Opportunity to rescue another Coton but do I get a second dog?
This is Leslie Jasper's mom. I love Jasper dearly and he is about 6 year old shelter dog. He is my best friend. When we go walking he barks at other dogs a lot and I think he wants to play but he will nip at them. I walk him for a little while 4x daily. My sister moved so he is on the balcony while I go to work. He is mostly living in his bed when I come home.
I have been concerned that he has been lonely while I am gone long hours. When I get home each day and on weekends I am mostly with him. On the way home there were theses 2 women and a dog They said I could have her. She was matted and a lot of red tear staining and a little thin. They a friend had found her about 10 miles away. They did not want to take her to a shelter. They obviously like her and cared for her for 2 weeks but could not care for her. I told her I would think about it.
Going through my mind I'd first to find the rightful owner. She had a color but no tags. I told them they if they took the dog to a vet that the vet could see if the dog has a chip. I do not think they wanted or could spend any money. I walked home and got Jasper. The dog they call Lucy or LuLu is very laid back and set and initially Jasper barks a lot at her. He even nipped a little then things and had to calm down eventually. He got better and I walked the 2 of them. They both ran together and played some. I am going to try to take Jasper and have both dogs together to see about getting along.
If I take her from them, I first want to give her a really good bath and try to get some of the mats out. Then I would try to locate the owner. Then I would take to the vet I would want to make sure that she is spayed. As they started getting along better Jasper tried to hump her but I did not let that happen.
What do you think? Would Jasper be more calm if he had a playmate and love attraction? Would it really be a lot more trouble to have 2 Cotons? They both may be mixes but she looks every bit as Coton as Jasper does. Would this be a good life for her? Jasper has to know he is the Pack leader when I am not around. Would he hurt the other dog? Her teeth look really good and she has some brown coloring so I think that she is younger than Jasper but she is a little taller. I have medical bills with Jasper and I do not know about her health really. What are your thoughts?