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Old 05-22-2016, 11:04 AM
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We have 2 chi's (our babies) and our son's cat [temporarily]. One chi is full size and 3 years while the other is less then 2 lbs-cat trumps them all in size (smile). Bought a home with an area in the yard we are now fencing as a sort of long runner attached to the screened in patio door. Our oldest chi has been running like crazy and playing with both the cat and the little chi. Problem is our little chi is an ankle biter/baby that plays 10 seconds before coming to rest under our feet or whining to be picked up again. Cat plays about a minute before getting insanely irritated and clawing before hiding in the condo. Which leaves our poor chi just standing there alertly, tongue out and smiling with no friends. Enter thoughts of a new chi for our family. I am leary of finding a personality we're seeking with a puppy-then again, could be better for the pup to grow up with her and maybe can be a playmate. There are a few rescues here and we live in an area where there are many retired so they go first and fast. Any suggestions or experience would be appreciated. My chi is sort of 'tough'-the baby chi was supposed to be her playmate 2 years ago. We love our baby chi to death but want to be sure to get her a chi she can't intimidate or tire.
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My two are almost 7 and 9 respectively, and they are both still extremely active, though at least the older one would be considered a "senior" now. Both LOVE to play. Don't rule out adopting a senior. You just need to spend some time with them, watch which ones play well, which ones tire easily, which ones are couch potatoes.

You'd also be doing a great favor to the rescue community....senior dogs are much harder to rehome than young dogs or puppies.
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I second Tink's opinion! I personally never get puppies or kittens because although while cute as buttons they all grow up into that teenager phase where the kitties are bouncing off the walls and the pups are testing you. I prefer getting an adult that already has his/her personality and feel great knowing I helped out an adult animal. Both of my chi's were adult rescues. Jackson is my calm and sweet and Salsi is my hyper and protective one. Wishing you good luck in whichever option you choose!
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I'm a fan of both- rescuing an older dog and buying a pup (but ONLY from a reputable dealer no pet stores or backyard breeders). We have done both and gotten a cast off from a BYB, too. The pup has breathed new life in the other 2 who spend long periods playing where before they would have been snoozing. But the pup was a substantially larger financial investment and you may have to wait a while until a pup becomes available. Both choices have brought us much joy.
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Thanks to all the responses-really helped a lot. We're going to take our time and find just the right one for Lolli. I think I can find some cues from the personality if a baby is around 5 or 6 months. Really still not sure but maybe a younger one may be good for her. Lolli was rescued as well while Bella came from craigslist; the owner couldn't keep her but she was over a year and well taken care of. Cost wasn't/isn't so much an issue-even ones adopted can be around 2-300 and double if shipped.

What I remember most is the little spark of something feisty and determined I saw in Lolli when I found her. She has a very stubborn and feisty personality-looking to start from there in the search (smile).
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Don't expect love at first sight. Mine were NOT happy with momma for bringing in a puppy. It took a couple weeks for them to begin to play together. Within 6 weeks they were so much happier to happy a pup to play with. Now they get along and snuggle. If I would have had a meeting before getting her, I might not have and that would be tragic with the joy she brings my husband and I and the older dogs.
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