Everyone is asking me if I will get another dog now that we lost Kirby.
It was very sudden with Kirby, just as the loss of Coco was within a week.
At that time I got a call to come consult as a dog trainer with a dog that had been returned several times to the rescue and was deemed unadoptable.
As you all know, that dog was Benny. When I met Benny I just knew he had the Love Dog in him and why should I fix him for anyone else? Kirby and I had to have him.
But it is different now. Benny is a more challenging dog in many ways still. He is super attached to me and is now for the first time enjoying being a solo dog in the house.
He went through so many illnesses and surgeries with Kirby, they bonded greatly.
And Benny knows that this time his brother being away is permanent .
Benny has changed in the past few weeks.
I debate every day if waiting too long to bring another dog into the family would be a mistake. Would Benny become too accustomed to being the only dog?
Or should I give Benny the time to mature and understand his new place in the family fabric and then introduce a new dog?
I have already received numerous emails and photos of dogs that people think would be appropriate for our family. I did go see one dog, but did not have that undeniable feeling that we had to have her.
I have to rely on instinct and my knowledge with dogs to choose the right one for both Benny and myself.
I want to find a dog that can be a Love Dog and learn the skills required. So that dog has to have the natural traits I look for as well…the love of all people, the direct eye contract we appreciate, the desire to be held and cuddled, the understanding that he/she is not top dog in the house, and the “it” factor that tells me You’re the One!
So while I originally thought our next dog would be a young female poodle, who knows? We may surprise everyone by introducing an older gentleman again! Or a dog with three legs or a dog shaved due to neglect or a dog that is blind or a dog found on the street!
And it might not even be a poodle even though we are known as poodle people!
But when we meet him or her we will know.
We will just know.