.

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    Get a rescue dog!! Most good foster and adoption reduce orgs will let you have a trial. It's lovely to adopt an older dog they often have very little chance of finding a forever home

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    We had three when I was a teenager. Mum always said that going from 1 to 2 was easy, but going from 2 to 3 was a lot more work than she'd anticipated. And we had to get a special permit from the council that cost a lot more than normal annual registration. It also got quite expensive with vet visits for 3 dogs for vaccinations, 3 lots of desexing and microchipping, and 3 lots of regular flea treatments (the monthly flea treatments are so expensive these days!!). So if you do get a third make sure you have budgeted for it comprehensively.

    On the flip side - they were 3 amazing companions and I can't imagine not having had any of them in my life.

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    I couldn't imagine more than one....haha. Having said that, we have 2 kids and a baby on the way. One dog is all we can handle right now

    If you want 3....why not?! Xxx

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    I have cats. With two kids I don't have enough time to look after the cats. How do you have the time to look after/clean up after 3 dogs? If you do then good luck to you!

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    Where do we have the time? we make it the time lol. Sometimes its full on but I wouldnt have it any other way. Hanging out with our pets is a part of our nightly routine, and weekend routine.

    We have 3 cats & 2 dogs, they all get attention, groomed & bathed weekly, poop scoop every day when the animals are fed. The cats are the easy part, they're happy as long as they get cuddles & fed & sleep most of the time, plus when they are lively they mostly play with each other & with DS.

    The dogs are pretty much the same, they get walked every day, if not every 2nd day, bathed weekly & groomed every couple of days so they can be inside at night. We have a dog park around the corner as well which is a bonus for them to have a big run around in, even though our backyard is a decent size for a large & small dog.

    I can't wait when we build next year so we can have a cat run along one side of the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    We had three when I was a teenager. Mum always said that going from 1 to 2 was easy, but going from 2 to 3 was a lot more work than she'd anticipated. And we had to get a special permit from the council that cost a lot more than normal annual registration. It also got quite expensive with vet visits for 3 dogs for vaccinations, 3 lots of desexing and microchipping, and 3 lots of regular flea treatments (the monthly flea treatments are so expensive these days!!). So if you do get a third make sure you have budgeted for it comprehensively.

    On the flip side - they were 3 amazing companions and I can't imagine not having had any of them in my life.
    Our cats cost more upkeep wise than our dogs with flea treatment, vax's & food.

    The only major expense for us would be the rego & worming, as we wash our dogs every week with shampoo with flea treatment in it. All dogs are already up to all their puppy vax's (we don't yearly vax after the first year), spaded & micro chipped when we adopted/bought them. Food is cheap as we make our own from scratch by in bulk, we only buy dry food for their breakfast.


 

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