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Going from 2 to 3 dogs

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by Lexi, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Lexi

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    Hi,
    I was wondering how much more work is going from 2 to 3 shelties(or other breeds)?:smile2:
     
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  2. Sharon7

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    Had the same trepidation years back. Since then we've had 3 different combos of 3 Shelties. After losing Brooke in May, the house seems too quiet even with 2 hooligans running around playing. :(

    Since there is two us us to handle the dogs it's really not that much more work. If you are only one person, well, you only have two hands, so someone gets left out of the petting.... so you just have to be aware of divvying up the attention so nobody gets their nose out of joint, so to speak.

    All our sets of 3 did well together honestly. I just think Shelties do so well in multiples. Lots of folks here have 3, 4, or (ahem, looking at you, Ann) even more!! :lol: There is the cost consideration, as well, vet bills, training classes, etc. But, as my husband once famously said of getting another dog, "I don't see the downside!"
     
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  3. Margi

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    I'm on month 5 of having three dogs. Always just had two before. It's just me taking care of them. My husband wouldn't have any if he had his way (so jealous of Sharon7!). Life here was up-heaved for several months. Trying to describe additional "work" is going to be primarily dependent on what you have now and what you are adding! Frankly it was more mental than physical for me, aside from the extra hours added for grooming.
     
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  4. ghggp

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    Sharon hit the nail on the head EXACTLY from my point of view... could not have said it any better!
    I LOVE having three

    My first three - Laddie, Billy, and Mr Chance
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    When Billy Passed I added Logan (Left)
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    When they passed within a year, I got Liam, Beau, and Baron
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  5. Calliesmom

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    Pre-sheltie, I had one dog (#1). when he passed, I needed another dog (#2) and then I got him a friend- my first sheltie (#3). they were both getting older so sheltie #2(dog #4) came along. then we lost #2 and got sheltie #3(dog#5). and then lost sheltie #1 so got sheltie #4 (dog#6). I really wanted a little biblue for that dog but not available then. several months later, there was a little biblue so we went from 3 to 4.
    we compete in dog sports so they are always busy- my house might not be clean but my dogs are having fun:winkgrin:
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  7. Wendy C

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    Wow, you all have such beautiful dogs, but at the age of almost 70 I will stick to my one wild child!! lol
     
  8. ghggp

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    Hummm... I believe there is a theme going here! Like potato chips, you can’t have just one!
     
  9. ghggp

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    Great group shot! I bought a hand held Dyson as the darn fur balls keep showing up daily! Well, I guess another multi sheltie home consideration.
     
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