Yesterday morning I received an email from Paula who's family are having Bertie from Primrose's litter of three Cavaliers. Paula before visiting had broached the subject of having two pups at the same time and at that time we talked about the pros and cons of having two pups together and I must admit at that time I focused more on the cons due to the fact that if they wanted another pup at the same time, they would have to find the pup elsewhere due to us at the time only having one pup available.
The concern of them getting a pup elsewhere, was that it might of been a different breed and if bigger, might be to much for a Cavalier pup to handle and Bertie might end up bullied. In the email yesterday, Paula mentioned that "Rose is a gorgeous girl, we could be tempted to have her ourselves, but from what you said it doesn't sound like it would be a sensible decision. Would it? I'm sorely tempted!"
As Paula and her husband had, had dogs, before having their children (having a lovely Samoyed dog). With Paula being a full time Mother and her two children are older children, with one a teenager and the other just a couple years from being a teenager, I felt that it was something that they could consider as a famliy and yesterday evening Paula rang me to have a long chat about having Rose with Bertie. Paula and her husband then had a sleep on it and got back to me this morning and decided that they want to also have Rose, as well as their Bertie. So Rose is now reserved and going to a lovely home with her brother, Bertie.
There are pros and cons to having two pups at the same time. The pros and cons also depend a lot on the type/breed of pups you are considering. With Cavaliers being one of the more gentle natured type/breed of dogs and also being on the lower end of causing destruction and do not need excessive exercise or ball fetching to keep them sound of mind, they make a better proposal for having two pups at the same time than a lot of other type/breeds of dogs.
I am always suspicious of people who with their first contact tell me they want two pups at the same time for company for each other. This is to often because they are planning on leaving them alone for long periods most days. Yes, they are company for each other within reason and if left for long periods they will become doubly destructive and can end up in some scenarios fighting with each other because they are left holed up together for to long a periods. Dogs should not be shut in a home and left most days for long periods, whether you have one, two dogs or a pack of dogs.
If though after finding out about and weighing up all the pros and cons of having two pups at the same time, you still feel that you are up for the challenge, you are going to have some pulling your hair out moments, but for the best part you will have loads of fun memories, as you watch two pups grow and investigate life together with you.
The slideshow below are photos of Primrose's Cavalier pups over the last couple days. The photos of them lying in a row were taken by one of our daughters. I thought they had been put in that position for the photo, but apparently that was how they were lying on their own accord and why our daughter had taken the photos of them.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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