Join Date: Nov 2007
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I think it very much depends on the individual dog. I think some dogs really need a companion and some would rather have their humans (and their toys, etc.) all to themselves.
Riley is an only dog in a 2-adult household and he wouldn't have it any other way. But he's not a fan of other dogs, in general, so it's a little different with him.
He's okay with most small dogs and there are times when I think it might be good for him to have a playmate - a good-natured little Shih Tzu or something - but when I really stop to think about it, I'm not so sure. I really believe that Riley was cut out to be an only dog from day one. Even when he was a pup, he didn't like sharing me with Gunner - our GSD. He always tried to push Gunner away from me. And when we lost Gunner, Riley never skipped a beat. He never even looked for him. Didn't seem to miss him at all. So I really think that he's perfectly happy being an only dog.
I really can't imagine having another one at this point, either. Riley and I are pretty much joined at the hip and I don't think I'd want to take any of my attention away from him. He's my baby and I really don't think I have room in my heart for another dog right now.