Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
I just lost my two 13 year old Aussie's within 6 months of each other between November 2013 and March 2014. Whew! It is very hard and very expensive. I said I would never get two dogs close to each other in age... I would want a minimum of 3 years between. But that can be a personal preference. I will say this scenario is very hard if the household is all working and dogs have trouble moving around, for the last 2 years we had to run around and make sure someone was around to help them out. No traveling as they got too old for others to take care of in my living situation which involved stairs that dogs had to be carried up and down.
The second, is that once, I got a lab puppy when my GSD was under 2 years old. That lab bonded to my GSD and not to me. I never had a good bond with the lab. I wish I had been explained this... I was a dumb 20 year old. This can be worked around of course, but I didn't know at the time to make that effort.
My two cents.
Dutch Shepherd - Ptygo (Tee-Go) de las Flores
Rescue GSD - Freyja (Husband's Dog)