‘When is the right time to get a second dog?’ I remember actually typing this into the Google search bar, hoping that the answer was going to spring out of the ether at me!
You see the thing is, I was so excited to be getting a puppy, but equally so nervous that Poppy, my then 13 year old collie/ terrier cross was going to have her nose put severely out of joint and never forgive me!
Life is about what makes you happy. If that’s children (and you’re lucky enough to be blessed with them) that is great. Equally if that’s a dog (or two or three), then why should you be denied the privileges granted to traditional ‘parents?’
The world as we knew it, came crashing to a grinding halt overnight. My initial thoughts were what about puppy classes? Training classes? What about meeting other dogs in general? Gertie was going to miss out on so much. However, when I took a step back, I realised that socialisation doesn’t necessarily mean being sociable!