Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Coral's Official Introduction: What It's Like Having Two Dogs

Dear Pet People,

If you follow PetBling.ca on Facebook or Instagram, then you know that we welcomed a second dog into the family a number of months ago.

We already had Jake, a two year old golden retriever, and now, our family includes Coral!

Coral wearing her Glitter Daisy ID tag from PetBling.ca

Coral is the most wonderful little lady! She is loving, gentle, smart and extra cuddly.  She wakes up in a great mood every morning and does the cutest little shoulder roll and half somersault in the grass!

Coral was two years old when she joined the family.  She and Jake have celebrated their birthdays, so we now have two three year old golden retrievers. Think about that for a minute!

Coral and Jake. Notice how Jake is looking at Coral!

For years I knew I wanted to have two dogs in the family, but there's a lot to consider when deciding to get one dog - and even more to consider when thinking of adding dog number two.  

Prospective pet parents need to carefully consider a number of important factors: time, space, wear and tear on the house, financial commitment, and age, size and temperaments of both dogs. 

Since Jake is a large, active boy who loves to wrestle and play hard, I felt sure that a young, active girl would be a good match.  We were really lucky that Jake and Coral hit it off from the first minute they met. In the six months that we've had two dogs, I can say that I have not regretted my decision even once.  I love having two dogs!

Jake and Coral. Jake is wearing a Canadian Flag ID tag from PetBling.ca

Considering a Second Dog? My Experiences So Far...
  • Watching Jake and Coral play together is a complete joy. The whole family is entertained endlessly watching them wrestle and play together.
  • I already had to feed, potty, groom and train one dog, so now I just care for two dogs at the same time.
  • Jake was already a decent leash walker when Coral came home. This is a very important consideration, because I need to walk both dogs at the same time. It wasn't easy at first, but all three of us got the hang of it eventually!
  • Jake is a happier boy now. He was happy before Coral, but he is the type of dog who needed another dog in the family.
  • On a daily basis Coral and Jake are much more active as a pair because they wrestle and play at various times in the day. I think they are healthier because of the extra exercise.
  • The yard is a mess! Jake and Coral love to play in the backyard, and this has taken a huge toll on the  "grass" (a term I use loosely).
  • I have not felt a change in the bond at all between Jake and the family since the addition of Coral. The more, the merrier!
  • Going places with two dogs is a bit trickier now. Prior to Coral I used to take Jake on my own to dog friendly stores. At this point I need the help of another family member to shop with both dogs.
  • Coral and Jake's snugly moments give me the warm fuzzies!
Coral and Jake
"More" is a word that often comes to mind when I think about our life now as home to two large dogs: more hair, more dirt, more poo, more fun, more adorable moments, more love!

Enjoy your pets,