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Please excuse this longer post ahead of time..

As I posted recently, we lost our little girl, Snow, who was 9 years old. She was best friends with our 2 year neutered boy Mick. They played together, both slept with me, and were very close. Mick appears to be constantly searching for Snow and is grieving~ My other two chis are old men, Neko will be 15 in 3 months and has a heart condition which is treated with meds and sees our vet every 3 months. Playing is not on his agenda. Buster will be 14 in April and is totally blind. Again, he is not interested in playing with Mick.

Here is my question.. should we consider adopting an adult, spayed girl, between 2 and 5 years old as a playmate for Mick? My two reservations are: hubby and I will be 70 this year and worry about the care of young dogs if something affects our health and we can no longer provide them a loving home..and secondly, what if we adopt and the new girl and Mick don't become happy playmates like he and Snow were?

Your thoughts/opinions will be appreciated.
 

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Deb, I am 80 and have decided that I will not be getting any more animals. I have 2 chi's, one 10+years old, and the other is almost 7 (March). When the 10 year old dies I will make an effort to get her some chi parties, or other such activities. That's what I think NOW, but who knows when the situation occurs! I would think that adopting a dog, so that if things don't work, you could return the dog. The other thing is some breeders offer their 'retired' mamas for adoption. Again if thing don't work out, you could return her.

I feel, I must say my 10 yr old 'plays' for about a minute morning and night with the other dog. She has never played much even as a young dog, so I can't really relate.
 

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Thank you, Susan. Like you, we said we would not add to our pet family at our age as it doesn't seem to be the right decision for us.

Our kids (grown of course) have dogs, but they are all large breeds (some small dog aggressive) which would not mix well with our chis, so the thought of any of them taking our babies if we fell into ill health is not an option.

I think perhaps Mick will adjust if we give him time. We are going to wait and see.
 

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Are there any chihuahua 'meet-ups' near you? Is doggy day care an option? That way Mick could have some interaction with other small dogs. Hopefully Mick will adjust soon.
 
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