About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old tabby,
we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after the
death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since the
daughter had developed an allergy.
Well, the cat has developed a real attachment to me, much more so than my wife.
When I talk to her she roles around. She's forever trying to get my attention
and wants to play. When I watch TV she likes to sleep on my lap, for hours on
end. Every morning after my shower we play fetch with a twist tie. She always
comes to greet me at the door when I get home. Always wants to be around us.
My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab. We've
been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year. And
it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).
Given there is so match attachment between the cat and I, I've been wondering if
bringing the dog in is just a recipe for disaster. My wife is not used to dogs
so I figure I'll be the primary care taker for the dog when it arrives.
The cat was declawed by the previous owners so that's not a problem. We plan on
crate training the dog, and it'll spend time alone in the crate, at least until
it's house trained. So, I shouldn't have to worry too much about the two of them
tearing up the place.
I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a chance of
being able to smooth things over between the two of them.
I'd appreciate any thoughts constructive thoughts you may have.
Waterloo, On, Canada