If you can do something to separate the elderly cat from the puppy if needed you might be able to make it work and Chloe might be a good playmate for the puppy. If you aren't puppy sitting 5 dogs a lot of the week it could be doable, though I agree, 5 dogs at once would make me run for the hills!
By 16 weeks a lot of the hard stuff is resolving- such as potty training and the biting/chewing, that is if the owner had done any sort of training in those areas.
If you decide to go for it I'd make sure to go ahead and get pet insurance immediately, at least major medical coverage just in case! I think we paid $150 annual for a major medical on Yogi. It will be cheaper once he's neutered but that won't be for another 9 or 10 months....I think we'll survive that long![IMG]file:///C:/Users/Krystal/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]
I can block off part of the basement from the dogs, so the cat would have his cubby with his cat door and the entire den (half the house). Mozart is a big old chicken and wouldn’t jump over the barrier but I just don’t want him thinking he has been banished to the dungeon.
We usually get together every week at my parents house for dinner which usually involves a doggy party lol. It is maybe once or twice a year when I would have to puppysit their entire crew. I do puppysit their youngest dog Charlie often because she has severe separation anxiety and can’t be left alone for longer than an hour or two (she is a rescue with a dark past). So that would be three dogs, under the age of three… oi!! In all honesty, I do want a second dog but I was planning on another year or two so that the two youngest pups would be a bit older. I think this issue is my biggest obstacle right now. I want the little guy but I just don’t know if it will be too much right now.
Apparently the pup is house broken and crate trained which is good news! He really does seem like a sweetie!
Let me make you feel better.
I have three dogs (11.5, 8, and 2), plus two cats. My son and his girlfriend have two dogs (4 and 5, I think). My daughter has a cat, but is considering getting a house so she can get a dog.
When we travel, everyone goes. So five dogs and 3 cats were at the hotel over our belated Christmas with the in-laws. And they all come to the lakehouse, plus the other son's girlfriend and her dog. Or my nieces and nephews with their pets.
My daughter and I actually went to the GR rescue meet and greet on Saturday. I loved them all, but realistically, we will get one this summer when I can spend more time with them.
You are my hero!!! I don’t know how you juggle all that! I bet the pups have a blast together!
If you have the time and money and adequate space... I will say "the more the merrier"! And will envy you... [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Krystal/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
Haahah thank you! I just worry about my sanity. Lol!
So I guess I havent made up my mind yet. My heart says yes but my brain is more hesitant. I have a few more days to make up my mind. Thanks for listening to me and for you advise, it really helps!