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05-17-2014 09:46 PM
Originally Posted by Grissom View Post
Thank you. I did think about fostering, but just wasn't sure I could re home the pup again. . In your experience, would a puppy be a better choice than say a year old? Thanks!
I can only share with you my experience. With my current (and last) “resident” dog, I have fostered many dogs for many different shelters/rescues in my area… the vast majority of the dogs I have fostered have been over the age of 1-year-old because it is my personal preference to foster young adult and adult dogs.

I have only had one foster dog that my “resident” dog just did not get along with. In that case, we wound up switching foster dogs with another foster volunteer. The dog my dog disliked had no problem in the new foster home and my dog had no problems with the new foster dog that came from the other foster home.

Really, at the end of the day, your decision to add a new member to your household depends on how receptive your dog would be to any particular newcomer - be it a puppy, young adult or adult. And, perhaps more importantly, how willing you are to meet the individual needs of two dogs. I can tell you that, although my GSD generally really does like to play and interact with the foster dog, he also wants and needs individual attention from me, as does the foster dog for that matter.

If you decide to foster (or foster-to-adopt), find a shelter/ rescue that will provide support and guidance through the process – I think this is particularly important for people who are new to the foster experience.

To wrap up, in regard to your most recent post, I want to let you know that my dog has never been traumatized by the departure of foster dogs (upon adoption) from our home. Perhaps, if the foster dog had been here for years, it would be different… but, no, he typically treats their departure the same way he does when we have been dog-sitting for a friend.
05-17-2014 06:58 AM
gsdsar My dogs don't care at all. There is always the beginning period, where there is an adjustment. But no, none if them care when a foster leaves. In fact none of them would care if one of them left. They like each other, but not overly bonded.

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05-17-2014 02:42 AM
Grissom How hard is fostering on "your" dog? Is it hard or stressful for your dog to have a dog come, hang around awhile, and then go? Just curious.
05-16-2014 10:52 PM
Chip18 Foster is a great way to help dogs and meet them! That is how I got Rocky, he was our third rescue.

It's great to be able to help give a dog a second chance, you also if your good at it be willing to dea with a dog that has "issues" and train the dog to help move him along it's a great reward!

The down side is that you can become attached to the dog and passing them along can be heartbreaking!
We did it three times a herder dog, which I became very found of (I hate herder dogs..bossy A Holes!) but I worked with her and fell in love!

A Golden Retriever (glad to see him go!) And then Rocky (GSD) he was almost gone but the deal collapsed at the last minute! / We did not want to let him go but would have. That was it for us we kept him and then no more fosters! It was just too hard to let them go for us.
05-16-2014 10:14 PM
Grissom Thank you!!
05-16-2014 10:07 PM
Chip18 Post 8 has some links you might find useful:
Rescue dog:
I just got a rescued dog – what do I do? | stickydogblog
And multi dog household:
Two or More Dogs
Introducing a New Dog into a Home with other Dogs

05-16-2014 09:56 PM
Grissom Hmmm, good thoughts. I try to give Grissom enough exercise time, but I think he is bored. That is why a second dog started brewing in my mind. My sister has two dogs, both are very, very lazy. Grissom spends most of his energy waving a toy in their faces hoping someone, anyone will play with him. Both of those dogs just go and lay down. They are not active dogs at all. Then my beast starting barking at the tv. That's when it hit me that he could just be bored. I thought by adding a sibling, and rescuing, it would be a good thing all around. Now, I'm not so sure.
05-16-2014 09:49 PM
brembo Evaluate the dog's needs as much as your own wants/needs. Some dogs flourish with a packmate, some dogs do better alone.

I ended up with a young female just months after adopting Cable. Some days it's fine and dandy, other days I wish it was just Cable. The circumstances were such that it was for the betterment of the female(Allie) and returning her is not an option. Cable can go either way, he's stable and pretty hard, BUT I really do think he'd really shine as an only dog. Allie loves her big brother and they play awesome, just sometimes I can see the frustration Cable endures when he wants some human/dog quality time.
05-16-2014 09:47 PM
45yearsofGSDs I won't go in to all the detail about Sadie & Bear, but to make a very, very long story short, Sadie is 12 and Bear is 6. Both from different homes, both horribly abused. They are the best shepherd "couple" I've had the pleasure to own.
05-16-2014 09:39 PM
Grissom Thank you so much for all your advise. I've been wanting to add a dog for a year or two now, but Grissom is my first GSD. I'm used to extremely easy going Golden Retrievers, and was in for quite the aha moment when I saw the difference between the breeds. It's just me and Grissom so I have had four years of bonding with him. Every place I go people constantly compliment me on how friendly he is. Whenever someone comes over (even strangers) he acts like they are his long lost friends and he rubs up against them doing that awesome shepherd whine. I'm so pleased he is so amiable. However, when he sees other dogs he gets so excited. His butt goes up, his front legs go down, he's wagging his tail and he is in full play mode....but yesterday we were at the beach and he a 3 month old Golden Retriever puppy! I was shocked!!!! This started to worry me. Hence, my coming to this valuable site for guidance. I'm hoping that I haven't raised a spoiled "only" child.
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