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Old 01-16-2013, 12:34 PM   #31 (permalink)
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For us, too many is 3. Yes, we have three right now (hence the screen name) but when we've lost one, we will not get another. I'll never had 3 dogs again.
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I have 6 German Shepherds in my house as my companions-I work part-time so I get to spend alot of time with them-although rowdy sometimes, they are well behaved.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #33 (permalink)
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For us, too many is 3. Yes, we have three right now (hence the screen name) but when we've lost one, we will not get another. I'll never had 3 dogs again.
Why?
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:29 PM   #34 (permalink)
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The last person who asked me why I have so many dogs was silenced by my answer.... "I'm Catholic"
OMG! My mother is from a large (12 kids) Maritime Catholic family. You have know idea how hard that last comment made me laugh!
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:53 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Why?
We both work full-time, we have 3 cats. It's very difficult for us to take more than 2 dogs camping/hiking at a time. The expense of treating them at the vet, the feed, and with German Shepherds the expense of the many medical issues they seem to inherit.

I'll never have just one dog, but I'll never have 3 again.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #36 (permalink)
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"Too many" is when you are not giving them each the care and attention they need. Some people cannot seem to give a single dog the right amount of attention, some can handle 30 and keep them physically and mentally healthy.

For me.. Three is about all I can handle right now. If I didn't work, and had all day to spend on them, I think I could do around ten.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:53 PM   #37 (permalink)
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2 shepherds is as many as I can handle. However, I get LOTS of comments on my parrots. We've told people we have 3 human kids, and 6 winged kids. Once you've got a couple of parrots, adding more isn't much more work. So I know how you feel.
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I agree that 'the right number' is as many as you can care for financially as well as attention wise. We've had up to 9 dogs here,and while they were taken care of very well, it was quite hectic meeting the physical/mental needs of them all. Now have our two dogs and 3 fosters,five dogs total is an ideal number for us.We won't be taking anymore fosters in until we can get 1 or 2 adopted.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:29 AM   #39 (permalink)
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My friend with too many dogs doesn't have money for her own meds and her family eats very poorly while her dogs have multiple vets and various therapies. There is no reasoning with her. She became very upset when a repairman asked her to remove the dogs from the room in which he was working. She said that the house is more for the dogs than it is for her. It's a real concern for me as I love her dearly and I'm very worried that she will lose her home. She lost a great deal of seasonal work because she felt compelled to take on a special needs dog who needed rescue. While the rescue org paid the bills, my friend devoted a lot of time to the dog and missed her income goals

Her dogs are lovely and have a great life but she goes without and that doesn't seem right.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:34 AM   #40 (permalink)
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One lady from my dogs puppy class said she has 10 dogs... The other we were discussing kibble she said all her dogs get Pedigree, couple of weeks later I saw her at the vet and she said that she goes there every week, she works for a vet so I guess she gets privileges. But pedigree seriously that's why people shouldn't have so many dogs. Also recently on the news close to me the lady had like 50 chihuahuas because she couldn't afford to spay/ neuter until animal control got a hold of them... It's not ok to have dogs and not take care of them properly.


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