A Second Dog Changes Everything

I cannot express enough how easy Moose was as a puppy, during a difficult time he proved to be the light at the end of a tunnel that I had just entered (Adulting). We were really, really lucky being two young people who maybe shouldn’t have had a dog working full time and going to school. Moose was a fat, fifteen-pound puppy at eight weeks who was potty trained within 72 hours and didn’t make a peep at night. He had this human-like eyes, the kind that all Golden Retrievers seem to have and just stared at you.

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Feeling enthusiastic, my heart full of love for Moose and like most humans, wanting more I brought Francis home almost two years later.

Francis is crazy.

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She’s a wildly adventurous, fearless little puppy (she was 8 pounds at 8 weeks) with floppy ears and giant brown eyes that if you look deep enough into, you can almost see a firey devil inside trying to come out- And she turned our world upside down. Nobody was unhappy, but she was a new experience compared to angel Moose, who could do no wrong. We quickly had to change our training methods because she was so food motivated, we had to learn how to walk two dogs at the same time and give two dogs the same amount of love. We realized Moose was taking advantage of the extra attention Francis required to keep her out of harm’s way and would sneak into her food or pull on the leash. Together they both love to run toward strangers demanding their affection, bark, and buff at neighbors passing and sleep on the cold concrete patio. They love to eat each other’s food and water, so we do that separately now, and have duplicates of the most desired toys (but Francis always ends up guarding both).

If allowed, they would roughhouse constantly in our 700sqft third story apartment, sometimes I feel bad for the apartment beneath us. We also have to keep note of when they poop, to ensure they go on time and not inside. So if you’re thinking about getting another dog, keep some of these things in mind. They’re just as important as the financial and lifestyle impact.

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