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Old 12-08-2011, 12:49 PM
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Well, I want to rescue a Chihuahua and it would be in the next 6 to 8 months. I would like to give a nice permanent home to a nice little Chihuahua to be friends with Cupcake but the thing is Cupcake is such a jealous dog. She seems to get really depressed when any other dog is around me. My Mom got a blue Chihuahua named Sky (she didn't want another dog but she accidentally met this one when looking for a dog house and she was a skeleton and had never seen the vet!!!) about 1 or 2 months before I took Cupcake to live with me and when I went to visit her at my Mom's house I could see Cupcake was not herself. She would just lay down all day and look at Sky with contempt (I'm not joking!) She would be happy when I was coddling her and when I would play with Sky she would look miserable.

That's the reason why I don't know if I should ever have another dog while Cupcake is around. She's not exactly bad with other dogs. She plays fine and seems to enjoy the company of other dogs when we are not in our home environment. But as soon as another dog has my attention she is so miserable. I am taking care of my brother's Mini Dachshund and Cupcake hates it. She has been acting weird and depressed and stares up at me as if to say "Why is she here Momma?" The puppy is leaving soon and she'll be back to normal but this just puts a damper on my plans.

I guess my question is, is there any way around this behavior? Can dogs really get jealous and depressed or am I just over reacting? Should I adopt a dog or should I keep Cupcake by herself? I'm torn over this because I want to give a neglected dog a good life but I also want my Princess to be happy. Do any of you have any experience in this area? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:57 PM
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If you are coddling Cupcake and allowing her to act jealous towards another dog, getting a new dog won't go over well. Getting another dog isn't going to make her life miserable though. She might act upset for a few days but she will get over it, if you don't play into it. How old is she? Dogs usually adjust better to a new addition when they are younger.

Lion was not happy when I brought Penny home-- He didn't want her near his stuff, he didn't want her to get attention, and he didn't want to play with her. A day later though, they were cuddling together in their bed
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:27 PM
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I am a practical person. As a result, I would ask yourself a few questions.

The first would be why you want to rescue.

Is it practical for your life, finances and living situation to have another dog?
Can you manage another in terms of stress, maintenance and time required?

Only you will honestly know the answers to these questions. If it is out of a place of wanting to care for a neglected or forgotten sweetheart (which is wonderful) could you, instead, volunteer at a shelter, rescue or with rescue organizations when they attend local pet stores at adoption events and such.

Many times (I know nothing of this myself, just stories on this board) rescue babies will require a different level of understanding, skill and certainly patience since they may have come from a mill, bad living situation or have been through things that may require additional costs, skill and time to adjust and manage.

I am not trying to discourage you or be critical but from some of your other posts I might think you should really commit to think about this for an extended period of time or even foster before you make the decision. I know many local shelters let pets "go home for the holidays" and they allow people to have pets in homes over Christmas rather than stay in shelters. Perhaps you can consider that. It would be nice for the pet and a trial for you and Cupcake.

As a person who got 3 puppies in less than a year, I can, with all assurance tell you that adding another baby will not help you be less stressed, balanced and healthy.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:17 PM
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Well said Karen!
Very good points, and great idea about volunteering!

I think you'd really enjoy that Amaris, imo helping others is often healing for oneself.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:37 PM
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ps: the reason I think that volunteering is a great option for you is because that
way you get to help out dogs in need, yet your own Cupcake won't have to put
up with another dog in the house.(since you said she dislikes their company and
gets depressed)
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If you are still here and reading this, here is another perspective: I just rescued a Chihuahua, Monty. He had some serious issues - two broken legs, one requiring surgery - but you could avoid having to deal with that by rescuing a seemingly healthy Chihuahua. Here's the thing to be ready for: your new rescued Chihuahua could very likely need a lot of extra time and attention and socializing. Monty for example is afraid of men and especially boys. This has been tricky since I have a husband and son. He was also a afraid of everything when he arrived, and is terrified of being on a leash. To get him to eat I had to sit with him and offer the food gently. I still do sometimes. I haven't even tackled the leash issue yet.
One the bright side, he is rebunding quickly, and he is quite young which I think helps. We've made great strides in just a month, but for some other rescues coming out of their shell can take as long a year, if not more.
So basically you have to be ready for anything, but definately plan on it being a lot of work, and a lot of time, and a whopping lot of patience. It could take a rescue a long time to bond with you.
As it happened Monty bonded with JJ, my other Chihuahua who came from a breeder. They love each other. So I got lucky there.
Also, you could look into a adopting a Chihuahua from a shelter who was willingly surrendered but came from a good home. That one will need to adjust but will mostly need a loving home. Less stressful, but equally rewarding. Our local Animal Rescue lists this information in the profiles of adoptable dogs, maybe yours does too?
If you decide this is for you, more power to you! If you decide its too much right now, that's ok. At the right time the right dog or puppy will find his way to you.
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