And finally, I’ve got some pretty big news. Justin and I went to the pound this past Saturday, and we may be adopting a pretty Golden Retriever mix today. Maybe!
Now, whenever Justin or I have mentioned to our friends that we will eventually be adopting a third dog, which has always been our plan, we’ve received a variety of reactions, most of which aren’t exactly 100% positive. There seems to be some concern that Justin and I may not realize what we’re getting ourselves into financially, or we don’t understand how much of a handful three dogs can be. While I understand and appreciate my friends’ concerns, it kind of surprises me considering the fact that I have owned three dogs for the last nine years, and all of my current friends met me while Jocie, Sam, and Lexie were all living with me. So, obviously, I fully understand how much owning three dogs can cost and what living with three dogs is like. However, I just try to keep in mind that my friends are only trying to look out for me. After all, they recently had to witness the heartache that Justin and I experienced over losing Lexie and Jocie, so maybe they just don’t want to have to see us go through that again. Or, perhaps they’re worried that Justin and I will keep adding dogs to our family as a way of filling some kind of void or “replacing” Lexie and Jocie, which is actually an understandable concern considering the fact that Margot is a Doberman and this dog that we’re interested in at the pound reminds me a lot of Jocie.
However, just to be perfectly clear, Justin and I do not want to adopt another dog just for the sake of owning three dogs again or to fill any voids. We actually have several valid reasons, but, with that said, the #1 most important thing that I will be considering is whether or not this new dog will get along with Sam and Margot (especially Sam). If we introduce this pound puppy to the girls this evening and there is any friction whatsoever, it will be a bummer, but I will not adopt her.
The main reason we want to adopt another dog is because we want Margot to have a playmate. Sam and Margot still play together, but it’s mostly just Sam lying on the couch and Margot trying to wrestle with her. We think Margot and Sam would both be a lot happier if Margot had a sister who shared the same energy level as her. In fact, I’m actually hoping that by giving Margot a more energetic playmate, it will help take some of that burden off of Sam. I hate to use the word “burden,” but Sam’s old, and I know that she would probably rather not have to constantly entertain Margot. I would love for Sam to be able to just chill out and watch the other two dogs play, and of course join in if she feels like it.