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I used to have 14 dogs/bitches, a mixture of English Setters, Irish Setters and Pointers, I was in my element, they were the loves of my life and I miss those days, it was only 3 years ago but it seems like an eternity.
Anyway, ill health and hospitalisation prevented me from keeping them all, I lost my oldie last summer and now have my youngster, who I am extremely happy with, he gives me hours of companionship and is doing well in the showring, so I really have the best of both worlds with him.
I do hanker over an Irish Setter companion for him, some time in the future, but for now I am very happy with my lot, and I quite honestly feel that if someone were to offer me a pup now I would refuse as it isn't the right time for me...if you had told me that a few years ago I would have said you were mad.
I feel partly sad that I only have the one dog as I would like Henry to have a companion, and I know my health has dictated that I only have the one dog at the moment, but I wondered how many people are content with just the one?
Henry has lots of friends that he plays with when out walking, but he seems equally happy being an only dog at home, getting all the cuddles to himself. He came from a large breeding kennels aged 13 months so I would imagine he is in his element not having to share us.
Sheree...sort of sounds like our Miss Molly....she was a rescue here at about that age...and was fostered in a home with many dogs ( and crates). Had to laugh as no sooner had I written my last comment to you there was an email of a four year old IS in Michigan looking for a new home. Thankyou for reminding me of why right now ONE works well for us! I know ours thrives on all the one on one attention she gets from us....more like she thinks it is her due!! We walk into a room and she is waiting lying on her back for her favorite belly rub...we just tell her she is a little hussy!
It has to be hard to have had so many dogs to go down to just one.....and I understand that temptation everytime I look at puppy pictures on here....I get that ahhhh I want to cuddle a wee puppy again or when I open an email and there is one needing a home BUT I have to remember how lucky I am to have talked my better half into another dog at all and be so Thankful Miss Molly came along right after he finally agreed to an itsy, bitsy rescue dog! :) I just tell him now that she is itsy, bitsy when she curls up in the chair! Best wishes on whatever you decide but there really is no wrong or right to the decision....it just boils down to what is best for Henry and you.
We are the same wouyld love a 2nd but Saffy at 14months is still destrying the garden!!!!!!!!! We have a small motorhome and we 2 with Saffy & Fudge our Burmese cat only just fit in! Of course it is possible to have an awning and sleep dogs outside. We've seen folk with caravans do this, but we don't fancy having them apart from us at night. Plus living on a limited income and I at 68 have only just survived the last year with a puppy!!!!!!!!!!! But we never say never, you never know what's around the corner!
Are you in the uk? where do you camp? We are off to Briockenhurst in the New Forest for Easter so Saffy will get some good long walks to wear her out! We hope!!!