2nd dog? Or not?
I'm at odds... I've had two big dogs for the past 10+ years. Then I lost my Yogi unexpectedly to lymphoma (had to put him down and that was the worst part of my entire life). Then only to lose my Eli a year later to LYMPHOMA (he died peacefully in his sleep, so I didn't have to make "the decision" and he was my heart dog).
Meanwhile, I've rescued Hunter who is my baby now, and he loves the company of other dogs. Yet, I find the freedom of having just one dog where I can just take him anywhere, tremendous. For instance, I'm planning on a dog vacation this summer with my Mom and two dogs would be just too much. Or, the first great day of spring I took Hunter to a huge park and just let him run -- there's no way I could do that with two dogs. I'm TORN! I want a bud for Hunter. But I'm enjoying the freedom of having just one dog! I travel alot for business and can always depend on family to help me out... but one dog is easier than two... I think Hunter's "ok" with being an only dog. But I've just seen how he's blossomed and loved having a play mate with my recent foster and babysitting episode! Ok, we're off to do errands and shopping together!