vickim Posted June 29, 2007 Report Share Posted June 29, 2007 My husband wants to bring another dog into the household. Existing is Whisper the BC, Ubu the Rottie, and sometimes Blaze, the Pit Bull, and Heather the cat (who doesn't really figure into the story much: Ubu ignores her, Whisper tolerates her and Blaze thinks she's a chew toy. Good thing that cat can run). Ubu is top dog and no one ever fogets that. He's old, diabetic, mostly blind, and probably does not have a whole lot of years left. Both Whisper and Blaze acknowledge that Ubu is top dog and last weekend when Whisper forgot herself and snapped at Ubu over a bone, she immediately made obeiances to him. Whisper and Blaze hate each other and will fight every time they see each other. Since she belongs to the stepson and he isn't with us full time, that isn't a huge problem. When he is with us, we keep the dogs separated-they get taken for walks separately, they are not allowed to even see each other in the house--we switch them off: keeping one in a room and the other allowed the run of the house and periodically change off. It's inconvenient, but thus far it's the only solution I've been able to come up with. Whisper has ended up in the vet's office twice now because of Blaze. Now, my husband has a dog on hold that his friend has, an obese dog of indeterminate breeding. I like this dog fine; she's more interested in food than anything else. In terms of pecking order, she is the last dog and she is fine with that, as long as she has food. She is laid-back, easy-going and friendly and I think she would be a fine addition to the family. Her name is Stitch; she doesn't live with us now only because our living situation is up in the air--we live with my MIL (it's a long story); we keep Ubu and Whisper and Heather with us, but Stitch technically is owned by the husband's friend who is keeping her until we relocate. The problem I have is that my husband wants to bring ANOTHER dog into the house. Another Rottie (named JD), a HUGE dog that could eat from the dining room table from a sit position if he lowered his head a little bit. This dog orginally was found wandering the streets of Detroit and was picked up by the humane society. He was then adopted by my husband's stepson, who was living with us at the time--we had our house then. JD is not quite smart, but not exactly dumb, either. He listens to men better, but he usually listened to me when I told him to do something. It just took him awhile. He went through a severe skin allergy where he was covered with raw, bloody patches and his paws were swollen enough that it looked like they were snake-bit (or at least what I imagined snake-bit paws would look like). Eventually the stepson moved out and took his dog with him. He got married, his wife got pregnant and then the dog, according to her reports, got more assertive towards her. I don't think he bit (to my knowledge he's never bit anyone) her, but he growled. She was concerned about her safety and the dog was re-homed to one of my husband's sons. That son is now moving and cannot take the dog with him. My husband wants him. I'm against it. For one, we have two dogs, Ubu and Whisper, Stich on hold (which makes three), though that may well not happen, and if the son with the Pit Bull decides he wants to live with us full time (something he hasn't decided on yet) we'd have four dogs. And a cat. I'm told that JD is a reformed dog than from when I knew him; he listens much better, no longer chases cats but is getting snappy towards puppies. I've flatly told my husband that the dog is not to come into our household, but I expect that it will happen anyway; he'll bring it in saying it's just for a weekend, and then the dog stays permanently. Ubu has no problem with JD. Whisper has a tepid relationship with JD at best, though I think it could deteriorate into a fight if at all provoked. I could be mis-reading that though. I'm no behaviorist. JD is a nice enough dog--whatever his problems with other women don't seem to exist with me-he listens to me and even follows me around the house. The only time he ever made the slightest complaint towards me was when I was trying to clean off the raw patches he had that allergy flare-up (I didn't want leave dirt in it). I don't know what I'm asking--maybe I'm just venting. Anyone want a Rottie, about 4 years old? Or anyone want a live-in cook-housekeeper-pet sitter? Willing to relocate! Vicki and Whisper Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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