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Old 11-04-2013, 10:13 PM
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Ok, so I have once again found myself scouring petfinder for pups. I know that financially we are not ready yet, and I'm not looking to bring anyone home tomorrow; I mostly just like to keep my eye out just in case. Anyway... Yesterday I found myself emailing back and forth with a local rescue about A PAIR of hairless Chinese crested boys. They are not ready to be rehomed yet, but the rescue is accepting apps for them. I have always loved cresties, I think they're just too much!

So here's my major dilemma, if this were to work out it would mean jumping from 3 dogs to 5! That seems huge to me for some reason. Mentally I was prepared for a fourth, but that one extra dog throws me for some reason. I know that some of you have this many, or more... Did you get them in groups or individually. How were you sure that you could handle them all? How do you work things like walks and outings? We are very active, and wouldn't want to leave anyone behind...

Any good advice or anecdotes are greatly appreciated
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Don't have any advice but just wanted to say that I was in the same boat recently. I kept looking at available dogs for adoption and of course I found a chi that I fell in love with. I went as far as emailing the rescue and getting the adoption application to fill out. I made a rule that I have to stop looking now!
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I had this discussion earlier with someone. I have 4 dogs 2 cats but my Gibbs alone is 60lbs so he equal 5-10 small dogs or chis lol.

If you can afford the care and have the room in your heart go for it!
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I've done the same emailed a rescue about a male chi but they never emailed me back haha. Everything happens for a reason.
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I really was ok with 2, I fostered also, but for me 2 was really the perfect number for personal dogs. From my perspective it is really the sport aspect that keeps me wanting less. It costs a lot of money to put dogs in classes and a lot of time training everyone every day, going to trials, and I just only have so much of that in me. I know people with 8 dogs though, and their dogs get just as much training time as mine, it really all is about what your specific situation is. Two is too many for some and others juggle 10 without a problem.

When I went to three I didnt have much time to think about it, and I truly believe Nova is related to Kerri and it was dead or my house so she came home. This last year sometimes I really thought I took on too much, so I know for sure that 3 is my limit!

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That is a big jump from 3-5 so make sure you are ready. As long as you have enough love to spead around then its worth it good luck and keep us posted xx
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Don't have any advice but just wanted to say that I was in the same boat recently. I kept looking at available dogs for adoption and of course I found a chi that I fell in love with. I went as far as emailing the rescue and getting the adoption application to fill out. I made a rule that I have to stop looking now!
Haha, Krystal I have made that rule for myself MANY times... Rules are meant to be broken, right? Right?!!

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I had this discussion earlier with someone. I have 4 dogs 2 cats but my Gibbs alone is 60lbs so he equal 5-10 small dogs or chis lol.

If you can afford the care and have the room in your heart go for it!
I know how you feel, 2 of my dogs are ~65 lbs, plus I have 2 cats, 3 chinchillas and a rabbit. I just started working again, so I am figuring in roughly 3 months (which is what I told the rescue, so they are aware) things will be worked out and financially there will be no issue.

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I've done the same emailed a rescue about a male chi but they never emailed me back haha. Everything happens for a reason.
I have had this happen as well. Some rescues just don't have people skills - which imo hurts the dogs more than helps them.

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I really was ok with 2, I fostered also, but for me 2 was really the perfect number for personal dogs. From my perspective it is really the sport aspect that keeps me wanting less. It costs a lot of money to put dogs in classes and a lot of time training everyone every day, going to trials, and I just only have so much of that in me. I know people with 8 dogs though, and their dogs get just as much training time as mine, it really all is about what your specific situation is. Two is too many for some and others juggle 10 without a problem.

When I went to three I didnt have much time to think about it, and I truly believe Nova is related to Kerri and it was dead or my house so she came home. This last year sometimes I really thought I took on too much, so I know for sure that 3 is my limit!

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Thank you for sharing this! I know sometimes it's hard to admit that we have limits. This past year I have found myself saying quite often "just one more. I want a little boy and then my family is complete." But then I see these 2 and it definitely is pushing that boundary. I also wanted to start with another puppy, and I usually limit my search to "small, male babies" but for some reason that day I didn't, and these 2 boys popped up.

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That is a big jump from 3-5 so make sure you are ready. As long as you have enough love to spead around then its worth it good luck and keep us posted xx
Thanks for the encouragement I agree, it is a big jump. Especially since it wasn't what I was really looking for. But on one level I am really drawn to it -- and I don't want to miss out because of fear -- but I don't want to end up taking on too much. Lots to work out here...
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