We’ve been living in our new place about 6 weeks now.
Approximately 3 weeks ago, our black lab disappeared.
I kept thinking that she had just gone exploring and would come back.
So far? We are still black lab-less.
Being down to one dog has its benefits (less food, less shit gets torn up around the house, less barking, etc.), but our yellow lab that didn’t get taken/shot/lost? Charley? She’s lonely.
This is Charley. She has The Sadz.
She’s so lonely that anytime she hears another dog bark, she HOWLS and runs to the end of our driveway like she thinks it’s her sister.
She also attacks us (with love) anytime we go outside.
But this weekend, Brock decided that he needed to cheer her up. So he went outside and hung out with her on the deck for over an hour. He would just sit and pet her and rub her tummy when she rolled over and laugh maniacally whenever she would start licking his face.
Basically? This was the best day she’s had in 3 weeks.
So here is my current dilemma:
I’m fine with being a one-dog family.
Greg (and the kids) think that Charley is too lonely and that she needs a playmate.
I know I’m being selfish by not wanting another dog, but 1) animals are expensive and we have plenty of other things right now that we could spend the money on and 2) I don’t want to get another dog and it not like Charley or the other way around. There are lots of other reasons but those seem less selfish and bitchy.
Feel free to weigh in your opinion!
*Note: IF (Big fat if) we get another dog, we would adopt from the Humane Society where they are 1) spayed 2) chipped 3) have their first round of shots & 4) they have had interactions with humans/other dogs so we have a better idea of their temperament. I’m not a sucker (anymore) and taking a “free” dog