Im a long time lurker, first time poster! Ive got a lot of great information from this site, and im hoping you all could help me with a few specific problems. Sorry for the long post.
Me and my partner have been together for 11 years and trying for a baby for the most part of that! A year or so ago, we accepted it wouldnt happen, and 4 months ago we adopted our boy Harvey from a resuce. Hes a gorgeous white shortcoat chihuahua, who is about 2 years old. In love with this dude! A couple of months ago, i started feeling weird, long story short - i am pregnant! A natural pregnancy, after all this time, still in shock, but obviously so happy!
So... Harvey has a few problems! He is very nervous and aggressive with other dogs and people, this has gotten a lot worse over the last month, perhaps due to Christmas visitors etc? We have enlisted the help of a behaviouralist (sp?) to get us on the right track. From reading a lot of posts on here, i understand he is scared and it may take some time before he is comfortable enough not to bark and bite when faced with strange people.
I walk him in the morning and evening, and a dog walker comes at lunchtime when im at work, and takes him for an hour, so id say he gets about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day. He seems content with that, but still has lots of energy left to play! He loves his ballys
Harv tends to get over excited aswell and can nip and bark, so we are working on that with tips from this site, but will ask the man we are seeing too.
Harv has been introduced to children, and doesnt do too badly with them. My partners neice is 4 years old, and he seems to really like her, its a nice learning curve teaching him to be gentle to her and her to be gentle to him. He does get over excited with her too and has nipped when playing (i said a loud NO and took him away from the situation), but hasnt shown any signs of proper aggression. I am confident that he will grow up nicely with our baby and we wont have anything to worry about in that respect, although obviously they would never be alone together.
So, my stepmom works with a lady who's mom has a lot of dogs! I think she is classed as a hoarder, and she is having to be moved into care. All the dogs need homes, and she has a long coat chihuahua girl who is nearly 1 year old. Well, i want her, bad. I dont want her to go to a shelter, shes just a baby.
I dont think she has been around a lot of people, but she is ok with other dogs. Obviously i dont think she will have been around children either, so i would need to do a lot of work on that? Not being ok with strangers is ok, as i would just work with her like i am doing with Harvey.
Would it be nice for Harvey to have someone to play with and hang out with, i know hes not good with most dogs, but seems to tolerate small ones better. Ive read on here Chi's like other Chi's better? When i have the baby, Harvey wont get as much attention as he gets now, thats just natural, would another dog in the house help? I have been reading up on introducing dogs to babies, and how to make sure they dont feel left out.
My partner works away during the week, so its just me at home Mon-Fri. Would i be taking on too much with 2 dogs and a baby? We arent made of money, quite the opposite, but we get by. We live in a small house but with quite a big garden - Harvey likes to chase the squirrels hehe! One of the reasons we got a small dog was becuase it was less money to feed lol. He's also insured, £16 a month, so i would need to double this if i got the girl too, right? There arent any real discounts for 2 dogs?
I need to make a decision fairly quickly - partner is no help, says its my decision... men eh
My worry about 1+ baby is compounded when thinking about 2+ baby, but are my worrys enough to warrant not saving this little girl from a shelter?