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3/12/16 6:11 P

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thank you thats so good to hear!! She has SAS...and every vet gasps when they listen and thinks i carried her in..nooo..we walk 1-4 miles a day, she runs around like a puppy...i'm determined to treat her like a normal dog not an invalid. Shes going to have a full happy life no matter how much time she has!!!


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3/12/16 5:49 P

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I had a ct with cardiomyopathy that I could NOT get to take his meds!! His max life expectancy was 5 years...he passed away at 18! It's not all cut and dry at all. I hope your baby does as well!

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3/12/16 1:11 P

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Very smart Cindy..if you add one at a time, and slowly, you can ease into the expenses. My current girl has really bad cardiac issues...they were discovered at 14 weeks, so i couldnt get insurance and everything is out of pocket. I wouldnt trade her for the world, and I will be heartbroken when her heart gives out, but they told me she wouldnt make it a year and shes 3. But knowing that i cant afford the $10k surgery, or the $1k testing, that MIGHT save her, hurts me.
So I do the very best i can for her, shes the queen of the house and is a happy, loved girl. But my only one for now..

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3/12/16 9:39 A

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Thanks for all your input, I really needed some perspective. I grew up in a house with a menagerie so it seems normal to me, but cost and care are a concern. I will take it slow and see how it goes and what I can afford.

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3/10/16 7:34 P

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LAst winter i had 5 cats. (all cats here are rescued..people dump them in my barn) the two youngest i took to the feral cat place after i Tamed them down...i just cant afford to feed them all and cats are PIGS and eat a LOT. plus, i had 5 cat pans, and cleaned them all twice a day and STILL could smell cat pee. so down to 3..and it was just daily cleaning up catsick and pans..still a lot of food. Then my old sweet guy died mid january. I miss him...but he was the catsick culprit..and now that im down to two girls, i'm going through only a bag of chow a month, cleaning 3 pans once a day, and the smell is gone.
Dogs..i had 20 newfs at one time, that counted the puppies i had. I had a show/breeding kennel, and also took in dogs for boarding and training. It was a TREMENDOUS amount of work, but they lived outside (no negative comments please). I wanted them in in the worst way but they hated it..they would politely come in, be happy for 10 mins then BEG to go out. it was just too warm for them. They had several acres fenced, and I was out with them most of the time. They each had separate huge houses and I had 3 pens that could be shut for the boarders, and the rest were open all day and they could go where they pleased. They adored each other and me...we had a hill and in the winter they loved tobagganing with me..in the summers they laid under the shade trees or swam in the pond..
It was my life..i loved taking care of them. Now that i have knee trouble one is more than enough for me!!

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3/10/16 3:54 P

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At one point, my mother had four dogs, three cats, a chicken, a duck, and two wild horses (one of whom was blind). She wasn't able to take care of all of them properly, but didn't seem to realize that. One of the horses nearly killed her (by stepping on her face), and she has no memory of what happened. I now have one of the dogs... who very much appreciates having me all to herself (but accepts my husband).

Much depends on how much time and money you have as others have mentioned. A sick dog can be very expensive. At one point, my dog needed a surgery that was well over $1000, and there's no way my mother would have been able to afford that. Plus, my dog gets walks with me twice a day, trips to the park or beach, and regular vet care.

It will also depend partly on the animal you have. Will the cats and dogs get along? Will a dog accept another dog or not be happy at all about it? If you decide to get more animals, I'd do so gradually. Add one at a time, see how everyone gets along and how well you manage, then go from there.

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We have one cat and one dog at the moment. I often think about taking in a second dog, perhaps a rescue. I am not sure how Lilo would react as she is definitely mommy's girl. I would not want to hurt her feelings by bringing another into her space. She has had a tough time adjusting to the rescue cat that we have had since June or July of last year. My poor Lilo often walks around the house on high alert with her ears back, which makes me a little sad to watch.

The other day I was really considering a second dog and then Lilo and I were out walking and she decided to do one of her "I think I will chase that school bus right now and rip my mommy's arm out of the socket" moves.

Personally I think one cat and one dog is plenty for my household. I too would end up with all the responsibility of a second dog, Lilo was not even supposed to be mine ( I am glad she is).

I think it is definitely an individual thing, time, money, space....good luck with your decision. As long as they can feel the love and know they are loved, I think that is the most important thing.

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3/10/16 12:20 P

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I agree that it is an individual thing. I've had 3 dogs and 2 cats at one time which was pushing it for me, both financially and time. If you have the space, time and finances, great! But remember that each one needs to have individual attention, time and training so they ALL can feel the love one on one.

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3/10/16 9:22 A

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I have a friend who lives in large house in the country - she has over a dozen cats at all times. They have their own little cat door to go in and out but she also has several litter boxes which she cleans out daily as well as mopping up cat hair and keeping the feeding trays full. I had 4 at one time because I took in my mother's two after she died - I loved them all but it was a lot of work.

As for dogs, I've had 3 at one time but I prefer to have just one or maybe two. Just like children, they need a lot of attention. I have just one dog now, she is absolutely MY dog. She likes my husband but will only pay attention to him if I am also in the room. I've thought about getting a second dog that would be more his dog but I know I no longer have the energy to take care of two (which would ultimately fall on me!).

So ultimately I guess it comes down to who you are, how much space you have, how much you can afford and how much of your time and energy can you give! Good luck.

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3/10/16 6:42 A

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Animals cost a lot of money between food and vet care. Picking up there dog droppings so it doesn't,t bring disease is a lot of work. I have 3. For me that is plenty.

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I guess I would consider it too many when you can't properly take care of everyone the right way.

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How many pets do people consider too many?? I have a lot of space now, and a large yard. I could easily double the 4 I had if going by space alone. I could have a bunch of cats and maybe 4 dogs max. Dogs require a lot more than cats. What do you think about how many are too many?

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