Adopting tightly bonded family groups
Disclaimer: I am just collecting information right now. If you're busy, you can safely disregard this thread.
I'm an empty nester with a puppy who has brought me such joy in such a short time that I am already thinking "next fur baby" and reading horror stories about puppy mills.
I should probably stay off of Craig's List. The ads that pull on my heart strings the most are tightly bonded siblings and mother-daughter pairs who have to be rehomed because of rental issues.
I certainly wouldn't expect the kind of bond I have with my puppy, but it might actually be a better situation all around: Laurel would not feel displaced, replaced, or inadequate but we would have a larger "instant family" and the bonded dogs could stay together.
I was curious if this has worked out for other people. I could also, at least in theory, use the same money that would go to a breeder to fly a rescue up from Los Angeles.
Of course an adult rescue dog is a much bigger responsibility than a home raised puppy from a well researched bloodline who has been perfectly potty trained at ten weeks. My excess emotions might also be better put to use volunteering with a reputable organization, improving my interpersonal and writing skills, or training Laurel to participate in some sort of dog sports when she is old enough.
New and somewhat nervous single pet parent of one adolescent Chi/Yorkie mix.